August 19 - 25, 2014
- A Baptist church in Georgia engaged the Maxi (pronounced mah-he) people of Benin, the small Maxi church starts eventually formed an association in the Benin Baptist Convention, and this spring, 500 Maxi Baptists gathered in a village for a week of evangelism--praise the Lord!
- As Baptist Global Response (BGR) health-care buckets are distributed in Swaziland, pray that each person who has AIDS or is terminally ill will see and feel the presence of Jesus and that lives will be changed before it is too late.
- Thank God that as teams have shared the Gospel the past couple of months with several hundred people in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, many people have placed their faith in Jesus and are being discipled.
- Pray for a believer in rural Thailand who, like Paul, is a “tentmaker;” he is working as a farmer to support his family while also sharing the Gospel with nonbelievers and leading a house church.
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BAPTIST CONVENTIONS OF THE CENTRAL SAHEL (WEST AFRICA) - Some years ago, a Baptist church in Georgia engaged the Maxi (pronounced mah-he) of Benin. Through their ministry, small Baptist church starts birthed by lay people sent into the Maxi area by the government to teach were discovered and linked. These joyfully formed the Maxi Baptist Association (of the Benin Baptist Convention), and they now share a joint vision for evangelizing all the Maxi. Volunteer teams from the Georgia church and summer student workers have ministered alongside the Benin churches to fulfill that vision. In May, the man who facilitates volunteers in Benin traveled the long, empty, dirt road to the village of Gbalin among the Maxi people to participate in a week of evangelism to which nearly all the Maxi Baptist churches walked, biked, motorcycled or trucked (crammed together in a dump-truck bed!). Five hundred Maxi Baptists arrived! The Maxi are reaching the Maxi! The leader of the Maxi Baptist Association, an extremely zealous evangelist, invited all the Maxi churches to participate so that the Gbalin inhabitants would realize the extensiveness of the Christian movement. Every afternoon the Christians marched through the town’s rough, dirt passageways, singing praises to Jesus, dancing, and stopping for three-minute evangelical sermons. The villagers, attracted by the uproar, colorful dancing and vibrant singing, gathered in large crowds to watch and listen. Ten people were attending the church start, but after the Christians came en mass to Gbalin, now 50 attend! Praise God!
SWAZI OF SWAZILAND (SWAH-zee) - One member of the North Carolina volunteer team that ministered in Swaziland in June expressed his joy in participating in the distribution of the Baptist Global Response (BGR) health-care buckets to the victims of AIDS or to those terminally ill. He felt it was a blessing to sit down with the people and talk as well as share the Gospel. When items were brought out of the bucket for the patient and caregiver to understand their purpose, the Swazis were touched by even the smallest items, such as nail clippers and ChapStick®. To think that people in another country cared so much that they sent these buckets brought tears to many eyes! Pray with each bucket distributed, asking that a life will see and feel the presence of Jesus. Pray that lives will be changed before it is too late.
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM (HOE-chee-men) - The Red*, Card* and Purple* teams have shared the Gospel with several hundred people in the past couple of months. Thank God for the many who have believed and have placed their faith in Jesus, following in obedient baptism as a near, immediate testimony of their new life in Christ! Continued discipleship is going on now as these new believers in three separate groups are moving to be the body of Christ, a new church, in each of their areas. Please continue praying for the consistent faithfulness of these new believers as they grow and share their faith with their family, friends and neighbors. Pray for strong growth as these new churches emerge, and ask that they also will quickly reproduce, resulting in more new churches, so that God will be glorified and His kingdom will expand in this place. (*names changed)
ISAAN OF THAILAND (EE-sahn) - From Acts 18:3, we know that Paul supported himself as a tentmaker while he did evangelism, taught and preached. In 1 Corinthians 9, we read that he did that so he could offer the Gospel free of charge and not hinder the spread of the Gospel. Please pray for Tom*, who is trying to do the same thing in rural Isaan: “work with his hands” as a farmer to support his family, share the Gospel with nonbelievers, and lead a house church. Please ask God to supply his family’s needs, and pray that Tom will be effective in God’s service. (*name changed)
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