MIGRANTS NEED A MESSENGER
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18–19, Isaiah 66:18–21, Romans 10:14–15
Memory verse: Isaiah 66:19
"I (God) will send some...to the nations."
The past few weeks we have been locating migrants living among us and spending time with them. We have talked with them and learned much about them. We are becoming their friends and have been praying for them.
This is pleasing to God for we learn in Deuteronomy 10:18–19 that "He...loves the foreigner residing among you." He expects us to follow His example and "love those who are foreigners."
Ask: In talking with migrants, have they shared with you or have you observed anything they need? (Allow responses.)
Migrants have basic needs such as: food, shelter, employment and friends. But, their greatest need is to know Jesus as their personal Saviour. Migrants need to hear the gospel message. To hear the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, they need a messenger to deliver it to them. "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them" (Romans 10:14)?
Hearing God's Word
The book of Isaiah is a good example of God's love for tribes and language groups on the move—the migrants. He gathers them to given locations for a specific purpose that is clearly stated in Isaiah 66:18, "They will come and see my glory."
God's Glory Revealed
Jesus is the revelation of God's glory to the migrants from all nations, tribes and languages as indicated in the following Scriptures:
John 1:14, "The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Hebrews 1:3, "The Son (Jesus) is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being...."
Isaiah 11:10, "In that day the Root of Jesse (Jesus) will stand as a banner for the peoples."
Messengers Reveal Jesus
The Lord said in Isaiah 66:18-19 that he would bring the migrants from all nations and languages to one location. The migrants living among us are a fulfilment of this prophecy. They are from various language groups with some from our own tribe and some from other tribes speaking a different language. God wants all of them to see Jesus, His glory.
Ask: How does God go about revealing Jesus to the migrants? (Allow responses.)
People who confess their sin to God and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour are born again (John 3:3). New birth is a work of the Holy Spirit as He cleanses our soul from sin and spiritually transforms us into a new creation. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Jesus, by the work of the Holy Spirit, begins to live within our soul. In recognition of this truth, the apostle Paul declared in Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."
Therefore, if Jesus is living by His Spirit within us and God wants to reveal His glory to migrants, He will want them to meet us. "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). The born again believer is God's revelation of His glory to migrants.
Messengers are Sent
Messengers are individuals who have been given a message to deliver. Only when the message has been delivered can they truly be called "messengers." Their message may be to one person or to a group. The message is a communication from the sender to the recipient.
Isaiah 66:19 is clear: God is the One sending the messenger with a message to the nations—migrants residing in our communities and those living far away. (Ask the class to repeat the memory verse.)
Messengers Disciple Migrants
The task of the messenger is to deliver the message. The message from God is to be proclaimed among the nations. (Ask a student to read Isaiah 66:19-20.)
Some migrants will respond positively to the message and be saved. Their decision is cause for great rejoicing. Now what? Migrants have accepted Jesus as their Saviour; they have been born again. They are new creatures in Christ Jesus. The migrant convert is like a newborn baby. The baby requires a lot of loving care. You, the messenger, are responsible for the new babe in Christ just like a mother is responsible for her newborn child.
The Lord is concerned about the care of new converts, the discipling of the new believer. The Lord makes this clear in Isaiah 66:20, "They will bring all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain.... They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings to the temple of the Lord...." The messenger will need to read the Bible with them, pray with them and get them established in a church.
Accepting the Word
Do you see yourself as a messenger, an ambassador for Christ? Are you ready to allow Jesus to live His life through you so you can be a revelation of God's glory to migrants? Are you ready to take time with new migrant believers and disciple them? Really, it is a privilege for every believer in Christ to carry the message of salvation to migrants and to everyone.
Some of you will recognize that God's hand is upon you in a special way. You will begin to understand that God wants you to serve Him as a full-time messenger. In Isaiah 66:21, the Lord said to His messengers, "And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites." When He calls you for service, may His testimony of King David be His testimony about you, "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do" (Acts 13:22).
Meet the Fula Jalon
Sierra Leone 241,000
Born-again Believers: Fewer than 20
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The Fula Jalon people live in the West African countries of Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Their main homeland is in the central part of Guinea known as the Fouta Jalon. This area consists of mountains and plateaus and is home to the headwaters of the Niger and Senegal rivers. The city of Labe, Guinea, is at the centre.
The Fula Jalon are semi-nomadic and raise crops and livestock. The high plateaus of their homeland serve as part-time pastures for their herds. Huts serve as their homes, and each hut is surrounded by a cattle corral. Each village has a headman who handles village affairs and answers to a paramount chief. The people speak a Niger-Congo language called Futa Jalo.
Although Fula Jalon villages are scattered, each village has a central court and a mosque. A Roman Catholic Church with two priests and one branch church are functioning. There are no evangelical churches among the Fula Jalon and fewer than 20 known born-again believers. Their Islamic faith has blinded them to the light of the gospel. They have walked in darkness for centuries and need a deliverer to set them free from Satan's deception.
A Fula Jalon believer is anxious for other believers to join him in launching a non-governmental organization in a "soft" Islamic area. The people there are Islamic in name, but beneath the surface they are very animistic. This area is in one of the poorer regions and presents a number of needs to be addressed. An entry point is available. A Fula Jalon believer with a vision has been prepared by the Holy Spirit to lead the way in presenting the Saviour, Jesus Christ, to his people. This calls for an immediate response on the part of the Christian community.
The Lord promised that anyone who believes in His Son, Jesus, would be saved. That promise in John 3:16 applies to the Fula Jalon. Solomon testified in 1 Kings 8:24: "With your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it." Believers are praying: "Reach down your hand from on high" (Psalm 144:7).
Currently church planting teams are being formed for ministry among the Fula Jalon. Please pray for the Lord to call messengers who will commit to long-term proclamation of the gospel among this unreached group. Perhaps He needs you. Will you consider offering yourself as a potential team member?
REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Fula Jalon Tribe
1. God to hear believers' prayers for Fula Jalon's salvation,
2. God to work in new ways to grant entry of messengers into their cities and villages,
3. Praise God in advance for visible results: people saved, discipled and churches planted.
"Call to me and I will answer you" (Jeremiah 33:3).
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Remember: MIGRANTS NEED A MESSENGER
Memory verse: Isaiah 66:19
"I (God) will send some...to the nations."
1. I am Jesus' ambassador to the migrants.
2. I will introduce the migrants to Jesus.
3. I will disciple them and see that they are established in a church.
Pray for the Fula Jalon tribe.
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