I cannot help but reflect on the Body of Christ. Having the joy of visiting many churches and pastors, and interacting with many national leaders and movements, I am continually amazed at the “Mystery”—God’s plan for His dwelling place—the Body of Christ! When God wanted to pioneer His Church, He chose a borrowed building with less than ideal surroundings, not in a political or economic center, but in Bethlehem. We are to be committed to “build” and not “destroy” the Temple of God (I Cor. 3:11-23). Fracturing, divisions, a party spirit, “Pentecostal Gnosticism”, and a host of other means of separation, superiority, and selective fellowship are Satan’s wedges to undermine and weaken God’s ordained structure (James 3:13-18). “Peace through the Blood” is the rallying Cry of Calvary, while “Power through the Spirit” is the rallying Cry of God’s reversal of Babel. God grant that we would “crave” the Body of Jesus, as Joseph of Arimathea did, to serve it sacrificially and lovingly!
Let me share a personal note with you about “numbers”. Some have asked about numbers; i.e. how many were saved, filled with the Spirit, healed, or how many were in the special meetings, churches, schools, etc. You will notice I do not share any numbers! Here are some of my reasons. First, there are only two recorded instances of “numbers” in the Book of Acts after the birth of the New Testament Church: 3,000 and 5,000. Second, in all of the Apostle Paul’s recording and reporting of “exploits for God” to the churches, no numbers are ever mentioned. In fact, Paul forgot all he baptized! We can count “heads” but we cannot count conversions! Besides, how does one measure the results of training, growth, renewal, restoration, change in direction, attitudes, or behavior ? (See Ephesians 4:11-16; II Pet. 1:3-11; II Pet. 3:18.) Sometimes, I get the impression that “size is success” and that “numbers mean nickels”. We “walk” by faith, “live by our faith”, and ministry is “of faith”. The “results” of the ministry of Word, Spirit, and personal example must be left to God, the Judge of all the earth (I Cor. 4:5). Thank you for your understanding and trust in this regard.
As I close this Journal, I am viewing the sunset from our back window. I am again reminded of the many “sunset” pictures given by missionaries at the close of their slide presentations during our pastorate. The message was clear—the hour is late. The events in America and around the world, both spiritually and politically, along with the prophetic view of Christ’s Coming Kingdom all speak of urgency to train and disciple national pastors, leaders, and students to reach their country and their people, some of whom are scattered around the world. The “window of opportunity” is closing.
Many of you have been partners with us through prayer and support in this training/preaching ministry. Thank you! We have shared openly and honestly what God has given us to do by His grace here in Eurasia, including the 10-40 Window we are hearing so much about. Your continued support is needed! We continue to trust the Lord for meeting the financial challenges that face us monthly. God is faithful! He cannot deny Himself to accomplish His purposes in and through our lives as we love and obey Him.
Know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers continually. We constantly share with the pastors, leaders, schools, and churches of your love, prayers, support, and Christian greetings. They all send their Christian greetings in return. Your prayers are much needed and appreciated for us all!!
Partners with Christ and You in the World’s Harvest Field,
Reuben & Carmen Sequeira
I Thessalonians 3:11-13