Welcome church family, guest missionaries and church leaders attending our 27th Annual World Missions Conference. We are excited and blessed to have you here.
We have been preparing by pre-praying over this conference because we know that missionaries are facing formidable challenges and new shifts in how missions work is done in this century. We also know that the needs remain great and we want to completely trust God’s provision and direction for His will to be done.
There are 2 billion born-again believers in our world today. That means there are still 5 billion people who are still lost. Standing together single-file that would make a line of people which would encircle the entire world 37 times. Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Allah” cannot save them. “There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.”
Romans 10:14, 15 states: “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed?” “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?” People are not going to be saved by their ignorance. “If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.” It is the lost who must hear the Name of Jesus! “How shall they hear without a preacher?” The sending of preachers is absolutely critical! “How shall they preach unless they are sent?”
I believe this is our mandate! We have a mandate to preach the gospel to the world. Our mandate is to let the whole world know that “There is only one Name given under heaven by which men must be saved.” Acts 4:12
We have many missionaries who will be at this conference who have not permitted Satan to melt down the mandate to carry out the call God has given them to reach lost souls for the Kingdom of God.
It is to you that we give our honor and applause for staying true to the call God has given you. We humbly extend our hearts to serve you and love you as you extend your stay with us this week. We celebrate with you at this greatest time of gathering in the harvest around the world, and rejoice with you for the fruitfulness of your ministry. Many of you after years of faithful ministry. We love you all!