Sabbath in Buremba

Sabbath in Buremba

A special event draws truth-seekers in Uganda.

Our country saw a period of heavy rain from September through December of last year, sometimes lasting from morning to sunset each day. As our local church spent the month of November preparing for a special visitor’s Sabbath for the surrounding community, we feared that the rain would put a damper on attendance. Everyone prayed that the Lord would hold back the rain.

We rented a school compound to hold the special service in, as our church building was still unfinished. Each member was expected to invite a guest. God answered our prayers­—it did not rain from morning to sunset on the scheduled day. And surprisingly, 210 visitors flooded the meeting place, outnumbering the Adventist members! Some visitors were Catholic, while others were Anglican, Muslim or Pentecostal. 

Pastor Emmanuel Nsenga spoke for the program, reminding listeners of Jesus’ soon coming. He walked us through the Bible’s pages, tying the book of Daniel together with Matthew 24 in relation to current events. The truth seemed to impress itself on hearts, and when Nsenga made a call for a commitment to follow Jesus in baptism, many of the visitors came forward. 

A Muslim man and his wife were among the various people who responded to the altar call. Mr. Asuman and I were personal friends, and he approached me after the service purposefully.

“What did you think about our church today?” I asked him after exchanging courteous greetings.

“It’s a very hospitable church of God,” he nodded. “The right religion. You also live by what you teach—something uncommon among many faiths.”

“I am so happy to hear this,” I responded. “I also noticed that you and your wife responded to Pastor Emmanuel’s altar call earlier.” 

Mr. Asuman nodded. “I am more than serious about my commitment to follow Jesus, Pastor James, and this is the reason I am here to see you. I want to know how I can learn more about your beliefs.”

“Our Bible study group meets every Tuesday under a tree, behind the construction site of our new church building,” I explained. “You and your wife are welcome to join us.”

My Muslim friend sounded eager in his reply. “Just give me a time and I will be at your Bible class with my family.”

As I prayed with Mr. Asuman and accepted a cup of something warm to drink from my wife, I looked back over the successful community day with joy. God had stopped the torrential rains, and sent a multitude of seekers to hear Bible truth for the first time.  


Location
Uganda

Author
James Musinguzi is a retired pastor who is still active in evangelism and church planting.

How You Can Help
Pray for Mr. Asuman’s Bible studies with Pastor James as he transitions out of the Muslim religion.

Donate through Mission Projects International. Needs include new church buildings and training for church planter support. Send your check with “Uganda Churches” or “Uganda Workers” in the memo to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


The Least of These

The Least of These

Orphans find hope in Africa.

The plight of the orphan is a cause that Advent Hope takes very seriously. When we witness the poverty and the needs of the children in Africa, our hearts are burdened. Let me tell you about some of the children and their stories.

Bivon was brought up in a family who knew nothing about religion. When he and his siblings were orphaned, they lived in a house with a grandmother who mistreated them. They were underfed and unable to attend school. Many days, they survived on one small cup of porridge in the morning. As soon as he was old enough, Bivon was put to work making bricks.

Life took a turn for the better when he was admitted to the orphanage. Not only did he receive the life support he so desperately needed, but also spiritual nourishment. He is now a senior in high school, and he wants to be a pastor and a missionary. On youth Sabbath at the local church, Bivon likes to preach. He has hope for the future. 

Ian is another example of a child who experienced new hope. He is much older than many of the students in his class. He is doing well in school and learning quickly. He will be in the 7th grade this year. He has learned to read and is one of the first to volunteer to read the Bible for worship at the orphanage. He was baptized this year as a Seventh-day Adventist. He helps to mentor and teach the other orphans, and is thankful to know that Jesus loves him.

Faith and Elizabeth’s parents died in an auto accident just a year ago. They were desperate, without food or proper clothing. They lived with their alcoholic brother in a dilapidated house, begging food from the neighbors and unable to attend school. Thanks to expanded support for the orphans this year, Faith and Elizabeth are safe in Advent Orphanage. Their future has hope, and we plan to add an additional 25-30 orphans to our care this year.

