Thursday, September 30, 2010
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Winds of Change come in,
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Could you tell us about your favorite trip and why it was your favorite?
After 33 years doing mission, it’s hard to pick a favorite. But the times when I am able to make the first contact with people groups that have no gospel knowledge and I can gather the data and begin planting the gospel from ground zero where Christ is not known – Those are the most thrilling times for me. For example, during the last two years I have been able to travel by dugout canoe to the Black Water swamp region of New Guinea. We’ve now identified 9 villages, more than 5,000 people, where the gospel has never been established. And to now begin recruiting and training new missionaries to target these places. That’s one of the things I like most about pioneer mission.
If you could tell a teenager one thing about getting involved in missions, what would it be?
Go on as many cross-cultural, short-term mission trips as you can. But here’s my caution: Thousands of young believers in America become long-term short-term missionaries, meaning - They are content to go on a short-term trip every summer but most of the rest of the time they don’t live with any sense of heavy awareness and concern for unreached peoples. So, go on short-terms – But then try to go long-term. Ask the Lord if he will open the way for you to invest all of your life in the gospel among unreached peoples and then run through the first crack in the open door! Jesus already told us to GO! So try to go and see where the Lord takes you.
How about an adult?
It’s much the same. A lot of adults have told me over the years that they wish they had gone to the field when they were young. And I say – “What are you going to do about that? What is stopping you from going now?” Don’t tell me you wish you had gone when you were young, if you aren’t willing to get radical in your going now as an older adult. Don’t play games with God. Young person or adult – Organize your life around Jesus Christ and the gospel and getting that message to the nations. All of our effort and resources should be invested in the thing that God wants – And that is, to make his name great (famous) among all people groups (Mal 1:11). Here’s one way I like to put it: Either go to the nations as a martyr missionary or become a financial martyr that sends those missionaries to the front line. Whether you go or send, Christ expects all of us to give our lives for Christ. Anything less is a wasted life.
What are the best things a teen can do to prepare for possible future work on the mission field?
Go on short-term mission trips, read lots of missionary biographies (William Carey, David Brainerd, C.T. Studd, David Livingstone, Adoniram Judson, The Moravians, Jim Elliot and the Ecuador Five) – And then come to our missionary training school, the Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) to get prepared for the frontline!
Lastly, Mr. Sitton, why do you do what you do? Why do you put yourself in danger, and in difficult situations to tell people about Christ? Why don’t you just leave it to others?
I do it because I am compelled by Christ to do it. I go for the glory of God – And for the rescue of God’s lost sheep that are scattered among all the language and people groups. I can’t NOT do it. And why would I leave it to others when Jesus lets me do it? Others can do it too if they just will! But I don’t want to miss out this privilege! As for the danger, suffering and persecution that will come to us in frontline mission: Jesus is Worth It. I don’t know how else to say it. The gospel is worth every hardship that will come. Soldiers are willing to die for our country… why aren’t Christians willing to die for Christ and the gospel? Jim Elliot’s widow – Elisabeth Elliot said it best after her husband was slaughtered by the Auca Indians in Ecuador: “Not even a martyr’s death can be classified as extreme obedience when you’re following a Savior who died on a cross!”
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Why and when did you originally start getting involved in missions in Papua New Guinea?
I went to PNG for the first time in 1977, just one week after I turned 20 years old. My interest in PNG was a result of a traveling missionary that I heard speak – And he directly challenged me to join him in the work… And (8months later) I did it.
Was Papua New Guinea the first place you went?
I had never been out of the USA except on surfing trips to Mexico. PNG is the first place I ever went for the purpose of advancing the gospel.
Did you start “from scratch” or did you go first with an established missionary?
I worked with my experienced missionary friend for a year or two and then he started nudging (more like pushing) me out my own; challenging me to pioneer the gospel into new places myself, which I began to do still with his assistance, at first.
How do you approach people you don’t even know to share Jesus Christ with them?
One of the sayings in our ministry is that you have to “earn the right to be heard.” That means, among other things, learning the language and culture well enough to know how to present the gospel. For tribal peoples that have no prior knowledge about God and his dealings with man – We begin by over viewing the Old Testament stories and use those stories to give them enough basic theological information so that the actual “gospel” story will have context and meaning for them.
What do you think is the most important thing to think about while on a trip?
A short-term mission trip is completely different than going as a career missionary. On short-term missions the goal more often is to accomplish a particular project, such as the building of a house, painting a church building, providing a VBS or conducting medical and dental clinics. These are good and can demonstrate the love of Christ in practical ways. But, in a long-term ministry where a missionary lives among the people, it is more a matter of developing intimate relationships and becoming part of the village community – And then, sharing Christ from that platform of earned friendship over a longer period of time.
What is your favorite passage of Scripture, and why?
2 Corinthians 4 is one of my favorites. It is stunning to me that God allows the treasure of the gospel to be carried into the world through people “earthen vessels” (verse 7). And the truth is that as we speak the gospel as Ambassadors of Christ – It is God himself speaking through us – Saying to the nations, “Be reconciled to God!” (Ch. 5:19-20). These are mind-blowing concepts and privileges that God gives to us.
There it is. :) I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Now, all you have to do is await the next half. lol.
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