Love on Fire

A fire burned inside Myo Zaw. It was lit the day the Lord redeemed him, and it grew hotter and more intense every single day. He was like the prophet Jeremiah, unable to keep the love of Christ hidden within himself. If he tried, he felt restless, he felt sick.

Weary of holding it in, Myo Zaw shouted from the roadsides and in market places, “Christ [redeemed] me, and He will [redeem] you also!”

People thought he had gone mad. Those in his community already knew him as a hot-blooded drunkard who fought with people and beat his wife and children, and now he proved his insanity.

“But I knew I was not mad,” Myo Zaw says. “The love of God just would not simply keep [quiet] in my heart. I wanted to pour it out and share it.”

Independently Ministering

Consumed by a fire that could not be put out, Myo Zaw traveled throughout his region, walking from place to place, sharing the Word of God. He told people “how a sinner like me was found by God.” In three years, he visited 100 communities. His wife, Shway, sent him letters while he was away to encourage him.

“If your life can change by Christ, there is no one who cannot be changed by Christ,” she’d say. “So wherever you are going and sharing the Word of God, we are here to pray for you. I believe people will be changed by the love of Christ.”

And people were—350 of them. They heard of His great love and saw it lived out in His child, and it changed them.

Following Like Jesus

Not long after, a man visited Myo Zaw’s village and shared about the different places in their country and how Jesus went to a foreign land, though heaven was His home.

The fire inside Myo Zaw intensified. He knew without any doubt that his life needed to be about sharing the Lord’s love with others. It was a powerful love that transformed him, and he knew others needed it, too.

He told himself, “It is better that I go and give my life for the people in foreign lands.” So he and his wife prayed and prepared themselves to live in an area where people were unfamiliar with the Lamb of God.

Nearly 10 years later, God sent them to the southern region of their country as GFA-supported missionaries.

Forced Out of Community

In their new community, people quickly realized Myo Zaw and his family were Christians and decided they would have nothing to do with the new arrivals.

“We were [forced] out of community,” Pastor Myo Zaw says, “and it is very difficult to live without community.”

People threw stones at Myo Zaw’s home and threatened to penalize others if they spoke to the Christians. Even Myo Zaw’s young children faced discrimination at school because of their faith.

“Sometimes, when we would go to the market,” Pastor Myo Zaw recalls, “they’d look at us as if we were enemies. All these things we faced, but the Lord showed His grace upon us through which we are still OK now.”

Turning of Hearts

Myo Zaw, Shway and their children trusted Christ throughout the hardships, and with the Spirit’s fiery love pulsating within them, they learned how to love the people in their new community.

The pastor started with film ministry, showing people movies they enjoyed and also the film of Jesus’ life. The local children felt Myo Zaw’s and his wife’s warmth and began visiting them. Myo Zaw and Shway would give the young boys and girls treats, teach them songs and bathe the ones that came looking haggard.

The community watched how they cared for their children and wondered why this man and his wife loved them so much. Soon, people talked to them at the market, and Pastor Myo Zaw and Shway were able to reveal Christ’s love to them.

They cared for the sick and took people to the hospital when needed. When floodwaters destroyed homes and livelihoods, they and other GFA-supported workers helped provide relief. Pastor Myo Zaw frequently visited people to encourage them and offer words of life and hope in Christ Jesus. And people visited him as well.

God’s Most Powerful Weapon

The fire God kindled within Myo Zaw on the first day of his redemption continues to burn brighter and hotter as the years pass.

“My love has become deeper for them. I care for them more,” he says of the people who are now his friends. “That’s why I don’t want to go back to my hometown. That is why I would like to sacrifice my whole life for them.”

After 14 years of displaying Christ’s love, people feel and understand Myo Zaw’s love for them and many return it. They’ve come to know that “everything I do is for them,” he says. And he does it because of Christ.

“What I have found in my life,” Myo Zaw says, “is that love is the most powerful weapon we have from God.”

https://www.gfa.ca/news/articles/gfa-world-love-on-fire/

The Galilee Boat

The river was busy. It was always busy during high tide. Boatmen competed with each other to ferry people and belongings from the market to villages and back. Some boats were so weighed down that the tops were only a few inches from the water’s surface.

This was the way of life for people living near the shores, where channels of water sliced through the ground and boats helped people get around from village to village.

But the Galilee Boat was different. It was just Pastor Myo Zaw and his disciple, Nyein Shein, on this boat. They traversed through the river together. Myo Zaw stood toward the front of the boat, a handwoven bag slung across his chest and packets of information about true hope in his left hand. Nyein Shein was at the stern, bending this way and that as he navigated the vessel through the murky waters, careful not to collide into other boats.

For Pastor Myo Zaw and Nyein Shein, traveling through the waters was less about getting around and more about meeting people.

“Galilee Boat is like a second life for us, which is very important for our [ministry],” Myo Zaw said.

