eBriefing December 2018 See previous eBriefings Download December 2018 eBriefing as PDF Mongolia Outreach We’ve received an update from our Mongolian partners, Khentii and Belgee, who are involved with reaching and rescuing women and girls from the sex industry. Many of these girls have been trafficked into this work, so our partners offer a means of escape through alternative employment opportunities, and a message of hope through God’s Word. They are also heavily involved with a young church which a few of the rescued girls have begun attending regularly. Our partners ask you to pray for a Christmas outreach event they are holding for girls still working on the streets. 30 to 40 girls are expected to come along and we’ve been asked to pray specifically that God will touch their hearts through the activities and message. Light in the Dark At the beginning of the month, we launched our Light in the Dark appeal, for children in North Korea requiring surgical treatment for cleft lips and palates. North Korea has a disproportionate number of people with disabilities and additional needs. Sadly, the North Korean government offer next to no provision for the 5.6% of the population who have needs of this kind. Thousands of children still require surgery for their cleft lips and palates and we are privileged to be able to meet part of this need by sponsoring surgical teams to enter the country and treat the children. We are incredibly thankful for the response to the appeal so far, with so many people seeking to bring a little light into this notoriously dark land. If you would like to give to the appeal this Christmas and put a smile back on the face of a North Korean child, you can do so by contacting us on 01772 681618 (Head Office) or 028 933 42920 (Ireland Office). Alternatively, you can give online or send a cheque to either office. Please pray with us this Christmas for North Korea and the many suffering there. It is our prayer that the Lord would move powerfully in that land and open it up so that His Gospel might be freely shared once more. Our booklet '14 days of prayer for North Korea' is also available free of charge. Iran The Islamic government in Iran arrested over 100 Christians earlier this month. Many of those detained were converts to Christianity from Islam. In Iran, conversion to Christianity can be a crime that earns a sentence of more than 10 years imprisonment. Of the 80 million people who live in Iran, 98% are devout Muslims and there are severe restrictions on freedom of religion and freedom of speech. While there are no official records, there are estimated to be around 350,000 Christians in the country. Many organisations working in Iran, along with our own partners, have reported rising numbers of people coming to faith in Christ - Operation World estimates that Iran is home to the fastest growing church in the world. Within the government, however, there is a heightened wariness of all kinds of Western influence, including Christianity, which is seen to be the religion of the West. Pray for Iran at this exciting time for the church, with many coming to faith. Pray particularly for the Christians who have been arrested. We praise God that He has saved them and we pray that He would be their comfort in these difficult days. Source: The Telegraph HistoryMakers Teams 2019 We are excited to share our plans for short-term teams in summer 2019! Every year we send teams of young adults (18+) to serve in Asia through our young adults' ministry, HistoryMakers. We’ve been incredibly encouraged by the willingness of young people to travel across Asia ministering to youth and children, as well as to smuggle Bibles into closed countries. Next summer we will send a team to South-East Asia at the end of July, and another will go to India in early August. Why not encourage the young adults you know to consider coming with us and experiencing something of God's work in Asia? For more details on the trips and to apply, visit our HistoryMakers website. And a final note from us… We are so thankful for the support that we have experienced in 2018. Whether your support has been practical, prayerful or personal, we hope that both you and your family will be refreshed this Christmas and be awakened once more to the miracle of Jesus’ coming. On behalf of AsiaLink, and all of our partners, we wish you God’s richest blessing this Christmas and in 2019. Thank you.