July 17th: Charles*
Each January, students from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, look forward to a special time where they get to share stories and testimonies from their time on the international mission field.
This year, Charles* shared about his unique experience in a remote village in Africa with the International Mission Board. He spent much of his time camping in a village that has been historically resistant to the Gospel, because it is a predominantly Muslim area. But, because of the prayers and work of others before him, Charles was able to lead young men to faith in Christ. Now he is helping disciple them as they actively share the Gospel with others in the village.
Three short years ago, sitting in classes and reading missionary stories of the church being birthed in new places, he thought, “I am going to be faithful, but I don’t think I will ever be a part of anything this incredible.” As he told his story, Charles’s face beamed as he recounted, “I was able to be a part of seeing new Christians baptized. I never thought I would be a part of a story like this!”
Our church’s Cooperative Program giving helps support Southeastern and its great faculty and staff who both tell and show students like Charles how to minister. We also support the missionaries of our International Mission Board as they work with nearly 1,000 people groups around the world.
Today let us thank the Lord for letting us be part of this Kingdom work—spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth!
*Name changed to protect identity.