Beauty for Ashes

Isa. 61:3, To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Cambodia is a very poor and struggling country, where the average wage is less than 5.00 per day. Prior to 1975 there was estimated around 10,000 Christians. In the 1975’s a dictator rose up and after 5 years of torture, starvation and genocide, nearly 2 million Cambodians lost their lives. Reports claim 100-200 Christians survived. Today there are approximately 300,000 and growing. As we traveled and interacted with many pastors and Christians, we felt as though truly God has given beauty for ashes.

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

It was a privilege to once again travel with Raymond to Ree village in Nepal. We had the pleasure of taking with us his assistant Joshua Slabaugh and a young man from my home church, James Schwartz. I had been there with Raymond in 2011. At that time we walked about 4 ½- 5 hours UP!!!! the mountain from the end of the road and had a very special time with believers from across the mountains. This time there is a road up the mountain a bit further than we had gone the last time but still UP!!!! The “road” required a 4 wheel drive vehicle to scratch and bounce its way up from the river at around 2000’ elevation to the village at around 4600’. The 8 seat vehicle had 14 adults plus a couple young children and all of our luggage and supplies. At the top, we were greeted by very friendly brothers and sisters who helped get us and our luggage the final ¾ of a mile up and down the path into the village where we were shown to the village home of the local pastor and his wife who warmly welcomed us and treated us very hospitably although they spoke very little English.

How Can We Overlook This Great Call?

It has been a great privilege to serve the Lord in India for over three weeks. It has been a stretching, inspirational, humbling, encouraging, convicting, faith building experience, and has increased my hunger for the Word of God. What a privilege, what a blessing has been mine! Thank you Lord. God is so good. And…

What Will Be Said of Our Generation?

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” What a joy to again have the privilege of serving the Lord with MTM in India! This time the venue was Himachal Bible College and Seminary in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. February 3-10, 2018…

“…the villagers secretly planned to kill me.”

…said the 88 year old pastor who attended the MTM Kingdom Builder’s Conference at the Pamati Church of Christ, in Myitkyina, Myanmar. This 88 year old pastor gives a clear testimony to the MTM team of God’s faithfulness. His touching story brought tears to our eyes! The following true account was given in person to…

It Is Moments Like These….

    A hut clings to the side of a mountain. A fire burns on a hearth as we enter. A window allows streams of light to cut through the dimly lit room. We sit on the floor in a circle and talk and sing over steaming potatoes and milk tea.  It is ten minutes…

One-Year Homework Assignment

God continues to broaden the horizons of MTM as a global discipleship ministry. December 18-22, 2017 MTM conducted a pastoral leadership conference in the desert of Egypt northeast of Cairo. Egypt is the 6th largest Islamic country in the world after Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria. The work of the Lord to build His…

“We Cannot Say Good Bye…”

….said a Nepalese leader in closing… “We Feel MTM Will Come Here Again.” The assembly of saints in worship and fellowship is such a delightful experience.  Barriers of language and culture largely fade into the background when gladsome hands warmly clasp those of fellow-believers, when their heart-felt expressions of greeting are exchanged, and their mingled…

From Head Hunters to Disciples

The tribes in the northeast part of India in the past, into the 1700’s, were known as “Head Hunters” they were vicious and lived to prove their strength by how many human scalps they could display on the walls within their living quarters.  It was in the later 1700’s when the gospel was first heard…

THE HARVEST TRULY IS GREAT

The time is short, the fields are white, the laborers are few, and our MTM schedules are full! A VERY SPECIAL, HEART-FELT THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU THAT PARTNER WITH THIS MINISTRY!  MAY THE LORD REWARD YOU OPENLY FOR YOUR LABOR OF LOVE On behalf of MTM, THANK YOU for your prayers and financial…