Cambodia Missions Postcard Project

A IGGC-SLCC Cambodia Missions Postcard Project to support Sun Ratanak in Cambodia.

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Sun Ratanak came to study at SLCC Suong, during the second half of 2014. He believed in the Lord during our 2014 Christmas outreach and continues to fellowship with us. He now comes for Bible study regularly and is also learning to serve in worship, youth and children’s meeting.

 

Ratanak’s parents separated even before he was born. Born premature at 7 months, his grandmother in Suong took care of him since he was 7 days old. Now she is 72 years old. Most days, she plucks edible vegetation from around her house compound to sell. It may bring her more or less 4,000 to 5,000 riels per day, to be used to buy food and other daily needs.  With this money, if it was sufficient, she used to give 2,000 riel to Ratanak as pocket money where he would have to decide if he would use it for tuition or for food.  Some days, he didn’t get any pocket money.

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Ratanak’s own father had remarried and does farming at Mondulkiri. He hardly sent enough money to support Ratanak. Seeing that Ratanak has grown up, Ratanak’s father wanted to use his labour at the farm and to sell cement after school hours. It was clear to Ratanak that he will not have time or energy to study much in Mondulkiri.  He found a way to come back to Suong. He does not expect his father will send him anymore money. He is now supporting himself by being a part-time motorbike taxi driver (motodop). Being a novice and working only 3 to 4 hours after school (off peak hours), he could only get an average profit of less than 2,000riels per day. Although Ratanak’s grandmother supports him coming back to complete his final year of studies in Suong, since he started his new ‘part-time job’, his grandmother has been giving him less pocket money. She is getting old and Ratanak does not want to be a burden to her.  Unfortunately, as of March 15th, 2016, the police will start to fine all motorists whose bike does not have a registered number plate.  Since Ratanak’s uncle’s motorbike is without a number plate, and he can’t afford to get one, he will have to stop being a motodop man or risk getting fined.

 

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Each hour of tuition costs 1,000 riels.  Sometimes, the teachers make them pay extra for photocopied notes. On average, a grade 12 student will need to go for at least 4 to 5 hours of tuition a day.  Most teachers will only teach the important lessons during tuition class so that they can earn more money.  This presents a great obstacle for poor students. Ratanak could never attend any tuition class regularly.

 

We discovered that Ratanak has a gift in art.  To share his burden a little and to encourage Ratanak to persevere through his final year of high school studies and to grow spiritually, we start this postcard project with prints of Ratanak’s paintings to supplement his income and allow him a little more time to spend on his studies and take care of his spiritual growth.  His Grade12 final exam is in August, 2016. We hope that you will join us to support this young brother and pray for God’s leading for his future.

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Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.   

 

For further enquiries, please contact:    fb.com/IGGC.penang  

Project managed by IGGC Missions Committee in partnership with SLCC Cambodia.

GOWW 21st Anniversary Celebration

GOWW 21st Anniversary Celebration on Sat Jul 4 at Kajang Life Chapel

Jun 1996 start of 1st missionary work in Cambodia
18 years of missionary work published in a book last year

Jing Yong & Jing Yi performance
Jing Yong & Jing Yi performance
I have Jesus down in my heart (My fav Khmer song) group performance
I have Jesus down in my heart (My fav Khmer song) group performance

Testimony sharing from Cambodians

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Munir

Sharing by sister Munir
Sharing by sister Munir

I came from a broken family. My father was an alcoholic who beat his wife & children. We often slept at night in bushes, straw or neighbors house starving to avoid being beaten. My mother ran away from home after being beaten until fainted. I often gazed to the skies praying to the moon as I believed that god was there.

When I was 16, I went to Phnom Penh to help my grandparents sell rice. Nearby was SLCC where I learnt English & was led to Christ.
Then only could I start to forgive my parents & be filled with joy. Whenever I face difficulties in life, I pray to God & He answers my prayers. Even when I did not share my needs with anyone, but God knows & provided an electric bicycle to continue studies.

My husband & I faced pressure from family when marrying but insisted that their wedding must glorify God & share God’s Word with non-believer guests. Today, my husband & I happily serve God together. Also our family members are saved.

