WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World, founded by KP Yohannan). The bicycle had not been invented yet when the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Christians in Rome. If they had existed, when Paul wrote Romans 10:13-15, “How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” perhaps he might have added, “And how shall they go without a bicycle?”
Many areas of the world today are just as remote and hard to travel to as they were 2,000 years ago during Paul’s missionary journeys.
Today, many pastors in rural Asia willingly walk great distances to help others grow in their relationships with Jesus, but they may also have multiple fellowships to nurture and families to care for who live scattered in opposite directions. They can only do so much in one day when they must do everything on foot. What happens if the people they need to help live farther than they can walk?
For many pastors in Asia, a bicycle is a good answer. We regard bikes as a means of exercise or enjoyment. However, national workers and pastors in Asia use bicycles as empowering ministry tools that enable them to travel farther faster and that facilitate ministering to more people in Jesus’ name.
Gospel for Asia released a new video sharing the story of GFA-supported pastor Kundan, whose ministry changed when supporters gave him a bicycle. The bicycle became a game-changer for Kundan, allowing him to visit the laborers on multiple tea plantations.
It is fair to say that the bicycle has doubled or even tripled Kundan’s effectiveness. With a bicycle, he can quickly respond to tea laborers who request prayer or who want to learn more about Christ, and he can also visit the homes of many more believers each week than he would otherwise be able to if he had to walk from place to place.
There is a market held at an estate on payday. Kundan and his ministry companions use their bicycles to attend the market regularly and share words of life with the vendors and shoppers.
Kundan has been ministering to the residents of these tea estates since 1997, and he was equipped with a bicycle early on in his work. So far, the Lord has enabled and empowered him to begin more than 15 groups of believers’ fellowships—people he might have never been able to meet without a bicycle.
Gospel for Asia can provide a sturdy bicycle for local pastors for just $110. The ministry recently kicked off a campaign to provide 2,500 bicycles for national workers and pastors in Asia, so that they too will be able to minister to communities farther away and get there faster, saving valuable time and energy.
To learn more about GFA’s bicycle drive or to track the progress of the campaign, click here.
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