February 2018

In one remote part of Southeast Asia known for violence and conflict, thousands are responding to the Gospel. In the past two months, eight new churches have been planted in this region. Recently, some of our team members visited this area with a new believer who had found Christ as a migrant worker in Thailand. He confessed that he was afraid to return to his strongly Buddhist community in a region where there were no known Christians. Our team joined him and, in an effort to build bridges into this community, they decided to ask the local mayor if they could host an eye clinic in the village.

The team consisted of several short-term mission participants from our TREK program and from Canadian churches, including a Pastor from Saskatchewan who has some experience with a new innovation in eyeglasses that is attracting attention around the world.

The eye clinic was a great success, and the accompanying outreach in the village saw many respond to the Gospel. Ten new believers are now asking for baptism. A church has been planted and continues to grow. We pray that these new believers will be ambassadors of reconciliation in that war-torn region.

I love how this story brings together the church “here” with the church “there.” I also like how short-term mission trips can work together with long-term mission strategy for lasting fruit. We are seeing how eyeglasses, schools, clinics and food production all contribute to the witness of the Gospel and to our vision for holistic church planting that transforms communities among the least reached. Together we are on One Mission that is local, national and global. Thank you for investing in making Jesus known in this generation so that “the blind will see” (John 9:17).

Randy Friesen
General Director

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Physical slavery is prevalent around the world; it takes many forms. Individuals and people groups are in bondage. Guest speaker, Randy Friesen has seen the amazing power of the Gospel to bring freedom to the oppressed. In our own lives, we can find ourselves enslaved – to sin and to fear. How can we be free? Knowing who we are in Christ is vital to our freedom.
January 2015 at Central Heights Church, Abbotsford, BC Play Button PLAY SERMON