China Outreach Brings Scriptures to Thousands

Colorful ethnic clothing contrasted sharply with the black covered Bible they had just received.  The young Bible students’ smiles told the story, despite the language barrier between them and the visitors who had delivered the most precious of gifts.  These young ladies were just two of hundreds who received newly printed copies of Scriptures that were distributed during Seed Sowers’ Seminars taught by  Bibles For the World during the first two weeks of May in this southwestern region of China.

Buoyed by reports of new openness toward Christianity in specific regions of the Communist nation and the sobering fact that more than 180 of the world’s totally unreached people groups are found within China, BFTW president John Pudaite was determined to include China as one of the 120 nations where the ministry has provided Scriptures to people — especially those where there is little or no access to God’s Word.

This initial foray into ministry within China was over a year in the making.  It involved finding the right ministry partners who could coordinate outreach in the desired areas within south-western Chinese provinces where research has shown the greatest numbers of unreached people groups are located.  With that basis for reaching out to people in this region, a plan was developed to conduct a series of Seed Sowers’ Seminars in several locations to challenge existing believers to “be the hands and feet” of Jesus in helping to reach areas where no believers exist.

Seed Sowers’ Seminars have been conducted by Bibles For The World with great success in India and Nepal, with hundreds of attendees composed of pastors and lay leaders from surrounding regions.  This same model applied in China would focus on reaching not only pastors and lay leaders of existing churches, but also students at Bible colleges training for ministry.  Through this combination of ministers and students aspiring to become ministers, BFTW aimed to provide, not only encouragement and specific training in using the Gospel of John for outreach, but also the Scriptures, themselves.  Bibles are scarce in southwestern China — and Scripture portions, such as the Gospel of John booklets, are virtually unheard of.

While the strategy was taking shape, ministry partners were working diligently to line up venues and audiences for the training events.  This way, when the team members from Bibles For The World landed in China, they could hit the ground running and, with God’s grace and blessing, have the maximum impact possible during a single, brief week of ministry outreach.

That is precisely what happened within just five days in the selected region (NOTE: For reasons of confidentiality and security names and locations where these outreaches took place have been changed).

“Pastor Lee” was a significant player in this outreach strategy.  He not only served as host of our small team, but he coordinated ministry outreaches among a group of churches and a  Bible school in the area that had been founded by his father.  A respected leader and passionate speaker and preacher, Lee is also well known to the government authorities responsible for religious affairs in the region.  In fact, he welcomed several government officials to travel with our group to different locations for Seed Sower Seminars and Bible distribution.

Bible schools in three cities, hundreds of miles apart, were the focal points of both training seminars and Scripture distribution.  The participants consisted of both the schools’ resident students and dozens of pastors and lay leaders — many of whom traveled dozens, or even hundreds, of kilometers to attend.

Significantly, many attendees came from regions where ethnic minorities happen to be close neighbors to precisely the unreached people groups BFTW desires to reach.  They listened intently to the challenges John Pudaite and the other Seminar leaders provided, encouraging them to carry God’s “love letter” (our favorite description of the Gospel of John) to those villages where the name of Jesus Christ is not already known.

“This single book of the Bible transformed my entire tribe in India,” John told the crowds, “and it was all my grandfather had for many years.  Until my father translated the entire Bible into the language of our people, this single book transformed the lives of thousands of Hmar people turning them from headhunters into heart-hunters for Jesus Christ!”

This message resonated with many of those in attendance, some of whom were third and fourth generation believers.  But many of the students were first generation Christians — and the only believers from their villages.  These were particularly excited to learn how they could use the Gospel of John to reach their friends, relatives and community members.

Altogether 538 men and women attended the Seminars — and received newly printed copies of the Scriptures:  Bibles, reference books and as many copies of the Gospel of John as they could carry for evangelistic outreach.

Gatherings like the one below provided Bibles and Gospels of John to believers who committed to sharing them with unreached peoples in neighboring villages and towns.

