Going overseas has been “mission impossible” in the past year. A significant number of missionaries have had to stay in Australia due to the travel restriction, including some missionaries supported by our church. However, it does not mean that missionary work is on a standstill.
Missionaries have been conducting online bible study classes for people who are overseas. One of our missionaries has been running online classes for international students who had returned to their homeland. Not only the total number of online classes flourished, attendees also extended to their friends in Australia and to workers. Our Cantonese Christianity Explained class also welcomed participants from both interstate and overseas in the last term. The sharing of God’s word can transcend physical limitation. This can be a new way for mission.
CPC frequently supports missionaries who serve people who have the same ethnicity as us. It would be harder to go back to some of these areas even post COVID. Would we consider supporting missionary work to other areas and ethnicity?
One of the possibilities could be Nepal. Nepal is ranked 34th most dangerous country to follow Jesus. (more at https://www.opendoors.org.au/get-involved/resources/) It is one of the poorest countries in the world and its population is about 10% more than us. 80% of the population believe in Hinduism, 10% in Buddhism and 2.85% in Christianity. Some of us learnt about the needs of Nepal recently.
You might think that missionary work is beyond what you can be involved in. But your prayers for our own missionaries, our missionary committee, many missionary organizations are absolutely valuable. It is a challenging time for missionaries and missionary organizations as they reflect on their strategies and goals. Our prayer support is more crucial than ever. Let’s pray for them!