Using our extensive network, Harvest Bridge identifies local missionaries who are doing ministry throughout South Asia. Whether they minister in a city of 20 million or a village of 100, the men and women we work with recognize the need for every person to hear the Gospel.
Many work among unreached people groups (UPGs). They know what it costs to follow Christ, and they can honestly tell their own people that following Jesus is worth it. That it is worth being beaten, worth being denied basic necessities, worth being rejected by family. That He is worth it.
Over 210 pastors and missionaries receive modest levels of monthly support through our efforts, not including grants we make for other ministry and persecution response purposes to dozens of other Christian leaders in the region.
December’s newsletter is written by one of our Myanmar (Burma) directors, Pastor Than, whose name is changed for security. Pastor Than teaches at a seminary, runs a children’s home, operates a Christian book publishing ministry, and oversees a team of 30 missionaries.
Christmas greetings and thanks from Myanmar!
As we are going to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is a great opportunity for us to witness about the Saviour of the world, for sinners to come to the Lord, and for us to bring the joy of salvation to everyone.
Especially in Myanmar, where Christmas is known by everyone, why not take advantage to tell about the birth of Jesus, the Saviour and Redeemer?
Many Christians here think that Christmas is for only Christians to celebrate because it has to do with Christianity. But in my understanding, Christmas is not for the Christian only. It is for all people.
It has to be for sinners, who are desperately in need of help, being lonely, isolated, and disadvantaged, and who feel that they are forgotten, have sorrow in their heart, and instability in their mind. It is for those who need a redeemer and Saviour from all the burdens of their heart.
The Gospel of Mark 10:27 says,
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man [being saved] is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’”
And in Mark 10:45,
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
In the Gospel of John, Chapter 5, we see the man who had been at the pool of Bethesda for 38 years. When Jesus came to Jerusalem for a feast, he saw this man out of the multitude of people. Jesus knew before he spoke with him about his suffering and waiting. When He came to know this man’s heart, Jesus asked him,
“Do you want to be made well?”
I tell people, today, Jesus has come into the world to die for you and to save you from your sins. He asks to you too,
“Do you want to be made well?”
Do you want to be saved from your sins? Only Jesus can forgive your sin – just believe in Jesus.
In Luke 8, after spending her living on physicians and not being healed, a woman touches Jesus’ garment and is immediately healed. Jesus said to her,
“Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
This is Christmas. Let us rejoice and be happy as we are going to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
On behalf of our missionary partnership, we would like to express our love and thanks to the churches and individuals who support and pray for us.
You all have been so special and precious to us, as you have shown the kindness and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is our strength and courage that we have in being part of your family through Christ.
Without all your support and prayer, we would not be able to do the work.
When I began drawing a regular paycheck from my first full-time job, I was faced with the question of how to manage my charitable giving. What organizations should I support, how frequently, and at what amounts? As I researched and prayed to answer these questions, I found it helpful to think about the parallels between giving and investing.
Diversifying one’s portfolio is a core principle of investing; diversification reduces risk and increases the likelihood of attaining one’s long-term goals. It is much the same with giving.
As Christians, giving is an investment in the advancement of God’s kingdom, through both proclamation and demonstration of the Good News of Christ. This purpose encompasses a wide range of causes, such as making disciples, ensuring that unreached people have access to the Gospel, alleviating poverty, ending human trafficking, empowering the marginalized, caring for the sick, and so on.
Like shrewd investors, we as Christians should be concerned that our charitable investments make their intended impact for the kingdom of God, which includes meeting the various objectives that Christ’s love compels us to pursue.
A popular way to diversify one’s eternal impact is to support multiple Christian organizations that specialize in addressing different issues. This aim can also be achieved by supporting organizations whose missions effectively address a variety of issues. Harvest Bridge is one such organization.
When you support Harvest Bridge, your “giving portfolio” diversifies and its impact deepens.
