Summer | International Developments
This year looked very different for our international work. Normally, we have a busy year of visiting our international partners and training and equipping them to use our resources. However, many still gave us updates of their efforts to share the gospel and some of the challenges the pandemic had to their ministry.
One of our main highlights was to hear from our partners in Eastern Europe as they gathered together with Craig Dyer for a webinar. We heard from friends in Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine.
Tamás Daxner from Hungary told us of the challenge they faced: "For us it was difficult, we just published Life Explored in January." But due to COVID, "we've postponed all things to September, [...] it felt like everything was frozen in a way."
We also heard from Paul who is involved with Lighthouse Harbour Ministries, an organisation whose aim is to reach sailors on cargo ships. Below we have included a short extract from the article we produced with his update. You can read the full story here: Paul's Story
"Just recently Paul met a very godly Filipino Captain named Conrado. He is currently holding a Bible study for his crew on board their ship. Conrado has been doing this type of outreach for about 20 years and has a real heart to share the good news of Jesus with those who are outside the Kingdom! He took a set of Christianity Explored materials.
Paul added, "another sailor we met from the Philippines, Elmer, is a faithful witness for the Lord and holds a Bible study every Sunday. In order to facilitate Elmer’s ministry aboard his ship, my colleague Allen Jones gave him a Christianity Explored kit for him to use with his crew."
Pictured: A Filipino crew being led in regular fellowship/Bible study by the chief officer (centre). They are holding Tagalog (national language of Philippines) New Testaments supplied by Lighthouse Harbour Ministries.
Furthermore, we interviewed Andrew Leong to hear an update on the development of the Vietnamese translation of Christianity Explored. Read the full article here: Reaching the New Generation
"'The course contents have impacted both [the teams] hearts and minds. There were occasions when they had to stop recording and editing because those hard and precious truths of the gospel had moved their hearts to turn to God for repentance and forgiveness.'
Overall, despite the physical restrictions we have felt as a team this year, it has been such an encouragement to hear of the way God has continued to grow his Kingdom around the world.