Conversion of Christianity

November 22, 2017 at 6:00 AM

bible-reading.jpgHealth promoters in Pagamba, Papua, Indonesia, following along with a Scriptural passage during a time of devotions.  (Photo by Dan Breen)  

Conversion of Christianity

By Nathan Stob

The Luke Society has always had a spiritual impact around the world. Ministry directors tenderly treat patients for health needs and then open the Gospel message to these patients. These spiritual conversations are having an impact on thousands of lives each year.

Throughout the 36-year international history of the Luke Society, there have been countless conversions and hundreds of churches planted around the world.

However, something more intense seems to be happening in a number of ministries lately. Ministry directors have been reporting a very high number of conversions from their evangelism teams.

For example, in September the ministry in Ghana reported 60 people accepted Christ. Last month, the ministry in China reported 53 new converts. The ministry in Indonesia reported an astounding 149 people received the Lord for the first time.

These are some of the highest numbers we have seen throughout our years of spiritual record-tracking.

Could this be more of what Philip Yancey observed in Christianity Today back in February 2001? He wrote, “As I travel, I have observed a pattern, a strange historical phenomenon of God ‘moving’ geographically from the Middle East, to Europe to North America to the developing world. My theory is this: God goes where he’s wanted.”

Could these increased numbers indicate the shift of Christianity’s center from the United States and Europe to Africa, Asia and South America?

This shift has been long predicted by some authors such as Philip Jenkins in his book, “The Next Christendom.” The shift has also been highlighted in numerous articles such as a Washington Post’s May 20,2015, piece which states, “A century ago, 80 percent [of Christians] lived in North America and Europe, compared with just 40 percent today.” The article goes on to say, “One out of four Christians in the world presently is an African, and Pew Research Center estimates that will grow to 40 percent by 2030.”

One thing seems to be certain, as the Gospel message is shared around the world, let us cling to Jesus’ words in John 4:35, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper…harvests the crop for eternal life.”

Praise God that we can join in this amazing work around the world and rejoice that so many are finding new life in Christ.

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