Reuben Shadrach Kachala
Co-founder and Director, Frontier Missions International
Fill the Earth is a unique book about the unique cause. It tells the story of missions in a way that I have never heard before. Some books have told this story by highlighting a few “missionary verses,” while others have used a “book-by-book” approach. Still others provide anthropocentric reasons for missions (i.e. salvation from sin). But Fill the Earth goes beyond individual verses or books of the Bible; it even goes beyond man’s need for salvation. Fill the Earth has dug deeper into the heart of God and revealed to us God’s passion for his kingship to be represented among all peoples.
Before being introduced to a theology of missions, I always thought of missions as an addendum that started with Jesus’ last words, popularly known as “the Great Commission.” Later, after studying and teaching a “Missions 101” course for many years, I thought the story of missions started with the call of Abraham in Genesis 12, with Genesis 1–11 as its introduction.
But Fill the Earth has revolutionized my thinking in this way by pointing out that the story of missions actually starts with the creation mandate in Genesis 1:26–28. Mission began before the need for salvation came, and thus missions is primarily theocentric. Missions is driven by God’s desire for his kingship to be represented among all nations.
As a missions mobilizer, I have found the best tool that speaks of the best reason why someone should sell their belongings, leave their family and their comfortable job in their own country, and become a missionary to the ends of the earth. As a missions trainer, I have found the best textbook for a course on the “Missiological Basis of the Bible,” which is part of a curriculum in our newly established Missionary Training Center.
Thank you, Matthew Newkirk, for a job well done!