Vientiane, the capital of Laos. A beautiful city on the famous Mekong River. Laos as a country, has only 7 million people, much smaller than Vietnam with nearly 100 million. And like Vietnam, it too is a Communist country with restrictions on church expansion. However the hearts of the people are hungry when they hear the hope of the Gospel. We were fortunate to meet with the Christian leadership of the country in Vientiane and received the “right-hand of fellowship” to partner with them in order to reach their unreached countrymen for Christ. The next day we held an ITC with 20 leaders who received the training with much optimism and joy. Many wanted to extend their evangelistic efforts to the North, Central and South regions of the country. The training manual in Laotian, solar audio Bibles, SD Cards for Cell Phones, and Evangel Pens were distributed. A request was also made for the Jesus Film Backpack. We will continue to work with the leadership to help them advance the Gospel to their Dry Zones of Laos!
What a great day to enter Vietnam, Easter Sunday, a time to share the powerful resurrection message of Jesus! Pastor Jerry Heyne preached, prayed for many believers and ignited the hearts of many in this downtown Saigon(Ho Chi Minh City) church. There is more freedom these days for the Vietnamese people to become Christians and go to church, although most churches are small, house churches as it is illegal to construct churches in this Communist country. But the numbers are growing throughout the country. PTL! The next day we held an all-day Igniter Training Conference(ITC) for about 50 pastors and evangelists from the countryside. We paid their bus fare to travel to the city to receive encouragement, evangelism training and equip them with “evangel tools” like solar audio Bibles. We also provided them with the Igniter Training Manual in their own language so they could continue to use it as they advance their evangelist efforts throughout Southern and Central Vietnam. They were truly ignited with several young people wanted to commit their lives to the ministry. With sound leadership in place, the Igniters will continue in training and also begin to find and disciple their own Timothy Evangelists. They also received the Jesus Film video projection system(Movie Theatre in a Backpack) so they can take the story and Good News of Jesus village to village.
We visited a safe house in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for women who were trapped in sex trafficking and prostitution. We prayed for them and they were greatly impacted by God's healing and hope!
Greetings! God has been opening up many new doors for Ignite the World Ministries in the nation of India! Please Pray for the Orphanages and Churches in Guwahati and that God would continue opening the door to the Pastors and leaders to share the good news of Jesus Christ!
A very blessed time with pastors and leaders at our Igniter training in Guwahati, India where we have had the opportunity to train, equip and send Igniters to all over the nation of India to spread the good news!
Check out this update from Mike's 2016 ignite the world ministries fall trip to Southeast in Central Asia!
Igniter Training Manual now translated in the Nepali Language!
Greetings in Jesus name. I hope you are doing god by the God grace. As you know i went to Dinajpur area northern part of Bangladesh for Ignite the Pastors and evangelist and youth group. It was really blessing time with the pastors and youth group. 15 Pastors and 190 youth attend the seminar our expectation was 120 participant but finally we got 205, even though we got pressure for budget.
I tried to ignite the the pastors youth people to work for evangelism. Pastor are gave the commitment to ignite each others.
All pastors they brought their youth leaders and youth, it was short time notice but fruitful of my first journey. Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support for my first ignite journey.
Please keep us in your prayer.
Pastor B .
Igniters in Nepal are baptizing many new believers
ITWM is working closely with our Igniter Leaders to identify regions in their countries that have no churches and very few believers. Once a region is identified, we can then send evangelist Igniters to those areas and begin our outreach to win souls for Christ and to plant churches.
We met an amazing Christian man that went underground in 1971 to fight for
independence for his country as the invading Pakistani Army tried to force control
of their ownership. You see, Bangladesh use to be called “East Pakistan” and
didn’t want to give that land up. It was a blood bath struggle for the Bangladesh
people with over 3 million perishing. No one was spared- men, women and
children. God used this Christian man during that time to help save many families
from death. God also performed amazing miracles of protection on his life as
well, things that you can only imagine in a movie. As mentioned in the cover story,
bullets from machine guns shot right at him and never hit him. Sounds like God’s
angels at work. Now he is above the ground for Jesus and continues to fight for
freedom for all those in bondage of sin. What a mighty evangelist he is in his old
age! Well done super Igniter!
