Tragedy and Triumph

Tragedy and Triumph

The death of a believer opens the door to truth.

“There is swelling and bleeding in his brain,” the doctor shook his head. “We can do nothing more to save his life.”

The accident had happened very quickly. A faithful church member named Freddy was riding in the back of a truck when the vehicle brakes failed. The pick-up slammed into a rock wall. The impact threw Freddy, and he suffered severe head injuries. An ambulance rushed him to a hospital, but he passed away just as the Sabbath hours began. 

Freddy’s widow, Danelia, knew that he would want a funeral service consistent with his Adventist beliefs, but Freddy’s father adhered to Catholicism and insisted on taking the body. 

After Sabbath worship, members from La Zona headed to San Manuel where the body had been carried. When they arrived, they realized that Freddy’s parents had organized a mass funeral service in the Catholic church there. They slipped into the Catholic building, not wanting to stir up trouble. But as the service proceeded, righteous indignation rose up among the Adventists.

“Freddy was a good member and leader of our Catholic church,” the priest rambled. “He taught catechism classes to the youth…” 

A sudden commotion in the front row interrupted the service. It was Tana, a brave woman currently taking Bible studies from us. She boldly but respectfully rebuked the priest. “Freddy belonged to the Catholic church at one point,” she explained, “but once he learned Bible truth, he left this church. He had attended out of ignorance.” Hundreds of people looked on in amazement and disbelief as she continued. “Freddy was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church, keeping God’s true Sabbath day holy.” Quotes supporting the Sabbath truth began flowing from Tana’s mouth. 

Utter silence reigned over the crowd. No one could contest Tana’s Scripture verses. The awkwardly-interrupted funeral service ended, and the crowd dispersed to the burial site—but God was not finished yet.  

The La Zona church members felt a mixture of emotion as they followed the others. They felt grief-stricken to be laying one of their brethren in the ground. But they also saw the hundreds of souls around them, and realized that it was time to appeal to those still living.

Danelia rose up to share. “I give thanks to God for being my strength,” she said calmly. She testified to what God had done in Freddy’s life, and then asked a question. “What day is it today?”

“Sábado!” everyone answered in unison. 

Danelia nodded. “My husband is now resting in the Lord on His Sabbath day, a day He asks us to keep holy. I appeal to you all: be obedient to God’s Ten Commandments, and seek Him instead of the things of this world.”  

Freddy’s death was a tragic and unexpected event, but we see how God used his funeral as an appeal to hundreds of souls. For this, we give thanks.  


Location
Honduras

Author
Joseph and Elsa Willis are the directors of Maranatha Relief Organization, which helps provide medical help for the poor and the outcast in Honduras.

How You Can Help
Pray that God will draw near to Freddy’s family, especially Danelia and that God will use this tragic event to bring many to the truth! 

Donate. Funds are needed to enable Maranatha Relief Organization to continue ministering to the people in Honduras. Contributions can be sent via PayPal to missionarytraveler@yahoo.com, or mailed to:

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

Thank you!
Maranatha Relief Organization thanks you in advance for your prayers and support!


Okenyoru’s Predicament

Okenyoru’s Predicament

God redeems disaster when an amputee finds the gospel.

Okenyoru had a real predicament. He had traveled to Kenyenya to pick up some beer for the bar he owned in Ibencho. On the way home, his motorbike taxi slid in the mud and tipped over, injuring Okenyoru’s leg. Hobbling home, he asked his wife to clean the wound. Days and weeks passed, and he tried to keep the sore clean; yet his injury never healed. He went to the doctor several times, and took more than one course of antibiotics. Still, the leg did not get better. 

Okenyoru was diabetic. He did not know about healthful living. He ate a lot of meat, and his wife used copious oil in her cooking. Okenyoru’s injured leg began to hurt more, making walking difficult. Finally, the doctor told him that in order to save his life, he would need to have his leg amputated above his knee. Reluctantly, Okenyoru agreed to the operation.

