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.


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! 


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.


A Call for Help

A Call for Help

Amidst setbacks, the gospel work continues in Central Congo.

I have seen it time and again: Missionary work changes people’s lives in miraculous ways. Yet too often we limit our efforts to special trips and convenient time frames. How can we remain idle while Satan is working hard to deceive and destroy souls? How long can we wait to accomplish our special task, the spread of the Three Angels’ Messages?

Sometimes we may have to pay a price for our missionary endeavors. Didn’t Jesus? When the work seems hard, the following formula has helped me keep focused:

A – Accept the assignment.
B – Believe His promises.
C – Claim His promises.
D – Do the work without delay.
E – Express thanksgiving.
F – Face setbacks with courage.
G – Glorify God.

Years ago, in 2001, a team of individuals from various countries held an evangelistic crusade in an open auditorium of a Christian university in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. During the follow-up work, five congregations were established.

Joel Mapamu, a convert from that evangelistic effort, today helps to organize and carry out God’s work not only in the Kinshasa area, but in the Sankuru region in Central Congo. Satan has attacked Joel and his family repeatedly, but God has continually intervened and enabled Joel to continue His work. On one occasion, a bus Joel was riding was involved in an accident. Several people were killed on the spot, but God spared Joel’s life. Another time, one of his adult sons suffered injuries when the bus he was riding slid into a ravine—but he survived and recovered, whereas other passengers perished. Recently, Joel’s wife Jeannette and another son suffered a severe attack of cerebral malaria, escaping death narrowly. God does watch over those who accept His assignments, claim His promises and do His work with thanksgiving!

The work in Lodja, the capital of the Sankuru region, has faced both blessings and setbacks in recent years. A civil war temporarily halted progress, but God permitted us to press forward and construct school buildings in Lodja and two small bush clinics at Dikanda (15 km northwest of Lodja) and at Yenga (100 km north of Dikanda).

Recent political changes in the country have caused foreign powers to grasp for more influence and control. Under the pretext of doing humanitarian work (while in reality pursuing their interests in Congo’s mineral resources), these foreigners have entered into negotiations with the Congo authorities to take possession of vacant plots. Since we own a vacant plot in Lodja, the traditional chief from whom we purchased the land contacted me not long ago to inform me that the state authorities are demanding possession of all vacant building sites. In other words, the government intends to give our land to the foreigners!

The brethren in the Lodja congregation confirmed the news, but they had an idea to save the land for God’s work: They pled with me to quickly build a simple medical clinic on the plot and provide it with basic equipment. This would not only keep the land out of foreign hands, but would provide a treatment center for the poorest among the people, those who cannot afford to pay for medical treatment.

This is one of many calls for help. I can only present the needs in prayer to our heavenly Father. Thanks be to our gracious God, who answers our fervent prayers and impresses family and friends to meet the various needs. Please continue to pray for the work in Sankuru and all throughout Congo!


Location

Democratic Republic of Congo

Author

Samuel Minea is a retired doctor who is involved in assisting the work in the Sankuru region of Congo.

How You Can Help

Pray for the Lord to provide for the progress of His work and the needs of the people in Congo. 

Give to spread the gospel in the dark areas of the Congo by marking your donation “Congo,” “Congo workers,” “Congo churches” or “Congo evangelism.” Send checks to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit:
missionspro.org/donate


Led by an Angel

Led by an Angel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author
Brother Shintoni is a pastor in Central Congo.

How You Can Help

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

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

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

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Conversions in Congo

Conversions in Congo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

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

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

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

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

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

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


Jesus’ Visit

Jesus’ Visit

An elderly woman finds healing and peace when a Christian medical team comes to town.

Fideli shifted stiffly in her chair as she watched her daughter approach beneath the searing afternoon sun. In a country where 49% of children die under the age of five, and the adult life expectancy is less than 60, Fideli’s 87 years made her a respected elder. Yet even for those who survived persistent malaria, contaminated drinking water, and a host of other health hazards, life had severe challenges.

