By Rev. Bob & Dian Harner, Directors of Missions Mobilization
Seek. The word implies action and longing. We seek a God who wants to be found, who in fact tells us that if we seek Him with all our hearts, He WILL be found. This God who will be found also seeks. He sent His only Son to seek and to save His human creations lost in sin. And when we are found, He does a work in our inner being that transforms us, causing His work and His Word to flow from us to others. The deeper His work in us, the more it reaches from us to others.
From its inception, the Christian and Missionary Alliance has been rooted in the recurrent themes of the deeper life and missions. Because of our relationship with God and His transforming power at work in us, we can reach out to the world around us.
In this spirit, SEEK 2018, an Alliance regional Deeper Life and Missions Conference, is being offered in four locations this year. The one nearest to most of us in the Central District will be held June 8-9 at Westgate Chapel in Toledo, Ohio. Alliance President John Stumbo, Vice President of International Ministries Tim Crouch, retired pastor and conference speaker Sunder Krishnan, and International Workers Ben and Sarah Carey of Germany will be speaking.
More information (including the other locations and the dates for those events) and registration are available at https://www.cmalliance.org/events/2018/seek. The registration fee for the event is $25, which includes lunch on Saturday, and is required whether you attend all or part of the event.
As those who seek a deeper relationship with God and seek to share the Gospel with others, we have an opportunity to pray for millions of people in need of the Savior. Let’s join other Christians in praying for Muslims during Ramadan, May 15-June 14. For 25 years, an international movement called 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World has been making a difference. The movement calls the church to make a deliberate but respectful effort to learn about, pray for and reach out to our world’s Muslim neighbors. It coincides annually with the important Islamic month of religious observation — Ramadan, a time of the year when Muslims are much more deeply aware of spiritual matters. Because many Muslims seek dreams and visions during this month, it is a wonderful time to ask God to speak to them in this way.
The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World prayer booklet, available in editions for both adults and children in both English and Spanish, is a wonderful resource. The booklet can be ordered at www.30daysprayer.com or www.WorldChristian.com. Daily prayer themes featuring peoples of the world, resources for further education, the history of the 30 Days of Prayer movement, and information about how to participate can all be found at www.30daysprayer.com. Let’s seek the Lord and extend His love to others!