Update June 2018
Jason Ministries Update
(Oceania, Africa, Asia, Middle East)
COUNTRY June 2018 + -
1) Afghanistan 09 02
2) American Samoa 15 01
3) Australia 16 03
4) DC Congo 20 07
5) Fiji 05 03
6) Ghana 15 08
7) Iran 23 04
8)Kenya 03 01
9) NewCaledonia 10 01
10) New Zealand 07 02
11) Nigeria 02 - -
12) Papua New Guinea 36 01
13) Philippines 74 03
14) Republic of the Congo 19 08
15) Samoa 23 - -
16) Singapore 37 02
17) Sri Lanka 12 01
18) South Africa 12 02
19) Sudan 04 01
20) Thailand 53 04
21United Kingdom 06 02
22) United States of America 17 04
Totals 405 55 05
Of interest is the following:
Increase: All countries with the exception of the following.
No change: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan.
Loss: American Samoa, Fiji, Kenya, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea.
This represents an increase of 55 Online Group members.
Sadly we lost 05 online members Internationally. We will pray that they return and try again to overcome SSA.
A few countries are bucking the trend in their respective countries and this is represented in their figures.
Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are continuing to grow regardless of their openness to "selling sex" now seen as a tourist commodity and unacceptable in the sight of almighty God. Please pray that more people will see the light and desire freedom.
Iran sadly displays an open rejection to SSA. which is punishable by execution. However, almighty God is opening a door for that country to share their concerns and frustrations with SSA. Covert underground church related activity has increased the number of anonymous members to 23 members God is good.
The online anonymity seems to be helping members by holding firm to their confidences and yet at the same time, opening up to much needed sharing with others who are experiencing the same or similar concerns in the lives as far as SSA goes. I am likewise seeing a deepening of Christian understandings by a number within the Group. This is a very difficult thing to achieve given the backgrounds that some have come from given the countries that they live in and the pressures that they live under such as Islamic and other beliefs that have ruled their lives. It is a blessing to see these men opening their hearts to receive the Gospel and indeed starting to talk freely about almighty God. One of the joys is that so many have returned to church commitment and are growing even stronger in the daily and spiritual walks.
The Lord is continuing to do a mighty work of grace in the above mentioned countries. Oftentimes I have no knowledge as to how these dear souls happen to come across JASON, but I am pleased they do. There is so much hurt, suffering and pain being experienced by these members that they are crying for help and turning to Jesus Christ to turn them from SSA to that which is beautiful in His sight.
I now have assistance that is making this task somewhat lighter on myself. Thank you Jesus.
Let us together uphold these dear people and their countries before the throne of grace and seek blessings on them all from almighty God.
Kia tau te aroha noa ki a koe. Amine.
(Grace be with you. Amen)
+ Bishop Paul
A battle for the heart of Africa - Burundi
In Burundi these last few weeks, there has been moments of tension, conflict, celebration, overwhelming terror and periods of calm and storm. The last 18 hours has been a period of calm. Let me give you a little background; personally as to why am in Burundi and also I will put this political situation into context.
As a member of Homsexual Anonymous, I have likened the struggle within to that of a civil war, often characterised by the above-mentioned conditions and feelings. I moved to Burundi 5 weeks ago as I am a Director of a mission organisation, and we are currently initiating a farming project here. We seek to transform a community in one of the poorest parts of the world through the love of Jesus Christ and believe that reconciliation, between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes, is a fundamental part of this. However progress has been hampered due to the political situation. However, I am convinced God is working behind the scenes….. what good are projects if the hearts of men and women are not transformed?
Burundi is a country that has been torn by civil war and poverty. Though the civil war ended 20 years ago, the current unrest relates to the fact that two weeks ago the President announced his candidacy for a 3rd term, with elections coming up in June. Many consider this to be unconstitutional and illegal. The opposition have taken to the streets of Bujumbura, the capital, but most of these protests have been blocked and streets barricaded. Several have lost their lives in this time but thankfully not as many as had been anticipated. Thousands have fled the country. Concerned friends and family have asked me why I have not left. If the embassy calls for an evacuation, I may leave but not now as God has told me to remain.
On Wednesday, when I got a visa extended for the next two months, things escalated and by mid-day a Coup d’Etat was announced by the military. That was when the dancing on the streets began; all while the President was in Tanzania. At 3.30am that night there was no dancing going on. Instead there was a torrent of machine gunfire and explosions about 1km from where I live. The target was the radio and broadcasting base which the opposing parties (ie., a divided army) were vying for. The President’s supporters won out and now on Friday, the President has resumed his position and is back in the country. After two days of being completely house bound, I sense pervading sense of calm which is almost “too quiet”.
The political situation here in Burundi may be far from stable, and the future far from certain, but I know that above all, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has a plan. My personal belief is that a Burundi is on the brink of revival but the battle is on. I am trusting that A National Day of prayer will be called. Please join me and many others in Burundi and all over the world as we pray for God’s healing and His glory to shine in this beautiful land. Thank you God for your perfect peace!
Tom from Ireland
May 15th, 2015