Indeed it is a change from life without meaning to one whereby I can share God with others.

Kazakhstan Mission started in 1995

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Sharing how God is working in Kazakhstan.
Malaysians came to Kazakhstan bringing the good news.
Missionaries made friends & share the gospel.
We started a church & baptized believers.
We made disciples & are one family at Zhiger Gospel Center.

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV)

Madina sharing

Sharing by sister Madina
Sharing by sister Madina

I am really grateful to God I was born into my family. But it was not that way back then.

I was given material needs but lacking love. My father was a drunkard who spent many nights away from home. I still remember mother’s eyes full of pain & hatred screaming at him. When my father was back, my younger sister & I hid under our beds so our drunk father could not find us.

I always asked God why? Who is God? What can I do so God can love me?
Even though I didn’t know God, He knew me & heard me.

I grew up as a bad child & had a boyfriend when I was 12. I grew up with my goal to be rich. I started to drink & smoke from young & didn’t care what others thought. I thought my answer was in the mosque & often went to the mosque to get noticed by boys. I felt abandoned by my parents & even my best friend.

I quarreled with my family & friends. I lost my meaning in life & contemplated suicide.
But God is the one who stopped me from committing suicide & started to live again.

My friend introduced me to Evelyn. And Evelyn shared with me about Jesus but I resisted. I finally went for a camp & met teachers (who at that time I didn’t know we’re Christians) who were so friendly, kind & loving. I left the camp knowing Jesus but not accepting Him.

One night I was watching a tv show when the program showed Jesus healing a man. I was afraid as Jesus is portrayed as evil there but I felt a need & calling to know Jesus. I ran to my teacher & asked her about Jesus. I could not resist Jesus anymore & accepted Jesus. The emptiness in my heart was filled. Now that I have Him, I cannot imagine life without Him.

Vessels of Blessings performance by KLC
Vessels of Blessings performance by KLC

Mr Loh sharing
Tank your for the performance & sharing from Cambodia & Kazakhstan.
Thank you to friends & partners in our kingdom enterprise who have come.

GOWW has 3 mission lines
1. Mekong River
2. Silk Road
3. Eastern Europe

Theme: True to His Promises
21 Years of His Blessings

1 Cor 1:9 “God, who has called you into fellowship with Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful”

God has the whole world in His heart. He has an eternal plan for the world.

  • 1990 KLC founded
  • 1992 KLC started missions with Thailand in 1992
  • 1994 GOWW founded
  • 1995 1st Open Mission Conference (with OMF)
  • 1994-2003 NW China backed up by OMF Missionaries
  • 2004-2015 New Partnership in China
  • 1995-2003 Kazakhstan backed up by OMF Missionaries
  • 2004-2015 New Partnership in Kazakhstan
  • 1996-2015 Cambodia with supporting churches
  • 2004 Myanmar survey visit
  • 2005 MMM established
  • 2008-2015 Church planting
  • 2010 Romania
  • 2011 Albania

God willing, days ahead.
There is nothing we can not do for the Lord.

  1. China: continue to care & teaches the Lord leads in the NW. Train & support China potential cross-cultural missionaries.
  2. Kazakhstan: continue to care & teaches the Lord leads as is now autonomous.
  3. Cambodia: Originally 2016 to plant another church after PP goes autonomous for a year.
  4. Myanmar: God willing, to plant 2 more churches in 2016.
  5. Romania Gypsy: To support a full time worker in 2016.
  6. Tajikistan: Starting in 2015 Aug (Pop 8m; 90% Muslim)
  7. Indonesia: We want to go, God willing (17,508 islands; Pop 245m; 87% Muslim)

Our Lord cares & commands. Will you not care & obey?
Will you not say to the Lord, “Here I am Lord, send me!”

George Verwer (OM Founder) on Missions

Sat Jun 6 by George Verwer (Founder of Operations Mobilization) speaking at FPBC.

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How many have committed yourself, God willing, to long term ministries in missions or in your local area?

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. (‭Mark‬ ‭1‬:‭16-20‬ NIV)

Is God still doing this today?
Yes!

