Letter from Mike: Ethiopia – August 2019

“Of equal importance with public effort is house-to-house work in the homes of the people. As the result of the presentation of truth in large congregations, a spirit of inquiry is awakened, and it is especially important that this interest be followed by personal labor. Those who desire to investigate the truth need to be taught to study diligently the Word of God. Someone must help them to build on a sure foundation. At this critical time in their religious experience, how important it is that wisely directed Bible workers come to their help, and open to their understanding the treasure house of God’s Word!” Evangelism, 429.

This July, I spent my time conducting a prophecy seminar in southern Ethiopia. I arrived with my team at the evangelistic site in pitch darkness, with rain coming down in torrents. A deep red mud came up to our ankles. The church had erected a temporary tarp shelter from the relentless downpour, but the people who were in unfavorable parts of the shelter were drenched by the rain making its way through holes or openings in the tarps. Despite all the inconveniences, 450 people eagerly waited to hear a message from the Word of God.

Bible workers had been on the ground going door-to-door, personally inviting every individual within a four-mile radius. They started Bible studies with those who seemed especially interested, prayed with those who were hurting and suffering, ministered to the depressed and confused. God especially blessed the Bible workers’ efforts with a significant turnout on that first dreary evening and every night thereafter.

Evangelism can be successful only if there is a thorough ground campaign and an aggressive follow-up program. Every morning and each night after the meetings, the Bible workers were out visiting those who had attended the campaign. They answered their questions. They appealed to them to obey what God through the Bible was asking them to do. During our training classes, I was encouraged to hear about the Bible workers’ positive interactions with those who were making decisions. After the message on the mark of the beast, the Bible workers amplified their personal appeals among the people, visiting them at their homes, answering any objections and appealing for them to obey. More than seventy souls decided to keep the Sabbath and turn from their former Sunday churches!

We left several Bible workers to continue the follow-up work and help organize this new congregation for service. Penetrating this predominantly Catholic and Muslim community will be challenging, but God’s truth will prevail!

Mission Projects International would like to hire more Ethiopian Bible workers to enter new fields and establish more congregations. Scattered all over Ethiopia lie thousands of towns and villages where the Three Angels’ Messages have never been heard. We want to help Christ’s followers in Ethiopia fulfill His last commission. More Bible workers are needed to accomplish this immense task. Your donation of only $50 a month can support a Bible worker. If you would like to help the work in Ethiopia, mark your donations “Ethiopian Workers” or “Ethiopia Churches.” May God give us wisdom on how to move forward!

Yours in fulfilling Christ’s last commission,

Letter from Mike: Congo – June 2019

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

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

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

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

Yours in reaching the unreached!

Honore Receives the Word


Honore Receives the Word

A young man finds health and blessings on the path to life.

My mother died when I was a baby, so I was raised by my village community in North Togo, West Africa. I attended a Sunday church for many years, and learned many untruths there. I was told that all things God created are good for us to eat, and that prayer before meals blesses unhealthful food. These were bad teachings, and I lived in poor health because I practiced them.

My life was changed when I met an evangelist named Paca. He answered my questions from God’s Word. As we went through the Scriptures together, I learned about the Sabbath, baptism, health and the Three Angels’ Messages in Revelation chapter 14.

“Are these teachings the truth?” I questioned. As Paca repeatedly turned my attention to the Word, my eyes were opened. I knew that the Lord had directed me to His message, and that I must leave the lies I had once believed.

From that day forward, I felt a strong conviction that Saturday was the day chosen by God Himself for our rest, and that Sunday had been chosen by man. I immediately decided to begin attending the Adventist church on Sabbath for worship.

With resolve in my heart, I went to the home of my boss to ask him for permission to have Saturdays off. I worried that he would be unhappy with me for my new decision. “Please touch his heart when I speak with him,” I prayed. “And thank you for hearing and blessing my request.”

Surprisingly, my boss was the first among my friends and acquaintances to encourage me on my new path. “Go and worship God on Saturday,” he said. I heartily thanked God for blessing my prayer!

