From Our President
THEOLOGY DOESN'T CHANGE PEOPLE
Theology is crucial. Without solid biblical teaching, cults emerge and heresies creep into the church.
But theology alone doesn’t change people. The God behind theology changes people.
Our God is a relational God. He doesn’t preach theology to us from afar…He became flesh and dwelt among us. He entered into our suffering. Our problems became His problems.
In his book, A Loving Life, Paul E. Miller wrote, “To enter a broken heart means that our hearts will be broken as well. That’s what happened to Jesus. That’s the gospel.”
"GOD...DID NOT FORSAKE ME"
Van Lal Hngenga was born into a Christian family in Myanmar (Burma) and later attended Bible school for four years.
“…but I preferred worldly pleasures,” he wrote. “Due to bad companions I started drinking and finally became an alcoholic.”
Van’s parents tried to reason with their son, but their attempts failed. They finally ordered him out of their home.
“I live a riotous life with my friends, and I was homeless,” Van wrote. “On top of this, I met with a serious accident and became lame.”
Permanently disabled, Van now walks with crutches.
In December 2016, Van encountered Christ’s love at a local rehabilitation center operated by a ministry you support through Christian Aid Mission. Native missionaries entered into Van’s suffering—they assumed responsibility for his problems.
“God, in His love and mercy, did not forsake me,” Van wrote. “Here in this home away from home, I am being cured and rehabilitated. I am so happy for their love and for teaching me the Word of God at the center…it affords me great pleasure to say that, here in this addicts center, I am born again and Jesus is my Lord and Savior.”
LOVE IN ACTION
Bible institutes and training programs are important. But so are rehab centers for addicts. Through Christian Aid Mission, you support both.
The indigenous ministries you assist understand that the gospel is more than theology—it’s love in action. Like our Lord Jesus, they enter into the suffering of others. They assume responsibility for others’ problems.
What kind of love is this? This is the kind that gets noticed…because it’s so different, so “otherworldly.” This is the gospel.
THE GOSPEL CHANGES PEOPLE
Beyond asking the ministries we assist how many churches they’ve planted or how many people they’ve led to Christ, we’ve begun asking them how the gospel has impacted their communities.
They’ve reported peace among warring tribes, better standards of living through improved work ethics, and freedom from addictions.
A ministry in Kenya wrote: “None of the children were going to school, but since we started the work, many have gone to school and our public university and are serving our ministry.”
Another ministry in India wrote: “Before accepting Christ, they spent all their earnings on alcoholic drinks and many evil doings. Now they spend their entire earning for the welfare of their families, children’s education, and giving offerings for God’s work.”
Yet another ministry in Ghana wrote: “The rate of open air robbery and rape cases is reducing in the community. Gangs who used to hop from one drinking spot to another are reducing in number.”
Because you give, the gospel is changing people’s lives throughout the world. Thank you for helping native missionaries demonstrate Christ’s love in action.
Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation,
PS: This month, please consider a gift for the worldwide ministries of Christian Aid Mission to help native missionaries demonstrate Christ’s love in action and establish a witness for Him in every nation.
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