Indonesia has a population of some 250 millions, of which just over 200 millions are Muslims, making it the most populous Muslim nation in the world. But City Harvest Church’s Kong Hee wants to ignite a revival among Muslims.
“What a big harvest field Indonesia is,” he says. “The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 millions to 24 millions in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10% of the country’s
population, making it the second largest Christian population in Southeast Asia. With such a ready harvest field, it is so necessary for church-building work to be done in this wonderful nation, and that is why I love doing missions in Indonesia,” the pastor wrote.
Kong has been traveling through Southeast Asia in recent weeks, seeing miracles and healings break out as he laid hands on people. With his sights set on Indonesia, he is fervently praying for Muslim conversions and assisting with a local church.
“During my 5 days at Bandung , apart from spending time with some of my many disciples over meals, prayers and fellowship, I ministered at El-Shaddai Creative Community. ECC’s senior pastors are Rev. Nala and Evie Widya… I first met Nala in 2003 when ECC had only 150 members. Now, they are 2,000 strong and rapidly growing through actual soul-winning!” Kong wrote.
Muslims are rapidly converting to Christianity around the world, according to several reports. In India, a Muslim doctor found Jesus and planted more than 50 churches. In Nigeria, radical
Islamic persecution fuels a diaspora, which rapidly spreads the gospel. “Lift up your eyes,” said Jesus “and see that the fields are white for harvest.”
Source: Charisma News; Revival Media
Bible Study: John 4:35
MAY: Praise God for the openness to the Gospel in so many countries. Pray DEEPER for Southeast Asia to receive Living Waters and for the Holy Spirit to blow across their lands.
Continued from Day 21: «We got our voices back. We praised and thanked God, except two of us,” Haroon says. “Those two said, it’s not from God. We had a quarrel between us but they
argued with some quotes. And we left the place in confusion. I shared about it with my father. He warned me not to tell others. But after this incident, our wing became silent from militant
activities. After few days, our family had an evening bonfire in the desert. My sister Hajira was bitten by a Sahara Horned Viper, a highly poisonous snake and admitted to the hospital in
a dying position. An angel appeared before her while she was sleeping and told her about Jesus, the Saviour and the Healer.
She shared it with me and I became very happy. We both prayed to Jesus to save us and guide us. Unexpectedly Pastor Paul of the Bibles for Mideast came to the hospital room; he told us the
angel that appeared before my sister appeared to him too and asked him to visit us. Pastor called us both by our names. He said to me, ‘Haroon, during a dust storm, Lord Jesus saved me and
my group from your gun point, after the baptism service at the seashore, appearing as a Mighty and Wonderful Man showing His protecting and lovely hands towards us with a sweet smile.
I was one among them and was leading the group’ The pastor said again, ‘So believe in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour’”. “I (then) understood, at the same time Lord Jesus Christ appeared
before His own people as a Mighty Protector with sweet smile; but like a blazing fire towards His persecutors. I and my sister confessed our sins and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. The pastor prayed over us and my sister was totally healed. My father had been kept in mind which I shared him about the experience of dust storm. The healing of Hajira made him a decision to believe in Jesus. And all of my family members became believers. 17 militants, who were with me also accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour. We are praying for other two and also for the
Muslim world to be saved.”
Source: Bible4mideast.com; Christian Today
Bible Study: Mark 9:8
MAY: Praise God that a deep seed of faith was sown in the hearts of Haroon, his family and his fellow gunmen. Pray DEEPER that he may become a modern “Paul” to Muslims.
There are around 17 countries in the Middle East. The population is approximately 500 Million and Islam is the largest religion. However, thousands of people secretly believe in Jesus Christ as their Saviour. People are thirsty for the Word of God. Bibles For Mideast distributes Bibles free of cost and establishes house churches among them.
The following story may seem unbelievable to many of us in the West, but it is part of daily reality for Christians in the Suffering Middle East Church. The account is from Bibles For Mideast.
“I am Haroon (name not real), a young Arab, born and brought up in a prominent Muslim family of the Middle East. My father was one of the top religious authorities, enforcing Sharia law in
respect to religious behaviour in the state. I am a trained sharp shooter. And I was commanding a militant wing to protect the religion. A few weeks ago, I got information that a Christian group was going to have a baptism service in the Arabian sea.
I picked up militants and rushed to the seashore. We were 19 members in our wing for the operation. Our ultimate aim was to kill everybody in the sea itself. We wanted the world to wake up hearing this as breaking news. So that Christians must fear Muslims and stop evangelising them from our region.” But the baptism service was over and the baptisers (were) in a bus before we reached the seashore. We followed and shot at the bus several times. Within seconds, a giant dust storm formed in front of our vehicles… We all got down from our cars and continued shooting through the dust storm. Suddenly we saw Christ Jesus appear in the dust storm.
