Taught by a Woman

Taught by a Woman

The object of a man’s prejudice shares the gospel with him.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the most populated French-speaking country in the world. Home to over 85 million people and more than 250 ethnic groups, Congo has a broad diversity of culture and traditions.

One Congolese culture does not allow women equal social status with men. Women cannot be seen in discussion with men in public. They do not exercise leadership or hold teaching positions over men. When women from this culture are converted to Christianity, they feel compelled to maintain this tradition and never preach or teach in churches.

Kalala lived in the city of Kikwit, 450 miles north of Kinshasa. From his youth, he developed prejudice and vowed that he would never learn anything from a woman. When he embraced this discriminatory culture, it changed his life. If in his school lessons a woman rose to teach, he switched classrooms. Kalala had been raised Roman Catholic, but when he discovered that nuns and parishioners were allowed to read Scriptures before the congregation, he left the church in disgust. Switching to a Pentecostal church in Kikwit, he ran into the same story – women were speaking in church. Offended, he left religion completely. Ultimately, Kalala decided not to marry. He isolated himself and became addicted to drugs and alcohol. 

Then one day, Kalala grew seriously ill. He had no friends to take care of him during this difficult time. 

Esther, a female Bible worker in the community, heard about Kalala’s situation. She prayed for wisdom to reach out to the isolated man, and went to check on him.

“You are the first person to visit me,” Kalala told her in surprise.

The following day, Esther saw the sick man again and carried him a nourishing meal. She brought her husband with her, and they left water for drinking and a hot bath. Esther also found a nurse to take care of Kalala’s medical needs. For two weeks, the woman Bible worker visited as Kalala’s health improved. His diet of vegetables, fruit and water had a healing effect.

Kalala grew curious about his new friend. Hearing that she was an evangelist, he wanted to know more about the faith that made her so kind. “Could I have Bible studies?” he finally asked.

Three months later, Kalala visited the local Adventist church planted by Esther and her husband. Kalala asked for prayers that he could break free from his drug and alcohol addiction. 

God answered the prayers. Today, the man is free from more than just drugs and alcohol: he is no longer prejudiced. He is a baptized Seventh-day Adventist believer, helping Esther to reach more people with the Three Angels’ Messages. 


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author 
Narrated by Esther Kamwanya to Pastor Ongasa, who wrote the story.

How You Can Help

Pray for Pastor Ongasa’s team of Bible workers in the Congo.

Give. If you would like to donate to Bible workers in the Congo, mark your donation “Congo Bible Workers” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Studying in Secret

Studying in Secret

A husband and wife each study the Bible without the other’s knowledge.

I first heard the Adventist message three years ago when I visited Kampala, but, afraid to be different from my boozing comrades, I ignored it. Then the message followed me to my home village of Bushenyi, when one of my drinking friends—the man who sold me my liquor, in fact—suddenly converted to Christianity. After his baptism, Patrick Kafobeero began visiting my house with the lay evangelist who had been instrumental in his conversion. As they opened the Bible with me, the new truths I learned convicted my heart. I felt Jesus calling me to be baptized, but I was nervous about how my wife might react. A strong-willed woman, she had always spoken negatively of Adventism. I put off baptism, not wanting to risk straining my family ties. 

The convicting voice grew stronger every day until I decided to open up to my wife. I showed her the “Discover” lessons I had been studying, hoping that she would be interested. To my disappointment, she refused to read them. “I know enough about God,” she told me. 

I decided that instead of talking to my wife about the Bible studies again, I would pray for her. I also left the lessons out on the table, available for anyone in my family to read. I hoped that somehow, my wife would get curious enough to look at them.

One afternoon, I made a quick trip home to pick up my mobile phone, which I had forgotten that morning. As I drew the curtain, I saw my wife reading one of the Bible lessons. When she saw me, she struggled to throw the paper down, a look of shock and panic on her face. I pretended not to have seen anything as I went into the house. “God, touch her heart!” I silently prayed. 

Soon the truth came out. Every afternoon, my wife had been reading the Discover lessons, one by one. Then, to keep her studies a secret, she arranged the lessons on the table just the way I had left them. Since I didn’t normally return home until evening, she had thought that I would never know. 

