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Eric Fung Winning Asia for Christ. Asians winning for Christ.
The Penan people of Borneo were once the Islands’ nomadic hunter-gatherers, stewards of the forest, possessing instinctive knowledge of plants and animals, and whose lives were constantly on the move in family groups. The Penan is a gentle people with a highly egalitarian society without little gender division amongst them. Their knowledge of the jungle is expert and most still relies on the forest for daily food and medicine. Though much has changed for the Penan in the last century, much has also stayed the same. With many now settled in villages, gives us the opportunity to reach out (Joshua project considers the Penan to be the unreached/least reached peoples group) and to disciple them. For the Penan, the forest is still their first home. Most importantly, many of their most inspiring traditional cultural values remain and offer sane answers to the environmental problems of our time, such as their practice of sharing all things equally and their concept of molong, which attests that all forest plants and animals should be harvested responsibly.
By 7pm I had to feel my way around as the house does not have electricity. They lighted up one candle in the main hall. Not being visually impaired I still found it a challenge to walk as I am not used to dim or romantic lights. By the time we had our dinner it was close to 8pm. To be honest I dared not ask what we were eating as it is the golden rule for all missionaries never to ask and if we do violate this rule we may end up having to fast. I ate the meat which I like to presume was wild boar but the meat that was full of bones was a fish. The fibrous dish we ate was ferns and plants from the jungle. As I stretched my imagination I was able to enjoy my meal. About 9pm we gathered at the village chief’s house where I was hosted, for a time of worship. I tried taking some pictures with my I Pad but that did not work out well as there was not enough light. However after sharing a passage to encourage faith, I felt to pray for the village chief’s father who has been under dentation several times for preaching the gospel. That was news to me that such things can happen in Sarawak. He is now suffering from acute arthritis in both knees. After praying I told him to try to do what he normally could not do and God in His mercy and grace manifested His power on him and he started to squat and walk briskly excitedly. He was overjoyed as this was something he had not been able to do for some years now. To conclude, our trip has encouraged their faith to another level and they can now be bold to pray for the sick and trust God to a greater extend. It is your partnership that has helped us to take the gospel to the interior of Sabah and Sarawak, in evangelism and discipleship training and in the near future, into community projects. Allow me to end with this verse, 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” God’s blessings be upon you and your families.
In my recent trip to the Penan village in Long Si’ang I had to fly to Miri and from there take a six hour drive mostly on dirt roads. This meant that there were many portholes that caused our bodies to be tossed up and down and from left to right. At one stage, I could feel my joints were coming apart or being dislocated from the sockets. Up to ten years ago, when I was in my late fifties I could take this kind of journey in my stride but these days I have to endure if not ‘suffering for Christ’ remembering what the apostle Paul has said in Phil 1:21 ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’ brought me great comfort. Nevertheless after arriving at the village in the evening I was able to enjoy the serenity of the environment where the forest if not the jungle is still intact. As I walked around there were some dilapidated abandoned houses and in replacement for this the government has built a 20 door longhouse, a representation of 20 families. As I walked into the longhouse along the common corridor, I noticed that basic hygiene was not practiced as the floor was not only littered with paper and remnants of food but also it was covered with dust, obviously not swept for a very long time.
Prayer Points We pray that the God given vision will come to past in making Long Siang a model village in a poverty eradication project by introducing:1. Fish Farming (Aqua culture). 2. Agriculture. 3. Filter water from the river to dispense into individual houses. 4. Proper Sanitary system. Join us to pray for the right candidate to work with me and to be mentored by me in preparation of my retirement.
Rev Lawrence Yap. Senior Pastor. Charis Christian Centre. AOM board member.
Towards The Next Level - In Missions. Allow me to say this, from the heart of a pastor to the heart of another – that if our church is not involved in any missions at all – then we are missing the heartbeat of God!
What do these things mean to you? Which of the above factors capture your attention and that you see is a ‘possibility’ in your church setting?
I used to think that a church has to come to a certain size, then only will we be financially capable to be involved in “missions”. This is a myth and all of us can be involved one way or another if we learn to ‘think outside the box.’
Perhaps you can spend some time - praying and thinking through these factors of what you can do for God in terms of spreading the gospel. It need not be just going out ‘to preach’ per se.