I decided to be baptized. It was clear to me through my study that Jesus Himself was baptized, giving us an example. He was immersed in water, and I chose to be baptized in the same way.

It has been ten years since I was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church, and God has poured out His blessings. My health is improved by following the principles in His Word. I learned from Leviticus chapter 11 and Deuteronomy chapter 14 that God’s people are to avoid unclean meat. As far as my health is concerned, I endlessly thank God.

While my friends and relatives were initially upset with my decision to become an Adventist, they are happy for me now. They can recognize the new life Jesus gives me through the Holy Spirit.

I thank God for showing me the way of happiness through the Bible studies Paca gave me. I feel that the Lord is calling me to evangelize others also, and have accepted the commission to preach the gospel to those around me. Just as He touched the heart of my boss through my Sabbath conviction, I pray that He will continue to speak to others through my testimony.


Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help
Pray for the work Pastor Agamah and his team of Bible workers are doing throughout the country of Togo. Pray for Honore, and all those studying the Bible with the workers.

Donate. Funds are needed for evangelism and to buy Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books for new converts. If you are impressed to help spread the gospel in Togo, mark your donation “Togo Workers/Evangelism” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
P.O. Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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

Togo: Pastor Agamah – June 2018

Sister Justine and her baby with Pastor Joel at Sanda District, North Togo

This quarter, we have put an emphasis on the distribution of pamphlets. As a result, many have begun studying the Bible. Among these, seven of the students regularly visit us. Sister Justine Pitho is one of these Bible students.

 Sister Justine was five months pregnant when she received our message through the pamphlets. One day a few months later, a nurse called me asking me to come to the hospital to help Sister Justine. 

When my wife and I arrived, we discovered that Sister Justine was in labor, but that she had become very tired and was having difficulty delivering the baby. The nurse asked us to take Sister Justine to the city of Kara, 40 kilometers away, where she could go to a big hospital and have a cesarean section. Before leaving, we prayed with Sister Justine. When we finished, Justine asked for a drink of hot water. Then we loaded her into the car.

As soon as we arrived in Kara, just outside the door of the hospital, Sister Justine gave birth without undergoing an operation! Now Sister Justine is preparing for baptism.

God works through His workers. Pray of our workers in the field. Thanks for supporting the workers in Africa!

Letter from Mike: Togo–October 2017

October 21, 2017


Dear Friends,

Have you desired to be a better soul winner for Christ? You may have thought about attending a Bible Worker training school to help improve your skills to teach others about Jesus. There is one talent that we all possess that, if used, will win many to the truth. Proverbs gives us this specific instruction. “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…” Proverbs 18:24 Do we all have the ability to make friends with people we meet? What example did Jesus leave us in regard to making friends? “Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.” Mark 2:15 Jesus was the friend of sinners and highly sociable. Jesus’ main purpose in connecting with those of the world, was to share the message of hope. He accepted invitations to dine with the noble and the learned as well as the poor and afflicted. “He was social in His nature.” Desire of Ages, 150. Jesus was the greatest soul-winner this world has ever witnessed and following His example will reap the same results. The importance of developing friendships in and outside the church cannot be overemphasized. This will bring vibrancy to a church like nothing else can. The results of bringing a person in through friendship evangelism is that they have a greater possibility of staying in the church and maintaining a strong connection with the Lord!

Pastor Simliwa on the left

Pastor Agamah and Paca, the Bible Worker, have taken friendship evangelism to a new level. When I first met Paca, at an evangelistic meeting in 2009, he was training to be a powerful witchdoctor in his local village. Now he is using the power of the gospel to win people to the truth. While distributing truth-filled literature, he and Pastor Agamah met a man from the Baptist church. Pastor Agamah and Paca started visiting him in his home and struck up a friendship with this man. Several weeks later, while visiting this man, he told them that he believed the message that was being taught in the material they left him. He then revealed that he was the senior Pastor and leader over all the Baptist churches in the north part of Togo. Pastor Simliwa was in a serious dilemma. If he should join the Seventh-day Adventist church, he would lose his handsome salary, his position and influence in his church and all the friends he had made. After much prayer, and study of the Bible, he took his stand for the truth. The other church leaders immediately removed him from his position and cut off his salary. There were some of his former church members who have read the material that was given to Pastor Simliwa, and have taken their stand with the Lord. Many more will follow his path of self-denial. They will pick up the cross and follow Jesus no matter what the cost. “It should ever be manifest that we are reformers, but not bigots. When our laborers enter a new field, they should seek to become acquainted with the pastors of the several churches in the place. Much has been lost by neglecting to do this. If our ministers show themselves

