Skype bridges gap in Greensboro
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
November 15, 2010

Skype bridges gap in Greensboro

Skype bridges gap in Greensboro
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
November 15, 2010

The International Mission

Board report Nov. 9 came as a personal testimony from missionaries seeking to

live out the Great Commission in a South Asian country void of almost any gospel


Thanks to a live Skype

connection, James and Sharon* shared with messengers about how God called them

to minister in Nepal as church planters once James graduated from Southeastern

Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest.

They then returned stateside for a

few years and are now back in South Asia, this time in a different country to

focus on unreached people groups.

The state where James and

Sharon live has a population of 70 million. One percent is Christian. Out of

54,000 villages and towns, 8,000 have a Christian presence and that presence

may only be one believer.

“It’s a very, very dark place,” James said. Yet, the

couple feels “honored to have been sent out.”

James and Sharon spoke about

the importance of the Great Commission not just to their calling to South Asia

but to their teaching in their country.

“We go out and we encourage and work

alongside brothers and sisters to help make new disciples,” James said.

James said they often use

storytelling as a means to share the gospel, and a story they like to tell is

of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet and then wiped His feet with her

hair. It is an example of an extravagant love and devotion to Jesus.

“That love

is the basis of discipleship,” James said. “Being a disciple is being obedient

to what we know-no matter how much it is.”

Sharon thanked North

Carolina Baptists for supporting international missions.

“This is from our

heart,” she said. “We are so thankful for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

and the Cooperative Program. That’s what makes living here easier for us. The

offerings your churches give, we do not take that for granted.”

*Names changed for security