Soon Okenyoru learned to walk with his crutches, navigating the dirt roads from his house to his business. Then Okenyoru had another accident. He was on his way home from a shopping trip to Kisii when his motorbike taxi again slipped in the mud. Again it tipped over, injuring his remaining leg. This time he was more diligent to keep his leg clean, but his wound still did not heal. He did not know that he needed to watch his diet and keep his blood sugar under control to help his leg to heal. Once again, the doctor told him that the only way to save his life would be to have his leg amputated above the knee. Okenyoru struggled with this decision, but he knew that his wife and children needed him. He would have to learn to take care of himself with no legs. 

After the surgery, Okenyoru went to the Advent Hope clinic in Ibencho to have his stump cleaned and fresh bandages applied. With keen interest, he noticed that the clinic had a wheelchair. “Would it be possible for you to get me a chair like that?” he asked the nurse. Advent Hope had shipped medical supplies to the clinic, so the workers agreed to get Okenyoru a wheelchair. The bumpy, muddy roads made pushing the wheelchair a challenge, but at least he had some independence now. 

As he continued visiting the clinic, Okenyoru became curious about the nearby orphanage, widow’s home and church which seemed to be run by the same group as the clinic. When he asked about the organization, someone offered him Bible studies, and he accepted. He learned that his body is the temple of God, and with sorrow he realized that he had not taken care of his body. Would God accept him? The Bible worker assured him that God accepts people as they are, and that he could change his life by trusting in the power of God. Hope returned to Okenyoru’s heart. He decided to give his heart to the Lord and be baptized. 

The sun shone brightly on the morning of Okenyoru’s baptism. At church, he heard a powerful message about Jesus’ soon coming. Joy filled Okenyoru’s heart as he thought of Jesus healing his broken body and taking away his troubles. A storm blew in, and as the people congregated at the river, rain began to fall. No storm could stop Okenyoru, however. Today he would be baptized and become a new creation!  


Location
Kenya

Author
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 expansion of the medical missionary work at the three Advent Hope clinics. 

Pray for the Bible workers as they endeavor to spread the Three Angels’ Messages. 

Give to help Advent Hope purchase land and build additional rooms for the clinics, and to purchase Bibles to give to people wishing to study. 

For further information, or to donate, contact:

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

For online options, visit:
www.biblesforafrica.org


My Life Before Jesus

My Life Before Jesus

A man survives a drug overdose.

I met Kevin Hutton at a church social event on a Sabbath a few months ago. I did not recognize him as a member of the church, and I wanted to become acquainted. From our first conversation, I understood that he had learned from Scripture that Saturday was the Sabbath, that the dead do not ascend to heaven when they die and many doctrines we hold as Seventh-day Adventists. Soon after meeting with him, we started Bible studies together and he is preparing to join the church. As I sat listening to his amazing story, I asked him to share some of the highlights of how he came to know the Lord. 

—Mike Bauler

As an eight-year-old, I listened to my older brother recite Luke 19:10. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We didn’t go to church much as kids. I heard about a kingdom in heaven, but never invested in treasure there. Jesus knocked at my heart’s door, but I never answered. The years of my past were marked with loneliness, confusion, anger and pain. But the Bible verse my brother taught me stayed in my mind. 

I became a hateful, proud drunk who struggled with drug addiction. I broke all of God’s laws and cared only about myself. But I loved my older brother very much, and we stayed close through the years.

Unfortunately, he struggled with drug addiction too. When I didn’t hear from my brother for several days, I went looking for him. I found him—dead—a victim of heroin overdose. My body wracked in pain and shock; I felt a surge of anger as I blamed God. At my brother’s funeral, I chose Luke 19:10 for the verse and listened mechanically to the familiar line.

I plunged deeper into my addictions. One day, I knew that I was dying of a heroin overdose too. As I crossed the living room floor of my house, I felt myself slipping away. I didn’t call out for help. I stumbled over to my chair without a word. “It doesn’t matter where I go after death as long as I don’t have to look at this world anymore,” I thought. Maybe death would break me free from my chains.

