News • September 29, 2017

Chapel speaker challenges CBU students to join God in reaching all nations

Todd Ahrend

Riverside, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2017) – Dr. Todd Ahrend, founder and international director of The Traveling Team, urged students at chapel on Sept. 28 at California Baptist University to join God’s mission of making His name known to all nations.

The Traveling Team is a ministry that aims to mobilize university students to live out the Great Commission. Ahrend and his wife have spent almost two decades traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization.

Ahrend highlighted Genesis 12 where God calls out Abraham and says that all peoples will be blessed through him. There are hundreds of references in the Bible that God wants to reach all peoples, nations, tribes, tongues and languages, he added.

“Are you on board … are you saying ‘God, I want to follow what you want me to do’?” Ahrend said.

Additionally, Ahrend spoke about several Great Commission passages, including the most well-known one, Matthew 28:18-20. He also mentioned Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

“It’s not about your abilities, it’s about your availability,” Ahrend said.  

Ahrend challenged the students to go on a cross-cultural mission trip while in college and to seek God’s will for their lives.

“God has a heart for the nations. Is that a big enough reason to say, ‘Lord, I want to align my purpose with yours’?” Ahrend asked.

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