An Opportunity to Help Bring the Gospel to Southeast Asians This Christmas
Some dear friends of our ministry recently made us aware of a great opportunity to help bring the good news of Jesus to those who’ve never heard of him before, through helping to fund the printing of an evangelistic booklet that will be used in Southeast Asia. They are seeking to raise $25,000 by November 27 to print 150,000 copies in time for Christmas. I can’t think of a better way for you and your family to invest in eternity this holiday season! My thanks to EPM staff member Karen Coleman for putting together the information below. —Randy Alcorn
Imagine a large extended family living in a tiny apartment in the steamy capital of a Southeast Asian country. They are eking out a living, but barely. The patriarch of the family trudges habitually and dutifully to the local temple to worship, leaving flowers or food. And each time, he returns home, unchanged.
December 25 will pass as any other ordinary day for this family and countless others, since they know nothing of the Savior whose birth Christians joyfully celebrate. Many even think the religion of Christianity began in the United States.
Now imagine if before Christmas this year, a small booklet called “The Ancient Path” was given to that same elderly patriarch. He curiously reads it and then shares it with the rest of his family. It tells the story of a Path older than the way of Buddha or Confucius, a Way that is Truth and Life. It’s written in their heart language, in words they can understand. The Truth starts sinking in to their hearts and minds, the miracle of salvation takes place, and the angels of Heaven rejoice!
“The Ancient Path” was written by a missionary to Southeast Asia in 2002. Ninety thousand copies were printed in the country where it was first written, and since then it’s also been translated into four other Southeast Asian languages. (Randy personally knows the missionary and his wife and endorses both their ministry and this booklet.)
Please take three minutes to watch this video that shows how “The Ancient Path” is effectively explaining the faith of the Bible, and how it’s being passed from hand to hand in mountain villages and densely populated Asian cities.
The demand has gone beyond the resources of these missionaries—for example, in one country where Christianity is suppressed and even prohibited, local leaders want to put “The Ancient Path” in the hands of every visitor who attends church-sponsored Christmas outreach events.
We at EPM would like to encourage you to support the immediate need of those church leaders in Asia for 150,000 more copies of “The Ancient Path” to be printed in time for Christmas. Funds for printing the booklets are needed by November 27 in order to print and distribute prior to Christmas. So if you feel God’s prompting to give through their GoFundMe campaign, please do it now.
Imagine meeting that same Asian family in Heaven, and knowing you had a small part in helping them find the Ancient Path—Jesus Christ.
Karen Coleman is a ministry assistant at Eternal Perspective Ministries. She spent 23 years in Cameroon, West Africa involved in Bible translation and missionary care. Before going to Africa and before EPM began, she served as Randy’s assistant when he was a pastor.