Across the world, the Bible is considered to be the most-read book of all times. It is also one of the most precious books, especially to those who experience persecution because they follow Christ. The Bible has the power to change lives and heal the sick. However, not every believer owns his or her own copy of the Word of God. In fact, in many churches it is solely the pastor who owns a Bible. That copy is often worn because the people in the congregation pass it around in order to copy several pages at a time before handing it back to the pastor in time for Sunday’s sermon. This action continues week after week, month after month, until each member of an underground house church has his or her very own handwritten copy of the entire Bible.
There are approximately 6,900 languages worldwide, but approximately only 500 have been translated to the Bible from the protestant canon. About 4,400 of these languages have some portions of scripture available to them. Nevertheless, the 2,500 remaining language groups still need the Bible translated into their own language.
The opportunity to obtain new Bibles depends on where people reside. The majority of those who live in Third World countries reside in the suburbs or countryside where resources are limited. For those who live in these rural areas, it is extremely difficult to acquire books and other reading material. Not only is it a challenge to get Bibles, but the safety of believers is particularly important. Bibles are no longer smuggled in from outside the border; instead, they are printed and distributed from within the country. This, however, requires plenty of resources.
The Sowers Ministry provides Bibles to believers in cities as well as rural regions. We distribute Bibles to men and women in various parts of Asia and Eastern Europe. Bibles are printed in the local language and safely transported to their designated destination. So far, we have printed hundreds of thousands of Bibles. Our largest distribution warehouses are located in China, although we also have large distribution stations in India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Nepal.
A Chinese Bible costs only $3 USD. So just imagine how a single Bible can touch an entire house church and the Christian community!
More than 90% of the world’s orphans live in developing and Third World countries. There are close to 190 million orphans across the world, which is nearly two thirds of the population in the United States. The number of orphans continues to rise due to famine, malnutrition, violence, war, natural disasters, poverty, and disease. Although there are many programs and organizations that try to help and reduce those high numbers, there will always be children who suffer and live on their own in the alleys and streets of Asia and Eastern Europe.
People often overlook how severely abandonment impacts a child. The immediate and traumatic emotional affect of losing one’s parents is amplified by those who would take advantage of young children who are left parentless. Boys and girls under the age of 15 are far more likely to be snatched from the streets and forced into child prostitution. Many orphans have no drinking water or food to eat and they are usually forced to sleep on the street, in piles of garbage, or in the sewers in order to keep warm. Many children, especially young girls, are sold for child labor or sexual commodities. In China and India, the government places strict population control measures. Girls are often so devalued that many of them are abandoned by their parents at or shortly after birth. The “lucky ones” are left on the steps of orphanages. Most children, however, grow up on the streets and are forced to look after themselves. Many of them become victims of violence from local gangs or eventually join street gangs themselves.
The Sowers Ministry cares for thousands of orphans around the world. We are committed to care for as many girls and boys as we possibly can. We not only place them in a friendly, loving, and safe environment, but we have incredible staff and caretakers. Our boys and girls are fed, clothed, given medical treatment, given an education, endowed, loved, and prayed for. The most important thing we can give them, however, is the Word of God. We raise our children up with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. They know that they have a heavenly Father who loves and watches over them. In China, we have a special desire to take care of orphan girls and the disabled. Our largest orphanages are located across India and Nepal where we are able to provide the girls and boys with a fine education that will allow them to make a life for themselves. In Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, and Cambodia, most of our orphans are victims of natural disasters such as typhoons, tsunamis, and flooding. In Pakistan and Bangladesh, many of our children are rescued from child labor, violence, and mistreatment because boys are considered to be more valuable than girls. In Russia and Ukraine, we support girls and boys alike. Our main concern, however, is to take in boys who have had a criminal, addictive, and/or suicidal lifestyle, and place them in our care.
The Sowers Ministry is committed to plant churches across Asia. Our vision is to build church bodies that are solid in the Word, faithful to the call of the Lord, and bold in spite of persecution. Our church-planting typically consists of assessment, real-time training through several month of intensive Bible study, evangelism, leadership training, mentoring, and networking. Church planting based on church-planting systems tends to lead to faster-growing churches and reach more people. Intensive training and strategy sessions are the key element of church-planting systems.
Many Chinese house churches have taken their gatherings outdoors due to limited space in crowded apartments or because of security measures. Church meetings in forests and the rural countryside are not uncommon.
Every three minutes a new church is planted in India. Usually churches begin in the home of the minister or a fellow believer in Christ; however, due to rapid growth those gatherings are compelled to find larger meeting facilities which allows believers to have their own room to use for Sunday meetings, church events, school courses, a sanctuary for natural disaster victims, etc.
