HONG KONG WORKERS: THE CHALLENGE OF THE GREAT COMMISSION!

Regional Superintendent/Representative-South Pacific Region Asia/Indonesia Tommy Smith delights in sharing God’s provision of workers in Hong Kong who intend to FINISH the Great Commission!

Recently, Pastor Danny Villa with Smith, prayed for and presented new ministerial credentials to some choice servants in Hong Kong. Two young men achieved the rank of Ordained Ministers, and seven ladies earned Exhorter status in the Church of God.

These dedicated individuals accepted the challenge of the Great Commission given by our Lord in Matthew 28:19 … “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

The newly-credentialed group are committed to reach the Chinese, Indonesians, Filipinos, and to whomever else the Holy Spirit will send them.

Partner with them in prayer for a last days’ miracle harvest in Hong Kong—the gateway to China!

Click here to partner with the Smiths in ministry.

Urgent Request for Prayer from Pakistan

One of the leading pastors in Pakistan, and also the national representative, who is a very effective minister, evangelist, and UPG missionary is in need of our prayers.

He has been targeted by terrorists. The urgency is due to three bombings in the city where he and loved ones live. Pastor P., his family, and the church congregation have been photographed by strangers thought to be associated with the terrorists.

He is desperate for God’s provision and protection. Security cameras and even armed guards (which they do not have) are needed, especially during church services.

This pastor is asking the COG family around the world to pray for their safety and that security measures may be implemented in their church.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24 ESV).

Click here to give online for Pastor P. added security: Project 731-1136-229

NAMASTAI: Reaching the Unreached

The king will answer them, ‘I tell you all of you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me’” (Matthew 25:40 ISV).

While limited information can be shared from some areas of India, the good news is that God is doing wonderful things. Much of it can be attributed to those who support and believe in the workers God has called to minister in India. The laborers are especially grateful for the prayers and financial support. God has been gracious towards the ministry, and the workers have seen His hand of protection and provision more than ever.

Additional Christian teachers are needed, however, and a Christian teacher is desperately needed for the Stella Tailoring Center, where women are taught sewing to help support themselves and their families. Another classroom is needed to accommodate the growing number of children. The summer camp they host is expecting 100-plus children.

God has answered prayer in all these situations, as the new Stella Memorial Tailoring Center has been established, and a second preschool in a new location has been started. God enabled one of the teachers to purchase a new scooter. Another one of the school’s teachers married and moved to another city, but God provided two new teachers. Praise the Lord!

India continues to evangelize and maintain its ministries to those without the knowledge of God and His love.

To support and partner with workers reaching the Unreached please click here.

GREETINGS FROM MYANMAR

Robin Kung reports God is doing amazing things in Myanmar. Since God provided the ministry a piece of land last year, for which they prayed for a long time, they have been busy building a smaller place. They want to begin applying for electrical power and also begin training classes.

Kung says they are still working on the building and praying they will be granted the electrical power soon. As yet, the permits to build a ministry building or a church have not been issued, creating a greater challenge to get started.

Initially, sand was placed onto the land and the small house was built, creating good friendships with the neighbors, which is very important once they are able to build the building. God has graciously already provided some funds for the building.

The previous year, Kung held 16 different Christmas outreaches in order to reach many people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The first event was held in Yangon City, and from there activities were held in villages. Often, they provide concerts to draw the people. The cost for each venue is around $300, which covers food, transportation of the band, and instruments. By the grace of God, funds were raised and lives were touched with the message of Jesus Christ!

During these outreaches, people made decisions to follow Christ, as some villages were hearing the message of salvation for the first time. Other believers followed the Lord in water baptism.

How wonderful to have accepted Christ at the time we celebrate His birth to mankind!

Click here to partner and support workers in Myanmar.

WHERE ARE SAM AND PATTY?

Associate Missionaries Sam and Patty Stallings are literally all over the place!

Working with friends and co-laborers from all countries, their organization works across Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Their annual conference is a time to hear messages of truth from the Word and stories of God’s faithfulness in the places they minister. Workshops are provided to expand their skills.

Recently Left USA for Asia

Currently in an Asian country, they left snowy Bowman, North Dakota, at 14 degrees and arrived to a place with a balmy 87 degrees in the shade. It’s difficult, but someone has to do it! ☺

Long-Term Commitments

One of the projects in which the Stallings are involved is revamping a process for the coworkers who are making a long-term commitment to serve. They developed a guidebook with exercises around monthly themes to help the applicants consider how their strengths, design, values, formation, and experiences have prepared and equipped them to be a part of the Father’s bigger story in this particular part of the world. Later, Patty will train new leadership coaches from across Asia, as well as apprenticing other cross-cultural trainers to become lead trainers.

Before long, it will be time for the Stallings to return to North Dakota for the rest of their home assignment. Please pray for them and their vital ministry.

