6/30/18: These Tiny Hands in Mine

These Tiny Hands in Mine

A couple adopts children and begins the process of opening an orphanage.

For 31 long years, my wife and I had no children of our own. “Lord,” we prayed one day, “please give us even just one child. We would be very happy and forever grateful.” He gave us six and we are still counting. Isn’t He a gracious God?

Not bone of our bones,
neither flesh of our flesh
But are children of our hearts
for our happiness
A gift of heaven,
a blessing from God
So special children
to care and love.

The five boys we took to our home at Mountain View College in Mindanao were orphans from the mountain tribes, Talaandig and Manobo. Sickly, skinny, dirty, restless, you name it. Boys nobody wanted.

One day a student guard came running to me and said, “Sir, your boys!”

“What about my boys?” I asked.

“They are swimming in the college reservoir.” Oh boys!

One concerned faculty neighbor came to our home one morning and said, “Why so many mouths to feed Daryl? One is enough.”

“Sir, I said calmly, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” He left.

Time flew so swiftly. Today these five boys are men. The eldest is a teacher and graduated from Adventist College of Technology. He is now supervising the Mangyan tribe mountain schools in Mindoro. He married a missionary teacher and they are expecting a baby next month. The second is a biology major, has finished his masters degree and is doing his post graduate studies in research at Central Mindanao University. The third unfortunately dropped out of school, but he is a newly installed tribal leader back in his mountain village. The fourth is in his last year majoring in medical technology at Adventist University of the Philippines. He plans to pursue medicine. The fifth is in tenth grade at Comprehensive High School for the Lumads.

Then God called us to Mindoro, to pioneer the work to the still unreached Mangyan mountain tribes. Although Mangyans are a peace-loving people and have
a very good culture, there is one thing in their culture that is cruel. They bury their unwanted children alive. Babies born out of wedlock, babies born with deformities, breach babies and unwanted babies because they cannot afford them anymore, they bury alive. Mangyans believe that if they don’t bury them, calamities will come and wipe their village out.

Today, we have our sixth adopted child – a five month old baby girl. She was born early in the morning at three o’clock and was supposed to be buried at sunrise. She was rescued by our volunteer missionary teachers and brought to us. When this baby arrived, my wife and I prayed. “Lord, what do You mean by this? What do you want us to do?” Right away we were impressed to start up an orphanage to save many more babies from the hands of this cruel culture. It’s only now that we understand why God called us to Mindoro so urgently! Little did we realize that God had been preparing us for this big ministry while our home in Mindanao was a little orphanage.

Why bother so much to care for them? Why don’t we just let them alone with their culture in the mountains? This was also the attitude of the disciples no less,
who did not have the heart for the children who came to Jesus. When they saw the mothers carrying their children to be blessed by Christ, they rebuked them and told them to stay away and not bother the already tired Jesus. “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.’” Mark 10:14

Unlike the typical orphanage where couples come to adopt, this one will be a school to train and prepare these children to be missionary teachers to their own
people, or wherever they are needed. We hope they will be advocates for the unwanted babies in the villages.

I don’t know exactly what will become of these children in this new project, except that God will use them for a special purpose in these last days.

How do we sustain this project? Only through claiming God’s promises that He will supply all our needs. I will trust Him, just as when we started the SULADS
without money but only faith and prayer. This too will be “financed by faith, supported by prayer.” Would you join hands with us in this project?

Location: Philippines

Author: Daryl Faderogaya Famisaran is one of the directors of SULADS*-Asia, which is a ministry dedicated to reaching the unreached, especially among the tribal people of the islands. *SULADS stands for Socio-economic Uplift, Literacy, Anthropological, and Developmental Services.

How You Can Help
for the people who are living in these tribes where superstition and darkness reign supreme.

Donate: Funds are needed to support the orphanage where they will educate the young people to return to their own people with the gospel of truth.

Please contact: Daryl Faderogaya Famisaran at sharylvem@gmail.com

6/23/18: Redemption Radio

Greetings to you from Redemption Radio. Our ministry has shared God’s truth for many years to thousands throughout Honduras and other Central American countries. When facing challenges as a ministry, we turn to God for help. Although not customary for us to share trials and difficulties with our supporters, we feel convicted to share a recent crisis with you.

