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3. Introduction into Outpost Ministry

Naomi Jackson
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How can we possibly win souls for Christ while living in the middle of nowhere, distanced from the majority of civilization? Together we will discover God’s innovative plan for reaching out to the cities through thriving ministry centers in rural areas. Find out how God could turn your career path into full-time ministry.

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  • December 29, 2016
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This message was presented at the G Y C twenty sixteen conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas for other resources like this visit us online. My name is Naomi Jackson and I'm just going to be sharing a little bit about outpost ministry really broad what that is my personal experience with that some stories and what some of those opportunities are out there. So before we get started. I just want to invite you to have a word of prayer. Heavenly father we are so privileged to be here in Houston. We thank you for the opportunity to be worshipping together to be learning new things. Meeting new people and also just taking a closer look at our our own lives and how you would have us to get involved in your work. I want to ask that you would be with us during this hour. I ask for your presence for your spirit that you give the words and. And bring to mind the experiences that may need to be shared for someone here in particular. Thank you so much for being with us and for allowing us to work alongside you in Jesus' name amen. So a question for you. When you think of missionaries like when I say that word the first thing that comes to your mind what. What do you think of just the first word that comes to mind what type of occupations do. Does the typical missionary have in your mind. OK. More specifically what sort of occupations do we think of what sort of work do we think of maybe when we when we hear the word missionary. Oh that it's their missionary they're probably this this or this. A doctor self-support or nurse. Pastor. Accountant. That's that's a good one. That's an excellent one. Well yeah. For me when I first was thinking about what it is to be a missionary some of the things that you mentioned are exactly what came to mind and some of what you mentioned were completely foreign to me so I thought of a pastor or a Bible worker somebody who was specifically out there to do evangelism to preach the gospel. I also thought of a teacher. You know you hear of the teachers that go overseas to teach people English or they're working in a school in a school in a village or something like that. I think of teachers and I also thought of the medical professionals the doctors and the nurses the physicians assistants so. So the question then becomes what do you do if you're not any of those things could I ask if there are there any pastors here Bible workers here. OK Would you mind standing up my friend Daniel there. Do we have any teachers in the room. Any teachers. Don't be shy. You can stand up here missionaries OK Excellent Do we have any medical professionals stay standing if you wouldn't mind. OK Any other medical professionals. OK So what about the rest of us. Thank you. You can be seated. What about the rest of us. I don't know if any of you have asked yourselves that question like What do I do if I'm not a pastor. I'm not a bible worker I'm not a teacher. I'm not a medical professional. Yes ma'am. Yeah absolutely. Absolutely. Well in my case you know I really wrestled with that. How am I supposed to be a missionary if I'm not any of those things now. I am a vocalist I trained my training is in music that's what I studied that's what I graduated with but I really have not seen like this major demand for singers out there in the jungle and so I kind of how to reckon with that this is just this is just the reality though I will share that I was actually mistaken but that was my background and so I was really asking myself this question What does it mean to be a missionary and I was interested in missions from a from you know my teenage teenage years but I wasn't really sure how to answer that question for myself once I got to college and started studying music. And you know I happened to go as a student missionary to an Adventist school in Austria I was assistant dean ing there at my university and maybe any of you here that have gone to Athens universities you've heard this said as well that we should give one year for the Lord we should like dedicate a year to the Lord. And so that's your student mission year and so I went off to Austria you know it's kind of funny because we would have these mission classes in preparation for all the suit missionaries and they'd say you know. You're going to get that package with toilet paper. And you know that those big francs. And you know those those products that you so needed that you thought you'd never get I'm like I'm in Austria I don't need toilet paper. So you know that was that was my experience but being there. I I realized that's when like the training began to really kick in that you know we say you. We should dedicate one year of our lives but really that's just like the kickstart like really our whole lives are supposed to be dedicated So what does that look like I after my time in Austria went to started Manning in Germany for a non-Christian family and that was my first time outside of side of the avenue to. World you could say I mean I grew up in an Adventist Christian home. I went to schools all throughout my life and now I'm taking care of four children in Germany and they're not even Christian. And how was I even supposed to share my faith with them and I remember I you know unfortunately when I got there I don't know why it didn't dawn on me that maybe I should mention tend to them that I'm vegetarian which. You know for a bread and meat eating people and potatoes that's kind of critical. So you know just that whole shift in my thinking I'm praying over my meal and the children are asking me what's she doing. Why are her eyes closed. What's going on. You know try and concentrate on the prayer thing over this jam you know whatever and. And I realized I needed to learn how to really share my faith how to relate to people that were not of the same faith in me it was a blessing to be in that in that community of his community but how was I supposed to come outside of that and it was from that experience working in that non Christian home for ten months that I