“I never knew that one day God would bring me into His light,” one of the girls recalls. “I was in the power of darkness. My family bowed down to idols, we confessed our sins to a priest and worshipped on the wrong day of the week. I never knew that there was a Sabbath and never knew that there was a Bible to be read until I joined Advent Orphanage.”

Testimonies such as these tell of a transformation process, bringing children from destitution to hope. When new kids arrive at the orphanage, they quickly see that the well-established children have been taught to read and explain the Bible’s passages and they want to learn more.

“I really thank Advent Hope Ministry for bringing me this far in my experience,” one student shares. “I’ve learned that I should be faithful, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”  


Location
Kenya

Authors
Bill and Becky Humeniuk of Advent Hope Ministries run a school and orphanage in Kenya, educating children in the teaching of God’s Word.

How You Can Help
Pray for the young children who come to the orphanage to learn about Jesus. 

Donate at www.biblesforafrica.org

Or send a check to:

Advent Hope Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 100
Campbellsburg, KY 40011


Mission to the Multitudes

Mission to the Multitudes

An Adventist institute impacts its community.

Melgaço is a small town in the State of Espírito Santo, Brazil, not far from our evangelistic training institute. It is populated by traditional Lutheran Germans and Pomeranians, many of which don’t even speak or read the Brazilian official language of Portuguese. There is a great need for the gospel in this area.

It has been one of our objectives to plant a church in Melgaço, where the closest Adventist place of worship is 50 minutes away. With this in mind, we organized an evangelistic series and rented a building to serve as the church. At the end of the series, eleven people were baptized and a number of people began attending the Melgaço church. It continues to grow today with new converts and Adventist families moving to the area. 

In addition to the evangelistic component of our outreach, we seek to impact the community through the health message. At our wellness center, people come for lifestyle help, receiving natural treatments and remedies for their ailments. It has become an effective instrument to present the gospel to non-believers. So far, more than 50 guests have received treatment here. 

Ms. Iracema was one of these patients. She came to the program with an alcohol problem, having narrowly missed killing herself in a car accident when she drove under the influence. She had been a successful businesswoman with a beautiful family, but she struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts and a lack of fulfillment in life. After coming to our lifestyle sessions, she received help to overcome her addiction and depression. Ultimately, she decided to study the Bible in preparation for baptism.

“The institute saved my life,” Iracema states. She has found new purpose in Christ now.

As we work in the community to serve others through healthful cooking classes, health-expos, and stop-smoking seminars, we continue to hear positive testimonies such as Iracema’s. Recently, eight people have stopped smoking and many others have made positive lifestyle changes.

Thus, the institute is building a good reputation for Adventism in the region, making each evangelistic event more positively received. As the church in Melgaço grows and the surrounding community is impacted and blessed by our programs, we can see God’s hand at work.

If you would like to support the work here, we have three needs – we must expand and update our wellness center, purchase a compact tractor for our farm and procure a 15-passenger van for the mission school. We are thankful for your encouragement of our ministry through your gifts and prayers. Your help means a lot to us as we carry the gospel mission to the multitudes.  


Location
Brazil

Author
Giancarlo de Miranda is the founder of SETI and serves on its board of directors.

How You Can Help
Pray for the work that SETI (Santo’s Evangelism Training Institute) has begun in Melgaco.

Donate for the needs of the ministry. Contact Giancarlo de Miranda at (540) 222-5687 or gmiranda [at] hartland [dot] edu

 


Questioned by a Drunk

Questioned by a Drunk

A Bible worker’s patient instruction leads an old alcoholic and his family to truth.

“There are many who will not go to church to hear the truth preached. By personal efforts in simplicity and wisdom these might be persuaded to turn their feet to the house of God. . . . Should your solicitations be refused, do not be discouraged. Persevere till success crowns your efforts.” Review and Herald, June 10, 1880.

