We had a wonderful visit this past Sunday evening (May 26th) from Rev. Jack and Nell Chinchen, founders of the African Bible Colleges. As Jack shared from Isaiah 18, we saw God’s hand at work in Africa. What a blessing to have had the privilege and opportunity to partner with those who have heard and heeded the call to “Go.” It’s amazing that God would use us to help send them; and that He continues to hear our prayers as they have gone.
It is equally amazing that God has brought the nations near to us. All around us are opportunities to share the Gospel and make disciples. And we must see ourselves (not just others) as commissioned by Christ to proclaim the Good News to a lost and dying world. Which is why I have been so blessed by the Men’s Bible Study as we have looked at the 12 ordinary men that Jesus chose to be His apostles. Jesus uses ordinary people just like you and me! So when Bill Eaton shared the following story I asked for a copy so that others could be blessed by it as well.
Enjoy, and God bless!
The word “missionary” means “one sent.” The lowly penny gives us the definition of a missionary. It says on the back of the coin, “ONE CENT.” A missionary is “one sent” on a mission, a journey to tell others about God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
Notice it round (round like the world). Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel…” (Mark 16:15).
Notice the phrase on the front, “In God We Trust.” This is the national motto of the United States of Amer-ica. As a missionary goes, he must trust God to take care of him. The word “trust” is the Old Testament word for “faith.”
The words, “In God We Trust,” origi-nated during the Civil War as an in-scription on our U.S. coins. It was sug-gested by a clergyman, Rev. M.R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, PA. in 1861 to the then Chief Justice, Salmon P. Chase. It first appeared on some U.S. Coins in 1864, then ap-peared and disappeared until 1955, when Congress ordered it placed on all paper script and coins. In 1956, “In God We Trust” was adopted as the U.S. national motto and signed into law during the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Notice the word: “LIBERTY.” Missionaries are sent to liberate those who are held captive by sin and Satan. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can set us free (see I Cor. 15:1-4; Col 1:13-14).
Whose image is on the coin? Yes, Abraham Lin-coln’s. He is the first President in our nation to have his head inscribed on a coin. The penny first has an eagle, then an Indian head. Mr. Lin-coln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, setting people free who were held captive. Like the penny, we, too, are stamped with an image, the image of God (Gen. 1:26, “…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….”)
The penny is made from metal mined from the earth. We, too, are taken from the dust of the earth, and one day our bodies will return to the dust from which we were taken by God the Creator.
Notice the phrase on the back, “E Pluribus Unum,” meaning “Out of many, one.” Out of many na-tions, the USA is one nation or one people. So Christians are one body, the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:13).
I am a “sent one.” Are you willing to be a “sent one?”
May the little penny remind us, when we see one, that we are missionaries. Some one has said, “We are either a missionary or a mission field.” Which one are you? If you are not a missionary, then you must be a mission field.
The 1909 coin has a wheat stalk on the back side which reminds of the words of the Lord Je-sus,.”… Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24). We too as missionaries, must die to self, to our own way, if we are to be used by God.
Are you “one sent?”
Rev. Wallace Grant, Minister at Large, Child Evangelism
Fellowship, Warrenton, MO 63383