We equip locally-led Christian ministries to serve their communities and reach their nations for Christ in the most effective ways possible; our core approach is to come alongside those who have already accomplished much with little. Our Asian partners aim to advance the Gospel in all that they do, but this takes different forms depending on the country, people groups being served, local needs, and our partners’ areas of expertise.
We are an agile organization where every dollar goes far; our work advances God’s kingdom in difficult and dangerous contexts through discipleship and disaster relief, pastor training and economic development, children’s education and persecution response, and more.
Examples of the deep impact your support makes are far too many to list, but space permits me to highlight a few.
Your support is an investment in children’s health, education and wellbeing. Children like Rajesh* in India.
Rajesh comes from a broken family; his father is an alcoholic and lives with another woman. Rajesh lives part-time with his mother, who works as a cook and struggles to support her family. He has a congenital eyesight problem, which hinders his ability to see and walk.
But thanks to monthly sponsorship and the care provided at a children’s home run by HB’s local missionaries, Rajesh is thriving. With physical therapy and corrective shoes, he is able to walk and play normally with other children. He excels in school, receives a healthy diet, loves the Lord, and shares his faith with his classmates.
Without your support, Rajesh would likely be out of school, on the streets doing whatever he could to help his mother earn money. Thanks to your partnership, he is on track to utilize his talents and pursue his dreams, bringing a transformative impact for God’s kingdom in his city and nation.
Your support is an investment in the economic empowerment of extremely poor women and their families.
Women like Myia*, a Christian woman in Myanmar (Burma). Myia has four children, and struggled to meet her family’s needs while running a small-scale garment business, but a grant from Harvest Bridge changed that.
The grant enabled her to invest in two weaving looms and supplies; her business grew significantly as a result, with her monthly income tripling within just six months. Her children now eat a healthy diet, and she uses her business to invite non-Christian women into her home, training them in sewing and weaving and sharing the love of Christ. Myia asks us to pray that these women, three of whom are interested in learning more about Christianity, would come to faith.
Through your support, Myia’s family has climbed out of extreme poverty, and their neighbors are both hearing the Good News and seeing it in action.
Your support is an investment in transforming entire communities with the light of the Gospel. Communities like Gopalpur* in rural Bangladesh.
Gopalpur’s residents were primarily animist; their religious traditions centered on appeasing evil spirits. Through the labors of three local HB-supported missionaries, nearly the entire community – over 200 people – have seen in the Gospel both the fulfillment of their deepest longings and the opportunity to follow a God whose power is infinitely greater than the spirits they previously lived in fear of.
Gopalpur’s new believers suffered persecution for their faith, including being prohibited from using the nearest clean water well. However, they were discipled well by HB’s local partners before being baptized. They knew what they were getting into, and they knew Jesus was worth it.
We convey our deepest thanks to you, our partners, for your investment in making stories like Rajesh’s, Myia’s, and the people of Gopalpur’s possible.
If you seek to diversify your giving portfolio, supporting Harvest Bridge will accomplish your goal by equipping resourceful South Asian Christians to advance the Gospel through the diverse ministries God has called them to.
Now is a better time than ever to give, as donations tend to decrease in the summer months. Having lived in South Asia and spent extensive time on the ground with our partners, I can confidently say your investment will yield an excellent return.
I’ve grown up with the men and women Harvest Bridge comes alongside in South Asia. Much like the story of Harvest Bridge’s formation, my story of joining the mission is one that was supernaturally led by God.
The summer before enrolling at Grove City College, God gave me clear instruction and a vision to work with the existing South Asian and Middle Eastern Church – specifically to join them in reaching their own people for Christ. Sound familiar?
Almost exactly a month later, in my first days at college, I met Dr. Tim Mech and heard the vision of Harvest Bridge. After two and a half years of volunteering and spending parts of two summers in South Asia, I came on board full-time with Harvest Bridge when I graduated in 2014.
Since then, I have had the privilege of learning from and joining hands with our brothers and sisters in the South Asian church. So many tears, moments of joy, and lessons in the last five years!
Tears have come while holding hands in prayer with a young pastor who was recently released from prison, having been arrested for his faith in Myanmar (Burma).
