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


03/24/2018: Train Them 2 Fish

Train Them 2 Fish

Helping people help themselves spiritually and physically.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the most populated French speaking country in the world with over 80 million people located in the heart of Africa. This country has been unstable for more than two decades and is also known as one of the poorest countries in the world, but it still has many of opportunities for ministry. The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are open to the gospel and are hard workers.

Considering the economic and social challenges in Congo where most of people live with less than $1 per day, Train Them 2 Fish was born to educate people how to help themselves spiritually and physically. Train Them 2 Fish has been offering sewing training to single handicapped people able to use their hands, providing sewing machines and material as a seed to them. Train Them 2 Fish is also educating people in microfinance under the supervision of Bank of Africa based in Congo. The bank provides training, and Train Them 2 Fish collects funds from donors to be given as loans through the bank, and the bank collects loans from receivers to be given to new people. Church members as well as non-Adventists have been blessed by this ministry.

Train Them 2 Fish is also involved in training self-supporting church planters. The plan is to provide seed funds for a period of two years. A very inspiring case is the one of Emmanuel. He was trained in 2016 and received a seed fund which was invested in growing carrots while studying the Bible with people at Kenge Village. Working with the bank, Emmanuel has invested money to buy a motor bike. The motor bike will be making $10 per day and Emmanuel will keep producing carrots. As a self-supported evangelist, Emmanuel has planted a new congregation with 58 baptized members. These newly baptized members are in need of a shelter to worship God at Kenge.

Adrien was assigned to work in Kimvulam, where there is a very special group of people – a Black Religion. They don’t believe in the Bible, and they say the Bible is only for white people. They said there were no black people mentioned in the Bible.

One day he asked a few people from the Black Religion if they wanted to hear about the black person in the Bible, and they said yes. Adrien read the story from the Bible about the Ethiopian eunuch and asked them where Ethiopia is. They responded, “In Africa.” Adrien told them that the Ethiopian was reading the Bible, especially the book of Isaiah. When he made a call asking how many wanted to start reading the Bible as their African brother did, three people accepted and began reading Isaiah because of the Ethiopian who  read the Bible. These people wanted to know more. They went to tell the chief of their village about Adrien’s church. Adrien was invited to tell the chief the story of the black man reading the Bible. The chief of the village liked the Seventh-day Adventist message and gave Adrien a place to plant a church, and eight people are meeting there every Sabbath. The chief visited on the first day of the meetings, to be sure the gospel was correct. The Black Religion community at Kimvula wants to know more about Jesus.

Adrien traveled to various places and was in two accidents which were very serious. The devil didn’t want him to enter his territory. One of the accidents took the life of the driver, but Adrien’s life was spared two times. Thank you for your prayers and support to people like Adrien.

Mr. Akongo used to be an evangelist for a local Baptist Church. After attending evangelistic meetings, he decided to be baptized as a Adventist in 2014. The mission didn’t have money to sponsor him until Train Them 2 Fish had a training program for lay pastors in 2016. He was sent to our training center and one month after the training he was sent to Songololo, near the Angola border, where there was no Adventist presence. He started making friends and later gave Bible studies. Within five months, there were 23 worshipers. Six of them are ready to be baptized. Train Them 2 Fish gave him seed funds, and he is progressing to be self-supporting. He purchased a motor cycle and used it to earn $10.60 each day. Within six months he purchased another motor bike and this doubled his income to $21.20 per day. We are praying for Brother Akongo to become a well-grounded tent-maker evangelist and for the small congregation to increase in membership. A One-Day Church is needed for this small congregation.

Thank you for being a part of Train Them 2 Fish through your prayers, giving and talent.

AUTHOR

Pastor Thomas Ongasa

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 young people being sent into remote areas of Congo to establish churches.

Donate. Funds are needed to train Bible workers, to build churches, and to equip Bible workers and pastors with Spirit of Prophecy books. Donations are also needed for Bibles. If you are impressed to help spread the Three Angels’ Messages in the Congo, please mark your donation “Congo Workers”  and send it to:

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


01/06/2018: A Golden Opportunity

A Golden Opportunity

God blesses one couple’s business to send another couple to Africa for mission service.

When Lee and Sarah White*, brand new entrepreneurs, opened their small business, they had a simple prayer – enough work to support their family. They hesitated when Chris Duman, a young man just dismissed from a factory job that conflicted with his Sabbath-keeping, came looking for employment. Would there be enough work to support two families? They decided to step out in faith and hire him.

