In a society where we as people are categorized and grouped into demographics, cliques, and partisan missions; where the word “religion” is painted as an element of division instead of a source of unification; and where the color of our skin, our accent, language, or even our social status, act as walls of separation and un-bridged rivers of partition; there is a people who, irrespective of nationality, culture, denomination, or rite of worship, have found a common ground of unity that flows stronger than even the sometimes great distance that separates them. This is the bond of a singular purpose, the bond of mission, the bond of the love of Christ that cannot be contained in one group, language, nation, or race; but because of the very nature of this love, it overcomes barriers, builds bridges, and crosses aisles of demarcation.
This is the love described by Martin Luther King Jr. when he said, “He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. One day… the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.” This is the love spoken of by Jesus Christ in the book of John, “that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me,” and by Paul the apostle to the Church in Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In the second chapter of the book of Acts, 120 people gathered in one place to await an outpouring that would mark the beginning of the Church Age—the birth of Christianity. The state of these dedicated people is described in the first verse: “They were in one place, in one accord.” This unified location and unified purpose constituted the prime conditions for divine intervention. They welcomed God’s action on earth’s soil. These 120 intercessors bridged the gap between earth’s situation and heaven’s will, receiving for all humankind from that point onward the authority and power required for the benefits of Christianity to aid this earth’s necessity. There is much to be learned by looking at our roots—the roots of Christianity—as we see that in that same chapter, men from “every nation under heaven” were gathered and that a massive harvest of souls was gained because “every man heard them speak in his own language the wonderful works of God.” This was possible simply because the message was heard, conveyed, translated, and received.
This can be seen in the efforts and successes of Christian Harfouche Ministries, Miracle Faith Apostolic Global Church, and the International Miracle Institute as we use every means necessary to transmit His words to the hearing ears of multitudes. Through IMI LIVE, a live teaching program that connects people through the internet; through the IMI Correspondence Program, an accredited 4 volume intensified training school available on CD and MP3; through native speaking pastors and leaders translating and teaching the curriculum into their own tongue; and through, the ministry’s newest endeavor, a fervent push to translate printed material into many other native languages and dialects; the mission unites those to the sound of the Good News, much like those touched in the Book of Acts who gathered “when it was noised abroad.”
In 2012, International Miracle Institute reached a landmark, as 100,257 students from 222 nations and territories celebrated their education and training in the Word of God through the teachings of IMI. “Because I am listening to IMI, I have courage and faith to do all things” an IMI leader in Mozambique says, and continues, “In this nation people are very ‘race conscious’ and to see a group of mixed race worshippers in AMERICA was amazing for them,” speaking of the in-residence representation at the Miracle Faith Apostolic Global Church. An IMI student in Serbia says, “Who I am today is because I became a part of the IMI family. Through IMI, God has transformed and changed me.” An IMI pastor in Tibet says, “I am receiving an understanding on how to use God’s Word.” “The teachings have changed my life forever and resurrected my call and my vision to win the lost, teach God’s people, and bring revival to the hearts of the people,” writes an IMI student in Iowa, USA.
We are watching as the lines of distance, language, culture, and nationality disappear, and what emerges is one unified, empowered people. People armed with love and the power of God to stand in boldness, hand in hand. This is not far in our future. There is a horizon and the light is spilling over, the light that signals the victory of the Church. It declares that the Glory of the Lord, as prophesied, has covered the face of the earth. It echoes the Scripture’s fulfillment: “this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
We can do it… we can change the world.