Outreaches continued among a half dozen churches in remote areas where congregations gathered to receive the precious gifts of God’s Word.  In three days, the BFTW team traveled hundreds of miles to regions where vibrant churches filled with young and old alike were eager to welcome their visitors from the USA who had brought more than enough Bibles  for every person in their congregations — and enough Gospels of John to share with those in their own community and surrounding villages, as well.

Plans are to continue Scripture distribution efforts in various locations in China as God opens doors.

Day for the Unreached – May 20, 2018

Pentecost Sunday is the International Day for the Unreached

IDU_LogoBibles For The World is once again part of an alliance of globally focused ministries that is promoting May 20, 2018 as the International Day for the Unreached (IDU).  The intent of IDU is to inform, inspire and mobilize Christians to help reach out to more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the gospel.

The annual observance is sponsored by the Alliance for the Unreached, a group that includes Reach Beyond, Bibles For The World, Operation Mobilization, Missio Nexus, Mission Network News, Partners InternationalWorld Mission and ZimZam Global.

“Bibles For The World is happy to be involved in calling attention to the billions of people around the globe in desperate need of the good news of Jesus, but who have never heard His name,” said John Pudaite, president and CEO of Bibles For The World.

Each year the Day for the Unreached launches a variety of efforts to raise awareness.  Many major media networks and stations around the country promote the event for weeks leading up to Pentecost Sunday. Pastors around the country are urged to preach sermons on the topic, while small groups focus on Jesus’ command to go to the nations. Individuals have the opportunity to join a 30-day prayer movement, interceding for the salvation of the unreached.

“Last year, we participated in a Facebook broadcast of a 60-minute special program that featured leaders of the Alliance ministries and a special message by author and missions leader David Platt,” Pudaite noted. “Recording artist Phil Stacey was a guest host and provided a mini concert that was really challenging to those who saw the program.”  That program was recorded and is available on Youtube.  Click here to watch Day for the Unreached 2017.

If you’d like to learn more about the plight of unreached peoples or how to get involved, you can download a free Great Commission Action Guide from the website, DayForTheUnreached.org. An abundance of other resources are available at the site, including bulletin inserts, sermon outlines, promotional posters, web banners, videos and radio spots.

Information is also available on the International Day for the Unreached Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dayfortheunreached.

 

Turn on the LIGHT for Children in India

You Can Help Provide the Gift of LIGHT to Dispel the Darkness in India!

Turn on the light.  The darkness that shrouds your home at night gives way to the warm glow of a reading lamp — or a nice, shaded table lamp ideal for watching TV.

Light pushes away darkness and the fears that sometimes accompany inky, black nights.

You and I are accustomed to flipping a switch that makes this magic happen every evening when the sun slips below the horizon.  But for the thousands of children attending Bibles For The World’s schools in India — children sponsored by friends like you — their family homes are typically lit by nothing more than a feeble candle or two, or the dim light of a small cooking fire that peeks through the doorway.  If the family is better off than most, a single kerosene lantern might offer comfort from the darkness.  Imagine trying to work — or STUDY! — in those conditions!

While these children’s days are illuminated by the Light of Christ as they study God’s Word in school, their nights at home may be spent in virtual darkness.  Darkness that makes it practically impossible to work on their lessons for school.
Our goal is to improve the value of Christian education for every student in BFTW’s schools in India.  So let’s “turn on the light” for the thousands of sponsored children and their families who can’t afford even one electric light that would make life (and study) so much easier.
Please consider giving an immensely practical Christmas gift this year that will bless children in poverty — and their entire family, as well.

The kids in the photo are holding a solar-powered lamp.  It’s designed to help dispel the darkness in the most rugged and remote locations — which makes it the perfect gift for your child(ren) and his or her family.  Though it may not sound like the most glamorous gift for a needy child, it will be one of the most precious gifts they might ever receive.
Whether lighting up a home or providing light when walking at night, it provides four to eight hours of bright, LED light powered by the sun.  The gift of perpetual, self-renewing light.

