WOW - AFRICA BECKONS YOU! by Andrew Strom Over the years I have ministered many times in Africa - especially Nigeria. The heat and the neverending cloud of dust, smog and diesel fumes were ever-present, but spiritually it was always a fantastic trip. I know a lot of people on this List have had invitations to Third world countries to minister. 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). 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. 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. 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. (Equating to the Third World). A lot of us think it is the "spiritual" thing to do, to wait and wait and wait right where we are, but as David Servant points out, Jesus clearly told his disciples that if they were 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 commands us to "GO!" Personally, for many years I focused my attention almost entirely on the West. But God changed that. He redirected my gaze to the Third Wolrd, and I am so glad He did. Such is the need and the hunger there. Sadly, it is the exact opposite of what we so often find in the comfortable apathetic West. I strongly encourage every preacher who is on this List to consider the Third World - and soon. It may be time to think "outside the box", my friends. You won't regret it. God bless you all. Andrew Strom.