Tears came while washing the feet of two of our missionaries in Bangladesh, Mamun* and Tabitha*, whose daughter had been brutally attacked because of their ministry.
Tears came upon seeing the physical wounds left on so many of our missionaries due to attacks from persecutors.
And when sitting with Maloti*, the elderly widow of one of our missionaries in India, who has continued in her husband’s work despite her grief and many obstacles.
Joy has come while taking part in an assembly at a school in India run by several of our missionaries, where Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist students and teachers are welcomed, but are learning about the true Gospel together.
There has been joy in joining countless prayer and praise meetings with South Asian women, where we worshipped together as sisters in Christ.
Joy in witnessing the baptism and first communion of dozens of new believers in Bangladesh, and handing them their first Bible.
And joy in reading through thousands of testimonies of former Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists experiencing new life in Jesus.
And one of the many lessons is that God is using these men and women we support to reach South Asia in ways He has specifically equipped them for. There are the obvious reasons for this – as locals in the countries they serve, they intimately understand the language and the culture, they live on a similar income level as the people around them, and their physical appearance does not draw unnecessary attention or distract from the Gospel.
An even greater reason, and what I’ve seen as a foreigner in South Asia, is that the Gospel makes a deeper impact when it comes from the mouth of someone who has something to lose – especially in the countries we work, where persecution is common.
Imagine you are a Bangladeshi Muslim woman.
You hear the Gospel and are interested, but you don’t give it much thought because you know the consequences of following Jesus. Your family is likely to reject you. You may be verbally and physically abused. You could have a difficult time holding a job due to discrimination.
Essentially, everything that makes life worth living would be pulled out from under you.
How much more likely are you to be convinced that Jesus is worth it, that He is the truth, if you hear it from another Bangladeshi, formerly Muslim woman? Someone who gave up all those things and is now joyfully risking her own safety to tell you about Jesus. Someone who has counted the cost and is prepared to help you do the same.
As I reflect on five years with Harvest Bridge and look towards the future, I am deeply thankful God gave me that vision eight years ago for working with the local church in South Asia. Local Christians are the ones who are uniquely able to reach their own people for Christ, and it is our role and privilege to come alongside that work. Praise God!
Thank you for your prayers and support in 2018! It was a rollercoaster of a year – not only in parts of the world that tend to dominate Western news headlines, but also in the countries where Harvest Bridge operates.
Yet God is faithful; our South Asian partners accomplished much for the kingdom last year, despite turbulent changes in their nations.
2018 saw elections in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan.
Bangladesh’s election, held on December 30th, resulted in a landslide victory for the ruling party but was marred by violence and claims of vote rigging. Rioting has subsided, but it is uncertain what long-term impact the election will have for the Muslim-majority country’s religious minorities – including Christians, who compose less than one percent of the population.
Please join us in praying for Bangladesh, and for HB’s 51 indigenous missionaries who serve in difficult places throughout the country.
Unsurprisingly, October’s election in the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan received little coverage in the West.
Few mission agencies have a presence in this Buddhist-majority nation where less than one percent of the population follows Christ, but HB has 20 indigenous missionaries working throughout the country. Absolute monarchy ended in Bhutan only eleven years ago; the 2018 election was the third of its kind, and it brought in a new ruling party.
Our Bhutan leader informed us the changing political climate has led to increased pressure on the small-but-growing Bhutanese church. We are monitoring the situation, and with your help, we will respond to persecution that is likely to occur this year.
Pakistan’s general election, held in July, also brought change.
The party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan emerged victorious on the national stage for the first time, with Khan becoming Prime Minister. Amid allegations that Pakistan’s powerful military swayed the results in favor of its preferred winner, the country’s marginalized Christian communities continue to live under duress, and it remains to be seen if the new government will bring positive change.
Regardless, HB’s Pakistani partners continue to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel through strategic outreach and community development programs, in a context where living out one’s Christian faith can exact an enormous cost.
