The Great Commission
The Great Commission By Scott Carter, Mission Pastor So at 23 years old, I found myself making a career change, and I landed in the City-State of Singapore, where I served as the youth pastor at International Baptist Church of Singapore for two years. Singapore is a fascinating country, very multi-cultural; a crossroads of Asia and the world. These couple of years afforded me the opportunity to travel all over Asia and experience different countries and cultures. Absolutely the best thing I could have done with these two years of my life. One time in particular, I was sitting on a bench one morning at the Baptist camp in Port Dickson, Malaysia overlooking the Straits of Melaka, the body of water separating Peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A fellow missionary came up, sat by me, put his arm around me and asked, ”You see the horizon? That is Indonesia. There are 225 million people in that country who have never heard of Jesus Christ. Will you give your life to serving the nations and seeing that the unreached of the world have the opportunity to hear the gospel?” In that moment I knew my life and ministry would be given to that task. Over the last 25 years, though the pathway and how that ministry is carried out has changed, the mission has remained the same. The call on all of our lives as followers of Jesus is to make disciples of the peoples of the world. It may look differently for each of us, both in vocation and location, but the mission remains the same. How is God calling you to be a part of the Great Commission?