God is Revealed
There is an ancient attraction in Beijing, China, called the ‘Heavenly Altar’ where tourists flock to witness an ancient practice – Chinese emperors offering prayers and sacrifices to the ‘Supreme God’ for blessings and peace to govern the nation. This ‘Supreme God’ however remains unknown.
The Apostle Paul who met the risen Christ on the Damascus road (Ac. 9. 3-5), would later proclaim the good news to another group of people in Athens (Ac. 17. 16), that Jesus has revealed to them the God they worshipped at an altar with the inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.
Christmas reminds us that God has spoken fully and finally in Christ. (Heb. 1. 1) In Jesus, God has been revealed to us. “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” (Jn. 1.18) Jesus Himself declared: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (Jn. 14.9)
John, the Apostle, testifies, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1. 14) To a spiritually lost world still in search for answers to life’s many problems, let the redeemed of the Lord say so! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (Jn. 3.16)
This day, this Christmas, everyday, let the good news ring out all across our troubled and lost world!
REAP In Many Many Lands (RMML) – A Decade of Moving Ahead
We give thanks to Almighty God for a decade of moving ahead in the work of REAP in Many Many Lands. Having begun with the first 16 evangelists in rural China, the work of RMML has spread to 13 countries of Asia. The collective labour of over 500 REAP evangelists as of September 2017 yielded:
Over 3 million gospel tracts distributed, Over 115,000 conversions to Christ, Over 33,000 baptisms, and Over 850 new rural churches planted.
We give God the glory and we thank each and every supporter and prayer partner for the encouraging outcome of partnership in the gospel. (Phil. 1: 3 -5)
Thus far 32,000 bibles have been given to new believers compared to 115,000 new converts. We ask you to prayerfully consider contributing bibles to new converts for ongoing Christian discipleship. (See article on: ’Christmas Gift Bibles for New Believers’).
Each REAP evangelist’s support is only Rm200 per month or Rm2400 per year. A sustained support for 3 years per evangelist will typically see over 30 ~ 50 conversions and a new rural church planted besides several hundreds receiving the good news of Christ. Keen to invest in the saving of souls and church planting in the rurals of Asia? See attached REAP response form. Do join in the harvest!
REAP Orang Asli (OA) Missions Training
On 21 September, 2017 a total of 7 REAP OA evangelists were trained by the training team comprising: Ooi Chin Aik, Albert Tang and Matthew Ngoh.
Training topics include:
• Advancing with Prayer and Word – Ooi Chin Aik
• Apologetics – Albert Tang
• Evangelising Children – Matthew Ngoh
In addition, the REAP OA evangelists were equipped with Christian literature in Bahasa Malaysia for their ministry:
• Apologetic books entitled : “Pembelaan “ (‘In Defence of’ ) by Father Paul Tan, and
• 700 pieces of “Empat Hukum Rohani” (‘4 Spiritual Laws’) as gospel tracts for distribution.
Below are some feedback on the training:
“I am called by God to serve in the OA villages. I face all kind of challenges. But I will never give up for this is the purpose and call of God. Your help has lightened some of my load. Thank you!”
“Thank you for the support and praying for me as I serve in the OA villages.”
Christmas Bible Gifts for New Believers
With over 115,000 conversions to Christ in rural Asia, MAP desires to see more new believers receive bibles in their own language as a gift to assist in their in Christian discipleship.
As of October 2017, an extra 3560 have been sent to new believers as follows:
China – 2700, Sarawak – 500, Sabah – 300 and Chinese New Villages – 60.
The distribution of bibles as of October 2017 is as follows:
|China over 61,000||24,500|
|Sarawak over 19,000||4,100|
|Sabah over 5,400||1,100|
|Myanmar over 15,200||1,000|
|Chinese New Village over 1,230||360|
|India/Bhutan over 2,000||300|
|Orang Asli over 330||500|
We plan to ship another 2500 bibles to rural China by December 2017 @ Rm15, 400 Bahasa bibles to Sabah @ Rm40, and 400 Bahasa and Iban bibles to Sarawak @ Rm28.
Keen to send Bibles as Christmas gifts to rural new believers? Send your gift to MAP Partners Berhad, 16-1, Jalan Ara SD7/3B, Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur or bank into our Public Bank account: 3108884208 under MAP Partners Berhad. Please scan to us your bank in slip by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. God bless.
Forthcoming Events for 2018
January – REAP Missions, Sabah and Sarawak
March – Launch REAP Laos
April – Easter Evangelism Seminar Sabbatical Research and Ministries in Australia
May – REAP Philippines
June – REAP Chinese Modular Training (RCMT6), MAP Premises
July – REAP Missions, Sabah and Sarawak
August – REAP China Missions
October – Equipping School of Ministry, Perth Chinese Christian Church, Perth, Australia
November – MAP Australia Ministries
December – Evangelistic Preaching in Malaysia.