Holidays are fun and cheerful times. Recently, Gospel for Asia native missionaries started their Independence Day by raising the Indian flag in honor of their country, and then set out to celebrate by reaching out to their communities. Many members and pastors of GFA-affiliated churches also participated in the festivities on August 15. Read more about this day of outreach here. The Lord used this outreach mightily, and many people responded positively to the message of Jesus. The missionaries were also blessed as they had an opportunity to make a difference in their communities while celebrating their country’s freedom. Yours for the unreached, K.P. Yohannan Founder & President http://gfa.org
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Posted by Job on August 22, 2007
Imagine if you saw a man living in the forest, a man who seemed to act more like a wild animal than a human. What would you do? You may be frightened and want to back away. For Gospel for Asia missionary Akash, the choice was simple: He would pray for the man. And as he and the believers in his GFA-affiliated church faithfully prayed for this man named Deepak, the Lord healed him! Read more about Deepak—and the other lives that have been touched in a village in Nepal—here.I appreciate you and your prayers, which make it possible for Akash to serve the Lord in Nepal. Yours for the unreached, K.P. Yohannan gfa.org
The sight of the man filled Gospel for Asia missionary Akash and his team with compassion. Left alone in the forest, this young man had been considered deranged for years. In fact, he scarcely seemed human. As the missionaries approached him, he muttered something incomprehensible. Once they heard him speak, they realized that he was demon-possessed.
Drawing near to Deepak, the missionaries began to pray for him. In the days that followed, they and the believers in Akash’s congregation continued to pray for him. Within two weeks, Deepak was restored and delivered—much to the amazement of the other villagers. Everyone knew the kind of person Deepak had once been, and they were amazed to see his radical transformation.
Beginning to see that Jesus could heal anyone, the villagers brought to Pastor Akash six others who suffered from mental illness. As Akash and the believers in his church faithfully prayed for these people, the Lord healed each one.
The sight of the man filled GFA missionary Akash and his team with compassion.
Through the healings, people in the village are seeing God’s power at work and His love for those living in bondage. Akash asks for prayer that all in this Nepali village will experience the redemptive love of Jesus in their hearts. Also pray for those who were healed, that they will grow in the love and grace of the Lord.
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Posted by Job on August 19, 2007
A village head stood up for some Dalit women in Bihar, India, who were ridiculed and physically abused for their Christian faith by the land owner of the rice field where they work. After hearing what happened, the village head insisted that the land owner apologize to the women. Read how God used this situation to honor these women and strengthen their faith.
Village Head Upholds Dalit Women’s Rights
Many Dalit women in Bihar work in the harsh conditions of fields to make a meager income for their families. “It is because you believe in Jesus that you are in this poor condition and cannot receive government aid,” Badal Ketubh said to the Dalit women working in his rice fields. “If you continue following Christ, you will remain poor for the rest of your lives.” Then, as Badal’s anger flared out of control, he grabbed one of the women and began beating her.
The women had become believers through the ministry of a Gospel for Asia missionary in Bihar, India, and now faithfully attended church. Even though they had done nothing to provoke Badal, he ridiculed and hurt them because of their faith. After one last threat, Badal left them to finish their hard labor until evening. However, Badal was looking for ways to cause more trouble for the ladies. He told the village head about the incident that morning and asked him to hold a meeting to discuss the issue. So, as the village bell rang that night, all the people gathered together for the meeting. Then, they began screaming at the Dalit women. Feeling that the meeting could not go on in such chaos, the village head postponed the meeting until the next evening. Even though they had done nothing to provoke Badal, he ridiculed and hurt them because of their faith. The following day, the villagers gathered again. After much deliberation and discussion, the village head came to a conclusion.
“Badal, you must apologize to these women,” he stated. “You started the argument about their religion and hurt them emotionally by speaking out against their faith.” Because he had to follow the village head’s orders, Badal asked the women for forgiveness. Now, the women say that they are not afraid to share their faith because God protected them. The women request prayer for Badal. They want to see him come to know the Lord. Also, pray that more Dalits will become bold in sharing their faith. The women’s story is a reminder that God is always in control of every circumstance, and He blesses His people when they are faithful to Him. May your faith increase today as you think about how God brought glory to Himself in Bihar.
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Posted by Job on August 17, 2007
Did you know that you can actually put warmth in a box? It’s true! And many of our Gospel for Asia native missionaries need such a package right now, before winter sets in at Asia’s higher altitudes. You see, when native missionaries serve in places like Nepal or northern India, they need to have warm clothing if they are going to reach the villages in the middle of winter. And while most have some form of winter clothing, it does wear out—and new missionaries join them each year.
