Dear Friends of The Antioch Partners (TAP),
First of all, I apologize for the long-delay since our last TAP email news update. If you are ever interested in more frequent updates re what God is doing through TAP, TAP Partners, developments in global mission, etc., "like" our FaceBook page. We try to post every week or so.
Incredible Opportunities, but More Workers Needed
In Matthew 9:37 Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” These words are just as true today as they were 2000 years ago, and recent travels have seared this into my mind and heart all over again.
Earlier this year I had the privilege of being in the Middle East and Central Asia. Though you would never know it from the mainstream news sources, God is at work in amazing ways in both of these regions. In the Middle East I visited refugee camps crowded with tens of thousands of people. Refugees forced to flee the brutality of ISIS and other extremist groups. Refugees who have experienced trauma and violence on a scale I can’t even imagine. Yet, even in these crucibles of grief and dislocation, God is at work. Christians from around the world are working in these camps, ministering in the name of Jesus. Spiritual, physical, psychological and educational needs are all being met. One dynamic immediately apparent was the disillusionment many Muslim refugees have experienced, and as a result, some are coming to know Jesus as more than just a prophet. They are coming to know him as their Savior and Lord.
In terms of Central Asia, much of the region is arid, rocky and mountainous. Just as the landscape is difficult, the spiritual climate is often difficult as well. Local Christians and local churches often struggle in the face of opposition and persecution. Yet, God is at work and lives are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the capital city of one Central Asian country, a local follower of Jesus continues to reach out to her family and neighbors. She has been lovingly sharing the message of Jesus for years, and now, after many years, she is finally beginning to see fruit. Her example challenged me.
In both the Middle East and Central Asia, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Is God calling you to go? If you think he might be, we’re eager to talk and pray with you. I know he is calling us all to pray for more workers. Will you do that with us?
TAP's New Website
Thanks to the work of our staff member, Hope Manley, TAP’s website has been completely re-designed. If you haven’t visited it in a while, check it out
. And, if you know people who are sensing God’s call to long-term, cross-cultural, incarnational service, and you think TAP might be a good fit for them, point them to our website so they can learn more about TAP and how we might serve them.
TAP's Dinner Fundraiser Event
TAP’s fourth annual dinner event will be here in Houston on September 15th at 6:30 pm at Memorial Drive PC. Our theme this year is God’s mission in Europe. This is a great way to learn more about TAP, learn about places in the world where Partners are serving, have fun giving to TAP, enjoy great food and music, etc. If you’d like to come, we have a place for you! You can register online by clicking here
. If you can’t be there in person, but want to participate by giving, you do that clicking here
and select "Make a one-time donation". We only do one fundraising event each year, so pray with us for God’s blessing!
Serving the Presbyterian Family
TAP continues to serve the broader Presbyterian family, specifically, PCUSA, ECO and EPC churches. This summer Teri and I attended the EPC (Evangelical Presbyterian Church) General Assembly in Detroit where we had a booth for TAP. It was a privilege to be there, especially since the EPC is deeply committed to God’s mission in the world.
Together with PFF and TOF, TAP will be sponsoring a special pre-conference event focused on global mission at the next ECO national gathering in Greenville, SC Jan 24 – 26, 2017. Paul Borthwick will be the keynote speaker for a special dinner Monday (Sept 23) evening, and for the pre-conference event Tues morning from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The focus will be the role of the North American Church in God’s global mission, and how we can all engage more faithfully and effectively. Click here
to learn more.
On behalf of the entire TAP family, we’re grateful for our partnership with you in the gospel!
W. Andrew Adair
Executive Director, The Antioch Partners