Political turbulence in the Buddhist-majority island nation of Sri Lanka took a different form; in October, the country became embroiled in a crisis in which two men claimed to be Prime Minister simultaneously. Resolution only took place with the Supreme Court’s intervention.
In Nepal, Christians and other minorities remain concerned about the country’s new constitution, which effectively criminalizes sharing one’s faith.
Meanwhile, as Myanmar (Burma) rightly makes international headlines over the Rohingya refugee crisis, lesser-known conflicts between the Myanmar army and various ethnic-minority separatist groups continue to affect millions, including many of our missionaries in the nation’s hinterlands.
Looking ahead, elections are due in India in May.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party swept into power in 2014; since then, Modi’s ties to Hindu nationalist groups have emboldened these groups to step up their opposition to the country’s non-Hindus, especially Muslims and Christians. There are some signs of discontent with Modi’s policies, but he and the BJP are likely to remain in power – and the situation for minorities may grow worse.
While the outlook for 2019 can appear bleak both in South Asia and elsewhere, our faith provides an unshakeable hope.
As one of my favorite Psalms indicates, we have nothing to fear when the Lord Almighty is with us (Ps. 46:1-2). Nations are in uproar, but God is greater and oversees all things (Ps. 46:6-10). The advance of God’s kingdom is not dependent upon favorable political conditions, security, or stability – and as we follow Christ, He promises to be with us always, even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:19-20).
So we embark on our labors in 2019 with hope, knowing God will continue to direct His work in South Asia, no matter what turbulent circumstances may arise. Thank you for the crucial part you play in this task!
My recent visit with our partner Pastor Samuel* from Myanmar (Burma) reminded me the secret of serving God fruitfully, with peace and joy.
Before sharing the key, let me tell you a little about Pastor Samuel.
With few resources, Samuel and his wife Martha* care for their two biological children and 18 other children in need. Since 2000, approximately 100 children have benefited from their loving care.
In addition, Samuel operates a small Christian book publishing business that has translated and printed 26 books, with another 29 books ready to print as funds become available. To help make ends meet, Pastor Samuel teaches at three Bible colleges, where he earns a total of only $15 per month.
He now leads a team of 29 missionaries, mostly former students, who serve in some of the most dangerous, unreached parts of the country.
No one who knew Samuel as a child could have predicted the direction his life took. Samuel was born into a poor family of low social status in the highlands of northern Myanmar. At age 14, he migrated on foot into neighboring India in search of work.
Over the next decade, Samuel had several opportunities to build a prosperous life outside of Myanmar, including business ventures in India and the offer of asylum in the United Kingdom. Instead, he went to seminary, earned money through diligent work, and saved all he could to prepare for his return to Myanmar.
Even now, Samuel and his family live simply on rice and lentils. The only meat in their diet is a weekly serving of chicken soup.
In spite of his sacrifices, there is not a trace of regret or self-righteousness in Samuel. He is cheerful and at peace.
Samuel discovered the key to Christian living at age 15. Though raised by Christian parents, Samuel had the misconception that he had to earn God’s favor through good works. In spite of his best efforts, Samuel felt that he always fell short. This changed when he digested Ephesians 2:8-9 for the first time, and realized that his anxious striving to be acceptable to God was futile and unnecessary.
We are saved by God’s grace, not our works!
Samuel shed the burden of trying to earn God’s approval and was able to receive, for the first time, God’s unconditional love.
He knew he was not alone in feeling burdened by his sins and imperfections, so he resolved to return to Myanmar to proclaim God’s grace and to live with grace toward others. Despite the challenges and meager resources, he is now happy and free.
Many of us, like Pastor Samuel, have struggled with feelings of inadequacy. We try to live morally and do good deeds but we know we are imperfect and may feel that we are unacceptable to God. I know firsthand that these feelings are very painful and can cause us to withdraw from God.
The antidote, as Samuel discovered, is to thoroughly digest the Biblical message of grace. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39)!
As Pastor Samuel’s life illustrates, our acceptance of God’s grace increases our capacity to give. Grace opens our eyes to God’s love for us and sets us free from insecurity, so we can extend God’s love to others.
