During the Communist era of Albania, a Muslim man found a small book on the ground and brought it home. He thought to himself “books should not be thrown away” so he kept it. It was the Gospel of John. The man’s young son, Iliri, picked it up and started reading it. He was captured by the words right from the first chapter. He kept on until he finished it. The whole time he was saying to himself, how can I love this story of Jesus while being a Muslim? At that time he started a three-day fast according to the Muslim tradition. During the fast he asked God to reveal the truth to him. During the night he had a dream where he saw Jesus on the cross. That was his answer, Jesus is the truth. He decided to go ahead and pray the salvation prayer at the back of the little book. Even while knowing there would be persecution, he decided to start telling people that he was a Christian. The more he was brave and lived the Christian life in public, the more God started blessing his life and prospering him. Today, Iliri has been serving the Lord for many years. The Lord blessed him with a precious family, and he is reaching his nation for Jesus.
Buo lives in a historical town along the coast of China. He was from Mongolia where he and his family lived on a farm raising animals. As a young man, Buo suffered from illness and sought treatment at various hospitals. The doctors were unable to diagnose him, causing years of unexplained suffering. His neighbor, an elderly man, prayed for him and he eventually received Jesus. He acquired an old Bible and would read in the hospital. His neighbor prayed for his healing as well, and he became completely healed. Buo was married shortly after and had a son. He and his family dedicated their lives to the service of God.
Buo received a vision to build a simple church. He and his wife felt led to release all their worldly goods, including their inheritance and finances, to the Lord. They depended solely on the goodness and provision from above, and within a year they were blessed with 100,000 Yuan (approximately $15,000 USD). Praise the Lord!
The time came to expand their house church and they desperately needed Bibles, so they came together to fast and pray. Buo drank nothing but water for 40 days. They waited patiently and felt peace in their hearts. After a time, the Lord provided them with several hundred Bibles to distribute among the believers! The church members felt encouraged and victorious in Jesus’ Name. Quickly this news spread and many came to witness God’s goodness to His people. As a result, people were saved and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Today, Buo and his family travel to preach the Good News and have already planted several other churches in that region. They continue to believe God to enlarge their territory. Buo is delighted to receive the needed Bibles for all his congregations through Harvest Now. Thank you very much.
We are so thankful for friends and partners who stand with us in spreading the Good News. We have been busy sowing and reaping a harvest of souls. We believe that in every moment of crisis, God is offering an opportunity for something miraculous. It is up to us to respond with courage and faith. While the people of the world suffer great loss from Covid-19, our missionaries have found ways to reach communities with food supplies and the gospel.
An overseas pastors messaged, “In a climate of panic and fear, we choose to turn our attention to the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, because He alone is our Help. With God, together we can fight this.” They are reaching out to the most vulnerable in society. Each time our teams arrive with supplies, the gratefulness of the people is unimaginable. For some it is their first groceries in a month. Thank you for giving towards 5,000 families in Asia.
Jesus said, “Look at the fields, they are white for harvest; pray that the Lord of the harvest may send laborers into His harvest.” Pray for us and all our pastors and missionaries with our ministry so that the doors to the nations will remain open and for boldness to preach this glorious gospel, plant churches, and carry on the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We are thankful for friends like you that pray, give and send us to bring in the harvest. We love you and are praying for you.
Together in the Harvest,