As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. (‭Mark‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ NIV)

Testimony
– Started earning money as young as age 10 sold raffles for cake mother baked, funfair games carnival at backyard, etc.
– At age 15 owned own business selling portable fire extinguishers eventually with a large sales force & many agencies.
– Thus related better to the tax collector Levi than the fishermen.
– Called by God at a Billy Graham meeting.
– When called was sent by the Holy Spirit (& not by a committee).
– God did amazing things providing when called ranging from a diary farmer giving a vehicle, people buying books sold & even selling a fox roadkill hit by his car (back in the day in New Jersey).
– However faced tough times including car engine blowing up & running out of funds until did not even have money to spend the night in a motel.
– Yet God provided amazingly always.
– Got to Mexico the starting point of missions at age 19 & even though Spanish was weak.
– Not just prayer & faith that the money will come in. There is a need for fundraising.
– Especially for many ordinary people who want to be missionaries, as many have left as faced insufficient funding.
– Even George Müller was a great fundraiser, albeit indirectly, by hinting that he needed money & that you needed to give.
– Copied George Mueller & raised funds for OM.
– We all face many difficulties but most importantly is prayer.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (‭Acts‬ ‭20‬:‭24‬ NIV)

Why missions?
1. The need is so huge (more than 1/3rd of world have NOT heard the Gospel).
2. There is a need for action together with prayer.
3. Challenge to serve long term for missions whether funding (if you’re good at business or raising money) or stepping out long term in faith in missions whether near or far.

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Your Response to Suffering

The below is an excerpt On Character in Action taken from The Character of the Christian which is part of the reference materials used for the STM (Missions Trip) 2015.

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“When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great & bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him & hurts him,
And with mighty blows coverts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendour out –
God knows what He is about!”

Help shape believers lives & allow yourself to be shaped by God!

The cost? a worthwhile inconvenience of serving for 10 days

Note: Required leave days if you’re working a 5day work-week: 6days

Mission Evening, CMCT

Missions Evening at BRGH. Sharing on Christian Missions Charitable Trust Work in India, Chennai by founder Dr Colleen Redit, Aaron Moses & Ezekiel.
 
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Dr Colleen M Redit on self & CMCT Background
  • Called at age 24 young girl followed an elderly missionary
  • Started teaching 1 girl crafts & God’s Word in a garage
  • Today 27 ministries, over 366 staff including 30 full time social workers who all meet together at chapel service every morning to worship God & study Bible together as one family
  • Went by faith. Trust Him & see if it’s His will.
  • Prayed for more space. Given 3 gifts equal exactly 10% down payment.
  • Run primary & secondary school free for slum students; hospitals; 6 soup kitchens; leprosy rehabilitation program; wheelchair ministry (part of social ministry); street children ministry; orphanage; screen printing unit; industrial training institute; boys & girls rally (Young Christians brigade similar to guides/scouts)
  • All ministries emphasis on teaching the Bible
  • Haven of Hope handicraft center with crafts made by 95 girls/ladies (slums, abusive husbands, etc)
  • Today, India facing challenge of churches persecuted; churches burnt down; Christian organisations persecuted
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Aaron on Rainbow Ministry of Hope (HIV/AIDS ministry)
  • 3m people in India with HIV (a major concern)
  • People with HIV/AIDS have stigma, ostracized from society & even family rejection
  • 300+ participants being helped in HIV/AIDS ministry
  • CMCT provides food & nutrition as many live in poverty

 

