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ASIAN OUTREACH CONNECTIONS

Catching

the spirit of

missions


From the Heart of

Eric Fung Executive Director, AO Malaysia

Winning Asia for Christ Asians Winning for Christ

My objectives are:

Since the ‘de-publication’ of the Asian Report two years ago, I have felt that the Christian community who are connected to AO Malaysia has been short changed as to what God is doing in the missionary field.

1. To let you know, God is still at work in reconciling the lost unto Himself; His love for us has not diminished. 2. He wants you to be part of His work in the last days.

AO Malaysia’s involvement in missions is far and wide and the two pages of newsletter sent to our partners and donors are far from justifiable to what God is doing.

3. God has not changed; He wants to establish His Glory on earth.

I have been privileged to be used by Him as an instrument to pioneer new works, raising up Church Planters (Foot Soldiers) and working alongside them and empowering them to do community projects. Through these God given opportunities I have witnessed not only those who are being blessed in the physical realm but thousands upon thousands being ushered into salvation and populating the Kingdom of God.

I seek your patience as we strive to improve our future issues. I seek your prayers for the Foot Soldiers (Church Planters), and for the new believers as many face persecution. Pray also for all of us who are involved in the ministry of help. And importantly, do remember your financial support will go a long way to empower us to do what God has called us to do. Your sacrificial giving is a vehicle for the Gospel and God has been glorified in the villages and rural areas of the nations. Many have been saved and blessed because of your partnership.

Carrying the burden to bring glory to God through a decent communication tool, and with little human resource to assist, I have decided to take a step of faith to publish the “Asian Outreach Connections” to give the community a broader spectrum of the working of the Holy Spirit in various nations amongst the poor, the marginalised and those who are rejects in society.

You are our concern and we want to uphold you in our prayers too. Do let us know whenever you have specific requests so that we can come along-side you in faithful intercession.

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The Three Worlds By Dr. Sai Hwte Maung, Director of Shan Missions

I am grateful for your support and prayers for our Shan Missions ministry. I am thankful to God for allowing me to reach out to so many who are in need of the gospel and help. God sent me to three different worlds in 7 weeks from 9 December 2012 to 27 January 2013. I have enjoyed preaching the Christmas message, celebrating Christ’s New Year with non-believers, helping refugees, treating the wounded in Kachin State and teaching the Bible to new believers in China.

Dr. Sai Hwte Maung

After presenting these gifts, SYS announced to the party, “There are many religions in the world; Christianity is one of these. We must respect other religions as well.” After that, I had an opportunity to share with them about Jesus and salvation in Him. We sang Christmas songs, including Amazing Grace, in Shan. We danced and sang the whole night, with fireworks set by SSA. Later SYS announced, “This is the happiest moment in my life. Tonight I

Dr. Sai sharing the Gospel

First World: World of Buddhism On 18 - 26 December 2012 God sent me to a place where 99% of the population are Buddhists, where the gospel has never been preached and Christianity is considered a foreign religion not to be accepted.

General SYS giving his speech

“Buddhism is the best religion ... Buddha’s teaching is the best teaching in the world,” declared SYS, Chief of Staff of the Shan State Army (SSA) a few years ago in his political speech. “Shan are Buddhists, Buddhism is Shan Religion,” claimed Shan leaders. There are more than six million Shans in Shan State of Myanmar (Burma). I met some SSA leaders in Thailand in 2011. After much prayer I was allowed to visit Loi Tai Leng, the largest SSA military base, on 18 December 2012. I met General SYS and an SSA officer and got to know them better. There is only one Shan believer and one Karen believer among ten thousand residents in Loi Tai Leng. “Will there be a Christmas Celebration this year?” I asked a Karen Christian lady who was in-charge of a small hospital in Loi Tai Leng.

am Christian. Tomorrow I’ll be Buddhist again… ” What a statement! He exclaimed, “From today, you and I are not friends anymore. We are relatives!” The celebration went on till 4am. An SSA soldier said to me, “I have never seen SYS so happy and staying up with us till morning...” Praise God for opportunities to share with him and others for the first time about Jesus and His love and His salvation.