Within a few weeks, my wife no longer wanted to hide her newfound desire for God. To learn more about the Bible, she joined the Branch Sabbath School in Kashanda, Kakanju. Later, she got baptized with our oldest daughter. My heart delighted to see them baptized. My new faith would not be splitting our family, after all! Soon I followed my wife and daughter in baptism, and now our home is Jesus’ throne. 

Patrick Kafobeero’s conversion ignited a gospel fire that is spreading from person to person, family to family and community to community. The Sabbath School fellowship where my family worships now has 25 members plus 30 children. Our group is growing all the time, yet we do not have a permanent place of worship. Land is expensive in our area, but we have a plan to save for the land purchase gradually. Each family brings their coins each week, and we try to save $10 as a church every Sabbath. It will take time, but eventually we will have enough money to buy the land!

Money is tight here. An evangelistic effort we planned for July had to be postponed until October due to insufficient funds. Many people are ready for the message, and we need to bring them into Jesus’ fold through evangelism. Pray that God will open the way for us to continue spreading the gospel message in our area!

Narration told by Kasei and written by Pastor John Kaganzi.


Location 
Uganda 

Author 
Pastor John Kaganzi is a district pastor in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help

Pray Kasei asks for prayers to break free from an addiction he is still struggling with, and that his family would be grounded in the faith.

Pray for the Sabbath School group in Kashanda to be able to raise the money they need for their evangelistic projects and for land to build a church on.

Give to the work in Uganda. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters and church planter support. Send your check marked “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches” to: 

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit missionspro.org/donate.


Spiritual Therapy

Spiritual Therapy

Rehab ministry in Colombia results in baptisms!

“We believe spiritual therapy is what these guys need to be completely free of drugs,” the rehab center coordinator told us. “We welcome the presentation of the gospel in this place. Would you be willing to share with our residents three days a week?” How could we decline an offer like that? God had opened a door of ministry we had not even been looking for!

My first day visiting the rehab center, I did not know what to expect. Never before had I worked with drug addicts, and I didn’t know how to talk with them or whether they would even be open to Bible study. To my surprise, in the center I found fervent men eager to know truth—more eager and fervent than some of our church brethren! They told us that they loved our Bible study methods. “You keep us awake searching through the Scriptures, with questions and answers,” they said. I had never seen people so hungry for Bible truth. I had also never met people so earnest in their desire to own a Bible. When we gave the men Bibles, they acted like little boys receiving a coveted toy!

Besides giving Bible studies, we have been helping the residents through mental health coaching and lifestyle counseling to help with their physical needs. It sometimes feels difficult to give them our best advice, because in the center, the residents do not have complete liberty to follow a healthy, religious lifestyle. Still, I believe God accepts their sincere efforts to please Him within their sphere.

Some weeks ago, we had the blessing of baptizing sixteen of the rehab residents. These guys are a miracle. I saw them before and after their conversions, and I can testify of the power of the gospel to change lives. Jairo, a man who lost his two legs because of excessive drug use, shared his testimony of how God changed his life after he overdosed and was found in the street. “When I woke up, I was surprised to find out that I had been in a coma for one month, but it was more terrible when I tried to stand up and didn’t have legs. I had two options: to fall into depression and go crazy or to accept Jesus. I did the latter and now I am the happiest person.”

Jonathan, another young man, told me, “I have not used drugs since I have been here, and I would like to be a missionary like you.” He is considering attending Las Delicias to be trained to serve God.

We praise God for the church He has raised in this dark place, where week after week about forty people struggling with drugs meet for “spiritual therapy”—simply studying the Bible. We have had challenges, for the enemy is furious with this work. At one time, I thought that our work at the center would be put to a stop, but God intervened as only He can. Please continue to pray for the rehab residents, that God will strengthen them in the inner man to face their daily temptations. Pray also for the ones who have already left the center having received the gospel, that they may stay steadfast in the light of Jesus Christ. Finally, pray for us, that God may continue to give us strength, means and grace to continue with this work.