In the past 25 years, The Sowers Ministry has built and planted thousands of churches across Asia. Simple church buildings are erected in rural places but in nations like China, believers meet in apartment buildings or deserted facilities. Our church-planting effort focuses on bringing the Good News to the unreached. Building and empowering new disciples and then releasing them to reach others results in churches being multiplied which is critical to fulfilling the Great Commission.
The Sowers Ministry firmly believes in training, equipping, and sending native missionaries as well as evangelists into the most unreached regions of Asia. In the past, foreign missionaries came from the Western hemisphere to bring and share the Good News. Seeds of greatness were sown by incredible men and women who sacrificed their lives for the Great Commission. Today, however, much emphasis is placed on young and local believers who bring the Gospel to the less fortunate.
Native missionaries are extremely useful and efficient in sharing the Gospel with their own people groups because of their familiarity with the culture, tongue, and mindset of the natives. In addition, they have access to travel anywhere within their own country which is far more cost effective.
The Sowers Ministry invests in and sends out young people because they are eager to take the Gospel and share it with those who are lost and hurting. These mighty men and women commit their lives to the Lord’s service and desire to bring the name of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Although recruiting native missionaries comes with ease, there are risks involved such as accidents, illness, persecution, and rejection from their own countrymen. Without the support from Christians around the world, the labor of these missionaries, who risk their lives to proclaim the Gospel, would be fruitless. You can play a vital role in the training and delegation of native evangelist into the mission field or only $150 a month.
Please continue to support our brothers and sisters by praying for and adopting a native missionary who can witness to the locals and expand the kingdom. Remember, that these faithful men and women are going into uncharted territories and reaching the unreached on your behalf.
The hearts of millions of people in India have been reached and touched through our crusades and conferences. We have annual gatherings that are held on large plots of land or open fields. Some of our largest outreaches numbered over 10,000 people who have come together to sing, worship, pray, receive a miracle, and listen to the Gospel. Most of our conferences focus on prayer, devotion, faith, revival, and how to walk in the ways of Christ. Leaders and guest speakers share scriptures and preach extensive messages that address the needs of those in attendance.
Many of those who come are facing personal and financial difficulties. Some are distressed and despaired, others are suffering from a physical illness or the loss of a loved one, and a good many others are seeking fulfillment, love, forgiveness, and a new life in Christ. Whatever it is that is being sought by these individuals, the majority leave with a new sense of hope and joy and peace. Signs and wonders are common and occur at every meeting. People have reported restoration and complete healing from ailments, diseases, tumors, cancer, growths, lame and cribbed limbs, deafness, blindness, as well as muteness. In addition, many are delivered from oppression, demonic forces, and idol worship.
The Sowers Ministry has witnessed whole families from Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist backgrounds coming to the knowledge of Christ. It is an absolute delight and blessing to pray with these men, women and children, and then baptize them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, many attendees walk away with the gift of speaking in tongues.
The hunger that the people in India have is indescribable and The Sowers Ministry is excited to be launching more evangelistic campaigns in the coming year. The ultimate goal and prayer is to reach many more souls with the love of Christ and bring the Word of God into Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist homes.
Reaching the most unreached in our generation is the vision God has given us. For this to become a reality, we need to pave the way for native missionaries and evangelists to undergo training so that they can bring God's love to the unreached people groups across Asia and Eastern Europe. Thousands of young men and women are currently receiving biblical and leadership training in China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
The teachers and leaders at our training centers have years of experience establishing fellowships and working as evangelists. These committed men and women regularly accompany the students for outreach ministry. Students must fulfill certain requirements including having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, being called into full-time ministry, being committed to go to the most unreached areas, and having the ability to read, write, and speak in one’s mother tongue. Since each training center is located directly on the mission field, teams of students oftentimes start and host a fellowship alongside their usual studies. The courses are intensive and classes are held in the local or tribal language. Each session spans between three months and two years. The courses are intensive and the classes are held in the local or tribal language. Apart from studying and attending lectures, much priority is given to personal character building and prayer.
The Sowers Ministry has built and now runs hundreds of training centers across Asia. The majority of these centers are located in China and Nepal because these nations have regions that are extremely rural and unreachable. For this reason, it is very important that local evangelists and Gospel workers are sent to countryside towns and villages where they can make a greater impact. 98% of our graduates minister in places where the Gospel has never been preached before. The goal is that each of the students will gain a vision to preach the Word of God, receive on-the-job training through ongoing prayer and outreach ministry, and can fully prepare for pioneer work. Biblical evangelism is one of the major concepts of the Christian faith because it pushes Christians out of their comfort zone and forces them to face fears and deal with unpleasant circumstances, but when done correctly, it gives believers a feeling of great trust and accomplishment in Christ.