Political and economic maps were redrawn thus enabling new opportunities for Kingdom works. Just consider Libya and Myanmar as examples of how windows of opportunities are opening.
We need to take missions to the next level. We need not be locked in to the old fashion way of sending missionaries abroad – though it should still be done. God can give us wisdom and creative ways, for example, of how a businessman sponsored thousands of gospel radios that were assembled in a factory and brought into the interiors. Another businessman allowed his restaurant to be utilized as a worship place at 12 midnight for his foreign workers. Yet, there are many who have become ‘cyber world evangelists’.
Technological advances like smart phones; social networks etc., literally connecting people and the world in an instance. This is part of “Globalization” but this also means ‘opportunities’.
The challenges of the gospel work are as real but God is sovereign. New doors and new frontiers have been opened up for us. We must seize the moment. As our members get involved, they grow spiritually too.
The ‘center of gravity’ of the gospel has shifted to the southern hemisphere. -This means that much of the spiritual activities of the church is no longer focused on Europe or North America but instead has come to Asia and the Pacific realm where mega congregations; church planting and community transformation programs are taking place. We in Malaysia are part of this shift!
Remember that in missions, not everyone may GO, but we can certainly GIVE and PRAY and to DO what we can for God - right at our doorsteps!
Let me just share some insight. The last 5 to 10 years have been a time of rapid changes and this has brought about many opportunities for the gospel work.
Yours Together for His Kingdom.
A “diaspora” (dispersion) of nationalities. -Just in Malaysia alone, we are surrounded by people from Myanmar, Nepal, Iran, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Africa and other Middle Eastern nations. In a way, we do not ‘go to the nations.’ The ‘nations have come to us!’
Here I am Lord, send me!
By Pastor Lau Tak Siong AO Associate Trainer
I CRIED out to the Lord for direction. Should I or shouldn’t I go to what appeared to me the ends of the earth to train believers? Bihar. The poorest state in India. That’s where I was asked to go. I was wrestling with God because the assignment seemed doom from the start --- I could not find anyone who was willing to accompany me as my co teacher and assistant. Worse yet, I was told that even pastors in India avoided Bihar. Was life that bad in Bihar? But I, like Isaiah, agreed to go. And to my utter relief, an Indian pastor named Paul was willing to come with me to Bihar.
A big thank you to those who had been faithful in funding our Foot Soldiers and training ministries.
To get to Bihar, I had to take a seven-hour flight from Melbourne (where I now live) to Singapore and then another four-hour flight from Singapore to Chennai. Another full day of travelling by plane and train to the north of India got me to my destination at 7am, Bihar time.
Sushil was a Hindu and member of an extreme fundamentalist anti-Christian group. Prior to becoming a Christian, he needed more than RM20, 000 for his sister's wedding. The dowry system to have a woman married off is still practiced in India. He heard about Jesus and in desperation turned to this “Jesus” whom people told him was a loving God. So Sushil prayed, “Jesus Christ, if you are the true and living God, listen to my prayer and help me in this financial problem”.
After this mammoth, marathon travel, I was bone-tired and was glad for a bed to sleep in --- never mind if there was no attached toilet and WiFi, and sleep was a mosquito-riddled sleepless night in the best hotel in town. In Bihar, I saw grinding poverty at close range such as huts with dried cow dung for walls. As I travelled muddy, rough and dusty roads to the two villagers (Khagaria and Paray) in the state, it was common to see goats scurrying everywhere. Was it worth it? Definitely! At Khagaria, about 40 leaders, both men and women who were hungry for the Word and passionate to serve their Lord, attended the training. They came from different but similarly simple backgrounds, who had gathered together with one common desire --- their love for the Lord and to be trained for His use. This is a place where less than one per cent of the people are believers.
Despite the discomforts of long travel and poor facilities of putting up in poor villages, I considered it a joy to serve the Master in the poorest area of Bihar. Finally, I want to end with a testimony from Pastor Sushil, who was one of my participants.
