The Thief’s Conversion

The Thief’s Conversion

A man known for his bad habits accepts the gospel and changes completely.

“I know of a place where you ought to preach,” Ruben Malantik told me. A former Muslim imam, Ruben is always excited to find ways to share his newfound Adventist faith. “Silohon would be an excellent location for a seminar, and you could stay with my wife’s cousin while you are there. His name is Larry Calipot.”

Excited for the opportunity, I made arrangements to hold a crusade. When I got to Silohon, however, I learned that my host had some very bad habits. His drinking, smoking, and gambling caused distress not only to his wife and seven children, but to the whole village. The people abhorred Larry’s lifestyle so much that they seemed prejudiced against my message simply because of the darkness of the home where I was staying.

One morning as I helped Larry cut some wood, I talked to him about the Word of God and shared John 3:16. This opened the way for me to begin studying the Bible with him. I also did house-to-house Bible studies with Larry’s neighbors, and finally held a public crusade. Many people accepted the truth with gratitude, including Larry and his family. His mother, wife, and children were so happy to see the changes in Larry’s life as he accepted the gospel. Now, instead of roaming around town drinking with his friends, he visits his neighbors to share God’s Word. His neighbors have been amazed to see him throw away his vices through the help of God!

In time, we established a church group in Larry’s village. When we found it would be too expensive to buy land and materials for a church building, Larry offered his backyard to build a temporary church. “It is small,” he said, “but the important thing is to have a worship place.”

In March 2017, during Mike Bauler’s visit to the Philippines, Brother Larry was baptized with his family and some neighbors. The new church chose Larry as their elder. No longer could the village complain about Brother Larry’s dark side! His habits had completely changed.

About a year after his baptism, Brother Larry met with severe trials. First, his youngest daughter died of pneumonia because he could not afford to take her to the hospital. A week later, he was arrested for a crime he had committed many years before he found Christ: stealing a motorcycle. The policemen hauled Larry to jail and beat him.

Worried about Larry’s situation, the church held a meeting to discuss how we could help Brother Larry get out of jail. We knew that the motorcycle had been returned to its owner many years before, so we decided to talk to the victim and ask forgiveness on Larry’s behalf. However, the motorcycle owner refused our request and demanded 50,000 pesos (about $1,000 USD) as compensation. Larry’s family, of course, could not afford to pay. His oldest daughter and his grandmother, determined to earn the money, found a job harvesting corn; but they could not raise near enough.

Despite their trials, Brother Larry and his family have not lost their faith in God. Every Sabbath they worship together at the jail, and they pray for the Lord’s help. God is answering those prayers.

Recently, we went back to the victim’s house to renegotiate. Thank God, he reduced his demand to 30,000 pesos. Although this sum is still very high, we can see God working! Please pray with us that the Lord will deliver Larry. He and his family will be so grateful for your intercession. 

Location: Philippines

Author: Temtem Piedraverde is a Bible worker in South Cotabato on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

How You Can Help

Pray for the Lord to sustain the Calipot family through this difficult time, and to help them pay the sum needed for Larry’s release.

Pray for the new congregation in Silohon to remain strong and committed.

Donate to the work in the Philippines. Give online or send your check marked “Philippines” or “Philippines workers” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

Outreach in Colombia

Outreach in Colombia

The work in Colombia is multiplying.

God continues to provide us with opportunities to impact the world, one person at a time. Among the recent activities at Fundación Las Delicias, three outreach efforts have been especially exciting for us.

In connection with the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Calarcá, Fundación Las Delicias has united forces to reach souls behind bars. The Peñas Blancas, or White Rocks, is a joint penitentiary and prison located in the city of Calarcá. The prison has only two psychologists to provide emotional support and counseling for 916 inmates, and their team cannot cope with the volume of demand. A door opened for us to participate in helpful programs for the benefit of the inmates, and 23 volunteers from our ministry and the local church are engaging in the beautiful work of service. We feel that God in His infinite mercy opened this door in a place of great need.

