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Thousands of ways to reach out and share God’s love

January 30th, 2015 Comments off

According to the Scriptures, the apostles were the first volunteers. Their service gained them nothing in this world but the satisfaction of serving Jesus by serving others. They gladly heeded Jesus Christ’s invitation to join His ministry and fulfill the Great Commission. Until the end of their lives, they wholeheartedly shared God’s love in word and deed, and recruited more “volunteers” to stand with them.

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It is through God’s anointing on their work and the work of their disciples’ after them that Christianity has reached so far. After Jesus’ death, the Apostle Paul encouraged his disciple Timothy, ”Fan into flame the gift of God which is in you” and “Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” It seems Timothy was initially reluctant and fraught with fear, but eventually stepped up and carried out the mission with all his strength.

Timothy’s initial attitude toward his responsibility as a disciple reflects the same attitude of millions of Christians nowadays. While they recognize the need to serve, many of them lack the discipline and confidence to step out in faith and do so. Many more do not know how or where to start.

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But the need for modern-day stewards of Christ to share His love in word and deed is more pressing than ever. Centuries after Jesus died on the cross, there are still millions who have yet to hear of the God who came down “not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (see Matthew 20:28). It is important for Christians to take up the mission of sharing the message of God’s gift with men and women over the world through ministries such as Gospel for Asia.

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All year round, there are tens of thousands of ways for Christians to help others. Some volunteer in soup kitchens or food banks—many need help, especially outside of the holiday season. Other Christians visit the elderly, pray with them and do simple tasks like washing their dishes or mowing their lawns. Some feel called to join long or short-term missions, while others support missionaries who are already sharing their faith in other nations. Other Christians use their skills and talents for the glory of God by leading worship sessions and other events. Websites like ChristianVolunteering.org list opportunities of one’s choosing. Just like God’s love never ends, the possibilities of giving are endless.

Gospel for Asia gives numerous opportunities for impacting the lives of men and women in South Asia by sharing the ministry at conferences, in churches and at small groups; through creating unique MyGFA campaigns to give practical gifts to the needy; or by volunteering your time and energy in the home office. As you volunteer with GFA, you’re also a part of reaching out to South Asian countries and helping men and women learn more about the love of Jesus, the love which has been compelling and inspiring volunteers for thousands of years. Visit this website to know more about how you can help the group’s causes.

Gospel Going Forth Despite Government Crackdown on Christians, Churches

October 19th, 2012 Comments off

 

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Gospel for Asia missionaries share the love of Jesus.

 

Gospel for Asia missionary Benita Viswanathan was arrested and jailed for preaching the Gospel in Bhutan in 2006. In 2007, she was appointed village head, or tshokpa.

Benita has been trusted with the authority to settle local disputes. She also represents the villagers’ concerns before the government on issues such as education, health and development. Because of her new role, Benita is more respected in the village and is also able to share the Gospel with much more ease.

Benita’s situation did not look so positive in June 2006. The Bhutanese government was cracking down on Christianity, closing churches and threatening to tear them down and putting Christians like Benita in jail. The authorities did not view these actions as persecution of the Christian church. Rather, they viewed them as an effort to uphold the law that makes it illegal to attempt to convert anyone away from Buddhism, the country’s official religion.

Christians refused to let the crackdown deter their worship. Instead, they broke into smaller groups and met in homes, a practice they continue today. Although the government threatened to tear down the church buildings, they are all still standing. No new churches are allowed to be constructed, however.

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Christians in Bhutan are not allowed to meet in their church buildings right now. Many congregations are gathering in alternative locations, and people are still coming to Christ.

In southeastern Bhutan, GFA missionaries Dileshwar and Meenuka Subba are still sharing the Gospel and seeing many lives changed as a result. They have found that GFA’s Film Ministry is playing a vital role in helping them reach this area of Bhutan. In just one month, 12 people received Jesus as their Savior after seeing the film. These new Christians are regularly meeting for worship and prayer.

The situation in Bhutan is expected to improve. Residents of this tiny, remote and impoverished country are transitioning from a monarchy to a democratic form of government.

Benita, Dileshwar and Vinmugil ask for continued prayer for the country. They ask that you pray for continued favor with the government—especially the first legislators who will soon be elected by the people. Also pray that the Christians would be allowed back into their churches and that the laws against sharing one’s faith would be overturned.

 

This article was originally published by Gospel for Asia. To learn more about Gospel for Asia, click here.

 

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