Miraculously a few days before his sister’s wedding, Jesus answered his prayer. A man to whom he tried to sell a piece of land suddenly decided to buy his property, although he previously repeatedly refused to do so. The selling price was slightly more than what he needed. So he had some money left over. This answered prayer led him to turn to Jesus Christ and later give his life to serve Him as a pastor. 1 Cor 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Prayer Points 1. We pray for the Lord of the harvest to raise up more workers for the Bihar mission fields. 2. We pray for the local pastors, evangelist and leaders to be always obedient to the call of God to serve willingly where He sends them. 3. We ask the Lord to pour out his spirit upon Bihar and touch and change the lives of the people there. That it will no longer be known as the poorest state but as a place of sign and wonders where Jesus Christ reigns supreme.
I am so thankful and felt privileged that the Lord brought me here and used me. At Paray, about 35 adults and children gathered to hear the good news. I preached to them about the one and only God that can cleanse them from their sins, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Thus was the seed of the kingdom of God sown in the village. Praise God that we can be used by Him to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the poor.
Waiting for the train to Bihar
My only means of Transport.
The pastors and leaders in Bihar
Trekking with God in the jungles of Sarawak By Pastor Benny Ng AOM Coordinator for Sarawak “I WILL wear adult diapers if I have to on my mission trip!” This is what I told my wife when she was worried about my health and thought maybe I should take a break from ministry to get better first. I had been suffering from diarrhoea for three days and nights after arriving home in Sibu . This is just after ministering to two villages in Sarawak. I still had one more village to visit. Indeed, August was a busy month for me. Ministry in Long Sukang I sensed the Lord’s leading and trusted that He would heal me as I wanted to honour my commitment to the church in Long Sukang. Sure enough, the Lord healed me as I got into the twin otter plane the next morning to travel from Miri to Lawas. From Lawas, it was a three-hour ride by four-wheel drive to Long Sukang, the biggest village in Lawas. Here, nine churches from nearby villages came together for the revival meetings. We were treated like VIPs with welcoming dances and songs, and feted with sumptuous traditional delicacies such as fermented glutinous rice with wild boar in bamboo, wild boar soup, and rare species of fish. And the icing on the cake was the invitation by the leaders to return soon for more meetings and training. Ministry in Long Jawe Earlier, my team and I journeyed deep into the jungles of Sarawak, traversing’s the State’s tough, bumpy trails and long winding rivers to reach the Orang Asli there, namely the Ibans and Melanau living in the villages of Long Jawe and Long Busang. My team members were from Hong Kong's Sha Kok Alliance Church. It took seven hours to get to Long Jawe. The 17 of us stopped at Bakun to rest for two hours before continuing our journey by a five-hour boat ride that passed through the Bakun dam.
Preparing for the two hour boat ride to Long Busang. Notice the swift current and the swollen river.
Along the way, we saw numerous villages covering an area double the size of Singapore that were submerged in flood waters. The villagers were known as Orang Ulu (interior people) and comprised the Kenyah, Kayan and Penan tribes). The flooding is caused by the building of the Bakun dam, which resulted in much of the cultural artifacts of the various tribes to be destroyed. Many tribes have since regretted agreeing to resettle in Asap many years ago.
Attentively listening to the word of God
The church of Long Jawe, which was once vibrant and now cold, floats 30 feet above sea level --- a rare sight indeed. The area is now home to only a handful of Kenyahs who live in floating houses. Back in its heyday when the church was “hot”, thousands flocked to the church hungry for God’s Word. The Gospel was preached to many in the interior up to the Kalimantan and Indonesian border . An airstrip built by foreign missionaries to access this tiny village greatly aided in spreading the Good News here. Pray that revival fever will return to this church.
Ps Benny preaching to the tribal church in Long Busang
Ministry in Long Busang We took a two-hour boat ride to Long Busang where some 30 percent of the Kenyah people are non-Christians. To our surprise, the village head and other non-Christian leaders welcomed us with open arms .We were invited to their homes for visitations and still more amazing, every home requested us to pray before meals. Before we started our ministry in the church, the pastor used the church’s PA system to invite the whole village to come for the meeting. During altar call after my sharing, an old lady came up to me to thank me for relieving her from the burden of bitterness towards God for many years because her son committed suicide. She left with newfound joy in her heart when God
The floating church in Long Busang and the warm and friendly Kenyag people.
healed her of her grief when she finally chose to let go of her anger. God’s Protection have had to often leave my wife and son for days as I travel the length and breadth of Sarawak’s interior. The journeys are always challenging as I never know what to expect when I go into the jungle to minister to the local tribes. Because I am to be obedient to His calling, I know God will protect and keep my family safe, and that He will be in the jungle with me, guarding me too.