The boat was a means to minister. It created opportunities for Pastor Myo Zaw to talk with fishermen or the men waiting to ferry people from the market. He’d also go to villages that could only be visited by boat.

Through the Galilee Boat, people who had never heard about the redemptive love of Christ could finally witness it. They’d see it in the life of the man who traveled in the boat just to see them, and they’d hear it in his voice when he’d speak words of life found in the Word of God. And something would happen inside their hearts. They believed that still, small voice that whispered to them, “I am the living God.”

Three fellowships and 16 other smaller fellowships grew in villages that Pastor Myo Zaw visited via the Galilee Boat.

The boat has become “famous,” Myo Zaw said. But not because it’s constantly traveling through the channels of water, looking to meet new people. It’s become famous because of the timely help it’s provided.

The region where Pastor Myo Zaw and Nyein Shein serve is known to flood during monsoon seasons. When it does, they use the Galilee Boat to bring relief supplies, like food and medicine, to stranded villagers and to rescue people by transferring them to safer regions.

“I believe God gave me this boat to help the community in the times of difficulties,” Myo Zaw said.

And that’s where you’ll find him and Nyein Shein, out on the Galilee Boat, navigating the busy river to help people in their community.

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
—Philippians 2:4

https://www.gfa.ca/gfa-world/2017/march-departments/#mf-0317

Working together as one Body for God’s kingdom.

In this conversation, K.P. Yohannan, founder of GFA, shares about working together as one Body for God’s kingdom.

Can you tell us something the Lord has been teaching you lately?

Life is a journey. Throughout the Old Testament you will find every call God gave to people was a journey. It was true for Abraham, Moses, David and so on, and it’s true for us. You will find that not only in the lives of individuals, but also in the people of God as a whole.

This past year, I’ve been on the most private journey of my life, and one of the things the Lord helped me see more clearly is that I’m just one person God is using to build His kingdom.

God is working in each one of us, and at the same time, He is working through us and with us, using us to build His Church—visible and invisible.

I am convinced the work God is doing is not going to be accomplished through me alone, because the Bride He is preparing is made up of a lot of people. And I must acknowledge every brother or sister who is doing their part, whether it seems big or small. A large puzzle may have tiny pieces, but if you remove those pieces, the puzzle is incomplete. Every piece is needed to complete the puzzle.

I know we’re all needed to fulfill God’s purposes, but why can it be so challenging to get along with others?

I remember a long time ago I came home pouting, upset about a problem I was having with someone. My wife, Gisela, listened and listened and listened to me. In the end she said, “You must realize God wants everyone to succeed. He wants no one to fail. And He wants you and me to be part of helping everyone to succeed.”

That statement changed my life forever. Now, every time I feel hurt, betrayed or misunderstood, I try to pause and say, “Lord, I want to be part of You fulfilling Your plan in their life. I don’t want to be the enemy.” And sometimes that means I have to embrace suffering to do that. But I also know it is actually part of the Lord’s plan in building their life.

In my personal journey with God, how do I know I’m growing and that He is working in me when I can’t see it or feel it?

In Philippians 2:12–13, Paul writes, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” All of us need to walk in humility and brokenness every day, knowing God is changing us and making us more like Him. We have to remember God is working with us.

Most of the time, God’s work is done silently. You may be praying quietly in the kitchen, and nobody hears that earth-shaking event that happened on the mission field as a direct result of your quiet prayer. God may not even show it to you. It’s a mystery in understanding the ways of God in this journey. Sometimes I have to completely throw my life in His hands and trust Him to fulfill His plan.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m any use to the Body of Christ with all the failures and mistakes in my life.

I have a lot of failures in my life that the Lord has used for the better. It is important that you and I come to the place of security and resting in the Lord and His sovereignty.

In Acts 17:26b, it essentially says that before we were born God knew exactly where we would live, what our family life would be like, what incidents would happen to us, etc. This is all part of His incredible plan, and sometimes the greatest disappointments and setbacks are His ways of conforming us more into His image!

In everything that happens to us, we should see it as the cup handed down to us by the Lord. It is for two purposes: 1) to make us closer to Him, which helps us understand Him more, and 2) to be united, to be one, with brothers and sisters to build His kingdom. That is how God has planned it throughout the Bible.

Is there anything we should do as we continue this journey with our brothers and sisters?

There are a few things I’ve learned from the book of Philippians that I think are very helpful for us to remember.