My wife and I had come to Koronadal, South Cotabato, to conduct an evangelistic series. While I set up our generator and sound system, my wife talked with Lucia, the elderly woman who had agreed to store our equipment in her home. “My family and I are dedicated Roman Catholics, but we do not mind having people from other religions preach in our village,” Lucia said. “All religions are the same anyway. There is only one God.” 

Our topic for the first night was the validity of the Bible. At the end of the presentation, several from the audience made a request. “Tell us more about the peculiar doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventists,” someone said. “Why do you worship on Saturday instead of Sunday? And why do SDAs have so many rules about eating and drinking?”

Since our audience seemed to know something about us, we decided to go ahead and discuss some of the unique Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. After the presentation, we opened the floor for inquiries, by God’s help answering each question from the Bible—even when the questioning became intense. Lucia’s husband, a respected landowner named Lantingan, had come to the meeting drunk and kept plying us with more and more questions. “Yanyan,” I whispered to my wife, “please pray, and ask Brother Ramon to pray too. The old man is drunk.” 

God is really good. Lantingan soon calmed down and apologized for his interrogations.

After our meetings ended, Lantingan’s children came and talked to us. “All these messages have been new to us,” they said. “We know it was God’s will for you to come to our village and deliver to us the good news.” 

“Praise God,” I said. “Do you wish to follow the new truths you have learned and obey God’s commandments?”

They looked away. “The messages are all true, but we will wait for the decision of our father. We will see if his vices disappear.”

That evening, Lantingan was so drunk we couldn’t speak with him. As we rested at Brother Ramon’s house for the night, I decided that in the morning I would visit Lantingan’s family. After breakfast, I went into the village and talked to Lantingan. He acted shy, but I talked to him like nothing had happened until he relaxed and started opening up. “I keep thinking about your message last night,” he confessed. “If Jesus comes back and I have not quit my vices, I will not be prepared to go to Heaven. But I want to go to Heaven. I want to be a good example to all my children.” Tears ran down his cheeks. 

“Would you like to study the Bible with me, Lantingan?” I asked. “Jesus can help you overcome your sins.”

He wiped his eyes. “Yes, and I want my whole family to attend the studies. I want us all to understand the true message.”

Today, Lantingan’s family study the Bible with us regularly, and they have even begun to observe the Sabbath. The old man who used to attend our meetings drunk is now a very attentive participant in our Bible studies!  


Location
Philippines

Author
Temtem Piedraverde and his wife Yanyan are Bible workers in South Cotabato on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

How You Can Help
Pray for the evangelistic work that Temtem and Yanyan are doing in the village of Koronadal, and especially for the family of Lantingan. 

Support Temtem and Yanyan in preaching the gospel by sending your donation marked “Philippine Evangelism” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Little by Little

Little by Little

Construction projects and friendship evangelism continue in Senegal a little at a time.

Greetings from Senegal! As always, God has been good. Our big news is that the Mbirdiam Evangelism Center is almost finished! We are still working on the upstairs, but we finished the downstairs enough to have an inaugural nature Sabbath with Bethel Church, our English-speaking Seventh-day Adventist church in Dakar. The members of the Bethel Church are a diverse group, with people from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, Guyana and Martinique all in attendance. 

The weather cooperated for our special Sabbath retreat, and we had a wonderful time. In the morning, we had an interesting Bible study of the first two chapters of Acts. After a nice vegetarian lunch, we took a walk in the neighborhood. Later we continued our discussion of Acts in preparation for increasing our evangelism in our communities. We hope that this will be the first of many nature Sabbaths spent here in Mbirdiam.

We still have some work to do downstairs, but as they say in French, “petit a petit l’oiseau fait son nid” (“little by little the bird makes its nest”). We need to install doors, buy light fixtures and connect the wiring to the power source. We do have power in the meeting room so we can run a fan—a great blessing on hot, dry days like our nature Sabbath!

