Below is excerpts from a letter recently received by the stateside part of Ting Ministries, from our fellow missionary in South Asia.
First of all I would like to give thanks to God for His abundant love, blessings, and faithfulness to us. Even though we faced many difficulties and challenges in the ministry, God has always been with us and led us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through His guidance, we were able to penetrate the gospel among the unreached indigenous people who have never heard it in the remotes of the country…We are very grateful to you for all of these things that happened for your continued support, love, generosity, and prayers. Through your great partnership in the ministry, many people changed their lives and came to Christ, living in the light and receiving eternal hope. Without you we wouldn’t be able to go and share the gospel among them….
Evangelism: We had an evangelism program in the unbelievers village. This village people are just nominal Buddhists…They go to the Temple when they have their religious festival only….They put their Buddha pictures and statue on the corner of their houses and bowed down and worshipped him. Before they eat they used to put every lunch and dinner with plates in front of Buddha pictures and statues. Then they can eat [their meals.]
They were receptive and interested in listening to the gospel. Since they never heard the gospel, our sharing gospel was the first time for them. We shared our testimonies first and shared on sin, God’s love, salvation and eternal life. We also shared and compared their belief with Christ in detail such as His birth, life, death and resurrection. We also shared about what God has given us assurance, hope, and eternal life.
Then they were feeling uneasy in their belief and asked us many questions which they wanted to know. We answered them according to what they wanted to know from the bible. After that they have changed their faces and minds and said that our feelings have changed and our hearts are totally different from before and couldn’t express what is happening. Then they regretted and surrendered to God and prayed for forgiveness for their sins. Then they realized that Jesus is the only Living and Almighty God, He is the only way to save and give us eternal life.
Then ten people have accepted Jesus Christ is their Lord and personal Savior. They also said we don’t need to have animal blood sacrifice anymore. We are now freed from bondage [of Buddhism]. They gave us a lot of thanks for sharing the gospel among them to save for their eternal life! Praise the Lord for His Holy Spirit helping us to convince them and touching into their hearts. We thank God for He is mightily using us for the expansion of His Kingdom.
Six families came to Christ…When they became Christian families, they were very much interested to have a church building where to worship Him. We also advised them how to do and build it…. they contributed as much as they could and built it within a short time. They were able to build it within a short time because of their understanding levels & family circumstances also the same, and their big enthusiasm and for intense willingness.
We had a wonderful seminar for new believers at the new church…The seminar topics were: Faith & deeds, prayer, faithfulness, Church growth & formation. The participants were very much touched and enjoyed in their hearts by the topics. They said we really have good seminars that we know about different topics which are very useful for our belief and ministry as well. They also said please organize this kind of seminar again in the near future.
Additionally, we have received ten new souls and baptized all of them. Pray for their strong commitment, obedience, and faithfulness to the Lord and we may use them mightily for making discipleship to others and to the expansion of His Kingdom. We have planted three house churches…They are practicing and enjoying worship services, bible studies, fellowship, prayer meeting, and home visit.
Bonus Ting Children’s home: Please continually pray for their needs so that we may run Ting children’s home. Help us raise $350 for their school supplies!
Thank you for all you have done. Thank you for your love, and thank you especially for loving our wonderful Lord Jesus. Your sowing seeds are gradually ripening in the fields. This is the great good news for both of us for the expansion of His Kingdom. We are very much grateful to God for He is allowing us to work with you in His Vineyard. And also, we are very much proud to be able to work with you for the expansion of His Kingdom
For the eternal glory of our wonderful Jesus,
Team Ting in South Asia