I'm really excited to bring you this week's guest, Tony Evans. I connected with him through Brent Bazler, who is a former guest of the show but we're not here to talk about Brent today; Tony is our featured guest.
Following a career as an entrepreneur, Tony Evans began helping support the National Missionaries in rural India. Tony is now the US director for Mission Voice Network, which is primarily a church planting ministry with indigenous missionaries in the remote villages of India. They come alongside these missionaries who are already faithfully proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With 80% of India's 1.2 billion people living in rural areas, the need is great. Only 20% of the missions focus in India is on these 800 million people who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. And the harvest is plentiful.
Key ScriptureThe fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 Click To Tweet To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:13 Click To Tweet
When Tony looks back at the wake of his life, he sees many instances where God has intervened. But one of the most poignant was the loss of their 9-year-old son to leukemia. Even in that difficult time, God was faithful.We learn God’s faithfulness through the trials in our lives. Click To Tweet
During Tony's career as an entrepreneur, there was a time when he was called in to consult on a problem. While there was a group that had been working on the problem for days, he had no information at all. So, on the way, he prayed for wisdom. When he arrived, he had the answer within minutes.
But that's not where the story ends. God showed him something after that.We so quickly want to claim credit for what God’s given us. Click To Tweet
Tony's purpose is to raise prayer and financial support in the US for the ministry that's happening in India. He's continually amazed by what they accomplish with so few resources.God multiplies resources to accomplish great things Click To Tweet
He also suggests that we connect with the ministry's founder, Brother V when He's in the US. You can find out more by visiting their website at MissionVoiceNetwork.org.
Significance in the MarketplaceWhat you do in the marketplace IS the Kingdom of God. Click To Tweet The workplace is a mission field in itself. Click To Tweet The resources God’s given us provide the logistics for these missionaries on the field. Click To Tweet The marketplace is where most of the missionaries are, really. Click To Tweet You cannot pray people into heaven but there will be people in heaven because of prayer. Click To Tweet We cannot buy someone’s way into heaven but there will be people in heaven because of financial gifts. Click To Tweet
Level UpMove from giving out of abundance to giving sacrificially, by faith. Click To Tweet
- Tony prefers to live the adventure in the moment. He wouldn't change anything.
Best AdviceSeek first the Kingdom of God... (Matthew 6:33) Click To Tweet
Personal Success Habit
- Tony's strength is in organization and the efficient use of resources.
Shifts in Society
Tony isn't sure that God's behind what we see happening but he says that there's a real opportunity there. We tend to not associate with people who aren't like us but we should.
In a phrase, love them. We want a step-by-step plan in the US but that's not how it works.Click To Tweet Love does what’s needed rather than what’s wanted. Click To Tweet
Pray and fast. Without God's direction, without Him going with us, our best laid plans mean nothing.In man’s mind, we could do great things but it means nothing in eternity without God’s participation. Click To Tweet
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
- Book: The Insanity of God
- Resource: Bible.is One App. 997 Languages (so far)
- Contact: Mission Voice Network
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