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Overcoming Poison, Injury, and Age to Share the Gospel

Sometimes in mission work, the Lord sets forth a plan, and One Challenge is humbly blessed to be a part of it. He works in people’s lives, in ways beyond our ability. An example of this is Alan*, a mission worker in a Southeast Asian nation.

Before Alan was born, his father was a church planter in a remote part of this country. He succeeded in planting a church, but was then poisoned. After six months of recovery, he and his family moved to a different location.
poisonAgain he planted a church, and again he was poisoned. This time he spent eight months recovering. His family insisted that he find a different job, which he did, becoming a government employee. However, he never lost his passion for mission. When Alan was four years old, his father dedicated him to ministry and surrendered him to become a cross-cultural worker in his place.

Now 28 years have passed and Alan is one of the key Southeast Asian leaders whose ministry a One Challenge team helps facilitate. His campus ministry is thrilling. Over the last five years, he has exceeded his father’s wildest dreams by reaching more than 2,200 university students. That alone is encouraging, but there’s more.

A Plan for Alan’s Father

Recently, Alan’s father retired from his government job and, while working in the forest, was struck by a falling tree. His concussion was significant, and last May Alan hosted his father, who came from a distant island for medical treatment.

fallen tree

During his recovery, Alan’s father witnessed firsthand the work his son is doing and was challenged by what he saw. Three weeks after returning to his home on the distant island, he telephoned his son. “Alan,” he said, “I was so encouraged by your fruitfulness that I committed myself to this kind of ministry. I now meet with three small groups of traders from a nearby country on our property. They have questions about Isa Al-Masih through the lens of their religion, but my experience has only been with animists. What should I do next?”

churchAlan began coaching his father on how to multiply those first seekers until they became believing traveling merchants who take the gospel with them wherever they go and make disciples of those with whom they meet. By God’s grace, those first three groups have now become six groups, and there are now 17 traveling traders taking the good news of the gospel throughout their sales region!

A One Challenge worker says, “We heard Alan, with tears in his eyes, share about his father’s willingness to shrug off poison, injury, and age to jump back into what God is doing among the nations.”

Prayer Focus

  • Pray for this One Challenge team as they continue to serve mission workers like Alan in this needy nation.
  • Pray for Alan as he continues to win, build, and send university students, and for his father and those 17 traders who are taking the gospel with them wherever they go.

Church Planting & Growth
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We invest in people and opportunities that enable churches to be planted, thrive, grow, and multiply. When invited by local leaders, OC conducts training for church planters and those interested in learning about disciple-making movements.

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