It began when our Nautel radio transmitter required repair. The manufacturing company sent us an engineer who retrieved the damaged parts, but did not return
them. After numerous failed attempts to reach him, we were finally notified that he would be unable to solve our problem, and that the one person in the entire
company familiar with our type of transmitter was on the verge of retirement.

Our aging transmitter was among the first manufactured by Nautel. I was told that even if it could be successfully repaired, they could offer no guarantee
that something else would not go wrong again in a few months.

I discussed our options with the company. What if we purchased a new transmitter? The company representative agreed to give me more information. He also mentioned that new transmitters have a 4-year warranty and are cheaper to operate because they are energy savers. Parts are less expensive, and easy to operate. The repairs needed for new transmitters could easily be done by someone with a basic knowledge of electronics. My husband Jorge is very knowledgeable when it comes to construction and electronics, and he could do all repairs needed, but he would be advised to attend a 2-day class in Canada to learn how best to operate and maintain it.

We have been through much expense and frustration over the years because we depended on technicians who were unfortunately dishonest, taking our money
without giving us solutions. The possibility for us to do our own maintenance work thrills me. We are hoping to buy a 5-kilowatt transmitter to get Redemption
Radio back on the air. It will cost us $36,320 at a discounted price. Considering instruction and installation expenses, we are aiming to raise $55,000. If the transmitter is not installed by the end of December, we will be at risk for having our license canceled. I believe that this is an investment we need; an investment God needs. We need your help to continue operating Redemption Radio.

Ministry friends, the expense is overwhelming, but we must continue broadcasting God’s truth to all parts of the earth. Time is short, and God is soon to come. We thank you very much for whatever God places on your heart to give. Please keep our need in prayer and spread awareness of this project to others. Pray also that several properties we have for sale will sell. If they do, we will be able to contribute more to this precious project. May our Lord always bless and
guide you in all things.

Update: During seven months of fundraising, God moved upon hearts to make this work move forward. The funds for our transmitter have been miraculously provided. We praise our God from whom all blessings flow! We thank each one of you who have supported us with prayers and donations.

Location: Honduras

Author: Teresa Jimenez Teresa and her family are operating Redemption Radio in Honduras.

Thank You! Because of your generous support, Mission Projects International was able to send $7,500 for this urgent need.

How You Can Help
for the people in Honduras who are listening to the Redemption Radio programs.

Donate. Funds are still needed for ongoing expenses to run the radio station. If you would like to give to this worthy cause, please mark your donations “Redemption Radio,” and send it to:

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

You may also donate here.

6/16/18: Reaching Africa with the Gospel

Reaching Africa with the Gospel

Various types of ministry work spread the gospel faster in Africa.

It became our prayer to begin a media ministry at Pure Light Mission, but we never imagined it would come about in this way. It all started when we began
recording seminars with MelVee Productions, an online ministry with a YouTube channel reaching more than half a million viewers.

Since last December, Pure Light has been recording different series for inreach and outreach purposes, then putting the messages onto DVDs and making them
available for purchase. At the end-of-year Present Truth Lifestyle Conference, we recorded a series on the 144,000 with around 200 people in attendance.

“Where have you been, young man?” Chekerwa, a manager of Life Destiny TV exclaimed after listening to the recorded messages. “We are going to use [your recordings].” He expressed joy in the fact that now Bible prophecy is being made simple to understand, even for a child.

Our prophecy seminars are viewed by many, and we have also started round table prophecy discussions that look at current events in light of Bible prophecy.
Pure Light Missions sometimes participates in the popular Sabbath School series which discusses the lesson study guide.

We have been provided a platform for the preaching of the gospel, and now we must ensure that the everlasting gospel is preached. “We see in Pure Light a resource center where we can request content on Bible, health and cooking classes,” remarked Dr. Charlotte Machewane, the owner of a TV station. “We are so excited to have met you guys.” During this time, we were recording an Unlocking Revelation Series, an outreach-oriented series geared to present the
three angels’ messages through simplified Bible prophecy. This too, we will put onto DVD discs and use along with Last Generation Magazines for outreach purposes.

Our vision is to get the three angels’ messages to every country and household in Africa. We thought it would take us years to reach this point, but through these
media ministries, it will be easier to reach our goal. This is one of the avenues we have used so far.

