"The Regions Beyond"
"And He said, Go, and
tell this people..."
was January 1978, when John, Lynn and Sarah, who was almost two years
old, arrived in Indonesia.
The Christensens with their one year old baby, Timmy, arrived in
Venezuela in July, 1978.
Both families had left for the foreign mission field, in obedience to
the Lord's command, found in Matthew 28: 19-20:
"Go ye, therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even
unto the end of the age."
each family, God's command to "Go" was something personal, as
well as urgent. God had clearly shown them that tribal people were
living and dying without once hearing the name of Jesus. God's Word
tell us: "Neither is there salvation in any other (Jesus); for
there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved." (Acts 4:12)
Each family earnestly desired to be part of the team of those taking the
wonderful Good News of the Gospel to unreached tribes around the world.
That is not to say that both families found it easy to leave their
families and friends and to move to a foreign country as career
missionaries. However, they trusted in their Heavenly Father words,
"I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) and so,
step by step, they had prepared themselves to go to the foreign mission