October 6th, 2011 at 9:22 am
Uttermost. Urgency. Ukraine. Unimaginable. Music Missions break though barriers in Ukraine to share a message of hope through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Texas Baptists have opportunities to respond through the work of the Holy Spirit as witnesses of the gospel message “in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” through a partnership with the Singing Men of Texas, a ministry of the Music and Worship Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Michael Gott International.
A few short years ago, churches in America prayed that there would be opportunities for believers to share the gospel freely in the Soviet Union. Now the time has come as Ukraine, the breadbasket of the former Soviet Union, is now open to a message of Hope.
In October 2010, Singing Men of North Central Texas and the Michael Gott International team partnered to share the gospel along the Dnieper River in Central Ukraine. They filled 11 concert halls to capacity and saw 4,547 people sign decision cards to indicate that they had invited Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior. This partnership of presenting the gospel through song and sermon opened doors in a mighty way.
Another exciting mission partnership will be sharing in song and sermon in Ukraine October 2-15, 2011 to share the gospel in another partnership with MGI, SMONCT and BGCT Music and Worship. The Breakthrough Band, a group of seven Texas Baptist church musicians, will be in Western Ukraine on an evangelistic concert tour. The group’s name translates into “Proactive” in Russian! It has a very strong, contemporary connotation that the teams will be using to share the gospel. The goal is for Breakthrough and the advance teams to be instrumental in seeing 5,000 lost young people respond to the clear message that there is forgiveness and a future in Jesus Christ.
The Breakthrough Band will be using the same Ukrainian staff that partnered with SMONCT and MGI last year. All eight cities on the Breakthrough itinerary have local directors from the supporting churches and committees with follow-up teams in place to begin work immediately after each concert. A prayer guide and travel blog can be found on www.smonct.org.
Next year Texas Baptists will have two more evangelistic music mission partnerships with the Singing Men of Texas and Michael Gott International. The SMONCT team will return in April 2012 to serve in Southern Ukraine and Crimea. The remaining five regional SMOT groups will minister in different areas of Central Ukraine. The Singing Men will each be taking a choir of 80 singers, their wives and ministry partners to accomplish the tasks necessary to fulfill the mission opportunities. God is working and we have an unimaginable opportunity to join Him in Ukraine!
Urgency. This is an answer to prayer! The doors are open now. The fields are white unto harvest, but the harvest time is brief. Please pray for God to continue to open doors, allow safety during travel, provide financially for the Singing Men and ministry partners and for the local churches and ministry teams as they prepare for the evangelistic harvest in the uttermost parts of our world! Is God calling you? For more information on these evangelistic music mission opportunities, please see links at www.smot.org.