decided to go to a mission school in Norway. Under the hart good foundation is the name of the foundation that that's what success you can look on line the heart the heart good foundation and I decided you know I want to train to become a missionary want to learn how to share what I believe and learn how to work with people and this is my second experience in in an outpost ministry the first experience I was twelve and. Didn't even realize what was going on. So I'm now you know a college age in Norway and I'm saying OK we we have this mission school here and we're all here for like nine months of our lives and learning how to give Bible study isn't there any how to give massage and then he had to do hydrotherapy and all these things and working in the garden and I'm trying to figure out how to plant you cumbers and tomatoes and this is so foreign and from the city and you know then you go do walk down the street a little bit and that the church building they also have the bakery and the health food store and you know that's great and. Take the take an hour trip when you're in the mountains with the lifestyle sense and all these things. I mean this was so new to me. But the more I experienced it the more I felt like it made sense for that singer who is trying to figure out what does it mean to be a missionary when I'm not the pastor of the Bible work or the teacher or the medical professional. And so it was during that time at that very first post ministry that I recognized what was what was going on that as a class we had a mission trip and half of our class went to hundreds the other half went to Tanzania and I chose to go one hundred. And this ministry there they had they start about nine years ago and they were birthed from a couple of graduates from the same mission school that I had attended in Norway. And and I mean we were like the people the team at the time were late teen age years and early twenty's so you know we were young and. And just trying to figure out what what's going on in this world here in this village in Honduras a rural area with about a population of six thousand there had been no Adventists in this community nine years ten years prior. And they had been doing Bible work and they were getting ready to open up their medical missionary training program. And you know I was only supposed to be there for a couple of months and then head back to Norway to finish my medical missionary training but they asked if I would stay because of my experience. You know with the meaning and being a resident advisor at my my university and such. And once again the Lord started taking those opportunities and really settling in my mind you know what in the world do you do when you're out in the country and in our case and hundreds there no electricity. Some days you had running water and some days you didn't and you had to figure out how to take a bath. You know things like this. What do you do when you're out there and we're these young people we don't really know how to make this work but it was really exciting the Lord really used those opportunities to open my eyes to what outpost ministry is how we can all get involved in the work how each one of us has as seventy happens as Christians can have a spot in the Lord's work and I want to tell you a little bit about what it outpost ministry is through the concept of the Madison school. Maybe some of you have heard of that but first to get into that we need to take a trip into Tennessee I live in Tennessee. Now it's a beautiful place. So join me there. The Cumberland River. It was June one thousand nine hundred four the morning star was journeying down the Cumberland River and Edson White was the owner of The Morning Star and on board that day was a man by the name of Edward Edward A Sutherland and he had recently resigned as president from Emanuel missionary college which was located in Berrien Springs. So in a southern land he was just enjoying the scenery and you know chatting with people also on board that day was as he would call her mother white and she was just also taking in the sights just really enjoying the nature and really they were in a very special journey. The goal was. To find a piece of property where they could start a school they were actually looking for two pieces of property a school to train black young people and another property to start a school to train young white people. And so the idea was find a piece of property and start that school SUTHERLAND You know what to do. You've been working in schools for quite some time. Well unfortunately they had a little mechanical issues with the morning star and they had to make a little a short stop. And really mother White's was quite delighted at their stopping point. Sutherland on the other hand was not because they happened to stop in front of the Ferguson Nelson farm now to you or to me that may mean absolutely nothing. I've never seen the Ferguson Nelson farm personally. But mother Whitehead had a vision that this particular property was just the spot to start a school. This is where Sutherland and one of his dear friends personally again was supposed to start a self-supporting school they were supposed to start outpost center not far outside of Nashville Tennessee. Well. Sutherland was not interested. It was an old slave traders headquarters. The soil was awful Rocky weedy he had no desire to try and start a project there. And yet mother White said this is the place. This is the place that the Lord has directed us to. And you know Sutherland I'm again we're thinking this over you know there's some similarities to Avondale I suppose they didn't have the greatest property when they started out and they're flourishing now but I don't want to go into this. It's just the worst place possible. And so Sutherland and began really wrestled over. Starting this medical missionary training program the school on the Ferguson Nelson farm. It was the ugliest thing they had seen but they recognized that if they did not surrender. They were going specifically against the will of God They knew that this property was what God had intended for them. And so eventually they did they did allow the Lord to lead in that direction they decided OK after three visits to the Ferguson Nelson farm. We're going to accept this is the place that God has indicated for us to start a school. And as I mentioned Sutherland was no stranger to education. He had been influential actually in the relocation of Battle Creek college to Berrien Springs where Emmanuel missionary College was established and he had also been the president while on a couple