Reaching Hearts

Reaching Hearts

A missionary sees the gospel progress through health outreach.

Greetings to all our partners in the faith. We experienced many blessings and answered prayers in 2018. One big blessing was to see our daughters graduate from Weimar Institute’s nursing program. We are grateful to each one of you who prayed and contributed one way or another to their education. We praise the Lord for His blessings.

The Lord led us to our neighboring country of Costa Rica for a visit. It was rewarding to help teach a hydrotherapy class to the professors at the Adventist University there. At first, our instructions were met with general disinterest. But as time progressed, this changed. On the last day of the class, the professors discussed the benefits of hydrotherapy among themselves. They plan to share this new knowledge with their students.

We returned to Costa Rica again in August. This time we were asked to teach natural remedies at a new training school for medical missionaries, El Refugia. It was good to see young people enthusiastically learning and preparing to serve the Lord in greater capacity.

In September, we helped with health outreach in our very own town. A team of medical professionals volunteered their services for four days, and we translated for them. The doctors were delighted that we understood medical terminology. It was a good opportunity for us to become more acquainted with the specific medical needs of our own community. Many people came to ask for help. Some of the patients later reached out to our ministry for further support.

Two more health expos happened near the city of David. During this time, we were pleasantly surprised to see a young man who had visited one of our depression recovery seminars. He had battled with severe depression. When we saw him this time, he was all smiles. “Do you remember me?” he asked. “I am off my depression medication. I participate in a singing group and we give concerts in churches. Also, I am going to be the song leader in my own church.”

It was wonderful to see that he was doing well. Praise the Lord for answered prayers.

Another young man visited us again. He also smiled. Thanks to a simple natural remedy, the warts on his hands and fingers had disappeared.

We request your continual prayers on our behalf. We pray that God will use us in a broader way in 2019, and that He will send us the funds to build our staff and student housing. This will help us to do more onsite training. We also need a farm tractor to be more efficient at managing the land.

We want to thank everyone for supporting our ministry. We agree that the best part of doing this work is to see how people respond to the love of God.


Location
Panama

Author
Zaida Acosta
 and her family run Living Springs Health and Education. 4livingsprings [at] gmail [dot] com

How You Can Help

Pray for the Acosta family as they minister to the people through medical missionary work among the sick in their area, and conduct Bible studies with their patients.

Give. Living Springs needs funds to pay for their medical evangelism needs. Specific needs include housing for volunteers, and a tractor to help with the upkeep of the property. Donations may be made through Mission Projects International marked “Panama.”

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options:
www.missionspro.org/donate

Thank YouTo all who send funds to assist Living Springs with prayers and donations, the Acostas say, “Thank you for being part of our ministry through your prayers and support!”


No Limit to God’s Power

No Limit to God’s Power

A public crusade in West Virginia is blessed with surprises and souls.

The Lord indeed has been working miracles in our public crusade here in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

In preparation for the meetings, we rented a room that would hold 75 people in a Holiday Inn near the church. Perhaps our faith was far too small, believing that attendance would be no different than in past seminars. About a week and a half before the seminar began, we had close to thirty guests registered. Together with the church members also attending, we thought the room we reserved would be the perfect size. That’s when the hotel’s event coordinator called with a request. “Would you consider moving into a much larger room?” came the question. “It would accommodate another event happening.”

With a bit of apprehension, I agreed to the arrangement. I thought it would look odd having a large room with everyone spread out among a lot of empty seats. Just days after we agreed to change rooms, the calls began pouring in. Two days before the meetings began, we had more than 140 preregistered guests. What a surprise! The first weekend, the place was packed with just a few empty seats. I am amazed by how God works!

It was truly amazing to see many of the guests taking notes. Each text and historical quotation flashed across the screen were jotted down on paper as if lives depended on it. When the night came for the Sabbath truth to be presented, it was a particularly difficult subject for the people to hear. Their facial expressions told of the betrayal they felt from former pastors who had hidden the truth from them. Some were expressing their feelings in words during the sermon.