To their delight, business grew from a small trickle to a steady stream. Lee and Chris worked long hours responding to requests from the community, and soon from other states. As the years passed, the business gained a reputation for honesty and excellence, and the demand for their service swelled to a flood.

Lee began hunting for property to build an office for their expanding business. But to his surprise, right when he stumbled across the perfect spot, the land became unavailable. Realizing that God must have something else in mind, he put aside the money and waited.

As Lee and Sarah’s business continued to flourish, their hearts began to stir. How could they use the means that God had given them to reach those who had never been touched with the truth?

Abby holding a Congolese baby during her mission trip.

Meanwhile, Chris and his young bride, Abby, were having a similar conversation. As a young girl Abby had felt called to the mission field, and the yearning had never left her. Chris looked over their bills and weighed their responsibilities, and while he was doubtful that an opportunity for foreign mission service would ever come their way, he smiled at his wife and said, “If God opens a door, yes, I will go.” 

One week after Chris said yes to God, Lee approached him. “Chris, would you and Abby consider taking up mission work if someone took care of your bills? I’m not able to go myself, but you are young and well, and my wife and I would like to know that we made it possible for others to go in our place.”

Stunned, Chris and Abby could only watch as door after door opened before them, and in four months they found themselves in the heart of Africa.

As they sought to bring hope to the war-torn people of Congo, Chris and Abby knew many moments of weariness. By land cruiser over unmarked roads, by motorcycle through dusty towns, and by dugout canoe to remote villages they carried their message. Their hearts ached for the woman drawing water from a shallow, mucky pool, the laborer in mismatched clothes from The Fifth Collection earning $2 per day, and the little boy who would never see his sixth birthday because he could not get enough to eat. They pressed on and prayed on, and their dreams for the future expanded and changed.

They now dream of clean wells drilled in every village. Of healthier, longer lives for those suffering from malnutrition. Of a Bible in every hand and the light of truth in every heart.

And all this because a small business owner was blessed by God and prompted to give. “When Jesus comes, I don’t want Him to find me sitting over a pile of money,” Lee explains simply. To him, sending a young couple to Africa for three months was not a sacrifice, but an honor.

Imagine the good that could be done in this world when, if blessed with means, we gave, and if blessed with opportunity, we went, and if blessed with a heart, we prayed. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) Will He find us sitting on our possessions, or sharing His Priceless Gift?

*pseudonyms

 

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 for Congo Frontline Mission’s health workers and church planters as they spread the gospel in the remote 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. 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


12/02/2017: To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth

God uses 10 years of service in the Congo to bring about 7,000 baptisms and the pastor’s reconversion.

Kasongo, a city of about 63,000 in the remote area of east-central Democratic Republic of the Congo, has the largest Muslim population of any city in Congo. In the 1800s, the slave trade flourished there. It has long been a challenge to reach this secluded area with the gospel.

To visit Kasongo from my home in Kisangani is a journey of nearly 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on rough and treacherous roads, most of it on motorcycle. Early this year, I took my family as far as Kindu where I left them at the home of Pastor Kisunzu, our coordinator for the church planters in that area. Our journey had already been exhausting, and my kids were excited to take a rest and make friends with the local children while Mama Kisunzu took good care of them.

Before I left Kindu for Kasongo, we inaugurated our new center of influence: two buildings and a well that will serve as an evangelism training center like we have at Kisangani and provide the local community with health care and education seminars. The health center is up and running with a Seventh-day Adventist doctor and a trained dental care provider. 

After opening the center of influence, Pastor Kisunzu and I started off together to visit Kasongo. We spent Monday night at the Kayuyu church plant and preached the next morning before climbing back on our bikes and heading out again.

When I arrived in Kasongo I was overjoyed to see the small company of believers in their newly built church. My interest grew even more when I learned that two women awaited baptism across the river at Samba. I still had 500 kilometers to go to visit Lubile before the weekend, but I decided to take a day to visit the church in Samba and baptize the waiting candidates.

One of the baptismal candidates, Mwayuma, had been threatened and persecuted by her own husband for her faith, but she had stood strong in her decision to follow God even when her husband left her. It reminded me that suffering for the gospel binds us to Christ in a precious, close tie. What a joy it was to help seal her decision to follow Jesus in baptism!