Everything went pitch black as I lost consciousness. I woke up to an EMT standing over me. 

“He’s brain dead,” the guy said.

“I am not brain dead,” I argued.

I had been unconscious for eight hours. I feel that I must have died. I was brought to the ambulance and then the hospital. I was in bad shape. The doctors found that I was septic, had pneumonia and my heart was in atrial fibrillation (an electrical dysfunction of the heart which causes an irregular heartbeat.). I breathed only with assistance.

When I woke up in the ICU the next day, I felt different. One thing I noticed is that I didn’t have cravings for alcohol or drugs. I felt a hunger for spiritual food. In my heart, I opened the door and let Christ in.

From that day forward, I began reading the Bible. It brought back the memory of my beloved brother teaching me the words of Luke 19:10.

My life is different now. God has made me a new creature. Where once I saw despair, I now see hope. I see a light that never goes out—even in my darkest times.  


Location
USA

Author
Kevin Hutton lives in Martinsburg West Virginia. He is studying to be a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church. 

How You Can Help
Pray that God will keep Kevin faithful to the truth and be used by God to bring others to know Jesus.


Letter from Mike: Uganda – February 2020

Paul told the young Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. . . Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.” 1 Timothy 4:12, 14, NKJV. “My prayer to God is that the converting power of His Holy Spirit may come upon our youth, that they may become working agents to win scores of youth to Jesus Christ, that they may be among the number who shall be accounted wise, who shall ‘shine as the brightness of the firmament,’ and ‘as the stars for ever and ever.’ Daniel 12:3.” Our High Calling, 282.

“With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin! How soon, in place of a possession here, with its blight of sin and pain, our children might receive their inheritance where ‘the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever;’ where ‘the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick,’ and ‘the voice of weeping shall be no more heard.’ Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 33:24; 65:19.” Education, 271.

Two of the young presenters

In the city of Kenwa, Uganda, an army of youth had a burden to share the gospel with other young people in their sphere of influence; so the older, more experienced pastors held a training session for them. After the training, the youth asked to conduct a prophecy seminar in the village, and began distributing invitation fliers door-to-door and advertising by word of mouth. Excitement grew as the day approached for the opening night of the campaign. The young people assembled for prayer every day to petition God to bless their efforts.

Opening night came with crowds of mostly teenage girls, boys and curious adults who wanted to see what was happening. During each night of the two-week seminar, the youth presented different testing truths. Each night, they challenged traditional beliefs. The Sabbath especially perplexed the audience, yet many embraced the message of God’s day of worship. Many more accepted the Sabbath truth after Sunday worship was presented as the mark of the beast. 

On the last night of the meetings, the two young presenters appealed to the scores of listeners to surrender their hearts to Christ before it is too late. Using the stories of Lot and Noah, these two young men urged upon the crowds to follow Christ into the watery grave of baptism. Their appeal stirred hearts, and many came forward to prepare for baptism. A few weeks later, after many studies, more than two dozen people were ready for baptism. 

The youth of Kenwa have committed themselves to nurturing this new church. Please pray for these young people as they work to build up God’s Kingdom in Uganda. Let us pray that God will raise an army of youth around this world to help finish the work! 

The leadership would like to build a church in this new area, but will need our help in funding a roof for the church. A church can be roofed for approximately $1,500. If you would like to support the work in Uganda, mark your gifts “Uganda Evangelism” or “Uganda Churches.”   

 


Letter from Mike: Uganda – January 2020

Pastors James and Emmanuel

“And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.” Deuteronomy 11:13, 14.

“Under the figure of the early and the latter rain, that falls in Eastern lands at seedtime and harvest, the Hebrew prophets foretold the bestowal of spiritual grace in extraordinary measure upon God’s church. The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church.” Acts of the Apostles, 54.