We continue to train missionaries who will go to African countries to do the follow-up work for interested souls. Our very thorough three-year training program teaches the Bible as well as health principles. We currently have 12 students who came from different parts of Southern Africa, including Botswana and Zimbabwe. These are not merely students, but pioneers of God’s work in establishing churches in unentered areas. Others are leading Voice of Prophecy distributors in their respective conference. These are men and women who have a burden to preach the gospel! These students are not waiting to graduate before doing missionary work. They are currently busy working with local churches in our area in Mpumalanga, South Africa. They conduct health presentations and training and Bible-based revival messages. Every year, they are expected to be taking up leadership in outreach activities for five weeks!

There are many who have similar experiences and backgrounds who really want to take this training, but unfortunately many cannot afford to pay the tuition
fees ($3500 a year includes accommodation and food.)

God has really been encouraging and providing for our needs. We have managed to complete the construction of the girl’s dorm, and this year we are about to finish our construction of the school’s administration building. We only have the final touches of adding office furniture. We see that time is limited, and we need to redeem the time! Both the staff and students of Pure Light are missionaries looking to reach others for Christ. As we make effort, we can see His

We desire to use what God has given us to generate income. More could be done if we had the resources. We are planning to use our 30-hectare (74 acre) property in the coming year for commercial farming, provided that we find a good farmer. We are also praying for the Lord to help us get a farm tractor. We also desire to build a mill where we can mill the corn harvested from our farm to sell for income. We are currently growing vegetables and legumes that we use
to provide food for the students. Additionally, we plan to start making our own nut butters thanks to talented students who can build butter-making machines.

We are praying that God will impress you to pray for us, and ask the Lord how He would have you help in this work.

Author: Loago Setswalo is a graduate of Hartland Institute and is in the process of starting a training school called Pure Light Mission based in Botswana.

How You Can Help

Pray for the students who desire to come and be trained as Bible workers but do not have the funds. Pray that God will send an experienced farmer.

Donate: Funds are needed to purchase land to farm, to become self-supporting. Mark your donations “Pure Light Ministries.” Donations can be sent to:
Hartland Institute
444 Hartland Oak Drive
Rapidan, VA 22733

6/09/2018: When the Devil Is Angry

When the Devil Is Angry

A young missionary shares how God is working in Bulgaria.

A couple of months ago, God opened the door for me to evangelize in the country of Bulgaria with a group of pastors from the Chesapeake Conference. Each pastor was assigned to a different church where we would present the evangelistic series.

Reading more about my church assignment, I learned that it was a Roma church. The Roma churches consist of the Romani people which, in Bulgaria, are a very outcast people. Even within the Seventh-day Adventist church, the Roma churches are segregated from the Bulgarian churches. The Roma people have their own part of town, and many Bulgarians will not even go into those parts of town.

When our group arrived, we had a meeting with the Union leadership and the pastors of both America and Bulgaria. I met my translator, Mishi, a 17-year-old
Bulgarian the same age as me. Later, we visited the church I had been assigned to. The meetings started, and as the nights progressed, God blessed in powerful ways. The people were extremely open and excited to hear the Word of God. After each meeting, a line of people wanting prayer and asking questions waited. The Roma people came to our meetings by any way possible. Whether in horse carts, or by foot, the people filled the meetings up. We couldn’t fit everyone inside the small church, so our meetings were held outside as God blessed with perfect weather.

The meetings continued, and I became more and more excited for my favorite presentation on salvation. As some of the pastors and I left the hotel one day in the union van, we were extremely enthusiastic about the meetings taking place that evening. We started our hour drive to the city of Sofia where our different churches were located, then noticed something strange as we drove. The van seemed to be losing power. The van’s problem continued until we were over 40
kilometers away from our destination, but were only going 5-10 mph up the hills. We began to pray aloud for God to get us to the meetings. Coasting down the hills as fast as possible, we gained just enough momentum to barely crawl our way up each hill.

We continued to ride the momentum all the way into the city. We praised God as we pulled up to a red light only 10 minutes away from our destination. Just as we started to roll forward, the vehicle died. Being a manual transmission, this happened from time to time. But as one of the pastors tried to start the engine, the plastic part of the van key broke off, leaving the metal part of the key lodged in the ignition. We began to pray earnestly. Taking one of our pocket knives and sticking it into the ignition, our vehicle started. Praise God. I arrived at my church just in time.

