The church in Sri Lanka is growing fast but needs strengthening in their understanding of God’s Word.
The civil wars may be over, but warfare in the spiritual realm for many to come to Christ has never ceased. This is where many in church leadership are faltering at the present time, mainly due to their lack of sound Biblical teaching. But DPM is committed to help change that.
During our last outreach trip in Sri Lanka, the Pastor of a congregation of about 100+ members in a suburb of Colombo said to me that they had preachers a-plenty visiting Sri Lanka, but he said the need of the hour was for teachers. This is absolutely true!
Spiritual opposition is rising in various ways in different linguistic regions of the country. Amongst the Sinhala speaking people it is the Buddhist radicals and amongst the Tamil speaking people, Hindu radicals from India have begun to indoctrinate locals against Christianity. As a result, the church is faltering from fear due to the lack of spiritual strength that comes from knowing God and His Word.
The last time we visited Sri Lanka, several Pastors came to us at the end of every meeting and told us how they had been strengthened by listening to the teaching. The consensus was, “when we did not know the Word, we feared the spiritual and physical attacks, but now having come to know of our authority in Christ we go back with a strength to serve God and our congregations fearlessly.” And that is why we now need to leave them with much more teaching in the form of books and micro SD cards with audio teaching on them which will give them even more ongoing teaching messages on a variety of subjects.
In the last year we completed training at one Bible school in Jaffna where 50+ young leaders were taught for over 50 hours from several of Derek’s books which are vital to the growth of the leaders and their churches.
Yet another Bible School in Kilinocchi has completed nearly 30 hours of study and will be completing the remaining 20 hours in the coming months. By God’s grace we have had several openings into persecuted areas in Sri Lanka and this now means we need more books and SD cards provided in their Sinhala language to cater to the spiritual hunger of this group of people.
This year we will work with our Sri Lanka co-ordinators, Sam and Olivia, to see Derek’s material distributed widely throughout the nation. This will include translation and printing of Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose into Sinhalese as well as printing several books in Tamil and English. Printing the books these believers need will cost approximately $11,220 and, in addition, we would like to provide 1,000 leaders with an SD card containing many of Derek’s audio messages, costing $6,600.
Would you mind considering sending a special gift today to help us build His church in Sri Lanka?
The time to strengthen the church is now to help ensure that much of the work accomplished by the churches is not destroyed because of the lack of teaching. As God’s Word says, “My people are destroyed because of the lack of knowledge (of the Word).” Will you be able to partner with us both in prayer as well as financial support to provide Derek’s much needed teaching in Sri Lanka?
For over 20 years, Ps. Gopaljee and his wife, Ganga, who live in Kathmandu, have served Derek’s ministry without receiving any wages from DPM. They have a passion to do all they can to get Derek’s teaching of God’s Word into the hands of the million or so Christian believers all over Nepal.
Gopaljee recently told us, “We are very much thankful to DPM for helping us to provide books to the Pastors, Bible school students and other spiritually hungry people. I am honoured to be part of Derek Prince Ministries by which we are able to spread the great teaching of Derek Prince. The impact of Derek’s books has reached almost every district of Nepal and beyond”.
And in turn, we are so thankful to you, our New Zealand partners, for your generous support which has helped make this possible.
Since Gopaljee first started serving Derek’s ministry in late 1996, he has facilitated the translation, checking and printing of over 600,000 Derek Prince Nepali books covering 68 titles. Of these, a good number have been sold in small shops at four locations across Nepal, with all sales proceeds used to pay for the people involved and the costs of distribution; whilst about 400,000 have been given away to churches, Bible schools and believers all over Nepal.
And it isn’t just Nepal where Derek’s books have been distributed. Gopaljee says, “I have been contacted from Gulf countries where Nepali people are working, and a Pastor from far west Nepal will be coming shortly to receive Derek’s books from us so that he can distribute them to the pastors and believers in that area.”
IMPORTANT NEWS RELEASE
Last October, an anti-conversion bill was quietly passed by the Nepali Parliament meaning that preaching, sharing the Good News and baptizing people or converting people to Christianity is now a criminal offence !!!
But in spite of this, it’s “business as usual” for Gopaljee as he continues to translate and print even more books.
As we start 2018, 25 Nepali books are now out of stock and we would very much like to reprint these as soon as possible so we can continue to help satisfy the hunger of so many brothers and sisters in Nepal.
Reprinting these 50,000 Nepali books in 2018 will cost approximately $45,000. So I wonder if you would be able to help us to make sure these are available, please?
Thank you so much for whatever gift you can make today.