Mike’s Free Taxi

Mike’s Free Taxi

A Seventh-day Adventist gets a free taxi ride for witnessing!

It was later in the morning when I realized I needed to get some groceries. Our hotel breakfast had been scant, since almost all the food was unhealthy, and my daughter and I would be here in Ottawa, Ontario for several days.

Asking around, I learned of a grocery store four or five blocks away. I could easily walk there—except that no one seemed able to give me exact directions. Streets went in all directions, heavy with traffic. How could I find the store?

Finally, a thought came to me: A taxi cab driver could certainly give me directions. Walking out of the hotel, I spotted two cab drivers visiting with each other. Both of them looked Middle Eastern, so as one of them drove off in his cab, I greeted the other in Arabic, “Salam! [Peace!]”

The cab driver stared at me. I smiled and gave him the full Arabic greeting,“As-salamu Alaykum! [May peace be upon thee!]” 

Looking puzzled, the man began to ask questions—good questions! I told him I was a Seventh-day Adventist, and that we don’t eat pork. His eyes widened, and he asked even more questions. I told him we also don’t drink alcohol, nor do we bow before images or worship Mary. Then I told him my dilemma. “I don’t eat ‘haram’ [forbidden] food, and this hotel doesn’t have many options for me. I need to find a grocery store nearby. Can you direct me?” 

Immediately, he gave me directions. Then he said, “Do you have two minutes?” 

“Sure,” I said, “I’d be happy to talk to you.” As he peppered me with more questions, I said, “Look, we are the people of the Book spoken of in the Qur’an.” I handed him a tract entitled, “People of the Book.” The tract cover gave the reference for the text in the Qur’an that I had just mentioned. Reaching down in his side door, the man pulled out his Arabic Qur’an and searched until he found the text. After reading in Arabic, he proceeded to translate the passage into English. I was amazed that his translation was worded even more strongly than what I had read in Yusuf Ali, the English version of the Qur’an. “Yes,” I said, “that is who we are and what we believe!” 

He gazed at me solemnly. “If this is who you people are, then you are the true people of the Book!”

As he continued to ask questions, I gave him the best answers I knew. “We do not worship on the Crusader’s Sabbath, but the Creator’s Sabbath,” I told him.

“Which day is that?” he asked. 

“The same day that Abraham, Noah and Adam worshiped the Creator,” I said.

“What day is that?” he asked. 

I said, “It is ‘Sabt’ [Sabbath].” 

Now he really stared at me. “Get in the cab. I am driving you to the supermarket for no charge,” he said. We had an excellent time talking as we drove to the store. When we got there, he took several of my tracts and gave me his name and contact information. My new friend Mike had reminded me how easy it is for Seventh-day Adventists to make friends with Muslims!

Several days after meeting Mike, I returned back home, but Mike and I have kept in touch through texting. I continue to encourage this man who showed me such kindness, and hope to meet him again one day in the Kingdom!  


Location
Canada

Author
Rudy Harnisch of Amazing Facts Canada is the liaison for Adventist-Muslim Relations for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. 

You Can, Too!

It takes only a little time to learn the Arabic greeting, “As-salamu Alaykum,” and this simple phrase can open hearts and give you the chance to share your Seventh-day Adventist faith with Muslims. Not sure what else to say? You can direct Muslim friends to www.salahallah.com for information created by Adventists for Muslims. For more sharing tips and resources, contact Rudy Harnisch at sdabooks [at] gmail [dot] com.


Emmanuel

Emmanuel

A young man’s faith is challenged and blessed.

Emmanuel took the front seat, asked for a volunteer to pray, and began to speak. “Open with me the book of Daniel, chapter one.” 

As I listened, this young man’s wisdom and explanation of Bible prophecy astounded me. He handled the subject like a trained teacher, although he had never attended college or even evangelism training. I remembered the scenario in Acts 4:13 involving two disciples. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” I realized that God’s Spirit can do more for a man than all of the education one may attain.

Little did I realize that Emmanuel was soon to face an intense trial. Emmanuel worked as a dairy manager, and lived in housing provided by his employer. The following Sabbath, his boss demanded that Emmanuel work. The Adventist declined and went to church instead. Being a refugee in this country, he was fired without receiving his last pay check.

Emmanuel called me on the phone, unburdening his heart. “I’ve been given three days to leave this house, and I don’t know where I can get shelter for my family.”

