Long Road to Recovery

VOA video describing conditions in Chin State after widespread landslides.

Here is a video produced by Voice of America. It describes the physical conditions in Chin State. In November, I’ll be there with Thomas, Director  of National Partnership Missions.

The Partnership is not funded by any particular church and rely heavily on the contributions of individuals like you.

I’m raising $9,000 for their orphanage and newly created Institute where local leaders are being trained how to minister to a hurting people.

If at all possible, please help. Every $10.00 counts!

 

Helping the Hurting in Myanmar

I’ve never done this before!

I’ve created my first GO FUND ME campagin.

Many are aware of my involvement in with overseas mission work since 1991. Predominately I have assisted communities in the Pacific Rim Area; however, a special need has touched my heart in Myanmar (formally Burma).

4 years ago I was contacted by Thomas who asked me to come teach and preach in his home area. I knew very little of Myanmar back then. However, since Thomas contacted me, I have learned much.

Thomas lives in Chin State. It is located in the northern west border of Bangeldash. According to British Broadcasting Company, “The Chin people, … are one of the most persecuted minority groups in Burma.”

Wikipedia explains the on-going ethnic and religious persecution if you want to read more.

Yet I have never hear Thomas complain about persecution.

It is the opposite.

He started “Hope Children Education Center ” to rescue thousands of children from the life of poverty and hopelessness.

He created “Dynamic Literature Ministry” so that Christ’s virtures could be read. Thomas explains: “Our country does not have many biblical resources as is found in the English language countries.” So they translate, publish, and distribute reading materials at no cost to thier fellow citizens.

Since the few short years I have known Thomas, he has reported natural disasters that are just a fleeting mention in our news wires. These disasters add hardship to the difficult life already endured.

In a little more than 90 days, I will be with Thomas in the Chin State. I am raising $9,000 for the organization that overseas these ministries, “National Partnership Missions.

My trip is already paid for and your contributions are not for me. All you give will help a persecuted, poverty-stricken people with basic life needs:

*  Education;
*  School supplies;
*  Reading material.

Will you not help me raise “90 hundreds in 90 days”?

National Partnership Missions has founded “Freedom Bible Institute .” These are special people being trained how to minister to their people’s unique circumstances.

November 5-11, 2016, I will be meeting these wonderful beings. Thomas will be taking me throughout that week to different groups associated with National Partnership Missions.

He has asked me to teach and preach about missions. He wants to encourage the students and workers to promote the message of Christ’s love.

Click here and help the hurting in Myanmar.

It would be an honor and privilege to stand before these hurting people and tell them how much YOU care for them by your prayers and financial contributions.

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Fundamentalist Evangelism versus Godly Empowerment

Fundamentalist interpret Acts 20:20 to exploit their followers with captialist marketing campaigns.

PRAE stands for Pacific Rim Area Empowerment. In 1996, I had a vision to reach isolated persons with a message of empowerment. The following year saw that vision embodied. I was able to teach throughout the South Pacific and raise funds for humanitarian projects. My struggle, however, was the “E” in PRAE was originally Evangelism.

Serving as a Baptist missionary, my travels exposed me to the Church’s theological limitations. Fundamental Baptists teach “door-to-door” witnessing. The concept is based on Acts 20:20 reporting disciples of Jesus taught “house to house”. It was a practice I grew up with but never grew comfortable with. On my trip to the Chatham Islands, I found the courage to question the Fundamentalist interpretation.

The Chatham’s have very few residents. The majority are either fisherman or farmers. I learned very quickly that if I went door-to-door, it would appear as if I was taking advantage of the men being out to sea or on the farm! I returned to my room and read Acts 20:20 in its context without Fundamentalist lenses. I felt silly.

The early Christian leaders did teach from house to house. They were invited into homes of people who already embraced their faith or about to. It was a brand new movement. There were very few local leaders. They didn’t have church buildings. Acts 20:20 has nothing to do with soliciting the unaware or unconcerned. The Fundamentalist interpretation allows leaders to exploit their followers with capitalist marketing campaigns that have no similarity to Jesus’ practice.

With that revelation, I immediately adjusted my movements. I was blessed to speak to all three elementary schools on the island; in one of the three churches on the island; on a radio interview across the island group; and a post-school children’s program. I also attended the annual “townies” versus “farmers” rugby match. In one week’s time, I was able to communicate with every family.

My island adventures continued. My intention changed. The “E” in PRAE became Empowerment in practice instead of Fundamentalist Evangelism. It is a privilege to interact with others and watch the individual power of choice transform lives. By 2012 I began to shed the Fundamentalist skin off my being and announced “E” as Empowerment. The lesson I learned:

There is such a stark contrast between the humanistic devaluation of a person from the Godly elevation of one’s being.

Although I have moved my residence within the Pacific Rim Area from New Zealand to California, I remain committed to the ministry of empowering others through the teachings of Jesus.

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