of other institutions. So he was ready to get this work underway. In fact actually when he was at Emmanuel missionary college he. He was quite the revolutionary he and again he tore up the tennis court and the baseball field and planted a vegetable garden which you know some people may think that's a great idea and others may not but that's what he did and this was really he is His desire was to go back to the form of education that Ellen White had been talking about the type of education that she said would be what would help us to actually see Christ come and so he felt the need to answer that call and he resigned from E.M.C. and headed south because she also said you know we need to do some work in the south. It has not recovered since the Civil War But if we can bring some schools here something significant can happen. And so that's what became of the Ferguson Nelson farm it became a school and Southern in the Macand had to hope that their graduates would end up learning so many practical things so well. Well so thoroughly that they would leave Madison school and start other little Madison's all over. So they were learning things like construction and agriculture and and cooking and sewing and how to really establish a strong educational program and how to work in a church. This is what the students there were learning and they were learning from the ground. I mean they built every building they lived in this was something that the students and the staff worked on together and he just they just really hoped that they would start establishing new. New ministries according to the Madison model and there are a few principles that that they always had in mind for the Madison school the first post ministry that we know of more in our in our modern day and one with self-sacrifice they expected that anybody that came to Madison school had an attitude of sacrifice they had to be willing to give they had to be willing to live without They had to be willing to eat the same meal every day they had to be willing to build their own you know their own dorm they had to be willing to live without a stipend if that was if that was necessary self-sacrifice they also believed in self support they didn't want to be dependent upon donations coming to see the project grow they wanted to be able to support themselves sustain themselves planting a garden and things like that developing an industry they believed in strict economy they were very good stewards of the money that did come their way they really wanted to honor God and all that the and all that they did and there are different endeavors at the Madison school in the education program or specifically believed in teaching one subject at a time. Which every college student here knows that just doesn't happen. You're juggling several different classes all at the same time but their idea was have a few hours a day of classes focus on that one class and then spend time out working with your hands that practical education was valuable as well. And they believed in self government. The students and the staff would work together and come up with the principals to run the campus these are the consequences if we do this. That was a group decision and that was the foundation of Madison college. Once the school was established a few years later they added on a wellness center also based on the council from Ellen White to have a school and a cemetery I'm close to each other and so people were really excited to see what was happening. In Madison school. It was revolutionary people hadn't seen anything like it and there was a lot going on even in the world in the area of education a lot of changes that were taking place in people's minds but Madison school was truly a model. In fact there were several different publications that started to actually share what was going on. People were excited that college age students who go to school and work their entire way through and not get an ounce of debt. This was something that they hadn't really seen before and so Reader's Digest shows up and the New York Times shows up in Ripley's Believe it or not shows up and even Eleanor Roosevelt writes an article about Madison school I mean this was a big deal. Well unfortunately. We can't really visit or register to attend Madison school maybe there's some of you who are like sign me up. What's the website. Let me register today. It closed down in one nine hundred sixty five but it did reach its goal Sutherland's dream of seeing its graduates go out and start projects all over the place for the sake of spreading the gospel of bringing the gospel to it initially in the south and eventually seeing that spread around the world but this was that first outpost center Madison school. And ever since then there are. Laypeople and pastors and other church workers that that really believe that this. This is something that works this is a way for Avon's descriptions to get involved. No matter what gifts no matter what talents no matter what career God has actually given them. So with that in mind with the history of the first. The first outpost ministry. Let's kind of take that and figure out what exactly is an outpost ministry will first. We go into the country. Pack our bags leave the cities head out into a rural area that's still within the vicinity of a city that's very important. And we start there like Madison school started we start with an education program a program that strives to teach its students how to work the soil how to balance the books. How to treat diseases naturally. We talk about how to sew how to cook. I mean some of these things we don't even find in our schools much anymore it's like OK is it. Is it faster to just go to go to the store and buy my clothing or so it. But these are the practical things that that the students were taught and things that we still need today you know our buttons do for still fall off of our clothing. So things like this that they taught their students they wanted their students to know construction. You know how to really sustain themselves to be able to replicate this anywhere in the world. And at the foundation of all of this was the Bible. And that was the textbook they were supposed to be working with that would was to be their guide book. So you have the education program in your outpost center. Then you also have the farm. Obviously you have students you have staff. You need to be able to feed everybody. And that farm can also serve as a source. Of income you need to be able to support yourselves. Perhaps you can sell what you what you grow on your farm if your farm is large