“Mamma, I have something for you.” Fideli’s daughter held out a piece of paper. “A group of people are coming to our village of Kimvula. They are offering us medical care for free!”

The old woman’s hand trembled as she grasped the flier. “Do these people pray?”

“Yes Mamma, they do.”

Fideli nodded and straightened from her chair. “Jesus and His disciples have arrived to heal us. I have been waiting, and I must go and see Him.”

“How can you be so sure?” Her daughter raised an eyebrow.

Fideli paused. “I was born and raised in our traditional African religion, it is true. I have never been to a Christian church, and I have no idea what Jesus looks like. But I met someone years ago who told me about Him. I heard that He is a good man. He has disciples who go from village to village, healing the sick for free. And we don’t have money for me to go to the hospital.”

The younger woman nodded. “I know that you have wanted to see a doctor for a long time.”

“I have been waiting for Jesus to visit Kimvula and heal me instead,” Fideli stated simply. “And now that He is here, let us go.”

At the mobile clinic, Fideli shuffled up to a crowd that encircled a man who was speaking of Jesus’ love. After talking for a few more minutes, the man prayed. Then a smiling stranger welcomed the elderly woman and led her to a physician, who gave her the medical treatment that she had needed, no strings attached.

Even after her physical need had been met, Fideli lingered. Did Jesus have more to offer than healing from her ailment? Something about the Train Them 2 Fish clinic beckoned her, even after she had gone home.

The following morning, Fideli’s chair by her door sat empty. The crowd of listeners parted as the determined old woman stepped closer to hear the morning message and the prayer. As it ended, she approached the speaker. “Where is Jesus?” she asked. “I want to see Him.”

“Mamma,” the man responded softly, “Jesus is in Heaven. He left to prepare a place for you there.”

Fideli blinked, processing the meaning of his words.

The man continued. “He sent us here to do His work and to prepare people to meet Jesus when He comes back. He wants to take us to Heaven where there will be no sickness, suffering, poverty or death.”

Fideli looked into the man’s face. “What can I do to be among the people whom Jesus takes with Him, when He comes back?”

“Give your life to Jesus.” The man’s eyes sparkled with conviction. “Listen to His Word, and be baptized.”

The following Sabbath, a fervent old lady joined 18 others in baptism. Two weeks later, Fideli passed away in the blessed hope. She knew that soon she would see Jesus face to face.

Until the day of His return, Christ’s modern-day disciples will continue to minister from village to village. Who knows how many more wait, wondering when Jesus will visit them?


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author
Pastor Thomas Ongasa of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a former president of his local conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Today he heads up a training school, equipping young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help
Pray for Pastor Ongasa’s team as they minister to the needy. Pray for Fideli’s family, that they too will come to know Jesus.

Give. If you would like to help Pastor Ongasa’s work in Congo, mark your donation “Congo Evangelism” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Letter from Mike: Congo – May 2019

As I write, I am traveling home from the impoverished country of Democratic Republic of Congo, where God is doing an amazing work. During my trip I thought often about Matthew 4:16, “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” Even today, the world holds some very dark areas, spiritually speaking. Many have never heard the gospel message of Revelation 14. Of the 41 million people in Western Congo, tens of millions have never even had an opportunity to hear God’s last warning message. In fact, a majority of the cities and villages in this region have no Seventh-day Adventist church. The people are left to believe in the evil traditions of ancestor worship and to seek counsel from witch doctors for guidance in their lives.

For the past year and a half, Mission Projects International has been working with a team of twenty Bible workers led by Thomas Ongasa, a faithful Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our mission together is to plant churches in the darkest places of the DR Congo. Many of these remote villages can be reached only by foot or 4-wheel drive.

Before being sent out into the field, the workers attend a training school to give them a thorough understanding of public and personal evangelism. After their classroom education, they work in a local church under a faithful pastor who supervises and guides them. This gives them training in organizing church services and preaching. During my trip, I visited with all twenty of the Bible workers we support to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and to see the churches they have raised up. I saw firsthand how God is using these Bible workers to reach the unreached!