THE SEED HAS BEEN SOWN… Matthew 28:18-20 "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All

FIRST CHRISTMAS

authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in

“No. We have no plans for Christmas. We have no money to celebrate” she said. “Will you organize a Christmas party if you have money?” I had asked. “Yes,” she answered. I gave her enough to buy a pig for dinner and 20 short wave radios as presents for SSA officers and 100 boxes of milk powder for the children.

the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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The Second World: World of Christianity On 8 January 2013 God sent me to a place where 99% of the population are Christians; where their Independence Army are engaged in war with the Myanmar Army; where 100,000 people have become refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDP) either in other countries or in their own land.

Dr Sai assisting to suture a patient

Over 1.5 million Kachin people live in Kachin State, North Myanmar. 99% of them are Christians.The Kachin Independent Army (KIA) revolted against the new Burmese government because it did not give them equal rights and equal opportunity. The government declared Buddhism as the National Religion in 1961. In June 2011, the Burmese Army (BA) (now Myanmar Army) began a war to uproot the KIA. They used heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and jet fighters to shell KIA villages. IDPs have suffered badly. They live in plastic tents. They have insufficient food and clothing. Many are sick. With your support I was able to provide them aid/medical treatment last year. On 8 January 2013 I went back in again to help the IDPs at Ruili, a border town between Yunnan and Myanmar. I had brought 1,000 blankets, 20 boxes of food, and 140kg of dry fish. On 9 January the Kachins there asked me to go to Laiza where many are wounded and dying because of the war.

Kachin Docors Operating

In Laiza, we could hear and see bomb explosions every day. The battlefront was just 5 miles away. One morning, I was at our hotel front when a 105mm shell exploded just 50 meters away. I was capturing the scene on my camera video when yet another bomb fell nearby. I went to the hospital to help the injured. 3 had died; 4 seriously injured by the bombs. I worked alongside China trained Kachin doctors every day. We did three amputations; two abdominal surgeries, open fixations of fractures, suturing of face, hands and ears. Some serious cases were transferred to China.

An IDP Camp

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.�

Carrying the wounded away

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Dai Community dinner outreach programme

The Third World: World of Communism

I was invited by the Kachin Christian businessmen group in Yunnan to teach Basic Biblical Faith to new Dai Christians in the region. On 22 January, 30 Dai believers and a local Shan missionary got together in a Kachin pastor’s house for Bible teaching. Their prayers are simple, their Biblical knowledge is very limited but their faith is strong. The Bible has yet to be translated into their language. They worship and praise in their own traditional tunes. After three days of prayer, praise and worship and Bible teaching, all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately became powerful witnesses for Christ. On the last day at a dinner outreach program they witnessed to many Dai people who came to dinner.

On 21 January 2013 God sent me to a country where communism is the governing authority and believers are under severe persecution. The Dai aka Shan ethnic minority, 1.5 million, live in the Dai Autonomous Region and the Dehong Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in Xishuangbanna in south Yun-nan Province. Formerly, known as the “Baiyue” (vast living area), Dai people have been Buddhists for more than a thousand years. Missionaries have tried in vain to reach these people. Believers face terrible discrimination and disassociation by their relatives and neighbours.

Two accepted the Lord after the meeting. They have been listening to my radio programs for more than six years. Praise the Lord!

Of the 100 Dai believers in Dehong last year, only 30 have remained in their faith. Why? 1. Non-believing parents/family reject them as relatives and no longer eat with them at the same table. 2. No one will join a believer despite invitations to special celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, New Year. 3. No one in the village will help when a Christian dies. They are disallowed burial in the village cemetery. 4. If any farm animals die, Christians are accused as the source of evil. 5. Christians are not allowed to walk on the main road. They are to walk outside the village. 6. They are falsely accused to the Chinese authorities and are often arrested. 7. Villagers will illegally take possession of the rice fields of Christians.

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you."

Prayer Points 1. Unity among all the ethnic tribes in Myanmar. 2. Safety and protection for Dr. Sai and team. 3. For Christians to be bold in sharing the Gospel and the message of salvation.

These are great pressures upon Dai Christians to abandon their faith in Christ and return to Buddhism.

