Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, greetings!
First, I would like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year!
We often like to celebrate the Chinese New Year by wishing each other to have “A NEW BEGINNING”. In fact, this concept of “A NEW BEGINNING” does have a biblical basis. Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2). It is God’s desire for us to leave our past and do new things!
Today, the Lord is giving us a chance to do something new –to spread the gospel to the Arabic world through SOW’s multimedia Bible study materials. In the last few centuries, western missionaries went to preach the gospel in the Middle Eastern countries. Recently, many of they were being expelled because of the political turbulence in the region. The Lord is using Christians of Asian descent to pick up the baton and continue His kingdom work. At this moment, SOW is called by God to complete the 1st Arabic version multimedia Bible study material entirely funded and made by Chinese Christians– the Book of Esther Arabic Bible Study Set.
I am very grateful for your continuous prayers and financial support on this project. We had not only completed the translation portion of the video, but also entering the final stage of proof-reading. You may get an idea of how it looks like by viewing a short clip (Click Here). Please pray that the production and distribution of this Bible study set would not be interrupted because of the turbulent political situations and warfare. The total cost of this project is estimated to be $50,000. Currently, we are still short of $41,300. If the Holy Spirit moves you to be part of this ministry, you may contribute online (Click Here). It is a privilege to participate in a ministry that will bring God’s word to the biggest unreached people group – the Muslims. Please pray that this project will be completed without obstacles.
There are approximately 420 million Arabic-speaking people in the world today. The Islamic religion has infiltrated the people for more than 1400 years. Many Muslims are direct descendants of Ismael. The hostility between the Jews and the Arabs is still on-going after so many generations. Therefore, it is very difficult to bring the gospel to the Arab world. But our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commission to go and make disciples of ALL nations. Being complacent will not take us to any nations. And we know that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus Christ. In order to fulfill this commission, we have to face the challenges and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us be reminded that the Bible says, “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9). We are honored to have this opportunity to bring God’s word to the biggest unreached people group in the world of the Arabic-speaking countries!
Psalms 8:5 says, “Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” For God loves us so much that he crowned us with glory and honor! We can have this honor because we are His children. We can share HIs glory because He give us the opportunity to participant in His plan. It is my sincere hope that we may follow Him and do new things, serve Him with all our hearts to reach out to the those who have never heard of the gospel, and have the compassion to the lost souls. One day we may joyfully receive our crowns when we see our Lord face to face!
Warm Regards in Christ,
Rev. Susan Chen
Founder and Lifetime Volunteer
Spring of Water International Ministries