Emmanuel, one of the Bible workers hired by Mission Projects, is working in the region of Bandundu, a remote area on the Wamba River. The Lord has blessed this faithful brother’s work. In just a year and a half he has established three new churches and is working to raise up a fourth. Through his energetic enthusiasm to share Christ’s love in the Three Angels’ Messages, more than 110 people have been baptized. When Emmanuel shared the Sabbath in his first public campaign, many were convinced of the truth from the Bible. The village chief attended that meeting, and he was convicted of the truth and decided to surrender to the Lord. To follow through with his decision, the chief donated a plot of land to build a bush church and there began observing the Sabbath along with a large group who had also taken their stand. A few weeks later, as some of the new believers were going to church, they saw one of their number going out to work in his cornfield. The chief and several others approached this man and warned him not to work on the Sabbath. The man said he was going to work anyway. That day he had a terrible accident. Many who heard about it were convinced that the Sabbath must be God’s day of worship. The man’s accident actually helped more people to listen to the Bible worker’s message! A mighty work began in this area and has been spreading like wildfire throughout the surrounding villages.

Mission Projects would like to hire more Bible workers to plant many churches in the dark areas of the Congo. Our first goal is to have fifty Bible workers fanning out through this land. To support a Bible worker costs less than three dollars per day. If you feel impressed to help send more Bible workers into dark regions, mark your donations “Congo Workers.”

Yours in letting the light shine!


Letter from Mike: Congo – June 2019

“In many churches, there are families who might move to places in need of the ministry they are capable of giving. God calls for families to go to the dark places of earth and work wisely for those who are enshrouded in spiritual gloom. This requires self-sacrifice. While many wait to have every obstacle removed, souls are dying, without hope and without God. For worldly advantage, or to acquire scientific knowledge, men endure hardship and privation. Where are those willing to do as much for the sake of telling others of the Saviour?” From Splendor to Shadow, 91.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, many workers and their families are willing to move into the dark areas of their country. When I traveled to the DR Congo in May, we passed through numerous towns and villages where no religions have entered. Many people we met along the way had never seen a Bible or heard the gospel story of Jesus and His love. We aim to reach the unreached in Congo.

Prisque and his wife Ibasue heard the voice of the Lord calling them into the dark and superstitious areas of their country. After attending the training school for Bible workers, they expressed their willingness to go wherever God opened the doors. Being called to an isolated area would mean having to endure many hardships. Food is unusually scarce out in the remote regions of Western Congo. Transportation is virtually non-existent. They knew they would be cut off from access to any medical care. Despite the difficulties, Prisque and Ibasue were more than willing to serve many villages and work as missionaries in this remote area. In the past few months, they have established a thriving church. Prisque is using the knowledge he learned at the training school to educate the church members to go out into the villages to tell others about Jesus’ coming. Through the power of the Holy Spirit along with Prisque and Ibasue’s love for truth and their dynamic leadership, a revival has begun. As a team, they are working to win many souls through sharing the health message and preaching the Three Angels’ Messages. When I arrived in the isolated village where they live and met with Prisque and Ibasue, I was very impressed with the work they have accomplished. They have more than forty active Bible studies each week, and many of these contacts are preparing for baptism. The congregation has built a very simple bush church to meet in every Sabbath temporarily, but they are hoping soon to establish a more permanent structure, since the chief has given a piece of land to build a church.

Through your donations, we are building a permanent church structure for this new and growing congregation. Right now, out of the scores of new churches that have been established in the past year and a half in the Bandundu region, only one has a stable structure. This month I would like to ask especially for your prayers on behalf of this spiritually dark part of Congo. We want to build many churches in this area in the next two years. If you would like to be a part of this significant project, please mark your donation, “Congo Churches.”

Yours in reaching the unreached!