It just so happened that another Adventist church had a leadership vacancy and house available. Emmanuel quickly moved his family to the new location where he was supported by the local church. The Lord blessed his work, and in a short time many nonactive members returned to engage in Sabbath worship each week. 

As Emmanuel extended his soul-winning efforts into the surrounding community, he soon faced another challenge.

I realized this one day on the road when I met Emmanuel in a rain storm walking back home from outreach. He was soaking wet with a heavy bag of books on his back. I delayed my errand and took him home in my car, pondering his transportation problem. Later on, my wife and I discussed Emmanuel’s limited ability to reach extended territory on foot. “Let’s give him our bicycle,” my wife suggested. “It’s not in the best shape but I know he will appreciate it.”

Bright and early in the morning, we carried the bicycle over to their house. Their children came running and greeted my wife and I with big hugs. Emmanuel beamed as he received the bicycle from our hands. “Glory to God,” he breathed. “Glory be to God.”

Emmanuel’s gifts are apparent, and his faithfulness is inspiring. Even through this young man’s life has had challenges, he has received only greater blessings.  


Location
Uganda

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

How You Can Help

Pray for that God will give Emmanuel more witnessing opportunities! 

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

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151 
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

 


Bigger Plans

Bigger Plans

When a Kenyan couple opened their home to street children, they never imagined how big their family would grow!

When he sees children living on the streets, Pastor Benson Nganga understands. Having grown up as an orphan himself, he knows how it feels to be hungry, homeless and destitute. That is why he helps all the street children he can. 

It started in 2002, when Benson and his wife Florence decided to search for a few neglected, abandoned children they could invite into their family. Finding two children who needed their love, they gladly took them in. But God had bigger plans. Soon they had five little ones, and within a year 12 children shared their three-room home. The couple began to pray for a more spacious house, and God provided them a home with five rooms. Meanwhile, their family continued to grow: 17, then 27. When their children numbered 44, Benson knew they had outgrown their home again! He began to pray in earnest for something larger. 

By 2008, three years after Fiwagoh Mission Orphanage and School had been officially registered with the Kenyan government, it sheltered 77 children. God had provided 17 acres of land, and Benson had plans: dormitories, classrooms, work rooms, a church, a dispensary, homes for staff, gardens and a small farm. By word of mouth and a small newsletter, news of the project spread, and God moved on hearts to donate. Miracle after miracle poured down like rain. 

Today, the orphanage accommodates over 200 children, with separate girls’ and boys’ dormitories. A detached building serves as a dining hall, kitchen and housing for volunteers. The staff reside in smaller homes on campus. Several greenhouses help to supply food for the children, along with fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Each boy and girl has a personal garden plot to learn how to grow produce. 

 

Far from being totally reliant on donations, Fiwagoh has industries to help offset its expenses. Besides the gardens that supply much of the food, a water filtration system provides enough clean water to supply the orphanage and extra to sell to the community. One of the major expenses in the food budget is grains, which must be purchased. A farm tractor with implements would allow Fiwagoh staff to grow their own grains. When not in use, the tractor could be rented out to the neighbors, providing another industry for the school. This would enable the orphanage to be much more self-reliant, producing all its own food.

After 16 years in service, Fiwagoh Mission now has 267 orphans, 41 staff and 17 Bible workers. The Lord Jesus Christ gets all the praise, honor and glory! Through Him, the orphanage demonstrates the love of God and exalts the Scriptures. God’s bigger plans for Fiwagoh never seem to quit unfolding. Today, beyond helping and equipping destitute children, Fiwagoh staff conduct evangelism, plant churches, print Christian literature and feed poor widows and families. They seek in every way to live up to the name “Fiwagoh,” which is actually an acronym for The Final Warning Gospel and Health Mission. May not only the mission center itself but also the children raised there go forth to give the final warning in Kenya!  


Location

Benson and Florence

Kenya

Author
Marie Judd is Benson Nganga’s adopted mother and the USA contact for Fiwagoh Mission.

How You Can Help
Pray for the children at Fiwagoh, and for the Lord’s guidance in the new projects being undertaken.

Sponsor a child. For $50 per month, you can not only support a child in Kenya but give them the encouragement of knowing that they belong to someone special.