We can’t thank you enough for your partnership in loving God and others through your prayers and support of HB. To come alongside Pastor Samuel’s ministry, please write “Pastor Samuel” on donations made by check, or give below to the General Myanmar (Burma) Ministry fund.
Last month, I was worshipping with pastors and missionaries in Sri Lanka in an area that had been devastated by the country’s 30-year civil war, a war in which conservative estimates report at least 150,000 people died, the majority being civilians.
The bullets stopped in 2010, but the scars are deep.
Our missionaries in Sri Lanka prioritize ministry to the many women and children who were widowed and orphaned by the war. In one church alone, one of our female missionaries runs a widows’ ministry with about 75 women. Nearly all our Sri Lankan missionaries incorporate some kind of orphan care into their ministry.
In addition to emotional and psychological scars, many of our missionaries have physical scars from the conflict.
One of our partners, a 27-year old pastor, miraculously survived stepping on a landmine when he was 15 years old. It was while he was healing from his extensive injuries, and mourning the loss of his parents and most of his siblings soon afterward, that he cried out to Jesus and gave his life to God.
The amount of death and pain these missionaries and the people to whom they minister have seen is overwhelming. It’s a reminder of how important it is to support local believers in serving their communities. Sometimes the only people who can comfort you and pull you out of the darkest of times are people who have gone through the same pain, and can say, “There’s hope”.
While traveling in India on the same trip, I visited five of our supported pastors in the state of Odisha, formerly called Orissa. One of the churches I visited had been burnt to the ground by Hindu radicals 10 years ago. Riots in this area led to many churches being burned, several Christians being killed, and dozens of pastors left severely injured.
Several of those pastors are now supported by us.
The church has been rebuilt completely by believers in that village, who used their own extremely limited resources. Amazingly, some of the men who burned the church down are now attending another nearby church, also planted by one of our pastors!
The men came to follow Jesus after long years of these pastors and other Christians sharing the Gospel, showing them love, and offering forgiveness when they finally asked for it.
This love and forgiveness would not have carried the same weight in these men’s lives if it had not been offered by local Christians, the ones who had been hurt by their terrorism. Another reminder of the importance of building up the local church to reach their own people for Christ.
They were able to speak truth and love in a way that no one else could.
Also on this trip, I spent time in Bangladesh visiting rural villages where early childhood education programs are being started. These are communities where parents are doing comparatively well if, between the two of them, they earn $4 a day from working in rice paddies or farming shrimp. For various reasons, it is rare for any child to be educated in these communities, and it’s nearly unheard of for a girl to go to school.
These communities are steeped in a tradition of superstition and prejudice, making change seem impossible. However, many of the pastors we support grew up in these communities. Coming from that same background of poverty and superstition, they, more than anyone, can prove there is another way. That the cycle can be broken, and that families can not only benefit from education, but find freedom in Christ.
In short, our indigenous ministry partners have the credibility to affect meaningful change in these villages.
When you support Harvest Bridge, you are supporting men and women who are uniquely able to reach their communities and countries for Christ. Our focus will always be to equip the local church to reach their own people for Christ as effectively as possible.
Last month, as I ascended into the Himalayas with our Nepalese ministry leader, I was struck by both the beauty and brutality of our surroundings.
The Nepal-Tibet border region is a land of high peaks and steep slopes, raging rivers and unpredictable weather. Evidence of flooding, landslides, and damage caused by the 2015 earthquakes was all around us.
Though it is beautiful, the region’s brutality makes human habitation seem rather absurd. Yet humans do inhabit these mountains, and most of them have never heard the Gospel – especially the people groups of Tibet.
13 indigenous missionaries supported by Harvest Bridge focus on outreach to Tibetans. These missionaries walk for hours over dangerous terrain to reach villages that cannot be accessed any other way.
Staying in the Nepal-Tibet border region for just one day was a challenge. I am enormously humbled to partner with these 13 brothers and sisters, for whom the risks of both natural disasters and persecution are a 24/7 reality.
