Exploration trips to the highland people groups in this region began in May 2004. Getting there was not easy. The mountainous roads to the China/Vietnam border were rough. But excitement burst in our hearts as we saw God at work among these unreached tribes! After a miraculous encounter with the “man of peace”, many more hearts began to open to the gospel after seeing life transformation. As we saw 20 young people give their lives to the Lord, we realized the need to open an outreach center. Evangelistic outreach and discipleship training began in the city, and after having an encounter with God, we sent new local Christians back to their nearby village homes. A breakthrough had come, but not without persecution.
Our heart is to evangelize and disciple people in our target people group, and plant thriving churches among their communities. We desire to raise up Christian leaders and disciplers who will in turn evangelize their whole people group. We truly believe in indigenous missionaries, and the power of local missionaries. Our heart is to see locals from our target people group sent to other neighboring tribes and beyond.
Despite local government persecution, tribal opposition and the presence of multiple cults, hundreds of unreached people have heard the gospel for the very first time. Pilot outreach center was established in November 2004, and since then 3 churches have been planted in this mountainous region. We are thrilled to see the 4 full time local missionaries whom we have raised among this tribe diligently traveling from village to village to share the good news in their mother tongue. Through this indigenous method of evangelism, many new believers have met Jesus, been baptized, and are now undergoing discipleship and leadership training.
Pilot outreach center was established in November 2004, and persecution of many kinds have continued ever since. Family opposition toward the gospel, insecurity about government reaction, and fear of the spirit world are a constant battle of the mind among our target tribe. Occult and witchcraft activity have been embedded among this people group, and the combination of extreme poverty and lack of education creates huge difficulty in sharing the gospel. We need united prayer to counteract the works and darkness and continued encouragement in the midst of difficult ministry. Every month, we need $1,100 to fund the local missionaries’ living allowances and outreach center facilities.