About Garry Weaver

Garry serves as the Director of Field Training for the Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP).

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The Unknown Missionaries

As I was reading this morning, I came to this account of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem the week during which He would make atonement for the sins of His people through His death and resurrection. Matt. 21:1-7

“Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.”  This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

 ‘Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them.”

When I read of this event, I rarely give thought to anything other than the context, the prophetical significance and the movement of events leading to the cross. However, this time two interesting things drew my attention as I thought about the unnamed owner of the animals mentioned in this passage. First: The indispensable contribution made to the plan and eternal purpose of God by a man whose name the Holy Spirit chose not to reveal to us. As a result, his name is unknown in the world.

His fame, in this world, will never match that of  apostles like Peter, Paul or John but his contribution to the kingdom of God was absolutely necessary. He owned and cared for the very donkey that would be ridden by the Messiah as He presented Himself to Israel (Zechariah 9:9). In doing so, this un-named servant of God was instrumental in magnifying the name of Jesus.

What does this have to do with missionaries? A lot! We all know the names of great missionary heroes like William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Hudson Taylor and many others. The Ecuador Five are known by name because of their martyrdom in the cause of mission. However, there are thousands of unknown, unsung heroes of the faith who gave their lives in years of faithful struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds to make the name of Jesus known to the lost. Their names, like the man in our Biblical account, are unknown and their biographies unwritten but they are just as important to the advancement of the kingdom of God as a Brainerd or a Livingston.

Unknown and their stories untold. This will likely be the earthly legacy of the majority of missionary trainees who pass through the Center for Pioneer Church Planting. Though they will probably not be famous, their contribution is no less vital to the kingdom. Moreover, in the place where it really matters, their stories and sacrifices will be told and celebrated in the presence of the King.

Also, as I considered this passage of Scripture, I thought about the value of every day labor. As the owner of the animals, mentioned in this account, daily carried feed to and cared for the Jenny and her foal, he may have had no idea how important his work was to God. He probably had no inkling that the King of glory would sit on that little donkey as He entered Jerusalem on the week of His crucifixion. This reminds us that, no matter how menial and insignificant our work may seem, it is God’s work.

All of the Christian’s work is for God. If you have been providentially placed in a circumstance that requires you to work a regular job, just remember that you are ultimately not working for your earthly employer. You are working for God. If you are treating your daily work as your service to God, you are contributing everything to the advancement of His kingdom that He demands of you. Your work is as important to gospel advancement as that of any more recognized servant of Christ.  The great orator, Martin Luther King once said:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Preach on and serve well, unknown missionary. Your heavenly King is paying attention and being glorified in your ministry. Serve on and work faithfully, unsung laborer. Your service to the King is beyond any earthly value.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Galatians 6:9

A Thought on Veteran’s Day

veterans-day-weaverI am thankful that I live in the United States of America, a land of prosperity and freedom. I am fully aware that the freedoms we enjoy here have come at an extremely high price. That price is the life-blood of many soldiers who, in various wars and conflicts, have carried the battle to the enemy in order to keep us safe here.

Veteran’s Day is a time that we have set aside to remember with grateful hearts those who have given all to preserve and protect our freedom. We are also mindful of those whose lives are daily on the line as they track down the enemy elsewhere so the enemy can’t come here. The words ‘thank you’ seem terribly insufficient, but it’s all I have so, thank you.

However, there is another group of freedom fighters that is often overlooked. More

Does A Calvinistic Theology Destroy Missionary Zeal?

John_Calvin_2One of our most firmly held and diligently taught fundamentals at To Every Tribe’s Center for Pioneer Church Planting (CPCP) is our belief in the doctrines of grace. These doctrines are often referred to by the nickname “Calvinism.”  We believe that this system of theological understanding is thoroughly consistent with Scripture and that it exalts our sovereign Lord while it puts man face down before His majesty in repentance and utter dependence on His grace.  Since the CPCP is a training program for missionaries, this might be surprising to some. The surprise stems from the fact that many have been led to believe that Calvinism is inconsistent with evangelism and, by extension, mission work. Nothing could be further from the truth! I am aware that there are some who have miss-applied the doctrines of grace and allowed flawed thinking to make them “hyper-Calvinists.”  These are the misguided thinkers who do not see the need for evangelizing the lost. However a truth-loving, honest Calvinist cannot help but obey the great commission!

Here are five reasons why I believe that a right understanding of the doctrines of grace is not inconsistent with missions. More

What We Believe Really Matters

Garry ArticleHave you ever heard this said about a professing Christian? ”He doesn’t practice what he preaches.”  I suppose we all have been accused of that at one time or another. The thing that is so troubling about this particular accusation is that it’s true! We may be accused of a thousand and one things that are completely untrue. However, this is not one of them. We really don’t always practice what we preach. The Bible that we preach is a revelation of a perfect God in whom is “no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). The effects of the fall have left us incapable (in this life at least) of perfect obedience to the high precepts and unreachable demands of Holy Scripture. Our problem in this regard is that although our fallen natures have not been eradicated by the new birth, we are nevertheless sent to the nations to declare glorious truths and lofty concepts. And since there is little or no impediment to our talking better than we live, we become guilty as charged. More