“To ensure that the Everlasting Gospel is proclaimed in, but not limited to, un-entered areas in South Africa…”
Ever since Mission Cohort (MC) began as a ministry, just half a decade ago, this statement has remained as the stated objective and goal of the movement. As one traces the ministry’s journey in that period, there is an unshakeable conviction that both the emergence and the growth of such a movement have been led by none other than God Himself.
Driven by the firm belief that “it is not a sacrifice [but] only a privilege” to be a part of God’s service, a radiant group of young people were united by their shared desire “to preach the Good news where the name of Christ has never been heard” (Rom. 15:20). With very diverse backgrounds and experiences, these young people set out to plan what would be the start of a life-changing initiative: the first Mission Cohort conference and joint mission to sites where there were, literally, no Seventh-day Adventists.
Since then, it is refreshing to see how the ministry, as well as the individuals who have been a part of it, have grown over the past 5 years of MC’s existence. From a scattered group of consecrated young people, the organisation has grown to becoming a structured supporting ministry of the global Advent movement. The evidences of growth include the setting up of a Board of Directors, a growing relation-ship with different Local Conferences, set sub-committees with carefully-selected individuals and, most recently, a second generation of Executive Committee members.
In reflecting on the milestones thus far, perhaps the greatest of these–those that have kept some of us going even amid difficult times–have been the souls saved through missions, and the testimonies of those whose lives were changed through involvement in a MC Conference.
All this could not be done without the aid of the Holy Spirit, and the individuals whom He has used in accomplishing this work. In acknowledging those who have been a part of MC since it began, the assurance rings true: “God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers.” (Heb. 6:10)
In view of the encouraging reminders of God’s leadings in the past, the challenges that surround us remain unchanged; if anything, they ever increase. All around us, evidence is unquestionable that perilous times have come. The global tide of immorality and deception continues while Christianity & society grows more secular. Together with a rapidly growing (global and local) population, these realities echo the fact that the work of spreading the gospel can be carried out “not by might, nor by power, but by [God’s] Spirit.” (Zech. 4:6). This is why Mission Cohort, as well as other related ministries, continues to exist.
With all the above said, it is still early days, and the work that lies ahead is great. The ministry has, however, seen enough of God’s providence to have nothing to fear for the future. Together with other youth led ministries around South Africa and the world, we look forward to seeing the fulfilment of the familiar promise, that:
“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin!” Education, p.271 (White, E)
“It’s not a sacrifice, only a privilege.”
by Simon Ngubeni