The Child Evangelist

The Child Evangelist

A young boy introduces his mother to Jesus.

“In Scandinavia also the Advent message was proclaimed. . . . But the clergy of the state church opposed the movement, and through their influence some who preached the message were thrown into prison. In many places where the preachers of the Lord’s soon coming were thus silenced, God was pleased to send the message, in a miraculous manner, through little children. As they were under age, the law of the State could not restrain them, and they were permitted to speak unmolested.” Great Controversy, 366.

In Israel, also, Jesus used children to proclaim His message. After He had driven the money changers and salesmen out of the temple, it was the children who praised Him for the wonderful works they saw. Jesus commended them with the Scripture: “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise.” Matthew 21:12–16.

God is still using children to invite people into His Kingdom. In Congo, God used a small boy to introduce his mother and family to Jesus.

Luyindula, a Bible worker in Congo, has a mission to reach people from the Black Community religion. Adherents to the Black Community believe that Jesus came to save white people alone. However, even with this sad belief to overturn, Luyindula has planted a new congregation in that community! More than 40 people have accepted Jesus and 25 of them have been baptized.

Luyindula has a genius outreach method: He invites children to a special outdoor program just for them. Then, for two weeks, Luyindula shares the gospel with these children!

Abel, a 4-year-old boy, came to Luyindula’s program and saw pictures of Jesus. He enjoyed it so much that he invited his younger brother the following day. The two little boys went back home and told their mother that they saw Jesus. “We learned that Jesus loves everybody,” they told her. “We want you to come to the program tomorrow so you can see Jesus, too.”

The next day, the mother went to find out what her boys were talking about. As she saw illustrations of Jesus in the picture rolls Luyindula was using, she was so happy to learn who He really is. Day after day, she kept attending the program with her boys. At the end of the 2-week program, she decided that she wanted to join this church that had shown her that Jesus came to save her, not just the white people!

Since then, Abel’s mother has been studying the Bible with a Bible worker. One by one, she is learning the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in preparation for baptism. When Abel, his brothers and their parents moved to Kikwit, one of the major cities east of Kinshasa, they began attending the Kikwit III SDA Church every Sabbath. At the church, little Abel asked a Bible worker to visit his father and start Bible studies with him. “I would be happy to go to Heaven with my parents and my two younger brothers,” Abel said.

Abel first saw Jesus through the picture rolls, and it touched his little heart so much that he invited his whole family to come learn about Jesus. The Bible workers in Congo greatly need more picture rolls so they can enlist more kids like Abel to become ambassadors for Christ in their families and neighborhood. Then, like the children in Scandinavia and Israel, these little ones can bring the message of salvation to those who otherwise may not have heard! 


Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Author: Pastor Thomas Ongasa works in the country of Democratic Republic of Congo. Pastor Ongasa was formerly the president of the local conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He believed that God was calling him to start a training school to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help

Pray that Luyindula can reach more people with the gospel in his community.

Donate. Since there is no electricity in the villages where Luyindula is working, he needs picture rolls for his child evangelism projects. If you would like to donate to this project, mark your donation “Congo Evangelism” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit: missionspro.org/donate


Jesus Still Visiting Villages

Jesus Still Visiting Villages

A woman’s simple faith leads her to learn more about Jesus.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest French-speaking country in the world; the estimated population was over 85 million in 2015. Over 87 percent of Congolese live on less than $1 a day. Many families are poverty stricken and cannot afford to eat a well-balanced diet. They do not have access to good health care and are compelled by circumstances to purchase medications on the streets without prescriptions or even a diagnosis. Others turn to traditional healers or witchcraft practices for solutions to their health problems.

Seeing the need, Train Them 2 Fish has aspired to reach people through health ministry, using free medical programs to impact communities. This has become a powerful way to share God’s love in poor areas where the Congolese are unable to afford or access medical care.

“The truth expressed in living, unselfish deeds is the strongest argument for Christianity… The knowledge of the art of relieving suffering humanity is the opening of doors without number, where the truth can find a lodgment in the heart, and souls be saved unto life – eternal life.” Counsels on Health, 537.

