Projects and Missionaires in Asia/Pacific
Recent Stories from Asia/Pacific

EMERGE CAMPUS UPDATE

Chuck and Sherry Quinley, missionary founders of EMERGE, are finally seeing progress in the construction of their new building in Asia. EMERGE reaches Asian youth by producing Gospel media at their training center called “MediaLight.”

Earlier this month, the foundation was laid. Now, they will push through the intense summer (100-plus degree heat) in a race to be under a roof before the worst of the rainy season hits in July and August.

The most important impact for the harvest is to train and mentor as many young leaders as thoroughly as possible so they will have the heart and skills to reach their generation. To accomplish this goal, they must have a facility adequate for the vision—MediaLight Creativity Center—one of the few places in the world to train media missionaries.

First, 25-ft.-long concrete pilings were driven into the ground beneath all the stress points of the building, strengthening the structure against earthquakes. Then, a 3-ft. pit was dug around each piling. Cement was dumped into each pit, providing a wide footing under each section of the building. Beams were added to connect the individual footings for even more strength. Extra cement was used to create a 600-meter road to the property to make access easier. They can’t let anything slow them down as they race the rains expected.

The point of this is the fact that if a person is going to accept Christ, they will do so by age 25. In reality, 80 percent of all conversions takes place by age 15.

Asia is the least evangelized continent in the world.

Click here to give to the ministry of the Quinley’s: Project Number 060-0031

GLOBAL FIRE ADVANCE: REPORT

A small team recently traveled to Bangladesh, India, kicking off what would be a whirlwind week in Asia.

In Kolkutta, India

47 New Believers in Only an Hour

The first training location was Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This was the first Global Fire Advance training to be launched in this country, which has a population of approximately 170 million. The 50 men and women who attended were clearly passionate to see a change in their neighborhoods, their city, and their nation—which is one of the most densely populated in the world. Over the two days of training, participants learned about and practiced with the Heart of Man chart, as well as the hub church-planting model. Although the country is 99 percent Muslim or Hindu, these church planters shared the Gospel with 100 people in only an hour and welcomed 47 new believers into the family of God!

Next Stop Kolkata

After a swift and exciting two days in Dhaka, the team flew to Kolkata, the fifth largest city in India. An astounding 250 men and women were in attendance to launch the fifth Global Fire Advance training site in the country. Although India is 94 percent Hindu and Muslim, and many states have “anti-conversion laws,” the energy and passion were intense through the two-day training. Many of those in training have existing ministries; some work in the slums. Stories were shared of experiences with the anti-conversion laws in their states and how the church is growing even more in the midst of this incredibly tumultuous time for Indian Christians.

No doubt! God is on the move in India. Those in training are excited to be part of His plan for their country.

**Global Fire Advance is an extension of the Firewall Project AFRICA

Jack and Mary-Margaret Morris Ministry “Down Under”

Jack and Mary-Margaret Morris have been involved in ministry overseas since 1970. Initially, they served with the Church of God Ministry to the Military before their appointments to Kenya, Botswana, and culminating with Australia, where they have ministered since 2001. Jack and Mary-Margaret are the founding pastor of Macarthur Worship Centre in Campbelltown/Narellan area in the southwest part of Sydney. Jack also ministers and teaches in Papua New Guinea, as well as in other areas in the Oceania Region.

The Morrises hail from a great ministry heritage … Jack’s father was a Pentecostal Holiness minister, and Mary-Margaret’s father was a Church of God minister. Her maternal grandfather, John O. Yates, was a pioneer minister for the Church of God in Illinois.

At this season in their lives, the Morrises will be returning to the States—a big adjustment for them. The believers in Narellan will faithfully continue the work.

The Morrises’ are aware their donors have sustained them in prayer and support, and they are a vital part of meeting the many needs in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Morrises will minister overseas as opportunities arise. God’s call on their lives is never-ending. Future ministry plans for this dedicated couple are to spend a month later this year in Africa.

An all-time message prevails in Jack and Mary-Margaret’s lives … “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16 NKJV).

