Roland Bartl is a missionary from Germany who has ministered in more than forty nations. He has spent a lot of time in China and Malaysia. He has a heart from bringing Jesus to the world. You will be inspired as you listen to his story today.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:00):
Roland Bartl is a missionary from Germany who has ministered in more than 40 nations. He spent a lot of time in Malaysia and China. He has a heart for bringing Jesus to the world. You will be inspired as you listen to his story today.
Evangelism Podcast Host (00:18):
Welcome to the evangelism podcast with Dr. Daniel King, where Daniel interviews, full-time evangelists, pastors, missionaries, and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies, and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:53):
Welcome to the evangelism podcast. I’m Daniel King, and I’m excited about telling people about Jesus today. I have a special guest with me with Roland Bartelle. He is a missionary from the nation of Germany. He has spent lots of time in Malaysia, in China, and in many other parts of the world. Roland, thank you for being with me on the evangelism podcast.
Roland Bartl (01:16):
Yeah. Thank you very much also. It’s nice to be here. Nice to tell you more about Jesus.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:21):
Wonderful. Well, tell me, how did you get saved? Share with me a little bit about your testimony,
Roland Bartl (01:29):
How I got saved. Yeah, it’s actually a longer story. I need to cut it short. I S I was actually, you know, I’m born in Germany. I grew up in Germany and I was as a young boy, I was always wondering about what’s life all about because what I saw in his life, even as a, as a boy, people just get born and work very hard and build up a house or pay off a car. And finally, they go to the tomb. So I was thinking that’s all. And I was thinking, does something wrong here? It cannot be all. So, and I had always a feeling as a young boy, like feeling my stomach there, there is something like a God. There is another world out there because this this, this short life on earth, it cannot, it can never be YVR here.
Roland Bartl (02:29):
And I was the only one in my family who had his feelings and the thoughts, and nobody actually could understand me. So when I was 16 years old, I started finally to, to look for this other world, I started to look for, for what what we call God. And I finally, I started to study all the world’s religions. I started at a Buddhism, the Hinduism, the Muslims, and a bit of Christianity, and I was just comparing what they believe. And I found it very interesting. So during my, and I had really a great desire now to really get to know the real God. And so in my studies, in his religions, I became a bit confused because they all believed something different. And finally, I, I started also a little bit about a new age movement eco terrorism. They they put KD or the gods, all religions like in one pot.
Roland Bartl (03:35):
And well, I found it very interesting actually what they believe too finally years were passing. And I prayed myself to regard whom I didn’t know yet. Please show me who you are. I wanted to get to know you. Finally, my I, after a few years of my search for the, for the real God, my father got saved. And for me, this was so strange because my father was a hundred percent 80 IST. And he, he did not believe in any spirituality at all. And he didn’t believe in any God. Then he told me about Jesus Christ, more about why Jesus went to the cross and resurrected. And I felt in my heart, it could be true, maybe not. And finally, I went to, I went with him to his church, sometimes a small charismatic church in Munich, Germany, and yeah, I grew up actually in Munich, Germany, and they’re Christians.
Roland Bartl (04:37):
They are, they try to convince me about Jesus. And yeah, I will. I was really not sure what was the real God. I was actually more into the Buddhism. They believe in a reincarnation. I found it much, much more logic than Jesus going to the cross for us to get us redeemed. Finally, one day they came up profit to this church, American prophet, and he started to prophecy over people. And I was, I went also this, this even into his church and he suddenly called me out and prophesied over me. And he, during he started prophesying over me, there was a, there was a supernatural power coming down from heaven, running through my, into my head, going through my whole body and soul and running out again. And this for about 10 minutes and this, and this was a real experience. I was pacing in a supernatural power during this prophet was prophesying.
Roland Bartl (05:33):
And he spoke about my actually he spoke about my present. He says straight to my faith face. You’re looking for a real God. And he spoke about my future. And this was a real experience, which finally, yeah, finally this experience was working in my heart because it was real. I could not really believe in Jesus yet as Jesus Christ would be the only way to God that he, that he is God. And the only way to God, I couldn’t believe it, but the, this prophecy was real and this experience was real. So finally after, I don’t know how many months, more, maybe a half year or something, or was it a week? Not actually three years after this. Prophecy is about three years later to some demons showed up into my life and they, they wanted to kind of transform me into a monster.
