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    by Andrew Strom

    I first started going to Africa to minister in 2006 - and despite the

    heat and dust it has always been a blessing. I am due back in

    West Africa this January - and I'm very much looking forward

    to it.

    I know a lot of people on this List have had invitations to Third

    world countries to minister. They want us because they know

    many people will come to hear a foreign preacher - especially a

    westerner. I want to encourage you to take these opportunities,

    my friends - even if you have to pay your own way (-quite likely

    because they are so poor).

    Personally I have come across many Repentance preachers in the

    USA and the West who have been frustrated and discouraged

    here with the lack of response and/or openings. We need to

    realize that there is a wide world out there that is hungry and

    desperate for sound preaching and biblical truth. Its just not in

    our own countries any more! Sadly the days of the Western

    nations welcoming John the Baptists is largely gone - let's face facts.

    I remember once hearing David Servant make an analogy of a

    fisherman with two fishing-holes to choose from. In one fishing

    hole he caught virtually no fish at all, and the one he did catch

    jumped up and spat water in his face! In the other fishing hole

    the fish were so desperate to be caught that they were clinging

    onto the line and he was hauling them in as fast as he could get

    his pole back in the water! Which fishing hole should he choose?

    Of course it was the second one.

    A lot of us think it is the "spiritual" thing to do, to wait and wait

    and wait in unwelcoming or unresponsive places, but as David

    Servant also pointed out, Jesus clearly told his disciples that if

    they are not received in one town, to leave that place and go on

    until they find a receptive place. This is actually a commandment

    of God. Otherwise all of God's servants are left wasting their time

    in unresponsive environments. Jesus says "GO!"

    Personally, for many years I focused my attention almost

    entirely on the West. But God started changing that. There is

    such need and hunger in those poorer nations. Sadly, it is the

    exact opposite of what we see in the comfortable apathetic West.

    I strongly encourage every preacher reading this to consider

    the Third World - and soon. It might be time to think "outside

    the box". You will not regret it.

    God bless you all.

    Andrew Strom.