As my translator, Mishi, and I walked to the meeting place, we began to talk about the troubles that had plagued the day. For some reason, we both had a feeling the devil wasn’t done. Unfortunately, this seemed to be the case as we neared the location. The sound of a party and loud music blared from the neighbor’s yard where they were having a lot of food and the best drinks from Oddbins. Our meetings, being outside, were in danger of being affected. Mishi and I began to pray earnestly for God to answer our prayers, and to help the
message to reach the hearers. We knew God was going to do something powerful that evening with the message of salvation. As I got up to speak, the music continued to blare. I started to speak, and suddenly the music cut off. I don’t really know why it took me by surprise because after all, that’s what we had prayed for. God blessed in a powerful way that evening as people made decisions with tears. Over 25 new Romanis wanted baptism in just a small church of 40 members, and many others accepted Jesus as their personal Savior.

God’s Spirit is on the move and working in powerful ways. I praise God that He could use me in His much bigger plan for Bulgaria. Let us be ready to serve Christ however, and wherever He calls us!

Author: Caleb Johnson is a student and member of the Martinsburg Seventh-day Adventist Church in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

How You Can Help

Please pray for those who made decisions at the meetings that God would keep them faithful to the truth.

6/02/2018: Robbery to Redemption

Robbery to Redemption

An unexpected robbery during an evangelism trip turns out as a blessing.

This past August, the Revelation of Hope team led a nation-wide Bible Prophecy Seminar in the beautiful country of Fiji. Thanks to Hope Channel TV, Hope Radio FM, and live internet streaming, Taj Pacleb preached Christ to over 100 churches throughout Fiji, and across the water to Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, the US, and even the Middle East. As multitudes began to respond to Christ, we witnessed Satan trying to disrupt the meetings in a startling way. Taj told the story in a Facebook post:

Earlier today we were filming another Reflections of Hope episode on “Fiji Water” and the spiritual lessons it teaches. We were exploring the beautiful forests, streams, and waterfalls of Colo-I-Suva Forest Park in Fiji. I put my camera bag down on the side of the trail to get a quick shot in the stream. The bag was filled with over $8,000 of our ministry camera gear. My SD cards were filled with footage. The bag was only about 10 feet away from us. I was confident that it was safe because we were the only ones there deep in the trail. Shortly after, two friendly looking Fijian guys walked by and briefly chatted with us. About 10 minutes later they walked by again, snatched our bag, and ran through the forest. As I chased them, I shouted in a pleading voice, “Please brothers, don’t do this. I am a Pastor. We’re here trying to help people! This is God’s equipment!”

But they were too fast. Like Cinderella, all they left were their slippers. I felt sick to my stomach. But the most painful part of this experience is that the two guys robbed me right in front of my face. I was looking directly at them and they were looking at me just 10 feet away when they grabbed my bag. And when I went
running after them, they refused to respond to my appeals. I’m not angry, just deeply hurt to have had someone do this.

Although shaken by the loss of the ministry camera equipment, Taj found many reasons to be thankful. He and his team had not been hurt, and the thieves had also stolen his Bible. Maybe they would read it. God gave him peace and power to preach that night, and over 80 people made decisions for baptism.

But the story doesn’t end there. As Taj shared his experience during the live broadcast, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Isikelo Saulinga, was watching from home. Deeply disturbed, he immediately instructed his officers to make the case a top priority. The next morning, they found the thieves in a nearby house. They had sold all $8,000 worth of camera equipment for just $100 Fijian dollars, a mere $50 USD.

The police were able to recover all the equipment, and Taj had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the 17-year-old thief. Taj shared his own story of stealing
and arrest from his younger days, and how God changed his life. He assured him that he was forgiven, and that God loved him and could change his life too. He
prayed with the young man, as well as all the officers and investigators who worked on the case.

At the close of the meetings, over 100 people were baptized. One of them was the son of the Deputy Commissioner.

Whatever difficulty you face today, whatever sorrow, give it to God. He turns victims into victors, trials into triumphs – even robberies into redemption.

(Go to the Revelation of Hope YouTube channel or Facebook page to watch the complete video report entitled, “From Robbery to Redemption”.)

