Why does MTM conduct Biblical leadership training seminars among native Christians in SE Asia? The Title Of This Post Says It All! Ninety Three baptized believers (all from the unreached tribes of Nepal) in one year. The result of the sacrificial living of native Christian missionaries who daily lay down their lives to take the gospel to the unreached. This is the testimony that came to our ears as we recently conducted a MTM training seminar in Dhading, Nepal. How long would it take a foreign missionary to learn the language, learn the culture to attain such a success rate among the unreached? Perhaps three to five years and quite possibly….never. These dedicated passionate native Christians are fully equipped with the native language and culture and their dedication and passion for Jesus Christ is a great challenge to every western Christian ….including myself.
We had approx. 50 native Christian leaders attend the MTM leadership training conference. Many of them came from distant remote villages which can only be reached by on foot. Their hunger and great desire to hear the Word of God taught is extremely invigorating for any Bible teacher. They will sit for hours on the floor to hear the Word of God taught. How privileged were Brother Rick Rhodes and I to experience such a blessing as this? Darren Sommers also was greatly blessed to be part of our MTM ministry team.
After the conference we traveled approx 5 hours by bus to Pokhara, Nepal to continue our ministry there. Saturday morning Darren and I ministered in two different churches and then Sunday morning we shared in the baptism of 18 new believers who came to Jesus Christ from the unreached people groups of Nepal. All 18 of these new believers are the result of native Christians laying down their lives in reaching the unreached for Jesus Christ. Words totally fail me to express the joy I experienced in that baptism. This really is the bottom line of what MTM is all about. A Very Special Thank You To All Who Support This Ministry And Make MTM Possible.
Dhading Nepal Godly Leadership Seminar Students & Church Leaders
CLICK HERE FOR MANY MORE PICTURES WITH CAPTIONS
My flight from America back to Chiang Mai, Thailand was uneventful. It sure was great to be reunited with my dear wife and family. A special thank you to all who were praying for me. My time here at home in Chiang Mai was very short. I returned Wednesday evening and by Friday afternoon, yes…of the same week, we were headed to the Chiang Mai airport once again. This time my dear wife as well as Lorida and Jana were also going along to Jakarta, Indonesia. We all were invited wedding guests to Mike Stoltzfus and Yuliana (Lia) special wedding day. Lia is Indonesian. Michael David Stoltzfus originally comes from Morgantown, PA. I felt very privileged to have part in the wedding ceremony by bringing the wedding message. We stayed an extra day in Jakarta just for some special family time. This sure was great just to be together as a family.
Now we are all together back in Chiang Mai once again …. but not for long. I will soon be heading out once again. This Saturday (May 15th) I depart for a MTM Bible conference in Dahading Nepal. Brother Rick Rhodes (IGo Staff) will be traveling with me and serving as a MTM Bible teacher. Also part of the MTM ministry team is brother Darren Sommers and Pastor Harold Carpenter. Harold is from Sturgis MI and will also be serving as a MTM teacher. Please do pray for us as we go. Our students will be native church leaders and missionaries. Our native coordinator is projectiong approx 100 students. This conference theme is on Servant Leadership and was requested by the native coordinator. Thank you to all who faithfully pray and support this ministry.
Mike & Yuliana (Lia) Stoltzfus
More Wedding Pictures
My departure from Dulles International airport is nigh at hand. My time in USA certainly was very good and a great blessing…..but I really missed my dear wife as well as Lorida & Jana.
The revival meetings in Alliance Ohio truly were sweet visitations from the Lord. Blessed be God alone! Thank you to all who were praying. God had His hand in my travel itinerary and had me entering into America through California rather then New York. If I would have been traveling through Europe I would have been stranded there due to the volcanic ash cloud. Blessed be God for His hand in planning my itinerary months before I ever flew.
Another answered prayer was the lack of jet-lag. It never existed. I traveled for approx 35 hours and passed through 12 time zones to the other side of the world…..and experienced no jet-lag. Now that is just short of a miracle. One dear brother, at the meetings the first night, said this… “jet lag”….nothing doing, Jet Power !!! Bless his heart and may God be glorified !!!
Perhaps the greatest blessing was being with family. I spent several days with Mike and Laura as well as my two grandsons Kyran & Raygan in PA. Words fail me to express how special it was to be at Krista’s graduation from EMU at Harrisonburg VA.
Congratulations Krista !!!
Summa Cum Laude