Give to help with the purchase of the tractor, disc, harrow, plow, planters, and other implements. In total, $100,000 is needed. Send checks or correspondence to:

Fiwagoh Orphanage
c/o Marie Judd
PO Box 60
Thompsonville, IL 62890
(618) 627-2917

To give online and learn more about the mission, visit:
TheFiwagohOrphanageMinistries.org

 


Conversion of a Persecutor

Conversion of a Persecutor

A Ugandan husband is enraged and perplexed by his wife’s faith.

My stomach churned in anger. “That woman despises me,” I muttered. “She is contrary to our Ankole ways.” In our culture, a woman has no right to her own personal faith – she is expected to adhere to the faith of the husband.

My wife was a very compliant woman in every aspect of life – until she changed her faith without my consent. It happened when I was away on a business trip in Kampala. An enthusiastic Adventist deacon by the name of Aggrey Edinard talked both my wife and my mother into baptism.

“Our family has always evaded Adventists,” my father fumed over the phone to me. “I am going to banish my wife and your wife from the home. I cannot tolerate these arrogant women any longer!”

I rushed home, only to find chaos and disharmony. I ruled against the banishment. I sat with my wife and counseled her to change her mind, but all to no avail. When she dressed up and left the house, I secretly followed her to see if she was visiting the Adventists. Sure enough, she entered an Adventist church! “What kind of bribe have the Adventists given my wife?” I wondered. My heart felt heavy, but also ready to explode with anger.

People stared as I entered the building, fuming and dressed in rags. I reached for my wife and pulled her away, lashing out at her in anger all the way home. My father praised me, planning to “punish” my mother similarly. 

I doubted that my wife would ever return to the Adventist church again. But to my surprise, she returned the following Saturday.

I was enraged. I decided to punish her whenever she went to church, and did so routinely. This continued for six months, but my wife would not be deterred. She neither fought back, nor quarreled with me. She only prayed. 

“What is her secret?” I began to wonder. “Maybe I should go to the Adventist church with her and see.” When I did so, I felt my interest in Adventism grow and secretly began reading my wife’s books. The truth captured my heart, and I decided to be baptized. 

I live happily with my wife now, and I have decided to cling to this truth for as long as life shall last. Together with my mother, we are the only Adventists in the Nkamwesiga family, and are doing our best to take the gospel message to the rest of our relatives. Please pray for us as we strive to carry on God’s mission, surrounded by concrete cultural beliefs that seek to destroy genuine faith.  


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 that God will keep this couple faithful to the truth and be willing to share it with others! 

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

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

 


Letter from Mike: Year in Review – December 2019

As we approach the close of another year, my thoughts are drawn to the end of this world’s history. Soon we will see our Savior coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Jesus will soon “say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:30. Nations, political parties and individuals everywhere are being bound into bundles to be burned. God wants us to gather as many lost souls as possible into His barn, or church, before the end. I pray that we can be laboring for lost souls before it is too late.

As I look back on our labors of this past year, my heart overflows with praise to God! This year, faithful workers overseas have conducted dozens of successful public campaigns. Hundreds have come to acknowledge Jesus as their personal Savior and are now gathered into God’s barn of safety. Pastor Ongasa and his team of seventy Bible workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are penetrating areas where there are no Seventh-day Adventist churches for dozens of miles. They have planted more than twenty new churches just this year! Dr. Lunghano in Malawi has established a medical missionary training school to equip young workers to reach the Muslims in this country. The radio station that the Jimenez family is operating in Honduras is now broadcasting the Three Angels’ Messages all over this Spanish-speaking country. Daniel and Kelly Miranda in Colombia are planting churches in areas where the gospel has never been heard. Spirit of Prophecy books are being translated into the Vietnamese language by Pastor Khoi’s team of workers.

Golden Lapani in Malawi has conducted three evangelistic series this year in the predominately Catholic and Muslim areas of this country. During his last set of meetings in northern Malawi, he saw several hundred people attending every night, eagerly listening to the everlasting gospel. As a result, two churches have been established in this region—one in the north and one further south, because the people had been traveling long distances from all directions to attend the meetings. There are now more than two hundred newly baptized souls in each of these churches!