Among the organized activities planned are programs on various topics including education, employment, family relationships and spiritual guidance. As we establish a stronger relationship with the staff at the prison, we hope to suggest further programs to help in the restoration process, encouraging inmates to accept Jesus as their personal Savior.

The work will not be limited to individuals deprived of their liberty, but to the prison staff as well. Several of the prison directors have visited us at Fundación Las Delicias and familiarized themselves with our ministry. We thank God for providing avenues to share His love.

Our second outreach mission has been to the impoverished population in the cities. The Urban Help Project first began in the winter of 2005 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It started with four young people, four sandwiches and a bag of clothes. The effort inspired others to take up the work as well. Seeking to benefit the homeless, medically needy, poor and displaced population, groups began to form in almost all provinces of Argentina and in several Latin American countries.

For the last month, we have been involved in the Urban Help Project. Every Friday now, rain or shine, our young people leave at 7pm to minister in the heart of the city of Armenia. They provide food, clothing, shoes, and shelter to the needy, forming bonds of friendship as a testament to God’s love. Each night, we feed around 120 people who come from all walks of life. Feeding the underprivileged is an effort supported completely by donations. About $30 weekly covers our costs in transportation and food purchases. We are excited to join the mission and be the hands of Jesus to feed the needy.

A third outreach opportunity came in the form of an invitation to participate in a missionary impact organized by AMOR, the Association of Organized Ministries of Redemption. The acronym spells “love” in Spanish. AMOR seeks to focus evangelism efforts in areas with little or no Adventist presence in the conferences of Colombia.

The municipality of Ginebra, Valle del Cauca has a population of about 22,000. There are only 15 Seventh-day Adventists among that number. AMOR recognized this place as a spiritually needy area, and a missionary impact was scheduled for a week in May.

Two of our youth represented our ministry there: Jhony Chamochumby, a third-year student in our Bible instructor program, and Noelia Rodríguez, a nutritionist. Between the two, they conducted 80 surveys and made 18 visits to various places such as the hospital, police station, nursing home, park, school and prison. For six interested people, they conducted a cooking class. Each evening, an evangelistic meeting was led by Pastor Oscar Becerra where locals were invited to learn more about the Bible. By the end of the campaign, four people made a public decision for Christ in baptism.

Jhony and Noelia felt that they gained a rich experience in soul-winning during the effort. They returned more committed than ever and were encouraged to continue serving God.

We are excited to see God working in the hearts of many and blessing the efforts of our young people as they serve Him. “The harvest truly is great. Eternity alone will reveal the results of well-directed efforts put forth now. Providence is going before us, and Infinite Power is working with human effort.” Gospel Workers, 27, 28. 

Location: Colombia

Author: Daniel Miranda and his wife Kelly are volunteers at Fundación Las Delicias, a self-supporting ministry equipping youth for ministry in Bible work, health, and agriculture.

How You Can Help

Pray for all who are ministered to by the workers from Fundación Las Delicias. Pray that the prisoners may find Jesus behind bars. Pray also that those impacted through the Urban Help Project and AMOR will find Jesus.

Donate. If you have a desire in your heart to help Bible Workers reach more people in Colombia with our message of love, donate online or mark your check “Colombia Workers,” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138



A young man chooses Christ and excels in his studies.

David is 14 years old, but he looks more like 12. He is short in stature and his emaciated cheeks tell of food shortages at home. But his eyes are bright and his smile beautiful.

David’s mother died when he was a year old, and his father abandoned him. David ended up living in our village with his grandparents, but life wasn’t easy for the boy. His grandfather’s mental state declined with age. The man repeatedly made visits to the witch doctor for help, and the family became only financially poorer. His mental state worsened. He constantly wandered away from home, ending up lost in one place or another, until the village executive forbade his wife from leaving him alone. Because of this, she could no longer work in the fields up in the mountains. In efforts to make a living, she turned to the production of pombe, a corn alcohol. The grandmother tasted it far too often, and intoxication became an escape for her from the miserable life her family faced.