Fight for the unity of the saints. If something has come up between you and another believer, sort it out. Don’t be secretive. Say what hurt you and talk it out.
Ask the Lord often if there is anything in you that has created disunity within the brethren, and what you could do to actively bring unity among the saints. (See Philippians 4:2–3)
Paul said, “I do not seek my own righteousness.” My own righteousness is fueled by my efforts and ultimately for my own benefit and appearance. Then there is Christ’s righteousness that says, “Nobody will ever find out what I’m doing, but I do this for His glory and no one else.” (See Philippians 3:9)
Humility is something we must embrace, and we will help more people around us by our humility than by everything else we could try to do. Our humility will itself be a ministry. (See Philippians 2:1–18)
Paul said he would forget the past—both successes and failures—and look ahead instead to Christ. He is the one we’re running to. When we stop focusing on all the failures and all that we could have done, we see it’s a whole different world the Lord has called us to. (See Philippians 3:13–14)
Remember that God will supply all your needs. He gives us great dreams and hopes, and it’s not up to us when they will happen. (See Philippians 4:19)
Trust God to finish the work He started in you. (See Philippians 1:6)

https://www.gfa.ca/gfa-world/2017/march-departments/#con-0317

Enjoying the Gift They Didn’t Want

In the area where Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Nandin ministers, people depended on water from rivers, canals and ponds. During the rainy season, the filthy water from these water sources often infected people with serious illnesses such as typhoid, dysentery and malaria. In other parts of this region, people have even died from these diseases because there are no nearby hospitals for treatment.

Wanting to improve people’s lives, Pastor Nandin requested a Jesus Well in a village where he was serving. The request was quickly approved, and within a few weeks, Pastor Nandin’s regional leader, Pastor Hammad, came to the village to inaugurate the drilling of the Jesus Well.

But instead of being welcomed with open arms, Pastor Nandin’s attempt to help the villagers turned suddenly awry. Soon, he found himself confronted by a crowd of angry villagers.

Even though the villagers direly needed this gift—something necessary to their health and wellbeing—they rejected Pastor Nandin’s attempt to help give them clean water.

They had rejected every gift he had tried to offer them, but Nandin’s heart still ached with genuine concern for them and their health.

Soon after workers began drilling the Jesus Well that Pastor Nandin had requested, trouble boiled over. It began with one person tossing away the workers’ buckets. Then another person damaged the casing pipes. When Pastor Nandin asked them to stop, he and the believers suddenly found themselves confronted by a mob of 20 people.

In the span of about three hours, angry villagers hit Pastor Nandin and two believers, and when other people, including Pastor Hammad and a community leader, tried to calm the situation, members of the mob struck them too.

The next day, Pastor Nandin, Pastor Hammad and the local believers joined together to ask the Lord for His protection. They continued praying daily, and after 15 days, they saw God answer by showing them favour, from the village chief.

“I will help you to complete the remaining work of this Jesus Well,” he told the believers, “and if someone will oppose you in this work, I will put him in jail without delay.”

Within a few days, the workers were able to finish drilling the Jesus Well with no more hindrances.

Now, as the villagers draw pure water from the well for their families’ needs, many are recovering from waterborne illnesses! Even those who opposed the Jesus Well and harassed Pastor Nandin and the believers in order to stop it from being drilled are now using the well.

Christ’s love and hope have even transformed the life of Shami, the brother of one of the men who tried to stop the Jesus Well.

For three years, Shami had struggled to get a good night’s sleep. He and his wife asked Pastor Hammad to pray for him, and the pastor began visiting Shami and his wife regularly to pray and encourage them with words from Scripture.

In His mercy, God healed Shami, enabling him to sleep well at night. Now he, his wife and their teenage daughter worship the Lord with other believers.

Through the compassion of a pastor and the provision of a Jesus Well, God is showing people in this community how much He loves them. Now they are grateful for the gift and the pastor’s love and help.

https://www.gfa.ca/news/articles/enjoying-the-gift-they-didnt-want/

God is enlarging our dream – The growth of the Algerian church

God is enlarging our dream – The growth of the Algerian church

When OM Field Leader Youssef and his wife Hie-Tee moved to his native Algeria in 1988 to establish OM ministry, a revival among the Kabyle people was already sweeping the northern region. “Before 1981, there were very few believers,” Youssef said. Today, he knows of believers in every one of the 2,400 Kabyle cities, villages and towns.

In July 1981, the early Kabyle church—40 to 50 believers—started a two-year process of praying and fasting, memorising 365 verses about fear. A new Kabyle radio ministry broadcast sermons and teaching across the region, and a church in Ouadiha, led by an Algerian-Swiss couple, began a wide literature distribution campaign in villages and showed the Jesus film in local cafés.

Simple faith spread among the Kabyle, sparked by miraculous signs and wonders and developed through prayer and fasting. Since Algeria was closed to most foreign missionaries, the Algerian church depended on God alone during its formative years. The Kabyle people’s lack of fear and their boldness contributed to the rapid revival. “They live their faith openly,” Youssef said. “The other thing that has helped is prayer from all over the world.”

