Who We Are

 

Harmony Outreach is a team effort of Christians from the United States, China, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe who have all come together to reach out with hands of love to the world.  Our two mandates are to Spread the Knowledge of Jesus and Help the Vulnerable in the most unreached area of the world—the 10/40 Window.

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Our History

by John Bentley

God's Calling

In 2001, when God first called me out of the practice of law and set me on a course that led to China as a missionary—and ultimately to founding Harmony Outreach—I was a middle-aged attorney who had never been to Bible school, had no background in Chinese culture, didn't speak a word of the language, and had no support in place whatsoever.

Unlikely  candidate

I didn't seem a very likely candidate to be one of His representatives to the people of China, but I went in faith, remembering that God called an old Bedouin to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and a shepherd boy to be King of Israel.  He called a fisherman to be his apostle to the Jews and a Pharisee to go to the Gentiles.  I was unqualified by every measurable standard.  It didn't matter—God had called me.

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant.  (2 Cor. 3:5-6)

Harmony Outreach founded

The result of answering that call is that I became the Founder and Executive Director of Harmony Outreach, a ministry whose mandate is to spread the knowledge of Jesus and to help the vulnerable throughout the 10/40 Window—in China, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

Spreading the Knowledge of Jesus                                               Helping the Vulnerable

 

Cambodia          Learn2Work Outreach to university students                        Esther's House (rescuing exploited girls)
                              Churches and Christian schools in the provinces                   Providing surgeries
                              Training indigenous pastors                                                           Disaster relief                 
                                                                                                                                                 Educational Scholarships
 

Ethiopia             Evangelism to Muslims                                                                       Hanna Orphans' Homes
                              Building churches in unreached areas
                

Vietnam             Ministry School for the underground church                            Clean water wells for remote villages
                              J-Club Outreach to University Students                                       Outreach to tribal children/
                              Tribal People Outreach (Hmong, Red Dao, and Tay)

 

  • Ethiopia:  Harmony supports four orphan homes near the Addis Ababa through our partner Hanna Orphans' Home.  We have a significant evangelistic outreach to Muslims, build churches in remote areas, and partner with the evangelical church.
  • Cambodia:  The cornerstone of our work in Cambodia is our Learn2Work Outreach to Buddhist Background University students.  We help rescue girls from sex exploitation through our partnership with Esther's House.  We support village churches and Christian schools in the provinces, and train under-educated village pastor through our partnership with the Nathanael Project. 
  • Vietnam:   In Vietnam we train underground church ministry candidates in Saigon and Hanoi.   Most recently, we have an outreach to unreached tribal people groups.  J-Club— outreach to university students in Hanoi and Saigon— and we support village outreach in the MeKong River Delta.  So far, we have provided 10 water wells to remote villages lacking access to clean water. 
  • China:  Although Harmony Outreach's China project closed in June of 2018, we worked in China for 12 years.  Since then,  nearly 150 of our orphans were adopted to loving families all over the United States and the world.  We provided over 100 surgeries to the poor, orphans and minority people.  We supported KaiFeng Deaf school, an underground seminary in DaTong, the Catholic orphanage of DaMing, and the DingBien orphanage for teens.  

In addition, Harmony frequently provides for the poor in all of our countries as follows:

  • Water wells in remote village communities lacking access to clean water.
  • Surgeries and other medical relief to the poor.
  • Scholarships to help orphans and young people attend university.
  • Building homes for the needy.
  • Disaster relief.
  • Micro-loans to keep young girls out of trafficking.

The Battle

When God first called me out of the practice of law, little did I realize how intense the battle would be and how hotly Satan would contest me.  I knew God could be trusted to meet our financial needs because He is the One who provides manna from heaven and streams of water from a rock for His people.  What I did not know—and could not foresee—was all of you. You came so quietly, one by one or in small groups, to meet us in the gap and join us in our work.

Jesus said, I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will go in and come out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:9-10)

abundant life

There is no doubt that this work is difficult—but it is also abundant life!  And one of the things that makes it so beautiful and intense is the joy and courage we feel staring down our formidable enemy knowing that you have taken your stand with us—on our right and left—and our Captain is before us!

 

Our Beliefs


Bible

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.


God

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Jesus

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.


Salvation

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.


Christian Living

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.


Unity

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.