Once a month, Train Them 2 Fish sends a medical team and several Bible workers to a new community for medical outreach, generally lasting two to six days. During the outreach, people gather every morning to hear a devotional, and then see about getting their medical needs met. The various areas of health needs are often in gynecology, pediatrics, general medicine, eye and dental care. Our workers discuss disease prevention and the importance of proper hygiene. They often provide treatment for malaria. Two new congregations have been planted in the Kinshasa area as a result of this work.

Kimvula village is located in a rural area west of Kinshasa, the capital city of Congo. Train Them 2 Fish organized four days of medical evangelism there, and during that time, an 87-year-old woman named Fideli attended the clinic. She had never been to a Christian church, but she had been told before about a good man named Jesus. She heard that He traveled from village to village with His disciples to heal the sick for free. “I’ll wait for this Jesus to visit my community and heal me,” Fideli decided. “I don’t have the money to go to the hospital for treatment.”

One day, Fideli’s daughter came home with flyers advertising that a group of people were coming to their Kimvula community to offer free medical services.

“Do these people pray?” Fideli asked her daughter.

“Yes, they do,” her daughter nodded.

“This should be that man Jesus coming to our community,” Fideli announced. “I have been waiting for Him. I must go and see Jesus.”

Fideli was born and raised in a traditional African religion. She had no idea what Jesus would look like, but she knew that Train Them 2 Fish matched the only description of Christ that she knew—healing the sick and praying for people.

When she arrived at the medical outreach clinic for the first time, she noticed a member of the team speaking to a group of people and praying. In time, he directed her to the physicians, and the elderly woman was kindly welcomed inside.

Fideli received treatment for her medical condition the first day, but she felt drawn to the place as the clinic continued. Every morning, she arrived to hear prayer and the Word of God being spoken. As the program drew to a close, Fideli ambled up to the preacher with a question. “Where is Jesus? I want to see Him.”

“Jesus is in heaven, Mamma,” the man smiled kindly. “He went to prepare a place for you up there. He sent us here to do His work and help prepare people to meet Him when He comes back to take us to heaven. There will be no sickness, no suffering, no poverty and no death there.”

“What can I do to be prepared to be taken up to heaven with Jesus?” she asked.

“Give your life to Jesus, listen to His Word, and be baptized,” the pastor said.

“I will,” came her simple reply.

Fideli was baptized the following Sabbath, together with 18 others. Two weeks later, she passed away in the blessed hope of the second coming.


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Pastor Thomas Ongasa works in the country of Democratic Republic of Congo. Pastor Ongasa was formerly the president of the local conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He believed that God was calling him to start a training school to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help

Pray for the work Pastor Ongasa and his team of workers are doing in the DRC. Pray for the health work that is being conducted.

Donate. If you would to help with the work of saving souls in this spiritually dark country, mark your donation “Congo Workers,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options: www.missionspro.org/donate


Caring for Orphans

Caring for Orphans

Train Them 2 Fish offers hope in the face of high child mortality rates.

The lusty cry of a newborn pierces the night as new life is ushered into the world. A young mother smiles to see her baby for the first time. “The child is strong,” the midwife nods.

Being born is a miracle, but in the Democratic Republic of Congo, living to celebrate your seventh birthday is another.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are 13 maternal deaths for every 1,000 infant deliveries in Congo. HIV and AIDS persist in generally 1.3 percent of 15 to 45-year-olds, with a higher rate of 1.9 percent in urban communities. Lack of sufficient or accessible health care places adults at risk for contracting otherwise preventable or treatable illness and disease. Malaria continues to be prevalent. On average, 400 people die daily from malaria in Congo, and half of these are children under the age of seven.

Child mortality rates are staggering. One out of seven children will die before the age of five. Malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are responsible for nearly half of these deaths. Nearly a quarter of the children in this vast country are underweight, and many are not vaccinated for common childhood diseases. But not only the children need special care, old people need special nursing healthcare like http://www.a2zvideos.net/ to attend their needs.

