« May 2018   |   Main

June 22, 2018

A Free Prayer

By Tom, Asia Regional Director

During my recent visit to South Asia I heard a lot of stories about what God is doing through our team there. One thing that stood out to me is the number of different people from a variety of ethnic groups that the team has worked with over the years. Many of these were young men who came through the hostels that the team has managed or supported. These men came to faith as students and now that they have graduated, have moved to various places around the country. Many of them are still in touch with our team and it’s exciting to think about how God will continue to use them in the future.

Another current development is in Bindu’s* ministry. After she moved to the northern part of the country with her husband a few years ago, she began visiting new believers in several villages. She has a friendly personality and is skilled at telling Bible stories in an engaging way. The villagers welcome her warmly and her reputation is growing. Hiralal,* her husband, complains (half-seriously) that when she visits the villages she never gets home before dark. He is worried about her safety, but she phones to say “I haven’t left yet…they are asking me to stay a little longer.” The women in the villages are especially receptive to her but even some of the men come to observe and listen as she shares.

In one village recently she was visiting with the believers when a man she had never met came to listen. When this man, Indro,* heard that she was sharing about Jesus and praying for sick people, he invited her to his home. In their traditional religious practice, the Hindu priests come and pray at someone’s home only after they negotiate for payment. Bindu, of course, went with Indro and offered a “free” prayer for his sick wife. She was healed and as a direct result of that, Indro believed and was baptized. Now he is sharing his testimony with his family and friends and the team is hopeful that many more people in his circle will come to faith.

“She is simply spending time with them, telling God’s stories in a way that can connect with their lives, and praying for them as Jesus taught.”Bindu is doing something basic – but it is important. By visiting, she is showing people that she cares, while constantly pointing to Jesus as the source of her love and happiness. The people she visits are poor, from a low social caste, and do not have much hope for advancement spiritually or economically. But Bindu is not offering financial assistance; she’s not coming from a position of power. She is simply spending time with them, telling God’s stories in a way that can connect with their lives, and praying for them as Jesus taught.

Recently Hiralal and Bindu’s youngest son completed the last year of high school studies that he can take in the town where the family moved to be close to the emerging village fellowships. He will now move to a larger city to continue studying – leaving Hiralal and Bindu with an empty nest. (He was amused by that English idiom.) While they will certainly miss their sons (the oldest one is already studying away from home) they are also excited about the opportunities that this will create. Bindu will have more freedom to visit villages and she is also hoping to travel with Hiralal to visit the believers in other parts of the country as well. Please pray for God’s continued blessing and protection on this family as they disciple and mentor many people.


The South Asia team is working cross-culturally in their own country – discipling leaders and facilitating church planting within Hindu communities. Hiralal and Bindu are based in the northwestern part of the country where they can encourage an emerging movement of Hindu-background believers. Hiralal also travels extensively, visiting fellowships of believers in other cities.

Pray:

  • For the young churches in this area to mature and effectively reach their neighbors for Christ
  • For continued open doors to share the faith in new villages and for protection and health as the team travels on dangerous roads and waterways
  • For God’s spiritual and physical protection from the enemy and from radical groups in the country that sometimes attack the Hindu and Christian minorities

*Names changed for security



June 14, 2018

Restoration for Pattaya

By Lydia Gingerich

Angie, Jake, and Karly live in Pattaya, Thailand, and are engaging in the effort to care for orphans and victims of human trafficking. Find out more about their story here.


When Angie, Jake, and Karly moved to Pattaya, Thailand, last year, they were struck by the vast number of abandoned and abused children as a result of pervasive sex tourism in the city. Through prayer, conversations with the leadership at their home congregation, and meeting with other ministries in Pattaya, this team has decided to pursue opening a home for vulnerable children.

The home will be an extension of 58:12 Rescue, a ministry established by Grace Mennonite Church in Holmes County, Ohio, to care for women who have been physically or sexually abused. Seeing the need to bring God’s healing to their community, Grace established a home to offer rescue, shelter, and restoration for these women and their children.

Before Angie moved to Thailand, she worked at the center as a “house mom,” supporting and caring for the women who sought refuge there. As she’s observed the same patterns of abuse and hurt in Pattaya, she wants to bring God’s healing here as well.

“There’s so much need all over the city. We feel called to work with the vulnerable children here in Pattaya,” Angie said during a Skype call to their home church.

Known as a prominent location for sex tourism, the city of Pattaya is filled with adults and children who are trapped in the industry. While there are numerous organizations working to bring people out of this darkness, the Grace team feels called to work specifically with children who have been abused, abandoned, or trafficked.

The plan is to establish a group of homes that provide family-style settings for these children to live in for as long as is necessary. Along with these homes, the team plans to be involved in community outreach – with the hope of discipleship and church planting resulting from those interactions. While many of the details of this ministry are yet to be figured out, the group is going forward in prayer and faith.

“We just want to make sure to go at a pace where we're following God and not going before God, because all of this is from God to start with. He’s given us the vision.”“We just want to make sure to go at a pace where we're following God and not going before God, because all of this is from God to start with. He’s given us the vision,” Jacob said.

Following God will require a lot of prayer and discernment with those around them. Karly shared that they are visiting churches in their area and seeking advice and partnership from Thai believers. They are currently looking for a local lawyer, a social worker, board members, and staff to partner with them.

They are also praying for more workers to join them in Thailand. There is one person from Grace who is currently working towards joining their team and they hope to see others who have a heart to walk alongside them in this venture.

These are the first steps in a long journey for this team – a journey that will hopefully lead to the life-changing restoration of God for many people in Pattaya.


Please pray for Angie, Jacob, and Karly as they follow God in each step of this journey. Pray that God would send the right people to work with them and that through this work his Kingdom would grow.