New Believers from the Baptist Church

friendly and sociable, and do not act as if they were ashamed of the message they bear, it will have an excellent effect, and may give these pastors and their congregations’ favorable impressions of the truth. At any rate, it is right to give them a chance to be kind and favorable if they will.” Evangelism, 143. Please pray for Pastor Simliwa and the other gospel workers as they minister to people in their remote villages, where the gospel has never been heard. If you would like to support the gospel workers please mark your donations, “Togo Workers.”




Yours in the Master’s service for souls,

05/27/2017: Light Shines in Darkness

Light Shines in Darkness

Village chiefs and ancestor worshippers accept Jesus as their Savior in rural Africa.

The Waldensian motto, “Lux lucet in tenebris” means “Light shines in darkness.” This is exactly what happened during Brother Joel Mapamu’s mission journey to the Sankuru Region, a remote, impoverished area in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in July–September 2016.

Brother Joel praises God and thanks His angels for their protection during the mission trip. Traveling mostly by foot like his Master, Joel spent his days teaching, preaching the Three Angels’ Messages, visiting people in their homes and organizing bands of believers. The enemy incited ancestor worshippers and Catholics alike to try to hinder him, but God rebuked their efforts. The Holy Spirit moved upon people who had never trusted in Jesus, but instead prayed to their ancestors, to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Even village chiefs were converted.

One convert shared: “I want to testify what the Lord did for me during the Bible studies. I was practicing sorcery and during these studies I began to realize that sorcery would bring me to death. I had killed my older brother, a salesman of Kela, and my younger cousin and was ready to kill my mother in order to get more money. As I listened to the teachings of Brother Joel about the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and about the Antichrist, I began to have nightmares. I went to talk to Brother Joel and gave him all my sorcery objects. Brother Joel prayed for me and with me and I renounced the sorcery. I found peace and my bad dreams ceased. God worked for good in my life.” 

Another person wrote: “My brothers and sisters, God is real. Many people of different religious persuasions tried to talk to me, but I chased them all away with my machete until nobody dared to put their feet on my property again. I didn’t want anyone to talk about Jesus after the sudden death of my father, a devout Catholic. He suffered such severe chest pain that we decided to take him to the hospital in Kole. The Catholic people of our village, especially the leading lady of the Mary’s Legion, told us to wait for the priest to come and pray for my father. It took him two days to arrive. After he performed his ceremony with candles, he said, ‘Your father will be healed.’ Four hours later, my father was dead! I was very angry to have wasted time waiting for the priest instead of taking my father to the hospital. I decided I would no longer allow Catholics to visit us.

“But God lives! The Adventist missionary came to us, bringing the message of God. During his sermon he looked straight at me and said that Jesus loves me. I was stunned to hear this, because I didn’t want anyone to talk to me about Jesus. He then repeated, ‘Jesus loves you!’ and invited me to come forward. As I walked toward him, those present believed that I wanted to kill the preacher. They had nicknamed me ‘The Machete.’ Instead I came forward, fell to the ground and began to cry. The Lord transformed me as the man of God prayed for me. God is now my Lord. He accepted me as His son. God is real!”

Though poor in earthly goods, the believers in Sankuru keep growing in faith. May the light of God’s truth continue to shine from their lives into the darkness of superstition all around!


Joel Mapamu
Brother Joel lives and works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Article written by an anonymous sponsor.)



How You Can Help

Pray for the believers in this region of Congo, who are often persecuted for their faith.

Pray for help for each one who struggles with poverty and lack of physical and spiritual resources.

Donate.  For information on supporting Brother Joel’s mission trips to Sankuru, email info@missionspro.org.

