It’s Hard to Believe What God is Doing in South Asia
March 13, 2018
By Dr. Carey Akin, Associate Minister, Minister of Missions
I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to South Asia twice this year to share in ministry with one of our strategic ministry partners, Hope for Today. What a joy it was to walk and work alongside some amazing Christian leaders doing more ministry with fewer resources than I could even imagine if I had not seen it for myself.
So when I received the newsletter from HFT the other day with just some of the stats of the impact the ministry had in 2017, I had to share a little of it with our Mt. Bethel Family.
Through Hope for Today in 2017:
- 30,000 lives were impacted
- 280 leaders were involved in Church Planting Training
(HFT has now helped plant 6021 churches and/or house churched since they started)
- 133 regional & national conferences through International Leadership Institute resulting 6021 men and women trained. (More than any other country in 2017)
In addition to all of this, their compassion ministry helps many orphans, ragpickers (outcast), women of all faiths in need of work and much more as they shared the love of God.
The stats alone are amazing, but those who went this year can tell you stories that bring those stats to life. I spent one afternoon at the ILI National Conference (sponsored by Mt. Bethel) talking to a young man who said the conference helped strengthen him so he could return many hours away , where he and his wife had started a ministry to save children that were being trafficked in the streets of his town. He spoke of the conference with incredible passion as he shared about his rough childhood and how God had given him a vision to help children who, like him, face incredibly difficult situations.
This is just one of many stories we heard and many changed lives we saw as a result of what God is doing through Hope for Today in South Asia.
As I reflect on my time in South Asia in 2017, I stand amazed at what a true blessing it was to share in ministry with these faithful Christian leaders. I am so thankful to have had a chance to see what God is doing in this generation, in a place where God is moving in such challenging circumstances. There are many ways to share in this ministry, and I invite you to come along and join us. I promise you will be blessed if you do.