The Mark of the Beast study solidified why we should keep the seventh day holy. That night, an invitation was made to the whole assembly to come and worship with us on the Sabbath. I guessed that very few would actually show up for the worship service. To my surprise, eleven people decided to keep the Sabbath for the first time. They all seemed very happy to be in church, and eager to learn more from God’s Word. It was a blessing to hear their testimonies of how God revealed the truth to them about the Sabbath.

We are nearing the end of our public crusade, and the people want to hear still more from God’s Word. They have been filled, but they want more. They do not wish for these meetings to end! We have asked the hotel if we can rent the room for a few more nights before we transfer to the church.

The service on Sabbath is marked with new faces now. Some have even come to us with the desire to be baptized into the body of Christ. God is indeed moving on hearts! There is truly no limit to His power.


Location
West Virginia

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help
Pray for the new people who are keeping the Sabbath for the first time. Pray that they will accept all the truth from the Bible.

Give. If you would like to help Mission Projects International conduct evangelistic meetings around the world, please mark your donation “MPI Evangelism” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate


Led by an Angel

Led by an Angel

A stranger directs truth seekers to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

My name is Shintoni, and I come from Kwilu Province, one of the darkest, poorest regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many people from my area have never heard about the Three Angels’ Messages and the second coming of Jesus. What people do believe in is sorcery and enchantment. My people—even those who pretend to be Christians—believe that every sickness results from sorcery.

Some time ago, a Baptist minister shared about Jesus with some people from Mongombala, my home village. The message brought them such joy that they shared about salvation and God’s care with the rest of us, and soon the whole village accepted the Baptist faith. A number of locals, my uncle included, went to Kinshasa to be trained to serve as pastors in our area. The Baptist community built schools and even a big hospital.

Then a strange thing started to happen. Local ministers, teachers, medical personnel and other leaders started getting very sick. Some even died. Rumors spread that the ministers had been involved in witchcraft. Some of them left the ministry to save their lives.

It was disappointing to see the fear even the trained ministers still had of sorcery. Those who did not leave the ministry organized a small group to beseech God for more light, more truth from the Bible. My uncle invited me to be part of the prayer group. As we fasted and prayed for God to lead us to the truth, we sometimes spent sleepless nights in prayer.

One night after a month dedicated to prayer, I had a dream in which somebody told me that God would send us a messenger to help us find the truth. When I woke up, I told my dream to the prayer team. That same morning a stranger came to my uncle and told him that he had heard about our prayer group. “There is a church in Kikwit City called the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” he told my uncle. “They keep Saturday as the day of rest.” The stranger gave my uncle the physical address of the church and the name of the Adventist pastor in Kikwit. “Go and find that pastor,” he urged. “He will tell you more about the truth.” After the converstation, the man disapeared, and none of us ever saw him again.

Intrigued, our group collected money for my uncle to go to Kikwit to look for the truth. He found everything just as the stranger had told him. Pastor Tatipanga told my uncle the truth about spiritualism and about how Jesus overcame the devil and gives us power to overcome as well. He told my uncle about the Sabbath, the Three Angels’ Messages, the second coming and more. My uncle invited Pastor Tatipanga to Mongombala, and he came and spent a week sharing the good news with us. We accepted the message and helped to spread our new faith with people in our community. In the end, one thousand people accepted Jesus fully and were baptized—my uncle and myself included.

After our baptism, my uncle trained as a minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As for me, I received training as a Bible worker from Train Them 2 Fish. God used me to plant a new congregation in Kinshasa. Now I have been called to work as a full-time pastor in the Central Congo area. I thank God for sending His angel to lead us to the truth!


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author
Brother Shintoni is a pastor in Central Congo.

How You Can Help

Pray for the Train Them 2 Fish team as they train Bible workers to penetrate the dark regions of the Congo.

Pray for Shintoni, his uncle and other pastors and workers to be able to reach many dying souls in Congo.

Give. If you would like to help reach souls in dark areas, mark your donation “Congo” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate


Into the Latrine

Into the Latrine

Missionaries determine to help rescue abandoned newborns in their area.

“Suzan, I cannot believe this. This is horrible!” Though I have lived in Tanzania several years, I had never heard about the fate of many newborns in the villages surrounding our school. Suzan, one of our teachers, had just told me how they were often thrown into latrines, abandoned in the forest, strangled, suffocated, etc.—simply because their young mothers found them bothersome.

