DESCRIBE WHAT THE LORD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO & THE COMMITMENT YOU HAVE MADE TO ANSWER THAT CALL:
When I think about what the Lord has called me to do, there are three major parts to the call:
- The primary pursuit is to know Him. I have been called to know Him and the power of His resurrection. Life can quickly get busy (remember, God never called us to busyness, but to holiness) and we can easily neglect the greatest commandment of loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Regardless of whether my location of service is Niger, Egypt, Senegal or beyond, my first calling is to daily walk with Him, enjoy His presence, and experience the fulness of life that comes through intimacy with the Almighty.
- My second passion or calling is to invest my life into the lives of children around the world (specifically in unreached areas) who are the victims of neglect, danger, disasters, abuse, or poverty. This calling is to serve these children for the sake of time and eternity. To help build the bridge between reality and their God-given potential. Ultimately, to be “the lap of Jesus in their life” since Christ’s lap was a place where children knew they were loved, cared for, and were truly blessed (as demonstrated in Mark 9:36-37). Over forty-percent of this world has never heard the Gospel of Jesus and it was the explicit command of Jesus for us to go and tell. Thus, part of this call is to find the kids (or anyone) who have never heard the most wonderful message ever told.
- The third aspect of this call is a burden to preach God’s Word to this generation in an unfiltered way asking, “What if Jesus meant what He said” in the middle of a materialistic, self-seeking, and comfort-based society? My heart’s desire is that this generation be unconditional followers of Jesus. It is from this vision that the Unfiltered podcasts were birthed. (www.theunfilteredword.org)
As for the second part of the question, what is “the commitment” I have made, allow me to answer like this. I responded to God’s love for me. Jesus Christ is my all-sufficient Savior and my response is to follow Him. He is the goal. The objective. The focus. My consumption. Wherever He might lead and until I see Him face to face. It’s not about a location, job, or the details. He just said, “deny self, take up your cross, and FOLLOW ME.” So that’s the response. Day by day following Jesus. Deeply thankful though, that it’s not about my commitment to Him, but His commitment to His Word and His love for me.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE IN YOUR MISSION FIELD?
When in Niger, Africa, the challenges we face are also blessings when you look at Matthew 5:3-12. There are extremists who would rather us not be around, rumors get spread about what we are actually doing, mosques will make announcements trying to prohibit kid’s from hearing the Gospel being preached, at times, we may get kicked out of a village or two, or other random external happenings, but the bigger challenge is daily patience, having His love for others, seeing what He sees, and responding with gentleness day in and day out recognizing “we wrestle not against flesh and blood.” On a personal level, with a heavy speaking schedule in addition to Niger ministry, I struggle with balancing my time effectively, maintaining good communication with youth around the world whom I care deeply about, yet also making sure I am seizing the opportunities of the day before me and not neglecting the primary call of seeking His face.
HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?
Thank you for asking this. Please pray that my love would abound more and more and I would only approve what is excellent, that the mind of Jesus would consume me, that Christ would be glorified in my body whether by life or by death that on the day of Christ, I would have nothing of which to be ashamed. Secondly, pray for Niger. Less than one-percent are followers of Jesus, but that is going to change. Please pray that Niger would turn green physically and spiritually (Psalm 107:35), that the truth of the gospel would demolish strongholds and break into hearts and minds (2 Cor. 10:4), that our team (and other workers) would stay encouraged as they learn local languages and culture (Col. 4:3-6), and that God would send another one hundred and fifty workers to serve among our team reaching Niger’s unreached in the next ten years. Specifically, please pray for access to unreached villages, and favor from village leaders and government officials. Ultimately, pray that ALL of Niger be saved and then sent to tell others of Jesus.
DESCRIBE ANY FINANCIAL/MATERIAL NEEDS OF THE MINISTRY:
The Lord always provides, but He lets us be part of the giving and that is such a privilege. As Corrie Ten Boom said, “I’d rather be the child of a loving Father than a beggar at the doorstep of worldly men.” Right now, we are in the middle of a huge endeavor (in our feeble minds) and vision. Part of our Nigerien heartbeat is to equip the youth of the nation to creatively innovate, develop and ultimately make Christ known throughout the land and region in all facets of society. Thus, we want to train youth in everything from athletics to academics to the arts (music, graphic design, art, etc) to agriculture ALL with the driving focus of the Gospel and prepare them for whatever ministry of life God sets before them. Thus, we are in the process of building a youth development center on the outskirts of Niger’s capital city. The construction has begun on phase 1 (the music, art, and agricultural schools) though there is still a need of nearly $90,000 to finish and equip the building. This might sound like a big sum, but our Father owns everything and furthermore, the Gospel ministry is not on halt while this process goes on. This is merely another step in the process. Occasional updates on the center can be seen via instagram @natebramsen or by following me on Facebook.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE US WITH?
We have ONE life. One chance to live in obedience to Christ. The invitation to follow Him has been extended. “Follow Me.” Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth. Do not worry about tomorrow. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Commands. Not suggestions. If any man desires to follow, He MUST deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. Whoever desires to save his life will lose it. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul? What if Jesus meant what He said? O dear church, awake. Rise up. May we never adopt a version of Jesus that fits our lifestyle yet compromises His call.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VERSE/QUOTE?
I have a plethora of favorite verses and passages, but among my all-times favorites is 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” As it pertains to quotes, let me go with one from David Livingston. “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.”
WHAT IS THE BEST/PREFERRED METHOD OF SENDING MONETARY GIFTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS MINISTRY?
If you want to give, you can do so online at www.rockintl.org (click on contribute for the details) or via sending a check to the following address. All gifts are tax-deductible.
ROCK International P.O. Box 4766 Greenville, SC 29608
Furthermore, one-hundred percent of your gift will go towards this project (or as designated). All foreign workers are financially supported through other means (CMML/MSC/etc. or another job) so your gift will directly be applied to the youth center. ABOVE ALL, give your time to pray. Get into your prayer closet, shut the door, and pray to your Father who sees in secret.
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