“Listening to the sound of coins clanging against an empty metal box, combined with the chants of men’s tongues to idols and beating drums, only causes our cries to the LORD to be louder. Standing in the midst of Japanese and foreigners with cameras throwing coins in a box, wishing for good fortune from an empty idol, absolutely broke my heart. How much more it must break the heart of GOD to watch His creation, made in His image, worship something other than the Creator?”
This was taken from a blog written during my time as a missionary intern with the IMB in Tokyo, Japan. Each week we would lead student groups from the States to the Asakusa temple on a prayer walk. Seeing someone place their hope in an empty idol causes one to see how the world is truly desperate to place their hope in something bigger than themselves. So often, we choose the wrong thing. We do not choose the one with authority, the one who created and loves us.
We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
What can we do to help a hopeless world?
“GO” is such a small word, yet such a big command. Once you surrender your life to the LORD, your command is to GO. Going can mean different things for different people, but the bottom line is to go. The command is simple and to the point. We make it complicated but the LORD makes it clear.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28-18-20
Going is an act of obedience to this authority and an act of love to the One who gave us life. The world is our mission field.
This hope and command are the reasons we have decided to begin Access International. We want to make it easy for your church student groups to GO to the nations and share the gospel to a world living without hope. Access International is launching student mission trips for summer 2016.
Access trips are 7 to 12 days long (including travel days and one culture day). A typical ministry day will consist of a short time of worship and preparation, a full day of ministry, and time to share stories from the day with your church group in the evening. All ministry is done alongside a local church or long-term missionary.
Trips are designed for students and leaders who have never been out of the country before or seasoned travelers. In-country ministry will be done through a local church or alongside a long-term missionary. Our hope is that students return with a broadened worldview and a heart for sharing the gospel in their context.
To learn more, check us out at www.accessthenations.com.
The following post was written by Amanda Craft, Access International Coordinator.