Roland Bartl (06:28):
They wanted to physically kill me. And yeah, and I was very afraid and, and I just showed it. Jesus helped me and this demons disappeared and this was a real experience to it. It was nothing of imagination or a story. Now, I suppose my own experience or the devil was real to me. Finally, I, I continued to pray to God, show me the truth, who you are really. And it took another half year after the demon experience that somehow supernaturally actually through an esoteric book, actually the holy spirit convinced me that Christ is the safe of the world. And he’s the only way to God. And so I gave him my life. I just prayed it coming in my life. And I got saved
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (07:16):
What a tremendous story. And I think it’s so wonderful to hear your testimony. The continent of Europe has been called a post Christian continent. Of course it has a rich heritage of people who love Jesus, but now so many people in Germany and other parts of, of Europe 10 more towards atheism. And so to hear that you had an encounter with God, and because of that encounter, you came to Jesus. What a inspiring testimony. And I pray that many more people in Europe will come to Jesus will have an encounter with Jesus and will come to God. All of Europe shall be saved in Jesus name. Amen. And you have now become a missionary. You’re going to different nations, many different nations around the world. What is it that took you from a comfortable life in Germany to want to go out to the mission field and to tell people about Jesus?
Roland Bartl (08:17):
Yeah, it was my, my personal relationship with Jesus. I mean, when you, when I was a Christian, finally, he he, he sent me for a while to Africa. I was still a baby Christian and I wanted to, I wanted to experience now God’s God’s power. What’s this written in the Bible and the book of acts people get saved and get healed and deliver from demon. And in Europe, you don’t see it as much. And even they don’t let any baby Christian, like I lost, they don’t let them preach in a church, never, ever. So, so God sent me to Africa for a while and he was teaching me how to operate an anointing of the holy spirit. And I ever preached the first time in my life. And our church was in Africa, in a country offsite year. And so God was always confirming my calling on her to be an evangelist or be, to be a prophet, to be a missionary and always confirming.
Roland Bartl (09:13):
And yeah, and that’s why my, I got born in this world in a fallen world, which needs help. I got born here and to be Christians, we should be a light for the, for the people, for the nations. And we should laugh all the people and we should reflect the love of God. So, and when we preach the gospel of the people, we share the love of God to them because God’s desire is that everybody finally comes back to God, is getting saved and has the right to be in heaven. Yes. And this is the reason I actually, if I am preaching the gospel,
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:49):
Amen. Amen. Well, you preached your first sermon in Africa, but now you have preached sermons in many other places around the world, and you have really spent a lot of time in Asia. You and I have been Facebook friends for quite a while now, and I watch your pictures and you send me pictures on my phone and I always see you ministry in China, in Malaysia. And that type of ministry is different than what we do in Africa. Like when we go to Africa, we, we do large evangelistic crusades. We’ll have thousands of people come, but of course you’re not able to do that in China. Could you tell me some about the, the, what God has allowed you to do in Asia?
Roland Bartl (10:33):
Yeah, my last 10, 10 years of my life, I was living actually in Asia. I, I lived six years in Malaysia and then three and a half years in China. And what in my ministry, what we do or it’s I, or we, we do sometimes an evangelistic meetings. What, what the here called crusades. And they do it sometime. He did one in Pakistan and Uganda, Philippines, sometimes they do this, but my ministry also, we’re helping churches with teaching and preaching and seminars. And also intercession is a bi g part of the ministry. And in, in Asia is, is different than the Western countries. You have mostly any, any Asian countries as their own religion. So you’re dealing with different Principalities and Powersand spiritual hosts in heavenly places. And yeah, and generally, it’s more easy to get the Asian saved then the Western people because they already grow up. There’s some spirituality in China, for example, is a bit more difficult. I mean, Malaysia is a Muslim country, but in Malaysia you have also, the Hindu is the Buddhist Christians and some other spirit religions. So when you minister there, it’s maybe I would say it’s kind of fun. I would say, because sometimes you, of course like in any country, but sometimes, I mean, you pray for people to getting healed or you cast out demons out of people and it’s, it’s nice to see what the holy spirit is doing there. China, for example is different. They have a different government. They don’t really want any religion in their country, but China originally was a Buddhist country until,uthey became more communist. And basically in China now the, there are this kind of,uwhat we call underground churches. This is a people who are meeting more in the houses and,ubecause they, in some states of China, they’re getting prosecuted, not in all of states in China, China’s a big country like America. And, and so many times there’s people really getting safe in China, more in this house, churches and the China’s also evangelize their country. But,uI was there since three and a half years until 2019. I had no problems as a foreigner. I could even preach in a Sunday service sometimes. And there was no problem. And from 2019 on the Chinese government became more strict and sort of foreign us. Also. They couldn’t do too much in China anymore.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (13:13):
Well, I believe China shall be saved too. You know, when they have the Beijing Olympics, I saw all of the, the meetings that were taking place in the bird nest stadium there in the middle of Beijing. And I think, oh, that stadium is a good place to preach the gospel. And so I believe the day will come where crusades will be able to be done across China. And it has such a large population. I think it’s possible that the largest crusades in history will take place in China. You know under communism in, in Russia people were not able to minister, but then the wall came down. The, the Berlin wall fell down and, and Russia was open. And for a time it, people were ready to go into minister in, in, in Russia. And many people came to Jesus during that time. And so I think that with globalization, it’s very possible that we could see a time where suddenly China will be open to the gospel and it is important for the church to be ready for that. So already I am translating some of my books into Chinese. I’m getting ready because I believe God will open up doors and the time will come where we will see a great move of God in the nation of China and end in all of Asia. You mentioned intercession. And one important part intercession plays in your ministry. If you’re at a church and you’re teaching them about the importance of prayer, what are some of the principles that you teach about intercession?