Click here to partner with Jack and Mary-Margaret Morris: Project # 060-0025

Salmon’s: Sidewalk Scholars

Ben and Jess Salmon are short-term missionaries-at-large in Asia engaged in Children’s Ministry. Short-term missionaries are not paid employees of Church of God World Missions. They are volunteers who wish to use their talents for the Lord, and the Church of God simply provides an opportunity and place for their involvement. The Salmons are ministering with the EMERGE Children’s Ministry.

Sidewalk Scholars

An electrical fire recently broke out in one of the squatters areas. Because these families live in gripping poverty, their homes are made of the kind of materials that are perfect for fueling fires. The fire spread so quickly it consumed the neighborhood. Over 200 families lost all their homes and possessions; fortunately, only one person perished. Five of EMERGE’s scholars lived in this neighborhood. Since these families have no money and nowhere else to go, they are all living in the local elementary school.

The children of EMERGE who are from neighborhoods just like this one are called “Sidewalk Scholars.” These children do not let their poverty limit them from serving. Even though they come from families with so little, they gathered up supplies, food, clothing, toiletries, and so forth, and delivered them to the affected families. The Sidewalk Scholars are young men and women who are being raised to be leaders—to think differently … they are living examples of servant leadership!

Click here to give online support to the Salmons: Project #065-0939

Chosen to be a “City of Light”

In Acts 19, we read of a supernatural move of God that began in the city of Ephesus in Asia Minor, the present-day country of Turkey. Ephesus was a major hub of false religion, commerce, and culture. Governmentally and geographically, it was of major importance. Paul visited Ephesus as recorded in Acts 19:1. Only a few believers were there, but because of the Apostle Paul’s discernment and ability to be led by the Holy Spirit, Ephesus was chosen to be a “City of Light,” if you will, for all Asia. As you read the rest of the chapter, several things emerge:

  1. The need for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
  2. A commitment of time.
  3. Intentional strategic training and education.

As a result, after only a few years, all Asia heard the Gospel. Historians tell us Ephesus became a lighthouse for that part of the world. Timothy became the pastor there and John the Apostle followed at a later date. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was also a member there. Wow! It all started because someone saw the potential of a pagan city becoming a “City of Light.”

General Director of World Missions for the Church of God and the leader of our missions movement, Dr. David Griffis, has seen the potential of Bangkok, Thailand, to be the Ephesus of our generation. Bangkok is a hub culturally and an economic center for the whole region. It is also, as Ephesus was, a geographic hub for all Southeast Asia. All the surrounding countries look to Bangkok as the natural connecting point for the whole region. What happens in Bangkok affects many, many countries and people groups. One of Bangkok’s claim to fame is that there are more prostitutes than Christians. Buddhism and other false religions are firmly entrenched. Poverty and unreached people are the norm.

What potential! What a precedent we have in Acts 19 for a push into a dark area of Asia.

When we as Christians see God’s heart for hurting people and realize where sin abounds, grace much more abounds, and the light shines brightest in the darkest places. This becomes a mandate to send the LIGHT. Bangkok has the potential of becoming a hub of transformation for all Southeast Asia. When men and women of God, missionaries, donors, preachers, evangelists, pastors, and partners begin to focus their time, talent, and treasure on one geographic location where the need is the greatest, we will again see the phenomena that we saw in Acts 19 at Ephesus.

Lord, please let Bangkok become the Ephesus of the 21 st century!

—Ron Hepperly RIO Missions and Superintendent of Southeast Asia

Click here to support Send Light to the Cities (Bangkok) online.

 

AREA-SENSITIVE REPORT

An Asian closed country recently reported providing food and commodities for orphans.

The program known as Feed the Hunger delivered 650 kg of rice (which translates into 1400 lbs.), 200 kg of instant noodles (440 lbs.), 200 kg. of meat (440 lbs.), and 100 kg of sugar (220 lbs.). Along with the food items, other products were distributed.

An additional three children were brought to the orphanage, making the total of children needing provisions to 78.

The director and the orphanage are deeply grateful for the prayers and food for the orphans. They are anticipating building new housing for the children, as well.

Your labor in the Lord for them is not in vain.

Project number 731-1136-119

The names and location of these activities and workers are withheld due to certain security risks. Please pray and provide as the Lord directs.