Monday, January 16, 2006

Über Christ Followers – Part 12 – Wes Bentley

Wes Bentley is a hero. He challenged me the first time I heard about him. My pastor came back from a regional pastors’ meeting and told me about Wes’s ministry. Wes was introduced and proceeded to talk about Far Reaching Ministries, a ministry he founded that trains and sends out chaplains in the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army in South Sudan.

We invited Wes to come speak at our church. The text for Wes’s talk, Counting the Cost, came from 2 Corinthians 11:1-29. In this text, Paul the Apostle lists for his readers the cost of obeying Christ. The jist of the message was twofold: following Christ is not comfortable and cowardice does not please the Lord.

Our church began to partner with Wes over the next several years. I began to travel to South Sudan with men from our church and we began to work with the chaplains training program. Those projects were followed by an eight month period involving my church sending my family to work in Sudan and at FRM’s California office. What I observed was that Wes’s life and faith matched his message.

Wes has asked God for big things: a Continent for Christ. Wes continues his work and many people in the world of Christian ministry are jumping on board.

The main thing I’ve learned through ministering with Wes Bentley is this: if you ask for big things from God, you receive big things from God.

Vicky & Wes Bentley along with Steven Curtis Chapman & family and friends

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