enough. So there's a lot of a lot of work going on there and that's the perfect place for the students to get their hands dirty and learn how this works and from that experience will be able to go to their own homes and start this up again. We also have a wellness center or a sanitarium as it was called and this was also supposed to be out in the countryside. Obviously you needed medical professionals but you also had students that would participate in these programs that had hands on opportunities to practice massage on the wellness guests to practice their hydrotherapy treatments to apply charcoal poultices to do fire mentation and all these these different things that they were learning in the education program. They were able to put it into practice right away in the wellness center and also we're going to look more in depth on some of these things but also we find publishing work. The literature that they were producing should be based in the countryside. But remember the goal was not just to have like this amazing Adventist resort out in the country. Just this place for retreat. Where we would just isolate ourselves you know the goal was that through the work at the outpost center. You'd actually be reaching the cities and that's that's critical. So that means the students in their training they'd be heading to the cities to get bible studies heading to the cities to share the knowledge that they've gained in diseases and treatments and natural remedies in massage and hydrotherapy. They the medical professionals could head to the cities and share their knowledge as well. Meet some of those needs of those people living in the cities. You could take the produce from your farm or for example a bakery and sell that in town you can share the. Literature that you're producing out in the countryside into the cities. So you're taking it from the outpost to the city that was always the goal. And it's interesting because when we just turn to Scripture to look at this concept of Outpost ministries enough is the person that is often mentioned you know if you have the chance to study this more in-depth on your own time you'll find that you know his mention in several cases and one says just share this quote with you from ministry to the cities page eleven. It says Enoch did not make his abode with the wicked he placed himself and his family where the atmosphere would be as pure as possible. Then at times he went forth to the inhabitants of the world with his God given message. Now we know that from from based on Genesis five that enough was sixty five years had a son. And then walked three hundred years with God and then he was translated his relationship with God had grown so close that it that it made much more sense for God to take him at that time. We don't know much else from scripture about what his life was like but but it is this insight So what exactly was his God given message. I think it's really interesting in the context of of the theme for this year's do you see when all has been heard. Jude fourteen actually tells us what his message was it says now enough the seventh from Adam prophesied saying Behold the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints to execute judgment on all. To convict all who are among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. So clearly Enoch's message was one of judgment. It was one of repentance. It was one of. Turn in the opposite direction you're going the wrong way. There is a better way to live and it's interesting the quote in miniature of the cities continues it says after proclaiming his message he always took back with him to his place of retirement some who had received the warning more and more as wickedness increases in the great cities. We shall have to work them from out post centers. This is the way Enoch labored in the days before the flood when wickedness was rife in every populous community and when violence was in the land. So how many of you say it would say that wickedness is rife in our community that there is violence in the land. Definitely we know this to be true. You don't have to. To look at the news or read the news for very long to realize that that's the case and it's interesting because this is how Iraq labored so we have Mr and Mrs who decide to set up house in the countryside turn it into an outpost center. There enjoy there and in a beautiful environment where they can join nature and really learn from God's lesson book and on occasion they had out to the city and starts to preach this message of repentance and the altar call begins and the music plays and decisions are made people stand up for the truth. And what does he do. He doesn't just leave them in the city he invites them to this sanctuary that God has provided for him out in nature out away from the city he invites them to his home into his outpost center into his outpost ministry so that they can learn a new way of life and there is there we can find parallels there you know we think of bringing people into wellness centers out in the countryside that they can experience a new way of life. So we want to look a little bit more at some quotes the Spirit of Prophecy talks about what sort of things should be in the country. What sort of things should be. In the city and talk a little bit about why that is and I just hope you know for any of you that are here that are maybe trying to figure out what should I do in my country home or or how can how does this apply couple in my life I hope some of these things will just give you some ideas based on the gifts that God has given you. So you're going to see in blue. The aspects of ministry that should be in the city and in green those that should be in the countryside you'll see a little bit of repetition as we go through. So from the book country living it says repeatedly the Lord has instructed us that we are to work the cities from out post centers in these cities we are to have houses of worship as memorials for God but institutions for the publication of our literature for the healing of the sick and for the training of workers are to be established outside the cities especially it is important that our youth be shielded from the temptations of city life. So we have houses of worship in the cities let's let's start there. Why would that be. Oh from my own personal experience I before I moved to Tennessee three years ago I was working at Outpost ministry one hundred S. As I mentioned and when the ministry first started. They actually had the church on the campus of that ministry. Now this is a rule come area but it was still you know