Millions of Asians are trapped in spiritual bondage and devoid of joy, meaning, and purpose. The Sowers Ministry broadcasts the Good News to the 10/40 window in multiple languages and dialects. The Holy Spirit is moving in the hearts of millions of listeners each week. Listeners are able to hear the Word of God and learn more about topics concerning God, family, relationships, health, finances, and living in peace and harmony. Sharing teachings and stories from the Bible, reading scriptures, and playing worship songs also make up part of the program.
Our radio project, the “Voice of Hope," reaches regions that would otherwise take days, even weeks to reach by foot. These broadcasts capture the hearts and minds of people deprived of the Word and have limited or no access society. In developing countries, such as Nepal, many people have no education and live in the most remote regions. Many lives are forever changed through this simple but effective tool - a modern tool that links them to the outside world and enables them to hear the salvation message.
The “Voice of Hope” reaches across geographical and political barriers, establishing fellowships in isolated areas that have yet to be reached by native missionaries. One half-hour broadcast costs $130 and a one-hour program costs $250. Friends, you can help make a difference by being the voice of hope to those who have yet to hear about a Savior who loves and has died for them.
The Jesus film is another tool used to reach people across the globe. Believers from all over the world have dedicated their lives to Christ and now fulfill the Great Commission because they were once shown the Jesus film. In our modern, technology-based life, the media has become the primary tool for mass evangelism - even in Third World countries. Hundreds and thousands of lives are touched in villages where individuals who might have never heard of Jesus are able to give their hearts to Christ. The Jesus film has played a huge part in our evangelistic program, especially in places like India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, since most of the towns and villages are so remote. A generator is carried to the rural areas in order to power a projector that displays the film after dark on big screen at a convenient location. The impact of such films is tremendous; in fact, every eight seconds, someone decides to follow Christ after watching the film.
Eighty percent of Asia’s diseases are curable—even preventable. However, the lack of access to proper hygiene, medication, health care, and hospitals has increased the number of people who are suffering and even dying from ailments and diseases — most of which are treatable. For this reason, The Sowers Ministry puts together and sends out medical teams who are willing to serve anyone who needs medical attention, all the while sharing the love of Christ. Health care providers cover a large and diverse range of medical services, including general medical treatment, dentistry, eye checks, and health education that help to address the unmet medical needs of underserved communities.
Being sick in Asia means one usually suffers in silence. Most people are too poor to purchase basic medicine or make the trip to see a doctor. Even if one had the ability to pay the medical bill along with any additional medication or prescriptions, it would be of very little use because the nearest hospitals and medical facilities would require at least a full day's journey for most patients.
This is the dilemma that many Southeast Asians face each time they fall ill or contract a serious disease, which is why our medical teams are so important. The Sowers Ministry hires a team of trained nurses and doctors who visit dozens of villages and communities — many of them located in the countryside and other rural regions. Treatment is free of charge, but the eternal difference it makes cannot be measured monetarily. In addition to receiving medical care, people are being ministered to and prayed over. Thousands of men, women, and children have been nursed back to health with the help of selfless medical personnel and in the name of the Greatest Physician of all — Jesus Christ.
Each year there are nations in Southeast Asia that are devastated by unexpected natural disasters. Floods, earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis, and cyclones ravage numerous countries, threaten people's lives, destroy their livelihoods, and cause great destruction and despair. The survivors often go under in the struggle to survive the aftermath, or are unable to rebuild their families and communities.The Sowers Ministry especially focuses on regions in China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam.
Most natural disasters strike suddenly and without warning. While there are some governments and organizations that are willing to fund relief measures and tools that could prevent mass destruction and high death rates, the application and approval procedure usually lasts several weeks. Even so, the majority of aid is received by those living in populated cities or large suburbs; disaster relief rarely finds its way into rural and isolated regions of the country. All those affected by the catastrophe simply cannot wait this long for aid. Most of all, people need food and clean water, shelter, basic hygiene supplies, and medical attention.
The Sowers Ministry organizes and provides assistance in the form of relief teams that bring immediate help to those who are suffering and covers the time-period until relief funds arrive. The severity of a disaster and extent of aid offered by relief forces given cannot be predicted, but our team is equipped with basic aid which includes food and clean water, temporary shelter in the form of tents, blankets, clothes, and hygiene articles.
In April of 2015, a team was dispatched to regions across Nepal that were severely struck by the devastating earthquakes and landslides resulting from loose soil and heavy rains. Several thousand families have been receiving help and now partake in recovery activities that enable communities to get back on their feet.
Our goal is to meet the needs of disaster survivors by providing technical support, relief supplies, medical treatment, and financial assistance to individuals and families in distress. Natural disasters leave thousands for dead and hundreds unaccounted for. When the masses undergo immediate evacuation, they lose the only life they have ever known. Remember, we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus by helping those who are threatened by such disasters.