As I reflect on the scores of workers around the world being supported through your donations; as I consider the medical missionary work being done to prepare hearts to receive the gospel; as I remember how many evangelistic series you have helped support; as I recount the scores of baptisms that have resulted from these efforts; as I think of the churches that are rejoicing for the roof you placed over their heads—I praise the Lord for what He is doing and I thank you all for your prayers and support. You made all these efforts possible! Without your help, none of this could have taken place. Thank you for partnering with Mission Projects International to hasten Christ’s coming! May the Lord strengthen us as we push the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Yours in Christ!


Letter from Mike: Congo – November 2019

“Every true disciple is born into the kingdom of God as a missionary.” Desire of Ages, 195.

Two demoniacs rush at Jesus, as if to do Him harm—then suddenly fall at Jesus’ feet. Jesus commands the demons to come out. Unable to resist Him, the demons enter a herd of swine. Now in their right minds, the formerly possessed men desire to follow their Deliverer. Jesus refuses to let them follow Him, but directs them to tell others what God has done for them. Although lacking an education, these men became very successful missionaries for the Lord!

Emmanuel, who has only a fourth-grade education, came to know Jesus in 2016. Today he is working as a missionary in the Western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. After his conversion, Emmanuel attended a two-month Bible worker training session and then returned to his hometown of Kenge. Within a year, he had started two churches of ninety persons each. The local mission wanted to see if Emmanuel would be a successful soul-winner in other places besides his hometown, so they sent him to another district named Kimona. There he started two more vibrant churches with scores of members. Walking dozens of miles every week, Emmanuel branched out and started another two churches in Lufu and Mukoki. Through the Holy Spirit, Emmanuel has started six large, lively churches—in just four years!

While Emmanuel was at Kenge, Jesse Kashita, the district chief of 36 villages, fell ill. His wife tried to nurse him back to health, but he only grew sicker. Instead of calling on the traditional witchdoctors, Jesse began to call on the God of Heaven to save his life. Just when everything seems hopeless, a young lady whom he had never before seen knocked on Chief Kashita’s door and said she had a message for him. Handing him a Bible, the young lady asked the chief to open it because God wanted to give him a message. Jesse opened the Bible right to Exodus 20 and began to read the Ten Commandments. Before the young lady left, she told him someone would come and explain God’s commandments to him.

A few days later, Emmanuel felt impressed to visit the chief. Jesse told him about the young lady’s visit and asked Emmanuel if he could explain the Ten Commandments to him. Emmanuel proceeded with a Bible study on the Law of God, focusing mainly on the Sabbath. After a few days of contemplation and personal Bible studies, Jesse was completely convinced of the truth of the Sabbath and began attending church. Very soon after this, he began sharing the truth of the Sabbath with other chiefs in his jurisdiction. Three of them also became convinced of the Sabbath, and Emmanuel studied the Three Angels’ Messages with them all. Just recently, all four chiefs were baptized into the church. What God can do with one who is wholly committed to Jesus!

If you would like to help support the faithful Bible workers in Congo, please mark your gifts “Congo Workers.”

Yours in thankfulness for the power of truth! 


Letter from Mike: Malawi – October 2019

“All that has perplexed us in the providences of God will in the world to come be made plain. The things hard to be understood will then find explanation. The mysteries of grace will unfold before us. Where our finite minds discovered only confusion and broken promises, we shall see the most perfect and beautiful harmony. We shall know that infinite love ordered the experiences that seemed most trying. As we realize the tender care of Him who makes all things work together for our good, we shall rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Adventist Home, 542.

God is doing a mighty work in the country of Malawi! Recently, Golden Lapani held a public crusade in a predominately Muslim area with very few Christians, and there he saw the providences of God. Many Muslims and a few Christian believers attended. Loudspeakers around the perimeter of the meeting place broadcasted the messages to many more residents who did not want to be seen at the meetings, for fear of reprisal.

After Golden presented the Sabbath, many came to church for the first time on God’s holy day of rest. There they learned that the Sabbath is the seal of the living God. During the presentation on the Three Angels’ Messages, conviction deepened in their hearts. At the end of the meetings, Golden called the people to take a stand for the truth and be baptized, and many came forward. Golden asked if anyone there needed prayer as they made their decisions to follow Jesus and prepare for baptism. As the people came forward, Golden saw a man emerge from the shadows behind a wall. The man was looking over his shoulder as if to see if anyone were following. He came to the center of the circle where Golden was praying and told Golden that he wanted to be baptized.