God closed the windows of heaven to physical rain and opened the sky to spiritual rain in the country of Uganda.

Heavy rains were in the forecast as pastors James and Emmanuel prepared for a major evangelistic campaign in the small city of Buremba. Realizing that few people would attend the meetings if it rained, they organized a gathering with the local church to pray about it. Members petitioned the God of heaven to hold the rains and pour out the Holy Spirit instead.

Buremba Church

God answered their prayers – it did not rain from morning to sunset on the scheduled day of the series. And surprisingly, 210 visitors flooded the meeting place. Visitors came from the Catholic, Anglican, Muslim and Pentecostal religions.

Each night of the evangelistic series, testing truths brought conviction to the listeners. Many began to ask themselves, “What must I do to prepare for Jesus’ coming?”

Pastor James approached a Muslim man after one of the meetings and asked him what he thought of the message from the Bible. “I am beginning to believe that the Bible is superior to the Quran because it can predict future events,” Mr. Asuman told Pastor James. He was especially interested in the message about clean and unclean foods in the Bible, and learned in the seminar that God’s Sabbath was on Saturday.

Mr. Asuman attended every night of the series. He was very impressed to find a church that lived out the truth they proclaimed. On the last night, Mr. Asuman responded along with scores of others to Pastor Emmanuel’s altar call for baptism. Mr. Asuman knew this would be the end of his relationship with his parents, friends, and fellow Muslim brothers, but the conviction was so strong that he dared not resist this call to be a part of God’s last day church.

Bible Study with Mr. Asuman

He and his entire family are currently studying with Pastor James in preparation for baptism. Please pray for Mr. Asuman, his family and the dozens of people who came forward for baptism in Buremba. The truth has captured their hearts. If you would like to support the work in Uganda, or help finish the church in Buremba, mark your gifts, “Uganda Evangelism” or “Uganda Churches.”

Yours in proclaiming the soon coming of Jesus!


Miracle in Muanda

Miracle in Muanda

A miraculous healing opens evangelistic access to an entire community.

On the Atlantic coast of the Democratic Republic of Congo lies the town of Muanda at the mouth of the Congo River. Known for its beaches, Muanda hosts a few tourist attractions, but the foundation of its economy is an oil terminal along with a huge military base. 

Although home to 50,000 souls, Muanda had just one small Adventist congregation worshiping under a tree. Then Abiathar and Jephté, two young Bible workers, were sent to nurture this congregation and to plant a new church at Muanda. 

Assigned to work the area near the military base, Jephté started out door to door, seeking to build relationships with people in the community. Soon people told him about a teacher named Noëlla who had been bedridden for about six months, unable to walk due to a strange disease affecting her legs. Her husband Mukenga, an officer of the Congolese army, had also been unable to report for duty, as he had been needed at home to care for Noëlla and their children. The family’s finances were suffering, and none of the health institutions had been able to help. Noëlla needed God’s intervention. 

Jephté visited Noëlla’s family and offered to pray for her. The next day, he visited again, this time bringing Abiathar with him for united prayer. The two Bible workers then offered to ask their congregation to fast and pray for Noëlla for 24 hours, beseeching God to heal her. 

God answered the believers’ prayers. After three days, Noëlla was able to stand up and walk slowly. One month later, Noëlla went back to work! The miracle opened Noëlla’s heart, and she agreed to start Bible studies with Jephté. Soon Noëlla and Mukenga both became faithful Bible students, and decided to give their lives to Jesus and become channels of blessings to their community. They started inviting their friends to Bible studies and asked Jephté to host a public campaign in their community. They helped Jephté find inexpensive property for a new church. Train Them 2 Fish paid for the property and organized a two-week medical evangelistic campaign for Muanda. Noëlla and Mukenga were so happy about the campaign that they offered their family’s new house, as yet unoccupied, to be used for the free medical and dental clinic. They wanted their home to be inaugurated as a place of service to the community. 