Author: Wati Pacleb is the wife of Taj Pacleb, an evangelist, revivalist, and speaker/co-director of Revelation of Hope Ministries.

How You Can Help
Pray for Revelation of Hope Ministries that Taj and Wati Pacleb are leading out in.

Donate. Revelation of Hope Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit organization committed to preparing others
to meet Jesus through revival meetings, sacred music concerts, mission trips, medical missionary work, and public
evangelistic meetings. For a list of projects needing support, and to donate online, visit www.revelationofhopeministries.com/donate. Donations may also be mailed to:
Revelation of Hope Ministries
PO Box 969
Loma Linda, CA 92354

5/26/2018: Living Springs of Patience

Living Springs of Patience

God sustains missionaries through challenges in mission work.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” Romans 5:3.

We do not usually go through life looking for tribulation. But as pilgrims in this world, we cannot avoid it. For those of us here at Living Springs, 2017 held its share of tribulation.

Earlier in the year, we faced an unfair lawsuit. But by God’s grace we were able to settle it, and His mercy sustained us. Then just as things began to settle down, we received word that one of my dear nieces had been diagnosed with cancer. She is Catholic, but leans toward agnostic views. Because of the way the medical system is organized in Panama, she faced possibly having to wait months for treatment. We were able to talk to her about God’s healing ways, and
she agreed to let us help her until she could receive medical treatment. God not only blessed the treatments, but He also provided much-needed help in the form of a friend visiting for ASI meetings, giving us the time we needed to look after my niece. Now that she has been able to start chemotherapy, she is still doing alternative treatments. The doctors cannot believe how well she is doing. Glory to God!

In our little town, an evangelical organization offers help to troubled young ladies. Through mutual friends we were able to meet the couple that runs the organization. We offered them Bible studies, and after a few months of studying with them, they asked us to study with the young ladies that are under their care. Most of them have little knowledge of the Scriptures, many of their comments being drawn from movies they have seen on television. It has been so rewarding to see them growing spiritually. All of them are now reading the Bible, and one has recently expressed her desire to be baptized.

One challenge that we have faced giving Bible studies is that many people do not know how to read. One family we visited had three members that were going to school, but could not read. Those that did know how to read were reading at a very low level. We offered to teach them to read and promised them a Bible if they were successful. We used the Bible as our textbook. It began slowly, and we had to summon a lot of patience, but they have now all learned to read. They love to show off their new reading skills whenever we have a Bible study.

As we begin a brand new year, we want to pause and give thanks to our wonderful God for His goodness and faithfulness toward us. He sustained us through every challenge we faced in 2017. We also want to thank our faithful partners in ministry that give of their means and keep us in their prayers. A friend of this ministry calls periodically just to let us know that she and her husband get up at 4:30 each morning to pray. We are so grateful to all of you!

As we see end time events unfolding, we are especially praying that we may develop the patience that will take us through the final events of this earth’s history. Christ is coming soon. May we all be faithful, no matter what tribulations lay ahead on our path.

Author: Zaida Acosta and her family run Living Springs Health and Education.

How You Can Help
Pray for the troubled young ladies that they are ministering to, the Bible studies they are giving, and their medical missionary work among the sick in
their area, especially their niece.

Donate. Living Springs needs funds to pay for their medical evangelism needs. Specific needs include housing for volunteers, and a tractor to help with the upkeep of the property. Donations may be made through Mission Projects International marked “Panama.”

Thank You
To all who send funds to assist Living Springs with prayers and donations, the Acostas say, “Thank you for being part of our ministry through your prayers and support!”

5/19/2018: Little Front Porch School

Little Front Porch School

A small English school begins as a witness to neighborhood children.

It was a miracle, really, how I ended up back in Cambodia. I’d been here before for two years, teaching at the local Adventist school. When the time came for
me to return home, I really missed my students, but I didn’t know if or when I’d be able to go back to see them.

Back at home, I began the search for a job. It seemed to take forever, but just at the right time, God brought me to one that was the perfect fit for my situation. I
worked there for a year and then right when I was starting to think about possibly quitting my job and returning to Cambodia, the shop I was working at closed.

I asked God if this was the right time to go back to Cambodia. In ways, it seemed like it could be, but in other ways—such as a job offer the same day I lost
my original job—it seemed that I was supposed to stay at home. I decided that it appeared that God had opened a door wide for me to stay at home, so I chose to accept the new job and see where things went.