The Nepal-Tibet border isn’t the only brutal place where HB’s missionaries serve. In fact, it is the norm for our partners to labor in the hardest of places. If someone doesn’t go, how will the people of these lands, created in God’s image and dearly loved by Him, ever hear His saving message and taste His goodness?
In rural Bangladesh, I encountered a hellish environment of a different sort. Hot, humid, flood-prone and severely underdeveloped, the places our Bangladeshi leader showed me had few redeeming qualities.
Yet amid poverty and suffering, I witnessed joy – the joy of new life in Christ.
Love for God and neighbor compels three teams of Harvest Bridge supported missionaries in three rural regions of Bangladesh to live the Gospel among the poorest and most marginalized. Their work is bearing much fruit; over 700 new followers of Jesus were baptized through their ministries last year alone.
Ministry challenges in Bangladesh are not limited to rural areas.
Take, for example, Rachel’s* outreach to Muslims in the slums of Dhaka, one of the world’s fastest-growing megacities. Bearing witness to Christ in the burgeoning slums invites harassment by extremists, yet Rachel has ministered for 13 years, seeing the Lord heal numerous physical ailments and draw Muslims to faith in Him.
Our missionaries are imperfect, broken people like the rest of us – but God uses these broken vessels to do incredible work in the most brutal of places.
Through your support, God uses you as a vital part of their ministries as well. Thanks to over 260 HB-supported missionaries like those described in this letter, you can send the Gospel to places where others can’t go.
Join us in this mission by giving Where Needed Most below, or by visiting our Ways to Give page.
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
I am unendingly impressed and humbled by the resilience and flexibility of our national missionaries. They are committed to living the Gospel and advancing God’s kingdom by any means necessary.
After the Nepal earthquakes in 2015, the border that our missionaries crossed to reach Tibet was closed by China.
Instead of stopping ministry in Tibet, our missionaries, while reeling from the tragedy caused by the quakes themselves, quickly refocused on discipling and training seven Sherpas. These men were able to cross the border and continue the ministry, so that the momentum in underground churches in Tibet wouldn’t be stopped.
In Pakistan, when one of our missionaries began her ministry, she quickly realized that in her male-dominated culture she would never be able to share the Gospel in public with other women.
She found a better way.
“I preach to those women who cannot go out of their homes due to restrictions set by the male-dominant society in Pakistan. I dare to go into their homes and pray with them there. I go door-to-door to meet with them and tell them what I know from the Bible. Once a week, if it’s possible for the women to come, I gather them together in their homes and we worship the Lord, talk about the Bible, and pray together.”
Through her ministry, hundreds of women have had the church brought to them, and dozens have turned to Christ.
A more sobering example occurred when one of our missionaries in India was tragically injured in a train accident. He lost his left leg and hand. He is now severely disabled in a country that is not accommodating to disabilities.
He didn’t stop ministry.
In fact, in his report following the accident, these were his goals to complete with his team in the following six months:
“Pray as I plan to distribute 1,000 tracts, conduct 20 baptisms, complete six Gospel outreach programs, and start house churches in 10 new villages.”
Now, three years later, he continues ministry and has refocused specifically to reach others with disabilities.
These examples are reflective of our entire network of national missionaries.
Harvest Bridge receives reports from 268 national missionaries in eight countries. They work in some of the most diverse countries in the world, with Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist majorities. In 2016 alone, through these 268 national missionaries, 3,800 new Christians were baptized, 123 churches and house churches were planted, and over 1,000 pastors and lay leaders were trained.
This happened in countries with some of the smallest and most persecuted Christian populations in the world.
And by God’s grace, our partners did this with a budget approximately the same as the cost of training and sending four Western missionaries.
Our missionaries saw this fruit by not only being flexible and attuned to the Holy Spirit’s leading, but by recognizing the specific needs of their communities and how best to respond to them.