Although Congo’s land is rich in natural resources, the majority of families live in poverty. Less than half of the population can obtain a clean source of drinking water, and less than one third have access to adequate sanitation facilities. Many parents struggle just to keep food on the table, so paying school expenses for their children is impossible. As school enrollment declines, child labor rates climb. Children as young as five years old are working.

The crisis facing Congo’s children has not gone unnoticed. Train Them 2 Fish received funding from UNICEF to secure and distribute school supplies to 8,250 children in 66 different schools. We also provided teacher training to 327 individuals, and peace building education to 1,576 children under the age of 15. Although UNICEF and its partners have enrolled 110,000 children in projects for the orphaned and vulnerable, there are hundreds of thousands more in need.

Our responsibility is clear in the Scripture. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27.

“He tests the love of His professed followers by committing to their tender mercies the afflicted and bereaved ones, the poor and the orphan… Every kind act done to them in the name of Jesus, is accepted by Him as if done to Himself, for He identifies His interest with that of suffering humanity, and He has entrusted to His church the grand work of ministering to Jesus by helping and blessing the needy and suffering.” Counsels on Stewardship, 163–164.

In Mulamba, a remote village in the South Kivu province, 28 orphaned children have experienced hope in place of an uncertain future.

By 2013, Mulamba’s population swelled as refugees spilled in, fleeing armed violence. Train Them 2 Fish received resources from board members and locals to provide for the needs of the vulnerable orphans there. Thanks to contributions, 28 children have been sponsored in the last six years.

Each child is placed with a host family. For each of the families, Train Them 2 Fish has been providing agricultural training so that they can grow beans, maize and cassava to produce food for greater self-sustainability.

For just $35 a month, a child can be sponsored in a rural area such as Mulamba. In the capital city of Kinshasa, cost is a little higher at $42. Their sponsorship money covers school fees, the cost of a school uniform, books, meals and primary health care.

There are over 4 million orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Providing homes and care for 28 orphans feels like a drop in the ocean, but we hope to make an impact one life at a time.

With God’s blessing and support, we would like to sponsor more orphaned children, not only in the village of Mulamba, but in the Kasai region and western Congo as well. We would like to see 200 orphaned children provided for this year, that they may have a chance to experience a new life, and ultimately life eternal.


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Pastor Thomas Ongasa works in the country of Democratic Republic of Congo. Pastor Ongasa was formerly the president of the local conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He believed that God was calling him to start a training school to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help

Pray for Pastor Ongasa as he seeks to minister to the needs of the unfortunate.

Donate. Funds are also needed to support the work of caring for these orphan children. If you would like to help out with this worthy project in helping teach these orphan children about Jesus’ love in Congo, donate online or mark your donation “Congo Orphans,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138


A Motorcycle for Pastor Kodo, Part 2

A Motorcycle for Pastor Kodo, Part 2

A pastor gives his motorcycle money to God’s cause.

In Part 1 of this story, printed last quarter, Pastor Kodo gave the $200 he had managed to save for a motorcycle so that a poor congregation could buy new roofing materials.

A smile wreathed Pastor Kodo’s face as he spoke with a pleasant, confident gaze. I had difficulty containing my excitement as I listened.

“There are two challenges,” he began. “My challenge is that of transportation to reach the churches in my four districts. For the churches, their challenge is to function more independently, as I cannot be there as often as I would like.”

Wherever he travels, Pastor Kodo told us, he teaches his church members to cultivate the ground and earn a living for their families. In one congregation, two individuals who took his advice and began growing crops soon had enough money to buy themselves motorcycles. As he told us of it, the smiling man made no mention of the gift of his motorcycle money that had enabled one of his churches to have a new roof. Marveling at the humble pastor’s care for his congregations, I felt sure that our Father would repay him in the Kingdom. Yet I also knew that God was about to reward his unselfishness in a tangible, earthly way.

We finished our meal and meandered onto the porch, and in an instant, my husband had disappeared. I knew where he had gone. Already, I could feel myself smiling.

In a few moments, the faint rumble of an engine could be heard, growing louder as it approached the house. As the motorcycle pulled into the front yard, one of my fellow missionaries turned to our unassuming guest. “Pastor, this motorcycle here—it is not ours. It is yours.”

