Below you will find field stories from our partners. Most are non native English speakers, we try to add the text as closely as we can without correction. You may be excited, saddened, or compelled by what you read. We hope you find the stories interesting and informative.
John 10:14-18 The Message (MSG)
14-18 “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.”
In the 12th and the 13th century, during the time of Genghis Khan, and Kublai Khan, the warlike emperors stretched the empire from Eastern Europe in the west to Korea in the east. Then people shivered only when they heard those names. Even today, the Mongolians are proud of these famous warriors. In the late 1800s, the Mongolia’s first missionaries were nailed to boards, thrown into wells, and force-marched across the Gobi desert. In 1921, Mongolia became a Communist country and all the Christian workers were either killed or expelled and for the next 70 years, Mongolia was isolated from the outside world. Mongolia continued to be under the Communist rule until 1990 when the people embraced atheism creating a spiritual vacuum. Today, Mongolia is a democratic country with religious freedom.
I had started praying for Mongolia, since 2013 and tried couple of times to visit. But it did not work. I did not give it up, but did not try much either, since I know there is time for everything. The Lord opened this door in an amazing way for me to visit Mongolia in this month and thank you partners for your partnership with me in making it. How excited I was to be there, I cannot express in words.
To God be the glory.
TRAINING INDIGENOUS LEADERS TO DISCIPLE THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH BIBLE STORY TELLING
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Comment from Bridges for Neighbors Training / non native English speaker
That Neighbors training will bless my ministry because I’m responsible for the youth. One of my prayers is to get the storytelling bible method that will help me to keep evangelize oral people in my area. Most of them are illiterate. As a tool, it will help me to develop my evangelism ministry with a clear curriculum and follow up. I can now use bible stories from Genesis to Revelation with confidence. I express my joy and my gratitude to you for equipping me with such a great tool. May God bless you and I need your prayers because the evangelism ministry is totally down in my village, I need to go back and challenge the local church for revival.
Comments on a training:
(Non Native English speakers)
We give thanks to God for the joy that we feel because of you. Thank you for your willingness to teach us those things. We pray that God waters what you taught us for His glory for real fruits in the future. May He bless you in turn. Amen!
God the All-Mighty blesses you richly. May He give you to come back to teach us more. This training on storytelling is a powerful tool of ministry. Be blessed.
First of all I thank the Lord who had willed this training. I am really satisfied by the training we just received. I will like that such training be organized every two months. God bless you
3 stories from non native English speakers
I am 32 years old. I am a working woman from Punjab state. I had a privilege of participating in the Bridges for Women training program in my town last month. This training has transformed my life totally. I was challenged to reach my fellow women, who are from oral backgrounds. I went by bicycle and shared the Bible stories to these people in 37 villages. As the result of the story telling to them, 45 oral bible churches have been planted. Praise the Lord.
(non native English speakers)
I am 32 years old, and bible teacher. I had a privilege of participating in the Bridges training program. After completing the training, I went to my village, shared the bible stories to my oral people and led them towards Christ.
As a result of this, 74 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior and took water baptism. There are 12 oral bible churches that have been planted. Praise the Lord.
I am 37 years old, a schoolteacher working in a remote village. I got an invitation to participate in the Bridges for the Women training program. I took leave for 3 and ½ days and did attend the training program in all days.
This training has opened my eyes and my worldview has been changed. I took the challenge of reaching my own oral society through storytelling. I went by foot to 22 villages and shared the bible stories in 60 days. As a result of this, all of the villagers have heard the bible stories and also heard about Jesus for the first time in their lives. And 46 people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior and took water baptism. There were 12 oral bible churches planted in these villages. Praise the Lord.
I am a 20 years old, working woman from Punjab state. Recently I did participate in the Bridges for Women training for 3 and ½ days in my town. I have got motivated to reach my oral people through bible stories.
Firstly, I went village after villages and shared the bible stories to the people. Then, I went on regularly to these villages and shared more bible stories. The oral people of the villages have listened to the bible stories very eagerly and with great joy and interest.
As a result of this, 58 people have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and took water baptism. And now, there are 17 oral bible churches planted. Praise the Lord.
I had a privilege of participating in the Bridges for Women training program recently in my city. This training has changed my worldview completely and I was challenged and motivated to reach my oral society. I went to village after village and shared the Bible stories chronically. People have listened to the Bible stories very interestingly. As a result of the storytelling, 78 women accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord personal Savior, took baptism and in turn, 15 oral bible churches have been planted. Praise the Lord!
This is the latest message that we have received from our partner living in Kathmandu, Nepal.
“Today, I could coordinate the purchasing of the tents. On the first phase, we needed 200 tents and 200 torch lights for victim families in 3 villages where the three of us were born. We were able to only purchase 145 tents today in far west Nepal and will get the rest tomorrow as the shops in Kathmandu ran out of tents.
The villages started to ask for help once people heard about our efforts for the victims. It is hard to get in there with the relief materials. The team leaves tomorrow with the relief materials and will drive four hours and walk for a day and half with the relief materials as the road is blocked due to the quake.
We are still getting aftershocks and people seem to be fearful with trauma. I have not been able to rest after the massive quake seven days back and will appreciate more prayers.”