“But Nadege,” Suzan replied, “this happens very often! The mothers spend one or two nights in prison, but then they are declared inculpable for their actions because of the intensity of childbirth.”

A few weeks later, I heard of a baby not far from us who had suffered exactly the fate Suzan had described. A lady passing through the village, suddenly needing to relieve herself, ran up to a latrine. To her horror, she heard a baby’s cries from within. When she shouted for help, the neighbors came and broke the latrine, rescuing the child. They beat the mother, but then they forced her to take her baby and care for it!

I could not believe my ears. Why had they given the baby back to the pitiless mother? We tried to get more information from church members living in that village, but they only told us, “Yes, she tried to kill the baby, but now she is perfectly happy with it. This happens so often, we already forgot about it.”

My heart wanted to scream. Why did the Lord call the church if not to relieve suffering and show God’s love? I would have gone to speak with the mother, but locals told me this would not be wise. “People can stone you for putting your nose in their business!” they warned.

“We should get in touch with the district social worker,” Elisha suggested. Before any of us could make it to her office, however, Elisha and I happened to study Isaiah 58. Turning to Ellen White’s writings for more insight, we read: “Fatherless and motherless children are thrown into the arms of the church, and Christ says to His followers: Take these destitute children, bring them up for Me, and ye shall receive your wages.” Testimonies, vol. 2, 33. Reading further, we found a long passage about raising orphans for the Lord—and how the church was not answering this call of God. Was God trying to tell us something?

The next day, Suzan had to go to town, so she stopped by the social worker’s office. The social worker got right onto the case, but because the village leaders denied the incident, she said the situation would require some investigation. As Suzan turned to leave, the social worker stopped her. “We heard about the mission in Mago and about the little girl the missionaries took in.[*] We would like to meet the missionaries so we can work with them. We do not have many people who are willing to take little babies. Please ask them to call us.”

We set up a meeting, trusting God to make the path ahead clear. We do not run an orphanage—we have only been educating teenage dropouts; but if God sends us His suffering little ones, we will take as many as He entrusts us with and place them in families on campus. Only God knows His plans, but we have determined to be our Father’s helping hands to “defend the poor and fatherless”! Psalm 82:3.

[*] In July 2017, we took in a little girl whose mother had stopped feeding her, giving her alcohol in the place of food.


Location                                                              
Tanzania

Author
Nadege Vande Voort and her husband Elisha operate Eden Valley Foster Care Mission, a trade school for underprivileged youth in Tanzania. You can reach them by emailing harvester2188 [at] gmail [dot] com. Their address is Box 17, Mafinga, Iringa, Tanzania.

How You Can Help

Pray for wisdom for Elisha and Nadege and their staff as they consider taking on the added challenge of raising orphans. Pray that they will have strength and resources for whatever new work God may be calling them to.

Give to Elisha and Nadege’s mission in Tanzania by marking your donation “Eden Valley Foster Care Mission” and sending it to:

Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302 

Share this story and ask others to pray and give, too!


In Jesus’ Name

In Jesus’ Name

Muslim friends request prayers from a Christian neighbor.

Not so long ago, I was the only actual resident in our village, but lately, construction has burgeoned. I do miss the peace and quiet, yet the more neighbors we have, the more opportunities to share God’s love!

One of my neighbors, Diatou, recently had a stroke that paralyzed her right side and slurred her speech. I learned about it from another neighbor, Ndeye, so on our way to the market, Ndeye and I went to visit Diatou and encourage her to trust God as the Great Physician.

As we got up to leave, Ndeye asked me to pray for Diatou. I often pray for my Muslim friends, clients and students one on one, but this request surprised me because Muslims, who of course do not pray in Jesus’ name, hesitate to do anything that looks like condoning Christianity. But because I was asked, I prayed for Diatou’s health and her family—in Jesus’ name. After the prayer, I looked around and saw perplexed smiles on my neighbors’ faces.