Fruit of our Labour To see these people come to the Lord is my reward. For truly there is no better reward than seeing the people you have touch is also going to Heaven with you. Gal 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers
Prayer Points 1. We ask the Lord to protect Benny and the teams he travels with and grant them mercy journey. 2. We pray for the gospel to reach every tribe and the salvation of every tribe in Sarawak. 3. We pray for the plight of the unreached peoples group in Sarawak who have been robbed of their natural habitat and exploited and are in danger due to men’s greed for wealth.
Reaching Asia’s Unreached
By Pastor Stanley Gerard Associate Trainer
Planting in Faith
Forging new friendships with the fishermen.
THE pioneers of Asian Outreach, like any other Christian organization, individual or church, worked hard without seeing the fruits of their labour of love. Yet they planted seeds by faith, and in so doing, they began the work of salvation in the lives of many. It was this conviction that gave them satisfaction --- that they had done their work and did it well as another generation reaps the harvest. For the past 10 years, I have been involved in church planting in many countries, including several restricted-access nations. I thank God for those brave workers and church planters in my team who are working in the field with me to obey the Great Commission--- to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”(Matthew 28:19).
Praying to receive salvation
Blessed are the Persecuted You cannot imagine the persecution they face in these restricted-access nations. Danger lurks in every corner. You never can tell if your neighbour who smiles at you when he sees you today is going to turn on you tomorrow. Their wives and children are also not safe, having always to be careful of what they say and who they talk to.
Accepting Jesus as her Lord and Saviour
Counting the cost and Following Him Why do they still want to do it? Why risk everything? It is because each one of these church planters had a personal encounter with the living God and their lives have never been the same since. (Psalm 103: 4
Training for pastors and leaders
“…who redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion.”) They have known His love and saving grace, and they trust Him no matter what happens. He is Abba, their Father. Let me share with you a pioneering work in a fishing community in Bangladesh, a restricted-access nation. Church Planting in Action Today, there are 22 believers here. When we visited them in October last year, they were happy to see us and continue to be receptive to God’s Word. Most of them were poor and struggling to make ends meet and like anywhere else in this country, jobs were not easy to come by. Their village does not have modern amenities. They cannot depend on the government to make their lives better so they struggle to survive. Yet, they are eager to hear the Word of God. Truly, blessed are the poor. Pastor Samuel, my local friend there, has a vision for the entire community to be saved. Up to date Ps Samuel has planted one church and 6 cell groups. Another pastor, Pastor Bullet has also planted one church and 12 cell groups. We pray that once the seed is planted, God would open more hearts to receive Christ as their personal Saviour. Today, Asian Outreach has trained thousands of workers or foot-soldiers. Many churches have been planted, especially in restricted-access nations. Today, church planters have reached the very borders of Afghanistan and Iran.
Donations needed However, the work of the church planters have been hindered because of the lack of finance, among other problems Due to this lack, we have had to slow down the implementation of our church planting plans.
Zec 10:12 “I will strengthen them in the Lord and in His name they will walk.”
My prayer is that churches and individuals can come together and do what it takes to accomplish the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations.
Prayer points 1. We pray for safety and protection of all the pastors, leaders and believers (especially the converts) from radical extremist. 2. We ask the Lord to strengthen the leaders and pastors to be fearless in their zeal for the gospel. 3. We lift up the government of Bangladesh to have wisdom and fairness not to give in to the extremist demands.
Allow me to end with this quote “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving”. May this truly reverberate in the Body of Christ, and in the soul of every brother and sister to give out of the love in their hearts to enable the Great Commission of God to spread to the ends of the Earth.
Touching the Untouchables of India By Pastor Paul Silvanus Dalit Ministry in Chennai (A partner ministry of AOM)
The Dalit children at the centre getting help with the homework school. Keeping the children safe and off the streets plus educating them
One meal a day... for some their only meal for the day.
