International Year in Review
God is doing great things around the world, and it is a privilege to join in His work! IBLP continues to minister in various countries, including Mexico, Romania, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. We pray you will be encouraged as you read these reports of God’s work in Australia and Hong Kong during 2017.
Family Days are an opportunity we have to minister to home-educating families in the Melbourne area. The ATI young people conducted 7 great programs throughout the year, with typical attendance of around 100 individuals each meeting. Later in the year, 10 ATI students joined in a 2-week mission trip to the Solomon Islands to help teach the Gela people how to use their newly translated New Testament. ATI students also attended the Financial Freedom seminar. We were encouraged with the involvement of our ATI young people this past year!
Throughout the year we continued to host conferences. We offered two “mini-seminars” which were well-attended. In September, we held a Regional Family Conference. Our main speaker, Norm Wakefield, challenged us about what it means to love as Christ loves. The themed children’s program inspired them to serve in the “Lord’s army.” During the Regional Family Conference, we also introduced a new program for the 13–14 year olds. Those attending enthusiastically welcomed this new opportunity.
Several groups of seminar alumni from China have continued to apply the principles into their lives through local follow-up groups that meet on a regular basis. Many husbands and wives discovered and began practicing their biblical roles in the home; several fathers realized the importance of being spiritual leaders in their homes. Through learning and applying Biblical principles, marriage relationships were reconciled. An unsaved mother-in-law started going to church and seeking truth because of the change she saw in her daughter-in-law. Others have been freed from bitterness by seeing their own wrongs and asking for forgiveness.
The second IBLP Hong Kong Family Conference was held from December 30 to January 3. Close to 200 people attended! We praise God for His providence working in the conference. From the speakers, messages, children’s programs and workers to the beautiful weather, His hand was evident. The attendees gave positive feedback and the conference met many needs of the people from China.
Please pray for the Lord’s wisdom and leading in 2018. Pray for us as we take the seminars and other resources to churches and institutions in Hong Kong.