Thank You
Because of your donations to our poor fund, Mission Projects International was able to help sponsor Brother Joel’s trip and his humanitarian work in the Sankuru region. Donations to the poor fund also help with medical needs and Dorcas assistance in other needy areas.

04/08/2017: 300% Growth

300% Growth

Gospel workers raise up 17 new churches in Ethiopia.
We used to have many Seventh-day Adventist churches in our district in southern Ethiopia. Unfortunately, we did not have many gospel workers to care for them. In consequence, our head office sent instructions that we should only maintain churches at a distance of every three walking hours. One by one, churches were rescinded and combined until just five churches remained in the district.

With such a great walking distance between churches, our membership began dropping. In place of the churches we had closed, new Sunday-keeping churches rose up. These developments upset us all, young and old. We wanted the church to expand, not shrink. Yet, in that entire district we had only two gospel workers!

After we had no other option, we started praying. While we were praying, development started slowly. Daniel Shamebo Sabore, who had grown up in our district, used to ask about the progress of the church when he came to visit. He would listen with sorrow as we told him about the lack of workers. It seemed our region was given less priority than other regions of the country.

Reviving one of the old churches.

Sometime later, Daniel moved to the United States. Then, from afar, he began to hire gospel workers in our district. The gospel workers began establishing new churches, and they also helped revive the old churches. People started getting excited and motivated, and wanted to do something themselves to help our churches grow. The fire started to kindle! Now, instead of closing churches, we decided to establish new churches in as many different places as possible.

As the gospel workers and church members worked together, the number of churches in our district grew from five to 22—better than 300% growth! Of these congregations, 14 are established churches and eight are branch Sabbath Schools. We have plans to establish five more branch Sabbath Schools, besides, which will put our total number at 27!

Some of these groups worship in rental houses. Some meet in the homes of individuals. Other groups have decided not to join the organization until we can find a worship shelter for them.

One of the new church buildings

In 2013 and again in 2016, Daniel Shamebo Sabore and Pastor Cody Francis came to southern Ethiopia to conduct prophecy seminars. Their efforts stirred up even more interest throughout the district. Strong gospel workers began penetrating previously unentered areas. Their converts have included some very strong evangelists from Sunday churches who have been able to share with their previous members, bringing many to join our church. Under God’s blessing, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in our area is growing faster than ever before.

Four times a year, we hold gospel seminars with the help of 16 gospel workers and 45 laypersons—government employees, merchants and farmers. We give these believers training seminars and then send them to different areas to knock on the doors of believers and non-believers everywhere, encouraging people and preaching the message. These gospel campaigns last ten days. The laypeople actually take that much leave from their occupations to volunteer in gospel work! Often, these seminars will bring 100 people into the church.

Three years ago, when I was appointed as district leader, our total membership was 1,225. Currently we have 1,875 members! May God bless Daniel and his family and all who have donated to this work. Your support has motivated the people here to plan, organize and labor—and God has brought the increase.


Abebe Ajabo

Pastor Ajabo is the district leader of the Tambaro and Jacho zone of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ethiopia.

How You Can Help?

Pray for the gospel workers and laypeople in southern Ethiopia, that through the Holy Spirit’s work they may continue establishing congregations in the remote villages of their area.

Support the Ethiopian gospel workers or help build churches for the new congregations by sending your contribution to Mission Projects International marked “Ethiopia workers” or “Ethiopia churches.”

Adopt a gospel worker. For details, email info@missionspro.org.

Thank You!

In response to Cody Francis’s DVD appeal, you sent over $4,250 for the work in Ethiopia. To see the video, visit www.missionspro.org or contact us to receive a copy of the DVD.