After the prayer, everyone dispersed to their homes, and Golden and his team began packing the chairs and equipment. Then a man approached them. Golden recognized him as Asaf, the man who had emerged from behind the wall asking for prayer. Asaf told Golden that his parents had watched him as he went forward at the baptismal call, and they were furious. When he had gone home, his parents asked him if he was going to join the Christian church, and he answered with a definite “Yes.” He tried to explain that he had found the truth, and that Islam’s teachings are a lie. Livid, his parents commanded him to gather his belongings and leave forever. As he gathered up his meager possessions, Asaf’s his parents reminded him what a disgrace he was bringing upon them and upon Islam; yet Asaf  purposed in his heart that he would not turn back to following lies. He pledged always to obey and follow Jesus and His truth. Having no home, job or even food, he decided to risk all for the truth’s sake, believing by faith that God would take care of the circumstances he had gotten himself into by obeying the Bible.

As Golden and his team prayed again for Asaf, another man stepped forward from the darkness. Upon hearing of Asaf’s predicament, he offered him a job. A church member opened his home to Asaf until he could get back on his feet. Already, Asaf was learning that although we may have to wait for the Kingdom to understand God’s ways, He will provide if we trust Him!

If you would like to help Golden and his team take the gospel to the millions of Muslims in Malawi who have never heard of Jesus, mark your gifts “Malawi Workers.” If you would like to help provide a church for the new converts to worship in, mark your donations, “Malawi Churches.”

Yours in spreading the good news! 


Letter from Mike: Uganda – September 2019

“The things of this world are soon to perish. This is not discerned by those who have not been divinely enlightened, who have not kept pace with the work of God. Consecrated men and women must go forth to sound the warning in the highways and the byways. I urge my brethren and sisters not to engage in work that will hinder them from proclaiming the gospel of Christ. You are God’s spokesmen. You are to speak the truth in love to perishing souls. ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled,’ Christ says. . . . With Christ in his heart he is to go forth into the highways and byways of life, giving the invitation to the marriage supper.” Colporteur Ministry, 24.

John Kaganzi, a district pastor in Uganda, is pushing the gospel of the Three Angels’ Messages into Ugandan cities and villages by focusing on evangelism and personal soul-winning. Earlier this year, Pastor John helped start a church in the city of Byabugimbi. Through your donations, he conducted a very fruitful evangelistic series, with hundreds of people coming to hear what the Bible says about end-time events and true Christian living. Many people came to know Jesus as their Savior and Friend. Many were baptized, and a church was raised up.

Soon the church members, including those newly baptized, began to recognize their need to construct a church building. Every Sabbath, the believers worshipped under mango trees or a makeshift tarp tent. To them, this was not a proper way to worship God. At a business meeting, the church members decided to start making bricks to build their new church. They had no idea how they were going to roof the church, but they moved by faith and began to mold bricks with free resources around them. Every Sunday, they worked to raise the walls until they had laid bricks up to the roofline. Then they began praying that God would provide the means to buy the roofing materials. When they saw their prayers answered, the newly baptized members’ faith was strengthened immensely! The congregation in Byabugimbi will begin worshipping in their new church very soon.

Pastor John is now conducting evangelistic meetings in the town of Bwera. A volunteer lay evangelist named Hosea has been doing the groundwork for the past several months. He has started many Bible studies and distributed scores of tracts. He has conducted medical missionary work, given clothing to the poor and fed the suffering. Dozens of people have come to know Jesus through Hosea’s practical ways of helping them. The area is ripe for harvest!

With evangelistic meetings taking place in Uganda once every quarter, thousands are hearing God’s last warning message to them. If you would like to help the work move forward in this poverty-stricken country, please mark your gifts “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches.”

Yours in reaching the highways and byways,


Letter from Mike: Ethiopia – August 2019

“Of equal importance with public effort is house-to-house work in the homes of the people. As the result of the presentation of truth in large congregations, a spirit of inquiry is awakened, and it is especially important that this interest be followed by personal labor. Those who desire to investigate the truth need to be taught to study diligently the Word of God. Someone must help them to build on a sure foundation. At this critical time in their religious experience, how important it is that wisely directed Bible workers come to their help, and open to their understanding the treasure house of God’s Word!” Evangelism, 429.

