by Tom Silkwood, Regional Director for GNPI-Thailand
Can you imagine being Asian and living your whole life in bondage, worshiping idols and demons? Then, a traveling preacher comes. He shares the most fantastic story you have ever heard; there is a God who loves you, who can forgive your sins, free you from the bondage of the demonic world, and who will adopt you as his very own child.
This is typical of how lives are changed in Asia. There is such an excitement about being freed from the bondage of the spirit world, a world of servitude to evil spirits, poverty, and doom. Now for the first time the burden of your guilt and sins are lifted, you are suddenly free, but…
You are now God’s child, longing to know him. There are only a few preachers, teachers, or Bibles where you can learn about your Heavenly Father. You know there are schools where you could study and learn about Jesus, but you are too poor to go. Fortunately, some do get to go and learn, but the majority only dream. If only you could go to one of those schools and learn more about Jesus.
This is the scenario we have in Asia. Thousands have come to Christ, but resources are so limited. I have gone to churches where the only Bible they have is in tatters, stacked lovingly with a rock on top to keep pages from flying off in a breeze. How can these people grow without help? Strange because you can find television sets and DVD players, and most people have cellphones, but access to good Bible learning is rare.
This was how the BEC program was born. BEC stands for Biblical Extension Courses and it is our attempt to address this huge problem. People need (and WANT) to learn about God, but due to lack of resources they can’t. Thus we started BEC. If the students can’t come to school, we send the school to the students. Our best native Bible teachers come to our studio in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and we record their teaching. It is then sent out to the villages in Thailand, Burma, and even China.
I believe that the ultimate use of technology is to share the Gospel. BEC is doing that today and has grown beyond our wildest dreams. We need your prayers, so would you pray about BEC? Pray that the people of Asia might know and grow closer to Jesus.