Many times I have reminded fellow gospel messengers of the hope and confidence we have that God will finish His mission. My go-to text is Revelation 7:9 and the beautiful image of the great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language gathering around the throne in worship. The news these days often paints a completely different picture–one punctuated by images of terrorism, the refugee crisis, and so-called Islamic State.
You may wonder, what is the state of global missions and how should we reconcile the tension between these different images? As you read the stories from this Issue of One Ambition, I hope you will be encouraged by glimpses of how God is at work through the refugee crisis. I personally witnessed how God is using the devastation caused by ISIS for His Glory when I travelled to Northern Iraq in December, 2015.
It is also my prayer that your hope will be strengthened as together we endeavor to faithfully serve the one who has promised to remain with us ‘to the very end of the age’ and whose ways we can’t always understand.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
In His Mercy,