Silence reigned for several seconds. Then my husband bounded up the steps, key in hand. “For you,” he said.

The pastor’s eyes widened as he stared at the keys in his open palm. “Ah?” Surprise and anticipation glistened in his dark eyes as his voice caught with emotion. Turning to the rest of us, he spoke quickly. “Let us pray.”

Falling to his knees in our midst, Pastor Kodo prayed a beautiful prayer in Swahili. I couldn’t understand all the words, but I understood his gratitude. “Father God,” he began, “You have given me a gift this day. I praise You, oh God. Please bless those that have given for me. Bless their families, bless their homes, bless them in all that they do.”

After the prayer, a friend urged me to tell Pastor Kodo the whole story. “I watched the new church being built,” I explained, “and there I learned that the church had only their old rusty roofing materials to use. I heard you promise to give your own motorcycle money so that they could have a new roof. I was touched by that gift. I told people in America, and they too were touched and inspired by what you did. They have paid for this motorcycle. It is for you.”

Still looking overwhelmed, Pastor Kodo approached the new motorcycle, gazing at its smooth seat and shiny red paint. I smiled to think of what it meant for him: No more moto-taxi rides for pay. No more long miles peddling his bicycle in the hot sun. Heaven had blessed this man for his faithfulness. He could lay down his old bicycle and speed off to continue his work for the Master!

Due to a pastor’s sacrifice, a growing church has a solid roof. Thanks to gifts from across the sea, a pastor will be able to reach more souls for the Kingdom. And because a young lady helped coordinate this blessing, she was given a moment to treasure forever! 


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Abigail Duman

As a child, Abigail dreamed of foreign mission service. As an adult she helped with Congo Frontline Missions.

How You Can Help

Pray that Pastor Kodo will be able to reach more people with the gospel now that he has a motorcycle.

Donate to Congo Frontline Missions. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters, bicycles for gospel workers, treatment for dental patients, Bibles and church planter support. Send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:

Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302

For online options, visit: congofrontlinemissions.org


Poisoned!

Poisoned!

God works a miracle to protect evangelists from harm.

The day’s tropical heat cooled as evening shadows drew near. Two men conversed quietly.

“Well,” one proceeded. “Should we return to the city? This village in the bush is obviously resistant to hearing the truth.”

The meeting tent before them could hold many interested listeners, but only a few locals had intermittently meandered out of the village to hear God’s Word.

“I know that it feels discouraging,” a broad-shouldered Tanzanian church worker, Mtenzi, turned to his friend. “But God led us here to begin this work, and we should do our part to complete it.”

The evangelism team of Bible workers encouraged each other to press on in spite of an apparent lack of interest from the village. Several days later, they received an invitation to a meal at a home in the village. Every face in the group brightened.

“I would love a break from eating cassava and beans every day,” one of the men grinned. While continuing the evangelism effort, they counted down the days to the dinner.

However, a new element of the invitation reached their ears. “The leaders have consulted together, and wish you harm,” a trustworthy contact from the village warned them. “They have made a townswoman invite you, and she will poison the food that you will eat. Don’t go and eat from her table!”

Mtenzi straightened as he listened. “We will go anyway,” he spoke calmly.

The evangelists were welcomed into the town house warmly, and ushered to sit for the meal. The food was aromatic and steaming in pots on the table.

Before taking a bite from the food, the Adventists motioned to the cook politely.

“You prepared this wonderful meal for us, and we must have you go first and eat.”

She swallowed. “Oh, oh, no, no,” she shook her head. “You go first.”

“How do we know that there is no poison in the food?” came the question.

For a moment, all was quiet. Mtenzi noticed the member of their group most inclined to abandon their mission and turn back, hesitate. Gingerly, the man reached
for a small piece of food, and ate it quickly.

The men waited. In minutes, the man who had taken from the dish began to exhibit obvious signs of poisoning.

“There is poison in the food, sure enough,” Mtenzi said. “Why did you do this?” he asked the hostess of the house.

