As pandemic restrictions were lifted and college classes resumed, students who had received food and other assistance from a native ministry’s satellite churches were eager to share Christ’s love; some led summer camps and/or were led to attend the ministry’s Bible school.
A native ministry’s workers led church members to visit unbelievers in their homes, first teaching them how to use the Bible to encourage them. “Such face-to-face fellowship can motivate unbelievers spiritually and strengthen them physically and mentally every week,” the ministry leader said.
During strict COVID-19 lockdowns that have limited people’s ability to buy food, native missionaries have been able to continue offering discipleship crucial for anxiety-stricken Christians. One young Christian woman bore a grudge toward the Lord for not intervening.
At a training for leaders of student fellowships, native workers taught 20 participants how to better carry out campus evangelism. “The leaders were committed to learning different, effective ways to evangelize, deepening their burden for souls and actively carrying out the gospel ministry on their own campuses,” the native group’s leader said.
Some of the ethnic migrants a native ministry serves are notorious for vandalism, bullying children and persecuting Christians. After praying with ministry leaders, workers had the opportunity to stop an outside gang member from beating one of the more notorious migrants and took him to a hospital.
A husband and wife team have begun leading one small group each in their pioneering church-planting efforts. One group has more than 20 people, while the other is made up of 15 young Christians.
A once-strong church was decimated by outside influences, the latest being COVID-19 restrictions, and workers from a native ministry helped members first focus on growing closer to Christ and then trained them to serve the community. Gradually the church helped outsiders to transform their lives and combat the pandemic.
Family members were appealing to several gods for healing from an illness they had suffered for many years when native Christian workers paid them a visit and shared the gospel. The family put their faith in Christ, and in later visits the workers continued to pray for them, seeing great improvement in their condition.
Forming new relationships and sharing the gospel, native missionaries recently baptized seven new Christians. Workers disciple them and others through private visits, and Christians also help to build each other up in small groups in homes.
Learning leadership in hands-on ministry and practicing spiritual disciplines, students at a native ministry’s Bible school developed deep commitment and conviction. Among the spiritual disciplines students practiced was regular intercessory prayer for the needs of others.