six thousand people living together. That has certain implications to it and the ministry was located about a fifteen minute walk outside of the town. So at the beginning. Maybe it made sense you know to have the Church located where the ministry was and as people became more familiar with the truth. They'd come. They'd join in the church services. But there is a little bit of a challenge because to get. From the village to the town meant that you Sari from the village to the ministry to attend church meant that you had to pass the cemetery. And at nights when there is no street lamps. Even the best of us are like the cemetery. So you know that was it something that he liked doing. And frankly in the rainy season there. The creek would grow and it was extremely difficult for people to pass through. I mean you'd have water above your knees and you're trying to cross this creek and you hope that you don't slip things like this. It wasn't the best situation in a time the ministry decided we need to have a church where the people are. On the main street right next to the on the other side of the street of the plaza in view of the Catholic Church. The main thoroughfare in that and that town. So this is really important the houses of worship need to be where the people are they need to be where people can find it shouldn't be difficult for people to get to our churches should be difficult for them to hear the message. So we have that in the country in the in the city but what about in the countryside. Here we see basically an overview our publishing work our wellness centers our lifestyle centers our training programs and our people our missionaries our workers should be in the countryside why because we want to shield people from the temptations of city life. If you are a lifestyle guest and you have an extremely stressful life you have a very busy job you're struggling with health issues you have diabetes or you have heart disease or you know you've been struggling to sleep. The best thing for you to do is leave that environment and find yourself a new place where you can really truly find some peace and connect with God and it's the same for the workers. Ideally the workers don't necessary. They have to spend all of their time in the city they can retreat to the countryside. So it makes perfect sense. It's the place where we can actually connect much better with God we can find a more effective devotional life and experience less distraction. There are some other things you can imagine that we should find in the city not just the houses of worship. It says our restaurants must be in the cities for otherwise the workers in these restaurants could not reach the people and teach them the principles of right living. So the restaurant work I actually have some friends here. Christina and Daniel in theaters and they have a restaurant in a wonderful place and Appalachian. And you know you start small and you see how the Lord continues to multiply that work. Christine is kitchen you can you can Google it and find out about to find out more about the work that they're doing similar restaurant work and the people that come to the face because of restaurant work is incredible story about that a little bit later. But the reason is because we need to be where the people are now could you imagine. Let's put let's put the restaurant where outpost center is thirty minutes outside of town the person that works in the sky rises on his one hour lunch break is not going to drive a half an hour to get to your restaurant that's just not convenient to talk about is the most convenient and so is McDonald's and so is our east so we need to be where the people are the mission field is where the people are and so are our city work should do work that is specifically to meet the needs of the people in the community need to be where the people can be found ease of access. We want the customers to be able to know how we live we want them to be able to relate to us we want to be able to share in life with them. This is critical. This is our opportunity to share Christ. Also in conjunction with the restaurant work. There's another aspect that is brought in there. God would have restaurants established in the cities. If properly managed these will become missionary centers in these restaurants publication should be kept at hand ready to present to those who patronize the restaurant. So you know I'm sure you're already thinking your mind what are all the different things that you could actually have in an outpost center I mean spirit of prophecy mentions some things but that's just the beginning. I mean just let your imaginations go what things would really make sense to have in the countryside. How can all of those things be connected to the work in the cities our publications selling our produce in the cities and all of a sudden people are getting home grown foods and they can come to our farm and see what it's like on our farm they can work with us for a day. There is a ministry in Czech Republic that has a vegetarian restaurant several vegetarian restaurants actually and several health food source called Country Life. Maybe some of you have heard of that that name and they have Country Life restaurants in downtown Prague and they are popular and it's interesting because at their outpost where they have their farm. They have a harvest festival once a year and thousands of people show up to their farm because they're used to dining in their restaurant they're used to there because they're used to going into their health food store and buying natural skincare products things like this and they go to this harvest festival and hear a Christian message they hear Christian music. This is something that people that their customers. Otherwise may not ever experience but they have that connection with that restaurant because they go there on a regular basis. It's where they are it's where they work and so you know these are the perfect places to put our publications the perfect opportunity to really link evangelism with our businesses in the cities. That overlap should be taking place as much as possible. And another link to our restaurants it says I have been given light that in many cities it is advisable for a restaurant to be connected with treatment room. The two can cooperate and uploading right principles in connection with these it is sometimes advisable to have rooms that will serve as lodgings for the sick these establishment will serve as feeders to sanitariums located in the country. So obviously we're thinking about making it as practical as possible treatment