With a mighty voice he told us, “Why are you persecuting me.” “His voice produced a strong wind and we all fell down on the road. Our guns flew away from us. Somehow we stood up from the road, but we were unable to say anything. Our voices were lost. Jesus said again, “I came to the world not to destroy anyone; but to save you. Go in peace”. He disappeared. The dust storm also disappeared with him. We experienced both terrible fear and an abundant peace at a time. We never had such experience in our life before.”
Source: Bible4mideast.com; Christian Today
Bible Study: Psalm 34:4-8
MAY: Pray DEEPER for protection of those pastors (many former Muslims), that the work of salvation will continue and the eyes of the blind be opened. Praise God for all He is doing!
In the last few years the evangelical churches in Cuba have seen huge growth in the midst of poverty and restrictions. Pastor “Néstor” lives in an apartment with his wife. His church
meets in a room in which the congregation fit like sardines. “One of the things that makes us grow in our faith is the hardships and restrictions,” says pastor “Néstor.” In the midst of the restrictions on church buildings, the Baptists and the assemblies of God have see huge growth in the number of house churches. Despite the scarcity of resources, there is an evident hunger for the gospel throughout the island.
This is why the house churches are crammed full on Sundays. So Juan Stam carries on with his presentation to Fidel Castro (from Day 20): “ I finished my answer by telling him how John from Patmos criticises the Roman Empire for its economic injustices, bloody militarism and idolatry. I had written much about these things so I felt then that God had been preparing me to speak of them to one of the most prominent figures of our day, in what was an unexpected opportunity.
When I finished, Fidel answered, ‘You are very right, I see that the Jesuits didn’t teach me the Apocalipsis (Revelation) properly. Half way through the conversation we were able to speak to Fidel of our faith in the God of love, about life and justice. ‘Many atheists reject a false god, who is not the true God,’ we said. At around 2am, Fidel told us he had another meeting to
attend, but said he had one final question: ‘You are evangelicals; tell me what that means? Maybe I’m one of you without knowing it’!
Our leader, Israel Batista, didn’t miss the opportunity, and expounded the Gospel in a manner that Fidel would clearly understand. At the end of his words he suggested we all stand to pray. Fidel stood too, and Israel led us all in prayer. As we left the office, a member of Fidel’s staff asked me to send him some written material about the topic. He assured me that Fidel would read it. The following day we had a meeting with the Director of Religious Relations, a man by the name of Balaguer. He began by saying, ‘They tell me you had a very interesting conversation with Fidel about the Book of Revelation. Well, I have a question too…’ It showed me that there was huge interest in Revelation and in the Word of God in general.”
Source: Mundo Cristiano TV; Protestante Digital; Revival Media
Bible Study: 1 Peter 3:15
MAY: Praise God the churches have shown enormous growth in recent years. Pray DEEPER for Cuba to see a revival like other Latin American nations.
Fidel Castro’s death has resounded around the world, after his strongman dictatorship over Cuba (first as Prime Minister, then as President) from 1959 to 2008, when he handed power to his
brother, Raul, because of ill health. It is known that he was educated by Jesuit priests, but, following the Revolution, he renounced the Roman Catholic faith of his childhood. Nevertheless, in his later years, he showed a keen interest in meeting with world renown Christian leaders, including Pope Francis in 2015, and his request to Rick Warren of a signed copy of “The Purpose Driven Life” is a well attested fact.
But what is less well known is that, on various occasions, he encouraged visiting evangelical pastors to speak with him at his residence in La Habana. One of the more telling visits is reported by pastor and author Juan Stam. “It was in October 2002,” he says. “We were visiting La Habana to take part in a theological encounter about the Reformation.” Stam recalls how, one night, the group leader called them all together to give them some startling news. Fidel Castro had invited them to speak with him that very night from eleven o’clock to 2 am.
After greetings, Castro went straight to the point. “You who are pastors,” Fidel asked, “how do you understand the Book of Revelation?”. He very respectfully asked the pastors about human rights and the death of so many people, and the destruction of the forests and seas. “They were good questions and difficult ones to answer,” Stam says. “As some of the pastors knew that I had written about Revelation, they said, , ‘Look, Fidel, here is someone who can answer your concerns’.
I had never expected to be put on the spot like that, but I found myself with the ball at my feet. I sent a quick prayer up to heaven. Then I began to tell Fidel that the word ‘Apocalipsis’ (the name in the Spanish Bible for Revelation) did not mean catastrophe or calamity but rather the manifestation of the hope there is in Christ Jesus. Fidel seemed taken aback. Then I told him that much of Revelation were visions, and these visions needed to be understood. But, they are always messages from God to the ungodly, calling them to repentance…”
Source: Protestante Digital
Bible Study: Revelation 21:4-8
MAY: Praise God that He can arrange encounters to give testimony to His dear Son. Pray DEEPER that we may see more miraculous encounters in Cuba and in our own lives.