PODCAST: Virtual Mission Trips Enable Ministry During Pandemic (Whyte House Report 3.21.21)

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According to Mission Network News, Since early 2020, e3 Partners has used virtual mission trips to continue ministry during the pandemic. Digital technology allows participants to meet with Christians overseas, even ministering and praying with them. The ministry regularly offers trips to Nigeria. Dennis Larkin organizes these trips, working with the e3 Partners team of six Nigerian Christians spread throughout the country. Americans wanting to join a trip will only have to set aside an hour, Larkin says. “When we call in (and participants can be anywhere around the world really) we speak to them, we exhort them, we offer them scripture, we pray over them. They often will give us a report of what’s happened in the field that day or the previous day.

According to Mission Network News, In Central African Republic, Fighting spiked after the December elections, forcing thousands to flee. The first Red Cross delivery didn’t get through until last week; hundreds of trucks remain stuck at the border. World Mission’s Greg Kelley says believers are in trouble. “The Church is suffering; they’re essentially surviving on anything they can grow, or animals they might have,” Kelley states. World Mission’s partners may be struggling, but these believers have their eyes fixed on Christ. “They’re asking for our Treasures, which are solar-powered audio Bibles in the Arabic language, so they can go and reach these rebel groups that are essentially their tormentors,” Kelley says. “Even though they are suffering, God has given them such a heart for their tormentors, knowing that these individuals – the perpetrators of violence against them – need Jesus.” By partnering with World Mission, you can send help and hope to Christians in Central African Republic.

According to Assist News Service, The world is on the brink of a devastating water crisis that could be “much more worrying” than the COVID-19 pandemic, says a disturbing new report coinciding with World Water Day, March 22. Citing global forecasts, the report — published by leading faith-based humanitarian agency Gospel for Asia World — suggests the toxic mix of poverty, hunger and lack of safe drinking water around the world could be “potentially much more worrying than the virus spreading.” Around the world, some 785 million people — more than double the U.S. population — don’t have basic water service, the report says. A staggering two billion people — mostly in Africa and Asia — get their drinking water from feces-contaminated ponds and watering holes, leading to often-fatal diseases such as diarrhea, cholera and dysentery. Organizations like GFA World and World Vision have made clean water a top priority. GFA World drills about 4,000 new community wells — called “Jesus Wells” — every year, providing safe drinking water for entire villages. Over the past two decades, the organization has drilled more than 30,000 wells and distributed more than 58,000 home kits, called BioSand filters, that remove 98 percent of water impurities. “Our goal is to bring people life-giving clean water,” Yohannan says, “and also to show people that we care about their most vital needs, such as water, because God loves them and values them.”

According to Mission Network News, 81 Rohingya refugees have been rescued after their boat’s engine failed. Eight died of dehydration. The Indian Coast Guard found the boat adrift in the Andaman Sea. Meanwhile, the government of Bangladesh continues shipping thousands of Rohingya refugees to a new settlement on the small island of Bhasan Char. It’s a new island, recently formed from Himalayan sediment. Vincent Michael of Forgotten Missionaries International says many people worry about the island’s safety. “From everything that we’re hearing, the island really hasn’t been tested yet. So it’s going to have to go through a serious cyclone season for them to really know. And that’s really hard whenever you have 6,700 residents. You don’t want to take 6,700 people through an unknown outcome. They’ve claimed that they’ve made the island cyclone safe. But a lot of experts have doubts.”

According to Mission Network News, Despite the chaos, After seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military continues using violence against civilians. Jason Woolford says Mission Cry has been able to get a shipment of Bibles and Christian books into the country. “They’re already being distributed in that location. These Bibles and Christian books went to a college and a seminary. They have said they have the biggest library in the entire country because of the shipment that we sent to them.” Local Christians will distribute these Bibles as they go out to give people food and water. Woolford encourages listeners to pray for these believers in Myanmar. They continue to minister during an incredibly stressful time. “We’ve not been able to send to Myanmar for a very, very long time. It’s been closed. We have a short window, I believe, that’s open, especially with what’s going on. They’re asking for another container filled with 40,000 Bibles and Christian books. I want to meet that need.”

According to NBC News, A new set of Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient fragments of biblical texts dating back almost 2,000 years and thought to have been hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome, have been found. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday that a four-year archaeological project uncovered portions of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets, including the books of Zechariah and Nahum. It was the first such discovery in 60 years. Also uncovered was a 6,000-year-old skeleton of a partially mummified child and a 10,500-year-old basket, which Israeli authorities said could be the oldest in the world. A CT scan revealed the child’s age was between 6 and 12 — with the skin, tendons and even hair partially preserved. Among the recovered texts, which are all in Greek, is Nahum 1:5–6, which says: “The mountains quake because of Him, And the hills melt. The earth heaves before Him, The world and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before His wrath? Who can resist His fury? His anger pours out like fire, and rocks are shattered because of Him.” The first set of Dead Sea Scrolls to be discovered were found by a Bedouin shepherd in the same area in 1947 and are considered among the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century, although biblical scholars disagree on their authorship.

According to Mission Network News, New Gospel work begins in Bangladesh, home to one of the world’s largest Muslim communities. Together with a network of evangelical churches, FARMS International is helping believers from a Muslim background. Eking out a living is already difficult in Bangladesh. Long known as one of the world’s poorest nations, Bangladesh’s poverty rate was slowly but steadily improving. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, sending scores back into poverty. Becoming a Christ-follower adds yet another challenge, FARMS Executive Director Scott Clifton says. “They are often not accepted in their family anymore. They have to find a new place to live, a new network of social connections,” he explains. By combining Christian stewardship with interest-free loans, FARMS helps people work their way out of poverty. More about that here. At the same time, loan recipients support the local church by tithing from their new income.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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