rooms we could maybe return that and call it a clinic. You know an outpatient clinic in the town or even a spa. You know people love to get massages and they and they love to get facials and things like this. What are some natural ways we can reach the people in the language of today these treatment rooms that's what it is. And so these should be in connection with our restaurants and the incredible thing is the people that go to these treatment rooms for example they've enjoyed our healthy healthy dining they head over for their spa treatment for their massage to try and aid their aches and pains and you know they form a connection with the people that work there and that is an encouragement to them to you know on my next vacation. Why don't I take ten days and drive a half an hour outside of the city and go to that wellness center I already know these people. And I can learn more and I you know that I can get a massage every day for ten days. I mean this is what people are thinking they're looking for these opportunities not just for vacation not just for relaxation also for their their physical ailments. So we can see how all these things are really designed to link together and I really believe there was there was wisdom in God's design and this. And so many ways that we can get involved. It's interesting because it's not just what we do in our daily lives these outposts ministries there's also implications for the very last days and this is something that I think is an incredible provision that God has given us and. This next quote is actually Percy McGann one of the founders with Sutherland of Madison college sharing as he was contemplating the size of their farm no less at at Madison school. Says at first we felt that the school farm was too large. We had planned in our own minds an ideal school farm which should be small. But kept so clean and orderly that it would be a model when we told Sister White our objections to the size of the farm. She said that the time would come when many that are now living in the cities would be forced to leave in order to live the truth and that we should make the farm a place of refuge where some of these could stop for a while and be taught how to make a living from the soil. Then they would have the courage to go out into the country. This is incredible because it's not just OK we're going to have our outpost center for today. And for the next day. If you think about it. We know that the final verse is a Revelation thirteen are going to take place there is going to be a Sunday long pose there is going to be time where we cannot buy or sell. There is going to be a time where really the face for are going to need to get out of the cities well where are they supposed to go if that's their last chance to even X. that they don't have their gardens already established they don't have their country home already built and all of a sudden these outpost ministries can become a place of refuge they can become a sanctuary. A new home for those Christians that are leaving the cities so that they can actually live out their faith and so all of a sudden it's like OK no McGann you're thinking too small on that farm you're going to need a whole lot more produce than that once the once the time comes for people to be leaving the cities. And so I think it's really amazing to see how God has given us this work to have to be a powerful influence in the very last moments of. This Earth's history. People will make their way to the outpost centers like the animals filed into the ark and they'll know that this is a place of refuge because they will have already built those relationships with us as we left our centers to do work in the cities in our restaurants in our outpatient clinics in our treatment rooms selling our produce things like this. Sometimes we like to congregate as Atlantis right we do it on Sabbath and we do it. Wednesday night prayer meeting and some of us do it every day of our lives by living in Adventists hills. I live in one I used to live in another you know the place where it's like oh yeah there's another half and they're heading to church. Oh yeah. They serve veggie burgers that are fast food places here. Things like that but it's interesting because when we when we put that concept of congregating as really before that before Revelation thirteen takes place when we talk about congregating there is something we really should be keeping in mind when we're trying to consider what work the Lord would have for us and the book publishing ministry. Shares a little bit about that. It says Let those who are thinking of settling at Mountainview which is where there was some publishing work taking place. Remember that this is not wisdom. Unless they are called there to connect with the publishing work. The world is large its needs are great good so make new centers in places where there is a need of light Do not crowd into one place making the same mistake that has been made in Battle Creek. There are hundreds of places that need the light God has given you. So all of a sudden when we're considering how we can get involved. You know if you if you've already had some ideas of you know I really love cooking. Like I could start a restaurant get if you were friends together we can establish something outside of the city or if you think. I can definitely do a farm. Like that is my skill or as was mentioned. I'm an accountant and there's already a ministry that I know they need an accountant there's a lot of ministries that need accounts that accountants you know so things like this you can get connected. And if there is actually a work for you to do there. Then go there. But if you are not really into writing. Why go to a publishing house for example you know what I'm saying. So we need to really think about OK where are where is there work to be done that is already established how can I get connected there. But if I'm trying to fit you know a square peg in a round hole. Maybe what God is asking me to do is start something new. With the guess that he's given me How can I do that. How can I go make new centers and continue spreading that light. So that to me the exciting thing about about ministry as a singer. Is that there's something for everybody to do and even though I never anticipated I would use music in ministry in missions that exactly that is what happens. I work mostly in communication but I guess music is just another form of communication. So it's really interesting how God can really take whatever skills that he's given you career he's given you and he can give you the idea for how to turn