Check out this quick video update from our current igniter trip to Bangladesh!
Join us in praying and believing with the Igniters in Bangladesh where Christianity makes up for less than 1% of the population.
Here's a quick update on what God is doing through ITWM in Myamar!
One of the “evangel-tools” we give out to pastors and Igniters is the “Evangel-Pen”. The remarkable tool is an actual pen but inside is a scroll that you pull out that tells the “four spiritual laws” for salvation. Here the pastor can visually share with a non-believer the steps to salvation and then lead them in prayer to receive Christ. First of all they have the attention of the person as they are amazed that such a scroll comes out of the pen. Then the power of the Gospel story will move their heart into repentance of their sins, belief that Jesus is the bridge to the Father and eternal life, and then receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior by personal invitation. After they have done that, then the pastor can go back and use the pen as a pen to jot down the person’s contact information for follow up discipleship. What a great, simple and inexpensive tool to share the Gospel with. And it can all be down with pictures! We praise the Lord that He has blessed us with such powerful and wonderful tools!
We had been to other underground churches before in China and in Laos, but this church was truly underground as the government does not recognize established churches and it is against the law to proselytize people, punishable by prison time. In fact the church doubled-up as a business and the pastor’s home. Even with that covering, we had to be driven in a van just 100 yards from our hotel to the church so that we would not be noticed. Bhutan is solely Buddhist and does not want any other religion to exist there although they do know that some of their citizens are Christians. Actually there are about 20,000 Christians (and growing PTL!) in Bhutan out of a population of 600,000. You can be a Christian, but just not convert anyone.
The church was delighted to have us as it was extremely rare to have any foreign believers come visit them. They welcomed our teachings and ignited to evangelize their countrymen despite the costs. They all stood to take the “2” steps of faith to further the Great Commission. We left some solar audio Bibles and SD Memory Cards for cell phones with them. They were so happy to be able to use these new tools for evangelism. They requested more and we plan to get them more via mail by way of India where they can cross the border to pick them up. We can’t mail anything to them as it all packages are examined and it could be jail time for them if the package was addressed to them. We were also given a wonderful tour of the city and saw a 100-foot Buddha overlooking the city, the national sport of archery on display, and the only traffic signal in all of Bhutan-a traffic cop inside a gazebo using hand signals. There are no commercial goods or stores, all native Bhutan goods. The nation prides itself on a pristine, clean environment. However they have a big problem with gangs of dogs that roam the streets and bark all night-quite a problem and nuisance for tourists. But the Buddhists priests don’t want to disrupt the “spirits” of the dogs, so nothing really is done about it. But overall, Bhutan is a very pretty country as it straddles the majestic Himalayan mountains.
Please pray for the boldness of the Bhutan believers as they reach out to their fellow citizens with the only true hope there is for them-faith in Jesus Christ!
Imagine sleeping on top of tombstones each night because there is no other place to go. This is what the ITWM team experienced on Sunday, April 19th in Cebu, Philippines. They are homeless yet safe from the dangers of the street. The people are superstitious and won’t go in there to exploit these families. But there incredibly poor with no income other than what they can make and sell on the street during the day. Unfortunately some of the women sell themselves to feed their children. It is a sad reality for them with little hope of a better future. However they are finding hope in Christ as the Cebu Christian Church reaches out to them spiritually with children’s Bible Clubs and women’s Bible studies. Many have come to Christ. The church also ministers to the physical needs with food and rice for the families.
We had an opportunity that day to partner with the church and bring additional help and hope. We provided a nice chicken and rice dinner for about 100 children in the Bible Club and over 50 bags of rice for the mothers. But best of all, we shared the life-changing Gospel of Jesus with them and over 30 women came to Christ. Praise the Lord! Mission accomplished! We are also making future plans to support the Cebu Church with other such outreaches as they reach their fellow countrymen for Christ!