As for the upstairs, we have started construction on the kitchen and another room using some leftover bricks. We need to install a water reservoir to supply the bathrooms downstairs. The end of our construction project is in sight, however, and soon the center will be able to host retreats, vacation Bible camps, workshops and other activities for the church and the village. The village children are asking for another vacation Bible camp and the chef du village would like more health seminars. We are planning an inaugural activity for the village very soon!

The seasonal rains came late, but came plentifully once they started. They came so late that a call went out in the Christian community for corporate prayer. There had been only two brief rains in the Dakar region and the farmers were struggling. We prayed, and that very morning God sent a light shower. Then, later that evening the sky opened up with a heavy downpour that lasted several hours. Since the rains started, they have been coming regularly—at least once or twice a week. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

My neighbor Diatou had another mini stroke right after I returned from a large women’s retreat in Ghana. I realized that after she started doing better, she had returned to her old eating habits. The family had changed her diet to help her improve, but they continued eating their normal way—so it was all too easy for her to go back to her old ways as well. After this second stroke, her two eyes closed. She could see, but she had to hold her eyes open with her hands. As I visit, I am continuing to counsel the family on the importance and urgency of lifestyle changes. Since they have started to feed Diatou differently again, her blood pressure is again decreasing, and recently one eye has opened. Old habits are hard to break, but we continue to pray together and ask Jesus to help her. Please pray that God will open the family’s spiritual eyes and strengthen them to make the necessary sacrifices for everyone in the family to eat properly.

Thank you for your prayerful support!  


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 that Deborah’s center of influence will be a blessing to her community. 

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

To give online, visit: missionspro.org/donate

 


Messenger of Salvation

Messenger of Salvation

A powerful chief prays for God to send someone to lead him to Jesus and the truth.

Because I am a tribal chief, many people are afraid of me—but now it was my turn to be afraid. I had suddenly become seriously sick, and it seemed I must die. It didn’t help me, now, to be the great chief over 36 villages, with their 36 local chiefs answering to me. It meant nothing, now, to be a member of the provincial parliament. I needed help, and soon. 

“God,” I prayed, “please send me someone who will not only pray for my healing, but will lead me to Jesus and His truth.”

Traditional chiefs in Congo are often involved in witchcraft. I pretended to be a Christian, but I did not know Jesus. Instead, I mixed our traditional rites with Pentecostal Christianity. I had never heard of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. There was not even one Adventist church in my territory or my province, and to my knowledge, I had never seen a Seventh-day Adventist. 

Then I came down with my illness. My wife, a registered nurse practitioner, tried to treat me from home, but nothing she did helped. She took me to the hospital, but the doctors couldn’t help either. It seemed to be a spiritual attack. That’s when I cried to God for help.

One of the village chiefs, hearing of my illness, decided to come visit me. The day before he left his village, a lady he didn’t know came to him and gave him a Bible. She told the village chief, “I have a message for you. Open your Bible and you will see the message.” 

The village chief took the Bible, which fell open to Exodus 20. There he read the Ten Commandments. “That is the message I wanted to give you,” the lady said. “Go in peace. God will send someone to tell you more.” 

The next day, the village chief traveled to the town of Kenge, where I live. As we visited, an unexpected guest knocked at my door. “My name is Emmanuel, and I am a Bible worker,” he announced. “I have come to pray for you.” 

“I have been waiting for someone to come not only to pray, but also to lead me to the truth,” I told him.

Emmanuel beamed. “I know the truth. Let us pray and then we can study the Bible together.” 

When Emmanuel began to explain Exodus 20, the other chief and I were surprised to find out about the true Sabbath of the Bible. The village chief then told us about the lady who had given him a Bible and promised that God would send someone to explain the Ten Commandments. I knew that God had sent Emmanuel, and I accepted the truth that he shared. 

The Bible worker organized other believers to pray for me for one week. I was anointed, and I was healed. My wife and I continued Bible studies for six months. The village chief went back home to spread the news, then brought two more village chiefs to Kenge to learn more about the truth. After six months, my wife and I, the three village chiefs and some relatives were baptized. 

