Abundant Life World Outreach Center is a Mission minded church. We believe that the heartbeat of God is to save the lost. The great commission to reach out is one of the motivating factors here at the church. It is necessary to reach individuals, families, communities, and cities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Reaching out to the world is one of the mandates that the Lord has given us.
We currently support over 36 full time missionaries on the field. We consider it a privilege to be a part of the global plan of God. Every year during the summer months, we send teams into different countries to share the gospel, plant churches, bring Bibles to countries that desperately need them and strengthen the hands of the missionaries.
Our Missions ministry is directed by Donna Eaton and is instrumental in reaching the uttermost parts of the world such as: Africa, Amsterdam, Asia, Kazaks, Mexico, & Tibet.
We are currently involved in Kenya, East Africa. Since 1998, we have journeyed to Africa each Summer ministering in market places, churches, and various other places. One of the most effective doors that the Lord has opened is named, the "National Youth Services" (NYS). The organization is run and supported by the Kenyan Government. This is a Para-Military Organization that receives young people from all parts of Kenya. The purpose is to afford them a formal education. Once they finish the 2-year program, businesses throughout the country of Africa will contact the NYS and hire these young people. This gives them not only an opportunity to advance in life, but to be able to share the Gospel in parts of Africa that so desperately need it.
These young people not only contribute to their society, but are missionaries themselves. This is an effectual door that the Lord has opened to us. There is a year-end convention which brings all 6 camps together for one great week of ministry. The power of God is released in those meetings and many lives are touched and sealed with destiny. What a privilege we have to be involved in God's plan of the ages!
Amsterdam, Netherlands has a populous of approximately 725,000 with a liberal "live-and-let-live", easygoing, and tolerant social behavior. These liberal behaviors are most often applied to Amsterdam -- and with good reason! Amsterdam has been a magnet for oppressed and persecuted people, particularly during the 17th century, when it became a haven for the Jews and Huguenots being driven from France and other Catholic countries. Paradoxically, Amsterdam is a country where Catholics were not allowed to practice their faith openly.
This tradition of tolerance has continued into the 20th century. In the 1960s, the Amsterdam became the "Hippie" capital of Europe. In the 1990s, Amsterdam and Holland have taken a leading role in liberalizing laws in favor of homosexuality. They have even sanctioned gay marriages! Similar pragmatic liberal attitudes help explain the existence of Amsterdam's "Red Light District," one of the most infamous and decadent areas in the civilized world. Without a doubt, Amsterdam needs Jesus to save the majority of its inhabitants from eternal damnation!
In July, 2000, Abundant Life sent a missionary outreach group to join Pastor Dick Flores and Associate Pastor, Michael De Jong, at the Solid Rock Church in Amsterdam. The purpose of the trip was to outreach to the lost souls in the city.
There was time allotted for introduction to the behaviors of the city. 40 churches gathered together in Dam Square for spiritual celebration, to worship and praise the LORD. The Word was preached and there was an alter call. The missionary group witnessed and handed out tracks. The churches in Amsterdam do this once a year and it truly effects the city for CHRIST.
The missionary group also went to the train station, through which people from all over the world pass. Tracks were handed out and many people were witnessed to, in honor of Jesus. There were also prayer walks and time to see and learn more of the culture and lifestyle of Amsterdam.
This was the first Mission Trip to the Netherlands and Abundant Life is looking forward to many more.
The People's Republic of China has the world's largest population and is the second largest country by area. It contains a fifth of the world's total and over half of East Asia's population.
Population: 1,200,000,000 (UK:58,100,000) Density: 325 per sq. mile (UK:616 per sq. mile) 92% ethnic Han Chinese. 100,000,000 people in 56 different ethnic minorities. Most of the population live in the east - the historical heartland of China.
Population growth has been controlled by the government promoting late marriages and forcing parents to have only one child. Abortion is legal and forced if a couple already has one child. Shanghai has a population of 15 million and Beijing, the capital, 13 million. China is 60% rural.
Ethnic groups: Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%.
Religion: Non-religious 59%, Buddhism and Chinese religions 30%, Christian 3-6%, Evangelicals 2-5%, Animist 2.5%, Muslim 2.5%, Daoism (Taoism) officially atheist, but traditionally pragmatic and eclectic.
The Communist party in the 1960's attempted to eliminate organized religion. Previously the dominant religions in China had been Confucianism (a secular philosophy), Taoism, and Buddhism.
Muslim minority peoples such as the Uygur, Kazakhs, and Kirgiz, have held their faith in Islam continually but now practice their religion more openly.
Nestorian Christians first entered China in 635 a.d. along the Silk Route via northwest China. The church they established was largely amongst foreign groups, not the Chinese.
James Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now OMF) in 1865, saw the needs of the inland provinces and he and others moved away from the coast establishing churches and hospitals. By 1949 there were about 6,000 missionaries in China and there were some 20,000 Protestant churches with over 1 million members. Christianity had not entirely been accepted as an indigenous faith, but was well established.
During the next 30 years under Communist rule and persecution, the Chinese church was isolated and forced underground. Missionaries were forced to leave, or were killed, church buildings were closed and pastors and congregations were imprisoned and persecuted. To the outside world it was difficult to imagine how the Church would survive this oppression.
As China emerged after Mao's death, evidence of a thriving church was revealed, sustained by God's grace through the faithfulness of the Chinese Christians, the prayers of Christians abroad and radio broadcasts.
In the late 1970's Deng Xiaoping allowed churches to re-open under the control of the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM). The TSPM has seen a growth in membership across China through the last two decades. Many Chinese Christians, however, will not align themselves with the official church, seeing it as too much under the authority of a Communist government and serving the Party first and God second. These meet in house churches, some isolated, others part of groups numbering several hundreds or thousands. Although figures vary it is estimated the total number of Christians in China would be 50-100 million.
The house church movement is under great pressure to register with government authorities. Reports over the last two years reveal that incidents of persecution are common and becoming more severe. Pastors are imprisoned, tortured, beaten. Materials are confiscated and meetings closed down. To register with the government means compromise and government intervention in the affairs of the church. No one under 18 can be taught the Bible or evangelized in any way. Water baptism is not permitted, as are the teaching of certain basic fundamental Christian doctrines.
The struggle to establish Christianity in China is by no means over. Support and prayer for the Church is as important as they ever were.
How to Pray
For peaceful, stable and honest government as China reforms its economic and social structures.
For Christian professionals to offer their skills for work and witness amongst Chinese intellectuals, the business community, and in both urban and rural areas.
For good Bible based teaching in the official TSPM and house churches.
For the training of godly pastors. for an end to persecution of house churches who refuse to register with the TSPM, and for the witness of those in prison.
For witness amongst Christian minority peoples. Some groups such as the Lisu have large numbers of Christians, most have no viable church or no known Christians.
Radio broadcasts beamed into China provide a valuable means of training leaders and evangelizing non-believers.
There is an area of the world where nearly 4 billion people reside called the 10/40 Window. This 'invisible window' contains the birthplace of every non-Christian religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism and others.
The bulk of the world's yet Unreached People live in this rectangular window. By the year 2000 there will be over 400 cities with more than 1 million people each. 300 of those cities lie within the Window. 2 billion souls in the 10/40 Window have never heard of Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, who died to set them free from sin and give them eternal life. They have not had a chance to call on His name...because they have never heard His Name. Without hope, unless someone goes to tell them, they will remain in spiritual darkness and bondage.
Many of the countries and peoples within this window have been closed to the Gospel. It represents the vast pagan religions of the world...706 million Muslims, 717 million Hindus, 153 million Buddhists.
Why pray for the people of the 10/40 Window?
The Lord commands, "Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest that He would thrust forth laborers into His harvest." (Luke 10)" ...for the harvest is truly great but the laborers are few." (John 4:35) "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. (Psalm 2:8)
The Bible says they cannot be saved because they are spiritually blinded, and will not be saved until that blindness is lifted by the Holy Spirit.(2 Cor. 4:4)
Jesus said, "How can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man." (Matthew 12:29) Prayer binds the strong man.
It is prayer that pulls down the strongholds of the enemy. It is prayer that prepares the soil for the preaching of the Gospel. The people of the 10/40 Window will not be saved unless someone prays and someone goes.
God is looking for many brave, bold, and obedient prayer warriors to make an eternal difference. Will you make a difference to someone in the 10/40 Window?
Population: (2000) 1,237,700
The majority of China's Kazaks live in the Xinjiang province, which is located in the far northwestern region of the country. Others live in the Gansu and Qinghai provinces of north central China. Although they have lived in China for centuries, many still do not speak Chinese and refuse to assume the Chinese way of life. They are a proud people who have held firmly to their own cultural distinctions.
The Kazaks are of Turkic descent. They are thought to be the offspring of one fierce horseman known for terrorizing travelers on the Silk Road, a major trade route stretching from China to India. they became a distinct people in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. During the Russian Civil War of the 1920's and 1930's, approximately half of their population was killed. Due to wars and political boundaries formed in the twentieth century, the Kazaks found themselves dispersed in many countries. Despite being scattered, they have preserved their language and culture.
What are their lives like?
The Kazaks are nomads who migrate seasonally in search of pasture. During the summer months, they live in round tents called yurts. Yurts are made by stretching pieces of felt over wooden frames. these tents are very portable, making them suitable to a nomadic lifestyle. In the winter months, they live in adobe (concrete block) houses.