Thank you for your help in reaching Asia for Christ!
Yours for the unreached, K.P. Yohannan http://gfa.org
Posted by Job on August 17, 2007
From http://gfa.org This is one of the rare times that I am saying that Gospel for Asia desperately needs your financial help quickly. But I feel that I must, and ask that you pray seriously about helping. This truly is an emergency situation.
As I wrote to you yesterday, more than 2,000 people have died in the record monsoon floods across eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Literally millions have been left without homes, and their subsistence farms are under water in the worst flooding in 30 years.
Now, just this morning, I received a report from one particular area that brings this terrible situation closer to home. Our senior leader in Assam called to tell me that 4,000 homes in his area have been washed away. When he told me that over the phone, I was just silent for a moment. I could not imagine four thousand homes destroyed by floods in one place.
Then he made it even more personal–he said that 35 of our believers’ homes among the Mising tribe have been been destroyed. Not only that, but 10 of our pastors and their families are also now homeless, and four of our churches have been washed away by the rampaging waters.
You can click this link to make an immediate gift. gfa.org/flood-relief-donation
We know the numbers in this disaster are going to increase, because many other believers have had their homes damaged, and some of our other 92 churches among the 3.5 million Mising people have suffered damage as well. So there will be reconstruction needs in the future.
But our immediate concern is for those who have lost everything–not only among our believers, but among all who are suffering because of the floods.
So far, 15 people among the Mising have died from the flood waters, and another 50 have died from the diseases that are now spreading because of the unsanitary conditions. This is a “mini-tsunami” in terms of suffering. And our response must be rapid.
That’s why, in the midst of all this suffering, our GFA missionaries, pastors and believers are already ministering to those around them in the name of Jesus–bringing them what physical and emotional relief they can, while sharing with them the only true hope that can be found in times like these–Christ. But obviously they need our help, because they have little left to share themselves.
My friend, today we–and they–need your immediate help. You can make a gift to bring relief and hope to those who have lost everything by clicking this link: gfa.org/flood-relief-donation
Please understand, this report I am sharing with you today is just the first of many we will be receiving as the scope of this disaster continues to grow.
So I ask you today to help our GFA missionaries, pastors and believers who are at this moment caring for the suffering all around them with your gift that says you, too, want to reach out with love in the name of Jesus.
And what an opportunity! While 98 percent of the Mising are not Christians, now we can reach out, relieve their suffering and let them know that while their old life has been washed away in a flood, God is offering them a new life that will last forever.
Again, this link will take you to our site where you can make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering so terribly, including our Christian brothers and sisters among the Mising tribe. gfa.org/flood -relief-donation
Thank you for your love and compassion.
For the suffering in Asia,
K.P. Yohannan Founder and President Gospel for Asia
P.S. Click this link to read more about the monsoon floods in Asia. gfa.org/gfa-flood-relief-2007
Posted by Job on August 17, 2007
The mythical marriage of two Hindu gods is the basis for a festival in Orissa, India. The Lord provided Gospel for Asia missionaries with an opportunity to reach out to people who do not know of Jesus’ love, including a group who hoped attending the festival would let them be born into a higher station in their next life. Read about this outreach here.
Please keep our missionaries and the people they spoke to in your prayers. Thank you for your caring heart for these people.
May the Lord bless you today!
Yours for the unreached, K.P. Yohannan http://gfa.org
The mythical marriage of two Hindu gods is the basis for the Sitalsasti festival in Orissa, India. Thousands of devotees, hijras and curious Westerners came to the festival for dancing, rituals and celebrations. The Lord provided Gospel for Asia missionaries with an opportunity to reach out to many people with the love of Jesus, including a group who came hoping to be born into a better station in their next life.
India’s hijras are a group in society with specific religious duties. These are men who dress like women and believe they were born this way because of sins in their past life. More than 500 hijras gathered at the Sitalsasti festival for two reasons: to discuss their problems as transgenders as well as hoping to gain favor from the gods.
“We are born eunuchs because of the sins we committed in our last life,” the Times of India website quoted Kamala, a hijra, as saying. “We have come here to earn some Puniya (salvation) by observing the gods. We believe that in our next life we will be born as normal human beings.”
According to the BBC, the number of hijras throughout India is between 500,000 and one million. For many hijras, their only work options are begging or prostitution. Some earn money performing classical dances. While there are certain religious ceremonies reserved for hijras to perform, in daily life they are not accepted. They feel their choice to act as women has brought them injustices, which is one of the reasons they came together at the Sitalsasti festival.