When we heard of their situation, we decided to see how we could help. We brought food to their house weekly, and it was more than welcome. David, currently enrolled at the primary school, worked hard at home. He accepted the food we brought and placed it in their storage room. He returned to the house with a huge load of kindling on his head for a fire, and began to cook ugali, a hard corn mash. Despite his heavy schedule at home with little time for homework, David was a top student in school.

David decided to visit our church one day as a “thank you” gesture to us for helping his family. The young teenager continued to attend Sabbath after Sabbath, but his grandmother was displeased. Another church denomination was helping to sponsor his school uniform and other expenses, and she worried that his attendance on Saturdays would jeopardize his sponsorship. Concerned, she spoke with his teachers.

“If you continue to go to this church, your sponsors will not pay for you to go to secondary school,” the teachers warned.

“Well, not everyone has to go to school,” David responded. “I can do other things to make a living.”

Seeing that their arguments did not have much of an effect on David, they brought him to the ward officer with the same complaint.

“Why are you putting your future at stake like this?” the woman demanded.

“I have the freedom to choose where to worship,” he quietly answered. “I want to follow the Bible.”

“You know,” David explained to me later, “one day when I came to church here, there was a study about prophecy and the true church. The speaker showed from the Bible that the true day of worship is the Sabbath, and Sunday is a fake. I want to follow the Bible.”

He simply wanted to obey God’s Word.

Most children fail primary school here in Tanzania, especially in the villages. Many, who do pass, end up failing secondary school after several years. Typically, only people with money get a decent education. Parents cannot easily afford school supplies, even if school is free. Orphans do not even dream of a good education, because they have no one to pay for them.

David passed his final exam without a problem, assuming that he would attend a secondary school in the next village. We knew that he would be away from the good influences of his Adventist community if this happened, and his sponsorship had been threatened multiple times on account of his faith. We prayed and planned. The Seventh-day Adventist school in Mbeya was quite expensive, costing $500 a year, but we knew it would be a good investment, and hopefully an eternal one.

“Lord, how are we going to find the money for him each year?” I pondered. I found myself whining to the Lord about financial challenges when we received two emails from friends who had sent a donation. It would cover the first three months of David’s schooling. Seeing this as a confirmation that we were on the right track, I invited David over to our house. We packed a duffel bag full of clothes, shoes, blankets, notebooks, pencils and all kinds of things he would need. David could not stop smiling. “Thank you,” he simply said.

In December, the headmaster of the school in Mbeya called us to announce that “our son” had passed the entrance exam for high school. He ranked number eight out of 120 students. A second phone call followed not long after­—David had made his decision and had been baptized.

Praise the Lord for the ways He rescues His children. Please pray that David will grow up strong in the Lord to join His army.

Location: Tanzania

Author: Elisha Vande Voort  and his wife Nadege operate Eden Valley Foster Care Mission, a trade school for underprivileged youth in Tanzania.; Box 17, Mafinga, Iringa, Tanzania.

How You Can Help

Pray for the Vande Voorts’ outreach in their home villages.

Share this story and ask others to pray, too!

Give to Elisha and Nadege’s mission. Donate online (click on “Eden Valley Foster Care Mission” under the “Ministry” tab) or send your check with “Eden Valley Foster Care Mission” in the memo to:

Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302

Caring for Orphans

Caring for Orphans

Train Them 2 Fish offers hope in the face of high child mortality rates.

The lusty cry of a newborn pierces the night as new life is ushered into the world. A young mother smiles to see her baby for the first time. “The child is strong,” the midwife nods.

Being born is a miracle, but in the Democratic Republic of Congo, living to celebrate your seventh birthday is another.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are 13 maternal deaths for every 1,000 infant deliveries in Congo. HIV and AIDS persist in generally 1.3 percent of 15 to 45-year-olds, with a higher rate of 1.9 percent in urban communities. Lack of sufficient or accessible health care places adults at risk for contracting otherwise preventable or treatable illness and disease. Malaria continues to be prevalent. On average, 400 people die daily from malaria in Congo, and half of these are children under the age of seven.

Child mortality rates are staggering. One out of seven children will die before the age of five. Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are responsible for nearly half of these deaths. Nearly a quarter of the children in this vast country are underweight, and many are not vaccinated for common childhood diseases. But not only the children need special care, old people need special nursing healthcare like to attend their needs.

