EVERYONE IS CALLED TO LIVE ON MISSION
“To follow Jesus means to become a fisherman. In the Bible we find no gap between the call to follow Jesus and the call to engage in mission.” ~J. D. Greear
Jerry and Mary Logan, members of Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, VA, have taken God at his word and have chosen to simply obey. Mary tells of living a life on mission.
“We were invited to an open house and dinner for some of our Vietnamese friends who had just moved. There were quite a few people there, many of whom are not believers. The couple asked Jerry to pray, and then the wife prayed in Vietnamese. The husband mentioned that their new home was open for Bible study. Since God had given the home to them, they now wanted to use it for His glory.”
Through Bible study and hearing the Gospel, the three non-Christians accepted the Lord. The Catholic mother and her 13-year-old daughter prayed together one evening, soon after attending the Bible study. Mary met with a Buddhist woman after a Bible study, and she prayed to receive Christ.
Everyone Can Be a Disciple Maker!
“If you have Christian habits in your life worth imitating, you can be a disciple-maker. It doesn’t require years of training. You just teach others to follow Christ as you follow Him.” ~ J.D. Greear
The Logans are doing outreach in practical ways. Jerry likes to fish, and fishing connects both American and Vietnamese cultures well. He took the men fishing as an outreach. Mary combines her gifts of hospitality with evangelism and does outreach during the holidays. She writes, “Jerry and I hosted our annual Christmas dinner in December for the fifth year in a row. One family drove from Woodbridge and got to make some new friends. The wife accepted the Lord over a year ago, but her husband has not. Two Buddhist men attended and enjoyed the fellowship. One gentleman asked the blessing in Vietnamese. There were 23 of us in attendance that evening, and 11 of them were here for the first time!”
In their Bible studies, Mary discerned that it would be helpful to have the books of the Bible on a poster in English and Vietnamese. This enabled those not familiar with the Bible to find where the group was studying.
After five years of Bible studies and loving and serving the Vietnamese people, God formed a church. “Reaching the Vietnamese people and starting a church is a work of God,” the Logans testify. “This was not something we planned to do, but serving the Lord was.” Ken Tran and Phuong Phan built on the ministry of the Logans, and the home Bible study developed into a healthy church. Grace Church now meets on the campus of Spotswood Baptist Church.
Being a Disciple Maker May Come at a Cost But with Blessings!
The first followers of Christ from the Bible study were the Logans’ longtime friends, Coi and Chum Truong. After Chum came to faith in Christ, he asked the Logans to go with him to tell his family in Vietnam how they could become Christians. “We traveled to the home of one of Chum’s brothers,” Mary recalls. “He and his extended family were there. After [we met] everyone, Chum began to tell his family about his love for them. In his clear and eloquent presentation of the Gospel, Chum clearly stated that there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ.” Many among Chum’s family, friends, and neighboring villages came to faith in Christ during this visit.