For example, in Bhutan, where depression is high and drug use among young people is common, our missionaries focus on counseling, youth sports ministry, and prayer ministry.
In Bangladesh, where education is highly valued, the focus is on children’s education, agricultural and vocational training programs, and women’s ministry.
In Myanmar (Burma), where the church is growing quickly but lacks trained leaders, the focus is on pastor training, one on one discipleship, and evangelism to unreached people groups.
In our newsletters and social media, we report such diverse stories and needs that it can seem our ministry is pulled in many directions. However, our aim is always the same: to help South Asian national missionaries reach their own people with the Gospel in the most effective ways possible.
Your support to our Where Needed Most fund is critical to our ability to do this work. Where Needed Most funds allow us, along with our missionaries, to quickly respond to urgent needs such as medical emergencies, severe persecution, or repairs to a ministry vehicle.
Your support also allows us to respond to new ministry opportunities, such as facilitating disaster relief response, outreaches to marginalized groups, or new children’s education and adult vocational training programs.
Your support is especially crucial as we enter the fall season, when giving to nonprofits declines.
Thank you for coming alongside our missionaries as they serve the Lord and grow the Church by using their diverse gifts!
Ordinarily, our newsletters focus on the work of our South Asian missionary partners.
Harvest Bridge exists to be a bridge between the harvest in South Asia and the church in the West, so we advocate for our South Asian brothers and sisters, sharing how the Lord is working through them. In most cases, these faithful members of our Christian family would not otherwise have a voice on these shores.
However, we would not be able to fulfill this mission without your prayers and support.
By God’s design, Christians have different gifts and roles. Donors and prayer supporters are just as indispensable as front-line missionaries.
As Paul explains, the church is like a body with many parts (1 Cor. 12:12). Just as the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you!” each of us is dependent on the others (1 Cor. 12:21).
Coming alongside our Christian family in South Asia is a two-way street; a win-win on both sides of the bridge.
Your part in Harvest Bridge’s mission not only benefits South Asian Christians and those to whom they minister.
In an increasingly interconnected world, we all benefit from this work.
Every unreached people group that gains access to the Gospel, every suffering family that rises out of extreme poverty, every pastor who completes a seminary course, every vulnerable community that receives life-saving aid after a devastating natural disaster, every child from a marginalized group who attends school through a sponsorship program – all these and more are crucial steps toward building a more peaceful, just, flourishing world.
The effects of these ministries reverberate around the globe and positively impact it in numerous ways.
God has called His servants to work to build a flourishing world since the beginning.
When He placed humans in the Garden, He gave them a mandate to “work it and take care of it” (Gen. 2:15).
When He sent the Israelites into exile in Babylon, He instructed them to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city” and “pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jer. 29:7).
He tells us in Isaiah 1:17 to “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” In other words, to work toward a flourishing society.
He asks, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly before your God” (Micah 6:8).
These words continue to ring true in the New Testament era, as Christians follow the One who taught us to love even our enemies (Mat. 5:44). Obeying Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations (Mat. 28:19-20) involves not only evangelism, but teaching God’s instructions for His people in every area of life.
“We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
This love of Christ spills over into a hurting a world through His followers, who serve the poor, help the oppressed, nurture the child, protect the widow and orphan, and love the enemy.
Disciple-making requires holistic ministry to whole persons – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. As God’s teachings are put into practice by His disciples, the condition of our world slowly but surely improves.
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
As the Gospel spreads and its influence betters our world, your partnership with the South Asian church also brings personal benefits.
When we work alongside our brothers and sisters who serve in contexts of severe poverty and persecution virtually unknown in the West, we can learn much from the ways they live out their faith in these difficult contexts.
To learn and grow from our Asian missionary partners, we encourage you to follow our blog, newsletters and social media.
Our Asian partners are deeply grateful for your support, and they pray for you regularly.
In addition, we invite you to send us specific prayer requests. To send requests, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a note to our post office box, which is listed at the bottom of this page.
We will include these requests in our prayer time during staff meetings.
We can’t thank you enough for the crucial part you play in this work!