Location
Colombia

Author
Daniel Miranda is the chair of the Evangelism and Bible Department of Fundacion Las Delicias, a self-supporting ministry equipping youth for ministry in Bible work, health and agriculture.

How You Can Help

Pray for Daniel and his team as they reach out to the rehab residents.

Pray for the residents to embrace the power of God to give them freedom from addictions and sin.

Give. If you would like to help grow the church in Colombia, send your donations marked “Colombia Evangelism” or “Colombia Churches” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

Thank You
Your donations enable MPI to provide regular support to the workers in Colombia. We are excited to see God expanding their work through your gifts!


Our Miracles 

Our Miracles 

God sends money just in time.

The Lord worked amazing miracles to get Redemption Radio back on the air in Honduras. Just when we thought we had received all the donations we would receive, from all the people who might give, and just when all the momentum seemed to halt—just when we didn’t see what else to do or where else to turn, we still had only half the money for the transmitter—just then I received an email. It said: “I will write a check for $25,000.00 to Spanish Herald.” My mind raced. The Lord had done it! He had worked a miracle for us! 

Of course, we know He works miracles all the time. But why would He work miracles for little people like us? Well, He does work miracles for little people—for those who are doing a small work for Him in a hidden corner of our obscure planet. He does care for each one of us. We can only say, “Praise His name!” I think part of our Creator’s greatness is His condescendence and tender care for the most insignificant of us.

Even after the transmitter had been paid for, problems with customs prevented us from bringing it home for several months. Yet we saw the Lord’s hand helping us in this situation, also. For some unexplained reason, we didn’t have to pay the huge amount we expected to get the transmitter out of storage. Even the customs agent expressed his amazement that the fee was so low. Our Lord works in wonderful ways!

At last, Redemption Radio went on the air again. The engineer had to make two trips to get everything going, but with his help, the first rebroadcasting of our program came through strong and clear. But later, something started to happen. The volume decreased and the signal wasn’t clear anymore. As we talked back and forth with the engineer, we pinpointed the audio processor as the source of the trouble. The engineer told us something we could do to repair it, but it proved to be only a temporary fix. We needed a good audio processor to replace the old one. 

The engineer sent us his recommendation: a $2,000 machine. I hadn’t expected it to be so expensive, so I asked for a quotation from another store. Their cheapest option was $4,000. That made the original offer seem like a great deal! I checked the money we had available for the purchase. We had just sold an electrical transformer we didn’t need anymore, but even so, the account barely reached $1,000. I tried to negotiate a better price, but the seller could only come down to $1,813. We were still hundreds of dollars short.

Hoping against hope, I sent an email to the accountant for the Spanish Herald. “By any chance have you received any special donations for the radio station?” He said “no.” Meanwhile, I messaged the seller and asked if they could hold the offer for us in case the Lord sent the money. That evening, I received another email from the accountant. He said: “I just went to the post office and there was a check from Mission Projects International for $900.” Oh, praise our Lord again! A few days later the equipment was ready for pickup.

Yes, we have something to tell about what the Lord has done for us. The Lord works in so many ways, and we are so thankful. Thank you all for being part of these miracles. May He find us all faithful to the end!


Location
Honduras

Author
Teresa Jimenez de Muñoz and her family broadcast Redemption Radio, a station proclaiming the Three Angels’ Messages in Central America.

How You Can Help

Pray for God to continue to sustain Redemption Radio, that it may reach many rural Hondurans with the good news of Christ’s soon coming.

Give. If you would like to help support Redemption Radio, send your check marked “Redemption Radio” to:

Spanish Herald
PO Box 143
Dillard, OR 97432-0143

Donations sent through Mission Projects International will also be forwarded.

Thank You!
The timely $900 donation came from small gifts from Mission Projects readers. Teresa says, “Thank you for supporting this small ministry in Honduras. Thank you for being instruments in the Lord’s hand to make this purchase possible. May our Lord bless you much more abundantly!”


Open Doors

Open Doors

A missionary receives surprising opportunities in Turkey.