The next day, I visited again to take Diatou’s blood pressure. Once more, she allowed me to pray for her, and then I gave her a massage and a hydrotherapy treatment. After the treatment, her blood pressure had decreased slightly, which made her family happy. I showed her husband and daughter how to continue the water treatments. Then I shared some nutrition advice, gave her some vitamins and again encouraged the family to look to the Great Physician.

Diatou’s husband is a traditional healer, so he had already been giving her massage treatments. In the coming days, we sometimes worked on her together. We also helped her with stretching and physical therapy. After a couple of weeks, Diatou’s speech became more comprehensible. She could also move her right leg some and take a few steps with support. We praised and thanked God together.

More and more I am being placed in situations with people who need encouragement to trust God with every aspect of their lives. Fatima, my former student, recently called me for help preparing for a test. Fatima was applying to a master’s program and needed a score of 100 on an English test. When she had taken the test a year prior, she received a score of 84. Now she had only a few weeks to prepare to retake the exam. I could hear the stress in her voice.

I always encourage my students to do their best, but also to trust God; so before we began studying, I asked Fatima if we could pray together. She accepted, and I prayed that God would help her according to His will. Then I told her to trust Him and to pray during the test. From time to time, I sent her faith-inspiring text messages, and I gave her a Great Controversy to read after the test. A week after her test, Fatima e-mailed to thank me for my help. She had received a score of 100! We praised God.

Though Muslims pray five times a day, take pilgrimages and engage in numerous outward ceremonies, many lack a personal relationship with God. The idea of God as a loving Father is foreign to them. It is this good news that many need to hear. Please continue to pray for Senegal. The work here is filled with challenges, but God is on His throne. May He continue to bless our work for Him!


Location
Senegal

Author
Deborah Ndione and her family are missionaries working near Dakar, Senegal. Deborah uses medical ministry, English tutoring, women’s ministry, children’s ministry and other simple methods to make friends to invite to Christ’s Kingdom.

How You Can Help

Pray for Deborah’s neighbor Diatou’s health and for her family’s faith and confidence in God to continue increasing.

Pray for continued opportunities for Deborah and the other Christians in Senegal to share the love of the Father with their Muslim neighbors.

Give to the work in Senegal by sending your check marked “Senegal” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit:
missionspro.org/donate


Golden Moments

Golden Moments

A woman uses spare moments to hand out GLOW tracts, and God connects her with a searching soul.

I was back in my dear Australia! The squawking of parrots and the shimmering of pale green gum trees brought back sweet memories of days gone by. It would soon be two years since visa troubles had forced me to leave my position as a Bible worker in Victoria, Australia, but this country had left such deep prints in my heart that I had already come back twice to visit—all the way from cold Norway. What a blessing to see my friends and Bible study contacts again!

Today, a friend and I were running errands in the small town of Healesville. Actually, she was running errands, but since I didn’t have many to do, I decided to use my time passing out GLOW tracts entitled “Talking to God.” People accepted the tracts, but as yet I had not forged any deep conversations. I was about to go into the grocery store with my friend when she turned to me and said, “You don’t have to come with me. Just keep sharing GLOW tracts if you like!” That gave me time for a few more golden moments.

Just off the main road, I saw a trade worker standing near a car, taking a break. I went up to him and gave him a tract, and we started talking. “I am not a Christian,” the man shared, “but the energy of Christianity appeals to me. I like the love in the Christian message.” As we kept talking, I realized he had an open, reflective mind. “I am ashamed to be part of humanity,” he divulged, “with the direction the world is taking these days.”

“There is a book I think you might find interesting,” I replied. “It’s called The Great Controversy. Do you live here in Healesville?”

“Yes.”

“If you would not mind giving me your address, I could ask one of my friends to pop the book in your mailbox!”

His reply surprised me: “They could come in for a cup of coffee!”

A few days later, I visited the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Healesville, which used to be my home church. Finding Elder Bruce, I handed him a slip of paper with the man’s address. He said he would be happy to pay Rick a visit.

Before I left Australia a few days later, I talked to Elder Bruce over the phone. He said he had found Rick at home and they had talked for about two hours. The man seemed open for more visits, and Elder Bruce thought it likely that he would accept Bible studies.

