Adventist Mission is making strides in sharing the church’s message of hope. But Gary Krause says a recent encounter with young Cambodians reminded him that the job isn’t done.
A few weeks ago I was in Cambodia in Southeast Asia, I started talking to two girls, teenagers and I said, “have you ever heard of Jesus?” and they said, “no.” Now I shouldn’t have really been surprised because here we are in the heart of the 10/40 window that stretches from Northwest Africa through the Middle East into Asia, sixty-percent of the world’s population live here, most of the people are not Christian. I should have not have been overly surprised but somehow it hit me hard to talk these girls, never even heard of Jesus. Then last week, I was talking with pastor Willy Aronsen, Pastor Aronsen cares for Global mission in Sweden, he told me about a train trip he had recently where a young 20 something woman sat beside him and he recognized the face from some magazine cover, she was a celebrity in Sweden, she blogs on things such as fashion and popular culture. She is in the media all the time and they got to talking and she said, “You know, I heard that there were Christians in Sweden but you are the first Christian I have ever met.”
Again, here we are in Europe, this place that used to be the center of Christianity – never met a Christian. We still face a tremendous mission challenge around the world and I want thank you for your continuing prayers for mission, your continuing financial support for mission and your personal involvement in the mission to tell people about Jesus Christ.