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“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:1–3  

Ekbállō! This is the Greek word found at the crux of this command given by Jesus. It means to thrust out with great impulse or even violence. It is a strong word for a forceful, dynamic action. And this is precisely what Jesus charges us to ask Him to do. We are to pray that He would ekbállō laborers into the plentiful harvest. In its immediate context Jesus was speaking to His disciples of the people of Israel, but now God commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). There is a great harvest coming to all the nations of the earth - either for salvation or judgment - and the need for laborers is dire (Joel 3:12-14, Revelation 14:14-20).

We esteem Jesus as the Sovereign Sender and yet also recognize that He has asked His people to partner with Him in this holy labor of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The call must be proclaimed, the workers trained, prayers offered, funds pledged, and plane tickets purchased. The ultimacy of Jesus in the final 'going' of the missionary does not abdicate our responsibility but actually provides the confidence to faithfully engage in the process that gets them there. The goal of the posts in this section is to herald the vision of the glory of Jesus among unreached people groups in a way that will be used by Jesus to begin that process for many and encourage the hearts of those for whom it has already commenced. May the weak words found here be as tinder which the Holy Spirit will set ablaze in the souls His people. O Lord of the Harvest, we ask you to thrust forth laborers for the sake of Your Name! 

Five Reasons

June 2, 2017 By Stephen Venable in Ekballo

Five simple, biblical reasons for a young person to consider making a commitment to give a portion or the entirety of their life to making Jesus known among the unreached and unengaged in the hardest and darkest parts of the earth:   The Preeminence of Jesus “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18  

Astonishing Access

August 10, 2016 By Stephen Venable in Ekballo

On September 19, 1853 a young man of 21 years old set sail from Liverpool bound for China. The man was the renowned missionary J. Hudson Taylor, and his boat would arrive safely near Shanghai on February 25, 1854 - the following year. The journey from his homeland to the distant foreign soil of his labor took over five months to complete.  

Could It Happen Again?

June 23, 2016 By Brian Kim in Ekballo

Has any such offering of living men and women been presented in this age–in this country–in any age, or any country, since the days of Pentecost?” – President McCosh, President of Princeton College (now University) in May 1887, referring to the Student Volunteer Movement

What About America?

May 3, 2016 By Stephen Venable in Ekballo

These three words. Over the last several years I have found that if you press the call to frontier missions strongly enough, they almost inevitably come up. A casual presentation of the need for pioneering missionaries will usually draw a round of gentle applause and slight nods of the head in approval. If you go a little further, however, something changes. If the call becomes more direct and invasive, it's only a matter of time..."what about America?" 

What is God's Calling for Your Life?

April 26, 2016 By Stephen Venable in Ekballo

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Luke 10:1–2

They Stayed

December 21, 2015 By Stephen Venable in Ekballo

"Many a morning have I stood on the porch of my house, and looking northward, have seen the smoke arise from villages that have never heard of Jesus Christ. I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages—villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world ... The smoke of a thousand villages ... The smoke of a thousand villages." Robert Moffat, pioneering missionary to Africa, early 1800’s

Burdened for the Unreached - Pt 2

May 12, 2015 By Brian Kim in Ekballo

One prayer I pray to God most days sounds something like this: Spend my life, O Lord, and use me in such a way today that unreached peoples will delight in You who otherwise would not have. Why do my prayers have such a focus? Among many reasons, a conviction has been formed in my soul that there is no greater social injustice than the lack of access to the Gospel.

Burdened for the Unreached

May 8, 2015 By Brian Kim in Ekballo

Since we launched the Antioch Center for Training and Sending (ACTS) four years ago, I am regularly asked the question, “Why are you so focused only on unreached and unengaged people groups (UUPGs)?