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


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!


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


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.”   

 


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

 


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


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

 


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