No longer able to pretend innocence, the woman bowed her head. “The leaders of the town made me poison the food,” she confessed. “But I do have an idea. I will ask the God that you serve, that He will remove the poison from the food so it will not harm you.”

The men around the table exchanged glances. Recognizing this as a challenge to God’s power, and test of their faith, they claimed the promises of His Word.
Every head bowed as their cook began to pray. The men prayed with her in their hearts, asking their Father in Heaven would make the poison of none effect to His greater glory. And then, each faithful man dipped his spoon into the dish, and ate the poisoned food.

“We finished the entire meal, leaving no scraps behind,” Mtenzi recalled later with a twinkle in his dark eyes. “And the poison meant to sicken or kill had no effect. We waited for the poison to harm us, but we felt fine.” He laughed quietly. “It has been years now, and we are still waiting for that poison to kill us.”

As news spread around the village that the carefully planned poison could not sicken God’s messengers, people flocked to the evangelistic tent.

The meetings continued with greater fervor, and empty chairs were few. People so long confined to the darkness of superstition, fear, and witchcraft, saw a great
light. They wanted to hear about the God in heaven who made poison of none effect, and gave His messengers the fearlessness and courage to persevere and pray.

The evangelistic series in the bush ended with decisions for Christ and baptisms. Here we see the powerful result of God working through men who took heart, had faith, and believed that even poison could bring souls to the cross.


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: As a child, Abigail Duman dreamed of foreign mission service. As an adult she helped with Congo Frontline Missions.

How You Can Help

Pray that the believers in Congo will be courageous in spreading truth in the face of an uncertain future.

Donate to Congo Frontline Missions. Needs include training church planters, new church buildings, treating dental patients, Bibles, bicycles for gospel workers and church planter support. Send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:
Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302

For online options, visit: congofrontlinemissions.org


* Mission Focus: Congo Orphans *

Mission Focus: Congo Orphans

There are over four million orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Maternal mortality, unsafe drinking water, malnutrition and many other factors are claiming the lives of tens of thousands of mothers and fathers leaving children to support themselves. The distressed orphans in DRC need our help. Pastor Ongasa with Train Th em Two Fish is sponsoring 28 orphans, and the number is growing. These orphans need food, shelter, clothing, and school supplies. We would like to appeal to your heart to give to these needy, destitute children who have no mothers and fathers to care for them. “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless…” James 1:27.

How You Can Help

The Cost
For $35 per month you could sponsor a child’s education, shelter, food and clothing. Mark your donation “Mission Focus” and send it to:
Mission Projects International
PO Box 506
Republic, WA 99166-0506

Donate online: www.missionspro.org/donate


Joining a Church Under a Tree

God leads a hardened man to a true Christian church.

Frank Mutamba managed a successful local bank in the Central Kongo Province. He lived in the area of Muanda, a major urban town on the Atlantic coast, home to more than 500,000 people. He was a faithful member in good standing at his Baptist church, and felt pleased to see his family active in church life. Then one day, Frank learned that his wife had committed adultery with his Baptist pastor. He was very grieved.

In time, Frank divorced and remarried. His new bride was also member of the same Baptist church he had been attending. The previous pastor had been disfellowshipped, and life seemed to return to normal with new church leadership. But unfortunately, the new pastor sinned with the second wife of Frank Mutamba.

Frank lost his faith in God. He decided that he would never attend any church, and never be involved in any religion for the rest of his life. Five years later, Frank
married a third wife. “We will not get involved with any religion,” he warned her. “Don’t even think about making friends with anyone related to Christianity, because Christians are dishonest people.”

It just so happened that Train Them 2 Fish assigned a Bible worker, Vincent Kande, to the town of Muanda to plant a Seventh-day Adventist church. Vincent began to visit people and connect with the locals. Without mentioning his connection to Christianity immediately, he became a friend to Frank Mutamba. One day after a pleasant visit, Vincent asked if he could pray for Frank.

“I’m not interested in prayer,” Frank stated, but he wondered why his new friend would even make such a suggestion. With the discovery that Vincent Kande was
a Bible worker, Frank spoke of his disappointment with his Christian experience.

