Forming partnerships with other organizations and national church networks is a large part of the One Challenge’s vision. David and Debbie, long time OC workers, build these relationships in order to strengthen and advance the church in Southeast Asia. These partnerships are working to meet both physical and spiritual needs in the region.
Water and Relief Project
Recently, David partnered with U.S. churches and believers in one country in the region to bring fresh water to a house church and a needy neighborhood, as well as get emergency provisions to a village of 56 families who have struggled badly because of a poor harvest season.
For several years this house church and neighborhood went without enough clean drinking water. The partnering members were able to arrange for a company to drill a new well, giving relief to the church and entire neighborhood.
A local leader writes: “For over two years our house church and neighbors did not have enough clean water. We have been praying the Lord would lead us and provide for safe drinking water. God has answered and provided the best water for us. We will be sharing this well of blessing with our neighbors.”
Not satisfied with just helping the neighborhood, the local ministry team, organized a relief effort to reach a village of 56 families located 5 hours north of their homes. This village has 20 Christian families. The government requires relief be given to the entire village (so jealousies do not arise). The team was more than happy to share with the entire village, as this provided a great opportunity for them to give testimony about the love of God and Jesus as the bread of life.
Ministry Leadership Training Institute (MLTI) in Vietnam
In Vietnam, the partnership between OC Singapore, Hanoi Bible College (HBC), and the International Theological Education Network (ITEN) is meeting pastoral needs via the newly established Ministry Leadership Training Institute (MLTI).
After two years of preparation and a COVID delay, the MLTI will be launched in October of 2020. MLTI is a three-year training program designed to equip 30 pastors who will become master trainers in 12 biblical modules in the Hmong language. These 30 pastors will then equip over 1,000 other pastors of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam North (ECV-N).
“Because of COVID, the instruction will take place by video and live streaming. There are many logistical challenges, but everyone is thrilled to be moving forward,” writes David. Also, at the end of these days, another OC partner, Faith Comes by Hearing (FCBH), will join and help Hmong and Khmu leaders learn how to utilize audio Bible devices (Proclaimers) and lead discussion groups for those who are unable to read their own language.
Pray with One Challenge
- Pray the new water system would bless the house church and neighboring village and lead to more conversations about Living Water.
- Please ask the Lord to establish the work of David and Debbie’s hands as they strengthen the leadership of the church in the region.
- Pray for the timely arrival of the “Proclaimer” listening devices to Vietnam
Partnering & Bridge Building One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ to advance God’s kingdom among all people. We engage in strategic partnerships out of a conviction that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.