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Ezekiel on Bridge Gospel Church
  • Started 4 years ago; At 2 locations; Bible-focused Ministry
  • Reach local believers through medical ministry
  • Recently 37 believers baptized & 4th baptism held
  • Please pray for church & work
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How can you help?
  • Being a faith partner praying for God’s daily provision
  • Sponsor a child/family (1600+ children)
  • Support a soup kitchen
  • Support a free Medical camp
  • Support General needs of this ministry
  • Short Term Mission to India (4-15 members; typically 10-15 days)
  • More info: CMCT Website
Q&A
  • Q: Inquiry on Dr Colleen’s health?
    A: Thank you for praying. Spinal surgery successful. Knee operation went well.
  • Q: What opposition is faced?
    A: The Lord’s covering has been on CMCT ministry. Have the trust of people. Especially tsunami village but able to share gospel. Difficult for foreign funding. Income tax very detailed questioning. A need to be very careful with forms & how staff goes out speak to people. Praise God no problems despite opposition.
  • Q: How is the succession planning for CMCT?
    A: Very good structure. 5 people on executive members working alongside & taking responsibility. All projects have heads & assistant heads. Board members around the world. Praying for successor.
  • Q: HIV/AIDS medical cost very expensive especially drugs. How does CMCT cope?
    A: Yes costs very expensive but actually India government providing free treatment. Patient must go to hospital monthly else medical staff will visit. CMCT provides free general medical treatment & helps support specialist doctors.
  • Q: How is HIV transmitted in India?
    A: 94% sexually transmitted. CMCT focuses on women & children as more vulnerable & high suicide rate. Often men away for ling & contract HIV sexually. Often don’t realize until woman is pregnant & test scans reveals.
  • Q: Challenges & advice growing missions & ministries?
    A: Keep eyes on the Lord. People will disappoint. Trust by faith. Must have very strong relationship with God. Seek His will. By faith.

Prayer for Missions

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We are pleased to announce that every 1st Thursday of the month from 8:00PM-8:15PM we will be having Prayer for Missions. This will be prior to the regular weekly Thursday Prayer Meeting starting at 8:00PM.

IGGC Missions Ministry

IGGC Missions Ministry was launched on Dec 31, 2014 during the watch night service.

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Mission Statement:
To invite others to come unto Christ by serving & supporting Christian missions.

Committee:

  • Chairperson
    Oversees the missions ministry, supports committee & keeps minutes
  • Coordinator
    Maintain regular communication with the missionary for a strong link with the field & regularly share on missionary & field’s situation.
  • Treasurer
    Maintains missions budget, produces financial statements & processes disbursements
  • Committee Members & Project Leads
    Handles projects & other missions related work.
    – Arts, Crafts & Music
    – Prayer, Publicity & Communication
    – Young People Mission Discipleship

Objectives

  • To support work (starting with Suong) & other missions work approved by church leadership
  • To increase assembly awareness of missions work & encourage direct/indirect participation
  • To encourage participation & seek church leadership approval for STM teams

Missions Committee Guideline
Committee members need to have heart to invite others to Christ and joy to serve missions in any capacity. The missions committee will have a wide variety of responsibilities and thus require a diverse set of skills, gifts and experience.

Committee members should:-

  • Practice a faithful, personal relationship with Christ & committed to prayer
  • Consider missions as important & desire to serve in missions
  • Be willing & able to serve as a missions project leader or subcommittee as called
  • Understand & support the policies of the church’s missions ministry
  • Commit to meet & participate on missions committee meetings & prayer meetings

STM Members Guideline
Short Term Missions (STM) members grow personally & through sharing challenge those at home to grow. A STM would be from a minimum of 1 week with possibility of longer term missions. A STM member does not need to have previous mission experience but have a desire to learn more about missions & undergo training.

STM members should:-

  • Be a believer aged 18 above, mature in thinking & in good standing with the local church
  • Be in overall good health condition & able to withstand harsh weather & living conditions
  • Be willing to serve humbly in any capacity required by the mission
  • Be willing to pray for the mission before, during and after
  • Understand & agree to abide by policies set by church, missionaries, GOWW, STM team

Resources

  • STM Team Members
  • Missions Volunteer Partners
    – Projects partners
    – Prayer partners
    – Love givers to Missions Fund
  • Funds Allocation
    – Books, stationary & teaching materials
    – Supporting equipment
    – Travelling expenses (full/partial)
    – Other necessary items required by missionaries/mission

Key Roles & Projects

  • Arts, Crafts & Music Compilation Reference
  • Arts & crafts selling to support local believers
  • Games, Sports & Teambuilding Compilation Reference
  • Prayer, Publicity & Communication with Congregation
  • Young People Mission Discipleship

Balik Pulau Outreach Work

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Dear brethren,

It’s been almost 15 years since we (Penang Assemblies) planted a church. We’ve been praying and thinking about where to start a work. It’s with much thanksgiving to God that He had made it possible for us to acquire a property that can be used as a Outreach Center. However, we are uncertain on how to proceed. I’m inviting all who may be interested in this work of the Lord to a Prayer and Discussion meeting at the Outreach Center as follows. Enclosed are some slides that will provide some info.

