A Connection Moment

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by Linda Lucas

I first became more aware of the unreached peoples in 2010. The numbers and need are overwhelming. How could I focus on just one? How would I choose? It must be God’s choice and not mine.  I began to pray and wait for direction. As I waited my prayers remained general as I longed for more focus. Then one evening a year later, as I was in Ecuador, our mission team was sharing in after dinner conversation with our Ecuadorian hosts, two opportunities arose.

  1. We learned that our host couple for that evening has interest to come to the states to take the Kairos course with the hopes of bringing this great discipleship material back to Ecuador for the church there.
  2. There is an unreached people group within 10 hours of the city in which they live, the Shuar people.  The church there has already had discussion and interest in working to reach these people for Christ.

Since this journey I have a new drive in the beat of my heart, my prayers have found greater purpose and focus that closer reflect the heart of God.  I am now networking, praying and advocating for the Shuar because I believe God has brought them into my life in answer to my prayers.   Timing seems to be divine as personal connections have been made with a family who has an intimate ‘family’ relationship with a full blood Shuar young man, their church has already been contemplating planting a church where some Shuar have come out of the jungle to reside and the complete Bible was finished in Shuar as of 2010!  When this came to my attention in Ecuador I immediately felt the Spirit within me fill with excitement and I realized….this is why I am here!

This is my heart’s plea, if you are seeking an unreached people group to focus your prayers and energies on maybe you too would join me in specific daily prayer for the Shuar people as we wait to see what God will do.

Please pray that God will cause a stir within for them to seek Him, create a hunger and thirst that will soften their hearts to desire and hear the gospel.  Ask God’s timing and wisdom and for him to raise up workers who can commit to full time work in this field of harvest for them.

Please join me also in prayer for these two opportunities in discipleship and evangelism for the people of Ecuador.  Work is underway to take Kairos to the church of Ecuador and a prayer journey for the Shuar is being formed for early summer of 2013.

If you are interested in joining us on this journey or know someone who would, please contact me for further information.

Until all have heard, or He calls me home.

Author Linda Lucas

Hi! I’m Linda. I am a Midwest, born and raised, PK who grew a heart of passion for missions and the global church by way of being a witness to the exemplary lives of my parents and the missionaries that passed through our home. After attending Cincinnati Bible College for one year I married my husband, Jim Lucas. We have since been very blessed to raise three amazing sons, gain three wonderful daughters and three perfect grandchildren with one more on the way. Firmly believing that my ministry begins at home I was always a stay at home mom and ended up home educating the last 10 years of our sons education. My feet first hit foreign soil in the spring of 1993, joining with a Team Expansion partnership in the Ukraine for a 17 day journey through which my life and direction of service for the Lord were forever changed. Following that point of transformation I began serving on our church’s Missions Ministry and to participate in our annual, short term / exposure trips. By the year 2000 I found myself transplanted from Ohio to Indiana and leading these trips. I reconnected with Team Expansion in 2009 and am currently in partnership with Team Expansion as a volunteer Regional Mobilizer for NW Indiana, a Connections Trip leader and mobilize prayer warriors for the Shuar peoples of Ecuador. A favorite of passage of Scripture that gives me courage to do all that I do is Philippians 1:3-6: because of this passage my hope abounds and all fears are dispelled …To the work to the work… until all have heard … or He calls me home.

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