Although Congo’s land is rich in natural resources, the majority of families live in poverty. Less than half of the population can obtain a clean source of drinking water, and less than one third have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Many parents struggle just to keep food on the table, so paying school expenses for their children is impossible. As school enrollment declines, child labor rates climb. Children as young as five years old are working.

The crisis facing Congo’s children has not gone unnoticed. Train Them 2 Fish received funding from UNICEF to secure and distribute school supplies to 8,250 children in 66 different schools. We also provided teacher training to 327 individuals, and peace building education to 1,576 children under the age of 15. Although UNICEF and its partners have enrolled 110,000 children in projects for the orphaned and vulnerable, there are hundreds of thousands more in need.

Our responsibility is clear in the Scripture. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27.

“He tests the love of His professed followers by committing to their tender mercies the afflicted and bereaved ones, the poor and the orphan… Every kind act done to them in the name of Jesus, is accepted by Him as if done to Himself, for He identifies His interest with that of suffering humanity, and He has entrusted to His church the grand work of ministering to Jesus by helping and blessing the needy and suffering.” Counsels on Stewardship, 163–164.

In Mulamba, a remote village in the South Kivu province, 28 orphaned children have experienced hope in place of an uncertain future.

By 2013, Mulamba’s population swelled as refugees spilled in, fleeing armed violence. Train Them 2 Fish received resources from board members and locals to provide for the needs of the vulnerable orphans there. Thanks to contributions, 28 children have been sponsored in the last six years.

Each child is placed with a host family. For each of the families, Train Them 2 Fish has been providing agricultural training so that they can grow beans, maize and cassava to produce food for greater self-sustainability.

For just $35 a month, a child can be sponsored in a rural area such as Mulamba. In the capital city of Kinshasa, cost is a little higher at $42. Their sponsorship money covers school fees, the cost of a school uniform, books, meals and primary health care.

There are over 4 million orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Providing homes and care for 28 orphans feels like a drop in the ocean, but we hope to make an impact one life at a time.

With God’s blessing and support, we would like to sponsor more orphaned children, not only in the village of Mulamba, but in the Kasai region and western Congo as well. We would like to see 200 orphaned children provided for this year, that they may have a chance to experience a new life, and ultimately life eternal.

Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Pastor Thomas Ongasa works in the country of Democratic Republic of Congo. Pastor Ongasa was formerly the president of the local conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He believed that God was calling him to start a training school to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help

Pray for Pastor Ongasa as he seeks to minister to the needs of the unfortunate.

Donate. Funds are also needed to support the work of caring for these orphan children. If you would like to help out with this worthy project in helping teach these orphan children about Jesus’ love in Congo, donate online or mark your donation “Congo Orphans,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

A Simple Equation

A Simple Equation

Prison work in the States flourishes through prayer and simple Bible study.

About a year ago, on October 31—the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the church door—the Lutherans officially reconciled with the Catholic Church. This set an unfortunate precedent, for now many evangelical churches seem to be preparing to make their own amends with the papacy. Is global Protestantism coming to an end?

In other world developments, Russia last year denied Jehovah’s Witnesses the right to congregate and to distribute literature. Since then, a number of members have been detained on criminal charges. Seventh-day Adventists could be next because like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, we are considered fundamentalists. Also in the “fundamentalist” category are most terrorists!

If God’s faithful people are to be targeted as possible terrorists, then persecution could be closer than we think. “Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order.” The Great Controversy, 592.

Seeing these events makes me realize that time is running out for us to get Bibles to prison inmates. I am thankful that we still have opportunities to share the gospel within penitentiary walls! Through our years in prison ministry, we have had the privilege of baptizing 21 inmates in the local facilities we visit. Some of these babes in Christ have life sentences. We have admonished them to be faithful witnesses even in jail, and we know that they have, because through their influence we see new faces at our services every week. All who attend receive a free Bible and Bible studies.

