Day 11: Faith by works

It’s important to offer people more than just ‘stuff’ in ministry, shares FMI Area Missionary Ted Olbrich. Day 11 of 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting 2020

Ted Olbrich
Ted Olbrich

When I came to Cambodia in 1998, the country was the poorest nation on Earth. The people were lifeless shells, their country devastated after losing one-third of their population to the Pol Pot genocide and disease. I did not know where to start.

The Cambodian people responded to anything material, but not the gospel. I went away to fast and seek the Lord. He gave me a plan that we still use to this day from James 2:18: “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (NKJV).

Since then, our motto has been: “We will show you our faith by what we do.” God always began with a miraculous sign or healing. When the Cambodian people saw us do those works (Isa. 58:6-8), they knew we had more than just “stuff,” and they listened. They actually believe they can do what Jesus did.

Prayer + Reflection

  • Ask God to show you how to touch the felt needs of people with His supernatural power.
  • Ask Him to give you the faith to believe that you and your church can actually do what Jesus did.
  • Ask God for a heart that is not afraid to start with the “least of these” (Matt. 25:40).

is a missionary to Cambodia with Foursquare Missions International and the country director for Foursquare Children of Promise.
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