Just received an update from a brother who is taking the teaching of the Vietnamese GPHC northward. Already, in just one year, many churches have been started and are growing and multiplying as a result of the Spirit breathing life in His Word, His Plan, God's Plan. What makes this expansion, mission and ministry so precious and encouraging is that it is truly an indigenous and self-sustaining movement of God. We often say you can have as many churches and church planters as you have money, but a movement like this without Western money and without Western leadership, well, this is what only God can do. After over 20 years of working in Asia, it is so encouraging to realize that it can be done indigenously and autonomously when we rely and trust the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. To God be the glory! (Who else could this glory go to, since this is something only God can do!)
Incidentally, this Sunday, Randy and I will travel via bus from Cambodia, where we have launched the new Khmer GPHC, to Vietnam to be with this brother in the South to celebrate another 20+ leaders finishing GPHC and then traveling north to join our Lord at work in celebrating with more leaders who have finished GPHC. Let me just add, in every case thus far, they have not waited to complete the GPHC to start churches. They have already started churches. I have several live recorded testimonies which I will pass on later. Let me just add one additional thought to this time of celebration; it is so special when they plan, expand and finance their own mission! Obviously I am biased when it comes to being self-sustaining as Paul was for the Thessalonians (1 Thess. 4:12), but I can see in their faces the value of supporting themselves. Maybe this is my imagination, but it seems like the Holy Spirit moves and empowers in a fresh and free way in Him. There is always freedom in the use of money as long as we use the temporal for the eternal.
Thanks again! Tim
(Email from VN)
Thank Pastor Tim, Sherman, Matthew had prayed for the exploration of new course opening today of 15 students (6 Pastor and 9 leaders MENNONITE CHURCH) join this course on the one day each month.
This is of 22nd course in GPHC_VN. I just left and return my home.