To provide one solar-powered lamp costs only $18.00.  So, if you can give just $36 you will “turn on the light” two students and their families.
What a blessing it would be for thousands of families to receive this simple, effective and life-changing gift!

Will you please consider giving this special Christmas gift — and turning on the LIGHT for families in India?

Click Here to Help!

 

Update on Seiboi — God is Working Miracles!

You may have read the earlier post about Seiboi, a young father who had a tragic accident while working that left him paralyzed and bedridden — Provide Healing and HOPE for this Young Man

By the grace of God, Seiboi has improved daily with the help of a physiotherapist who has decided to treat the young father at Sielmat Christian Hospital so he would not have to journey to treatment he and his family could not affordThis physiotherapist has been working with him for a couple of months, and he is now able to sit in a wheelchair and wheel himself!  Praise God!

Please keep praying for more improvement.  Physicians don’t expect him to walk again, but we know that with God all things are possible!

Here is what YOU can do to help: Funds are needed forSeiboi to continue to work with the therapist. We trust God that He will send help and bless him — but would appreciate any help you might provide.  

You can give to help provide physical therapy for Seiboi!  Please take a moment and ask the Lord what you can do to help.  THANK YOU!

Click Here to Help!

 

Partnering to Build Schools in India

The Just Let Me Learn foundation is a valued partner with Bibles For The World in bringing Christian education to children and families in remote villages in India.  Mrs. Sandy Nelson and her son, Dean, have made a powerful difference through their efforts to help build schools that are serving hundreds of children.  Dean also heads a group of tech professionals called Infrastructure Masons, which has contributed heavily to these school-building efforts.

One of the founding principles of Infrastructure Masons is to Give Back. In the video below we travel to the remote mountains of Northeastern India to visit a village called Sesawng. This is where the Just Let Me Learn foundation has just completed their second school. Infrastructure Masons donated $50,000 dollars which they raised at their Inaugural Networking event last May. This made them them the largest single donor for this project. Infrastructure Masons agreed to let Bibles For The World show members, supporters, sponsors and the world how this donation will change the lives of children today and for many years to come.

 

Provide Healing and HOPE for this Young Man

This from Mrs. Lawm Pudaite, administrator of Sielmat Christian Hospital…

Mr Seikhogin Seiboi hails from a small village calleLajangphai in the outskirts of Churachandpur district, Manipur. He has five brothers and three sisters. He is the second eldest of all. He is a 27 year old divorcee and has a six years old son named Thangboilen. Seiboie graduated from college in 2011 and holds a bachelor of commerce degree. Due to poverty he could not pursue further studies

As he comes from a poor family, to earn for his son‘s education and to supplement his family income Seiboi went to Delhi to work in a private company. It was during this time that he had a tragic accident with long-lasting consequences. On September 27, 2015 he fell from a four storey building while sitting on the railing. This accident resulted in paralysis of his lower limbs due to severe spinal injury. Ahis family was poor they could not efford to take him to a good hospital nor consult with a medical specialist. As a result, Seiboi was confined to bed full time. Lack of proper medical care worsened his conditionHe suffered from depression and was frustrated and began to lose all hope. He blamed God for all that had happened to him. He also started developing bed sores.

On October 2016 a team from the World Race came to India and stationed at Sielmat. During their involvement in the Lord‘s ministry, a medical camp in collaboration with Sielmat Christian Hospital was held at Lajangphai village where Seiboi lives. The team met him and thLord touched their hearts. Seiboi was brought to Sielmat Christian Hospital for a medical checkup during the free medical camp held at the hospital. He was admitted so that he could receive the assistance of the medical staff at the hospital. 

By the grace of God, Seiboi improved daily and his bed sores are healed completely. But, unfortunately, full recovery and walking is not expected without a miraculous intervention from God. The best he can expect is sitting on a wheelchair after regular physiotherapy. After five months of hospitalization the young father  is now discharged from hospital. However doctors advised him to go for further treatment with a good physiotherapist. We’re praying that Seikhogin will completely recover — and we’re grateful to the World Race Team for their generosity and prayer support. 