View/Download: Balik Pulau Outreach 

Date: 5th April 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am

Venue: Balik Pulau Outreach Centre (BPOC)
8, Jalan Kampung Air Putih 4,

Taman Sempurna, 11010 Balik Pulau.

GPS: 5.362882, 100.215550

In Christ,
Pek Bing

Annie’s Anecdote Nov 2013

Sharing from our missionary sister Annie

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Greetings to all in the name of our blessed Lord!

My last update was written last Christmas and now another Christmas is just around the corner. The past year had been one marked by several health issues which knocked me out for long periods at a time, but thank God after medical check-ups and a minor surgery during my Home Koinonia the past two months, it was confirmed there is nothing major to be concerned about.

During the times when I was down and out of action, I sensed that perhaps my remaining time in Cambodia will be short, but thanks be to God, I’ve been back in Cambodia for over three weeks now and God willing, I will complete another term of service.

January 2014, would be the 10th anniversary of the day I first stepped into Cambodia.  As I reflect on my life since I left secular work (and the lifestyle & concerns that comes with it), to engage in kingdom work, below are two among several things which I have discovered.

  1. In secular work, most often, we are trained to do a specialized job. In kingdom work, I have so much freedom to use all my God given skills and talents for the good of the people here.  Although it can get very challenging at times, I’m finding out that I can do many things which I would never have thought I could be doing.  For example, I would never have thought that without even a Grade-2-training in music theory, I could be a music teacher with 3 students now able to play the keyboard for meetings.  I would never have imagined that my untrained artistic inclinations will one day result in me designing the signboard and banners for our kindergarten. My latest experiment is to form a choir for Christmas and we are set to have the first ever choir in Suong to sing ‘Joy to the world’ in English and Khmer! I’m really enjoying myself and thanking God for this freedom to use all the skills and talents He has given me to serve Him. There is so much room for creativity!
  2. I am discovering that the more I follow in His footsteps, the more I get to identify with and know Him. For example, if I had not left the comforts of my own home, I may not truly appreciate what our Lord must have gone through when He left the comforts of heaven to live among the poor on earth. In every sphere of life, I realize that what I experience is only a small portion of what He must have gone through, but at least I get to experience it a little.  Other examples – I would never really know how our Lord would have felt if I had not experienced people mocking me because of my identification with Him. There is also a greater awareness of the extent of the Great Shepherd’s care for His sheep as I learn from Him to care for His little lambs. It is not easy, but then there is the overriding joy that comes from seeing a lamb of His growing well. This makes all the sweat & tears worthwhile.

I feel that I have no regrets to give up secular work to engage in kingdom work.  I think I have gained so much more in terms of purpose, meaning and fullness in my life.  I feel like I’m taking a great adventure with the Lord. The steps ahead will not be easy, but they will present opportunities to know my Shepherd a little better. I’m already experiencing some of the blessings that come along the way. I know there will be greater blessings at the finish line.  Meantime, I thank the Lord I can continue to serve Him in Suong another term, to grow in my knowledge of Him as I continue to learn to walk in His steps and follow Him. Pray with me that I may be a better disciple and that I will stay on course till the finish line.   And I pray that many more will be emboldened to lose their lives for Christ and find fullness of life in Him. {ODB tagline – “As we lose our lives for Christ, we find fullness of life in Him.”  (Luke 9:23-24)}

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By His Grace,
Ak
13 November, 2013

A Vision of the Lost

Shared via Sister Annie

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A Vision of the Lost 
by William Booth (Founder of the Salvation Army)
On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all… millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant, willfully ignorant in many cases, and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision.

I saw a dark and stormy ocean. Over it the black clouds hung heavily; through them every now and then vivid lightening flashed and loud thunder rolled, while the winds moaned, and the waves rose and foamed, towered and broke, only to rise and foam, tower and break again. In that ocean I thought I saw myriads of poor human beings plunging and floating, shouting and shrieking, cursing and struggling and drowning; and as they cursed and screamed they rose and shrieked again, and then some sank to rise no more.