In 1962-63, a group of OMers drove across North Africa and the Levant, distributing flyers for the then North African Mission’s (NAM) Bible correspondence course. The follow-up—hundreds of letters pouring into a Tunis-based letterbox daily—led to the NAM workers’ expulsion from North Africa and the organisation’s re-creation in southern Europe, where it continues today as the Radio School of the Bible. “Long-term workers realised that media had a vital role to play and that there were thousands interested to know about the Christians’ book,” a long-term OMer explained.

In the late ’70s, two truck teams drove from southern Spain to Mali, via Morocco and Algeria. Later, two long-term OMers also travelled across Algeria by bus, stopping to visit OM’s first long-term worker in Algeria—a woman volunteering at the Bible Society’s bookshop.

During their first years in-country, Youssef and Hie-Tee concentrated on pioneering efforts and helping the church in Oran. They often hosted believers from the Kabyle area, thrilled to hear what God was doing and recognising many needs. In 1996, they established the House of Hope as a platform for future ministry. They recruited four and then more Kabyle believers to join the team that facilitated ongoing summer camps and the Timothy School, a training programme for Algerian believers.

Every year, 10 to 12 outside teachers travel to Algeria to partner with the Timothy School. Many came from within OM; others arrived from seminaries and churches around the world. “The team of teachers…had a huge impact on so many lives,” Youssef stated. “That was one of the biggest blessings OM [gave to] the Algerian church.”

At the Timothy School, students experience healing and learn biblical doctrine to supplement their existing faith and zeal, Youssef said. They also regularly receive visions from God for future ministry.

Mustapha, a Timothy School graduate, told Youssef about his dream to start a church in his village. Equipped through the teaching and having received modest financial support, Mustapha returned home after training and started a church. Today, a team of believers oversees both the church and a school.

Believers Mouloud and Ali attended a summer camp in the early 2000s, where they also received a vision to start a church. With no physical gathering place, they began meeting in the woods. Now their church owns land and a building, where believers gather weekly. At least 25 people have established ministries in the Kabyle area directly resulting from the Timothy School or camps, Youssef said. “It’s amazing what God has done.”

The House of Refuge, opened in 2009, receives Algerian believers suffering for their faith. Over 400 people have passed through the house, with most staying for one to two weeks. One woman has lived there for eight years and currently works with a quail farming project.

Today the Algerian church is visible and viable, having received official recognition from the Algerian government on 17 July 2011. OM’s ministry, run by an 80-person team, includes the Timothy Schools, follow-up and church planting, media ministry, the House of Refuge, and, most recently, A4M (Algerians 4 Missions). “Our vision now as OM is to look beyond Algeria,” Youssef said. “This is why we have started A4M. The vision is to be able to send out 1,000 workers by 2025 within Algeria and outside Algeria… I believe there is a huge potential to bless other nations.”

When the A4M training centre, currently under construction in the Kabyle area, is finished, OM plans to open the Timothy Mission School. “Missions will be top priority,” Youssef explained. Already OM has sent out two couples and two singles into full-time ministry. Short term, Youssef estimated that between 60 and 80 Algerian believers have participated in one- to two-week outreaches in Algeria and abroad.

In July 2016, Youssef and Hie-Tee led a team of four Algerians to Malaysia, where they distributed over 500 gospels, New Testaments and Jesus films, and saw many people come to faith. “Among the refugees there and the Arabs, there’s huge openness now, especially among the Syrians, Iraqis and Omanis,” Youssef said. While there, they set up a committee within a Malaysian church to receive Algerians as missionaries in the future. “We believe that Malaysia is only the step. We would like to go further,” he continued. “God is enlarging our dream.”

https://www.uk.om.org/om-item/

How the Lost Sheep was Found by John Nelson Darby

Many years ago he was asked to see a poor boy who was dying in a lonely district in Ireland.

He says: After upwards of an hour’s toilsome walking (for the roads which in some places led over steep hills were in others scarcely passable on account of the heavy marshes), on entering the little cottage I looked round me and at first found no sign of any inhabitant, except an old woman who sat crouching over the embers of a peat fire. She rose as I entered, and with the natural courtesy of the Irish poor offered me the low chair or rather stool on which she had been seated.

I thanked her, and passing on to the object of my visit discovered in one corner of the hut a heap of straw on which lay the poor sufferer. Some scanty covering, probably his own wearing apparel, had been thrown over him, but as to bed or bed clothes there was none discernible in this humble dwelling.

I approached, and saw a young lad about seventeen or eighteen years of age evidently in a state of extreme suffering and exhaustion, and it was to be feared in the last stage of consumption. His eyes were closed, but he opened them on my approach and stared at me with a kind of wild wonder, like a frightened animal.

I told him as quietly as possible who I was, and for what purpose I had come, and put a few of the simplest questions to him respecting his hope of salvation. He answered nothing, he appeared totally unconscious of my meaning.