But here is what YOU can do to help:  Seiboi’s family does not have the financial means for him to work with a physiotherapist. The Sielmat Christian hospital team is once again praying and seeking God’s help to help Seiboi for his further treatment. We trust God that He will send help and bless him — but would appreciate any help you might provide.  

You can give to help provide physical therapy for Seiboi!

Click Here to Help!

 

International Day for the Unreached 2017

Day for the Unreached is June 4 – Pentecost Sunday

Bibles For The World is once again part of an alliance of globally focused ministries that is promoting June 4, 2017 as the International Day for the Unreached (IDU).  The intent of IDU is to inform, inspire and mobilize Christians to help reach out to more than 2 billion people around the world who have yet to hear the gospel.

The annual event was announced during a press conference at the annual National Religious Broadcasters convention in Orlando last month and is sponsored by the Alliance for the Unreached, a group that includes Reach Beyond, Bibles For The World, Operation Mobilization, Missio Nexus, Global Mapping International (GMI), Partners International and World Mission.

“We want to remind people that there are literally billions of people around the globe in desperate need of the good news of Jesus, but have never heard His name or story. We’re called to bring it to them,” said Wayne Pederson, executive director of IDU.

Scores of Christian leaders are urging people to get involved. Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren made a direct appeal to all Christians:

“With more than 2 billion people who haven’t had a chance to meet Jesus, it’s time for the Body of Christ to take a radical stand and say, ‘This has to end in our generation.’ Join me in committing to pray, give, go, and advocate for those who need to know Christ by participating in the International Day for the Unreached.”

The Day for the Unreached will include a variety of efforts to raise awareness.

Many major media networks and stations around the country will promote the event for weeks leading up to May 15. Pastors around the country are urged to preach sermons on the topic, while small groups focus on Jesus’ command to go to the nations. Individuals have the opportunity to join a 30-day prayer movement, interceding for the salvation of the unreached.

People interested in learning more about the unreached or to get involved can download a free Great Commission Action Guide from the website, DayForTheUnreached.org. An abundance of other resources are available at the site, including bulletin inserts, sermon outlines, promotional posters, web banners, videos and radio spots.

Information is also available on the International Day for the Unreached Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dayfortheunreached.

It’s fitting that The International Day for the Unreached falls on Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the first followers of Jesus, empowering and charging them to share the gospel with people from all over the world.

“Thousands of people heard God’s Word preached in their own language on that day, and more than 3,000 were added to the number of believers, said John L. Pudaite, president of Bibles For The World. “Let’s not forget that the return of Christ is tied to every nation hearing the good news. We’re not saying we can usher in the Second Coming. But we can be a part of a last days move of God that is foretold in scripture. And that’s both a privilege and a profound responsibility.”

Individuals, churches and media outlets can learn about creative ways to participate in the International Day for the Unreached by visiting DayForTheUnreached.org.

Protect Kids in India from Mosquitoes!

One of the most significant threats to children in India is about the size of a dime and, seemingly,  lighter than air.  Of course, we’re talking about the mosquito.

According to the World Health Organization, the mosquito is worst of all disease-spreading insects. Responsible for the passing of malaria, dengue and yellow fever, lymphatic filariasis, Zika virus, and Japanese encephalitis, the threat of a mosquito bite can be far more severe than many people realize. The mosquito is linked to about 750,000 human deaths per year, far more than any other animal or bug, yet so few people have access to the simple resources they need in order to be protected against them.

HYDERABAD, INDIA: An Indian woman carries vegetables on her head as she passes by a warning board for the dengue fever part of an awareness campaign launched by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh, 09 October 2006. Reports have it that the dengue fever has now spread to 18 of the 27 Indian states and claimed 49 lives as 3,331 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported across the country. AFP PHOTO/ NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

HYDERABAD, INDIA: An Indian woman carries vegetables on her head as she passes by a warning board for the dengue fever. Reports have it that the dengue fever has now spread to 18 of the 27 Indian states and claimed 49 lives as 3,331 cases of the mosquito-borne virus were reported across the country.  (NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Bibles For The World provides Christian education for some 10,000 children and students across northeast India.  The vast majority of those are youngsters who attend the 35 schools that BFTW runs to serve their remote communities — and disease carrying mosquitoes are a way of life for every child and his or her family.  Sadly, many children in these regions have already contracted cases of Japanese encephalitis.

