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Pastor Training

Perhaps the single greatest need in the church worldwide is for trained leaders to shepherd the growing number of people coming to vital Christian faith.

This need is especially acute in countries where many pastors cannot afford formal education. In India, several thousands local pastors and missionaries have been trained through regional conferences or seminaries. 

Country to country, we support locally led pastor and lay church leader training through connecting them to training resources. In many countries, we are blessed to come alongside church planting trainers who are trusted to lead by organizations like The Timothy Initiative and several denominations. We encourage collaboration with other ministries to cultivate accountability, teachability, church unity, and respect.

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The Heart Behind The Harvest

Church planting, poverty alleviation, pastor training, disaster relief, education. 

Whether you’ve been supporting Harvest Bridge for years or have just begun learning about us, you probably know we are involved in all these things. At first glance, it can appear that doing so much in so many places might hinder our focus.

However, we have only one goal: 

To equip South Asian Christians to serve their communities more effectively. With our assistance, people and communities in South Asia are transformed by the love of Christ.

Harvest Bridge does not create local ministries, but equips ministries that already have proven themselves to be effective. We work with those who have done much with little. 

These men and women not only know their communities best, but also know what it means to give up everything to follow Jesus, and can say it is worth it.

Harvest Bridge began in 2008 and has since grown to partner with over 250 indigenous pastors and missionaries in eight countries. Through them, thousands more have received pastor training, disaster relief assistance, support for sustainable development and education programs, and more.

Our work covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Three major religions, scores of languages, and numerous ancient cultures are represented in these countries. 

This is why our ministry programs vary by country; in addition to a range of physical needs and resources, the spiritual needs and cultural contexts are different as well. Our goal, however, is always the same.

While our Asian partners minister in ways appropriate to the needs and traditions of their regions, our U.S. operations need to accommodate U.S. traditions as well. One of these traditions is year-end giving. In the U.S., about 30% of annual giving occurs in December. We are so thankful for those gifts and for the work they enable us to do!

The challenge for us is to fund ministry needs spread throughout the year, especially in late summer and fall when nonprofit giving hits a low point.

If you haven’t given recently, would you consider a gift to our Where Needed Most fund? This allows us to stand alongside our Asian brothers and sisters in Christ in a season when support for their work can be scarce.

“Our God is so good to us. He answered our prayers and blessed our ministry beyond our expectation. Through our prayers and ministry efforts, many sick people have been healed and found salvation. We have started Bible studies and formed home-cell groups, so that the new believers will have more chances to learn the word of God. Thank you for your support of our ministry!” ~ Church planter in Myanmar

In Christ, 

Kate Therese

Director of Mobilization

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Five Reasons

Whenever we have the opportunity, Harvest Bridge seeks to partner with other established organizations on a range of projects. 

For example, we work with The Voice of the Martyrs to meet the needs of our many persecuted pastors and missionaries. We’ve partnered with UMCOR, World Relief and Samaritan’s Purse on disaster relief and community development projects. We work with Global Commission Partners to provide modest levels of monthly support for our national missionaries. 

These organizations have trusted us with their finances and resources. Why? Here are five reasons. 

Reason #5: We focus where we are most needed.

We work in countries where Christians are tiny minorities and extreme poverty is widespread. We work in South Asia, mainly in areas where less than 2% of the population is Christian and where humanitarian needs are great.

These are places where local Christian ministries face the greatest challenges with the fewest resources.

Reason #4: We work through indigenous ministries, with accountability.

HB does not compete with local churches, but empowers them. Local ministries and missionaries are intimately familiar with local conditions and speak local languages.

Our partners have invested their lives. 

Many have been beaten for their faith or lost their jobs. Some have been imprisoned, tortured or had churches burned down. Yet they have planted churches, established ministries in the slums, and proven themselves faithful.

We regard monitoring as an ongoing activity rather than just an occasional checkup. We have national and regional coordinators who know our partners and see them often. We have a network where problems can be detected and resolved before they grow. 

Reason #3: HB is an unbeatable value.

We have extremely low overhead, thanks to our hardworking volunteers and industrious Asian partners. By leveraging local resources, we can accomplish your missionary and humanitarian objectives for a tiny fraction of the cost. 

Our partners are men and women who have proven they can build effective ministries in difficult places with little outside help. We co-invest with these people. 

For the cost of sending four foreign missionaries, we come alongside over 250 national missionaries!

Reason #2: Our partners’ work speaks for itself.

In areas with persecution, our partners openly take a stand for Christ. Where we work, Christians are denied good jobs, pastors are beaten, and churches are burned.

In spite of poverty and persecution, our partners are on the front-lines – sacrificing to help the poor, sharing the Gospel in word and deed. 

In 2015 alone, they baptized over 5600 men and women!

Reason #1: This is God’s work!

Harvest Bridge was the answer to a prayer.

By God’s grace but with few worldly resources, we grew in eight years into an organization that has trained thousands of pastors, educated hundreds of children, and helps over 250 missionaries to unreached people groups in eight countries!

God continues to bear witness to our missionaries by working through them in remarkable ways. 

Join us through prayer and giving! 

