Summer Evangelism Camps Reach Tribal People
August 4, 2011
Summer is a time of the year when most tribal people are not busy because they are waiting for their crops to grow. During this time native missionaries in Burma hold summer evangelism camps that are very effective in reaching these families. Missionaries are able to spend a concentrated time in evangelism, teaching and following up new believers.
The tribal people are mostly Buddhists/animists. Christianity is totally unfamiliar to them. That is why this ministry is glad to have a week to thoroughly present the gospel to the unbelievers. When some respond and confess their belief in the saving grace of Christ, the prolonged time enables missionaries with Harvester Missions to help them to develop a foundation in Biblical truth.
During these summer evangelism camps Bibles, evangelistic tracts, spiritual books and training materials are needed to distribute to the people they are reaching with the gospel.
Ministry leader, David Mang Sum says,
"Christian literature is very effective in evangelism, the believers’ spiritual growth, and church planting. We hand out gospel tracts to unbelievers, especially. Our church planters in rural areas use a lot of tracts. The devotional books and other Christian books are used by the church leaders in rural areas to study and, in turn, to teach their own people. Whenever a church is planted, the most important tool that we have been using is Christian literature. When local church leaders are lacking experience and training, Bibles and Christian books can help them to be effective teachers and preachers."
The goal after each summer camp is to leave behind a missionary who can plant a church and continue to evangelize the community. The need for Bibles and literature is ongoing. Though the camps reach many families, there are other people who do not have time to come to the camps to hear the gospel. For them the missionary needs additional evangelistic literature.