On pressing him further, and speaking to him kindly and affectionately, he looked up, and I ascertained from the few words he uttered that he had heard something of a God and future judgment, but he had never been taught to read. The Holy Scriptures were a sealed book to him, and he was consequently altogether ignorant of the way of salvation as revealed to us in the gospel. His mind on this subject was truly an utter blank.

I was struck with dismay and almost with despair. Here was a fellow creature whose immortal soul, apparently on the verge of eternity, must be saved or lost for ever; and he lay before me now, the hand of death close upon him; not a moment was to be lost and what was I to do? What way was I to take to begin to teach him, as it were at the eleventh hour, the first rudiments of christianity?

I had scarcely ever before felt such a sinking within me. I could do nothing, that I knew full well, but on the other hand God could do all; I therefore raised up my heart and besought my heavenly Father for Christ’s sake to direct me in this most difficult and trying position, and to open to me by His Spirit of wisdom a way to set forth the glad tidings of salvation so as to be understood by this poor benighted wanderer.

I was silent for a few moments whilst engaged in inward prayer and gazing with deep anxiety on the melancholy object before me. It struck me that I ought to try to discover how far his intelligence in other things extended, and whether there might not be reasonable hope of his understanding me when I should commence to open to him (as I was bound to do) the gospel message of salvation. I looked down upon him with an eye of pity, which I most sincerely felt, and I thought he observed that compassionate look, for he softened towards me as I said: ‘My poor boy, you are very ill, I fear you suffer a great deal!’

‘Yes, I have a bad cold; the cough takes away my breath and hurts me greatly’.

‘Have you had this cough long?’ I asked.

‘Oh, yes, a long time; near a year now’.

‘And how did you catch it? A Kerry boy, I should have thought, would have been reared hardily and accustomed to this sharp air!’

‘Ah’, he answered, ‘and so I was until that terrible night – it was about this time last year when one of the sheep went astray. My father keeps a few sheep upon the mountains and this is the way we live. When he reckoned them that night there was one wanting, and he sent me to look for it’.

‘No doubt’, I replied, ‘you felt the change from the warmth of the peat fire in this close little hut, to the cold mountain blast’.

‘Oh! that I did; there was snow upon the ground, and the wind pierced me through; but I did not mind it much, as I was so anxious to find father’s sheep’.

‘And did you find it?’ I asked, with increased interest.

‘Oh, yes, I had a long, weary way to go, but I never stopped until I found it’.

‘And how did you get it home? You had trouble enough with that too, I daresay. Was it willing to follow back?’

‘Well, I did not like to trust it, and besides, it was dead beat and tired, so I laid it on my shoulders and carried it home that way’.

‘And were they not all at home rejoiced to see you when you returned with the sheep?’

‘Sure enough, and that they were’, he replied. ‘Father and mother, and the people round that heard of our loss, all came in the next morning to ask about the sheep, for the neighbours in these matters are mighty kind to each other. Sorry they were, too, to hear that I was kept out the whole dark night; it was morning before I got home, and the end of it was I caught this cold. Mother says I will never be better now, God knows best; anyways, I did my best to save the sheep’.

Wonderful! I thought, here is the whole gospel history. The sheep is lost, the father sends his son to seek for and recover it. The son goes willingly, suffers all without complaining, and in the end sacrifices his life to find the sheep, and when recovered he carries it home on his shoulders to the flock, and rejoices with his friends and neighbours over the sheep which was lost, but is found again. My prayer was answered, my way was made plain, and by the grace of God I availed myself of this happy opening.

I explained to this poor dying boy the plan of salvation, making use of his own simple and affecting story. I read to him the few verses in Luke 15, where the care of the shepherd for the strayed sheep is so beautifully expressed, and he at once perceived the likeness, and followed me with deep interest while I explained to him the full meaning of the parable.

The Lord mercifully opened not only his understanding, but his heart also, to receive the things spoken. He himself was the lost sheep, Jesus Christ the good Shepherd, who was sent by the Father to seek for him, and who left all the joys of that Father’s heavenly glory to come down to earth and search for him and other lost ones like himself; and as the poor boy had borne without murmuring the freezing snowstorm and the piercing wind, so has the blessed Saviour endured the fierce contradictions of sinners against Himself, and the bitter scorn and insults heaped upon Him, without opening His mouth to utter one word of complaint, and at last laid down His precious life, that we might be rescued from destruction and brought safe to our everlasting home. Neither will He trust His beloved ones, when rescued, to tread the perilous path alone, but bears them on His shoulders rejoicing to the heavenly fold.

My poor sick lad seemed to drink it all in. He received it all; he understood it all. I never saw a clearer proof of the power of the divine Spirit to apply the word of God.

