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Issue 57, Sept – Dec 2018 – Ministries for Asia Pacific

Issue 57, Sept – Dec 2018

Gospel Movements for Christ

The Spirit of God was given to the Early Church in Jerusalem at Pentecost (Ac. 2) to empower the church for witness in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Ac. 1: 8). This involved taking the gospel across both geographical and ethnic boundaries. The Church in the 21st Century is tasked to do the same. (Mt. 28: 18 – 20; Mk. 16: 15)

The gospel we preach is the gospel of Christ and of His kingdom. It is the gospel of repentance – a turning away from sin and the world and a turning towards God. (Mk. 1: 14 – 15).  It is the power of God unto salvation. (Rom. 1: 16) We are under obligation to preach this gospel to the whole of creation – defending and confirming the uniqueness and finality of Christ for salvation. There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Ac. 4: 12) Any other gospel is no gospel!

This coming Advent season and every moment of the day we affirm our calling to marshall all of our resources – prayer, personnel, provisions of finance, materials and partnerships to speed on the soonest evangelization of all peoples in the wake of Christ’s soon return.

Gospel movements for Christ begin with the individual who is stirred to focus on this one thing – the gospel for the whole world. Joining hands together in focused collaborative efforts will spur a movement for the good news of Christ. The whole gospel for the whole world by the whole Church.

As we approach this Christmas season, let us pray, partner, and participate towards that end for the glory of Christ crucified, risen, ascended and coming again to consummate His salvation and kingdom. Lord help all of us!

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Sarawak REAP On the Move:  Sibu and Lapok, 19-24, July 2018

With the further training and sending of an additional 33 REAP Sarawak evangelists on 19-24 July 2018 in Sibu and Lapok near Miri, Sarawak has a total of 111 REAP evangelists taking the gospel to the unreached tribals in the interior. Praise God that with the prayers and support from churches and individuals in Malaysia, Australia and beyond, we have seen:

Over 132,000 evangelized, 

Over 27,000 conversions to Christ,

Over 13,000 baptized,

288 new rural/longhouse churches planted, and

4,200 Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Iban bibles given to the new believers.

To God be the glory! Together, we can achieve more in gospel advance. 

35 copies of ‘Pembelaan’ (‘In Defence of) by Paul Tan and 35 copies of ‘The Master Plan of Evangelism’ (in Bahasa) by Robert Coleman were given, together with 40 copies of ‘Turning Faces Towards Heaven’ by Ooi Chin Aik. 

Field Evangelists’ and Coordinator’s Feedback include: 

 

Pastor Tram Epoi, Coordinator for Kuching and Sibu. 

“Many evangelists have to travel long distances to evangelise. Each trip they have to spend about Rm50.00. Because of lack of funds, they have to curtail the number of trips. With MAP coming on board they can now make more trips and extend the geographical areas in their evangelism.” 

 

Evangelist Bulan Laiwat.

“In my place, there is a longhouse comprising 120 families but only 30% of the families are Christians. I am determined to reach out to the rest of the communities with the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Evangelist Balan.

“Thank you for the training. It is so helpful to us. This kind of training is what we are looking for. It will help us in our ministry. If possible we would like to have this kind of training in our area again with about 2 days session.”

 

Training the new batch of 19 REAP evangelists in Sibu, Kuching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship and Praise with the 14 REAP evangelists in Lapok, near Miri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MAP training team with the REAP Sarawak evangelists in Lapok, near Miri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REAP in Many Many Lands (RMML) Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year concludes 18 years of MAP ministry and 12 years of ‘Rural Evangelists Adoption Programme’ (REAP) in Many Many Lands (2006-2018). We give thanks to God and to every faithful partner for all that has been achieved in RMML in the 13 countries of rural Asia:

 

Total Number of Evangelists ~ 500
Total Number of Conversions~140,000
Total Number of Baptisms~ 40,000
Total Number of Evangelized ~ 4.5 million
Total Number of Bibles Sent35,000
Total Number of New Rural Churches Planted 1010
Rural China- 516 new churches
Rural Sarawak- 288 new churches
Rural Sabah- 74 new churches

To God be the glory! And thank you for prayers and partnership.

