From Our President
Dear Missions Partner,
Through the years, Christian Aid has given priority to pioneer missions that target unreached people groups. In our September issue of Prayerline, every ministry in some way or another is working to reach unreached peoples.
In Russia, for example, young Christians are giving a year of their lives to place four New Testaments in every village that has no witness for Christ. In North Korea prayer is needed for 189 missionaries working secretly to spread the gospel. And in Turkey Mission Pontus seeks to share Christ through radio ads. Gospel workers serving with these groups go out in faith, but they also need our help to effectively reach people who might never hear the gospel without their daily commitment and service to our Lord.
Mission groups like these have a great impact on nations. Some of you may remember when we began to support ministry leaders in the once impenetrable Hindu kingdom of Nepal. Today Nepal is a fruitful harvest field.
Born in Nepal, Prem Pradhan had never heard of Jesus until he traveled to India. There he heard the gospel and read God’s Word through 12 times. After giving his life to the Lord, Prem knew God wanted him to take the gospel to his own people. Although it was illegal to change one’s religion in Nepal, Prem publicly preached and baptized new believers. The authorities put them all in prison—one year each for those who were baptized and six years for Prem. When Prem was released, he expanded his ministry by gathering 100 orphans to train in the Lord’s teaching. The advantage is obvious. The kids were raised as Christians, who in a generation helped to open up the closed Himalayan kingdom for the real kingdom to come.
This brings me to another point I wish to share this month.
Changing a Culture
Jackie Peake, our Director of Children’s Ministry, notes that Prem’s wisdom in focusing on children to change a culture follows our Lord’s example.
Jesus chose poor fishermen and a despised tax collector to change the culture–engaging the non-establishment crowd in personal mentorship. Even less established are the children, who will be God’s agents to transform cultures in the near future.
Our united goal of assisting indigenous ministries will be greatly diminished in the future if we fail to capture the hearts of the next generation. Discipleship of the future church must involve mentoring our children through daily prayer and committed action. Prayerline Kids was launched in 2008 with this vision. It is a resource that we provide to families and local churches to aid parents and Sunday School teachers in nurturing prayer and godliness in children. Helping children take the focus off of themselves and put it onto what the Lord is doing can transform their character.
All for the kingdom,
P.S. We are praying for local churches to reach the hearts of kids. Please partner with us in prayer and include a special gift this month for Christian Aid’s ministry to children.
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