He survived our first meeting but a few days. I had no time to read or expound to him any other portion of the Scripture. At times we could hear nothing but stifling, rending cough; at times he slumbered heavily for a little, but whenever he was able to think and listen, these verses in Luke 15 satisfied and cheered him. He accepted Christ as his Saviour, he earnestly prayed to be carried home like the lost sheep in the heavenly Shepherd’s arms. He died humbly, peacefully, almost exulting, with the name of Jesus, my Saviour and my Shepherd, the last upon his lips.

Munay’s Testimony

Tears freely tumbled down Munay’s cheeks and spilled onto her already soaked pillow. It was so hard. Cancer raged inside her body even though Munay had underwent surgery and eight chemo injections. Now radiotherapy attacked her cancerous cells. Too sick to move, Munay lay on her bed. Thoughts raced in her head, moving her past the physical pain—her heart was breaking. She couldn’t die now, not yet. There was so much work yet to be done, and if she didn’t do it, who would?

Munay grew up going to church and knew the Bible well. Her pastor even appointed her to be a Sunday school teacher, but she felt something was missing.

“I never committed myself freely into God’s hand,” she said.

Because of this, she had no peace. She searched for it by going to different prayer meetings, but “I always came back empty handed,” she said. “Yet there was hope in my life that one day God would touch me and fill my heart with His divine peace.”

That revelation came while attending a Christian convention. She was inspired by the believers and their passionate worship. It seemed they loved Jesus deeply. After hearing a message from Isaiah 44:22, Munay understood for the first time that Jesus had willingly laid down His life for her. When she took this to heart and personally accepted God’s love, everything changed.

“Peace and joy filled my life in abundance,” she said.

Munay was now entrusted with a deep yearning to help those who didn’t know Jesus, her Savior. She cried out to the Lord to use her, and He answered. After she graduated Bible college in 2006, she began serving the Lord in her home state. Munay, there on her knees, would find true victory amidst years of controversy.

During her ministry Munay didn’t experience an easy road. Because she was not an eloquent speaker it was difficult for her to convey to people the message of hope she carried. The individuals she served were highly educated and thought little of Munay, especially as she stumbled through her words. The youths also threw stones at her house as an attempt to scare her off. But no matter how much the locals looked down on her and treated her as lowly, she would not become discouraged. Munay was convinced she was called by God, and she was prepared to face all kinds of adverse circumstances on her knees.

It was an uphill climb, but the more difficult the situations Munay faced, the more she was willing to bow her head. As a result, the Lord in His mercy answered her prayers and blessed her ministry. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, she established a prayer fellowship with eventually 10 believers. The local people mocked them in their new journey with Jesus. They tried to discourage them with sarcastic remarks, but Munay encouraged the believers and fixed her eyes heavenward with them. Munay well understood what they were facing.

After five years of serving in this community, Munay’s life weathered yet another difficult season. In 2014, Munay found out she had cancer. This devastated Munay, but not for herself. She cried out to the Lord day and night, asking God to spare her life.

“Lord, please heal me, as I have much work remaining to do,” Munay prayed through her sobs. “I must do the work.”

However, even in sickness Munay was not deterred from loving and trusting Jesus. She believed God would heal her body. Her ministry didn’t stop either. Munay encouraged her brothers and sisters in God’s Word while on her sickbed, praying and longing to be with them daily.

After a time, the Lord answered Munay’s faith-filled prayers and brought her healing. Munay came through her terminal illness as one tried through fire, and her testimony in Christ appears golden.

“When you are in good health, do as much as you can for the Lord. Do not take your life for granted,” Munay exhorted her brothers and sisters, managing to stand before them as her body grew stronger. “Let us not grow weary, but let us be zealous in serving the Lord. And may the Lord not have to put you in a position to make you realize how little you have done. We must do the work. If we do not do it, then who will? Make the most of the life that God has given us.”

https://www.gfa.ca/news/articles/when-cancer-tries-to-take-over/

Jesus will never end

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER DAILY SO YOU DO NOT BECOME HARDENED BY THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN

SEE THAT NONE OF YOU BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAS UNBELIEVING HEART MAKING YOU TURN AWAY FROM THE LIVING GOD

