The Heart of End of the Road
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."(Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 11:9)
"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn´t" ("Let the Nations Be Glad" by John Piper)
"What´s the vision? The vision is Jesus. They are free. Yet they are slaves to the dirty and hurting and dying." ("The Vision and the Vow" by Pete Greig)
In the past few years, Gary and/or I have traveled several times literally to the end of the road. We have come face to face with unreached people groups in the Philippines, in Nyamisati, Tanzania, and in Ethiopia. These people have not left us alone- in our heart and in our minds. We had heard of unreached peoples, but now we have eaten with them and smelled their odors and imagined the cries of their souls. They were in the middle of nowhere, and they were poor. As they occupied a place in our hearts, we felt our hearts expanding for the poorest of the poor, the sickest of the sick, and the most hopelessly lost. Greater revelation demands greater response. End of the Road (EOTR) is part of our response to what the Lord has been revealing to us. Our vision is that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord would find its way to the end of the road. For Gary and me, it will always be about worship, and it will always be about the young.
Sometimes the end of the road is geographical as in the case of so many unreached people. The end of the road can also be physical, emotional, psychological, and financial. We want the goals of EOTR to be open enough to include helping in all kinds of "hopeless" situations.