Another new and exciting ministry opportunity has opened for two of our leaders!! They both work in the health care field and were praying for another way to reach people spiritually. It is not always easy to find a bridge from health issues to gospel conversations. After asking God to show them a way, they realized that the common denominator in their work was mental, emotional and spiritual health.
They found a Christian group called New Hope, a health initiative providing unique and timely opportunities for believers to train local school age children, families, government workers, and churches on the damaging effects of air pollution, pandemics and other health issues. They began teaching Chinese Christians which then led them to starting the first small group in this ministry, a place where participants can share their stories of hurt in a safe environment and hear about people in the Bible who faced similar trauma and walked through it with God. “We needed this so badly,” one participant said.
This first group asked to start another group and in just four months locals have been trained and multiple groups have started. Praise God for what these leaders have done through this trauma healing ministry. Pray for more healing, spiritual conversations, and new followers of Christ. Ask God to provide the churches who are ministering in these areas with follow-up opportunities to share the good news. Pray that the practical health lessons will be a means of God’s protection over these people who many are living in economically depressed areas. Ask for God’s favor with local authorities so that even more work can be done for the sake of His kingdom.
The pandemic has brought about much change and has provided opportunity to rethink how work is done. There is a huge need for healing wounded hearts from past and present trauma. Pray that local believers will facilitate many more groups to provide discipleship and healing. Pray workers and local healthcare personnel will continue to be able to distribute packets of food, hygiene items, and COVID prevention information even though the pandemic has made it more challenging with limited supplies, money and government restrictions.
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
We are always so grateful for your prayers and support and joining us in growing God’s Kingdom in China!