“I am a Seventh-day Adventist,” explained Vincent. “My church is a unique one, with a unique message.”

“I’ve made up my mind that there will be no discussion about religion in my home,” Frank declared to his Bible worker friend. “But if you do have any literature
explaining what your Adventist church believes, I will read it for information.”

Vincent quickly handed him The Great Controversy. Frank read the entire book and felt impressed. “We should consider learning more about the Adventist church,” he told his third wife.

Frank declined Bible studies in his home initially, but with every Bible study guide Vincent handed him to read, he had more questions.

Finally, Frank invited the Bible worker to explain the Scriptures with him and his wife at their home. After six hours of discussion, Frank’s family discovered that the Seventh-day Adventist church was the remnant, true church of Jesus, and they decided to become members of the Seventh-day Adventist family.

The small congregation of Adventist believers in Muanda gathered under a tree to worship every Sabbath. Many had been touched and changed as a result
of the Bible worker’s ministry there. Although Frank has a high social standing as a banker, he surprisingly harbored no disdain for worship under a tree. “There is no shame to following Jesus, even under a tree,” he said.

Frank and his wife are faithfully attending the newly planted congregation at Muanda today. Every Sabbath, 36 people gather together under a tree to worship
God. Frank’s family has donated land, and the congregation is trying to raise funds to build a church there. Thank you for your support to help Frank’s family and the congregation in Muanda, that they may have a nice place to worship God.


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Pastor Thomas Ongasa works in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was formerly the president of the local SDA conference. He believed that God was calling him to start a training school to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country so he founded Train Them 2 Fish.

How You Can Help:
Pray
for Frank and his wife and the Bible worker who is studying with them.

Donate. Funds are needed to help build a church in Muanda, and to support the workers and to supply the Bible workers and pastors with Spirit of Prophecy books. If you would like to help out with this worthy project, mark your donation “Congo,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 506
Republic, WA 99166-0506

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


Giving from the Heart

Giving from the Heart

A poor Congolese family learns about Jesus and shares with their community.

The greatest generosity is sometimes seen in the poorest of people. The Bible tells the story of a poor widow who put two mites into the treasury. Jesus said that she gave more than all, because she gave all she had. Th is same spirit of heart-felt sacrifice is moving people to give more than would be expected in our day.

Luzala lives in extreme poverty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is married, and a father to six children. His 15-year-old daughter is pregnant now, and the family lives in a metal, one-room shelter. Because of his poverty Luzala was not able to own his own land until the chief of his community donated a half acre to Luzala’s family.

Luzala had been invited by a local nonprofit organization to attend a six-month training program, where he could learn the trade of building. The purpose of the program was to equip poor people with skills to help them earn a living. After completing it however, Luzala never found enough work to sustain his family. His wife earned a bit of money through manual labor at a few farms, but they did not have enough income to afford to send their children to school.

Luzala’s family belonged to a Congolese traditional religion called, “Shoeless People.” Under this religion, they did not put shoes on their feet because they
believed that Congo was the holy land.

One day in 2017, Luzala’s wife received a visit from a Bible worker. It was her first time to invite a Christian into her home. She was surprised to hear about Jesus. “He is in heaven, preparing a home for those who believe in Him,” the Bible worker said. “Jesus will come back and take His followers with Him to heaven, where there is no sickness, no poverty and no death.”

“I want to know more about Jesus,” she said, and she set up an appointment with him for future Bible studies.

When Luzala came home that day, he was not happy with his wife for having a Bible study with a Christian. To his greater chagrin, she had requested further visits from the Bible worker.

“The man I met today had the good news about a place where there will be no poverty or death,” she explained. “This is why I want to know more about such a place, and how to get there.”

The Bible study plan was to meet once a week with Luzala’s family, but Luzala himself did not listen—until the evening of the fifth week, when he happened
to be at home lying on his bed. Luzala listened as the Bible worker talked about the Sabbath. When Luzala heard that the true Sabbath was not Sunday, but
Saturday, Luzala got up from his bed to ask questions. He had never heard this doctrine before.

