A Call to Dream - Dirkran Salbashian

In the next few minutes I am going to try and help you recognize the importance of dreaming in the task of fulfilling the task of "a church for every people and the Gospel for every person by the year 2000."

A man with arthritis visits his doctor for a checkup. After examining him the doctor recommends that the patient walk 10 km every day to reduce his weight and alleviate his pain, and call him after 30 days. After a month the patient calls the doctor. "How's the pain?" asks the doctor. "I'm great!" says the patient. "I've lost 30 kgs and the pain has disappeared. I only have a slight problem." "What's that?" asks the doctor. "I'm 300 kms away from home!" says the patient.

Most of us are going through life doing the same old things, without any progress. If we ever move, it is aimless moving. We're doing the same things we've been doing for the past 5 , 10 and 15 years. That's why we need to dream dreams: to visualize by faith what God wants us to do and where He wants us to be.

To dream is to see possibilities where only impossibilities exist.

How can we have dreams?

Three workmen in a building site were asked the same question, "What are you doing?" "I am building," said the first, "one brick upon the other. From morning until five the evening." "I am providing my family with food," said the other. "We are five members and I need to work hard every day." The third stood and shouted, "I am building a cathedral."

Are we asking questions? Are we asking God what is His dream, His vision?

And we all know the result. All Europe is exposed to the Gospel.

Some 70 years ago there was a young lady by the name of Anna Tomasek. In the U.S. she was engaged to be married, but her fiance was not interested in world evangelization, so she broke her engagement and sailed as a single lady at the age of 22 to the country of India. When she arrived there she told everyone that she would not be staying for long in India, that God had called her to the country of Nepal. They said, "Forget Nepal! You do not understand. Nepal is a Hindu country and Christians cannot go there. You will never be able to reach them with the gospel."

She got a map of the railway system of the area. She picked the village on the rail line that was closest to the Nepali border. The name of the village is Rapaydiya... a city at the end of the world. She bought a one-way ticket to that village and upon arrival she rented a house as near to the border as she could possibly get.

She stayed there for 5 years. She learned the Hindi language. She stayed there for 10 years. She learned the Nepali language. She stayed there for 15 years. She translated tracts and gospel portions into those languages. The Nepalis would cross into India to buy their food. She would be in the marketplace passing out tracts and learning and speaking to them in their language.

She stayed for 20 years. Then 30 years. 40! 50! 50 years in North India on the border of Nepal. In Nepal sometimes when a baby is born into a poor family, the baby will be abandoned. They found out that this strange woman across the border would take those Nepali babies. She took them into her home. She loved them and fed them. She clothed them and sent them to school. She told them about Jesus. She raised them for Christ.

After she had been on that border for about 30 years, the border guards were boys she had raised in her home. She went back and forth into Nepal any day she wanted to. She did not need a passport. She did not need a visa. She did not need police permission. In fact, her own "sons" would escort her across the border! She planted a string of village churches in southern Nepal. The leadership of the Pentecostal churches today come from her ministry. Why was she successful? She was willing to commit her life to something. She was willing to dedicate her whole life to the task of reaching the unreached with the gospel of Christ.

Brothers and sisters. If only we could see our difficulties as new opportunities from God and not hindrances.

Dikran Salbashian
Businessman, Amman, Jordan