A couple of months after starting my new job, my boss mentioned that he thought it would be great for me to travel and work remotely during the slower months,
which would start in only a couple of months! A lightbulb went on in my head: This was my chance! I excitedly made preparations to return to Cambodia.

Meanwhile, my friend Seyha, who I’d known during my time at the school, was watching God’s leading. He’d recently gotten married and settled in a home just
outside of a village. He thought that he’d really like to start a small school with the neighborhood children, but he wasn’t sure that it was the right time—and besides, where would he find a teacher? He didn’t want to “steal” anyone from the Adventist school, but he knew he needed a teacher whose first language was English. He decided to wait and see what God would do.

As I prepared to come, I sent a quick email to the school director, inquiring whether there was space for me to stay and work, and possibly teach a little as well. To my chagrin, he responded that there was currently no housing available, and I’d probably need to find another place to work. I wasn’t sure what to do next, but after checking with a couple of my friends, I realized that my friend Seyha had a home and was always happy to host people. So I told him I was hoping to come, but wasn’t able to stay at the school. He very quickly invited me to stay at his place as long as I needed to!

When I arrived in Cambodia, it felt like home. But this time it is different—I get a better picture of village life, interact much more with the neighbors, spend time
with Seyha’s wife, and practice my language skills every day.

We began our little evening class with three little boys, and it quickly multiplied. Today we often have up to 40 children who gather on the porch to sing songs
and study English vocabulary! They sing and recite quite enthusiastically. Often after class, we hear them loudly singing “God is so Good” as they ride their bikes

Friday evenings are special. We tell the children Bible stories in their own language and sing all of our favorite God-songs. Seyha began this tradition by introducing them to the concept of sundown being the end of one day and the beginning of a new one. He also asked them why there are rainbows,
where the sun came from, and why we all speak different languages. They weren’t sure, but they were quite curious to hear. Now we get to tell them Bible stories that explain these questions!

Our goal in spending time with our little students isn’t just to teach them English—that’s just a way to encourage them to come. Most of them already study all day at school in a stressful environment and come home to parents who don’t usually spend time with them. We want our front porch to be a safe and happy place where they can come and know they are loved, and learn about a God who cares about them. Seyha’s dream is to teach the older students to play ukulele and possibly other simple instruments.

This story of our little front porch school isn’t really about me—it’s more the story of my friend Seyha and his desire to follow God’s leading. But God saw
fit to allow me to join in for a few months, which is exciting. When I head home, there will be a vacant spot—but we know that God already has a plan in mind!

Author: Emily Heagy does layout and design for Mission Projects International, and lives in Walla Walla, Washington.

How You Can Help:

Pray for the children to catch a glimpse of Jesus and choose Him for themselves.

Sponsor a missionary teacher to come and work with Seyha.

Provide funds for student instruments (our first goal is 20 ukuleles).

Come and teach for a few months or longer.

Contact Emily at mindformission@gmail.com

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

5/05/2018: 500 Years Later

500 Years Later

Sharing the truth on the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the church door.

On October 31, 2017, 500 years after Luther nailed his 95 theses to the heavy wooden door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, we stood in the very same spot, our arms loaded with literature as the crowd ebbed and flowed around us. People walked up to the big door and took pictures. Voices rang out with Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress” for the first of many times that day. Everyone was open and eager to talk. Mikael Similie from Light Channel TV in Denmark found many opportunities to film.

At 3.00 p.m., Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived. A German man, who was assisting in handing out literature, stood next to the fence lining Mrs. Merkel’s route.
He reached over and offered her the book The Great Controversy. Both she and the German President accepted the book. We could hardly believe our eyes, and almost shouted with excitement.

We soon saw that nearly everyone carried the small booklet we had been handing out. When we offered them the booklet, they would produce it from their bags
or inside pockets, saying, “We have already got it!”

So we started offering The Great Controversy instead. People snatched it up like fresh loaves of bread. They came up to us from the front, from behind, on every
side asking, “May I have that book too?”

We distributed about 23,000 booklets and circa 600 books during the two days we spent at Wittenberg. We thank and praise God for the Holy Spirit and the angels He sent to protect us and give every distributor a marvelous experience. Even the police and security guards left us alone!