After joining the Kenge SDA Church, which Emmanuel had started, my wife and I decided to donate 100 acres to the church to build a mission. The other newly-baptized chiefs and I have committed to spreading the good news within our territory. We just need pastors to get ready to baptize thousands, for we will be working to bring multitudes to Jesus!  


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author
Jesse Kashita is a newly converted chief in northwest Congo.

How You Can Help
Pray for Chief Kashita and the others as they work to spread the gospel in their territory.

Give to the needs of the work in the Congo:

  • $10 saves one life from malaria
  • $2,000 purchases church land
  • $2,500 builds a church
  • $90 supports one Bible worker for a month

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

Or send donations marked “Congo,” “Congo workers,” or “Congo Churches” to:

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151 
Inchelium, WA 99138

Thank you!

Every quarter, we send stipends to 20 workers. With God’s blessing and your support, we would love to increase that number!


Instant Answers

Instant Answers

God brings swift answers to save souls in Malawi.

I had been receiving requests to preach in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, for some time. When the Lord provides the funds, I am always ready to go and do evangelism—but I simply did not have the resources to support my team of Bible workers while we worked in this city. Gathering my team together, I called a special prayer meeting to present our needs to the Lord. We pled with God to enable us to travel to Lilongwe to work for Him. 

Soon we made a decision: We would continue praying, but we would also move out by faith and make plans for evangelism in Lilongwe—even without the money. We didn’t have to wait long for our prayers to be answered. One day after our decision, I received a message from a friend who said he had some funds to send to help us do evangelism. God had been testing us to see if we would trust Him—and once again, He had proven it true that “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

Soon the five of us left for a two-week crusade in Lilongwe, in an area of the city with many Muslims and few Christians. The first day, I preached about the true God who created the heavens and the earth and created man in six days. I explained how God felt on the last day of creation and how He rested on the seventh day. Through the blaring speakers, my message could be heard in all the homes nearby. Many new people attended the second day, and as the meetings continued, attendance kept increasing.

After every sermon, I had prayer time with anyone who wanted it. Many people would come asking for prayers. The night after I appealed for baptism, Mr. Asaf came asking for prayer. I had not known it, but this 37-year-old man, born and raised a Muslim, had been listening to the meetings from behind a wall in fear of being seen by his parents or the Muslim leaders. That day, when I made an appeal for baptism, Mr. Asaf courageously came forward with his friends and expressed his desire for baptism. 

Before he even arrived home, his parents had heard about it. “You cannot sleep here anymore,” they told him. “You must leave immediately. You have brought shame to our family and our community. Now go!” 

Heartbroken, Mr. Asaf came back to the meeting area to seek help from our team in prayer. He told us that he had no job, no house and no food now that his parents had kicked him out of their home because of his decision for Jesus Christ.

Joining hands in a large circle, we knelt. I prayed for everybody’s needs, including Mr. Asaf’s, asking God to provide. When I said “amen,” people started sharing their testimonies about what God had done in their lives after they had united with other believers in prayer. As they were sharing, a man stepped out of the circle and came to speak with me. “I have my own company, and I will employ Mr. Asaf and provide him with accommodations and food,” he said. A miracle had happened—an instant answer to our prayers! 

At the close of our meetings, Mr. Asaf got baptized together with 170 others. The new congregation has no shelter to worship God in, yet every Sabbath they attend church services with joy and smiles. Mr. Asaf is a happy man with Jesus and his new job!  


Location
Malawi

Author
Golden Lapani is an evangelist in Malawi.

How You Can Help
Pray for Golden and his team as they continue conducting evangelism across Malawi.

Pray for the recent converts, especially those who formerly were Muslim.

Give to allow evangelism in Malawi to continue. Mark your gifts “Malawi,” “Malawi workers,” or “Malawi evangelism” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

 


Give Ye Them to Eat

Give Ye Them to Eat

A small congregation in Colombia establishes a community kitchen to fulfill Isaiah 58.

