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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

Untitled_design_(75).pngThe Four Noble Truths: Contexualising the Gospel in Cambodia

Sarah Ardu uses the four noble truths of Buddhism to introduce Cambodians to Christ and the Gospel.

Som Chantha, from the Kandal province in Cambodia, experienced a life-changing understanding of grace through Sarah’s ministry. He was struggling with work on his farm, miserable and troubled by life. He met Sarah, who started to explain the grace of God using the four noble truths, which are foundational Buddhist teachings.

Sarah and Chantha discussed the first truth, that life is suffering. Chantha believes that both rich and poor experience suffering. He shares: “Why do we all experience suffering? Because we all have sin. The rich have sin and the poor have sin. We are the same.” 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

MANILLA.pngThe Church Planting Journey: A Personal Perspective from Mark Pedder, Philippines

Eighteen months after God spoke to my heart I went to Manila, with no plan, no clear vision, no strategy and definitely no money - the idea was ‘to see’. I went and wandered alone around Manila. I began to stumble into these large slum squatter areas (clearly I was not on the tourist route) and began to preach Christ and pray for the sick. There were some salvations, a few miracles. As I wandered the Lord showed me a vision of the harvest falling off the vine, a country where the harvest was ready but rotting and being wasted, with very few gathering it. Then He showed me another vision - churches without walls, churches made out of the masses of poor people, no buildings, nothing flash, just lots of people, a living, breathing church.

God has graciously allowed us to see a number of churches planted, dozens of leaders developed from people we led to Christ and various ministries being released as our disciples grew and developed into men and women of God in their own right. It’s been fun to watch, and I feel very privileged to have been part of what God has done so far.

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

BANGKOK_CHURCH_PLANT_(1).pngBangkok Church Plant

A new church in the heart of Bangkok has now been launched by the River Team. Of a population of more than 67 million, less than 0.3% of Thai people identify as Christian, and multiple millions in Bangkok have never heard the gospel. Led by Erik and Mariaana Klar, the River Team has now established regular services and connect groups which are predominantly reaching students and working professionals.

From the outset, the vision for this church has been to engage in different spheres of society. Alongside the church plant, the River has also commenced work in two local communities, in which many families are experiencing severe poverty. The local schools in this area are under-resourced, and not able to offer the broad spectrum of services that many of the children and families in this area are in need of. At the request of these schools, the River is now starting a Kids Club, in addition to teaching support throughout the school year. 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

blog4square.pngChurch Growth in Manila, Philippines

ACCI Strategic Partners, Mark and Christine Pedder, oversee an incredible work in Manila, Philippines. In the midst of urban slums where families experience extreme poverty in unimaginably difficult environments, they are successfully planting and pastoring churches together with local leaders.

Baseco Slum is the area in which Mark and Chris live and work. The Baseco Church has grown in strength and in numbers, and church members are now reaching out to surrounding areas. A second church in Fairview, a nearby slum area, has been planted, a third in Don Bosco and just recently Mark has started outreach in yet another community, Parola.

Parola is a big urban slum, divided by roads and large walls. It is filled with skinny walkways, and houses are stacked on one another and built over the walkways, turning them into dark and dingy tunnels through the neighbourhood.

 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

2_(3).pngFrom Local Village to Mega City: The Many Expressions of God's House

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. - Romans 12:4-6

In many countries around the world, ACCI Field Workers are engaged in church planting in a variety of contexts. Responding to rapid social change, these churches are adapting to current community needs. Particularly throughout Asia, there are rapidly urbanising populations. As families migrate for economic reasons to urban centres, more and more megacities are developing, often with heightened wealth disparity. This presents unique opportunities and challenges for church planting. 

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THE CAUSE: Have They Heard?

1_(3).pngResponding to Local Contexts So That All May Hear

There are over 7,000 unreached people groups in the world today with the highest concentration located in Asia. Some of these cultures lack sufficient numbers of believers and resources to reach their own people group. These areas are without a self-propagating Christian Church movement and may have never heard the gospel.

Part of ACCI’s vision is for a world where all people have an opportunity to hear the gospel and the freedom to choose, believe and express their faith. But what does it mean to hear? Is it possible that in some contexts, the gospel has been preached but never authentically heard?

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FROM THE FIELD: Thailand

sue2.jpgWolfgang and Dianne Sue are two of ACCI Mission's newest missionaries having left Australia for Thailand at the end of 2014. Having served on the field for just over one year it is inspiring to read of their journey so far!


We have had another exciting month here in Thailand.  We are building a number of interesting connections to villages and are looking forward to buying a car and being able to travel there. We are continuing the English and cultural exchange program at our local church. Please pray for people from the community around our church, to come and learn English and so hear the gospel message. We attended a baptismal service at church a couple of weeks back. It was a really moving service as eleven older people managed to climb into the ‘pool’ to be baptized as they sought God (pictured right).

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Vanuatu Cyclone Update

1.jpgIn March 2015, ACCI Relief launched a Humanitarian Relief appeal to provide immediate assistance and recovery assistance to affected communities. One of the projects we were able to assist with was the repair and re-building of Green Hill Primary School.


Headmaster Joseph Kalo and his teaching staff, kept their school open following Cyclone Pam in difficult circumstances. They continued the school year with kindy classes in two small UNICEF tents and classes 1 through 6 meeting under plastic tarpaulins. Very little furniture was recovered after the cyclone to furnish the classes and many children sat on the ground. School ended successfully with regular government end-of-year exams and a school picnic.

 

 

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ONEDAY visits Vietnam

Untitled_design_(63).png6 YEARS

420 PEOPLE

For the past 6 years, AOG World Relief in Vietnam, have hosted the ONE DAY Campaign. What started as a team effort in their office back in 2010, has since become a yearly event. This year 129 participants were hosted and momentum continues to grow!

Each one who comes is passionate and committed to the powerful concept of giving one day's salary in order to change someone else's world.

The team at AOG World Relief shares,

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FROM THE FIELD: Little Lambs Daycare Centre

Untitled_design.pngWe love receiving updates from our missionaries from all around the globe! 

Deb Kneale is currently working for Mothers Heart, a pregnancy crisis centre, established by ACCI fieldworkers Paul and Katrina Gliddon. Deb’s role involves training and mentoring Khmer Childcare workers at Little Lambs Daycare. This centre operates to provide a childcare service to single mothers in the Mothers Heart program, so that they are able to work to provide for themselves and their child. This enables mothers to leave their children in a safe, loving and stimulating environment while they attend work.

We hope you enjoy reading Deb's latest update as much as we did!

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