“The people we serve and the place we live has been particularly resistant to the gospel. Generation after generation of Buddhism creates what seems to be unscalable and impenetrable walls to spiritual breakthroughs. So, when we see God’s hand move, it’s so incredibly exciting.” — Andrew Hipps
Andrew and Beth Hipps, along with their four kids have lived in Southeast Asia for nearly three years now. God has given them the opportunity to share in villages where construction-working families live in poverty. They minister in two different villages every Monday and Wednesday evening.
The Monday night village has a few believers. Andrew really enjoys this time as he teaches and sees God at work in the camp. Here, the Word of God is laid before the group every week, disciples are growing and being baptized. They have also been introduced to a believing family who has a son with a massive tumor between his eyes, causing retardation and severe medical needs. The Hipps and other believing national partners have been able to help this family in various ways, as well as providing supplies and prayer in their home for encouragement.
The Wednesday night village has no believers. The Hipps’ children attend this village and play with the kids in the village. The teaching team focuses on the village children, doing a backyard Bible club of sorts, with games, Bible story, prayer, Scripture memorization and a craft each week. One precious teenage girl is so proud to have memorized John 3:16 and has recently asked if she can love both Jesus and Buddha. The Hippses answered that she must believe in Jesus alone but are so encouraged that there is a growing desire for Jesus. Pray that this opportunity opens doors toward the first believer in the Wednesday village.
Resources from the Cooperative Program help the Hippses with lesson materials, school fees for the village’s children and large-scale gospel outreaches for Christmas and Easter each year. Thank you for being a part of God’s work in the villages of Asia.