From Our President
Fruit in Every Season ... Learning from A Nepali Missionary Couple
Our dear friends,
Grace and peace to you in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is with joy that I write to you about two events that blessed us recently at Christian Aid Mission. Each one reflects the devoted love and labor of our founder and chairman, Dr. Bob Finley.
Consider with me the fruit of these ministries.
Bearing the scars of beatings while in prison for his faith, Paul* and his wife Lydia* visited and shared their stories with us. We stand amazed at all the Lord has done in Nepal since Paul’s mentor, Prem, brought the gospel into the Hindu Kingdom of Nepal in 1951. Today it is estimated that there are 2 million Christians there because of those early believers who persevered in a nation previously untouched by the good news of justification by faith in Christ. Paul and Lydia carried on and expanded Prem’s work, continuing his focus on evangelism and preparing the next generation of leaders. In addition they train Christian leaders in a Bible college, mobilize church planters, improve the status of women, and refocus pastors through their Finishing Well project. They are successfully engaging and reaching unreached tribes and segments of society with the gospel.
Through plenty and want, these indigenous missionaries serve the Lord through every challenge. Using every means possible, they press on to fulfill the vision God has given to plant a witness for Christ among every tribe and tongue.
“We need help,” Lydia said as she reported the details of 300 church plants, five orphanages, a Bible college, training programs, rescue centers, vocational training centers and projects, and the vision to create a retreat center for use by all churches in Nepal.
We pray for them. But we also want to help them financially. Their work produces fruit in every season. They are like those planted by streams of living water, which we read about in Psalm 1. They are filled with the wisdom and fervor of the Lord, and we joyfully back them with all our hearts, just as our founder did from the beginnings with Prem. But we want to do more.
You will notice in the enclosed Prayerline that Paul and Lydia strengthen church-planters by providing seed money to start income-generating projects. Pastors receive offerings such as rice and firewood from the people they minister to, but basically they live by faith. Pastors are urged to bring needy children to live in their homes and to help the poor. Though most pastors have small garden plots, starting a small project for extra earnings helps to sustain them and draws people to their homes, asking, “You have eggs? You have milk?” And, along with the goods, they give them the Lord Jesus. Will you help them?
Another happening occurred this week which reminded us of the foundational work of our own “at home” missionary laborer, Dr. Bob Finley.
Once pastored by Dr. Finley, the local Korean Community Church in Charlottesville recently dedicated its beautiful new sanctuary. In a letter of commemoration, Bob wrote: “When I was conducting evangelistic meetings in Korea from January to June in 1950, I was deeply moved by the zeal and devotion which I witnessed among Korean Christians in the churches where I ministered. At the Nam Dai Mun church in Seoul I saw more than 1,000 members attending daybreak prayer meetings seven days a week. Many of God’s people in Korea were the most zealous believers I had ever met anywhere in the world.”
Bob knew he wanted a Korean church meeting in the Christian Aid headquarters building, and the Lord worked it out. He expounded God’s Word in Sunday services for three years, an experience he still treasures. “It is my prayer that God’s blessings will continue upon you,” he wrote for the dedication service, “and that your influence for His kingdom will be felt in all of Korea, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
As the kingdom of God advances in every part of the world, we cherish these precious servants both here and abroad.
We could not do all we do without your devoted prayers and generous financial gifts. We praise God for you and we pray daily that He would increase His blessings in your lives, as well as in the lives of those you love.
To God be the glory,
P.S. As you read the prayer requests and meditate on the scriptures in the enclosed calendar, know that we are praying fervently for our brothers and sisters in the harvest field, just as we are praying for you. We believe wholeheartedly that God is faithful. He will provide. Prayerfully consider how He will use you, His vessel of mercy, to help them reach the last tribes on the earth—one day, one heart, and one offering at a time.
*Name changed for security
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