From around the country, in prisons we are not able to personally visit, inmates write requesting Bibles. Many also sign up for Bible studies and other materials. God declares that His Word will not return unto Him void. We draw great encouragement from this statement: “Why was it that Christ went out by the seaside and into the mountains? He was to give the word of life to the people. They did not see it just that minute. A good many do not see it now, but these things are influencing their lives; and when the message goes with a loud voice, they will be ready for it. They will not hesitate long; they will come out and take their positions.” Evangelism, 300, 301.

Our method for reaching souls behind bars is simple; it has to be. Sometimes the regulations imposed by the Department of Corrections can be difficult to work with. Bibles must be mailed directly from a publisher or bookstore; that’s why we work with a publisher to send out Bibles. Many prisons require inmates to fill out a form requesting the item by name. The inmates sometimes wait two or three weeks for the department’s approval before they can mail us the request with the approval document. We are allowed to send only the items that are approved, and we cannot correspond with prisoners on a personal basis because we are considered a supplier.

Although limited in our ability to reach out to these prisoners on a personal level, we pray for them, and we trust that God’s Word and His Spirit will do the rest. Perhaps in time these Bible recipients will request more study materials or sign up for a Bible study correspondence course. In our prison work, we have discovered a simple equation: Bible + prayer = harvest! Someday we will see the whole scope of the harvest, but until then we will keep sending Bibles and praying.

Maybe sooner than we want to believe, some of us will be imprisoned for our faith. I am confident that within the harsh prison environment, we will find believers ready to help and comfort us because God’s Word was sent to them beforehand by Bibles 4 Prisoners. To God be the glory!

May God give you strength for the day and hope for the future.

Location: USA

Author: John Carmouche is a prison missionary with Bibles 4 Prisoners, providing quality Bibles free of charge to prisoners who ask.

How You Can Help

Pray that the requests from prisoners for Bibles will never exceed available funding, and that as the inmates read the Bible, Jesus will reveal Himself to them.

Donate. If the Holy Spirit impresses you, Bibles 4 Prisoners thankfully accepts your tax-deductible contributions. Donations, questions, or comments may be made by phone or by regular mail.

PO Box 972
Locust Grove, VA 22508

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A young girl is in need of daily treatments for her disabling condition.

Ariana is a sweet little girl who lives in Honduras. Sadly, although she is six years old, she is unable to walk. That’s because Ariana was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up inside the skull, putting pressure on the brain.

Cerebrospinal fluid is normal and necessary when it flows freely through the brain and spinal column. However, when the flow is obstructed or too much fluid is produced, the extra pressure can cause brain damage, resulting in physical and cognitive disabilities. The condition is particularly severe in children who are born with hydrocephalus. Still, surgery and extensive therapy can help mitigate the symptoms and restore quality of life to the sufferers.

Since Ariana was born with hydrocephalus, she has intensive treatment needs. Unfortunately, the cost of treatment is too expensive for her poverty-stricken family. Once or twice a year, she receives a grant from a city-wide fundraiser for children with disabilities; but because the funds are divided between many needy children, the actual sum each child receives amounts to very little. Ariana receives therapy once or twice a week when her family can afford to pay, but she really needs daily treatments if she is ever to gain full recovery of her motor skills and brain function. She tries so hard to walk, but the limited therapy she receives is not enough for her to make significant progress.

This is where Maranatha Relief Organization comes in. The purpose of this ministry organization is to reach out to the forgotten poor and minister to their needs, providing health care and education and helping them to know about a God who loves and cares for them. We believe with all our hearts that as Christ’s followers, we “have been redeemed for service. Our Lord teaches that the true object of life is ministry. . . . Not more surely is the place prepared for us in the heavenly mansions than is the special place designated on earth where we are to work for God.” Christ’s Object Lessons, 326, 327. We praise God that over the years, through the love, prayers and gifts of our supporters, this ministry has been able to help many people in need!

Maranatha Relief Organization (MRO) does not ask for financial assistance often—only when we see a dire need. Ariana is one of those cases. Her family can barely provide for themselves, let alone provide for Ariana to receive adequate medical treatments. Yet her medical problem is urgent.

