A Nigerian born girl powerfully set free from generations of torment, an “unreached” Muslim people group from China reached at Campus Harvest, an Iranian grad student comes to faith in Christ, 11 Chinese baptized and a huge promotion for Cindy. These are just some of the exciting updates form here in NC.
Our apologies for the delay in this email update. With life, family, and ministry keeping us busy, the time sure can fly by. But we are excited to share some stories of what Father in doing in the lives of students, leaders and the nations.
One exciting story is of a young man from a Muslim “unreached” people group in China who recently came to faith in Christ at a Campus Harvest student conferences. After returning back to China, a deep burden was placed in his heart for his people, the Uighurs. He has since returned to the US for further equipping and training and will return to China soon to begin church planting amongst his people group.
A Bangladeshi family born again, the baptism of a former Muslim, building relationships with Turkish students and baby showers for friends from Ghana, these are just a few of the highlights from this past month!
We stand amazed at what the Father is doing in the lives of internationals here in the Triangle and are so thankful to YOU for your partnership in this work. From around the world people are being drawn to Raleigh-Durham, but more importantly they are being drawn by the Father’s love. One of the most profound of these drawings came recently in the lives of “Jemina” and her daughter “Mita” from Bangladesh.
A Pakastani girl to whom Jesus appeared in a dream, a single mother on the run from an abusive boyfriend, a star collegiate athlete struggling with gender identity issues, aKorean scholar overwhelmed with depression, a Chinese student now climbing the ladder at Google, a young man recently released from prison and several young girls dealing with the pain of sexual abuse are only a few of the lives that have been transformed by Jesus through our ministry this year.
At Every Nation Ministries, our passion is to preach the Gospel and reach the next generation for Jesus on the university campuses. But this great mission requires the help of friends like you. The good news is, together, WE CAN DO IT! We are doing it!
Through your partnership, the love of God is being shown to so many lost and broken students from all around the world that are now studying at UNC, Duke and NCSU.
Thanks to you, Google and the Gospel, we have two exciting stories to share this month. One story is of a Pakastani girl who Jesus remarkably appeared to in a dream and was born again. And another story is of a visiting scholar from Korea who walked into our church in tears, met one of international student ministers and gave her life to Christ a few days later!
Amazingly, both of these girls discovered us through a Google search for a “church in Durham.” What stood out for both of them was that we are listed as an international church. As we share with you each month, we have the opportunity to be missionaries without leaving home because the world is coming to us. And these two young ladies literally showed up on the door step of our church!
The first story is of “Nadira”. “Nadira” comes from a first generation Pakistani family now in the US. Currently she is studying for an advance degree at a local university. After suffering a mental breakdown last year due to the stresses of her life, Jesus appeared to her in a dream and revealed he truly was God. Not long after “Nadira” gave her life to Christ and ultimately moved to North Carolina. Just a few weeks back she visited our church for the first time and said she “felt like she was home.”
Fall has arrived and so has 80,000+ students from 140 nations within 10 miles of our home. What an amazing harvest waiting to be reached! As we labor together with you, we can make this our most fruitful year of reaching students for Christ.
What excites us most is that the international students (representing the top 1% of students from their nation) are coming from the most restricted nations on earth. This fall on American campuses, the top 3 countries students are arriving from are China, India and Saudi Arabia! And Saudi Arabia is listed right after North Korea, as the most restrictive nation on earth for Christians (World Watch List). What a remarkable and strategic open door the Lord has opened for us!
To start the school year, last week we hosted our “Love in Any Language” event that saw over 150 in attendance from 20+ nations. It was a great event that opened the hearts of so many to the Gospel. Since the event, we have seen more than a dozen Chinese students start attending our Chinese and American services at King’s Park International Church. Praise Jesus!
So often our Heavenly Father calls us to a path we had not planned for ourselves. Proverbs 16:9 says it perfectly, “the heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Well, two weeks ago our family planned to head straight home after a friend’s going away party in Durham. It was a school night and it was nearing 10 PM. But I noticed that we were running low on gas and thought it best to go fill up.
As we pulled out ouf the gas station after filling up, we noticed a Muslim women with grocery bags on the side of the road with a rather worried look on her face. Cindy and I knew there was no way we could pass her by. So we stopped and introduced ourselves and offered this women a ride home. Amany is a visiting scholar from Cairo, Egypt studying at Duke and unfortunately had missed the last bus of the day back to her home.
I trust you are well and keeping cool this summer. Many times during the hot summer I look forward with anticipation of the fall. But with seasons and with life, I’m choosing to embrace what God has for me and where He has placed me today.
This past month we were privileged to host the Every Nation “School of Empowerment” here in Durham. Approximately 30 campus and marketplace ministers came from around the world for a 21-day program that taught students about the person and power of the Holy Spirit, intercessory prayer, worship, spiritual warfare, healing and spiritual disciplines.
It was a real honor to impart to these students, and in turn they were empowered to go to nearby campuses to give ministry to people they met. As a result, we saw many people healed from physical injuries (including the athletic director at UNC), hundreds heard the Gospel, and students and athletes were born again at Duke, UNC and NCCU! It was an amazing time. These students have now returned to their mission field in the US, Germany and soon Japan to pour out that which they received. As you’ve poured into my life, this is what enables me to pour into these precious students’ lives.
Teresa Wiggins is the Director of IMix (International Ministry and Interest Exchange) here in North Carolina and asked if she could include a brief note in this month’s newsletter.
“As veteran missionaries who are both pastoral and evangelistic, the Simpson family is a critical part of IMix. They are uniquely effective in outreaching and discipling international scholars as well as training up and counseling younger leaders…Hard to imagine launching IMix without them!!” – Theresa Wiggins (Director of IMix)
Here I am with Liana. She is preparing to move to Japan to serve as a campus missionary with an Every Nation church. What an honor to help prepare her for her assignment.
What an amazing group here. From left to right are two South African church planters from Berlin, Germany; myself; Kate, a wonderful girl who is being sent next month to Seattle, WA to reach students; Deanna, another US missionary church planting in Berlin, Germany; and Lauren, a campus minister from Jacksonville, FL.
Here is our wonderful family John Jr. Christian, Daniel, Hannah’s friend Ireanna and Hannah.
Happy Spring to you! I like Spring because of the sense of newness, new growth, the crisp, fresh air, the vibrancy of colorful sights and sounds; and the anticipation of what is ahead.
Such is a new season for the Simpson clan. After we left Asia, we had always planned on eventually moving to Seattle to be part of the Every Nation church there. However, after being here in North Carolina for almost 20 months, it has become apparent to us that the move out west will be alot more financially, emotionally and physically than we expected.
After much prayer and discussion with our leaders in NC and WA, we have made the very difficult decision to close the doors on a move to Seattle.
Praise God for the amazing harvest we are seeing here in North Carolina! So many students and professors from so many nations are hearing the Gospel for the FIRST time and are receiving it with joy! Lives from all over the earth are being transformed on every campus here in the Triangle! Enjoy the pictures and stories below and rejoice with us. This harvest is only made possible because our labor TOGETHER!
Our ministry to internationals called iMix (International Ministry and Interest Exchange) had the privilege of mobilizing 16 American families to host 60+ international students for Easter! Also, several parties were hosted that saw nearly 30 students come as well! Beside sharing great food and fellowship, thetrue meaning of Easter and the story of Jesus was shared with all. Above is a picture of our family room filled with Chinese, Hong Kong and Malaysian students during an Easter eve event we hosted.