And I saw out of this dark angry ocean, a mighty rock that rose up with it’s summit towering high above the black clouds that overhung the stormy sea. And all around the base of this great rock I saw a vast platform. Onto this platform, I saw with delight a number of the poor struggling, drowning wretches continually climbing out of the angry ocean. And I saw that a few of those who were already safe on the platform were helping the poor creatures still in the angry waters to reach the place of safety.

On looking more closely I found a number of those who had been rescued, industriously working and scheming by ladders, ropes, boats and other means more effective, to deliver the poor strugglers out of the sea. Here and there were some who actually jumped into the water, regardless of the consequences in their passion to rescue the perishing. And I hardly know which gladdened me the most, the sight of the poor drowning people climbing onto the rocks reaching a place of safety, or the devotion and self-sacrifice of those whose whole being was wrapped up in the effort for their deliverance.

As I looked on, I saw that the occupants of that platform were quite a mixed company. That is, they were divided into different sets or classes, and they occupied themselves with different pleasures and employments. But only a very few of them seemed to make it their business to get the people out of the sea.

But what puzzled me most was the fact that though all of them had been rescued at one time or another from the ocean, nearly everyone seemed to have forgotten all about it. Anyway, it seemed the memory of its darkness and danger no longer troubled them at all. And what seemed equally strange and perplexing to me was that these people did not even seem to have any care, that is any agonizing care, about the poor perishing ones who were struggling and drowning right before their very eyes… many of whom were their own husbands and wives, brothers and sisters and even their own children.

Now this astonishing unconcern could not have been the result of ignorance or lack of knowledge, because they lived right there in full sight of it all and even talked about it sometimes. Many even went regularly to hear lectures and sermons in which the awful state of these poor drowning creatures was described. I have always said that the occupants of this platform were engaged in different pursuits and pastimes. Some of them were absorbed day and night in trading and business in order to make gain, storing up their savings in boxes, safes and the like.

Many spent their time in amusing themselves with growing flowers on the side of the rock, others in painting pieces of cloth or in playing music, or in dressing themselves up in different styles and walking about to be admired. Some occupied themselves chiefly in eating and drinking, others were taken up with arguing about the poor drowning creatures that had already been rescued.

But the thing to me that seemed the most amazing was that those on the platform to whom He called, who heard His voice and felt that they ought to obey it, at least they said they did, those who confessed to love Him much were in full sympathy with Him in the task He had undertaken, who worshipped Him or who professed to do so, were so taken up with their trades and professions, their money saving and pleasures, their families and circles, their religions and arguments about it, and their preparation for going to the mainland, that they did not listen to the cry that came to them from this Wonderful Being who had Himself gone down into the sea. Anyway, if they heard it they did not heed it. They did not care. And so the multitude went on right before them struggling and shrieking and drowning in the darkness.

And then I saw something that seemed to me even more strange than anything that had gone on before in this strange vision. I saw that some of these people on the platform whom this Wonderful Being had called to, wanting them to come and help Him in His difficult task of saving these perishing creatures, were always praying and crying out to Him to come to them!

Some wanted Him to come and stay with them, and spend His time and strength in making them happier. Others wanted Him to come and take away various doubts and misgivings they had concerning the truth of some letters He had written them. Some wanted Him to come and make them feel more secure on the rock, so secure that they would be quite sure that they should never slip off again into the ocean. Numbers of others wanted Him to make them feel quite certain that they would really get off the rock and onto the mainland someday: because as a matter of fact, it was well known that some had walked so carelessly as to loose their footing, and had fallen back again into the stormy waters.

So these people used to meet and get up as high on the rock as they could, and looking towards the mainland (where they thought the Great Being was) they would cry out, “Come to us! Come and help us!” And all the while He was down (by His Spirit) among the poor struggling, drowning creatures in the angry deep, with His arms around them trying to drag them out, and looking up, oh! so longingly but all in vain, to those on the rock, crying to them with His voice all hoarse from calling, “Come to Me! Come, and help Me!”

