March 5 2018
trafficking, another phrase for modern-day slavery, is the second largest
illegal business in the world … only behind the illegal arms trade. Most
reputable sources agree that there are more than 40 million people living in
slavery around the world today.
trafficking victims include those that are exploited in the sex industry; those
that are forced to work in other, non-sexual, types of jobs; those that are
forced into military service as children; and those that have been tricked or
lured into giving up a bodily organ.
best way to fight a problem like human trafficking is to prevent it from
happening in the first place. This is the mindset and vision of HOPE61,
the human trafficking prevention ministry of One Mission Society. The local
church, around the world, sits in a perfect position to recognize the
vulnerabilities to becoming involved in human trafficking and reduce those
vulnerabilities through intentional community building and abundant Gospel
HOPE61 trains and
equips churches worldwide to understand the issue of human trafficking, identify
the causes of vulnerability of local people to become involved in human
trafficking, and discover the gifts, talents, abilities, and resources that God
has given each church to reduce the vulnerability of those around them. At its
core, HOPE61 is an evangelism and discipleship catalyst aimed at people
who are vulnerable to become involved in human trafficking.
Society has church partnerships across the globe, which has given HOPE61 thousands of
opportunities to train pastors and lay leaders on six continents. Through the
ministry, in 2017 alone, more than 1,000 pastors and lay leaders were trained
in seven countries. There are many more churches that are waiting to be
trained, and we pray that the Lord of the harvest would provide more workers
for the HOPE61 ministry. There are opportunities to serve as a
residential missionary in several countries, opportunities to serve as an
itinerant missionary who travels to an assigned country a few times per year,
and opportunities to serve in the United States, ministering to the local
churches in your community.
March 14 2017
age 26, lives and serves in South Asia. Since 2010, or since LB was just a
teenager, he has worked as an evangelist and church planter among unreached
people. LB has planted three churches and supervises six churches.
shares, “In the past, my life was a living hell before I had accepted the Lord
Jesus Christ as my Savior. I used to steal things from the neighbor’s, from the
grocery shops, and anywhere I could steal things I wanted. The villagers knew I
had this bad habit, so they used to abuse me or mock me. My parents were also
ashamed, and we were never invited to any special occasions in my village. A
Christian pastor used to visit our home and others in the village. My mother shared
my bad habit of stealing with the pastor. The pastor spoke to me humbly and
shared the life of Jesus Christ with me. I am grateful to the Lord as I decided
to give my life over to Christ. At first, I was afraid people wouldn’t accept
me as a good person as they knew my bad habits.
I give all praise to the Lord as he made my path easy, and now being his
servant, I am the happiest man on the earth. My parents are happy with me now,
and my life is full of peace. I want to continue to serve his kingdom, sharing
his Good News among the unreached so that their lives are also saved.”
visits the churches he supervises, as well as explores new places and
opportunities for ministry using his bicycle. He spends many hours each day on
his bicycle in order to reach his desired destinations. LB’s supervisors say he
is an active and dynamic church planter, but could do so much more if he had a
motorcycle for the ministry and reaching his goals of planting churches,
baptizing believers, and forming many new disciples.
Would you be willing to give all or a portion of the cost of a motorcycle for LB? This is a gift that your ROI or return on investment for the kingdom would be multiplied over and over again.
March 7 2017
the mountainous area of Boukan Michel of Borgne in northern Haiti, trainers Job
and Janiel traveled three hours until the road deteriorated to a simple path
with a very steep valley on one side and a mountain on the other. Leaving their
motorcycles, they walked three more hours in the rain and mud and spent the
night at church planter Maxim’s home. Two couples studying the Train &
Multiply booklet “Baptism” with Maxim wanted to be married so they could be
baptized. One couple had been living together for 25 years, and the other for
20 years. Marriages are a strong witness to the community and bring maturity to
a month, two of the eight church planters being trained leave their homes at
3:00 a.m. to arrive at the 9:00 a.m. training. They, in turn, train the other
six church planters, resulting in three generations of worshiping groups.
In South Asia
Lashar is a dynamic church planter in
South Asia. He supervises 10 churches, with more than 250 church members. He
has 20 disciples under his supervision. Every month, he visits these churches, leading
training and participating in baptisms, using his bicycle. Lashar often brings his
wife to visit the churches so that she can minister directly with the women.
Lashar is one of our church
planters that could exponentially increase his ministry if he had a motorcycle.
Churches must be nurtured with frequent accountability visits. To strengthen
the existing churches, to plant and multiply new churches, to baptize more
believers, and to train multiplying disciples, Lashar needs a motorcycle that will
save him time as he travels long distances. This year, he plans to plant six
new churches and reach many hundreds of unreached people with the Good News of
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