Luzala suddenly became even more interested in Bible studies than his wife. He decided to have Bible studies twice a week at his home, and invited two of
his friends to join the Bible study program. His friends invited other people, until they had a group of 15 who came twice a week to learn about Jesus.

One day, Luzala shared a burden on his heart with the Bible worker. “I want the light that I have received to shine in my community,” he said. He had decided to donate half of his land for a shelter to be built on it, so that people could have a safe place to come and learn about Jesus. “I would like to go to heaven,” Luzala
said, “but while I am waiting for Jesus to come and take me home, I would like my humble place to become a station where people gather to learn about Jesus, and wait for Him too.”

Train Them 2 Fish raised funds in Congo to build a shelter at Luzala’s home where 38 adults and 50 kids gather every Sabbath to worship. They call the place, “Waiting Station of Jesus’ Second Coming.” Luzala was baptized along with his wife, their daughter and 23 of their friends. There is a great need for a school so that their children can have an Adventist education.

Train Them 2 Fish has assigned Luzala to the School of Evangelism building project, where he is now working to earn a living. He lives daily by God’s grace. Thank you for your support and prayers for the growth of this small congregation.


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: Pastor Thomas Ongasa works in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was formerly the president of the local SDA conference. He believed that God was calling him to start a training school to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country so he founded Train Them 2 Fish.

How You Can Help: 
Pray for the Luzala’s family and their community to learn about Jesus and His last warning message.

Donate. Funds are needed to train more Bible Workers to enter areas where the name of Jesus is not known, Bibles for those new to the faith and Spirit of Prophecy books. If you are impressed to help with the work in this disadvantaged country, mark your donation “Congo,” and send to:
Mission Projects International
PO Box 506
Republic, WA 99166-0506

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


A Motorcycle for Pastor Kodo, Part 1

A Motorcycle for Pastor Kodo, Part 1

A pastor gives his motorcycle money to God’s cause.

The Christlike spirit of unselfish giving is more beautiful to my eye than any Congolese diamond. On my first mission experience to the Democratic Republic of
Congo, I saw self-sacrifice first hand—and it touched my heart, to do my part.

When my husband and I pulled up to the church site on a motorcycle, there was no church at all. “This congregation has one of the most active groups of young
people in all the churches of the surrounding area,” one standing nearby explained to me. “Their place of worship was built seven years ago, but it didn’t last.” Under the elements of the passing seasons, the roofing rusted and the supports rotted. The building caved in. Left with ruins, the members cleared the area of rubble and swept the hard-packed earth clean.

Christopher and I arrived at the clearing with a team of locals to build a new church frame. Eager church members swarmed to unload supplies and assist with the project. When ready to place the roofing materials, several young men of the church surged forward to a simple mud and brick house nearby. Slowly, they began to pull sheet after sheet of the old roofing panels out for review. Each sheet was rusted brown and marred with holes. The church leaders were regretful, but lacked the money to purchase a new roof.

At this time, a pastor stepped forward—a gracious, godly man with a desire to give for the cause of God. Pastor Kodo is a church leader and counselor to many. He traverses multiple districts to oversee God’s work, traveling an impressive 700 miles, twice a year, to visit and train church members and leaders. Where the average daily laborer’s pay is $2 a day, and the cheapest motorcycle to be bought is about $600, not all can afford this luxury. As this Adventist pastor painstakingly saved his money, he pedaled a bicycle or paid for a moto-taxi when he could. Often, it was his bicycle that took him all the miles on his route deep into the interior of the jungle. In two years, he managed to save $200.

“Someday,” he dreamed, “I will have a motorcycle and be able to travel quickly over those far roads to visit others. No longer will I have to bike in the hot sun all
through the day.”

When he reached the church yard where one of his congregations puzzled over the old roofing materials, he thought of the money he had saved so carefully for a motorcycle. How could he let God’s house go without a roof to keep out the sun and rain? With resolution born of a hero’s heart, he stepped forward.

“I will give my motorcycle money so that God’s people can have their roof.” And he did. A Congolese pastor in a land of great darkness was willing to spend the rest of his days pedaling hundreds of miles in tropical heat on a bicycle, that he might give to the cause of God.

