Rural mission: The sole purpose of the holy Ghost baptism a believer receives is to set him out on the mission which God has ordained him for . When Jesus Christ of Nazareth was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power, he didn’t stay at a spot waiting for men to come unto him for salvation, rather , he went about doing good ” preaching the gospel ” and healing all that were oppressed of the devil. The son of man was born to seek and to save that which was lost. The goal of every believer is to replicate the lifestyle of Jesus Christ by knowing his will and doing it. The proclamation of the gospel is the reason for our existence. We are ambassadors and witness of the gospel sent to proclaim the glory of our lord Jesus to the inhabitant of the earth. The disciple were not only sent to Judea, Samaria or Jerusalem but also to the uttermost part of the earth ie to places secluded from civilization and development placed ruled by the god of this world. It’s exciting to note that our lord Jesus moved into village preaching the gospel and that he also sent his disciples everywhere. The work of ministry is all encompassing, so be glad because its a great privilege to be a carrier of the gospel. For the gospel to be heard, there must be a preacher, you must take it upon yourself to make the gospel heard everywhere by everyone at every point in time. Rural missions and preparation.
Rural missions is a sacrificial outreach and as such. The hearts of the missionaries must be prepared to cope with any unfavorable condition that may come their way. I can remember the rural medical mission, our chapter want for on the 24th of march 2019 at alaba meta village, our bus broke down along the road in a little forest, we had to walk bare footed because the road was slippery and very bad. We never planned to spend the night there but we had to because the bus could not be repaired that day, some of us who had never slept in a village or on a mat had to because of the work of ministry. The call to rural mission is a call to a great sacrifice but believe me, its worth it. The joy of seeing men saved and being baptized in the holy ghost is an awesome experience every believer must have.
After getting direction as to which village or settlement to visit, you must start interceding for the villagers, that their eyes to be opened to the see light of the gospel of Christ and that their heart are receptive to it. We must pray against wicked and miserable men in that location. While the prayer is ongoing, do not forget to take permission from the appropriate authority and the basic needs of the village as a whole. More so, efforts should be made to learn the native language of the community you will be visiting. Language has a way of bringing people together and fostering relationship; no matter the hardness of a man’s heart, once he sees a stranger communicate to him in his own native language, he tend to pay attention to the stranger. While the communication is going on, the main purpose of your visitation should not be neglected to preach Christ.
A rural mission is not an avenue to correct doctrines or start a complex bible study: simply preach preach Christ to the people and you will be amazed to see the rapid transformation this will cause in the people. On getting to the mission field, know for sure that the harvest is ripe but the labourers are few and that the lord has called you to harvest those souls for him. As such, you must do the work of Him that sent you in love and truth. Do well to express Gods love to them; heal the sick, raise the dead, Cleanse the leaper etc. I believe the mission field is a ground to really demonstrate the power of God by stretching your faith to the farthest point. God called John G lake as a missionary to south Africa but he had no money to feed or secure an apartment but he went in faith after getting a word from the Lord, God in his miraculous ways prepared a woman to get him an apartment and to carter for his family just as he did For Elijah
Finally, the will of the father is that all men be saved and his Children, we must give up our desires to see his done on this earth. Rural missions is one of the father. Let’s shine our light so that the world can see and believe the finished work of Christ. My part I will play, this mission to accomplish.
Why Rural Missions?
Our name indicates the geographical area for which we have concert, The name is plural because there is no one rural culture so there is no one mission strategy.
For many Christians, the concept of mission suggests something that happens overseas. When Jesus gave the ‘Great Commission’ he spoke first of witnessing in Jerusalem, then in Judea, then neighbouring Samaria, and then the uttermost parts of the world. That was precisely what the first disciples did and how the gospel spread and Christianity spread all over the world. While churches now engage in mission activity in many ways and in many places, one area seriously neglected and under resourced are the rural areas of the UK.
There are around 10 million people living in the rural areas of the UK. In the mid 20th Century, most villages had both an Anglican church and at least one non-conformist or free church. Since then there has been marked decline in both the total number of village churches and the size of the congregations. Church services are less frequent, the average age is high and it is rare to find a village church with a thriving children’s ministry.
There is no one rural culture. Our history has given rise to various kinds of villages. They also vary in size and proximity to the nearest town. Village shops have largely vanished, bus services are less frequent, and now even village pubs are joining the many closed village churches. Much of the change has been driven by suburbanisation as people from towns and cities have moved into the countryside.
People in the rural areas have had to fight to keep such amenities as have survived or to get reasonable internet connections.
Most village churches do not have a proactive mission strategy. They are usually fairly active in providing social capital (the glue that keeps village communities together) and in providing social care. But while some social good work can be considered part of mission, we are patently failing when it comes to articulating the gospel message, calling people to faith in Christ and making disciples.