I arrived in Turkey with high hopes, but felt discouraged as the week progressed. Through a connection with the government ruling party, my translator Asif and I were invited to share our message about Muslims in Bible prophecy. We arrived at the convention center, only to realize that we were not included in the speaking schedule. The meeting lasted over two hours. All eleven speakers talked about Said Nursi, a promoter of back-to-Islamic rule who died in 1960. 

The following day, we were invited to another meeting. Inside the mosque were a small group of tourists from Europe, and we sat for a lecture on becoming Muslim. This was not at all why I had come to Turkey! In the late afternoon, I was invited to another gathering, but this time I declined. I had had enough Muslim evangelism for the day. Even my young Turkish translator was unhappy with all the running around to meetings without opportunities to share our special message. “The week is yet young,” I tried to encourage my friend. “God can still work in many ways.”

On Wednesday, we received another meeting invitation. Finally, I was truly asked to speak!

I began by telling the story of Ishmael and Hagar, and the double blessings Abraham’s offspring received in Deuteronomy chapter 21. I told how their side of the family received the whole Middle East. All the while, the meeting leaders smiled and nodded. “Islam was called by the God of the Bible,” I explained. “It was your countrymen who responded and answered the call of Revelation 9:12-15 to deliver the young Reformation movement.”

After the close of my talk, a leader turned to us. “Tomorrow I have a newspaper interview arranged for you, and a TV program on Friday.” Once outside, Asif and I praised the Lord for what He had just done!

At the newspaper office, the editor asked me to write a weekly column on what the Bible teaches about end time events and Islam. As we talked, my mind raced. The editor accepted the concept of Jesus and sacrifice. This was an amazing moment. 

On Friday, the television station manager heard about our Adventist beliefs and reviewed the charts. He called three of his friends, and they listened as I repeated the story.

Remember Said Nursi? At every meeting I attended that week, the people told me that he had made a prediction. Near the end of time, there would be a small group of Christians who would visit and teach them about the Second Coming of Jesus from the Bible. As Asif and I showed them the Ottoman Empire in Bible history, the people were convinced that Seventh-day Adventists do have the last message for the Muslim world!

It was a wonderful week of open doors. As I thought about all of the letters and emails I had sent out asking for prayers during my week in Turkey, I knew that God had answered.


Location
Turkey

Author
Stephen Dickie is the director of a ministry dedicated to ministering to the Muslim people.

Pray that the Lord will continue to open doors for sharing the gospel with the Muslim people.

To find out more about Stephen Dickie’s work among the Muslims or to donate to this work, visit:

www.strawberrymeadowassociation.com

www.islambibleprophecy.com


Noises in the Night

Noises in the Night

A Ghanaian family sees God’s protection in a graphic way.

When we read the Bible, we admire how God protected His people like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but sometimes we subconsciously believe that His special protection is outmoded, a thing of the past. The truth is that He still protects His people even in our present time. We must not forget that our God does not change! 

Since 2004, my family and I have been living in a community in Kumasi, Ghana, where we share a property line with a poultry farm. Because of the expense it would be, we have not been able to build a solid, walled fence around our yard. Instead, we patched together a protective fence between our house and the farm using old roofing sheets. 

At the back of the farm flows a small river, attracting the local wildlife. Snakes, in particular, have menaced our community, with as many as five pythons having been killed in the area. One of them actually entered the home of a community man, causing him to build a sturdy wall around his yard to keep unwanted visitors away. 

Pythons are not the only reptiles lurking; other reptiles, including other harmful snakes, are also common. To help protect my family from the varmints, I have two dogs and two cats. The cats have been able to kill some of the snakes and lizards. 

This year, in the first week of March, I started hearing unusual noises behind my house at night. Each time I opened the window to look around, however, I saw nothing out of the ordinary. Every morning, I would get up and check around for evidence of burglary or other disturbances, but I couldn’t see anything out of place. 

Two weeks later, a worker at the poultry farm spotted a big python and raised an alarm. Several of us came to his aid to kill the snake. Despite its being a fearsome predator, I couldn’t help admiring that large reptile’s beauty. As I looked at the creature, the strange noises I had heard in the night started to make sense. Pythons often catch dogs and other animals in the forest. This python must have been coming through my fence to hunt for prey—trying to get to the animals in my house. Our home should have been an easy target, had not the angels of the Lord been on guard, taking care of us. How wonderful that God still protects His people in our era! Whether we see it or not, the Lord has His hand over His children all the time, no matter what. May His name be praised!