The following day, we left the house before dawn and arrived at Lubile in the dark. The roads were rough and the rain came down in torrents, but by God’s grace the rain came where the road was good enough to continue on slowly. When the front bearing went out on Pastor Kisunzu’s motorcycle, we found a bearing and a repairman right there on the side of the road—providential!

We arrived saddle sore after the hardest, longest motorcycle ride I’ve ever experienced, but enjoyed rest and fellowship as well as two more baptisms! I baptized the two candidates, both men this time, in a pond in the valley. Then we went to preach at the small bamboo church the members have built.

In the two years since my ordination, I’ve been privileged to baptize dozens of people. As an organization, we’ve baptized over 7,000! But what warms my heart most is that God has used my 10 years here in the Congo mission field to reconvert me.

The Lord of the harvest allows difficulties to come and then He strengthens us to stand through the trials. At each point along the way we can look back and see how the path we’ve been given to travel pulls us closer and closer into the bosom of the Father.

AUTHOR

Keith Mosier

Keith is the president of Congo Frontline Missions. He serves with his wife and four children.

To learn more visit: congofrontlinemissions.org

 

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray for the Mosier family and for Congo Frontline Mission’s health workers and church planters as they spread the gospel in the remote 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. 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


11/18/2017: Sharing the Message as a Family

Sharing the Message as a Family

A family of six braves mud and motorcycles to share the gospel in Congo.

Early this year our family of six took a trip to Kindu, about 600 kilometers (372 miles) south of our mission station, for the opening of the Seventh-day Adventist center of influence Congo Frontline Missions had helped to build. Along the way, we visited and encouraged the church planters.

Land Cruiser stuck in the mud.

We traveled four days to get to Kindu, starting out in our Land Cruiser on the worst roads I had ever seen in my life. The holes became deep enough to swallow up our truck. As the mud splashed up over the hood, our children squealed with delight. They knew Daddy could get through anything!

In the worst mud hole, two big trucks obstructed our way, stuck in the middle of the road. We tried to pass on the side but sank so deep that I could not open my passenger door. I took all the kids out through the driver’s side, and we watched from a distance as Keith attached the winch to a clump of bamboo. With each advancing foot, the Land Cruiser came forward and then sank back toward the wall of mud. We did finally get the Land Cruiser out and went on our bumpy way!

On the second day we left our vehicle at a church planter’s house and took three motorcycles for four adults, four kids and our luggage. As we passed village after village, I wondered how many still had never heard the message of hope in Jesus. We crossed countless log bridges and drove through streams. Often the jungle closed in around our narrow trail.

Halfway through the second day on motorcycle, Caleb went to sleep with his head in my hands since he wanted to learn about ASPS because of his problem, while Talitha slept in a baby carrier on my chest. Our driver wasn’t going fast, but the tires slipped into a rut and we went down. I jumped up and picked the motorcycle off of Caleb’s leg. He had only one tiny scratch! Talitha was just fine as well. I later realized I had broken a rib, but that was the extent of our injuries. Praise God!

At last we made it to Kindu. What joy to see the new mission office with classrooms for community education and Bible instruction! The center also houses a medical and dental clinic, where the doctors and nurses will follow Jesus’ example of bringing healing to the community. 

While we stayed in Kindu, Keith traveled to see all the church planters in the outlying areas. He traveled over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) with our area coordinator.

When Keith got back from his trip all the kids ran out to meet him yelling, “Daddy’s back! Daddy’s back!” It was so good to see each other once again! Someday we will all get to be reunited with our heavenly Father, as well. My kids say over and over again, “Oh, I cannot wait to see Jesus coming in the clouds.” This is my children’s greatest desire in life and they talk about it with great excitement.

I hope this is your greatest desire in life, too—one that consumes all others. I cannot wait for the reunion in Heaven, never to part again. Let us keep preaching the Three Angels’ Messages and never lose sight of the work we have been called to!

 

AUTHOR

Tammy Mosier

Tammy is a missionary in Congo, together with her husband Keith and their four children. congofrontlinemissions.org

 

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray for the Mosier family as they allow God to use them to bring the gospel to the people 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. Send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:

Outpost Center International, 5132 Layton Lane, Apison, TN 37302

For online options, visit: congofrontlinemissions.org