Dear HeartCry and Supporters,
I thank God for His providence and provisions to His servants in the past month. Our church is witnessing the goodness of God week after week, month after month. From last month, I have been preaching on Matthews 5-7 in church and homes. This has been proven so beneficial to members’ maturity and new believer’s knowledge of the to core of Christianity. A few elderly people from a nearby liberal church have been coming to hear the Word of God at our gatherings in church and homes. They are not the first ones! Sadly, that reveals how poorly liberal churches are feeding their members. Desperate souls are longing for the Word of God in their churches. But when the Word is not preached there they finally had to go out and seek for it themselves. Thank God they came to the right place. Please pray for our church that we would continue to stand firm on the Gospel and to preach it faithfully.
Updates on Chris, Rufus and the Special religion
The sovereignty of God is where we run to and take comfort in times of both physical persecution and spiritual corruption. This is particularly true for the pastors in the special region. Following the new religious rules issued on September 6, authorities have detained hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders at least at two locations in the region. Chris and Rufus had to leave and move in with us, having left their belongings in the area. A few days before the event, Chris and Rufus, together with the other pastors and believers, had made a trip to five villages in the area for new rice crop festival. Hundreds of animistic people among some believers attended the open-air preaching in those villages. It was the last proclamation of the Gospel in the area. In Rufus’ village alone, some three hundred people were present to hear the Gospel message in the evening. On the next day, twelve teenagers from Rufus’ students in the village publicly confessed with their mouth the Lord Jesus as their savior. They were the very first fruits of Rufus’ ministry. But they didn’t get baptized due to the alarming situation, which continues until now. There was a great joy among the pastors and believers, and no doubt among the angels, at the occasion, unfortunately for a short time. Now we must pray for them to persevere amidst hard times.
Finally, please pray for those affected by the situation in that Special Region. They and their families are in great distress physically and mentally. Supports from our churches and other resources are being received and sent out to help their families and they are thankful to those who contributed. Especially, pray for Chris and Rufus and their families. Whether they will return there or not, we still need to wait and see. But we can be assured of that they have done a great job there. They had sowed the true seed of the infallible Gospel. It will inevitably sprout and bear fruits in the lives of those who received it. History tells us that persecution never stop church growth. Of course, the Bible says, “In the world you will have tribulation”, but we have peace because “Jesus has overcome the world” (John 16:33). We just need to serve in our roles being confident that “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and on earth, in the sea and deeps” (Ps. 135:6). At the end of the day we will be able to say with Job, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purposes of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). May God keep His faithful ones and bless those who help them in times of needs. Thank you for your partnership and fellowship. God bless HeartCry and all its partners.
In His service,