GODS GRACE IS GREATER

I WANT TO SAY HAVE HOPE

JESUS IS GREATER THAN REJECTION AND CONFUSION

GREATER THAN IDOLATRY

GREATER THAN LUST

ADULTERY

FORNICATION

PORNOGRAPHY

IMMATURITY

PERVERTEDNESS

JESUS CHANGES PERVERTS

AND PERVERTED MINDS

SEXUAL IMMORALITY

SEX ADDICTION

PROSTITUTION

HOMOSEXUALITY

CORRUPTION

THEFT

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

INCEST

RAPE

ABUSE

HAVE HOPE

FAMILY ISSUES

BAD UPBRINGING

BAD MOM

BAD DAD

NO MOM

NO DAD

JESUS IS DAD

JESUS IS MOM

JESUS OVERCOMES

JEALOUSY

ENVY

COVETOUSNESS

LIES

BITTERNESS

HATE

MURDER

PRIDE

LONELINESS

NIGHTMARES

NO FRIENDS

PROBLEMS AT SCHOOL

PROBLEMS WITH TEACHERS

LACK OF SUBMISSION

PROBLEMS AT WORK

JOBLESSNESS

HOMELESSNESS

HUNGER

THIRST

POVERTY

BLINDNESS

DEAFNESS

MANIPULATION

COLD HEART

STONY HEART

NO LOVE

NO HOPE

DARKNESS

ANCESTRAL SIN

CURSES

GENERATIONAL SINS

DEMONS

FALLEN ANGELS

DEMONIC ATTACK

DEMONIC MANIPULATION

BEING CAPTURED BY DEVIL TO DO HIS WILL

IN THE HANDS OF SATAN

MIND CONTROLLED BY SATAN

POWERS

IN HEAVEN

ON EARTH

GREATER

THAN LAZINESS

WEAKNESS

LACK OF DISCIPLINE

LACK OF SELF CONTROL

LACK OF MATURITY

LACK OF CONSISTENCY

LACK OF VICTORY

DEFEAT

NOT FINISHING WHAT YOU START

IRRESPONSIBILITY

NO MEEKNESS

NO HUNGER THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

NO LOVE FOR PEOPLE

MENTAL ILLNESS

MENTAL IMBALANCES

ANXIETY

SCHIZOPHRENIA

BIPOLAR

INSOMNIA

DEPRESSION

DEMON POSSESSION

DEMON OPPRESSION

ADDICTION

COMPUTER

DRUGS

ALCOHOL

MARIJUANA

COCAINE

ECSTACY

HEROIN

METHAMPHETAMINE

SUICIDE

SICKNESS

MEDICATION

CANCER

PILLS

MEDICINE

PSYCHOLOGISTS

PSYCHIATRISTS

THERAPY

COUNSELORS

FEAR

SELFISHNESS

ANYTHING

ANY PROBLEM

WHAT PROBLEM YOU HAVE

JESUS IS BIGGER

OVEREATING

IDOLATRY TO FOOD

SLAVERY TO FOOD

ANOREXIA

BULIMIA

VANITY

MATERIALISM

COMPROMISE

RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD

BREAKING PROMISES

FAITHLESSNESS

FAILURE

COWARDNESS

WORLDLINESS

CARNALITY

QUENCHING THE SPIRIT

HATING BROTHERS AND SISTERS

JUDGING OTHERS

INSECURITY

JUDGING ACCORDING TO APPEARANCE

NOT COMING TO CHURCH

CHOOSING SELF OVER OTHERS

CHOOSING OTHER THINGS MORE THAN JESUS

LOVING THE WORLD

DESIRE OF EYES

DESIRE OF FLESH

PRIDE OF LIFE

SIN

DEATH

HELL

WAR

ISLAM

ISIS

TERRORISM

VIOLENCE

VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD

VIOLENCE IN YOUR MIND

EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS

ALL EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS

ALL SOCIAL PROBLEMS

UNBELIEF

PRAYERLESSNESS

IGNORING THE BIBLE

UNREPENTANCE

HARD HEART

IDOLATRY

HYPOCRISY

DOUBLE HEART

DOUBLE MIND

HIDING

COVERING UP

WEARING MASK

AFRAID TO BE OPEN

LIVING A LIE

SECRET SIN

THAT NOBODY KNOWS

SECRET FAILURE

LYING

FEAR

PAIN

HURT

BROKENNESS

NOT ABLE TO LOVE

NOT ABLE TO GIVE

NOT ABLE TO HELP

NOT ABLE TO SERVE

NOT ABLE TO CRY

NOT ABLE TO HEAR GODS VOICE

GUILT!

SHAME!

