A SUMMARY OF THE VISIT TO THE CHURCHES IN ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
In August of this year, the
International Assembly sent Pastor John Lo to Taiwan to help with the
International Youth Fellowship seminar.
After that, Pastor Lo began a series of visits to churches in several
nations and performed evangelical work in some newly developed areas. The places he visited included the Philippines, Sabah
(East Malaysia), Singapore, Australia, West Malaysia and India all in a
period of two months. The major purpose
of this journey was to understand the overall church situation in these places
in order to provide information for future working plans of the world mission
of the International Assembly. In
addition to his work in Sabah,
Deacon John Chin worked with him throughout the journey. Because of the earnest prayers of many
members throughout the world, God led them and worked with them so that there
was unexpected grace and harvest.
- August 11 to 17
The tasks in the Philippines were primarily performed
at our Prayer House in Mansilangan which is located
in the suburbs of Bacalod. They held an evangelical and spiritual
convocation, several family evangelical services and visited some members and
newcomers. A total of 26 were baptized,
40 received the Holy Spirit, 55 visions were seen and many sang spiritual
songs. May all the glory be given to the
We have presently 217 members in
the Philippines. They live in three different areas - Bacalod, Cundoggon of Negros and Davao of Mindanoa. Our Prayer
House in Mansilangan held prayer meetings twice a day
at 5 am and 5 pm. Some members came to
the church to pray daily before and after work.
In this trip they met an old lady who was a member of the Catholic
Church for more than 30 years, and later joined the SeventhDayAdventistChurch
for 12 years. Finally, she joined the UnitedPentecostalChurch for another ten
years. In her long course of pursuing
after the truth she was still unable to find the perfect truth. This time, she came to our church and studied
carefully the essential doctrines of salvation.
She discovered that our beliefs are in complete accordance with the
Bible. She was truly joyful and
satisfied. in one prayer, she was filled with the Holy
Spirit and spoke in a new tongue. Later
on, in three separate prayers, she interpreted tongues. The interpretation of each prayer was as
follows: "This is the true church." "This is a peculiar church."
"This is the truth." God certainly confirmed to her that our church
is the true church, Her testimony greatly edified the
They also visited a woman
suffering from colon cancer in its final stages. They prayed together with her; she received
the Holy Spirit while lying down in bed and sang spiritual songs. Her faith was greatly increased and she came
to church to attend services. Finally,
she received water baptism. Because of
the fervent intercessory prayers by the congregation, her condition improved
and she was filled with joy. On August
16th (Sabbath), 100 people attended the service. The prayer was exceptionally strong and the
Holy Spirit descended mightily. i
I received the Holy Spirit and 7 saw visions. One of the sisters saw a beautiful heavenly
city and there was a crystal clear river flowing through it. Trees, full of green leaves and all kinds of
fruit grew along the riverbank. She also
heard the angels singing. Suddenly,
there appeared large letters above her, "Live a holy life."
The Filipinos are generally kind
and loving. Many thirst after the truth. It is indeed a fertile land for the
gospel. However, since the country is
encountering grave economic problems, many are jobless and lead a poor and
difficult life, especially in the villages.
Therefore, church offerings are minimal.
They need the financial help of our international Assembly for church
construction and ministers' living allowances.
We pray that the Lord will open the gospel door in the cities, so that
people in a better financial state may have the opportunity to receive
salvation and help our church in the Philippines become self-supporting.
- August 18 to 27
During the nine days in Sabah, they visited a total of
20 churches, 13 of which were aboriginal churches. Deacon Jonah Yap and three other brothers
took special leave from their work to accompany Pastor Lo to visit the
churches. The five of them worked
together with one mind and heart. They
prayed fervently and the Lord worked with them.
A total of 91 received the Holy Spirit and 84 visions were seen. Many were filled with the Spirit of God and a
few experienced healing. While on the
trip to the interior churches, they traveled unpaved and bumpy roads. They even had to ford a river in their vehicle
several times. Thanks to the Lord, a
brother willingly offered them the use of his new Jeep. This enabled them to complete their visiting
work successfully. The believers in the
churches they visited thirst for the truth and attend services zealously. They also demonstrated a warm and sincere
hospitality. This deeply moved Pastor
Lo, the churches in Sabah
are prosperous spiritually and blessed by God, because unity exists among the
workers. During this journey, many
churches prayed fervently. The Holy
Spirit worked powerfully to the extent that some church buildings were shaken
during prayer. Although the weather was
very hot, the burning zeal of the believers in pursuing after the Lord was even
fierier. In the church at Apin, one received the Holy Spirit and 4 saw visions in one
prayer. In Pengarawan,
10 received the Holy Spirit and I saw visions.
In Tinuhan, unexpectedly in one prayer, 12
received the Holy Spirit and I saw visions.
During the whole journey, many
people saw wonderful visions. A sister
was filled with the Holy Spirit in a prayer and heard a loud voice saying,
"The Lord Jesus is coming soon." Following this, she heard angels
singing the hymn, "There's a great day coming". She also saw a glorious light and went after
it without realizing that she had moved more than 15 feet, weaving through the
crowded chapel without touching anyone.
A brother who was praying saw a vision of the Judgment Day. Jesus was sitting on the Judgment Throne with
a radiant face. Many angels dressed in
white garments lined the sides of the throne while people were waiting to be
judged. The Lord opened the Book of Life
and called out each name. Those who were
called walked up the steps to the throne.