Every day, Noëlla invited people to the clinic where they could receive malaria testing and treatment, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, pharmacy services, women’s health checkups, pediatric visits and dental care, all free of charge. In just three days, 381 people received free care at Noëlla’s house. Noëlla beamed with excitement to be joining a church that cares for the needy. She said, “God healed me and decided to transform my house into a healing center. I will follow God and support the healing ministry.” 

At the end of the campaign, Noëlla and Mukenga were baptized together with 59 other people. A church was built, and a young pastor came to join Abiathar and Jephté in laboring for souls. We now have two Adventist churches in Muanda!  


Location
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Author
Pastor Thomas Ongasa heads up Train Them 2 Fish, a training school equipping young people to spread the gospel in the Congo.

How You Can Help
Pray for Jephté, Abiathar, the new pastor, Noëlla and the other new believers as they continue sharing the gospel in Muanda.

Give to the needs of the work in the Congo: $10 saves one life from malaria. $2,000 purchases land for a church. $2,500 builds a church. $90 supports one Bible worker for a month.

Send donations marked “Congo” to:

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151 
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

 

Thank you!
Thank you for your prayers and gifts that help us to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in Congo.


Gospel Light in the Darkness

Gospel Light in the Darkness

The good news reaches a resistant town.

Residents of Bwera were known for their loose and lewd behaviors. As the sun set on Saturday nights, Bwera residents flocked to the famous “Kabagarame,” where pork and partying were significant themes. Only the breaking dawn sent the partiers home to Bwera with a hangover. 

This stronghold of darkness remained a challenge for the Seventh-day Adventist community in Ruhandagazi. For a long time, we as a church pondered how we could reach Bwera’s perishing souls.

We decided to step out in faith. A volunteer evangelist was sent to Bwera, where he visited each house and planned to hold an evangelistic series. 

Evangelist Mwesigye Hosea used an amazing approach to break down barriers. He skillfully crafted little cooking “stoves,” and distributed them free of charge. The community loved him for meeting such a crucial need. Hosea eventually met every person in Bwera—because almost every home needed a stove. God blessed his soul-winning efforts with five baptisms in May 2018. 

Rays of light beamed over the darkness of this village. Our church painstakingly raised the money to cover the cost for an evangelistic series in Bwera, but a new challenge arose. A local father was angry because his daughter, Linus, had become an Adventist. He used his connections with local political leaders to deny our request for the series. “They are confusing our children with religious fanaticism!” he complained. 

We tried several times to proceed anyway, but the legal process stalled our plans. When Linus shared her father’s logic with us, we decided to change our tactics. Instead of asking the local authorities, we wrote to the president’s representative. Our church fasted and prayed. Permission was granted, and the meetings commenced. 

The most complicated spot in Bushenyi was blessed with gospel messages for two weeks! Evangelist Hosea covered important topics including the Sabbath, State of the Dead and the Second Coming. The message touched people’s hearts. Our tent was too small to cover all the people who came, and we were compelled to extend it with tarps sourced from the community. Seven more people decided to be baptized, including Sunday Robert, Linus’ father who had staunchly opposed the meetings. 

“I want to go to heaven also,” Sunday spoke with conviction as he joined the others for baptism. 

Currently, Evangelist Hosea is supported by the church with food and house rent, but he needs a basic stipend to aid him in further evangelism. Twelve members worship every Sabbath now, in the city we deemed so difficult to reach. They serve as the nucleus of a mission made possible by God’s power.  


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 the work Hosea is doing in the village of Bwera, that many more souls will come to the light!  

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

 


From Confusion to Clarity

From Confusion to Clarity

A young Filipino discovers the clear, simple truths of God’s Word.

I grew up in a devoted Roman Catholic family, but in 2006, when I was 21, my whole family converted to a Filipino church named Iglesia Ni Cristo. This church has very strict rules. If you come to church late, the deacons will not allow you to enter. The men and boys sit separately from the women and girls, and no one makes noise—not even the children. It feels as though everyone inside the church is sanctified; and indeed, Iglesia Ni Cristo teaches that only its members will enter Heaven.