Sin has spoiled God’s creation and brought on all the calamities we see happening in the world. Our own brush with the dangerous python has drawn my attention to Heaven and the New Earth, where we are promised that we will live with all these animals peacefully, without any harm. How wonderful that will be! Let us thank the Lord for protecting us here and now, and remember to serve Him faithfully so that we may be able to live forever with Him and all the tamed animals. 


Location
Ghana

Author
Pastor Stephen Ankrah is a retired pastor who continues to share the everlasting gospel to the people in Ghana.

Pray for the work that Pastor Ankrah is doing in Ghana. He would like to be the host of the radio program to proclaim the Three Angels Messages.

Give. You can support the work by sending your donations to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit: 
missionspro.org/donate


My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper

A Bible worker rejoices over his brother’s journey to Christ.

 “Why don’t you eat pork?” my brother Dodong asked. “Pork is very delicious.”

“Because I want to please God and go to heaven,” I replied.

Dodong smiled. “Are you not envious of the rest of us? You are only eating vegetables.”

I wanted to cry. I felt very alone at the tender age of eleven. No one seemed to understand my beliefs. 

I lived in a large family with my father and stepmother. While most of my siblings were devoted to Roman Catholicism, I could not forget the faith of my biological mother. As she visited me and her other children on holidays, she reminded us about God’s diet, the true day of worship and God’s commandments.

“Our mother is getting crazy about the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs,” one sister murmured. 

“Yanyan is the only one among the seven of us to follow the crazy beliefs of Mother,” my eldest sister said of me.

I felt hurt. I prayed that someday, they would realize that our mother told us the truth.

While the girls argued, Dodong remained silent. I knew by his actions that he did not believe God’s messages. He refused to believe. While I never saw him go to the Catholic church on Sunday, he considered himself Roman Catholic. He believed that if a person died, the prayers of other living people would help them to pass from purgatory to heaven. 

“There is no purgatory according to the Bible,” I tried to reason with him. “That doctrine cannot be found there.”

In my second year of high school, I found a pamphlet titled “Behold, He is Coming.” I saw that it was about Bible prophecy and Roman Catholic doctrine. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart as I read. “I must tell my brother about this, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ,” I decided. But when I told him, he turned away. I could see that he was unwilling to listen to the Word of God.

I continued to pray and stay in touch with my brother. As the years passed, although Dodong moved to a different city, he kept in contact with me. Every time he called, I reminded him of God’s goodness and the Holy Word. 

Almost a decade passed. Dodong finally attended a meeting by my friend Temtem. It was about the “old man” of sin, and the new life we can have in Christ. Dodong accepted Jesus. He turned away from his sins, and refused to eat unclean food. On the day of his baptism, I could not have been happier. “Finally, my brother understands the truth and accepts Jesus as his Savior,” I praised God.

Today, he is active in his church every Sabbath. I pray that someday all of my siblings will become like Dodong, who finally accepted truth for his life.


Location
Philippines

Author
Sister Yanyan Piedraverde is a Bible worker in South Cotabato on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

Pray that one day all of Yanyan’s siblings will accept Jesus. Pray that Dodong will continue to grow in his faith and be a witness to their other siblings.

Give.
To assist the work in the Philippines, mark your donation “Philippine Evangelism” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Cursed

Cursed

A demon possessed man becomes a faithful church attendee.

Witchcraft is a powerful weapon in Africa, and God’s intervention alone can save people who fall victim to demonic enchantments.

When young Emmy’s mother died in 2014, his father decided to remarry. Unfortunately, Emmy’s new stepmother watched him jealously. Emmy was scholastic and clever, and consistently made better grades in school than her own children.

Angry, his stepmother cast powerful demonic spells over Emmy. He did not have God’s protection from evil, and the young man lost his sanity. He became known in the community as a mad man.

