TibetAndina began in 2004 when I spent the year juggling ministry roles on both the Tibetan Plateau and the Andean (Andina) Altiplano of Peru. The first team of Peruvians (and one Mexican) ¨set up camp¨ in a remote Tibetan region in 2005. Workers have come and gone, doors have opened and closed, many have heard the Gospel for the first time, and lots of hard lessons have been learned along the way.
Some missionaries have been content with merely “planting a flag” in Tibet, gathering a few isolated believers and calling them “reached”. Others see only closed doors and hard hearts, and leave the daunting pioneer task to future generations. ¨The walls will come down some day¨, they say.
We want to combine the Gospel urgency to reach this generation of Tibetans, with an optimistic view of history, laying a foundation for all of the Tibetan peoples (which includes three major divisions and dozens of tribes) to be discipled and brought under the Lordship of Christ.
No place on earth is as high and remote as Tibet. The South American Andes is its only real rival, the only other place in the world where millions of people reside (and thrive) above 12k feet. Although located on opposite sides of the globe, these two altiplanos share a strikingly similar altitude, geography, climate, and even skin tone.
All things are not equal, however. The Andina peoples have something the vast majority of Tibetans do not: access to the Gospel. Help us build a Gospel bridge between these two unique regions, as we mobilize missionaries who are both biblically and physiologically equipped to thrive short and long-term in the highest and harshest climate in the world!
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How did you know that you were called to be a missionary to China?
As far as I can remember, I haven’t ever written about this particular question on my blog, although I have done so numerous times at churches and other gatherings over the years.
Although it seems that the laborers are so very few even in the West, it is impossible to compare the amount of Gospel-knowledge available to the average American (for instance) with the utter lack of the Gospel found in certain areas around the world. I happen to live in one of those places…
In early 2003, since I was planning to be in China for a year, and knowing that I would not be able to personally articulate the Gospel (or talk about much of anything, really) without learning the language, I dove in to really studying Mandarin Chinese.