And then I understood it all. It was plain enough. The sea was the ocean of life, the sea of real, actual human existence. That lightening was the gleaming of piercing truth coming from Jehovah’s Throne. That thunder was the distant echoing of the wrath of God. Those multitudes of people shrieking, struggling and agonizing in the stormy sea, was the thousands and thousands of poor harlots and harlot-makers, of drunkards and drunkard makers, of thieves, liars, blasphemers and ungodly people of every kindred, tongue and nation.

Oh what a black sea it was! And oh, what multitudes of rich and poor, ignorant and educated were there. They were all so unalike in their outward circumstances and conditions, yet all alike in one thing, all sinners before God, all held by, and holding onto, some iniquity, fascinated by some idol, the slaves of some devilish lust, and ruled by the foul fiend from the bottomless pit!

“All alike in one thing?” No, all alike in two things, not only the same in their wickedness but, unless rescued, the same in their sinking, sinking… down, down, down… to the same terrible doom. That great sheltering rock represented Calvary, the place where Jesus had died for them. And the people on it were those who had been rescued. The way they used their energies, gifts and time represented the occupations and amusements of those who professed to be saved from sin and hell, followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The handful of fierce, determined ones, who were risking their own lives in saving the perishing were true soldiers of the cross of Jesus. That Mighty Being who was calling to them from the midst of the angry waters was the Son of God, “the same yesterday, today and forever” who is still struggling and interceding to save the dying multitudes about us from this terrible doom of damnation, and whose voice can be heard above the music, machinery, and noise of life, calling on the rescued to come and help Him save the world.

My friends in Christ, you are rescued from the waters, you are on the rock, He is in the dark sea calling on you to come to Him and help Him. Will you go? Look for yourselves. The surging sea of life, crowded with perishing multitudes rolls up to the very spot on which you stand. Leaving the vision, I now come to speak of the fact, a fact that is as real as the Bible, as real as the Christ who hung upon the cross, as real as the judgment day will be, and as real as the heaven and hell that will follow it.

Look! Don’t be deceived by appearances – men and things are not what they seem. All who are not on the rock are in the sea! Look at them from the standpoint of the great White Throne, and what a sight you have! Jesus Christ, the Son of God is, through His Spirit, in the midst of this dying multitude, struggling to save them. And He is calling on you to jump into the sea, to go right away to His side and help Him in the holy strife. Will you jump? That is, will you go to His feet and place yourself absolutely at His disposal?

A young Christian once came to me, and told me that for some time she had been giving the Lord her profession and prayers and money, but now she wanted to give Him her life. She wanted to go right into the fight. In other words, she wanted to go to His assistance in the sea. As when a man from the shore, seeing another struggling in the water, takes off those outer garments that would hinder his efforts and leaps to the rescue, so will you who still linger on the bank, thinking and singing and praying about the poor perishing souls, lay aside your shame, your pride, your cares about other people’s opinions, your love of ease and all the selfish loves that have kept you back for so long, and rush to the rescue of this multitude of dying men and women.

Does the surging sea look dark and dangerous? Unquestionably it is so. There is no doubt that the leap for you, as for everyone who takes it, means difficulty and scorn and suffering. For you it may mean more than this. It may mean death. He who beckons you from the sea however, knows what it will mean, and knowing, He still calls to you and bids to you to come.You must do it! You cannot hold back. You have enjoyed yourself in Christianity long enough. You have had pleasant feelings, pleasant songs, pleasant meetings, pleasant prospects. There has been much of human happiness, much clapping of hands and shouting of praises – very much of heaven on earth.

Now then, go to God and tell Him you are prepared as much as necessary to turn your back upon it all, and that you are willing to spend the rest of your days struggling in the midst of these perishing multitudes, whatever it may cost you. You must do it. With the light that is now broken in upon your mind and the call that is now sounding in your ears, and the beckoning hands that are now before your eyes, you have no alternative. To go down among the perishing crowds is your duty. Your happiness from now on will consist in sharing their misery, your ease in sharing their pain, your crown in helping them to bear their cross, and your heaven in going into the very jaws of hell to rescue them.

Now what will you do?