Something amazing is happening in Tibet.
Last year, one Tibetan Buddhist priest embraced Jesus Christ and became a Christian pastor. He converted after seeing the love of Christ shown by a group of Christian workers who helped out and provided relief to the people of the region when a major earthquake struck the area.
Now, that same seed of Christian love has grown. In an update, Asian Access reports that 62 other Buddhist monks have decided to follow the footsteps of the former lama and are now following Christ.
In addition, and as a result of the labours of this new Christian community, thousands of others Tibetans have also become followers.
What is causing this avalanche of Christian conversions? Director Joe Handley of Asian Access says it is mainly due to Christian workers who provided hope and healing to the people of Tibet in the aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquake.
“They haven’t seen Buddhists, Hindus, or other religious groups helping in the midst of the rubble. Rather, week after week, it is the followers of Jesus who have proved the test of time, sacrificed their own lives to serve and been the hands and feet of Jesus.”
The new converts are now being discipled. “We invest deeply, building their capacity so they can reach their communities,” Hanley says.
“God does amazing things when you invest in people and see them grow deeper in Him, grow stronger as leaders, learn how to reproduce other leaders, and then it spreads through church planting efforts in ways that are simply remarkable.”
- Give thanks for the Buddhist monks who have become followers of Christ, and for so many Tibetan people also becoming Christ followers through their witness.
- Pray for these new believers, for good and ongoing discipleship, for protection over them and their families. Pray for their faith to grow strong with roots that go deep into the living water of Christ.
- Pray for Tibet, for many more to encounter Christ Jesus in life transforming ways in this strongly Buddhist nation.
Jeremiah 17 vs 8: “They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Source: https://joelnews.org/, http://www.asianaccess.org/