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The Laotian HOPE - Never Too Late to Be Used by God, Even in Death!



        In the Southeast Asian country of Laos, approximately 109 distinct people groups have yet to be reached with the Gospel of
        Jesus Christ. With a population of nearly 7 million people, there are over 125 languages spoken in Laos! The challenge to reach
        the Laotian people with the Gospel is daunting when viewed through earthly eyes. In addition to the cultural and linguistic
        obstacles, the government has enacted legislation aimed against individuals involved in “Christian activities.” There have been
        instances of the Laotian government officials attempting to make Christians renounce their faith and closing down Churches that
        are seen as a threat. Christian leaders have been targeted and arrested.

        In 2016, missionaries, Tom and Gayle Silkwood, were working to create a
        version of The HOPE in Lao, the main language of Laos. They intended                                               www
        to use this gateway language version of The HOPE as a ministry tool,
        and as a bridge to create several tribal versions. When Tom passed away                                                Fall 2019                         What Will It Take to Reach the Rest?
        unexpectedly, Gayle remained in Laos, and was committed to their vision                                                Update on the
        for The Laotian HOPE.                                                                                                                                    Understanding Your Mission within the Great Commission
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        Our partners in ministry, School to the Nations (see story below), picked                                                                                It is only by playing a specific  role
        up the project and saw it through to completion. In the spring of 2019,                                                of The HOPE . . .                 that a musician can  experience  his
        Christian leaders from across Laos were invited to a premier screening                                                                                   or her purpose within a symphonic
        at a Church in Savannakhet, Laos. When it became apparent that local   Scene from the premier of The Laotian HOPE while a memorial                       performance.  God’s grand plan  to
        authorities intended to raid the event with the likelihood of harassing and   service was taking place on the floor below.   What Will It Take to   1    populate heaven with people from
        possibly arresting attendees, the premier was called off. But as He often does, God had another plan.                  Reach the Rest?                   every tongue, tribe and nation is like a

        Through the ministry of the Church that planned to host the premier, a homeless man had recently come to faith in Christ. He   A Different Kind of   2   symphony - one of divine proportions.
                                                                                                                                                                 As a Christian,  you will never fully
        prayed that God would use him, not knowing he would pass away within days of the scheduled premier. Leaders in the Church   Metric                       know your purpose in life until you
        recognized that God had provided the perfect cover for a large gathering that would not be questioned by the authorities, a                              understand your personal God-given
        funeral. The premier was quickly rescheduled. A memorial service was held on the first floor of the building while the premier of   Thinking Outside the Box   3  mission within the context of that grand   The red dots show where most of the thousands of unreached
        The Laotian HOPE was held on the second floor. In that man’s death, his prayer to be used of God was answered as the people   - The HOPE in a Box        plan of God . . . the Great Commission.   people groups are found. Source: International Mission Board
        caught a vision for using this powerful new ministry tool to reach their country for Christ.
                                                                                                                               The HOPE for India -      3       And yet, a recent study indicates that 51% of Churchgoers in America have not even
        The Laotian HOPE did not come easy. But when images from the movie illuminated the screen, the Laotians were filled with joy   Climbing the Remaining    heard of the Great Commission! So, before wading deeper into the topic of this article,
        seeing their own people in a glorious presentation of God’s redemptive story. The light of the Gospel broke through the darkness   Mountain              let’s determine that we are on the same page regarding this amazing mission from God.
        that day. We pray that it will continue to shine across Laos through The HOPE, bringing many to faith in Christ, and encouraging
        others to carry on with Tom and Gayle’s vision to translate The HOPE for the many tribal languages of Laos!            More Great Things Our    3        The Mission – Every Tongue, Tribe & Nation
                                                                                                                               God Has Done . . .                Jesus gave His followers the mission . . . “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
                                                                                                                                                                 baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching
                    Capacity Building through Partnering - School to the Nations                                               The Laotian HOPE - Never Too  4   them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt.28:19-20). Volumes have been
                                                                                                                               Late to Be Used by God,
                                                                                                                               Even in Death!                    written on this mandate, we call it simply, the Great Commission.
        School to the Nations is a missions mobilizing and missionary training ministry                                                                          The Importance of the Mission
        based on a 20-acre campus near Springfield, Missouri. In 2018, the Director                                            Capacity Building        4        In the words of John Piper, “The final goal of all things is that God might be worshiped
        of STN, Randy Copeland, contacted us about partnering to create new                                                    through Partnering -              with white-hot affection by a redeemed company of countless persons from every tribe
        translations of The HOPE. Since then, STN  has completed The Laotian HOPE                                              School to the Nations             and tongue and people and nation.” (see Rev.5:9; 7:9) The completion of this “countless
        (story  above), and  has initiated  work  on  other  new translations.  They have                                                                        number” (according to God’s assessment) will not only result in complete worship, it will
        recruited a man, Austin Baker, as their Director of Video Operations, and have                                                                           hasten the day in which this broken sin-infected world is replaced by a new heaven and
        built a studio on their campus for the primary purpose of creating translations of                                                                       new earth in which righteousness dwells (2 Pet.3:13).
        The HOPE. The goal is to replicate the work of Mars Hill with The HOPE through
        STN and their newly constructed, “Studio One Seed.”                                                                                                      The Status of the Mission
                                                                                                                                                                 Depending on which research organization you look to, there are in the world today
        In order to make The HOPE available in the heart languages of the thousands                                                                              somewhere between 10,249 and 11,757 “people groups” (ethne in the Greek; translated
        of people groups who have yet to receive the Gospel, we must dramatically   Image from the construction of “Studio One Seed.”                            as “nations” in the Bible). And somewhere between 4,425 and 7,096 of these are
        increase the output of new translations. We believe the best way to do this is                                                                           considered unreached; there is no indigenous community of Christians able to engage
        through strategic partnering in the body of Christ. We thank God for STN. Please pray for them! And please pray that God would                           the people group with church planting. In some cases, the group is so unreached that
        raise up even more partners just like STN!                                                                                                               the name of Jesus is not even known. This is the real world!

                                                                                                                                                                 Now, having briefly defined the Great Commission and its status, let’s return to the title
            The HOPE is a project of  Mars  Hill, a non-profit ministry dedicated to ministry through media.  Member of the
                 For more than 40 years, award-winning Mars  Hill films and videos have been used   Evangelical                                                  question by looking at a real life example of someone who has lived the mission.
                       around the world to introduce thousands of  people to Jesus Christ.     Council for
             The Mars Hill website - www.mars-hill.org                              The HOPE Partnering Portal - http://www.hopepartnering.com/  Financial       A Story of Two Missionaries to the Unreached
                                                                                                                                                                 In the mid-80’s, Mark and Gloria Zook were sent out by their Church in Pennsylvania as
             Email us at hopeinfo@mars-hill.org  The HOPE Ministry website - www.TheHOPEProject.com  Accountability
                                                                                                                                                                 missionaries with Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes Mission) to reach the Mouk tribe in
                                     4711 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, Texas, 77459   I   (281) 403 - 1463                   www.HelpReachThem.com            Papua New Guinea with the Gospel. The Zooks spent 2 years building a relationship

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