To Support the work of Sam and Patty, click here: Project number 065-0041

PAKISTAN CHURCH OF GOD CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

What a joy to know our brothers and sisters in Pakistan remain faithful and true to God’s faithfulness!

The Church of God established a meaningful presence in Pakistan in 1977 and today has 23 churches. In the 2010 listing of the top 10 countries of the world with the largest populations, Pakistan had 181 million. Today, that number has increased to 195,343,000 of whom 95 to 98 percent practice Islam. Amazingly, Christianity has 2,800,000 followers.

Pakistan is located in South Asia, and her name means “Land of the Pure.”

Church of God Pakistan leaders gathered recently to celebrate this landmark anniversary with Communion and Washing of the Saints’ feet with Bishop Jonathan Rehmat.

IT IS A SEASON

Often asked, “When are you going back to Samoa?,” the answer for Missionary Evangelists James and Mindy Wiese is: “In God’s timing.”

The Wieses believe they must obey the Lord and wait for His timing, because He has a purpose and a plan. Currently while they wait, they are going about the work of the Lord where He opens doors. Mindy continues to minister with many opportunities, and ministers where God needs her, and is now a licensed minister of the Church of God. She travels some with the Roxanne Potter Ministries team, and being support staff is a great place to glean and learn. Recently, the Wieses ministered with Awaken the Nations, working as co-laborers with Bruce and Joy Clegg.

James and Mindy’s hearts are running after what God wants for their lives; yet, there are times when they question this journey. The vision of their hearts is they see before them nations … not only Samoa and the islands of the South Pacific, but many others where there are souls ready for the harvest.

The journey has not been easy, yet they rejoice in all the Lord has done—seasons of change, growth, and pruning. Last year brought challenges in the family, finances, and relationships. The Wieses affirm they know that they believe … because without faith, it is impossible to please God.

The Wieses’ Living on Grace Ministries seeks to be the Lord’s hands extended, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ by bringing the gospel message to those who have not heard, and to be carriers of the presence and glory of God.

Click Here to Support: Project Number 065-0950

ONE OF THE BEST YEARS EVER!

Chuck and Sherry Quinley who are directors of Emerge and MediaLight, report that 2016 was a pretty awesome year!

The Quinleys were able to purchase land and pay for it in full for the new MediaLight Creativity Center, as well as having the plans drawn for the facility. With the Thai government approval, which included the signature of the governor, a road was cut, 25 electric poles were installed, a transformer provided, and 140 pilings (25 ft. long each) were driven into the earth for the foundations.

Another set of amazing leaders from around the world graduated at MediaLight 8.0. In addition, 20-plus Manila, Philippines, inner city barrio kids were scholarshipped to college by God’s grace and the generosity of Emerge donors. MediaLight was also allowed to enter for the first time the Thai public school system, and were warmly welcomed and permitted to present the gospel to 65 high schoolers.

All this was made possible by the costly collaboration of 100-200 people from around the world who serve, give, and intercede for the work of Emerge, its staff and national partners. It takes everyone to keep the momentum going.

Chuck emphatically says: “It’s working!”

To partner with the Quinleys click this number: #060-0031

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LISTEN TO GOD RATHER THAN MEN

Most of the world captures the essence of Christmas and rejoices at the words of the angel and heavenly hosts who declared in Luke 2:14: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Peace is random in many countries of the world, and while we in the United States enjoy celebrating, others are not as fortunate … they even suffer persecution if they do.

In an Asian country, our Church of God representative there tells us: “Our second outreach for December in the village went well. Two Buddhists received salvation and will be baptized soon. Sadly, the children were not allowed to join our children’s Christmas festivities, because a Buddhist teacher told them if they participated, they would be beaten and punished. They did not attend.

“At another village we visited, the monks tried to stop the event and went to our elders and forbad us to conduct the event. We would rather ‘listen to God than men’ was our response, and we are pushing through the resistance.

“Please cover us in prayer!”

MORE THAN PREACHING AND TEACHING

His name is Beam, and he is a 21-year-old student in Andrew Quinley’s History of English class at the university in Thailand.

Beam has a heart condition that when he exerts himself, his heart beats faster and seems to have no slow-down switch … increasing in speed until exhaustion, usually meaning he faints. His mother and brother have the same condition.

Andrew has talked with Beam, who expresses great mental and physical stress from the condition. A doctor told him he needed surgery to put an electrode in his heart that would shock it back into a regular rhythm—alas, the cost of $3,500 is not an option. Andrew had prayer with Beam and assured him others would be praying, too, for his healing, and trusting God to do a miracle. Hopefully, the financial need can be met for the surgery, as well.

Beam is a prisoner in his own body—and that is why he tried to commit suicide five times, once sitting and staring at a knife in his hand for two hours. Jesus can put His hand on Beam’s heart and cause it to grow stronger. Please lend your prayers to this urgent need, and maybe you also would like to donate to enable him to have surgery to correct the problem.

Missionaries are involved in more than Preaching and Teaching!

Give through this link: Project Number 065-0866