How nice! I mused. It had been so easy to use my spare minutes to pass out tracts, and yet that minor effort gave a start to a story that perhaps will never end! God longs for us to seize the golden moments in everyday life, so He can give us the joy of experiencing those wonderful providences I call “heavenly logistics.” When I get to Heaven, I want to learn more about how the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit and all God’s holy angels worked together behind the scenes to bring about special meetings between us and searching souls!


Location
Australia

Author
Stine Gro Struksnæs is a Bible worker from Norway.

You Can, Too!

Share. Why not keep GLOW tracts with you to hand out in your spare moments in town—when you find yourself delayed by others, standing in line, sitting in waiting rooms, etc.? A small effort on your part can lead to an eternity of happiness for someone else!

Pray. Please keep Rick and Elder Bruce in your prayers as they get better acquainted and as Bruce seeks to introduce Rick to Jesus. Also, why not say a prayer for Stine, for yourself and for all of God’s children, that we will know how to use the golden moments God has prepared for us from day to day?


Fire from Heaven

Fire from Heaven

When local villagers mock God’s people, He intervenes to provide land for a church.

At a place called Hobicho in southern Ethiopia, no Seventh-day Adventists could be found. Then Mrs. Tagesech Birhanu moved there with her non-SDA husband—a drunkard, smoker and narcotic user. Whenever Tagesech’s pastor or other Adventist friends visited, her husband mocked at them. Still, the church pastors continued visiting, for Tagesech had told them of her hope and belief that one day her husband would accept Jesus as his personal Savior, just as she had done.

After quite some time, Pastor Daniel Anito and Pastor Yohannes Adebo decided to conduct 10 days of tent meetings at the marketplace in Hobicho. Tagesech’s husband attended, and, along with other attendees, he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. His wife’s faith and prayers had been answered!

Now Hobicho had a Seventh-day Adventist congregation, but still no place of worship except Tagesech’s home. The house worked fine for worship services until the congregation’s numbers increased to the point that the building could not accommodate them all! It was time to build a church in Hobicho.

The pastors went to the local government administration to request a plot of land, but the officials did not want a Seventh-day Adventist Church there. With their request for public land denied, the congregation began fundraising to buy private land. The villagers, deciding the Adventists must be wealthy, mocked them by asking a high price for their property.

Among the mockers was a man who sometimes visited magicians. To discourage the Adventists, he asked $8,000 for his land, a huge amount for a rural plot. Then one afternoon around two o’clock, the villagers saw fire flash down from the heavens onto this man’s land. Along with two huts, the fire from heaven burned down the man’s newly built metal-sided house, turning all three buildings and everything in them to ash.

The man went to the nearby sorcerer and asked why the fire had fallen. “It is because you were not willing to sell the plot of land to the Seventh-day Adventists,” the magician told him. “Go and find them and sell your land right away.” Immediately, the unfortunate man went to the Adventist workers to beg them to buy his land—the same land they had pleaded with him to sell. Now, instead of an exorbitant price, he offered them his land for a very small sum. The God of Elijah who answered His servant of old with fire had answered His modern servants in the same way!

Two Ethiopians from South Africa heard of God’s marvelous work and sent $750 for the property. Local church members contributed the remaining money. Now that the Hobicho congregation had land to build a church, building construction began at once. Church members and even common villagers pitched in. Even Muslims helped build the Lord’s house because they had seen the wondrous work that He had done in their midst.

Praise God for the miracles He has done in this generation. God never keeps silent when the Gentiles mock His name and His people. He stands for His people and intervenes for the sake of His name. The God who performs miracles marveled all in Hobicho by His wonders!


Location
Ethiopia

Authors
Tesfaye Tadese Hailegnaw is the coordinator of the Ethiopian gospel workers funded by MPI. He lives in Shashamanne, Ethiopia.

Daniel Shamebo Sabore is a lay worker who manages MPI’s Ethiopia project. He lives in Federal Way, WA, and can be contacted at info [at] advancedtranslationservices [dot] com.

How You Can Help 
Pray for the expanding work in Ethiopia and for the many souls to be reached.