As ordinary Iglesia Ni Cristo members, we were forbidden to study the Bible; we were told it would make us crazy and confused. We were not allowed to eat blood, but we could drink alcohol and smoke. We had a strong belief that Jesus was only human and not God. As an Iglesia Ni Cristo believer, I held my views firmly and would defend them to anyone. 

In February 2018, Pastor Temtem and his wife visited my home as part of a door-to-door campaign for an upcoming public evangelistic series. Because I had my own beliefs, I debated with them, hoping they would not come back. Pastor Temtem calmly asked me about my religion, and then explained to me that the true church of God obeys His Law. However, because I loved my religion so much, I soon forgot most of what he said. 

Undaunted, Pastor Temtem continued visiting me each day. On his ninth visit, we discussed the Sabbath and Christ’s divinity. He shared texts such as Hebrews 1:10, Philippians 2:5–8 and Titus 2:13 to show that Jesus is not only human, but also God. He explained both subjects so well that they became clear even to my clouded mind. I realized that there is no need to argue with the Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, because they are clear and understandable. Contrary to what the Iglesia Ni Cristo ministers taught, I discovered that the Bible is not confusing.

When Pastor Temtem’s public meetings started, I attended the meetings, but I hid in the background because I did not want people to judge me or laugh at me. Every night I went secretly, so that even my parents did not know about it. Eventually I realized that I should not hide my new convictions, but instead show everyone around me that I had found the Three Angels’ Messages and that I believed the Seventh-day Adventist doctrines. When I told my family about my new faith, they simply said that if I truly understood the Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, they would support me. I felt so happy that all of them supported me in my decision.

After months of observing the Sabbath and studying the Bible with Pastor Temtem and the other workers, I finally decided to receive baptism on August 10, 2019. Today I am an active member of our church here in Tupi, South Cotabato. Now, when the Bible workers want to visit people who may be interested in the gospel message, I act as a guide, helping them find the homes of other searching souls! 


Location
Philippines

Author
Temtem Piedverde is a Bible worker in South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines.

How You Can Help
Pray for others trapped in religions that discourage Bible study to be able to hear the truth, as did Rajid.

Pray for the Bible workers in the Philippines to be able to find honest souls and win them to the truth!

Give to the work in the Philippines by sending your donation marked “Philippines” to:

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151 
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Divorcing the Devil and Marrying Christ

Divorcing the Devil and Marrying Christ

A young woman faces demonic oppression in Uganda.

My young suitor charmingly swept me off my feet. When I gave him my hand in marriage, little did I realize that I was marrying a witch. By choosing him as my life partner, I unknowingly gave the devil more access to my life.

Three days after the marriage vows, I sensed a spiritual battle in our home. I had been brought up in the Anglican church, and was taught to love Jesus Christ who died for me. I wanted to worship the only true God who created heaven and earth, but my husband introduced me to pagan worship and commanded me to bow down. A cold chill ran up my spine as I felt a wave of regret. It was a test of faith. I asked for three days reprieve, and fasted and prayed. 

My communion with Christ in prayer annoyed the gods of my husband. “Force her to serve us, or we will kill her!” they pressured him.

Regardless of the intimidation, I purposed not to succumb to their pressure. I continued in prayer but became miserably harassed. Unknown powers visited me in the night, seeking to end my life. I felt myself being suffocated, unable to cry out for help. 

“Jesus, Jesus!” I prayed in my heart. Every time I did this, the demons released me. 

I lived with my husband for five years under continual harassment by the gods my husband served. By God’s grace, I remained faithful to my Savior, and served Him tirelessly under the umbrella of the Anglican Church. 

While entering my sixth year of marriage, I heard a circulating story of a man who wanted to stone a preacher but ended up getting baptized into the religion he had opposed. This strange religion worshiped on Saturday! 