(To be continued.)


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: As a child, Abigail Duman dreamed of foreign mission service. As an adult she helped with Congo Frontline Missions.

How You Can Help

Pray for the work that Pastor Kodo is doing in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pray that many more people will be won to the Lord through Pastor Kodo’s efforts.

Donate to Congo Frontline Missions. Needs include: training church planters, new church buildings, treating dental patients, Bibles, bicycles for gospel workers and church planter support. Send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:
Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302

To donate online, visit congofrontlinemissions.org/donate.


5/12/2018: Angel Deliverance

Angel Deliverance

An old mission story inspires a present-day missionary to continue pressing on.

The shimmering African sun sank low on the horizon, leaving a golden glow on the dusty streets of Kisangani. Ducking under a loose marketplace awning, two menacing tribal witchdoctors stepped onto the street, silent except for the scraping of their sandals.

“Their house is around the next bend,” one whispered huskily. “The American missionaries will be made to fear tonight.”

Unaware of their danger, the weary young Americans prepared for bed. They had worked hard and eaten little that day. But compared to the plight of a desperate people struggling with the terrible aftermath of a crippling war, they considered themselves blessed.

The witchdoctors crept toward the house, then suddenly staggered back. Where seconds ago there had been only the faint glow from inside the house, there now blazed a white-hot light that almost blinded the trembling men. A guard of mighty beings surrounded the humble missionary house. The witchdoctors stumbled over each other in their panic to get away from this power that dwarfed any they had ever known.

The story soon spread far and wide. As the faithful missionaries worked and prayed, they saw great fruit. Bible workers and church planters, along with their families, set out for villages all over the country, carrying the light of God’s Word into the darkness. They faced many challenges, but they pressed on in faith, remembering the angels and trusting that God was always near.

Nearly ten years went by. Then, in 2016, my husband Christopher and I found ourselves led to those same dusty streets. As our vehicle bounced through Kisangani for the first time, I felt bewildered by the chaotic mix of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and vehicles from www.haltermansrv.com/New-Inventory-2019-Venture-RV-Trailer-SportTrek-ST327VIK-SportTrek-Arlington-Washington-3876667 on the streets. We passed by walls still
riddled by bullet holes, and children leading blind beggars. The ornate, partially-built homes of the rich sat beside mud and bamboo shelters where half-dressed children scraped crusty pots for food.

When I stepped onto the ground, the unfamiliar language and culture overwhelmed my senses. Women and children carrying large bundles of cassava leaves on their heads and pineapples in their arms surrounded me, their large eyes begging me to buy something. My heart yearned after them.

During our first several months, we traveled by dugout canoe and dusty road to multiple villages, helping wherever we could. Although I fell ill repeatedly, I plodded onward. Then I came down with malaria.

For several weeks I was too weak to do much. But one day I found the energy to put on a hat and walk slowly to where Christopher was drilling a well with
several onlookers.

Pastor Mtenzi, a missionary team member from Tanzania looked at me with sympathy in his eyes. “Will you return to us again?” he asked.

I paused. In spite of my discouraging sicknesses, I could see God working mightily to envelop this country of darkness and despair with the warmth of His love.
Church planters spread out into the jungles, preaching the Gospel far and wide. As our team members drilled wells and provided clean water, entire villages opened up to hear the message of God’s love.

Reflecting on the mission’s beginning, I fully believed that those angels still surrounded God’s own. I knew that I wanted to be on the front lines of this great work, no matter the risk. The prize of seeing these hopeless ones find Christ would be worth any sacrifice.

I turned back to Pastor Mtenzi and smiled. “Yes, Pastor, I will return.”


Author: Abigail Duman is a missionary for Congo Frontline Missions.

How You Can Help

Pray for Congo Frontline Mission’s health workers and church planters as they spread the gospel in the spiritually dark areas of Congo.

Donate to Congo Frontline Missions. Needs include: training church planters, new church buildings, treating dental patients, Bibles, bicycles for gospel workers, and church planter support. Donate online at congofrontlinemissions.org or send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:

Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302