When we held a Total Member Involvement evangelistic effort in Buremba this spring, Emmy never missed a meeting. However, he came to disturb us – not to hear the gospel message. He ran up to the front and snatched the microphone from the speaker, demanding food. No one dared to take the microphone away from him. When someone returned with the food Emmy demanded, he peacefully handed the microphone back and the meeting continued. When Emmy wasn’t hungry, he still interrupted the meetings – acting silly and causing laughter to erupt from the audience. 

When the evangelistic meetings concluded, Emmy still followed our footsteps. For two months, he attended our Sabbath worship services. As usual, he disturbed our meetings. 

In May, a baptism was planned. The distance to the river was long, and we didn’t expect Emmy to follow. No one gave Emmy a lift on their motorcycle, but somehow, he made it to the river.

As Pastor Michael stood in the river to baptize, Emmy silently stepped forward. He waded into the water. “I will not allow this pastor to baptize another person before he baptizes me,” he said.

The onlookers standing on the river bank began to shout. “Pastor, baptize him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

What should the pastor do? Baptize a mad man? Emmy had been faithful to attend all the meetings that the other converts had. Maybe he had actually been listening.

The pastor decided to baptize him. The pastor and church elders surrounded Emmy, laying their hands on him in prayer. It was then that God broke the curse. Emmy’s madness left him.

He became the most sober and humble man in town, always arriving on time for worship each Sabbath. All who knew about his past life looked at him in astonishment.

“The God of the Sabbath healed me,” Emmy always replied. “I am now a free man in the mighty name of Jesus.”

Emmy needs a sponsor to help him return to school and further his education. He would like to became a pastor, and we see great potential in him. Also, the greatest need for the work in Buremba is to see an Adventist church built in town. Until this happens, the congregation will worship under a tent. Please pray for this community, as there are many more like Emmy who are held captive by the devil’s curses. 


Location
Uganda

Author
James Musinguzi is a retired pastor who is still active in evangelism and church planting.

Pray for Emmy that he will continue to grow in Christ and that he will be able to finish his education.

Give. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters support. Send your check, with “Uganda Churches”or “Uganda Workers”as the memo to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99166

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


Beside the Well, Part 2

Beside the Well, Part 2

A modern-day story of the man at the well!

According to the World Health Organization, two billion people around the globe use drinking water contaminated with fecal material—water that can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Two years ago, we began drilling wells to provide safe, clean drinking water for the people in Togo, West Africa, and right now the drilling of our third well is underway. The wells have been a major blessing to the people who live within walking distance. They can now continue growing fruits and vegetables through the dry spells without fear of the irrigation water polluting their produce with harmful bacteria. They no longer use disease-infested water to bathe, cook and clean.

In addition to providing safe water, the wells have been a spiritual blessing to the people. Because the wells are located next to churches, the leadership in Togo decided to close the wells on Sabbath as a witness to the community. The people who come for water on Friday are told the story of the Israelites gathering twice as much manna on the preparation day. They have learned to get enough water on Friday so that they can have water on Sabbath!

The story in John 4 of the woman at the well has been our model in winning souls to Jesus. All day, a Bible worker ministers to the crowd bustling around the well—usually 20 or more people. As they wait to fill their jugs, they receive literature and hear a Bible study. Some listen attentively while others hurry off, but the worker faithfully sows the seed, looking for seeking souls.

Koumeabalo had been a taxi driver for 14 years. He started work before sunrise and continued long after sunset; yet even with his 16-hour workday, his income could not support his family. In discouragement, he told his wife one evening that he needed to change jobs if they were to survive. The trouble was that jobs in their area were extremely rare. 

The next day Koumeabalo went looking for work. Providentially, he came to the well and heard the Bible worker speaking. Hope began to swell in his heart that the Bible was the answer to his difficulties. As he sat and listened to the Bible worker talk about God and His love in sending Jesus to die for our sins, the Holy Spirit began to touch Koumeabalo’s heart. Conviction of his past sins came vividly to his mind, and he knew he must confess and forsake his wrongdoing. Finding a quiet spot, he unburdened his soul to the Lord. Then he came back to the Bible worker and asked him to tell him more about his newfound Savior and the Three Angels’ Messages. The Bible worker agreed to study personally with Koumeabalo’s family, and after many Bible studies, they all decided to follow the Bible’s teachings. 

