I hope there are churches around the world listening to this message. Why would you want to stop anyone that's doing the work of Jesus Christ and giving him all the glory?
This reminds me of myself, I went on a mission trip to Ghana last summer and I preached the gospel and laid my hands on people for healing. When I got back to the states, I felt like my work was not accepted that I did there because I did not go through the right channels. I did it myself. I paid for the trip all by myself. There was no collection to help me get there and there was no reimbursements. Because you see, my work wasn't recognized because I wasn't a trained missionary. Even though, I stayed with a local pastor and his family. I lived in their home for 5 weeks. I wasn't put up in some ritzy hotel where I didn't eat the local food and go through the same suffrage as them. I lived as them for 5 weeks. I saw how the government there oppresses the people by rotating the grid. I even had a baby named after me from the young pastor that we helped out financially, and adopted as our son. When I was there, they even requested that I become their missionary. They wrote and sent out request letters, requesting that I be the missionary for Ghana. But the fire in those letters were put out as soon as I landed. I was told that I was too old and didn't have the proper training. Even though, the people there accepted me. They even thought of me as part of their family. I was called sister and auntie. I even met with the head man of the General Assembly of God in Ghana and he personally met with me and told me how impressed he was with me that I took the time to teach and preach to his people. I was accepted by all, but not by my home church.
Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home."
I realized upon my return back to the states that not all denominations and churches are equal. Had I been with my church now, Life Church, I would have gotten the support that I needed to be the missionary of Ghana. I wouldn't have been treated as a stranger in a distant land. I was very welcomed in Ghana by the people and by the General Council Assemblies of God, Ghana, but, the Assembly of God in the states did not look at my trip as God sent, because I hadn't went through all the missionary training. I wasn't one of them. I have to admit it broke my spirit when I came back and the way I was treated by my local pastor. When I was in Ghana I taught the locals how to make soap and I preached. Six souls were saved and several demons were cast out at one service, all in the name of Jesus Christ. They even told me that I did more for them than any other missionary sent there. I taught them how to use their resources so they could be healthier and wealthier in an impoverished country.
The sad thing about rejecting me as the missionary for Ghana was that it not only hurt me but it hurt them as well. I gave them hope. We had plans to travel around to more districts in Ghana and teach locals how to use their resources. But all of those plans evaporated the closer I got home. Because I had no credentials. I found out through my adopted daughter before I even arrived home that those dreams had been crushed. She said on the phone while I was talking to her that our pastor said during service, there would be no way that I would be the missionary of Ghana. I didn't think this was something that I should be told by a 16 year-old. And there's no telling how many lives could have been saved by teaching them good hygiene and teaching them how to make extra income.
Now, I don't want to sound like someone that's putting the Assembly of God down in America. It was one pastor's decision that rejected it and refused to send the request letter to the district offices. It was that one pastor that could've changed the lives of hundreds if not thousands in Ghana. It was that one pastor that made me realize that we should've never left Life Church.
It makes me wonder how many others have tried to do the work of God and not be accepted because they didn't have the right credentials. When the only credential you need is from Jesus Christ.
Jesus was telling his people leave these people alone that are willing to do my work in my name. If they want to carry the cross let them do it! They do it out of love for me! The only credential they need is to do it in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen.
My family and I returned back to our roots at Life Church. I'm not sure if I will be going on anymore mission trips. But God can always open that door again. I wasn't able to make that trip again this year because of the rejection, but who knows my heart for Africa keeps getting bigger and bigger and spreading farther and farther. I do pray, that God blesses my many family members in Africa and one day, we will all meet again!