March 9, 2019
A Burden for The Lost
Last night I received a message from someone in our church who is from Venezuela, and he hadn’t been able to communicate with his family for almost 30 hours. There is currently no electricity in the country. No cell towers, no internet, etc. The hospitals are being greatly affected, and people have died. He is obviously concerned, and asked that we pray.
A few days ago, I read an article that the Jews are getting very serious about rebuilding a synagogue on the temple mount. They are questioning why they ever ceded control of their most holy site. Every single item has been created for a new temple. We see a temple in the great tribulation in books like Daniel and Revelation.
In Luke 21:24 Jesus is predicting the destruction of the temple, and he says something absolutely amazing: “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
When Jerusalem is no longer trampled by Gentiles, time is up. The only part they do not control right now is the temple mount. The reality that Jesus could come back at any moment has never sunk into my heart before like it has in these past few days. I looked around, and thought do these people know Jesus? We are talking about eternity, heaven and hell, and the opportunity is almost gone. What I am doing about it???
A few months ago a dear brother saw what was going on in Venezuela, and very pointedly asked me: Cory, What are you doing about the situation in Venezuela? The reality is we are doing something, our church is full of refugees, and we were discipling them and helping them. But, there was more to be done. I’m thankful for the challenge and the push.
A few years ago, I was in Israel and Greece. I got to meet and work with refugees. There was such a desperation for God among them, there was an awakening happening and there was an amazing open door for discipleship. I wanted to stay. I had offers and opportunities. Someone offered a location among Iraqi refugees where I would just disciples and train non-stop. I was so excited to work with refugees. Then God made it clear to continue in South America. I knew it was God’s will, but I was a bit sad.
Then a year ago, we started in Trujillo. We believed this was the continuation of God’s calling to plant churches in South America. We wanted to see healthy churches that teach God’s Word and love and feed the people. The interesting thing was how Trujillo quickly became a capital for refugees. Venezuelan refugees who were fleeing their Communist dictator who was destroying their county. God was bringing the refugees to me. Wow.
With that, we are excited to launch a new ministry, called GOSPEL SOUTH AMERICA. We see an open door that God has set before us. We do not have a lot of resources or people, you might say we just a little strength, but we believe we have kept God’s Word and not denied His name. We are excited to walk through this open door, and we want to invite you to be a part of what God is doing through GOSPEL SOUTH AMERICA.
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