Going Through takes you on an exciting adventure of Missionary exploits in Europe during the dramatic events of the Cold War.
In this superficial age of short-term 'religious tourism', Going Through comes as an invigorating tonic - showing what real Missions are all about. Bill and Harriett Bathman have clearly demonstrated what wholehearted, life-long commitment is all about. While this adventure of discipleship begins with a Summer outreach - it does not stop there. For over 60 years the Bathmans have given everything they have into the cause of Evangelism, and serving the persecuted Church. They immersed themselves into the lives of the people amongst whom they were called to serve. They were 22 years into their ministry in Europe before they took their first furlough. They show us what it means to “endure hardship,” “stand firm to the end” and “persevere under trial.”
In Missions, obstacles abound. Disappointments, dangers, difficulties and discouragements are occupational hazards of cross-cultural missions. Missionaries need to know that they are called of God and they need to persevere in that call - willingly enduring hardships, discomfort, opposition and worse. As Going Through so powerfully illustrates: Sacrificial service is more eloquent than many sermons.
When I have been privileged to accompany my Father-in-law, Rev. Bill Bathman, on Missions to Eastern Europe (both before and after the Iron Curtain collapsed) – I was struck by how much the people there love him. In Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, it was inspiring to see with what overwhelming joy he was welcomed by the pastors, and to see the sea of devoted, shining faces of the members of each congregation as they stood or sat in rapt attention, riveted and hanging on every word of their beloved “Brother Bill.”
Time and again, the precious believers in Eastern Europe eagerly related to me how Bill Bathman had been the first Christian from the West to visit them, how he had visited them the most, stayed the longest, given the most, and had come back again and again. And he came through when their need was the greatest, during the darkest years, when it was the most dangerous, when few others seemed to care or to dare - Bill Bathman was there for them.
Rev. Bill Bathman is a world class preacher, but you could never compare his preaching in the West with the incredibly anointed ministry God poured through him in Eastern Europe. Leaders in Romania attributed the outbreak of Revival in Romania to God’s gracious working through Bill Bathman during a particularly powerful series of sermons delivered in January 1983 for a special crusade in Oradea.
It often seems that modern missionary volunteers just want to dabble in missions - for the experience. Going Through presents an inspiring example of dedicated discipleship and serious service, not splashing in the shallows - but delving into the deep. Spiritually speaking, Missions need long-distance marathon runners - not short distance sprinters.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
This book also demonstrates the importance of training. Too many volunteers for Missions seem to want to take the short cut, bypassing training. Bill Bathman relates the importance both of formal Theological training at college and apprenticeship under an experienced Evangelist in the field. Even more important, Going Through emphasises the vital necessity of asking lots of questions, listening to and learning from the people to whom you’re sent to minister. Most important of all how we need to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading.
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.” Psalm 25:9
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying 'This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21
Going Through has 50 chapters, 100,690 words and 18 pictures and maps
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