Our GNPI team recently had a great privilege to go to a new city in the southeastern part of the region for training evangelists. We were invited by pastors and evangelists from different denominations, who are ministering in that region. They requested that we show them what GNPI has produced and teach them how to use the tools effectively in the ministry of evangelism. Please see A Tremendous Trip! (Part One) from last week if you missed it.
By PD of GNPI-SE Asia
The second part of the trip took us across the border and into another country. A pastor met us at the border and took us to a church where church members were waiting for us. We started the training especially for church members who were all converted from Buddhism. Most of the people who live in this region are workers and farmers. They came from our country and spoke our language, so we could communicate with them easily.
After the day of training, we interviewed some of the people who were there, and we receive a positive response from them. The pastor of the church invited us to come back again and share the Message not only in their church but also in the largest cities of the country. He said he would arrange for that if we would like to come again. We promised him that we would come again if they would welcome us. Then we went back to our home country for another training, where another evangelist was ministering. However, we returned too late for the people waiting for us, so we did not have another training on that day.
New believers were very much encouraged and acknowledged that they came to know more about who is the True God every nation must worship. When we did interviews, we asked them, “Suppose the authorities gave you a huge sum of money to each of you and asked you to deny your faith in Christ, what would you do?” They answered, “Even if they gave us a lot of money and persuaded us not to worship Jesus the True and Living God, we won’t forfeit our belief in Christ.” Then we added, “What would you do if they said, “If you don’t deny your faith in Christ, we will kill you?” They consistently replied, “We won’t deny our faith though they might kill us because money is for this world, but eternal life given by Jesus Christ is forever.” Therefore, we saw how strong their faith in God was and how firmly they were standing on biblical teachings. We also asked them, “If a person shared the Gospel with Buddhists by using our tools, what do you think? Would that be effective in convincing to the people?” They gladly answered that it would surely convince the people, and there will be many believers.
When we asked a lady who was non-believer what she thought of the lesson our group taught on that day, she confessed that what she and others were practicing and believing was wrong. She said that she never thought of their acts of worshipping men (monks) and paying homage to idols were wrong. Yet, on that day when she heard of the Message from us, she began to realize what they have been practicing so far was totally wrong. She said that she would stop paying homage and worship to man and man-made things. She told us that she will be studying more about God. We hope she will accept Christ very soon. We continually pray for her and that God would open her heart to accept Christ as her personal Savior.
On New Year’s Day, we hired a van for our way back home. Our trip was good, we and had wonderful time sharing the Gospel by using the tools. We saw that God is opening the door for our people as well as those across the border. Thank you very much for your help and for your prayers. May God richly bless you all.