Letter from Jonathan James: A Spiritual Legacy

Beloved friend of AEFI,

One generation shall commend your worl<s to another and shall declare your mighty acts Ps .145:4I have been thinking lately of how we can all prepare to leave a spiritual legacy. A spiritual legacy is record of your life of faith. It is what you leave behind that lives on in the hearts, memories and actions of others.

I learned very early in my life of the centrality of Christ in my father’s life. He spoke to God as a frienin his personal devotions. I learned about his faith in the living God, especially in the tough times. It has been said that trials not only work our faith, they can also prove our faith works. My dad wenthrough many trials, but he stood firm and sought the Lord in every situation.

However, the most important legacy my dad left for his family and friends is the legacy of the Gospel. He was unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s power to deliver and change the hearts of men and women, boys and girls from all walks of life. He treasured this Gospel so much that he gave his whole life tirelessly proclaiming it and training others in the work. When he founded AEF in 1960he gave the Asian Church a priceless treasure and laid the foundation for the Gospel so that nationaevangelists and Christian workers could go out to the ends of Asia.

Having served AEFI for nearly 30 years I am now looking to the Lord for another exciting chapter in my life mentoring and encouraging younger leaders to do the work of evangelism in Asia.

I am conscious of the fact that for AEFI to continue -we need to tell and retell the story of AEFto the next generation. We need to gather a band of dedicated prayer partners and supporters who will treasure the Gospel so dearly that they will pray fervently give generously and go willingly.

Just in the last 18 months, the scope of AEFI’s ministries has been growing exponentially. And witnew leaders coming into the fellowship we are looking to God to meet the additional financial needs for Gospel expansion. There are several practical ways you can ensure that you leave a legacy of the Gospel for future generations:

  • Give a one time or ongoing gift to the AEFI Futures Fund (the Futures Fund currently haclose to $400,000 and it is our prayerful desire to increase the principal amount to $1.5 million). We use only the interest of this fund to support the AEFI leaders and workers.
  • Support our new leaders with a monthly gift. (We are looking to the Lord for a monthly amount of $ 5000).
  • Give to the ongoing ministries of AEFI
  • Remember AEFI in your Will (please contact the AEFI office for more information).

Above all, we covet your prayers that the Lord of the harvest will continue to bless the leadership, all the workers and that there will be a great harvest of souls on a scale we have not seen before.

So, I encourage you to leave a legacy that counts for eternity in your personal walk with the Lord, iyour life of faith and in your generosity unto Him.

With every blessing in the Gospel,

Jonathan James

Presentation: The Challenge of Buddhism in the West and Asia

Saturday, 20th October 2018
10 am – 12 noon (followed by complimentary lunch)

Scarborough Baptist Church
158 Brighton Road,
Scarborough WA 6019

Come and hear what God is doing in Buddhist communities. Bring your friends!

About Peter

Peter Thein Nyunt is a native of Myanmar and was converted after living as a Buddhist monk for some years.

He is an ordained minister in Myanmar and he holds a PhD in Missiology from South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), India. He is also former vice-principal, head of Mission Studies and director of post-graduate Studies of Myanmar Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (MEGST).

He is the Founder and Director of Rakhine Missions Band for Christ (RMBC). Peter has been a guest lecturer at AEFI’s Asia College of Ministry (ACOM) in Myanmar.

He is also the author of: Missions Amidst Pagodas: Contextual Communication of the Gospel in the Burmese Buddhist Context.

RSVP

Contact Emily at the AEF Office  aefwa@tpg.com.au or 08 92038303
by 15th October, 2018

Or Pastor Matt Hall matthall1997@gmail.com Mob: 0498044804

A free will offering will be taken

Making Christ Real in Nepal

AEF Nepal members seek to actively show love to the community of people in Nepal.

Grace Academy with 580 students continues to shine as a beacon of light—ministering to the people in word and deed. God is blessing the dedicated efforts of the staff as 100%  of our students who sat for the nationwide School Leavers Certificate (SCL) examination passed some with flying colours!

Grace Rescue home gives shelter to orphans and our house parents encourage and nurture the children.

Medical camps run by volunteer doctors, nurses and other medical staff continue to bring hope and the love of Christ to displaced communities affected by the recent floods, landslides and other natural catastrophes.

Soon after the earthquake disaster, an AEF Nepal team visited a nearby village that was badly affected by the calamity. A man whose house was completely decimated asked our workers “I want to know why you came …my own family members living nearby did not come and help… but you came all the way from Kathmandu…why did you come?” Our workers replied: “the love of our Lord Jesus brought us here.”

 

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18.

Training the next generation of leaders in Kalimantan, Indonesia

By Pastor Matt Hall, ACOM lecturer

IMG_20160216_123947361_HDRThe Asia College of Ministry (ACOM) centre in Kalimantan, Indonesia, is the newest addition to the growing ACOM schools run by AEF International. Some 20 pastors and ministry workers attended the recent training in February 2016.

 

 

For those who attended, it was a challenge to study the book of Exodus. For most of them, part of the challenge was to travel on very poor roads by motor bike for up to 6-8 hours to attend the ACOM training sesIMG_20160218_134938658_HDRsions.

IMG_20160218_134956263_HDREqually for some, they had to dig into their limited funds to make the journey to reach remote Sanjan, therefore making it almost impossible for them to contribute towards their training costs. The ACOM students are ministering in village contexts supported by congregations who are predominately subsistence farmers. Very few of those attending the training sessions are able to be sustained on their present stipend.

The response to the ACOM training in Kalimantan is very positive and there is huge potential to grow this ministry amongst more pastors and indigenous missionaries and ministers. AEF International would not want to see the lack of financial support as a barrier to any Pastor or Minister continuing with their studies. We have set up a fund to support Pastors and those training for other fields of ministry such as missionary work. For instance, for just over $30 AUD an individual pastor would be supported for one of the quarterly training sessions. It would cover their food, accommodation and other practical costs which would release them to concentrate on their travel costs to attend the training. Recently one church has responded by agreeing to sponsor three pastors for each of the quarterly training intensives which on current costs is an annual amount of $AUD 360.

IMG_20160217_080722093_HDRWith further prayer and financial support AEF International greatly desires to help equip more pastors, ministry workers and indigenous Christian missionaries to continue to reach the Dayak people of Kalimantan with the gospel.