Knowing that so many people were nearby and did not know of Jesus, 10 pastors of GFA-related churches gave out tracts and literature to those seeking hope. “Within three days, our brothers distributed 50,000 tracts, 10,000 booklets and 5,000 New Testaments,” our correspondent wrote. One pastor reported that at least 200 people showed interest in the message of hope and salvation. The pastors will be doing follow-up work in the days ahead.
Our correspondent asks for prayer that people from all parts of society will read the literature they received and turn to the Lord for salvation.
Posted by Job on August 13, 2007
From Gospel For Asia founder K.P. Yohannan:
I am writing you today because I have just received word of some of the worst flooding in South Asia in 30 years—and our GFA native missionaries are already on the scene, ministering to the victims in the name of Jesus.
Simon John, one of our senior leaders in India, returned today from four days in Bangladesh, where he witnessed the floods first hand.
“It reminds me of the tsunami all over again in terms of the suffering,” he told me over the phone.
And the floods not only are affecting Bangladesh, but India and Nepal as well. Please read the full story here, then please pray with me about how God can use us to bring relief to the victims. Any gift you can send will make a difference: gfa.org/flood-relief-donation
As you read this story, please pray for those who are suffering, and for our GFA Compassion Services volunteers who are ministering to them. Remember also that our missionaries and church members are among the victims of this disaster.
Thank you for standing with us in this difficult time.Yours for the lost in Asia, K.P. Yohannan
“This is some of the worst flooding I have ever heard about,” said Dr. K.P. Yohannan, president and founder of Gospel for Asia, when he was told about the monsoon floods that have left millions homeless and 2,000 people dead in three South Asian nations.“I grew up with monsoons every year,” he said, “but this exceeds even last year’s floods in terms of the number of victims—and we don’t even have the final numbers yet.”News reports indicate that about 2,000 people have lost their lives so far, and an estimated 28 million people have been driven from their homes. Bangladesh, Nepal, and the adjacent Indian states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam have been especially hard hit.
In India’s Bihar state alone, more than 12 million people have seen their homes and farmland submerged under the rising waters.
Now health experts are predicting an epidemic of waterborne diseases.
“It reminds me of the tsunami all over again in terms of the suffering of the people,” Pastor Simon John told Dr. Yohannan by phone from Delhi. GFA’s North India leader had just returned from four days in Bangladesh, working with the missionaries and church leaders there to coordinate GFA Compassion Services response to the disaster. He had been unable to communicate with the outside because of the damage to the communications infrastructure.
“Our people are involved in providing rice and beans, kerosene, cooking utensils and other items to the victims,” Pastor John told Dr. Yohannan, “but transporting even these basics is difficult because roads are closed in many parts of Assam and Bangladesh. So our missionaries are walking or using bicycles, canoes or whatever other means are available to get to the victims.”
“By God’s grace we have the missionaries and believers at ground zero to mobilize very fast to help the hurting,” Dr. Yohannan noted. “At the same time, many of our believers have lost their homes and are suffering as well.”
Pastor John said that “in the beginning we didn’t realize that it would be this serious. But the rains just didn’t stop. . . .”
The North Indian leader also noted that many of GFA’s church members make their living through menial jobs, living hand to mouth each day.
“In the floods, their jobs are gone,” he said. “And that means no food-even if there was food available to buy.
“Yet regardless of their own suffering, “our people see this as an opportunity to minister to those around them in the name of Christ. Those that have not been as hard hit are giving of their own food, water, or whatever they can. And our churches are also raising what funds they can among themselves.”
Of course, GFA’s help goes far beyond immediate physical relief.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to show the compassion and love of Christ,” Dr. Yohannan said. “I ask all Christians—whether in Asia or in the West—to join me in praying for the victims of this tragedy. And pray as well for our missionaries and our Compassion Services teams as they pray and counsel with the victims and strive to meet their spiritual and emotional needs as well as bring them physical relief.
“And as the Lord leads you, please help us as we help them. Any contribution you can sent will truly make a life-giving difference. We are committed to doing everything we can to bring relief and hope to these suffering people-not just for a few days, but for weeks and months to come.” gfa.org/flood-relief-donation
Posted by Job on July 31, 2007
It is a joy for me to write you today and share an exciting story that illustrates how God uses a variety of circumstances to achieve His purposes. In this instance, it was a motorcycle accident! Click here to read the rest of the story.