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“I Had Not Opened My Heart’s Door” | Mamun’s Story

Mamun* and his wife Tabitha*, whose testimony is here, have had a long and fruitful ministry within Bangladesh. They have faced extreme persecution, and many obstacles,yet have continued steadily in ministry. Here is Mamun’s testimony, followed by a look at his and Tabitha’s ministry.

“I was born in an ethnic Hindu family and my group were very low in Hindu society. This was because my people’s work was to remove the skin of dead cows and make shoes from the material. This is very bad in Hindu society, so we were in the lowest kind of work in society

I grew up to do destructive things in society. I used to illegally make and sell wine in the market, and I had many addictions to drugs and alcohol. I had bad friends, and I was a bad friend

I continued my school education and passed the Secondary School Certificate class, but when I went to college, I had the worst kind of fellowship. I joined a radical Hindu terrorist group; I became hopeless because nobody supported me or my work, and all people hated me, even my family. 

All my friends rejected me and I thought about what I could do. In the meantime, I got a job as a film operator for the Campus Crusade for Christ Jesus Film program. I was among different types of people than I been before. While serving in this job I completed many theological trainings only to get promotions in my position, not knowing that it was for my life.

When I was preaching about the 4 Laws of Salvation after showing the Jesus Film, I was preaching Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”. I thought to myself that what I was preaching, I myself had not done. I had not opened my own heart’s door, so how could Jesus live in me? I was also using John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”. 

I was thinking to myself that I could not get His peace until I confessed of my sins. Then I was crying among the crowd of people where my senior pastors were present. I was sobbing and embracing my Pastor and leaders. I begged pardon for my sins to all the people and prayed to the Lord Jesus, saying I am here for You and I want to give my life to You, please forgive my sins. 

Then each and every person from Campus Crusade for Christ put their hands on me and prayed, so on the 20th of June, 1986 I accept Jesus through water Baptism in a river. I became a new man in Christ, and promised that in my life I would continue for Him and His kingdom work, and that is what I have done.”  

In less than three years, Mamun has directly led over 230 individuals to Christ.

This has happened by the Holy Spirit, through Mamun’s work of one on one evangelism in villages, job training programs, agricultural training, showing of the Jesus Film, and church planting. He and Tabitha are passionate about discipleship and creating sustainable Christian communities, so they are seeing their movement multiply in previously unreached areas!

Next week we will share the persecution this faithful couple has faced, as well as their perseverance

Please keep Mamun, Tabitha, and their three children in your prayers!*Names changed for safety

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I Was Honored to Suffer for Jesus

Pastor Malachi* is faithfully ministering with his family in the Andaman Islands, India. He reaches Andamanese, Nicobarese, and Kharia peoples.

“I was born in Tamil Nadu, but my family moved to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands when I was five years old. We were not financially sound, but my parents did their best to provide a good education for their children. I was the oldest of four children (two boys and two girls), so my parents put their hopes on me for improving the family’s fortunes. My parents were rigid Hindus, and they devoted me to many different kinds of rituals.

Around the time that I completed my high school studies, I began to question the truth of Hinduism. At the same time, I reconnected with two neighborhood girls who were once rigid Hindus; they had gone to university in Nagpur and dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ. Part of me was angry at their conversion, because I was proud of my Hinduism. At the same time, however, I knew that both of them were once facing many questions and problems like I was facing now. They told me that they found joy, peace, and rest in Christ

I was curious, and continued to learn more from these girls as I began looking for a job to support my study expenses. Soon after, someone came and screened a Christian film called Dayasagar in our village. My heart was touched by the wonderful works of Jesus, and I began to think positively about Christianity.

There were no churches in our village, but I eventually came in touch with a pastor named Mark* and began to attend Sunday worship at his church. My parents feared that they would lose me if I became a Christian, so my father told Pastor Mark to only teach me good morals without converting me to his faith. 

In spite of their efforts, my regular church attendance and discipleship with Pastor Mark paved the way for me to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. My conversion created many problems in my home, and my family tried to prevent me from going to church. With Pastor Mark’s encouragement, however, I confronted these antagonisms for the sake of the Gospel.

The problems only grew – my family friends, and the other villagers opposed, threatened, and abused me so much that I could no longer bear to live in my village. I went to discuss these issues with Pastor Mark, but my parents followed me to the church and scolded both me and the pastor. They took my watch and untied my clothes right in front of Pastor Mark. They also reported to the police that their son was missing

When I found out about this, I went to the police station and told them I accepted Jesus Christ of my own free will. The policemen responded by beating me and throwing me into a dark, bug-infested jail cell. I was honored to suffer for Christ, much like Paul did.

In the meantime, Pastor Mark was seeking all ways to have me released. The police superintendent was a Christian, so I was released once he found out what happened. My parents were called to the station and told that they could not stop me from being a Christian, as I was then 21 years old.My father then made a document to disown me and  said that I was not entitled to anything he owned. Once again, I was honored to suffer for Jesus. I took baptism on December 2nd, 1996. 

Pastor Mark accepted me as a brother, and I was married to my wife, Rue*, on August 10th, 1998, and we now have two children, a son and a daughter”.

Pastor Malachi received a diploma in church planting and evangelism in 1995, and has been in full time ministry since 2007. Please pray for his family and ministry, and that their churches will continue to grow in numbers, and most importantly, depth!*Names changed for safety