World Changers on Mission: Part 4 of 4
Photos, names, dates, and specifics are limited to protect the identities and work of those pastors and missionaries who are stepping out in faith to serve the Access Restricted Nations of Asia
Half the world’s population is located in Asia, dominated by the world religions of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Animism. My 2 hands and 2 feet joined those of 9 other Christians to deliver encouragement and training to a spiritually dark country in the Access Restricted Nations of Asia (ARNA). ARNA comprises the world’s unreached people, mainly because of the governments’ opposition to Christianity. Ethnos Asia Ministries is one catalyst for change—supporting local pastors and Christians to bring The Good News.
Don’t miss the earlier blogs of the mission team’s travels, challenges, and successes
Before our team would depart to our God-chosen county, a speaker at the EAM conference reminded us of the eagle’s story of determination and struggle to survive. If an eagle is brave enough, persistent enough, and willing to get uncomfortable enough, it can live for nearly 70 years. However, to do so it must make some hard decisions in its 40’s, requiring it to transform its body to live a second half.
By its mid-life, an eagle’s long and flexible talons become curled, so it cannot grab prey. Its beak becomes mangled, so it can’t tear and eat food. Without a functioning beak, the eagle cannot pluck out its old-aged feathers that stick to its chest and can make flying difficult. An eagle is left with two options: die or go through the painful process of renewal.
If it doesn’t transform, the eagle will not survive. When an eagle chooses to live, it flies to its nest to undergo a 150-day process by tearing out its talons and beating its beak against the rock until it’s knocked out. Eventually, a new keratin beak and talons grow back, so the eagle can then pick out its dead feathers. This is the rebirth of the eagle! Biologically this story doesn’t hold water, as a bird cannot live without food for 150 days; however, this story has circulated the internet for years based on its ability to inspire the human spirit.
I love this eagle story, because it represents so well the transformational work that EAM is undertaking in the Access Restricted Nations of Asia. Traditional ways of sharing the Gospel in religious tolerant countries don’t translate well in ARNA. EAM has to continually transform itself to make this life-long journey and catch the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Who is EAM?
Ethnos Asia Ministries’ mission is to strengthen and serve the Body of Christ in ARNA. Their visionary goals are to:
- Mobilize the Body of Christ worldwide for ministry into ARNA
- Provide training, Bibles, and other Christian literature to national leaders
- Help meet the physical and material needs of Christians who are persecuted and in difficult situations
Do any of these goals tug at your heart? Can you see your passion and gifting coming to life in supporting the following goals?
- Network with local and national churches and other Christian organizations to develop missionary partnerships
- Leverage prayer mobilization programs [prayer conferences, monthly prayer guides, prayer net, and prayer journeys] to minister to the ARNA
- Develop and host mission conferences, creating an opportunity to hear and respond to the voice of the persecuted Christians in Asia
- Launch national and regional leadership training and other programs through the Church Empowerment Program (CEP)
- Mobilize Christian business communities who have a heart for serving ARNA
- Implement relief and development programs as a result of believers’ persecution, poverty, political unrest, calamities, famine, and illnesses
Could you see yourself involved in any of these initiatives? EAM is looking for partners. What is God putting on your heart? What do you need to say yes to?
Visit http://www.ethnosasia.org to learn how to get involved in Ethnos Asia Ministries
About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in leadership, premarital/marriage, finances, and ministry. She serves in the local and global mission fields and has a heart to help others be the best version of themselves. You can contact Sandra at email@example.com