Men's Prison Trip
February 4, 12:00am
Part of our blueprint as
Pop quiz.......who said? ......
‘Action without vision’ is just ‘passing time’
‘Vision without action’ is just ‘day dreaming’
‘Vision with action’ can change the world.
When I read this quotation I began to think back on the 28 years we have been with ZEMA and pondered again the ENORMITY of the ZEMA missionary task as it relates to these two words.....’ACTION’ and ‘VISION’.
Someone recently asked the question ‘How many ZEBS classes have you taught’ (an ‘action’ type question) and a quick calculation led to the response ‘impossible to work out but MANY THOUSANDS’......(ZEBS has been going for 20 years now).......but is THAT how I should ‘measure myself?’
Someone else asked ‘what is ‘THE PLAN’ to reach all the amaZioni in Southern Africa’ (a ‘vision type’ question) and the human part of me wanted to respond ‘Only God knows’........but is THAT how I should measure myself?
.....and I began to wonder ....am I just ‘passing time,’ or perhaps ‘day dreaming’ because the reality is .......if you had a camera up in space measuring the difference MY LIFE has made.....well it could seem REALLY INCONSEQUENTIAL to all that has happened in the world these past 28 years.
I looked up a website which gave the major events of 1989 (the years we joined ZEMA) and these were the ‘highlights’
Berlin wall came down
Pro-democracy rallies in Tiananmen Square
Angolan Civil war halted by cease-fire
Exxon Valdez runs aground
US forces invade Panama
Most popular movie: ‘Who framed Roger Rabbit?’
‘Satanic Verses’ by Salman Rushdie reached No 2
‘The Cosby Show’ was the No 1 show on TV
HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED........but what part did I PLAY?
And then I remember.....I may not be able to change the world, but I CAN help change the world for the people I meet, and in our case.....for the amaZioni we meet....and one of the best places to ‘see that come alive’ is at a ZEBS Graduation.
ZEBS is a 4 year ‘Bible and Church Administration’ set of classes to which AmaZioni Church leaders are invited, and for some, when they first come, you realise that they are leaders of many people, but have no knowledge of the Gospel, no assurance of salvation....a hunger for ‘religion’ but no idea about TRUTH. (This is not true of ALL who come but is true of those we really WANT to come)
And little by little.....their worlds begin to change.....maybe they actually COME TO SALVATION at a ZEBS class..... or understand that baptism does not wash away sin, or recognise that God is our FATHER and not some ‘power’ to be manipulated or feared........and when we come to GRADUATION and students share their testimonies......and they say ‘now we need to share what we have learnt with others who don’t yet know the TRUTH’......and YES! THE WORLD HAS CHANGED......and YOU and WE had just a small part in that,
SO AS WE COME TO THE END OF 2017....THANK YOU for every PRAYER, for every FINANCIAL SUPPORT, for every EMAIL or PHONE CALL ! Your praying and giving and encouraging helps us know we can have GREAT COURAGE that God is indeed at work among the amaZioni.
Richard and Geraldine Akers
PRAY for the AmaZioni people to know Jesus for who he really is.
GIVE to the ministry at www.zema.org
Missions is not just something we pray for in distant lands. It is something we actively engage in on a regular basis.
Whether it’s our Global Action Teams engaging with partner ministries on the other side of the planet, or the Local Action Teams engaging in reaching our neighbors, and nearby cities, Short Term Action Teams are a critical part of our Acts 1:8 strategy. As Jesus was ascending into heaven, He commanded his disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. We want to follow that pattern ourselves. Starting close to home, and letting the ripple-effect of our faith spread.
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