At the same time, the hymn, "Glory to God!" was heard. Those names which were not in the Book of
Life were taken by angels to the side and pushed down to the bottomless
pit. He was at the back of the crowd and
waiting for judgment; he trembled with fear and perspired for he did not know
whether his name was in the Book of Life, then the prayer ended. His testimony edified the entire church
tremendously. Another beautiful vision
was seen by a young sister who prayed with three of her good friends next to
her. She saw a dove fly from the right
hand of an angel and descend on her head.
Immediately, she received the Holy Spirit. She then pleaded to the Lord to grant the Holy
Spirit to her friends. Shortly, she saw
three other doves descend upon each of her friends. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit,
though Sabah has
many churches, there are still many areas to be evangelized. We pray that the Lord will choose more
workers to dedicate their lives wholeheartedly to full-time ministry and fight
a good fight for our Lord.
- August 28 to September 7
On August 27th, Pastor Lo arrived
at Singapore from Sabah. An evening evangelical service was held and
200 people attended. Two persons
received the Holy Spirit. The next day,
he flew to Sydney, Australia to meet Deacon John Chin
and begin the work there.
We have a Prayer House in Sydney and in Melbourne,
with memberships of 40 and 30 respectively.
Short spiritual convocations were held in both places and were greatly
blessed by the Lord. In Sydney,
several family evangelical services were held and they were invited to the
medical school of SydneyUniversity to introduce
the perfect gospel and the history of our church to some Australian
students. During the seven day visit, 9
were baptized, 6 received the Holy Spirit and 14 saw visions. A lovely little sister prayed earnestly and
saw eight visions in four days. The
visions included glorious light, golden gate, the bleeding and crucified Lord
wearing the crown of thorns and the burial of the Lord in the tomb. During the two days in Melbourne, five received the Holy Spirit and
one saw a vision of glorious light.
The members of both Prayer Houses
originally came from West Malaysia, Sabah,
Singapore and Taiwan. Some are working while others are attending
school. Thank God for his guidance and preservation. They are all zealous in faith and love the
Lord. They desire earnestly to establish
churches there and also are concerned with the evangelical work in other parts
of the world. May our Lord prosper the
holy work in Australia
and build up His church there.
West Malaysia -
September 8 to 14
On September 8th, they visited the
most southern churches hereof
in the State of Johore. The next day, they flew to State of Penang from Singapore. Altogether, they visited six churches in
north Malaysia. After that, they visited four churches in the
south Perak state region. On the 12th, we went by bus to Kuala Lumpur and visited
5 churches and one prayer house in the central region. There are many believers who thirst for the
truth and seek for the spiritual blessing.
They followed Deacon John Chin and Pastor John Lo on visits to these
churches and attended the services held.
Due to the abidance of God, 27 received the Holy Spirit, one saw a
vision, the faith of many was revived and many were filled with the Holy
Spirit. At the night service of the 13th
at the KlangChurch, 220 people
attended. They prayed earnestly and
seven received the Holy Spirit. During
the afternoon of their departure, they were invited by the Satabah
Prayer House to hold a special service.
About 120 church members from five churches attended. The entire prayer house was filled with
people. That kind of spirit, seeking
after the truth and spiritual blessing, was indeed moving to those who were
there. The service lasted about four
hours. The prayer was very earnest and
lasted more than 40 minutes. 5 persons received the Holy Spirit. As a result of this special service, the two
workers had to postpone their return flight to Singapore. Many believers accompanied them to the
airport. That moved them deeply. The truth has been preached to the West
Malaysian churches since 1927. Right
now, there are over 20 churches and 2000 believers. We pray that God will bless the churches in West Malaysia and help them to work together to develop
the holy work.
- September 16 to 28
On the 16th, the two workers
reached Madras, India and began their 13-day
schedule. During the first seven days,
spiritual convocations and workers' seminars were held at two of our churches
in Pammal and Ambathur,
which are close to Madras.
On the 21st, they flew to Trivodram in the state of Kerala. During their six days of work there, they
visited churches and held spiritual convocations and workers seminars. Praise to our Lord, 31 were
baptized, 89 received the Holy Spirit, 89 saw visions and 19 were healed of
their infirmities. During one of the
prayers, one of the brothers was filled with the Holy Spirit. He saw a vision of the world map whereby
there were two doors in India. One of them was closed while the other was
open. There was a minister who was about
to open that door. In the prayers of two
evangelical services two visitors, who were possessed by demons, were healed
and the demons were cast out from them.
Our church has preached in India from 1969
until now and we have a total of 38 churches and more than 3,000 members. Most of the churches are located in the
villages and suburbs. Members are living
in poverty and the church is unable to be financially self-supporting. They still require the help from the
international Assembly for their church building construction and ministers'
living allowances. We pray that the Lord
will open the door of salvation in the major cities so that the gospel may be
shared with the more affluent to improve the financial situation of the
church. We also plead to the Lord to
send more missionaries to India
to help with the holy work.
On the way back to Southern
California, Pastor Lo stopped by Hong Kong and Taipei.
He returned home safely on October 1st.
Under the blessing of God, his two-month missionary journey finally came
to an end. May all the glory, praise and
thanks be given to our Lord Jesus. We hope our brothers and sisters throughout
the world will pray especially for the churches in the newly developed areas,
such as the Philippines, Australia and India. May the Lord strengthen them and be with them