Letter from Cody: Malawi – September 2016

A recent baptism in Malawi
A recent baptism in Malawi

As Joshua faced the promised land, the Lord gave him a solemn charge and promise: “Be strong and of a good courage. . . . This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:6, 8. God still desires “good success” for His people, but we must remember the principles that make true success possible. “As God’s workmen bear responsibilities and carry burdens in the great harvest field let them remember that true success comes from God alone, and that every particle of the praise and glory belongs to Him.” Manuscript Releases vol. 21, 400. While we must depend wholly upon the Lord for success, factors in this life affect success, as well. “Diligence, honesty, thrift, temperance, and purity are the secret of true success.” “Success in any line demands a definite aim. He who would achieve true success in life must keep steadily in view the aim worthy of his endeavor. Such an aim is set before the youth of today. The heaven-appointed purpose of giving the gospel to the world in this generation is the noblest that can appeal to any human being.” Education, 135, 262. Like Joshua, we have the highest aim of all set before us. As we seek to take the gospel to the world, following the principles outlined in His Word, God will give true success in this worthiest of all pursuits.

People gather to hear the message proclaimed by Brother Golden
People gather to hear the message proclaimed by Brother Golden

In the African country of Malawi, the Lord is blessing His work with success through the labors of Brother Golden and other faithful workers. Even in the difficult Islamic areas, the Lord is giving Golden the key to reach many hearts. When he first goes into the village, he introduces himself to the village chief and tries to discover the needs of the villagers. He then begins to minister to the people’s needs—supplying food, clothing or other needs. Because of this humanitarian work, the chief will frequently endorse Golden’s work, which opens the people’s hearts to attend Golden’s gospel meetings and hear the Three Angels’ Messages. When Golden presents the truth of salvation through Jesus, he often shares how Abraham took his own son to sacrifice. This beautiful story becomes a bridge for sharing how God gave His Son to be sacrificed on our behalf. In the villages where Golden and the other workers have entered, dozens have decided to be baptized and stand for the truths of the Adventist message—and thus new churches have been started. Recently, the team worked in a village that was home to a Muslim army officer who was so opposed to the preaching of Christianity that he hired a gang of youth to throw stones and shout during the meetings. This continued for several nights, but the evangelistic team kept praying that the Lord would eliminate the distraction. One evening, the officer and his wife visited the meeting location to see if the unruly youth were doing their job. As he heard the message, the Holy Spirit began to convict the man’s heart. He called the leader of the gang to stop the distruption and come listen to the meetings. As they continued attending each evening, the Lord continued working on their hearts, and the officer, his wife and some of the youth they had hired all made the decision to be baptized!

Please pray for Golden and his evangelistic team that the Lord will continue to bless them with “true success” for His Kingdom. If you would like to help them with their work, you can mark your donation “Malawi.”

Yours in praying and working for true success,


Letter from Cody: Ethiopia – August 2016

One of Jesus’ most famous promises is this precious assurance of answered prayer: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9. Just prior to this special promise, Jesus gives the parable of the friend coming at midnight asking for loaves of bread. The midnight friend proved very persistent because of an important reason: He was asking for bread to give someone else. Through this parable, Jesus illustrates not only our need of persistence in prayer, but also the true spirit of prayer—asking to give. The Lord loves to answer our prayers and desires us to bring all of our burdens, joys, perplexities and challenges to Him. Still, it gives Him special delight to answer the prayers we offer in His spirit, asking to be able to give to others! How many around us are hungering for the bread of life—bread that we do not have, but do know how to obtain. Like the persistent friend, Jesus invites us to come to Him pleading for the bread of life to share with everyone we know. The promise is sure: “Those who beg at midnight for loaves to feed the hungry souls will be successful.” Christ Object Lessons, 148. Why? “The honor of His throne is staked for the fulfillment of His word unto us.” Ibid. Let us learn that it is not what we have, but what God longs to give that will feed the hungry world with the bread of life!

