April 11, 2016 by Paul Chappell
There are some books that you read, finish, and move on. And then there are books that you read and feel profoundly thankful were written. For me, Forward in the Face of Fear: My Life for Christ in the Muslim World by Edgar Feghaly is in the second category.
This newly-released autobiography is riveting. If you think biographies are less than engaging, you haven’t read this book. From preaching the gospel under sniper fire to sheltering refugees in the center of war to witnessing and seeing dramatic conversions of Muslim men and women, this book will hold your attention.
But it’s more than a page turner. Forward in the Face of Fear impacts on a deeper level than simply entertainment. This book will… (more…)
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February 22, 2016 by Paul Chappell
As recently as a couple weeks ago, I stood with Dr. Daniel Kim at the DMZ by North Korea. It’s a heartbreaking feeling to stand just a few hundred yards away from people locked in a country of repression and, for Christians, a place of severe persecution—and be able to do nothing to help them.
Those familiar with persecution statistics know that North Korea has ranked the highest country in religious persecution for the fourteenth straight year. But it’s not just North Korea that is closed to gospel missionaries or persecuting of Christians in the country. The annual study on religious persecution that ranked North Korea at the top has ranked the rest of the top ten as Muslim countries (Iraq, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Libya).
What can those of us who live in freedom do for the sake of the gospel in closed nations? (more…)
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February 3, 2016 by Paul Chappell
It would be hard to describe the level of prayer, planning, and preparation that preceded Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia.
And it would also be hard to describe the level of blessing God is placing on it. It’s overwhelming to see what God is doing.
I plan to write more later, but I wanted to post a quick update now to share what the Lord is doing and thank partners who have been interceding with us for the conference this week in Manila. (For snapshots moments of what the Lord has been doing, see the pictures I’ve been posting to Twitter and Facebook.)
Several months before the conference, we chose the theme “striving together for Asia and beyond.” I have been so encouraged by the real striving together that has taken place leading up to and during this conference. This hasn’t been “striving together” in name only, but in Spirit-filled reality. (more…)
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January 25, 2016 by Paul Chappell
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:—2 Thessalonians 3:1
That’s what we are praying for Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia February 1–3, 2016—that God’s Word would have freedom and work in lives.
This conference is an undertaking of incredible magnitude, and we’re praying that it results in abundant fruit in one of the most needy areas of the world—the 10/40 window. This area contains over four billion people, and 95 percent of these are unreached with the gospel.
The great need of the 10/40 window makes this area one of the most potentially influential in the spread of the gospel—the cutting edge region in worldwide missions harvest.
Will you pray with us for this conference? And will you pray specifically for the following needs? (more…)
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January 7, 2016 by Paul Chappell
I’ll never forget my first missions trip to the Philippines in 1975. I remember going up into the mountains to village churches—and to villages with no churches. I remember the extreme poverty. But more than the physical poverty, I remember being taken aback by the immense spiritual need, open hearts, and need for gospel work.
Today, the need for laborers across Asia is still great. Considering the population to missionary ratio, it’s a greater need than it’s ever been.
Yet, we’re encouraged that over the past decades the Lord has called many missionaries to serve across Asia who are investing their lives in planting churches and training national pastors.
Additionally, the Lord has raised up many national laborers across Asia who are preaching the gospel as pastors, evangelists, and missionaries. (Today, the Philippines is one of the highest missionary-sending nations in the world.)
It is for these missionaries and national pastors that we have planned Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia to be held in Manila, February 1–3, 2016. Already, the response has been overwhelming with missionaries and national pastors coming from over fifteen countries. With just the people already registered, this conference will be a historic event—the largest gathering of independent Baptists in Asia of which I am aware. (more…)
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