Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20).
SEND Week at Emmanuel College can be described as encouraging, inspiring, transformative, and so much more. Throughout the week, The Awakening hosted events including two mission emphasis chapel services, a night of worship and prayer for the nations, an unconventional missions presentation with Sonya and Russel Schweighart, and an informational panel with several IPHC missionaries including the Schweigharts and Janene Wooten.
If I could point to one moment that captured the heart of the week it would be Tuesday night during the time of worship and prayer for the nations. I feel confident that it is safe to say that every single person who participated in the event left differently than the way they came in. During this time we were intentional about praying specifically for our IPHC missionaries and for three specific things in every continent: justice, salvation, and safety. I can speak for myself in saying that during this time of worship and prayer God put nations on my heart and allowed me to experience a small taste of the kind of love He has for the unreached people groups of the earth.
I was fortunate enough to speak with the Schweigharts on three different occasions over the course of the week, and I left each meeting feeling blessed and inspired by their ministry. My heart yearns and broke for the Batwa people, an indigenous tribe in Uganda who were forced out of their native rainforest to conserve the silverback gorillas, and who, according to the Schweigharts, are considered animals in their home country. The Schweigharts are currently serving the Batwa through their ministry, Hope Ministries Uganda. As we sat and watched a video recording of a Batwa woman proclaiming her love for the living God, Jesus Christ, and sharing her testimony of how she had once worshipped false idols, I was once again reminded that in the eyers of the Father "There is neither Jew or Gentile, neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28).
Overall, our campus was indeed inspired to See Every Nation Discipled. I believe that students were given a glimpse of the widespread love of the Father that is not just available for the residents of Franklin Springs, or Oklahoma City, or even the United States, but is available to every man, woman, and child, in every nation and tribe of the earth. The spirit of the living God encompasses the earth and so do His people. During SEND Week I believe the Lord stirred hearts of young people on the campus of Emmanuel College and only heaven will know the impact.
As I sat on my knees before the Father in worship and prayer for the nations I began to thank God for the hearts being stirred in the room, for the missionaries that were in the room, and for those who would hear the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ because of the people in that room. God is raising up a generation of young people at Emmanuel College, in the IPHC, and all over the world who will be bold enough to say, "Here I am, Send me." (Isaiah 6:8). A generation who will carry the Gospel of Jesus to the deepest, darkest corner of the earth – whenever, wherever, and however. We WILL be the generation that accomplishes the great commission and we WILL See Every Nation Discipled.
by Dylan Maynor, Traditional Intern at Emmanuel College