Feeling that God was impressing him to be a farmer, Koumeabalo quit his job as a taxi driver and began cultivating the land near the well, where he would have plenty of water to irrigate his plants. He grew carrots, onions, lettuce and tomatoes—and the sales brought in enough income to take care of his family. Koumeabalo thanks God for the well!

Many are coming to a knowledge of the truth because of the wells drilled in Togo. The wells continually remind the people that God is the source of all life, just like the water they receive day by day. “Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17, NKJV.


Location
Togo

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help
Pray. Pray for funds to drill more wells in Togo. Above all, pray for the people visiting the wells to find the living water!

Give. Each well costs about $8,000 to drill. You can help drill wells in Togo, support the workers or provide them with literature by sending your donations marked “Togo,” “Togo workers,” “Togo literature,” or “Togo wells” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit: 
missionspro.org/donate


Beside the Well, Part 1

Beside the Well, Part 1

A well in Togo provides more than clean drinking water.

Can you imagine life without clean water? In the United States, one person uses an average of 80–100 gallons per day. We use it for bathing, laundry, cooking, cleaning, watering our gardens and most importantly, drinking. God is so good to have created one of Earth’s most remarkable resources—one of the most precious assets we have. Without water, life could not exist. Perhaps that is why God created water before He made plants, animals and humanity!

When I visited Togo, West Africa, some time back, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the people in Lassa, a village in the northern part of this small country. The women had to haul water for their families more than a half a mile, and sometimes even further when the hand dug well in the village went dry. This well was very dirty, and from the odors ascending from its mouth, you could tell it had bacteria growing in it. Wells in Togo tend to be shallow, dug at the same depth as the latrines. Many people become sick from cross contamination and some even die from the water that is supposed to keep them alive.

Jesus likened the work of the Holy Spirit to a fountain of water within us. “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive.” John 7:38, 39. The soul’s longing after God is likened to thirst: “My soul thirsteth for Thee, . . in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” Psalm 63:1. And of course, it was next to a well that Jesus offered the Samaritan woman “living water.” John 4:6–14. Clean water is such a blessing and necessity that it is a fitting reminder of these gospel truths!

Today, the gospel is being preached beside a well in Lassa, Togo, thanks to a church in Sandy, Oregon, that donated the money to drill it. The women of this village can now bring home clean drinking water that has been government tested to be free from contaminates. However, providing clean, safe drinking water wasn’t the only objective we had in drilling this well; we also wanted to bring souls to the Lord by giving local workers the opportunity to share the “water of life” with them. Physical thirst can be quenched at the well, but the thirsty also receive an invitation to drink at the well that will never run dry. How? We purposely drilled next to a small Seventh-day Adventist church so that people coming for water would meet church members and become familiar with the Seventh-day Adventist message.

As soon as the well in Lassa was completed, girls, boys and mothers with babies strapped to their backs lined up to fill their containers. People came from far and near to share in the blessing. That’s when the church’s work at the well began! While the villagers wait to fill to their containers, the pastor or a Bible worker preaches to the people. When they have filled their water jugs, they are provided with literature to take home and learn about God’s last warning message to Earth. Because of the well, spiritually thirsty souls are hearing the words of life! Already, we are seeing God bringing souls to the truth through the preaching beside the well. In fact, the project has been such a success that, as funds become available, we are continuing to drill more wells!

Beside the Well, Part 2” will tell more about this exciting project!


Location
Togo

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help

Pray. Pray for the well in Lassa and the others that have since been drilled in Togo. Ask God to bring souls to the truth through the preaching beside the well.

Give. Wells in Togo cost about $8,000 to drill. You can help drill more wells, support the workers or provide them with literature by sending your donations marked “Togo,” “Togo workers,” “Togo literature,” or “Togo wells” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit: 
missionspro.org/donate

Thank You. Thank you again to the dedicated donors in Sandy, Oregon, and Akron, Ohio, for donating money to drills wells in Togo. Thank you also to each of you who have supported the work in Togo over the years! God bless you.