f 5 6/11/2013 8:49 AMFor the national bird of Bhutan, the black raven that claws loudly as it soarstowards the mountains, there is no border between India and Bhutan. ForBhutanese Christians, crossing to India offers freedom to worship as they please,or on their home side, imprisonment and fines.Pastor John prays with Nima, 17, a child sponsored by CICM.mail - Matthew 9:37-"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few..." https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=677873a6ee&view=pt&search=i...
Pastor John prays with Nima, 17, a child sponsored by CICM.Born in Sikim, (now part of India) Pastor John says, "God took me to Bhutan in1968 and put His vision in my heart. At that time, there were only one or twobelievers in all of Bhutan. I did not have any theological degrees, but I felt deepin my heart there was something that needed to be done for the Lordsministry."The pastors work in Bhutan started with a short prayer of healing for a very sickgirl. "I prayed a very small prayer, Lord, please heal this child. I went to workand 24 hours later I got a call, Our daughter is healed...now we want to followChrist." That "small prayer" was the spark that led many to understand theGospel message.f 5 6/11/2013 8:49 AMA woman reads her Bible during a gathering of believers in India.Bhutanese law prohibits the gathering of Christians outside of their homes.Public preaching results in immediate fines and imprisonment. Pastor John, whocurrently lives in India within eyesight of Bhutans mountains, goes in and out ofBhutan regularly to encourage believers as he meets with them in their homes. Itis not easy being a minority Christian in Bhutan. "Our church members inBhutan have been arrested for showing the Jesus film and preaching," he says.mail - Matthew 9:37-"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few..." https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=677873a6ee&view=pt&search=i...
Women praying during a gathering of believers.Pastor John also has a church in India, a short walk from the border of Bhutan,visited by many Bhutanese believers who cross the border to attend. Accordingto him, these times together in India are used to teach, encourage and strengthenthe Christians before they return to their house churches in the mountains ofBhutan. "We will teach them till they grow in maturity," he adds. "I get to meetwith a lot of people and hear about their problems. When we pray, God doesmiracles and in that way, we as the church (in Bhutan) are growing."Pastor John reemphasizes the importance of house churches, "We started withone house church and now the number is uncountable."Courageous leaders like Pastor John are spreading the Gospel message in theface of adversity. CICM has a team of dedicated evangelists who regularly startnew ministries in unevangelized countries. With Gods help, these CICM leadershave planted over 1,000 churches in India and its neighboring countries.Please consider supporting these leaders who carry out Gods will. Your gift willhelp share Jesus love and light with the unreached people of the world. Thankyou for your thoughts, generosity and encouragement of the ministry of CICM.f 5 6/11/2013 8:49 AM