They typically eat meat and milk products from their herds, along with some vegetables. Since Xinjiang is one of China's principal fruit growing areas, they also enjoy a variety of fruits such as grapes, melons, and apples. One favorite drink, called kumyss, is a wine made from fermented mare's or horse's milk.
There livestock includes sheep, goats, and some cattle. Many also have horses, but only for prestige. The Kazaks usually live as "extended families." These include the parents, the married sons and their families, and the remaining unmarried children.
What are their beliefs?
The Kazaks embraced Islam during the sixteenth century and still consider themselves Muslim today. In reality, however, they are the least Islamic of the Central Asia Turks. Their Islamic practices have been combined with traditional folk rituals.
Essentially, the Kazaks are Islamic animists, still engaging in ancestor worship and other such practices. (Animism is the belief that non-human objects have spirits. Ancestor worship involves praying and offering sacrifices to deceased ancestors.) They also consult shamans (priests who cure the sick by magic, communicate with the gods, and control events) for both religious and political reasons.
What are their needs?
Though several mission agencies have targeted the Kazaks of China, they have remained stubborn defenders of their beliefs. This has made progress among them very slow and difficult. Currently, there is no known church among them, and only the book of Luke has been translated into their language. The Kazaks are in desperate need of laborers who will live among them and demonstrate the love of God towards them. Unless they see Christianity lived out, they will never understand that true peace is found in Christ alone.
Perhaps the greatest obstacle keeping us from reaching them is the government's unwillingness to open it's doors to missionaries. Intercessors are needed to stand in the gap for these precious people. Only prayer can break the strongholds of Islam and animism that are keeping them bound.Prayer Points
- Take authority over the spiritual principalities and powers that are keeping the Kazak's bound.
- Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into China.
- Ask God to raise up loving Chinese Christians who will share Christ with the Kazaks.
- Pray that the doors of China will soon open to missionaries.
- Ask God to begin revealing Himself to the Kazaks through dreams, visions, and divine revelations.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Kazaks toward Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
- Pray that God will open the hearts of China's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
- Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Kazaks by the year 2002.
- Largest religion: Muslims (Hanafites) 99%
- Christians: less than .01%
- Church members: None
- Scriptures in their own language: Book of Luke
- Jesus Film in their own language: Available
- Christian broadcasts in their own language: Available
- Persons who have never heard the Gospel: 858,900 (73%)
In all this world, there is no other place like Tibet. This mysterious land is larger than the U.S. states of Texas and California combined, and is unique for its altitude, extreme weather, vast pastureland and distinct form of Buddhism. Tibet is home for some of the oldest people groups in China, and has drawn spiritual seekers for centuries. Unfortunately, that draw is dangerous, because the truth of Jesus Christ has been kept out of the land for hundreds of years. In fact, there is more opportunity for Christians to reach Tibetans under China's control than if Tibet was a free nation.
Population and Location
Tibet is situated on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in southwest China. It has the world's highest mountains and several large, rushing rivers. Tibetans are nomads, or farmers raising barley, yak and sheep. Different tribes wear dresses of distinctive style.
The Tibetans are one of the 55 minority people groups of mainland China. According to the 1990 census, there are about 4.6 million Tibetans in China, with about half in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Tibetans are also found in the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan. They are called Zang inside China.
The main economic activities are agriculture, animal husbandry and industry (carpets and farm machinery). Situated on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Tibet Autonomous Region is on of the five largest pasture lands in China. The cold and drought resistant quinko barley, which grows quickly, is the main crop.
Before 1949, Tibetans were divided into two classes of slaves and slave owners. In 1959 Chinese military invaded Tibet and it became an Autonomous Region of China. The Tibetans originally lived along the banks of the Yarlung-Zangbo River. In the early 7th century, Songzen Gampo established the state known as "Tubo" which used slave labor. At that time the Tibetans began to have relationships between the groups for 200 years. Beginning in 1271, the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties set up administrative organs in Tibet directly under the central government. In 1965, the Tibet Autonomous Region was established. There has been serious political unrest in recent years, as Tibetans call for independence from Chinese rule.
In rural areas of Tibet, people build stone houses or mud huts with only one or two rooms. Electricity and other amenities are usually not available. In the pastures, people live in yurts covered with yak hair rugs that keep the tents cool in summer and warm in winter. Parched barley or pea flour mixed with tea, known as zanba, is a staple of the Tibetan diet. Butter tea and milk tea are common beverages. The Tibetans are good dancers and singers and still enjoy tap dancing. Tibetan New Year and the Fruit-Awaiting Festival are their most important holidays. Special religious ceremonies commemorate Sakyamuni's enlightenment as Buddha and the arrival of Princess Wen Cheng.