Roland Bartl (14:56):
Yeah. About intercession is the best is when people intercede be led by the holy spirit. I pray actually, what’s on the heart of God. When you’re doing intersession, you make your heart one with the heart of the Father and then the Holy Spirit, which we, which lives in us. He helps us actually to pray what it’s on, God hearts and when, and when we pray also sometimes we have to go actively, have to go against some principle that empower us who are hanging over countries, but do this under the leading of the holy spirit. And the other, other part is when we pray in the seed for, for an issue or for a nation or for people even then don’t give up, because Jesus says in the Bible, don’t give up. Then you pray is it’s very important to on the other hand also like it’s very important as a, to pray with the wisdom of God. Sometimes the devil will start some counter attacks, so you need to stand your ground also to fight them off. Okay. But we are dealing with a defeated enemy. The devil is defeated. However, he tries sometimes to disturb us and the tears out. And so must, you must stand your ground. Okay.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (16:13):
You also speak Spanish in your recent missions, trips, where to Mexico and to Paraguay. And you’ve seen God do miracles in, in Latin America. Tell me, what are some of the, the miracles, the, the testimonies that you’ve seen in your ministry?
Roland Bartl (16:33):
Yeah, there are many, many miracles testimonies, but I, in my ministry life, I saw really blind people’s eyes, getting opened lane people walked and all kinds of sicknesses getting healed. And also yeah, maybe I can share this quickly. So Anna was a baby Christian in Africa and a year. There’s a lot of special time in my life. And the holy spirit was leading me very much, very submissions and through a vision. For example, he showed me a vision of certain village in the middle of the year, which I should go to. I didn’t even know what to do there, but I went there as a brother. Finally, finally, it came out that the holy spirit was sending me there with a strong vision to save a crazy guy from getting killed from his own. People can’t believe this, but it was those a really mission of God.
Roland Bartl (17:29):
One of these really crazy sick, even process people, he ran around with a knife in his hand and with stress and, and God told me, you must take care of what him and I did. And finally, through many prayers and also fasting as we cost out hundred demons out of him, him and he got completely healed. So this is a really I would say special mission rescue mission for our crazy guy. But however, the cloud generally really, I mean, as we preached the gospel, we see people getting healed delivered. I see a Paraguay, for example, I remember there was a woman that was with some strong back pains all the time. And we prayed for her as was gone that a house, which I rented for one month, we had to, we had to clean it out from some demons and, and they didn’t want to come back anymore. So it was a party and it was also, yeah. And, and I, you know, and it was a pupil with a high blood pressure. I remember also empowered by reasonably got healed and many other miracles.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (18:36):
That’s so wonderful to hear what God is doing around the world. Roland, one of the biggest challenges of being a missionary is always raising money. And so like our ministry is supported by friends and partners that, that help to support us and pray for us. And we’re so grateful for everyone who supports us. And so I’m going to on my website, when I post this episode, I’m going to put a link to your Facebook page. So if people are interested in helping out your ministry, they can connect with you there and help you in your mission around the world. And so brother Roland, it’s so wonderful to spend some time with you. Thank you for being a guest on the evangelism podcast.
Roland Bartl (19:24):
Yeah, I think we’re a much also what I want to say is also we had, in the past, in the last, maybe 15 years, we had missions in 40 countries around the world. There’s a lot of stuff on Facebook and YouTube. Yes. And like I say, the mission is all continue to work of Jesus Christ on earth. It’s very simple. Okay. Preach the gospel, heal the sick cast out demons. So people also can accept Christ as saver a saver. So they’re getting saved and, and have the right to go to heaven. Continue what Jesus started on earth. And yeah, if you’re really, if you like supporting. Yes. I, right now I have a Facebook page and, and I was, I am connected with world outreach ministries. If you are wanting to support, this is all on the Facebook side also. And yeah, praise the Lord. Thank you. If you’re doing it.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (20:17):
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Evangelism Podcast Host (21:22):
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