When I was a pastor in the States, I often encouraged our members to go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples. God gave me the chance 33 years ago to go to Taiwan to be a missionary. Every day I learned the native language and culture. Every week I had a chance to share the good news with East Asian people. Every year I got to see how God loved the East Asian people and wanted them to believe in Jesus and receive eternal life.
Thirteen years ago, God called me to Hong Kong. There I was able to go into East Asia and start meeting even more people. Through contacts made by American Christians who served as English teachers, we had a chance to meet together with East Asian people to study the Bible. Some were already Christians, but many were not. For some of them, it was the first time they had ever seen a Bible. Adults and children had the chance to get to know Jesus.
East Asian children are like all children. They like to run around. They like to play with friends. The children in this picture are blessed because their parents bring them to church. But most of their friends don’t know Jesus yet. We are making some Sunday school books in in their native language so they can hear and see Bible stories in a language they can understand. We are training pastors and teachers who can teach them and their parents to know the Bible better. With your encouragement, prayers, and support we are able to share Jesus with them.
Do you see their fingers? Everyone in East Asia likes to pose for pictures like this. I don’t think they know what the “V” means. Maybe it’s “Peace.” I like to think of it as “V”ictory in Jesus. Whatever it means, our mission is to help children and adults in East Asia know that Jesus has won peace with God for us. He’s the Savior of all the people in the world – wherever they live – whatever language they speak!
God be with you in the New Year!
By: A missionary in East Asia
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