ASIA OUTREACH MINISTRY REPORT
Missionaries Don and Patti Hall
Dear Friend and Prayer
Christmas & holiday greetings in Jesus name -- the real reason
for the Season!
you prayed for our strategic outreach during November to the Asian
nations of Taiwan, Thailand, Burma and Pakistan - and some helped to
make it financially possible. In behalf of hundreds of precious lives
who were impacted with the Gospel, we express our deep appreciation.
Photo: Dan at Filipino
church in Taipei
Don was joined by family member, Dan Van Arsdall,
a former pastor with a heart for missions. Together they set out on a
rigorous schedule of training and evangelism programs, in mostly
Third-world conditions and political unrest. Here is their report:
TAIWAN -- It was a joy to be
with missionary friends, Harry & Kay Leid, who pastor the
International Christian Assembly and its outreaches in the city of Taipei.
Four services were held where hungry hearts were touched by the Lord.
ICA has nearly 20 nationalities who are a part of the ministry, with a
strong Filipino constituency. A short break allowed us to visit the
National Museum, filled with antiquities from China - and “Taipei 101”,
the world’s tallest building!
Tallest Building in the World -
MYANMAR (BURMA) -- In
Bangkok, Dan and I were united with another friend, George Butron,
Area Director of Foursquare Missions. From there, the three of us flew
to northern Thailand within the Golden Triangle - noted for its
huge trafficking of heroin and meth by powerful drug lords. The next
few days in Burma we providing training to over 50 church leaders. We
were truly humbled by their dedication. In spite of the threat of
arrest by the atheistic military regime in Myanmar, these
pastors are a special part of a church growth phenomena taking
place throughout the country.
Burma Church Leaders
A young pastor, we call “Buffalo Boy”, told us an amazing
story of how his village church grew overnight. It had remained
less than 25 people for a long time until a family’s water buffalo
disappeared. The church prayed for the animal to return and not be
harmed or stolen. Several days later the buffalo showed up to the
surprise of all the village people. They saw it as a miracle. The next
Sunday, and every week since, over 100 pack out the church!
"Buffalo Boy" with Don & Dan
-- We arrived 3 days before President Musharraff
declared Emergency Rule, and in the midst of thousands of protestors
being arrested - yet we felt the Lord’s protection everywhere we went. 15 programs
were held, including a public school and Church Leadership Conference.
Most of the others were open-air services, sponsored by a network of
churches led by Pastor Haroon Bhatti. Program sites
were mainly in remote villages in the state of Punjab.
Although a temporary ban on large public crowds had been declared,
usual attendance was still in the hundreds. Those who came were
among the nations poorest struggling to survive - and dear to the heart
of God. Many accepted Christ as Savior and others received prayer
for healing from various afflictions. Spiritual hunger and simple
faith resulted in an outpouring of God’s grace.
Don playing the Pocket
That same grace was also felt
as we dealt with the chaotic conditions of Pakistan -- the
political turmoil, air-pollution at its worse, indescribable traffic
and road conditions, and a steady diet of hot chicken curry that
eventually took its toll. Yet the two of us felt honored to be His
servants to communicate a message of hope and God’s love to the people
Thank you for being a part of this and other mission
outreaches during the past year through your prayers and loving
support. 2008 promises even greater blessings. Please pass on
any prayer requests that you or your family may have so we can partner
together in prayer. We care - and are here for you.
With much Love and
& Patti Hall
Don & Patti Hall
Corte Montena, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532 USA
(951) 471-3180 / (951) 361-6457