Brother Desta sharing the faith he once despised

I am still praising God for the blessings He gave us in Ethiopia last month and for how He is spreading His work in this part of the vineyard. Concurrent with the evangelistic meetings, we held a training program for the gospel workers in the locality. In the afternoons, many of the workers took us out to their churches to meet the believers and see how God is continuing to bless their labors. Meeting new workers who had recently found the Seventh-day Adventist message and new churches rejoicing in the truth were the experiences I enjoyed most. One new worker named Desta Boke shared his testimony of how the Lord has been leading in his life. As a minister for another church, he was working with an association for helping community orphans when one day he interacted with a Seventh-day Adventist who gave him a pamphlet. His first response was, “Why are you giving me this trash?” Yet in the evenings, when he studied his Bible, he picked up the tract and began comparing it with the Scriptures. As he studied, he concluded that this was the truth from the Bible. He began to attend Sabbath services by himself and became convicted that he must follow this truth regardless of the cost to himself. When all his former church officers and many members from southern Ethiopia gathered together, he shared with them the truth he had found and resigned his position. It was not easy for Desta. Not only was he now without a job, but his wife opposed the message as well. His former superiors offered him a larger salary and a larger operating budget if he would stay, but he knew he had found something more precious than gold! With his decision made, he began to share his faith with his former church members. Yet the challenges were not over, for his former church sued him, seeking a legal injunction against him sharing his new faith. At court, the Lord prevailed when the judge upheld Desta’s religious liberty to share his faith. Desta has persevered and now even his wife and children have joined him in happily living and sharing their new faith. Today, Desta is a church planter sharing the Three Angels’ Messages. Please pray for Desta and other gospel workers like him who are sharing the Adventist message in villages where this truth has never been heard. If you would like to support these faithful workers, you can mark your donation “Ethiopia Workers.”

One of the many new churches needing a simple church building

Yours in asking for and sharing the bread of life,


Letter from Cody: Dominican Republic – June 2016

Nelly teaching at the Haitian camp

One of Scripture’s greatest promises is combined with an equally amazing commission: “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18. We have been reconciled to God by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection so that we can reconcile others to Him. What a great privilege and responsibility! “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them…. We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:19, 20. What a precious message to give to the world, that God has taken the first step in reconciliation and now we are to grasp ahold of His reconciliation. Not only do we have this message to give, but we have a message to live, as well. We are “ambassadors for Christ,” to represent His thoughts, words and character to the world. “Let them regard themselves as only threads in the great web of humanity, and without delay redeem the time and represent to the world a pure, unselfish benevolence. Representing in character the attributes of Christ, they may carry forward to a glorious completion the work which He left them of reconciling the world unto Himself.” The Medical Missionary, June 1, 1891. As ambassadors for Christ, we are to give a message of Jesus’ love for a lost world, and we are to live Jesus’ love for a lost world. The “ministry of reconciliation” requires us to demonstrate the loving character of our Savior. I am so thankful that we have been reconciled by His blood. May we demonstrate this beautiful “ministry of reconciliation” in our lives and always remember that we are reconciled to reconcile!

Some of the Haitian group after the Bible study

This month, I would like to share about a work that is progressing not so far from the United States, in the Caribbean islands. In the country of Dominican Republic, the Lord is bringing His people to the knowledge of Himself through the ministry of reconciliation. In several out-of-the-way villages and towns, Sister Nelly Severino and her team have been sharing the message of God’s love with some of the poorest outcasts of the society. The Lord is blessing Nelly’s team’s efforts. For several years, they have been operating a bakery that educates people on the benefits of healthful living and helps to provide funds for ministering to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Recently, they have been able to remodel and properly furnish the bakery so that it can provide greater service. Another major component of their work has been reaching out to the neglected, looked-down-upon community of migrant Haitian workers. Several years ago, the Lord opened the doors for them to begin a Sabbath afternoon Bible study in the Haitian camp, and now fruit is being seen from their efforts. Recently, after a ministerial student held an evangelistic series in the area, two of the

Recent baptism

Haitians that Nelly and her team have been working with followed the Lord to the waters of baptism! One of those baptized had opposed the baptism of his family members earlier, but now has made his decision to follow Jesus fully. The work continues to go on at the Haitian camp with the Bible studies becoming more popular and being attended by a larger group. Additional people now desire baptism, and Nelly’s team is hoping to get a Creole-speaking evangelist to come and do an evangelistic series specifically for the Haitian group, with hopes that many more will respond to the message when it is preached in their own language! Please pray for the work of Nelly and her team as they seek to minister to the “least of these My brethren.” Matthew 25:40. If you would like to help their work, you can mark your donation “Dominican Republic.”

Yours in the ministry of reconciliation,