Archives For Cross-Cultural Missions

In Early April, while one of our leaders from India was here in Keystone, SD for our Spring month-long training, his daughter was in a bike accident. The ankle and heel of his daughter’s right foot was severely injured in the biking accident. When he went back to India at the end of April, after the month-long training, he and his wife took their daughter to the hospital to have her injury checked out, as it did not appear to be getting better.

A situation like this is scary, stressful, and exhausting. When we are in these situations, how often do we believe that God is using them for His glory? How often do we give praises to God in the depths of our most difficult situations?

Our Indian leader and his wife had faith that the Lord was using this situation to glorify Himself, and in the midst of their faith, God came and did incredible things!

He and a disciple he is working with, are in the middle of an incredible opportunity that the Lord has given them. They are evangelizing to the nursing students in the hospital where his daughter was admitted. They found a few believers there and they have began to disciple them. They held two Gospel meetings for all the students and they have now formed a redemptive community in the hospital. The redemptive community, which meets regularly on Thursdays, includes the doctor at the hospital, the principal of the nursing school, the new believers they found, and the disciple our leader was initially working with. After each redemptive community meeting, they continue to meet with other nursing and medical students to share the Gospel with them.

How amazing is it that in the center of a situation that seems scary and hopeless, God can do mighty things to further His kingdom?

This story is one of the many that prove that God can display His splendor and desire for the Great Commission in any situation, regardless of place, time, and circumstances!

To God be the glory!

Below is a report that was sent to us from some of our disciples in Nepal. They are traveling to unreached areas in the mountains of Nepal to make and baptize disciples!

The area of Manang in Nepal is severely unreached. 19 out of the 20 people groups in Manang are unreached. The largest religion present in Manang is Buddhism, with 53.5% Out of the total population of 6,500 individuals professing to be Buddhist. Within this population, only 1.5% is professing Christian.

 

 

Greetings from Nepal.

It is great privilege to inform you about the Manang visit. Thank you very much, for you have kindly prayed for the mission work of God the father.

We have had some disturbance in the work of God, but because of your prayers, we came out from the problems. One of village leaders was trying to stop us sharing Gospel. He was challenging me, he was trying to stop our ministry to that village and did not want us to come to that place again.  However, God is so gracious with us, and therefore we had fellowship in Manang.

Praise the Lord! Our friend Pasang Lama took the water baptism.

Once again thank you deeply for your prayers for the Manang visit.

Please pray for these points:

The Magar brothers are waiting for water baptism in Manang, pray that they will really grow spiritually.

Pray that God will prepare hearts to receive water baptism in Chitawan and Dolakha too.

We are praying for a combined meeting in Kathmandu where we can encourage everyone for further ministry in the local area. We called for the gathering in Kathmandu to those who are leading the local church.

Please pray for the managing of the meeting and travel expenses. The Gathering in Kathmandu will be three days and we will provide for their travel, food, and lodging.

Best wishes to you all.

In His service,
Mukhiya Rai and
GoldenGate Church family
Kathmandu, Nepal

Check out this video from the advanced training we held this past month from October 5th – 28th!

If you’re interested in attending one of our upcoming trainings, please click the date below to find out more.

We have a month-long training coming up in  October 2016 for international students.

We also have a week-long training in January 2017 for United States Citizens.

 

A Christian leader who works with international students tells the story of a Saudi Arabian student who came into his office and handed him a locked suitcase and a key. The student told the man that he was going back home to Saudi Arabia later that day and that he wanted the man to open the suitcase only after he had left. With some trepidation the man agreed to open the suitcase after the Saudi student had gone. What he found when he opened the suitcase shocked and saddened him. The suitcase was filled with gifts from Saudi Arabia that the student had brought with him to America so that he would have something to give when he was invited into an American’s home. During his five years of school he was never invited into an American home, let alone a Christian home. Sadly, the experience of this young man is the norm and not the exception for internationals who come to America.

What responsibility does the church have to care for the aliens and strangers in our midst?

Romans 12:13 tells Christians to “pursue hospitality.” Biblical hospitality goes beyond what we are comfortable with in our individualistic Western culture. It is rooted in the honor and shame culture of the East. In this culture, hospitality is not something that is approached passively. Its not something that we do “when the opportunity presents itself.” It is an honor and privilege that is to be sought out and pursued with extravagance and pomp. Additionally, the biblical idea of hospitality carries with it an emphasis on caring for foreigners and outsiders. This can be seen in the root of the greek word translated hospitality.

Spicq’s Theological Lexicon of the New Testament explains that in the Hellenistic world “philoxenia is an act of philanthropia; the stranger, received as a guest, is addressed and treated as a friend.” The centrality of radical hospitality in the early church can also be seen in Hebrews 13:1-2 where the first defining aspect of “brotherly love” (philo-delphia) is to “not neglect stranger love” (philo-xenia). Additionally the love of strangers was a necessary qualification for church leaders (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8) and in the early church it was the bishop who bore the first responsibility to offer a bed and shelter to travelers.

The Old Testament teaching on loving the alien and stranger makes it clear that the high view of hospitality in the early church was not simply a byproduct of their culture. God called Israel to a radical generosity towards outsiders that was rooted in his Divine character and in the experience of God’s people being given a home when they were formerly sojourners and slaves. In Deuteronomy 10:17–19, God says to his people, “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (ESV).

The cultural motivation for hospitality in the ancient world was often fear of retribution and shame. The motivation for God’s people to show hospitality was the radical experience of God’s grace that gave them a land and home when they were homeless and without hope in the world. This pattern can also be seen in Leviticus 19:33–34 where God says to His people, “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (ESV). How much more should Christians be quick to show hospitality?

… remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. … And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord (Ephesians 2:12–13,17–21 ESV italics mine).

If we have experienced this amazing grace and if we have truly understood our state of estrangement without Christ, how can we not actively and sacrificially pursue hospitality towards the foreigners who live in our midst?

The Keystone Project is pleased to announce a new internship with a focus on movement leadership and cross-cultural urban missions. This 3-month internship is designed for individuals and teams who are passionate about cross-cultural mission work and who want an intensive learning experience that will prepare them to launch exponentially multiplying disciple-making movements wherever God calls them.

Dates
We have an ongoing internship program year-round for qualified individuals. For more info contact LJ Evers.

Internship Detail and FAQ:
Houston Internship Info Sheet

To download an application in Word format click link below:
Houston Internship Application

For questions about the internship or to submit your application by e-mail:
LJ@keystoneproject.org