What is important in God’s eyes? As humans we stand in awe of mighty nations, of empires that have conquered a large portion of the earth, of the spectacles and monuments of great power by mighty men glorifying their own grandeur.
But consider this reminder from Jesus:
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)
The British author C.S. Lewis once pointed out that every empire of man, no matter how populous, existed only for a limited time. Its power and the significance of what that empire achieved in earthly terms was therefore finite, however large.
By contrast the soul of the simplest, most humble person is destined for eternal glory or eternal damnation in Heaven or Hell. The significance of each person’s eternal destiny is infinite. The eternal destiny of each human soul is thus a matter of greater weight than the destiny of the greatest empires in history. Let that help us keep a proper perspective as we consider the use of our time and energy; are we pursuing things of eternal value?
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias”
Pray for China
Recently the protests in Hong Kong have sparked international interest as the world looks towards what is happening in and around China. The whole story is still not being told, however. Pastors and churches in China are facing sharply increasing difficulty and persecution; pastors are disappearing, Bibles are confiscated and often destroyed, and many young people have been arrested and forced to renounce belief in Christ. The Chinese government is working towards printing a new “communist translation” of the Bible that will include changes to Genesis, the 10 Commandments, and the Gospels, claiming that the Bible teaches Chinese to love the Communist Party first and then love the church second; it is likely that the government will prohibit any translation of the Bible except theirs. Citizens are also required to have pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi in their homes as reminders of who they are to love and “worship.”
China is not satisfied with only brainwashing their own people with their heretical propaganda; Laos, Vietnam, and other SE Asian countries are also feeling the influence and encroachment of Chinese persecution. As China pressures countries around them it is causing increased persecution of the Church. For example, all the churches in Laos are required to be registered with the government by 2020, and only those from the “government churches” there will be legally allowed to share the Gospel. China is seeking to make their presence felt worldwide by moving into and influencing countries like Cuba. Because of Chinese influence, the Cuban government may be rewriting their constitution to be more against Christianity than ever.
Please pray for China and the Christians there. Pray that God will provide ways for us to help and support the persecuted church not only in China but around the world as Chinese influence grows, and praise God that He is on the throne and that none of this is hidden from or a surprise to Him!
Update from Romania
We are blessed to have received another update from Katie in Romania! "Two more girls moved into the safe house this week! They all know each other and seem to be friends, but…pray that the transition would go smoothly.” She also reported that our contact, though recovering well from her car accident, is having problems with the various paper work that needs done in regard to her injuries from the accident and has a few more doctor appointments before she can be finished with her neck brace; please continue to keep our contact in prayer!
Katie also reported that the Romanian government is considering dissolving all orphanages and placing all the children in them with foster families. Many are concerned, however, that this would mean that older children placed in families would not receive the care and attention they need, and with over 50,000 orphans in Romania, it would be difficult to find families for all of them. Katie says, “Please pray for the orphans here in Romania, my heart breaks with the thought of these children getting displaced because the government thinks it’s best for them. Pray that the government would have open hearts and listen to the pleas of the people who are opposed to this law.”
Many pastors in Nepal work in heavily Hindu areas where people are bound by their traditional religions and beliefs, and they face persecution for preaching the Gospel as well as from tribal and political problems. However, they continue to work tirelessly, and we are blessed to hear stories from them like this one: “[The pastor] met a woman, she was deaf and had very low visibility. Despite approaching many witch doctors and other traditional doctors in her past she was not healed. But after meeting [the pastor] and his team they continually prayed for her and now she is completely healed! Please pray that she will stand firm in her belief in Christ.”
We currently are seeking sponsors for six Nepalese pastors! These pastors work tirelessly to share the Gospel of Jesus despite serious spiritual, physical, and financial challenges, but sponsorship helps to ease their financial burden so that they can continue to minister to and grow their churches and reach out to their communities; because of sponsorship, they are better equipped to disciple new believers and train future spiritual leaders. Our contact says, “The support you have been doing has been really great blessing for the Pastors of Nepal…thank you so much for your continuous support. Your contribution has really been a great help for the extension of God’s Kingdom here in our country.” For more information about pastor sponsorship or to support one of our un-sponsored Nepal Pastors, please click here.
Please pray for a partner in ministry. Right now he is suffering blood cancer called 'acute Leukemia'. He is serving as a pastor in Yangon.
Pray for all of the missionaries that are in the Turkey area recently. Pray for their safe return to their families back home and pray that they touch many with Christ while they are there.
Praise God that we have two containers ready to be shipped in the same week! These containers provide children and parents with clothing all around the world!
Praise God that we have two more girls in our Romania safe house!
Please prayerfully consider joining us on our trips to many regions of the world!
Closed Central American Nation Pastor Support:January 2020
India Women's Ministry: November 19-28
Most of our trips throughout the end of 2019 are full. We are currently working on our 2020 schedule. If you would like to be a part of a 2020 trip please let us know!
Our Billings Montana container is ready to ship and will be packed on Monday October 21st! If you are interested in helping pack that container please call the Billings office at 406-652-3663.
If you are interested in helping pack the Casper container it will be ready to pack and ship on Wednesday October 23rd! Please call the Casper office at 307-333-6545 if you are interested in volunteering!