Journey with us to reach the teeming millions in the rurals of Asia and disciple them for Christ. For the next 12 years from 2019-2030, under God, and with your practical support, we aim for:

Over 2000 REAP evangelists sent
Over 25 million to be evangelized
Over 1 million conversions to Christ
Over 5,000 new rural churches planted, and
Over 250,000 bibles sent to new believers

Let us: “Attempt Great Things for God; Expect Great Things from God: (William Carey).

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Mission Month, St. George’s Church Penang: August 2018

With the kind invitation from Bishop Charles Samuel of the St. George’s Church Penang – the oldest Anglican church in Malaysia celebrating her 200 years of Christian witness this year, MAP Founder and President, Pastor Ooi Chin Aik, had the privilege of speaking at the church’s Missions Month on: “Missions For Such a Time as This”, on 5 August, 2018.

Praise God for the warm reception of both speaker and message by church leaders of St. George’s Church Penang and members of the congregation in the 1st service at 8.30 am (Traditional) and at 10.30 am (Contemporary). The Lord add his blessings to the challenge given and may fellowship in the gospel increase between MAP and St. George’s Anglican Church to the glory and praise of His Name.

Missions Month speaker at St. George’s Church Penang, Pastor Ooi Chin Aik, with Bishop Charles Samuel and his worship team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Our greatest mission in life as a Christian, is our obedience to Christ” was the challenge thrown to all present at the church’s Mission Month, 5 August, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. George’s Church Penang, a historic Anglican church, celebrates 200 years of Anglican presence in Malaysia (1819-2018) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Church Camp, Lighthouse Charismatic Church, Sungei Petani, Kedah, 15-17 June, 2018

Lighthouse Charismatic Church in Sungei Petani, Kedah, a missions-involved church with a strong partnership with MAP in gospel advance, had for the 2018 church camp themed: “I Love my Church” (Eph. 5: 25) invited MAP President, Pastor Ooi Chin Aik as the speaker and his wife, Lydia Ooi as the Chinese interpreter for the combined English and Chinese congregations.

We praise God for the missions committed leadership of the church to the Word of God and the involvement of every member in ministry. The day trip to many tourist sites in Ipoh and food tasting certainly helped build closer relationships for one and all. Elder Goh Hock Hin gave his feedback on the church camp:

“The core message was appropriately delivered by Pastor Ooi Chin Aik. As I reflected back after the camp, I knew God chose me and the church to live for Him everyday. Throughout the three sessions, God was teaching the whole church that we need to represent Him well in our local community. At the same time to let the community see and know that we as a church have the attributes of God in us. Finally we would totally allow our lives to be “a vessel that overflows with God’s Agape Love.” (Eph. 5: 25) 

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Lighthouse Charismatic Church Camp, Sungei Petani, Kedah on 15-17 June, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Outing to a historic Tin-Mining Resort in Ipoh, Perak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bible Gifts for New Believers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Given the new context of persecution in China, apart from pastoral visits and relief to the families, we want to urgently speed up the work of gifting all new believers with the Word of God. 3000 bibles have been shipped to rural China for 2018 thus far. We plan to ship another 2000 Chinese bibles by January 2019. Prayerfully consider fellowship in this matter. Thank you.

Conversions Bibles Given
China over 65,00027,500
Sarawakover 27,000 4,200
Sabah over 8,0001,100
Myanmar over 21,0001,000
India/Bhutanover 2,300300
Chinese New Villageover 1,350400
Orang Asli over 600500
Total 35,000

We have over 140,000 conversions in 13 countries with only 35,000 bibles given to new believers. Keen to fellowship in sending bibles to new believers?

Chinese bibles cost Rm15 each, and Bahasa Malaysia Bibles cost Rm28 each.

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. Designate “Bible gifts” Please scan to us your bank in slip by email: mappartnersmal@gmail.com. Thank you. God bless.

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Forthcoming Events in 2019

JanuaryREAP Missions, Sabah
MarchCombined Churches Missions Conference, Nassau, The Bahamas
March – MayPh. D Research Writing Sabbatical, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut and preaching ministries in the United States of America
May - REAP Philippines
JuneREAP Chinese Modular Training (RCMT 7), MAP Premises and MBTS, Penang.
JulyMinistry in Melbourne and Perth, Australia
August REAP Missions, Sarawak
OctoberLaunch REAP Laos
November Ministry in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
December Evangelistic Preaching in Malaysia

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