Will providing financial assistance for Ariana’s treatment enable her to recover from her devastating condition? We believe so. While the doctors can give no absolute guarantee, it is actually very likely that if she receives help in time, she will be able to live a relatively normal life. If the Holy Spirit moves upon your heart to help Ariana, please do. Every day that passes without her receiving treatment is a day hindering her recovery. I pray that one day soon, Ariana will be able to walk, go to school and church, and read her Bible!

“I was an hungred,” Christ says, “and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in: . . . I was sick, and ye visited me.” Matthew 25:35, 36. Will you help this precious little one in need? 

Location: Honduras

Author: Joseph Willis is the director for Maranatha Relief Organization. They help provide medical help for the poor and the outcast in Honduras.

How You Can Help

Pray for Ariana daily! It is earnest, fervent prayer that moves the hand of God.

Donate. All funds which MRO receives in Ariana’s behalf will be turned over to our missionary contacts in Honduras, and payments will be made directly to the hospital and clinic which provide her care. Contributions can be sent via PayPal to, or mailed to:

Maranatha Relief Organization
12433 Dessau Rd. #4109
Austin, Texas 78754

Thank you. MRO thanks you in advance for your prayers and support!

A Motorcycle for Pastor Kodo, Part 2

A Motorcycle for Pastor Kodo, Part 2

A pastor gives his motorcycle money to God’s cause.

In Part 1 of this story, printed last quarter, Pastor Kodo gave the $200 he had managed to save for a motorcycle so that a poor congregation could buy new roofing materials.

A smile wreathed Pastor Kodo’s face as he spoke with a pleasant, confident gaze. I had difficulty containing my excitement as I listened.

“There are two challenges,” he began. “My challenge is that of transportation to reach the churches in my four districts. For the churches, their challenge is to function more independently, as I cannot be there as often as I would like.”

Wherever he travels, Pastor Kodo told us, he teaches his church members to cultivate the ground and earn a living for their families. In one congregation, two individuals who took his advice and began growing crops soon had enough money to buy themselves motorcycles. As he told us of it, the smiling man made no mention of the gift of his motorcycle money that had enabled one of his churches to have a new roof. Marveling at the humble pastor’s care for his congregations, I felt sure that our Father would repay him in the Kingdom. Yet I also knew that God was about to reward his unselfishness in a tangible, earthly way.

We finished our meal and meandered onto the porch, and in an instant, my husband had disappeared. I knew where he had gone. Already, I could feel myself smiling.

In a few moments, the faint rumble of an engine could be heard, growing louder as it approached the house. As the motorcycle pulled into the front yard, one of my fellow missionaries turned to our unassuming guest. “Pastor, this motorcycle here—it is not ours. It is yours.”

Silence reigned for several seconds. Then my husband bounded up the steps, key in hand. “For you,” he said.

The pastor’s eyes widened as he stared at the keys in his open palm. “Ah?” Surprise and anticipation glistened in his dark eyes as his voice caught with emotion. Turning to the rest of us, he spoke quickly. “Let us pray.”

Falling to his knees in our midst, Pastor Kodo prayed a beautiful prayer in Swahili. I couldn’t understand all the words, but I understood his gratitude. “Father God,” he began, “You have given me a gift this day. I praise You, oh God. Please bless those that have given for me. Bless their families, bless their homes, bless them in all that they do.”

After the prayer, a friend urged me to tell Pastor Kodo the whole story. “I watched the new church being built,” I explained, “and there I learned that the church had only their old rusty roofing materials to use. I heard you promise to give your own motorcycle money so that they could have a new roof. I was touched by that gift. I told people in America, and they too were touched and inspired by what you did. They have paid for this motorcycle. It is for you.”

Still looking overwhelmed, Pastor Kodo approached the new motorcycle, gazing at its smooth seat and shiny red paint. I smiled to think of what it meant for him: No more moto-taxi rides for pay. No more long miles peddling his bicycle in the hot sun. Heaven had blessed this man for his faithfulness. He could lay down his old bicycle and speed off to continue his work for the Master!

