On a recent trip to Thailand I had the privilege of visiting a thriving village church. It was in an area where we had previously done some evangelism, but after several years there had been only two isolated Christians.
How encouraging is it when, after sowing seeds in good soil, it produces a crop? I got pretty excited at our recent Asia Conference, to which 25 of our branches in that region sent delegates to report on what God is doing there. Many were still ploughing and sowing, but others were reaping and reproducing.
In one East Asian country we have four separate teams working among 20 different unreached people groups. One team in particular has been seeing radical demonstrations of the Kingdom of God. One very resistant group located here is now responding to people being healed in street evangelism and connections made through sport, and then being followed up by discipleship in small groups.
We also heard that the underground Church in the same country has been asking for help to train their members to be sent out as long-term financially-supported cross-cultural workers. This training is being provided in another country for security reasons, but how good is that?
From Vietnam came the report that when our workers were kicked out by the Communist government in the 60s and 70s there were only a few groups of Christians. Over the years they have formed themselves into churches and now a strong denomination. When our international leaders reconnected with them a few years ago, the church leaders traced their history back to our workers living there before the Communists took over. Now some of them are saying, “Here am I, send me!” This has led to some church members being trained as candidates and sent to unreached people groups. How exciting is that?
However the task is not yet finished. The MM people, for one, are still without a church, and our small team continues to seek ways to connect and bring the gospel to them. And there are many more ethnic groups like that in our Asian region. We need more workers from Australia and growing Asian churches to join forces in reaching them.
A working group has been formed to attempt to answer the primary question of how WEC might need to change in order to facilitate the wellbeing and ministry effectiveness of the new nationalities joining us in reaching unreached people groups. Some of these groups are among us in Australia as well. Join us in reaching them here and abroad.