Children gathered to hear the scripture for the day
Who are the Dalits IMAGINE not being allowed to go to school or college until you get a decent education. Imagine being sick but not being allowed to get treatment from a hospital or clinic. Imagine not being allowed to live where you want or work in a job you like. Imagine (especially if you are a woman or child) being trafficked into prostitution, bonded labour and begging in the streets. Imagine having no rights so that anyone can abuse you, attack you, humiliate you --- and nobody would care.
of the social ladder, the Dalits (also known as the Untouchables) faces such discrimination and degradation everyday. There are 167 million Dalits in India, constituting over 16 percent of the total population. The term “Dalit” means “those who have been broken down by those above them” Dalits are the major victims of trafficking in India. Culturally subjugated and politically marginalized, millions of Dalits are exploited by rich people of high caste and treated worse than animals because they are considered “unclean”
And most astonishingly of all, imagine Indian churches shunning you as well, treating you like pariah. Unless, of course, if the church is a Dalit one.
Every hour, two Dalits are assaulted. Every day, three Dalit women are raped, and two killed. Within the Dalit community, there are many divisions into sub-castes. Dalits are street sweepers, cobblers, agricultural workers, grave diggers and those who dispose of human waste.
For the Dalits of India, this dehumanization is a reality and not make believe. They are the scum of Indian society, a result of the subcontinent’s cruel and barbaric caste system. Being at the bottom
give room for such suspicions. We only teach scriptures from proverbs to the children as life lessons. Parents sometimes observe what we do.
Some three-quarters of the Dalit workforce are in the agricultural sector. A majority of the countryâ€™s 40 million people who are bonded labourers are Dalits. These jobs rarely provide enough income for Dalits to feed their families and send their children to school. As a result, many Dalits are impoverished, uneducated and illiterate.
Praise God that even without invitation, parents have started coming to church and accepting Christ by seeing the character changes in their childrenâ€™s lives. The local churches are full of testimonies from parents.
Ministry to the Dalits
Our ministry was started in 1997 to train Dalits to become pastors and church planters. To date, we have trained 107 pastors who went on to plant 100 churches in 10 States in India. Day Care Centreâ€™s for Dalit Children
Our two day care centers have been running successfully .So we are planning to start another one in a place called Theni, which borders Kerala state, where we managed to find some 100 girls who were not attending school.
The Lord moved us to minister to the Dalits via day care centers. We felt education is a key tool to help these oppressed people, just as the early missionaries did as well. So we have started two day care centers by faith, one in a village and another in a city slum. There are 75 children at the village day care center and 45 at the center in the city slum.
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Children between the ages of 4 and 16 come to the centers after school. Specialized coaching is given by trained teachers (Each center has four trained teachers and a cook). They are encouraged to continue their studies as many are forced to leave school to become child labourers.
Luke 4: 18-19 (â€œThe spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind; to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lordâ€™s favour.â€?)
We feed the children one meal a day. We hope that with sufficient funds, we will be able to give them two meals daily and two sets of uniforms. Every day a scripture from proverbs is taught, with the children having to memorize the Word of God. There are monthly parentsâ€™ meetings to monitor the childrenâ€™s progress and to encourage the parents to send the children to the center regularly. Local church pastors and their wives work as social workers. The pastors visit slums and villages to seek out Dalit children. Reaching the Dalit Community Our goal is not to preach Christ directly through the day care centers. We do not invite any Dalits to come to our church via the centers. Christian workers have been accused of converting the Dalits by providing them money and goods. We do not want to
Through this magazine we hope to enlighten you as to what God is doing in Asia through Asian Outreach ministries. Our goal is winning Asia for Christ; our desire is to see the Gospel preached in every country of Asia. Help us to make sure that every person in Asia is able to hear the Gospel and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. This is what we all have been commissioned to do: Matt 28:19-20 â€œ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.â€? If you would like to know more about us or are interested to go out into the mission fields please do contact us. We need prayer partners to join with us to pray for the men and women who have left the comfort of their homes and families to serve God in often rough and tough areas with very little home comforts.
Prayer points 1. We pray for the nation of India to see all men, regardless of race, colour or breed, as equal citizens with equal rights and to be treated with dignity and respect. 2. We pray against the atrocities that have been waged against the Dalits in the form of physical abuse , human trafficking and dehumanization especially to the Dalit women and children. 3. May the love of God made tangible through Ps Paul and the Dalit Slum Ministry team bring about a change in the lives of the Dalits.
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