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God Has Done Something Remarkable: An Interview with Paul Hattaway

The largest revival in Christian history: PneumaReview.com speaks with Bible smuggler and missionary to Asia, Paul Hattaway, about his ministry and new autobiography, An Asian Harvest.

 

PneumaReview.com: You are the founder of a ministry called Asia Harvest. What prompted you to start this ministry and what types of work does Asia Harvest do?

Paul Hattaway: Our primary goal is to equip Asian believers to reach the remaining unreached people groups in their countries. Basically wherever there are tribes and people groups left who haven’t heard the Gospel, we want to help them be saved and walking in fellowship with the Lord Jesus. We currently support more than 1,500 evangelists working among over 800 people groups.

By God’s power, no doors are closed unless He closes them!

Asia Harvest is a link between Christians around the world and believers in Asia, especially in “closed” countries where the Gospel is not welcome. By God’s power, however, we have found no doors are closed unless He closes them! The way we help get the job done is through various strategic projects including Bible printing (now in 93 different languages throughout Asia), supporting frontline evangelists among the unreached, and various other initiatives.

 

PneumaReview.com: How long have you been involved in this ministry? Where did you serve and what did you see God doing there?

Paul Hattaway: October 2017 marks 30 years since I met the Lord, and just six months after my conversion He called me to serve Him in China, so it has been a while. I went on a 6-week trip to carry Bibles to China but the Lord had a surprise in store and it was the start of a 30-year involvement!

Over the years our ministry Asia Harvest has expanded and now includes work in over a dozen Asian countries. We are privileged to serve in are China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and others.

 

PneumaReview.com: Shortly after you became a Christian you became “a donkey for Jesus.” Where did expression this expression come from?

Paul Hattaway: Being a ‘donkey for Jesus’ was a term created in the 1980s to describe the many Christians who travelled to Hong Kong to carry Bibles across the border to the spiritually-starving Christians in Mainland China. It was a great honor to be a donkey for the Lord this way and it was the start of my service in the kingdom of God. Several other ministry leaders we know also had their start this way.

While most Christians around the world are aware that God has done something remarkable in China, few people understand the how and why the largest revival in Christian history has come about.

Although things have changed since the 1980s, our call and passion to provide God’s Word to believers in China has remained the same, and last year we passed the milestone of ten million Chinese Bibles printed and distributed for the Church in China. As our Bibles are only for believers in the (illegal) house church movements, the project has carried a great risk, but over the years God has supernaturally protected us and enabled us to keep going in the face of much pressure. We wrote a newsletter celebrating reaching that goal and called it “Ten Million Miracles” because each Bible has been a miracle. All glory to the Lord Jesus!

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Category: Church History, Fall 2017

About the Author: Paul Hattaway, a native New Zealander, has been a Bible courier and missionary for most of his life. He is an expert on the Chinese Church and author of The Heavenly Man, Operation China and many other books. He is the founder and director of Asia Harvest (www.asiaharvest.org), a mission organization dedicated to serving and equipping churches across Asia to complete the Great Commission.

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