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Intercessors storming heaven

Women crying out in prayer The Glory Place Prayer Tower

Prayer Points 1. The voice of the intercessors will continue to rise up in prayer for their nation. 2. We pray for the glory of God to be manifested not just over the Prayer Tower but over the nation of India. 3. We pray for the tearing down of all strongholds of idol worship and the nation of India will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

Children at Bible study

More Than Structure AO India

Siliguri is blessed with natural beauty. The majestic Kanchen-junga Mountains, visible from Siliguri on a clear day are enough to take your breath away. Siliguri, on the bank of Mahananda River and spread into the foothills of the Himalayas, is the gateway into 8 north-eastern states of India. The strategic importance of the town is obvious. Siliguri connects four international borders (Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, and Nepal) In 2007 Asian Outreach began the building of a Prayer Tower. It would become the “light on the hill” drawing the lost and broken hearted, the weary, sick and downtrodden, and a place where believers could come together to teach and share the Word of God, a place of worship and praise to the Lord. The Prayer Tower took 5 years to complete and after many obstacles and setbacks, it was finally opened in February 2012.

The Prayer tower has become a landmark in Siliguri for touching and changing lives. Miracles, signs and wonders have been taking place and the powerful anointing and the presence of God is felt when believers come together to worship and pray there. Glory Place Prayer Tower is equipping many pastors and church leaders to expand God’s Kingdom not only in India but into neighbouring countries as well. He is raising up Prayer Warriors at Glory Place from the hills and plains of Darjeeling, Siliguri, Sikkim, Bhutan and the eastern provinces of Nepal. This call for intercession and prayer has touched the hearts of the children; and God is using these children to intercede for their families and the nation of India. Like the adults, they fast and pray, often overnight. Many of these young children are dedicating their lives to the Lord and God is moving in a powerful way among the children using them to be the “salt” and “light” to their families and friends.

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People who come here leave filled with the love and hope of Jesus Christ, filled with fresh anointing and a miracle. People are being healed from their diseases, set free from bondages and delivered from evil spirits. Pastors, leaders and believers who visit the Prayer Tower give testimony of a tremendous infilling of the Holy Spirit that changes their lives completely. Women folk, who have always remained in the background in India, are stepping out in Siliguri, becoming prayer warriors and intercessors for the nations. Families are being saved, husbands coming to the Lord when they witness the changes in their families. Pastor Jiwan the resident Pastor of Glory Place Prayer Tower, has reported recently that non-believers have come to witness for themselves the wonders taking place and many have given their lives to Christ.


Santali women praying

The men in worship

Discipling The Lost By Rev. Takashi Yoshida

Santali women washing Rev. Takashi’s feet

Director, AO Japan

Salvation of the Santali Tribe The Santali tribe is the one of largest tribal communities in India; they live mainly in the West Bengal Area and some parts of Bangladesh. They speak their own language and are mostly farmers. A conference was held in Siliguri for the Santali Tribe in January 19th and 20th. I was invited to speak at the conference and arrived at their village with Pastor Lucky of AO India. Upon my arrival, I was surprised to see that Santali women have come out to welcome us by washing our feet. Pastor Lucky explained that this was their custom even before they were saved, and since there was the biblical example of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples, they have readily adopted this custom. More than 200 people, including children gathered that Saturday, under a makeshift tent made from plastic sheets. The church

building was too small to house everyone. I was amazed to see the children sit there to listen from 10am to 5pm. The Santali love dancing and different kinds of song and dances by the choir and young people were dedicated to God. Salvation of this group was started from Pastor Tudu’s family more than 20 years ago. Before his salvation, Pastor Tudu had a former wife and six children. However one by one the children had died and finally his wife too had died. Pastor Tudu re-married, but again his first child from this marriage also died at birth. Though his wife was afraid to try having a child again, she conceived but was fearful for her unborn child. One day she met Pastor Lucky’s wife, who is a nurse, and she shared her fears with her. Pastor Lucky’s wife encouraged her to believe in Jesus and prayed with her. When it came time to deliver her baby, she sent someone to call Pastor Lucky’s wife, who came and safely delivered a healthy baby boy called

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Samuel. On seeing the mercy and love of God over their son, Tudu and his wife accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. However, as they were the first Christians in the tribe they were severely persecuted. Pastor Tudu and his wife persevered and kept on sharing the gospel and the love of Jesus. Today, there are 38 Christian families and Pastor Tudu and his team have planted 10 house churches and they go out to other Santali villages to evangelize. Their desire is to see every Santali tribe saved. The last day of the conference was packed and it was such a blessing to see many come forward to repent before God at the close of the conference. Prayer Points 1. The Lord of the Harvest to send more workers to the mission fields. 2. Salvation for all the Santali tribes. 3. To raise up local leaders and pastors among the tribes. 4. For boldness in sharing the gospel.


