In 1967, our vision was to reach Los Angeles. This vision broadened to include California, then all of America, then the entire world. – from The History of Victory Outreach International
As Christians, we are to be in a position of ambassadors of Christ to others. We can be a bridge between people and the Savior. We need to be messengers who share the message of the Good News about the victory that is complete in Christ.
Victory Outreach started with a novel concept. They sought to reach the city of Los Angeles with the gospel. That grew and expanded since 1967.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8 (ESV)
What if you simply set your focus on reaching a city or region for Christ, spreading the news about the victory that is available through Him? It is possible. It is doable. It provides us with a focal point for the work of the ministry. We can do more for the Lord with a focus that can help us grow from there. We can be voices of His victory on the street corners of metropolitans like Los Angeles or we can speak loudly about His victory in a rustic church out in a rural area. Location matters as a starting point. Location should not stifle us from doing the work of the ministry.
Where is your Jerusalem? What serves as your home base or headquarters? Start right there.
What is your Judea or Samaria? Identify surrounding areas near your locale to spread the news of Christ’s victory. Use these as key points on your map of ministry. These will serve as the points where you have identified the need for both the presence and preaching of gospel-believing people.
. . . and to the end of the earth
God will send you where He has for you to serve Him. He may start you out in one place, but He may send you further and further away from “home.” He wants to use you. He start you out right where you are and grow you right before the eyes of your family and friends. He could also send you away to develop you far away from all that you have known. He just wants you to serve as a voice of His victory and the victory that you have in this life through Him.