One day, I received an invitation to worship with this Sabbath-keeping group. I decided to visit them, and enjoyed the portion of their program called “Sabbath School.” I chose to keep congregating with them, and never missed our Bible studies under the shade of a tree.

I learned the truth about the battle between good and evil, about the Sabbath and the Second Coming of Jesus. I felt the need to recommit my life to Jesus in light of the new truth I had learned. 

Attending my first Adventist camp meeting was life changing for me. I enjoyed the week of interactive Bible study, singing, testimonies and earnest prayer. I slept peacefully the whole week. At the end of the camp meeting I decided to re-commit my life to Jesus and be baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist. When I returned home, the demons never bothered me again. I am now happy in Christ, and I desire to have Jesus known by my beloved husband.  


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 young woman to remain in the hands of Jesus! 

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


Lina’s Story

Lina’s Story

A paralyzed woman receives hope through door-to-door Bible work.

Lina sighed as she dropped the last coins into the cash register. It had been a long night, but closing time had finally come. She picked up her keys from behind the bar and turned toward the door.

Just then, a man staggered in. “Hey lady,” he slurred, “sell me one last beer.”

Lina looked at the clock, then at the drunk. “No, señor,” she shook her head. “We are already closed.”

The man’s face turned red and he reached for the gun in his holster. Bang. Lina’s head throbbed, and everything went black.

Miraculously, Lina survived the gunshot to her head, but life had been dreary ever since. Now mostly paralyzed, she lived with her sister, her parents and her young son. Instead of being grateful that her life had been spared, her family seemed to begrudge the care she required. They reviled her for her wickedness and made her feel as though she had caused her own wretched condition. Lina had lost almost all hope. Then Arnold knocked on her door.

Arnold’s kindness brought a glimmer of joy from the first day. Every week, he visited Lina to give her Bible studies and share encouraging promises. When Arnold left town, he arranged for other Bible workers to continue visiting Lina. Their songs, Bible studies and prayers brought a smile to her face. Lina’s hope revived because of God’s Word and His missionaries.

When the Bible workers first told Lina about a week of prayer to be held at the local Seventh-day Adventist Church, she immediately told them she wanted to go. But there was a problem. Cordoba, the town where Lina lives, lies at the foot of the Andes, which means there are no flat streets. From one end to the other, the town is uphill. It would be a real challenge to push Lina’s wheelchair all the way to the church! Moreover, the doctors had advised Lina only to leave home in an ambulance. Her wheelchair does not fold, so it would not fit in the vehicle available to give Lina a ride to the church—and she is a heavy person, so it would be difficult to get her in and out of the car. Lastly, her parents would have to give their permission for Lina to attend the meetings.

Challenges notwithstanding, we decided to move forward by faith. God touched Lina’s mom’s heart, and she gave her permission for the first night. One of the missionaries pushed the empty wheelchair all the way up the road to the church, while I drove her in the car. It was the first time since the shooting, three years past, that Lina had been out to see the town. Tears mingled with her smile as we drove—but when we arrived at the church, Lina seemed to be the happiest woman alive. At the end of the sermon, when the preacher made the appeal, Lina wheeled her way forward. She decided she wanted to be baptized!

The next day we brought a bigger car to pick up Lina, but to our disappointment, her angered father would not allow her to go. We prayed harder. The following day, some of the church members visited her, and finally, her parents consented to let her go. Later the pastor visited, and agreed for the missionaries to proceed with final preparations to help Lina be ready for baptism.

Our hearts have rejoiced to see the decisions Lina has made for Christ. We praise the Lord for answering our prayers and giving Lina victory over Satan’s plots!


Location
Colombia

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

How You Can Help
Pray that Lina will fully surrender her life to God day by day, and for her family also to be touched with the gospel message.

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

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

Thank You
Fundación Las Delicias says thank you to all the MPI supporters for your contributions to God’s work on their side of the world!