Jan. 14-16, 2015. Specifics of the conference will be recalled only in general terms due to the sensitive nature of the event. Getting the gospel into Buddhist people groups (the general subject) is often approached through a very academic lens with a primary emphasis on getting to know the Buddhist culture which is antithetical to a Pauline model of evangelism. We had to remind ourselves what Paul says, “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,” (Philippians 1:18).
What stirred our hearts was that there were individuals who had the same biblical mind-set as us in many disciplines of missions. This became evident after our two workshops, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. One brother who has a training center in Chiang Mai took thirty manuals with him and wants the students to work through the course. He is very interested in translating GPHC into Mandarin since he has students from China. During the conference when short presentations were made by ministries in different countries, one of the presenters mentioned their emphasis on ‘tent-making missionary’ training which clearly follows a Pauline model. Another person working in Cambodia is interested in translating GPHC into the Khmer language. Though there are no unreached people groups in Cambodia, the idea of equipping the church there so it can effectively carry the gospel to unengaged and unreached in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand is truly inspiring. Other contacts during the conference had varying degrees of interest and promising comments. Only the Lord knows what He will do with our presence at this occasion. Please be praying for God to take His seed which we sought to sow and cause it to germinate, grow and bring much fruit and glory to our Father. Though we know our labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58), we desire to be as effective for the Lord as possible (1 Cor. 16:9). We are not getting any younger, so our years and the urgency of the Lord’s work demand this!
We left the conference mid-morning as it was finishing and headed to the YMCA where Tim and I will stay; Tim for three nights before flying to Vietnam for GPHC training and introductory meetings. I will stay here for two weeks; one week of follow-up training with the Karen Baptist College students and one week introducing the manual to Karen Leaders.
Continuing to proclaim Christ!
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