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Heaven's Family Magazine
March 2015 Issue

Unreached People Groups Fund

Special Issue: 2014 Fund Directors' Report

Todd Matthews, Unreached People Groups Ministry

Sister Pang, just 1 of 50 A-Che people to give their hearts to Jesus in 2014, thanks in part to our partners who contributed to the Unreached People Groups Fund

Challenging, yet encouraging. Those words describe our work with unreached people groups in 2014. We’ve witnessed wonderful breakthroughs among the A-Che people of China, but it hasn’t been easy.

The A-Che have been steeped in idolatry for thousands of years—with no biblical foundation whatsoever in their culture. Finding bridges to communicate the gospel requires God’s wisdom. We found that, as animists, the A-Che already believed in spiritual forces, which provided a bridge of understanding to those who heard current-day testimonies of Jesus’ healing power and authority over unclean spirits. Those testimonies and the preaching of the gospel opened hearts.

Last year, the number of A-Che followers of Jesus grew to 55. Of those, 46 attended at least one discipleship program funded by the Unreached People Groups Fund; 38 were baptized!

Those conversions attracted persecution, both from the government and from opposing members of the A-Che tribe. The brand new A-Che believers had their faith severely tested. There were threats by local government officials, confiscation of Bibles, and forced recantations of faith.

I’m happy to report, however, that in the face of persecution, Paul Fang, ordained in 2014 as the first pastor from the A-Che, refused to give up. At great risk to himself—even possible imprisonment—he continues leading others to Christ and visiting the persecuted believers to encourage and pray for them. Our Unreached People Groups Fund partners with Pastor Paul Fang and his co-workers.

In 2015, we’ll continue to make disciples among China’s A-Che. We’re also adopting another unreached people group in Oman. Stay tuned for details!

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This Month's Articles

Heaven's Family's Compassion Club

Jesus so clearly described His true followers in Matthew 25:31-46. They are “sheep,” whose love for Him is revealed by their sacrifices for the “least of these.” The “sheep” are contrasted with the “goats,” who may even call Him “Lord,” but who don’t really love Him, as revealed by their lack of compassion for those within whom He lives.

Jesus’ true sheep are born again and transformed by the Holy Spirit. They want to serve Jesus every moment of their lives. They are filled with His love. They’re not “Sunday Christians.”

Heaven’s Family’s Compassion Club is a wonderful means for Christ’s followers to demonstrate their love for Jesus every day through the very means He taught—by serving the “least of these.”

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