Building A Generation of Leaders

AO Myanmar

AO Malaysia (AOM) has been involved in Myanmar for the last 15 years but our input was restricted mainly to training. The country then under tough military rule for more than 50 years was closed to Christianity. Today Myanmar is opening to the outside world and wants to shed its past as an isolated military dictatorship country. In October 2011, one early morning, God spoke to Ps Eric saying, “This is the Kairos moment for Myanmar”. His spirit leaped to confirm that the Lord is going to do a great thing for this nation and AO is going to be part of that move.

chance to develop confidently, surrounded by unconditional love, respect, compassion and dignity. These children have come from broken homes and single parents who could not afford to feed them, and have abandoned them to fend for themselves. If not for the homes they would be like the hundreds of other children who roam the streets of Yangon, scavenging for food to survive. With no skills and in desperation, many end up exposed to drugs, petty crimes, risks of arrest, sexual abuse and exploitation. The desire of the house parents, Pastor Abraham (New Generation) and Pastor Hla Maung (House of Hope) is to make the love of God tangible in the lives of these children. The Lord would remind us that children have a special place in His heart. PAGE 8

God has opened a door for AOM to start a ministry in Myanmar and AOM has adopted a bible school, Victory Bible School, with 35 students; and two children's homes, the House of Hope with 30 children and The New Generation Orphanage with 42 children. In 2012, Rev. John Thoung (Director of the bible school) was appointed as AO Co-ordinator and plans are being made to register AO as a local NGO. AOM’S two children’s homes give the kids (ages ranging from 4 years to 18 years) a

Mark 9:37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Prayer Points 1. For God’s provision for school fees, clothes, books and other necessities to enable each child the chance to attend school.

MAKE YOUR LIGHT SHINE Calling on all Believers! We need you to stand with us in reaching Asian for Christ. You can’t all go but you can pray! We need you to start mission prayer cells in your homes, churches, fellowships and Sunday school, to pray with us for God’s work in Asia. Will you be a prayer partner with believers and workers in Burma, India, Bhutan, Vietnam and Nepal? We will provide you with updated information, prayer needs and happenings and if possible even have someone visit your home, church or fellowship to share with you. Should you or your church wish to organize short term mission trips, please do not hesitate to contact us. Do you want to make a difference in this world? What about a short-term mission trip to touch and change lives in Asia? We have short-term opportunities in outreach in Burma. To take up this challenge please contact us.

Children on their way to school

Children doing their homework

Testimony by Pastor Hla Maung I thank the Lord our God, Pastor Eric Fung and all believers in Malaysia for their love and support for these little children. Although the orphanage was founded five years ago we did not have a name. When Pastor Eric came to visit us, he gave the home its name ‘House of Hope’ a most appropriate name, giving hope to the children. When we initiated the orphanage we faced many struggles and problems. The children come from different cultures so their habits and backgrounds are not the same. We also could not meet their basic needs such as food and education for the children. We could only trust these burdens to the Lord and believed on His promises. When we met Pastor Eric with Rev. John we knew that God had heard our cries. We are deeply grateful and thankful not only for the financial help but also for all the prayers and intercession from AOM and donors in Malaysia. No matter what we face now, we know we are not alone and that you are standing with us.

As God moves you to sow into His Kingdom and you wish to contribute to our ministry, please send cheques/money order to:

Address: No 81. Jalan SS2/75 47300 Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia. Bank Account holder: ASIAN OUTREACH (MALAYSIA) BHD Bank Account No: 512231-514747 Name & Address of Bank: Malayan Banking Bhd (SS 2 Branch) 58-64 Jalan ss 2/67, 47300 Petaling Jaya Selangor, Malaysia Swift Code: MBBEMYKLA

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Address: Rm 2A, Speedy Industrial Building 114 How Ming Street Kwun Tong Hong Kong Bank Account holder: Asian Outreach Hong Kong Ltd Bank Account No: 018-414326-001 Name & Address of Bank: The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited No. 1 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong Swift Code: HSBCHKHHHKH

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