It is astounding the ways our Lord can use even an unpleasant experience like this for His glory and to bring more sons and daughters into His kingdom. I am more in awe of the glory of the Lord each and every day.
Yours for the lost in Asia, Dr. KP Yohannan http://gfa.org
Gospel for Asia missionary Sohan stayed up late into the night, sharing the Gospel with about 100 people in one village in Maharashtra, India. They were hungry to hear his words, because earlier that night they had watched as one of their friends was restored to consciousness after being hurt in a motorcycle accident. They feared the man was near death, and in desperation asked Sohan to come to see if he could do anything for him.
The villagers sent several messengers to Sohan’s home to ask him to come pray for Barindra, the badly injured man. Sohan, along with a few other men from a nearby GFA Bible college, wanted to go. But they wondered if it was a trap set by anti-Christian extremists. They decided to trust God and go with the messengers.
The missionaries walked in the dark of night and finally arrived at Barindra’s home where they found him lying unconscious on the floor.
They learned that Barindra was somehow thrown from his motorcycle while driving home from work. A villager found him on the road, unconscious, and told his family. They wanted to take him to the hospital, but had no way to transport him so late at night.
The missionaries walked in the dark of night and finally arrived at Barindra’s home, where they found him lying unconscious on the floor.
Some neighbors had summoned a witch doctor to help Barindra. When Sohan arrived the magician was still trying magic rituals, but nothing was working. With each failed attempt, Barindra’s family grew more frightened. Sohan patiently waited as the witch doctor tried over and over to bring Barindra back to consciousness.
When the magician gave up, the missionaries stepped in and prayed fervently for Barindra. At the conclusion of the prayer, Sohan spoke to Barindra, telling him to get up in Jesus’ name. Immediately, Barindra awoke and rose to his feet, startled by the number of people standing around looking at him.
The villagers were even more surprised and asked Sohan to explain how this happened. He stayed at Barindra’s house and took time to tell about the love of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. He shared with the villagers how Jesus had changed his own life.
Barindra’s healing has opened the way for the Gospel in this difficult area. People who were once resistant to the Gospel are now opening their hearts to hear the Good News of Jesus. Sohan asks for prayer for this village, that everyone there will come to know Christ. He also asks for prayer that God will continue to use the entire Gospel for Asia Bible college staff and student body to lead many in the area to Christ.
Posted by Job on July 26, 2007
How many movies did you watch last year? Did any of them change your life? If you are like most people, you were simply entertained for a few hours and then forgot all about the film later. That’s not the case for people who watch Man of Mercy, an Indian-made film about the life of Jesus. As they watch this movie, they will often have tears running down their cheeks. They want to know why this man Jesus would die for them. Some will choose to follow Jesus as a result. Click here to read a story about how the film opened the doors to the Gospel in one village in India.
My brothers and sisters, it is my prayer that the next time you see a movie you will remember those who serve the Lord on the field. By simply showing a movie, they are reaching thousands for the kingdom. Yours for the unreached, K.P. Yohannan Founder & President
Gospel for Asia missionaries Tushar Kerketa and Salaj Pradham wanted to show a film about the life of Jesus in a village called Mishnapur in West Bengal, India. The village was populated by people who not only practiced the country’s traditional religions, but were ardent defenders of these faiths. Their natural tendency was to be hostile to Christianity, and they had a history of threatening other missionaries who tried to tell them about Jesus.
Undaunted, Tushar and Salaj loaded all their equipment—including the fragile film projector—into bamboo baskets. They also loaded up all the food they would need for the journey, as there was no place to buy anything along the way. Mishnapur is in a very remote area and is completely surrounded by the rugged and beautiful Himalaya Mountains. There is no transportation in and out of Mishnapur, so the missionaries walked to the village. They carried the baskets containing the film equipment and supplies on their backs and strapped around their foreheads.
Tushar and Salaj arrived in the village exhausted. When they told the people they were going to show a movie, the people got excited. On the day of the film showing, the missionaries stretched out a large white sheet between two poles, set up their equipment and started the projector. When the images appeared on the makeshift screen, the people sat at rapt attention, their eyes glued to the action.
As the film was coming to an end, the village head, a man named Ranjeet Tamang, broke the silence. He shouted at the people to stop watching the movie. He then ordered the missionaries to pack their film equipment and leave the village. As he was yelling at Tushar and Salaj, he began to slam his fists down on the table where their film equipment was set up.
Since Ranjeet represented the authority in the village, the people immediately followed his orders and returned to their homes. Tushar and Salaj were able to pack up their film equipment and find shelter in a small hut before Ranjeet could cause any further problems. The missionaries left that village praising God that they had the opportunity to share the Gospel.