Give to the Ethiopian project to enable more gospel workers to be trained and hired, and more churches to be built. Send your check marked “Ethiopia,” “Ethiopia workers,” or “Ethiopia churches” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

 


Conversions in Congo

Conversions in Congo

A local missionary takes the gospel into the heart of the Congo.

“Get ready, get ready, get ready. . . . Sacrifice all to God. Lay all upon His altar—self, property, and all, a living sacrifice. It will take all to enter glory.” Early Writings, 66.

Sometimes it feels like a sacrifice to venture into the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but I thank God for the opportunity to be His representative in this desperately poor area. The theme God gave me to preach during this year’s mission tour to Sankuru was “Jesus Christ Our Rock.” With Jesus at the center, we emphasized the Three Angels’ Messages and the Sabbath. Satan resisted us, but God blessed. During the meetings, people raised all sorts of questions, and they received Bible answers. The Holy Spirit changed lives.

Dénis Kongo shares his conversion story: “Since my childhood, I have rejected Christianity. Colleagues, coworkers and friends tried to persuade me to become a Christian, but they couldn’t convince me. I saw so-called Christians smoking, drinking alcohol, swearing, and wearing charm bracelets and necklaces (while denouncing idols)—all the while pretending to be God’s representatives. I refused to live such a life.

“One day I made friends with a young man who had some Christian literature, and he would sometimes read it to me. I told him that I had decided not to be a Christian. One day we went for a walk and suddenly we saw a big snake coming at us. We began to run, but the reptile followed. In terror, I shouted, ‘Jesus!’

“Finally, we got away from the snake. As I stood trembling, my new friend asked me: ‘Who saved you?’ I looked at him, speechless. ‘We will go to a church where we can see Jesus,’ he told me.

“I asked him, ‘Is it true that we will find Jesus?’

“‘Yes,’ he assured me. He led me to a structure made of branches, where people said that a missionary from Kinshasa would present Bible studies. I listened closely to what the missionary said, because I wanted to see Jesus. His message touched me. He said that Jesus wanted to have my heart, that I should open my heart and Jesus would come in. ‘Jesus stands before your heart,’ he appealed. ‘Let Him come in.’ His words troubled me, and I sensed a voice speaking to my heart. The missionary came to me, touched me and prayed for me, and I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I am now a servant of the Lord in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I know that this church is faithful to God’s commandments. This God is the only real God, who changes lives.”

Besides preaching, the Lord enabled us to minister to the people’s physical needs, as well. We prayed for the sick, and He gave them healing. We gave clothing to the naked, and they thanked God. It isn’t easy to win people for the Lord, but the Holy Spirit can teach people the truth. If I had enough funds, I would go to Sankuru every quarter to strengthen the faith of the souls gained for Christ. We sensed the controversy with the devil in this papal stronghold, but the Lord blessed with a rich harvest of 365 newly-baptized souls!

A new project now presents itself: reaching the persecuted pygmies, some of the poorest people in the world. Although it will take funds we don’t have, our Father is rich. Please pray for the gospel to be carried to these poor souls, so that soon we all may go home with our Lord!


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author
Joel Mapamu is a gospel worker based in Kinshasa, Congo.

How You Can Help
Pray for the churches, schools, and clinics in the Sankuru region to have funds to be able to continue their outreach programs.

Pray for the spiritual health of the churches and believers in this area.

Give to take the gospel into the Congo’s dark regions by sending your donation marked “Congo” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

Thank You
Your gifts helped to make possible Brother Mapamu’s trip into Sankuru. Thank you!


A Team Effort

A Team Effort

Thailand is impacted by willing hands and hearts for Christ.

Greetings from Thailand! It is only through the sacrifice of people like you that Brenda and I, along with our family, have been able to work in this country. Your ongoing donations provide for our basic living expenses, and make it possible for us to increase our impact as we study the Thai language.

It has been our goal to focus on learning Thai, which we hope will greatly improve our effectiveness as missionaries here. After a furlough in the United States, we returned to Thailand in the late summer of 2018 and found a small bungalow to rent just outside of Chiang Mai. We moved in and signed up for Thai language classes. We appreciated the chance to have an essentially private class, which we could schedule around other mission efforts.

