Missions Department Announces Mission TEN
The SAGU Missions Department is giving new significance to the term “worldwide missions.” During SAGU’s Spring Mission Convention, January 19-21, SAGU World Missions Director Chad Germany introduced Mission TEN (To Every Nation). The decade-long initiative involves praying, proclaiming and sending to every nation on earth and every state in China and India.
According to Germany, “The real heart behind Mission TEN is to challenge students with the need of the world in a personal way. We want everyone on this campus wrestling with questions like ‘How do we get into closed countries?’ and ‘How do we tell those who have never heard?’”
As part of the project, each student has been randomly assigned an adopted nation (or state in China or India) to pray for regularly, both individually and in corporate prayer times. There are approximately eight students assigned to each nation. Students will also receive weekly updates on their country to guide their prayer.
In addition, the Missions Department has a ten-year plan in place to send a missions team to the 261 nations of the earth. The plan entails sending teams to twenty-six nations every year in order to proclaim the gospel in every nation.
“When students see the nations and pray for the nations there is a much higher chance that they will go as a missionary to the nations,” Germany commented. “There are so many places in the world that need missionaries. Our passion is to see missions majors, minors and everyone with a heartbeat and pulse (as Dr. Bartel would say) to be on the mission field and fully engaged in the Great Commission.”
Thus the final aspect of the initiative: Send. SAGU has always had a strong missions tradition. P.C. Nelson founded the school with the missional focus “the whole gospel for the whole man for the whole world.” That missions-mindedness is at the very center of this focus for the upcoming decade, sending long-term missionaries in various vocational capacities to every nation of the earth.
“We are praying for God to burn a pioneer spirit into the hearts of this generation,” said Germany. “Forty percent of the 16,000 people groups in the world are still classified as unreached. We have to do something about that.”