that into an outpost ministry or how to connect that how to make that connection for a city mission in connection with an outpost ministry where we really need to our continuous moments where we are dying to self and I've really personally found that that's what those ministries provided for me those opportunities to just draw near to people that needed it and to lose sight of self in testimonies for the church volume six it says while the world needs sympathy. While it means the prayers and assistance of God's people. Well needs to see Christ in the lives of his followers the people of God are equally in need of opportunities that draw out their sympathies give efficiency to their prayers and develop in them a character like that of the. Divine pattern. It is to provide these opportunities that God has placed among the poor. The unfortunate the sick and the suffering. They are Christ's legacy to his church and they are to be cared for as he would care for them in this way God takes away the dross and purifies the cold giving us that culture of heart and character which we need and I'm sure some of you have experienced in whichever way God has called you to serve. You know sometimes we may think I'm there to help that person I'm there to be a blessing to that person and we discover in the end that the biggest work needed to be done in our own hearts and God was doing us a service by by giving us those opportunities to be among people that had great need. And if he was able to in spite of ourselves that bless them. Polya generally he speaking we are the ones that leave the most blessed because there was a great work that needed to be done in our own hearts and lives and I think those ministries is that way you know there's many other ways but from my experience that way to connect with people in need. When you know someone from the village comes and they've been struggling with diabetes for so long that they're not really sure how much longer they have to live. And they start eating raw and they start walking a mile which is more than they walked in quite some time and that continues to grow and they start seeing changes in their body and they start enjoying those hymns that that the rest of the campus is seeing singing and they start accepting the messages that are being preached there. That person that was in need becomes a missionary somewhere else as well. And we can be a part of that happening in people's lives. For the rest of our time together. I just want to share with you. Kind of briefly different ministry. Is that have nice out there. Obviously I can even share all of them but this is just to give you an idea really the goal in talking about. Post ministry is that you think return home and pray about how the Lord would specifically have you get involved that you would not be afraid to say you know I am a mechanic. There must be some place for me to serve. Or you know I have I've been I've had the opportunity to raise my kids they're grown and they're out of the home now. How can I serve what is the work that God is calling me to there is something specific for each one of us. So I just want to share a few ministries that I have the privilege of working with at the ministry I serve with outpost and his international this one. You may be familiar with Fountain View Cademy there base in Cannes and British Columbia. And they are a boarding school about eighty five students and you may especially know them by their music they produce D.V.D.'s you'll find them with their violins in the pianos on cliffs and in front of the Coliseum is just like it would be amazing to be a high school student have that experience right. This is an outpost center. They're able to take music and minister in many different communities around the world and there are stories of people having received the steps to Christ the Fountain View Cademy put together and coming to know Christ making a decision for Christ through that. Well as you can imagine if it's a school campus. You need Deans you need cooks you know as I mentioned this is a school they teach them practical things they need people working on the farm and teaching the students how to how to do media because the students are completely involved in all this production. Somebody needs to be filming the cameras. You know behind the cameras they need people with experience and counseling there's all sorts of shit for. In areas just and one school where people can get involved or going to Africa to Tanzania can be doula is a farm in Tanzania and they have a primary school they have an agriculture school especially for people that are not able to actually complete secondary education. You know to give them a trade something that they can they can work with in the future. They build one day churches throughout the country they have a wellness center evangelism school training people to really be practical. They publish Bibles and other Christian literature and they also have their particular industries as they have they grow. So if you if you are some avocado lovers I encourage you to go to Tanzania you'll have plenty to choose from. They have an aviation program as well. So just think of all things there that they need they need people who have an understanding of the soil people that understand how to make how to sell how to market these things so maybe you wouldn't think a marketer would be beneficial in the mission field but in fact that could be very helpful for a ministry who's trying to support themselves they need people who can repair the engines of the airplanes. They need people who can teach these little children and and manage the wellness center people with business management skills in addition to health professionals. Or Czech Republic I mentioned earlier the country life restaurants in Prague and also their health food stores. Well there is a gentleman who was who became familiar obviously with the country life restaurants from the Czech Republic and he became a Seventh Day Adventist and teamed up with with country life Prague to start springs of Health which they produce a bi monthly health magazine they. That goes throughout the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They are. Also publish health articles on their website and they they don't actually have their own wellness center where they you know where people are constantly able to come. So they got innovative and they rent out a hotel several times a year. So you know the fact that they don't have that their own piece of property for the lifestyle center did not limit the work that God was able to do in that