Jesus had been teaching and healing all day. As evening drew on, His disciples asked Him to dismiss the people, but the loving Savior responded with compassion for the crowd: “They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” Matthew 14:16. In Jesus’ words, we find our own duty. His command is for us: “Give ye them to eat.”

Among the crowd that Jesus healed and fed, many had little interest in His teachings; yet Christ did not deprive them of His service. So now, God calls us to minister to people’s needs, even if they have no initial interest in spiritual things.

Seeking to follow Jesus’ example, we recently started a community kitchen called “Isaiah 58” in the village of Buenavista, Colombia, where nearly two years ago, thanks to your support, we were able to start a small church. Previously, this municipality had no Adventist presence. Now that we do have a congregation, we wanted to strengthen our evangelistic efforts with the work of benevolence described in Isaiah 58. “With the work of advocating the commandments of God and repairing the breach that has been made in the law of God, we are to mingle compassion for suffering humanity. . . Love revealed for suffering humanity gives significance and power to the truth.” Welfare Ministry, 32.

Our community kitchen operates on Sabbaths and Sundays. Before we serve food, we host a Bible study. Although attendance is not mandatory in order to partake in the meal, we thank God that almost everyone does come for the study. An average of 28 people eat with us each week, including some Colombian locals and quite a few Venezuelan immigrants. To model healthy food choices, we serve a well-balanced, 100% vegan meal. 

Late last year, we invited our kitchen contacts to a week of prayer. An average of 14 people attended each night, not including the young people who came to our children’s meetings. Now, on Sabbaths, many of our week of prayer attendees come for divine worship and then stay for lunch.

We can nearly always count on a certain couple to attend church and our meals at the kitchen. Some time back, Julio tells us, he was baptized into an evangelical church, but soon afterward he backslid. Now he says that he feels God calling him back to Himself. He and his companion came every evening during the week of prayer. One evening, we talked to them about getting married and giving their lives to Jesus. “We have had many problems at our home, and so we are afraid of taking that step,” Julio confessed. 

Then Marelis added, “But you know what? Since we started coming to the group, our relationship has improved tremendously.” 

We couldn’t help but smile and offer them our encouragement. Obviously, God is working in their lives!

We thank God for the work in Buenavista and for our Isaiah 58 center of influence. Though the strong Catholic presence has made progress difficult, yet a small Adventist church is shedding light in the community. Please keep this project in your prayers. Pray that the Lord will continue to multiply the “loaves and fishes” so that we may continue giving the people something to eat!  


Location
Colombia

Author
Daniel Miranda is the chair of the Bible and Evangelism Department at Fundación Las Delicias.

How You Can Help
Pray for the Isaiah 58 center to have a strong influence in Buenavista, Colombia.

Give to the work in Colombia by sending your donations marked “Colombia Evangelism” or “Colombia Church Planting” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

 


Letter from Mike: Malawi – April 2020

“God’s workers must gain a far deeper experience. If they will surrender all to Him, He will work mightily for them. They will plant the standard of truth upon fortresses till then held by Satan, and with shouts of victory take possession of them. They bear the scars of battle, but there comes to them the comforting message that the Lord will lead them on, conquering and to conquer.” The Review and Herald, September 17, 1903.

Church planting in the dark places of this earth is one of Mission Projects International’s primary focuses—and today another church has been planted in an Islamic stronghold of Malawi. When Golden Lapani and his team of Bible workers arrived in the village of Chamatwa, they prepared for their public crusade by going door-to-door distributing gospel tracks, clothing and food to those in extreme poverty. As they saw these acts of kindness, the villagers’ prejudice toward Christians was broken. 

When Golden visited Mrs. Zaidi, she refused to have his team enter her home because her husband was away on a trip. Still, they gave her a Bible tract and told her they would return to see what she thought of it. The husband, upon returning home, found that Mrs. Zaidi had read the literature and seemed convinced. Immediately, he took her to the Muslim teachers in the village to persuade her to change her mind. Mr. Zaidi thought this visit would put an end to his wife’s new ideas—never knowing that what he and his wife would hear from their own home would change their lives forever. 