This July, I spent my time conducting a prophecy seminar in southern Ethiopia. I arrived with my team at the evangelistic site in pitch darkness, with rain coming down in torrents. A deep red mud came up to our ankles. The church had erected a temporary tarp shelter from the relentless downpour, but the people who were in unfavorable parts of the shelter were drenched by the rain making its way through holes or openings in the tarps. Despite all the inconveniences, 450 people eagerly waited to hear a message from the Word of God.

Bible workers had been on the ground going door-to-door, personally inviting every individual within a four-mile radius. They started Bible studies with those who seemed especially interested, prayed with those who were hurting and suffering, ministered to the depressed and confused. God especially blessed the Bible workers’ efforts with a significant turnout on that first dreary evening and every night thereafter.

Evangelism can be successful only if there is a thorough ground campaign and an aggressive follow-up program. Every morning and each night after the meetings, the Bible workers were out visiting those who had attended the campaign. They answered their questions. They appealed to them to obey what God through the Bible was asking them to do. During our training classes, I was encouraged to hear about the Bible workers’ positive interactions with those who were making decisions. After the message on the mark of the beast, the Bible workers amplified their personal appeals among the people, visiting them at their homes, answering any objections and appealing for them to obey. More than seventy souls decided to keep the Sabbath and turn from their former Sunday churches!

We left several Bible workers to continue the follow-up work and help organize this new congregation for service. Penetrating this predominantly Catholic and Muslim community will be challenging, but God’s truth will prevail!

Mission Projects International would like to hire more Ethiopian Bible workers to enter new fields and establish more congregations. Scattered all over Ethiopia lie thousands of towns and villages where the Three Angels’ Messages have never been heard. We want to help Christ’s followers in Ethiopia fulfill His last commission. More Bible workers are needed to accomplish this immense task. Your donation of only $50 a month can support a Bible worker. If you would like to help the work in Ethiopia, mark your donations “Ethiopian Workers” or “Ethiopia Churches.” May God give us wisdom on how to move forward!

Yours in fulfilling Christ’s last commission,


Taught by a Woman

Taught by a Woman

The object of a man’s prejudice shares the gospel with him.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the most populated French-speaking country in the world. Home to over 85 million people and more than 250 ethnic groups, Congo has a broad diversity of culture and traditions.

One Congolese culture does not allow women equal social status with men. Women cannot be seen in discussion with men in public. They do not exercise leadership or hold teaching positions over men. When women from this culture are converted to Christianity, they feel compelled to maintain this tradition and never preach or teach in churches.

Kalala lived in the city of Kikwit, 450 miles north of Kinshasa. From his youth, he developed prejudice and vowed that he would never learn anything from a woman. When he embraced this discriminatory culture, it changed his life. If in his school lessons a woman rose to teach, he switched classrooms. Kalala had been raised Roman Catholic, but when he discovered that nuns and parishioners were allowed to read Scriptures before the congregation, he left the church in disgust. Switching to a Pentecostal church in Kikwit, he ran into the same story – women were speaking in church. Offended, he left religion completely. Ultimately, Kalala decided not to marry. He isolated himself and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. 

Then one day, Kalala grew seriously ill. He had no friends to take care of him during this difficult time. 

Esther, a female Bible worker in the community, heard about Kalala’s situation. She prayed for wisdom to reach out to the isolated man, and went to check on him.

“You are the first person to visit me,” Kalala told her in surprise.

The following day, Esther saw the sick man again and carried him a nourishing meal. She brought her husband with her, and they left water for drinking and a hot bath. Esther also found a nurse to take care of Kalala’s medical needs. For two weeks, the woman Bible worker visited as Kalala’s health improved. His diet of vegetables, fruit and water had a healing effect.

Kalala grew curious about his new friend. Hearing that she was an evangelist, he wanted to know more about the faith that made her so kind. “Could I have Bible studies?” he finally asked.

Three months later, Kalala visited the local Adventist church planted by Esther and her husband. Kalala asked for prayers that he could break free from his drug and alcohol addiction. 

God answered the prayers. Today, the man is free from more than just drugs and alcohol: he is no longer prejudiced. He is a baptized Seventh-day Adventist believer, helping Esther to reach more people with the Three Angels’ Messages. 


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author 
Narrated by Esther Kamwanya to Pastor Ongasa, who wrote the story.

How You Can Help

Pray for Pastor Ongasa’s team of Bible workers in the Congo.

Give. If you would like to donate to Bible workers in the Congo, mark your donation “Congo Bible Workers” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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