aspect so they have their lifestyle sessions at a hotel several times a year they do cooking classes health seminars they team up with other ministries in Czech Republic to do evangelism meetings and health expos and they developed a community center in also in downtown Prague so just think of all the aspects where people can get involved. I mean if you have if you have health Expos you need health professionals you need people that are graphic designers to put your magazine together and editors to make sure you've got the commas in the right spots. You need people that are able to fix a broken down website things like this very practical things that you know people study in school but we don't always make those connections about God can use that in ministry. In India living Springs overseas missions they've run orphanages they have a midwifery program. They have provide vocational training to students learn welding and carpentry mechanics and sewing so many different opportunities for people to serve in that regard. You know besides teachers just think especially those the parents whose kids have already grown up. I just have to tell you the those that run living Springs overseas missions. They're in their retirement years and they've been there for decades and it's incredible to see the care that they have for these children so just think you know maybe some of you parents here or those who maybe never did have children but with love to have children to take care of there's. Orphanages all over the place that are looking for a loving Christian people to teach these children about Jesus. They need practical Haitian vocational teachers they need farmers they need medical professionals to help teach other people about midwifery. I mentioned the the Internet. You're not in Honduras the ministry where I where I served for several years. You know they have a medical missionary chain program as well. A bilingual elementary school so they need teachers whose native language is English to work with these children that are coming to learn the Adventist message through through elementary education and their parents are coming to the faith and are being baptized when they hear their kids singing these bible songs in English and things like this they need cooks they need you. Communication people to share your mission stories. Wildlife's also has a little bit closer to home there. They have a wellness center a medical training program in fact this year they celebrated their seventy fifth anniversary so they've been around a long time have so much experience and so many of their missionaries have started other things as well. So that's been incredible outpatient clinic just think you need nurse practitioners people with I.T. background. Ministries in Cambodia also they went incredible thing that they do in addition to their orphanage the medical missionary work there is they provide media ministry resources in the commercial language. So you know there are so many interesting opportunities out there. Just maybe depending on your background on the gifts that God has given you that can be used to Brazil Amazon might save his ministry this is a medical boat launch on the Amazon River. So they need for medical professionals dental professionals and they train people they train their students who work in an entered areas and you know one need that they have in particular is Bible workers but just think of those incredible opportunities out there and the different the different ways that God is using people Riverside Farm Institute in Zambia back to after. They have a long history of medical missionary work and really influencing the growth of ministry in Africa with their clinic they have a wellness center gardening courses tailoring courses just really ways to make ministry practical for the for the the local people there. Dozens of Bible workers that are stationed all around Zambia. They have twenty five thousand banana plants. So there is plenty of work to be done there all the bands you could need for quite some time. They need dentists they need teachers they need health professionals really what I want to leave you with is that there's something for everybody. Sometimes when I'm at the O.C.I. booth people will come and say you know. I'd really like to serve but this is what I do I really don't know what to do with that. You know I'm I'm this that and the other I you know I'm a baker or I am a bookkeeper or you know I studied engineering. It's like there is something I guarantee you there is something the Lord can direct you to that very thing as we finish up I just want to share with you if any of you are have any questions are interested in more information. You have on the volunteers the back the shoes will be handing out a card a ticket submissions card for anybody that is interested in getting a quick glance at some opportunities that are out there at some of our outpost ministries and it's just a great opportunity to see how you can get involved or if you just have any other questions about outpost ministries I can give you some suggestions of books treat if you can get your hope your hands on the book Madison God's beautiful farm. That will be an inspiration a blessing to you. Also the book compendium on city outposts found Alyson which is a dissertation by James Lee that would also be a blessing to you and I just want to encourage you to allow the Lord to really use you. However he he wants to to really finish this work together sort of to stand as we pray. Heavenly Father. I want to thank you that you do have a work for each one of us. You have a special place you have a part of the vineyard that we need to be serving in and there's people there that are waiting to hear the message and you're waiting for us and I just want to pray the Lord that you would continue to work on people's hearts as they think more about outpost ministry or the other types of evangelism that are being talked about or over the course of this the series of Mission Possible and I just ask that you would lay a special burden on people's hearts to get involved. No matter what to get involved in that through that experience. You would work ourselves we thank you for having Jesus this message was presented at the G Y C twenty sixteen conference when all has been heard in Houston Texas a supporting ministry at the Seventh Day Adventist Church seeks to inspire young people to be bible based Christ centered and so winning Christians for other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C web who are gene.

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