Their natural tendency was to be hostile to Christianity and they had a history of threatening other missionaries who had tried to tell them about Jesus.
Tushar and Salaj plan to return and talk to the people, many of whom expressed an interest in hearing more about Jesus. In the meantime, they are praying that God will soften Ranjeet’s heart to the Gospel so that he will be receptive to the message when they return.
The experiences of Tushar and Salaj at this film showing are not unusual. Thousands of people throughout the Indian Subcontinent have flocked to temporary, open-air theaters to watch this film, titled Man of Mercy. The Indian-made movie which chronicles the life of Jesus is powerful and moving. Thousands have given their hearts to Jesus after seeing the Gospel portrayed on the screen. Others have become angry at the message of love and forgiveness and done all they could to disrupt the show.
The film is especially effective in areas where the literacy rate is low. People who can’t read or write can easily understand the message of the Gospel that is portrayed in the movie.
There are hundreds of Gospel for Asia film teams traveling around South Asia. Thanks to their diligence to carry a projector, a white sheet and a power generator, many lost people are coming to know Christ.
There is opportunity for many more film teams to be formed. All they need is someone to stand with them, supporting their work. More links: Click here to learn how you can help GFA’s film teams. Tushar and Salaj are missionaries in West Bengal. Read about this state in India. GFA’s film ministry is an effective way to share the Gospel in Asia. GFA mobile teams travel from village to village, showing an Indian-made film about the life of Jesus.
Posted by Job on July 25, 2007
See original link Christians in Buddhist-dominated Cambodia are officially banned from evangelizing because they “disrupt society,” officials said Tuesday. Cambodia’s Ministry of Cults and Religions declared that “Christians are prohibited from visiting people’s houses by knocking on the door and waiting to say ‘the Lord has arrived,’” in a directive, according to Agence France-Presse. In addition, Christians are restricted to only distributing religious literatures in churches. Moreover, the ministry demands that it authorize the construction of a church before it is built. “They can do any activity inside their institutions, but are not allowed to go door-to-door,” said Sun Kim Hun, deputy minister of cult and religion, according to The Associated Press. The directive was dated June 26 but was distributed on Tuesday, according to AP. It is similar to proclamations issued in 1999 and 2003 and serves as a reminder to Christians. Violating persons and groups face possible prosecution. Officials noted that although the new order applies to all non-Buddhist groups, its primary purpose is to curb Christian evangelism amid reports of children being tricked into converting, according to AFP. Local media reported that Christian missionaries are accused of offering cakes and other sweets to children in exchange for their conversion to Christianity. Furthermore, church groups offer food, clothing and free English lessons as a means to introduce people to Christianity. In response, the directive directly bans using money or other means to persuade people to convert. The ministry claims the groups’ tactics “disturb the daily lives of people and can cause other insecurities in society,” according to AFP. Despite the allegations, Christians and Buddhists live together in peace for the most part, although there have been recent instances of sectarian violence. Last year, some 300 Buddhist villagers destroyed an incomplete church building outside of the capital Phnom Penh, according to AP. In addition, church houses were attacked in 2003 and 2004 although no one was injured. There are less than 70,000 Christians, mostly Catholics, and only about 170 churches in the Southeast Asian country in 2006, according to government figures. According to the CIA World Factbook, 95 percent of Cambodia’s 14 million people are Buddhist.
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Posted by Job on July 12, 2007
How many Bibles do you have in your home? If you’re like most people, you own several copies of God’s Word. But thousands of believers in South Asia cannot even count one Bible among their meager belongings. That is changing, thanks to the work of dedicated Gospel for Asia Bible Society staff in India. Click here to read their story.
Just imagine how difficult it is for the thousands of new believers in Asia to grow spiritually when they are deprived of a steady diet of the Scriptures. But where there is a copy of God’s Word, there is hope for today and a promise for tomorrow.
Yours for the unreached,
K.P. Yohannan Founder & President http://gfa.org
Posted by Job on June 12, 2007
Balji did his best to provide for his family, but in his destitute village in Nepal, it was almost impossible. Thankfully, Balji and his family were Christians and trusted the Lord to provide. And He did, but not in a form they expected. Read Balji’s story here gfa.org/hope-on-a-leash?motiv=WA76-G1PS.Many families like Balji’s are being impacted through your prayers and gifts. Thank you for your partnership to see Asia come to Christ!Yours for the unreached, K.P. Yohannan Founder & President gfa.org/pray?motiv=061207