In November, we were asked to help with an evangelistic effort in the mountain village of BeYoTah. On the trip there, we became especially thankful for our four-wheel drive truck. The Lord had provided again! We drove the truck while our helpers came in on motorbikes. We hauled not only our personal necessities for the week, but also our electronic piano, three studio cameras, and the personal items belonging to five others. We visited homes in this mountain area, encouraging as many as possible to attend the evening meetings.

Between language learning and outreach, we strive to support several specific ministry efforts. The Love for Asia Foundation here in Thailand advises missionaries and provides volunteer work permits for myself and others. This enables us to maintain an ongoing Thai visa without leaving, applying for a new visa and re-entering the country every three months. Thailand is strictly enforcing laws regarding foreign volunteers, and without the help of Love for Asia, many missionaries could not function.

A Karen pastor has completed the initial translation of The Great Controversy, but there is still a great deal of proofreading and editing to be done. I would love to see this book completed quickly, as there are very few religious books in the Karen language.

A third project is the sponsorship of Saw Di Yay, one of my former teachers at Sunshine Orchard. He is now pursuing a pastoral degree at Hartland College in Virginia. He happily shared the names of his new classes with me. “I am starting my new life at Hartland,” he said only a few months into the school year. “I believe that God is preparing me with a special education for my lifework. I have my own morning devotions, and His blessings are overflowing.” Donations are welcome to cover the next school year for Saw Di Yay.

Thank you again for your prayers and financial support – not only for us, but for the other dedicated missionaries and ministries out there as well. It is a team effort. Let the mission work continue and Christ’s coming be hastened.


Author
Harvey Steck

Location
Thailand

How You Can Help
Pray for the outreach efforts the Steck family is doing among the Karen people.

Donate. If you would like to donate and help the Steck family reach more people for Christ in Thailand, mark your donations, “Steck family mission” and send to:

Steck Family Mission
P.O. Box 494
Northport, WA  99157


A Mobile Sabbath School

A Mobile Sabbath School

A man with a testimony feels burdened for his people.

I was lost in a world of religious skepticism. Tossed in an ocean of cultist teachings, by God’s grace, I escaped by learning Bible truth.

I realized that a new life in Christ requires a whole new lifestyle. I had dealt in the alcohol selling business for many years, and I knew this must change. God had called me to the soul winning business instead. I had many wives, and they grew furious when I realized that polygamy was not in God’s plan.

Since my conversion, my mind has been troubled with concern for others lost in the world as I once was. “Give me a way to reach out to these people,” I prayed.

When I looked at my future, it was with mixed feelings. It was a pleasure to know Jesus in my advanced age, but my heart grieved that I did not turn to him in my younger years when my body was strong. “Nevertheless,” I reasoned, “I will do all I can to share the good news of salvation in the villages around me.”

I teamed up with local church members and decided to convert our Sabbath school program into a weekly mobile outreach effort. Between multiple families in various villages, the responsibilities were shared. A different family hosted each week and prepared a shelter of tarps where people could meet in the shade. Non-Adventist friends were invited, and seats were improvised. With our interesting evangelism strategy, our Sabbath school class grew from 17 to 40 members.

Not all who heard of our efforts appreciated them. As we planned for an evangelistic series, we were met with mockery and destain. We were referred to as “ebijengyerezi,” a word in our mother dialect which means “baseless and brainless fanatics of faith.” Because of this name calling, some people refused to hear anything we said. We had no other alternative than to pray.

In each location where the meetings are held today, more people express interest in Bible studies. We currently have 23 new people who are actively worshiping with us and waiting to be baptized. The community is warming up to the truth of God’s word, and we plan to continue this outreach until every soul has an opportunity to hear the gospel.

Before I go to my rest, I desire to see a church building in my area. At this point, we are worshiping under tarps for shelter. It is not easy to acquire land here, where incomes are very low. I would like to donate a portion of my land for the church building, but I have many family members who don’t profess my faith. They have control over the property as well, and will not consent to my idea.

God will hear and respond to our pleas for help amidst trials. We will continue to serve Him with all of our hearts, minds and strength.


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi
is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help
Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray for this new church as it seeks to find land to build their new church!

Donate
The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:

www.missionspro.org/donate