More than a thousand people attended the opening night of the crusade. Thousands more would hear the message from loudspeakers that hung high in the trees around the village. As Golden presented the Three Angels’ Messages to his eager listeners, the Lord worked in their hearts. In his presentations to Muslims, Golden tries to break down prejudices by quoting from the Quran and comparing it to the Bible. On opening night, Golden presented the health message to an amazed audience. They had not known of another religion that teaches abstention from pork and alcohol! Their hearts melted when they heard for the first time that the Bible and the Quran both speak of the seventh-day Sabbath, and of judgment pronounced against those who do not keep it. Golden did not attack Mohammed or the Quran, but presented the truth from the Bible in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Mr. and Mrs. Zaidi could not help but listen to the messages every night as the sound boomed across the village. Love for truth began to awaken in their hearts as they heard the Word. By the second week of the seminar, their desire to know more about Jesus began to grow, and they started attending every meeting. When the call came to give their hearts to Jesus and follow Him into the watery grave of baptism, they made the decision. The Muslim leaders tried to stop them, but to no avail. This passionate couple decided to keep the Sabbath and be obedient to all the Bible’s teachings. 

God blessed the meetings in Chamatwa with more than 78 precious souls giving their hearts to Jesus. If you would like to help Golden and his team plant the banner of truth in new areas, please mark your gifts, “Malawi Evangelism.” 

Yours in planting the truth in new areas!  


Letter from Mike: Kenya – March 2020

Kingsway Students

“The Holy Spirit is an effective helper in restoring the image of God in the human soul, but its efficiency and power have not been appreciated in our schools. It came into the schools of the prophets, bringing even the thoughts into harmony with the will of God. There was a living connection between heaven and these schools; and the joy and thanksgiving of loving hearts found expression in songs of praise in which angels joined.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students 67.

It was in 2008 that Pastor Daniel Bett started a school in rural Kenya. After graduating from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, he had earnestly desired to start a Seventh-day Adventist school founded on the principles in the book Education. He did not know how the school would succeed without significant financial support. Still, Daniel was convicted by the Holy Spirit that he needed to move forward with or without support.

Grasping by faith the promises of God, Daniel launched the Kingsway Preparatory School with one teacher and seven students. The buildings needed repairs, but with an abundance of effort, they soon looked presentable. The tuition collected barely covered the expenses of the schoolteacher. Despite all the challenges, however, this school became a shining light in the communities all around it.

As a pastor and educator, Daniel has synthesized physical education, mental learning, and, most importantly, spiritual instruction in his school. The Bible is the central pillar of his curriculum. The Spirit of Prophecy is his guide and counselor in leading young children to accept Christ and to then communicate the gospel to others. The academic standards are high, and Daniel is dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of the students, the staff, and the community. The children are involved in Bible studies, preaching, singing groups, Pathfinder clubs, and Sabbath School programs—programs that Daniel believes give the highest form of education to our children and youth.

Mary

Mary joined Kingsway Preparatory School in grade two. When her parents enrolled her in classes, they did not realize that this would change their lives forever. Neither the parents nor Mary had ever heard of a Seventh-day Adventist, yet every day Mary learned from the Bible about the God who loved her. She attended Bible classes and learned how to pray and sing. Her parents noticed that Mary was becoming more cheerful and obedient around the home. When she reached the sixth grade, God really transformed Mary’s young heart, as she was now able to read the Bible for herself and examine the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

At home, Mary asked her parents to start praying and giving thanks to God before they ate their food. The family started having morning worship to begin the day, and Mary started attending Sabbath School every week. One day, Mary sat down with her parents to have a serious discussion about keeping the Sabbath. The Holy Spirit broke through their prejudices and fears, and they attended church on the Sabbath for the first time. The seed sown in Mary’s heart at school had at last germinated and started bearing fruit. Today, all of Mary’s family attends church on Sabbath, and they are sharing the Three Angels’ Messages in their community.

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