Due to a pastor’s sacrifice, a growing church has a solid roof. Thanks to gifts from across the sea, a pastor will be able to reach more souls for the Kingdom. And because a young lady helped coordinate this blessing, she was given a moment to treasure forever! 

Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Abigail Duman

As a child, Abigail dreamed of foreign mission service. As an adult she helped with Congo Frontline Missions.

How You Can Help

Pray that Pastor Kodo will be able to reach more people with the gospel now that he has a motorcycle.

Donate to Congo Frontline Missions. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters, bicycles for gospel workers, treatment for dental patients, Bibles and church planter support. Send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:

Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302

For online options, visit:

A Mad Husband and a Machete

A Mad Husband and a Machete

A woman’s faith is tested by her husband’s anger.

When we decide to follow Jesus, some of our worst enemies can be those of our own household.

“We shall find that we must let loose of all hands except the hand of Jesus Christ. Friends will prove treacherous and will betray us. Relatives, deceived by the enemy, will think they do God service in opposing us and putting forth the utmost efforts to bring us into hard places, hoping we will deny our faith. But we may trust our hand in the hand of Christ amid darkness and peril.” Maranatha, 197.

As I led an evangelistic campaign for women’s ministries in Kigarama, it became the custom of the local leader to stop by the house where I and my friends lodged. “Is it well with you, our special visitors?” he inquired.

“It is well with us sir,” I replied.

The meetings progressed fairly smoothly. Medius Namaranzi along with her son and daughter attended all fourteen messages without missing a single day. They were very punctual in their arrival at the tent.

During the second week of my meetings, Namaranzi and her two children volunteered to assist us. They cleaned up after the meetings, picking up empty plastic bottles from the ground and strewn pieces of paper scattered in and outside of the tent.

When I made an appeal for baptism, Namaranzi and her son were the first to come to the front. Her daughter also wanted to make a decision for Jesus.

News that I had converted his wife to Adventism reached the woman’s husband, a staunch Catholic. The next morning, he arrived at the doorstep to my house, clad in a white robe with a string of beads draped around his neck. A huge wooden cross hung over his chest from the necklace. He clenched a sharp, glittering machete in his hand.

We ladies had just finished our morning devotions. With a flash of his machete, he called out threateningly. “You strange, hopeless woman, come out now and I will show you what I can do!”

The women in the house who had gathered for worship fled to their rooms. I felt glued to my chair, a Bible still in my hands. I closed my eyes and whispered a prayer in my heart. “Help me, God.”

When I opened my eyes, I saw the local leader of the village who had made a habit of checking on us. He asked the angry husband why he was at our door with a machete in the early hours of the morning. “Sit down,” the local leader ordered. “And throw your machete away.”

The man complied, the local leader picked up the machete and told him to stop threatening me.

This was not my first time to meet such confrontation in my gospel ministry. We must always be prepared to meet Satan’s stiff resistance. The good news is that Satan is a defeated foe. Paul’s words in Romans 8:36–39 encourage me to carry the gospel banner without fear. “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In spite of threats from Namaranzi’s husband and region leaders who put up their best efforts to stop people from attending our meetings, God won the battle. We had 28 baptisms at the close of the evangelistic campaign.

Namaranzi, along with her son and daughter, did not heed the threats of Namaranzi’s husband. On May 19, 2018, they were first to step into the water to be baptized. Quickly following their public decision, Namaranzi’s husband disowned her and their children, ordering them to leave his house. The next day, he married another woman.

As a church, we reported the situation to the local authorities of the village. One of our Adventist members has donated a small plot of land where we are going to build Namaranzi and her children a house of their own. Each member of our church congregation has contributed in some way to see that building materials are available, and the work will begin next Sunday.

Every evening, Namaranzi along with her children, gather with us to study the Bible. The mother and her two children are staying with my family presently, very happy in their new-found faith. 

Location: Uganda

Author: Jane Kyarikora  is an evangelist in the Uganda Conference.

How You Can Help

Pray. Jane is winning many people to the Lord and needs our prayers to press the message into the unreached regions.

Donate to Mission Projects International. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters, Bibles and church planter support. Donate online or send your check, with “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches” as the memo to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138