Now our hope is that you will join us in praying for every recipient of the booklet and the book, that they will be awakened through this message for our time! We need to claim this promise from the Spirit of Prophecy in regard to literature distribution, “The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord’s side.” Great Controversy, 612.

The Pope never showed up, and instead, the three angels’ messages – which are part of both the booklet and the book, and which we find in Revelation 14:6-12
and 18:4 – circulated throughout Wittenberg, reaching most attendees. In addition, we distributed the booklet to all the households in Wittenberg some three weeks before October 31st, 2017, and in totality printed 650,000 pamphlets for Germany. Nearly all the pamphlets have been distributed, and in January 2018 some people from Romania will go to the German-speaking areas in Switzerland and distribute the leftovers. Thus, the booklet has become public property in Southern and Northern, Eastern and Western Germany. God has really blessed this campaign in 30 countries. We give all the thanks and glory to Him.

Authors Abel & Bente Struksnes are literature evangelists living in Norway.

How You Can Help:

Pray for all the literature that was distributed throughout the 30 countries.

Start a literature distribution program in your church and community.

4/21/2018: Bury My Heart

Bury My Heart

A young missionary looks back on her mission experiences.

In August 2011, as I stepped from the plane into the welcoming warmth of the Cambodian air, the Khmer people stepped into my heart. Before many days
had passed, I realized that I was here to stay – for as long as God wanted me. So when God sent me back to America, long before I was ready to leave, to recover from amoebic dysentery and dengue fever, I wrestled with my conflicting desires. I wanted to be willing to follow wherever He called, but my heart yearned for the souls I had left behind. Nine months later, when God called me back to Cambodia, I felt His gentle rebuke when I saw how He had provided
for my precious Cambodians in my absence. Slowly, I learned to surrender them to His care. After all, He loved them more than I ever could and I knew He would never forsake them.

And then God called me to the jungles of Thailand. My love for my Cambodians was so strong that the thought of leaving them again tore at my heart. I prayed that God would give me a love just as strong for my jungle students and their people. And He did.

Wherever I go, people ask me, “Do you miss it when you’re away?”

My answer is, “Yes, wherever I go, I miss the places where I’m not.”

Sometimes I think God sends us different places to prepare our hearts for our eternal home where we’ll never have to say good-bye to those we love and labor for.

I enjoy remembering the events of the past few years, and many times I find myself wishing I could return to those days. To the shrieking and laughter while we
clean up after a birthday celebration and start flinging leftover noodles at each other. To the round eyes of my students as we point out a moving star and tell
them about the airplane whisking travelers through the night sky to some distant land. To the exertion and camaraderie as we plow new channels in the bottom of the river so we can continue driving our boat in the dry season. Even to the water dripping down my neck as I hike alone through the jungle in
a late-night rainstorm when God literally unlocks the gate to my friends’ home so I would have a dry place to sleep.

Other times I wish I could forget. I regret the missed opportunities and the failure to overcome temptations or patiently bear trials. And then I wish I could go back and live them again, and make different choices. But all the wishing in the world will not give me back those missed opportunities. I am thankful that
God is gracious, that each day holds a new window of opportunity.

Every person we meet is influenced for eternity. Will we allow Jesus to live through us so that others can see His loveliness shining through all we do, or will
we allow self to control us, and mar their picture of Him? We can never know when a soul will make his or her final decision for eternity;
when the unexpected might come crashing down and close our window of opportunity forever, leaving us on the other side with only a memory.

I want to be able to look back and rejoice in God’s leading, with no regrets. I have learned that God’s work in me is His biggest priority. Then when self has died,
and He is everything to me, He can pour His love through me in an unbroken stream. What an amazing, faithful, loving God!

Author: Sarah Van Hee 
Sarah Van Hee is the head teacher and girls’ dean of Jason’s English Medical Missionary School (JEMMS) in Thailand.

How You Can Help:
for the work in Cambodia and the Buddhist students coming to learn English that they will learn to love the truth of God’s Word.

Give: The work needs more than money, it also needs missionaries who will make a commitment to stay and bring the word of God to starving souls.
Monetary donations can be sent to:
Jesus for Asia, Inc.
P.O. Box 1221
Collegedale, TN 37315
(Indicate Sarah Van Hee.)