The Rest of the Story

August 18, 2014

My three minutes of fame…it was a big deal for me last week. Interviews and cameras are not my daily activity or my desire. Yet, within a span of just a few days, I found myself being interviewed for the Baton Rouge newspaper and a Baton Rouge television station. Funny thing, these two opportunities to tell our story were independent and not connected. Our story on the 10 pm news last Thursday happened because of a simple Google search of “medical missionaries in Africa” and not because the newspaper put us on the front page Wednesday to report on our evacuation from the hospital. He got my attention as He alone could do.

Article from the Advocate

I thank both reporters for the opportunity to share in Baton Rouge the story of our ministry. In both cases, world events were part of the MCWA story. That has not been our heritage at all and the circumstances that brought this attention are heartbreaking and significant. We are not the same.

If my desire to share “the whole story” had been granted, what else would I want people to know?

  • Why do we do what we do? Neither story spoke about our calling, which began in 1989 with the incorporation of MCWA. Each of our team members and volunteers understands that there is a Task Remaining – for every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues – to receive and accept the free gift of salvation. Specifically, there is an unreached people group that is our focus and our purpose. Along the way, we have the amazing opportunity to be followers of Jesus and be His hands and feet, working with many, many unreached people groups and with nominal believers. What a calling!
  • Who will complete the Task Remaining? It is not up to Western laborers. You may not agree with me, but my worldview leads me to conclude that God does not need me, our field team, or MCWA for the Great Commission. And oh, how His invitation is like none other! That is right - He invites you and me to be part of His work. The incredible ministry platform of the hospital is not available to us today, tomorrow and possibly for a long time. But that platform is available to the national employees of the hospital, faithful believers who are now able to be messengers to their fellow citizens of the country and speak the Gospel. Seems like our “team” just got a lot bigger with more than 100 employees capable today to do this very thing.
  • What do we need? Prayer and funding. I was thrilled that our prayer board made the television news and grateful that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The power of prayer has never been more needed nor has it ever been so personal for me. If you have never prayed for MCWA and our team, would you begin today? We can give you wonderful ways to pray (like our 2015 calendar and our monthly prayer requests which you can request here). If you have never invested financially in MCWA, would you seek God? Would you become a monthly financial partner with us to complete this work? My prayer is for each of us to be convicted and obedient, for His glory.
  • How do you count the cost? You cannot, in your own strength. The cost is high. But He is worth it.

Heb 10:24-25 "and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, … but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing nearer."

- Cheryl Yennie, Executive Director, MCWA

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