For ages, gatherings of epic proportions in Jesus’s name have acted as a catalyst to jolt generations together for the sake of the gospel. And, the gospel at its core is about GOING! Outside the church walls, into the streets, neighborhoods, schools, and unreached areas of the world. This is why we gather.
“And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
How strong are 140,000 believers when we galvanize at a stadium for 12 hours, praying, worshipping, and responding to the call of God?
Within our generation we will see the completion of the great commission-the translation of the Bible into every language on Earth and missionaries sent to share the gospel in these native, heart languages. Never before has a generation been able to say that. Not William Carey. Not Hudson Taylor. Not Jim Elliot. Not Keith Green. This realization is simultaneously humbling and stirring. I feel the weight of the fear of the LORD, at the same time the fire of the Holy Ghost. I am compelled by two questions.
- Do I understand the significance of why God allowed me to live at this juncture in history?
- What is my role in His story that is being written?
If you have never heard of Keith Green, I encourage you to research his music and messages. He was highly anointed and even more passionate about the mobilization of people into missions. According to leaders that were around for the Keith Green Memorial Tour (September 1982-February 1983), which saw 100,000 people step into the mission field, there has not been a greater mobilization of people into the mission field until now—with The Send. Back in 1982, before The Keith Green Memorial Tour began, Melody Green (Keith’s wife) wrote, “Keith knew he could draw big crowds. He also knew the Youth With A Mission leaders had the experience and anointing to pull in the net and help people get to their next steps. And Keith wanted to call forth a new generation of missionaries.” Nothing has changed 38 years later! Major influencers are filling stadiums, YWAM has the same anointing, and God is mobilizing a generation to reach the lost!
What next God?
I want to put one ear towards the harvest field and one ear towards heaven to get my next instructions to go wherever, and do whatever for the sake of the gospel.
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” Matthew 9:37,38
This truth has not changed. In devastated neighborhoods, in the most desperate states, in the darkest nations—The harvest is ALWAYS ripe.
The Send is about sending out laborers. YWAM is about moving in obedience to God’s direction. We are The Send. We are YWAM. From everywhere, to everyone. Until all have heard.