There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave, “Send the light! Send the light!” There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save, Send the light! Send the light!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine from shore to shore! Send the light, the blessed Gospel light; Let it shine forevermore!
From “Send the Light” by Charles H. Gabriel
This song brings images to my mind. Images of old-school missionaries homesteading on foreign soil. I see men in khaki pants and dark-rimmed glasses and women sporting skirts with sneakers and hair buns. I picture odd juxtapositions of cultures like peering through the window of a thatch-roofed hut to see a flowered cotton tablecloth under a white porcelain collider. Or plaid cotton shirts brushing against jungle foliage as they hang from a clothesline strung between two palms.
Such cultural transplants still happen. As I write this a dear sister in Christ prepares to pack her own “trunk” and head into the unknown culture of Papua New Guinea with her husband and three little ones. But missions have changed. A missionary is no longer just a foreigner. No longer just a cultural transplant. Missions work is being done by indigenous people all over the world.
It makes sense. If the believers are to be “witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 HCSB), then wherever Christians are, the Gospel should be shared. Many believers worldwide are focused on evangelizing in their “Jerusalems” and “Judeas.”
The Light of the Gospel is being spread on the continent of Africa in this way. The Conservative Grace Brethren Churches International (CGBCI) has been working to help the church in Africa grow under men of God who were born and raised among the people they shepherd. They know the language, they know the culture, and they know the Gospel. They have asked for more training. These men desire to fulfill the Great Commission from Matthew 28:19-20. They want to share the Gospel in their country and teach people to observe all that Jesus commanded.
You can help. A portion of each sale of my “Send the Light” Bible cover (pictured below) will go to aid the spread of the Gospel and the equipping of believers in Africa. Click here to learn more about the CGBCI’s work in Africa. If you want to purchase a cover, click here to visit my shop or click the images.
This cover can be made in a richly textured linen/cotton blend (pictured) or a deep indigo denim. A vibrant African textile creates a growing ray of color across the cover’s surface and the continent of Africa is embroidered in the corner. The cover features a back pocket, spine pen pocket, and inside flap pocket.