That’s why Bibles For The World has mounted a campaign to help protect thousands of children and their families with a simple, yet effective gift — a mosquito net!

Though it may not sound like the most glamorous gift for a needy child, what a blessing it would be to children and their families — especially because so many think something as simple as a mosquito net is an unaffordable luxury.

With your help, every student can take home a mosquito net just as the rainy season begins, helping to ensure that they and their families will be protected.  It will be a gift that keeps giving — providing safety and peace of mind that so many families don’t currently have.

But here is what will make an even greater gift  . . .

Only about one-third of all our students are blessed to have sponsors. That means a very large number of young people would NOT receive the protection of a net — UNLESS we can help provide it for them as a special Christmas gift.  Here’s how you can help:

To provide one mosquito net large enough to protect a family costs only $12.00.

So, if you can give just $24 you will provide protection not only for a sponsored student and his or her family, but also for another student and family, as well!

What a blessing it would be for ALL the young people in BFTW’s schools to have this simple, effective protection from life-threatening disease for their families.

If you would like to help with this special project, you can click below to give online today!

Click Here to Protect a Child!

 

 

Bringing Hope to Refugees…

RefugeeIStockBibles For The World is working together with Operation Mobilization (OM) in Germany to help bring God’s Word to refugees from the Middle East who are pouring into that nation after fleeing violence and persecution in Iraq and Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people have struggled to find peace and hope within Germany’s refugee settlements. Can God’s Word make a difference for them?

“There is a tremendous need for the truth of God’s Word in these refugee camps,” says Hermann Schallenberg, OM’s contact in Germany.  “People are eager to learn about Jesus — we simply need to help them by sharing the Gospel.”

Bibles For The World is working with OM to print and provide German/Arabic parallel translations of New Testament Scriptures, beginning with Gospels of Luke, to help refugees understand the love and grace of Jesus Christ.  This project will touch tens of thousands of men, women and children who are desperate to find hope within the seeming hopelessness of the refugee camps and settlements.

Please pray that gifts of God’s Word will have a dramatic impact on the lives of those who’ve suffered so much — and who still face so many uncertainties!  One man, a father of four, said simply, “Being a refugee is like being in quicksand.  I feel like I’m sinking further and further.”

If you can help meet the need for God’s Word among the refugees, please click here…  Thank you!

 

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Easter a Special Time for New Believers

The weeks leading up to Easter have been a busy time for John and Mawii Pudaite and members of a Bibles For The World team of pastors and teachers!  BFTW conducted a series of Seed Sower’s Seminars during the two weeks before Easter — one in Imphal, Manipur, India and two more in Nepal — in Kathmandu and in Dhadingbesi.

Altogether, some 400 local pastors and lay leaders attended the seminars, which provided training and encouragement based upon the Gospel of John.  The majority of those in attendance — especially those in Nepal — are first generation Christians who were eager to celebrate their very first Easter Sunday.  However, many also endured great hardship to attend, especially those who traveled to Dhadingbesi in north central Nepal.  About 40 of those traveled on foot for three days before they reached a town where public transportation was available to cary them the rest of the way to the Seminar’s location.

When asked how many lost homes in last year’s earthquake, nearly everyone raised their hands.  But, they also indicated that the destruction opened many doors for local churches to express their love and concern for fellow villagers — and the opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to them.  As at all Seed Sowers’ Seminars, Bibles For The World distributed thousands of copies of Nepali Gospels of John for attenders to take back to their villages for evangelism purposes.

Upon returning to India, John Pudaite was part of a baptism service for new Meitei believers who were eager to celebrate Easter by being baptized!

Thank you for your continued prayers for these ministry outreaches in India and Nepal.

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