UNCLEAN HEART

NO PEACE IN CONSCIENCE

UNCLEAN CONSCIENCE

SEARED CONSCIENCE

NO FREEDOM

TURNING BACK ON JESUS

NOT FOLLOWING JESUS

NOT TAKING CROSS

NOT LOVING JESUS

NOT LOVING HIS CHURCH

NOT LOVING THE LOST

LIVING FOR SELF

SPIRITUAL DECEPTION

JESUS IS MORE POWERFUL

HE IS BIGGER

HE IS GREATER THAN YOUR HEART

HE KNOWS ALL THINGS

THAT WHAT 1 JOHN SAY

WE PROCLAIM JESUS

HE IS THE ANSWER

HE IS LOVE

HE SHOWS HIS LOVE FOR US ON THE CROSS

JESUS IS GREATER THAN UNFORGIVENESS

GREATER THAN MISTAKES

GREATER THAN ACCUSING THOUGHTS

CONDEMNATION

GREATER THAN WASTED LIFE

GREATER THAN FALSE RELIGION

POLITICS

TRUMP

YOU NAME IT

FOOLISHNESS

COMPUTER ADDICTION

PHONE ADDICTION

LACK OF OBEDIENCE

FAILURE

UNSURE OF FUTURE

BAD WITNESS

NOT GOING TO CHURCH

NOT LOVING

GETTING FIRED

DISRESPECTING MOM AND DAD

MISTAKES

NOT HAVING MANNERS

NOT SUBMITTING TO AUTHORITY

DESPISING OTHERS

JUDGING

BAD ATTITUDE

NOT REJOICING

NOT TRUSTING

NOT BELIEVING

CANCER

STROKE

DISEASES

COMPLETELY BROKEN WASTED LIFE

TRYING TO BRING GLORY TO SELF

TRYNG TO BRING ATTENTION TO SELF

ATTENTION AT THE CHURCH

CENTRE OF ATTENTION

SPIRITUAL IDOLATRY

CURIOSITY

IDOL OF INFORMATION

RICHES

WEALTH

MONEY

YOUTHUL LUSTS

ETC

NOT SUBMITTING TO JESUS

NOT SURRENDERING

WASTED DEGREES

LACK OF CONFIDENCE

LACK OF BOLDNESS

LACK OF AUTHORITY

LACK OF IDENTITY

IDENTITY CRISIS

FAMILY BREAKUP

DIVORCE

MULTIPLE DIVORVE

SEPARATION

ADULTERY

REMARRIAGE

BAD CHOICES

WRONG MARRIAGE PARTNERS

NO MARRIAGE PARTNERS

STUNTED GROWTH

BACKSLIDING

SHIPWRECK OF FAITH

BROKEN HEART

LACK OF REVERENCE AND FEAR OF GOD

LACK OF RESPECT

LACK OF WISDOM

LACK OF BIBLE READING

NO BIBLE MEMORY

LACK OF PASSION

LACK OF ZEAL

LACK OF EVANGELISM

PREACHING

WITNESSING

BROKEN PROMISES

NOT SHARING TRUTHS GOD HAS REVEALED

NOT DOING HIS WILL

ABORTION

FEELING UNWORTHY

FEELING UNFORGIVABLE

FEELINGS

NOT KNOWING GOD AS FATHER

NOT KNOWING JESUS IS GOD

NOT SEEING THE CROSS OF JESUS

HIS GREAT LOVE

NOT BELIEVING

NOT HAVING FAITH

JESUS OVERCOMES

BRAIN DAMAGE

EVIL MUSIC

FALSE RELIGION

RELIGIOUS PRIDE

DEFEAT

NO COMPASSION

NO REALITY

EVERY KIND OF EVIL

ALL EVIL

ANYTHING

JESUS STAYS VICTORIOUS

GREATER THAN STUBBORNNESS

COMMUNISM

ATHEISM

ALCOHOLISM

UTTER RUIN

GREATER IS JESUS

THAN GANGSTERISM

GREATER THAN FEAR

GREATER THAN INADEQUACY

POWERLESSNESS

JESUS IS GREATER THAN LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

LACK OF CHARISMA

GREATER THAN

AKWARDNESS

HE IS GREATER

HE TAKES NO PLEASURE IN EVIL

BUT REJOICES IN THE TRUTH

JESUS

BEARS ALL THINGS

BELIEVES ALL THINGS

HOPES ALL THINGS

ENDURES ALL THINGS

JESUS NEVER FAILS

WHERE THERE ARE PROPHECIES

THEY WILL END

SAME WITH LANGUAGES

SAME WITH KNOWLEDGE

BUT JESUS WILL NEVER END

Sing a new song with gongs!

Recently in a country in Asia, Wycliffe Bible Translators held EthnoArts and Storying workshops, designed to equip people to tell accurate Bible stories in their own language and culturally authentic storytelling style. The idea is to encourage local Christians to share the content and message of the stories with songs, music and other art forms that are rooted in their own culture.

One worker involved with the workshops reported: ‘In one location all of the language groups involved have historically used gongs for their indigenous music. In a previous training, several groups lamented that the Christians among them had given up using gongs when they became believers, and now they no longer owned any gongs. They recognized the value and power of using these traditional instruments and musical style to worship God. At the most recent workshop two groups reported that they had acquired some gongs and were composing new worship music to glorify God. One man told of playing the new songs on the gongs and four families (about 15 people) responding by deciding to follow Jesus! A man from another group told of making a recording of their new songs on the gongs and introducing this to a neighboring community. They were having trouble with people stealing the discs from each other because the music was so popular! Part of a new song: Lord, show mercy to my villagers because so many have not come to know Jesus. The coming day of Jesus Christ is so soon; He promised to come back.’

Pray for further workshops over the next year – for good attendance, participation and new, culturally authentic music that glorifies God.

https://www.wycliffe.org.uk/blog/2017/01/sing-a-new-song-with-gongs/