The Little Flock

The Little Flock

A woman’s burden for the salvation of children leads to a new ministry.

We are told to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Matthew 28:19. We feel that our church, and especially our children, should have a burning desire to take the name of Jesus to the world. Over the course of the last few years, our local church has been active in reaching out through sharing books, Bibles and Bible studies to prisoners and the public. Our children are actively involved in areas of outreach in which they are old enough to participate in.

After reading passages from Adventist Home and other good counseling resources, we felt convicted to incorporate still more outreach into our homeschooling routine. We volunteered for community service in our local area, but as beneficial as this was for both the community and our children, something seemed to be lacking. We wanted to incorporate Christ more specifically into our labors. Slowly, God was leading us to embark on a new ministry effort.

I often thought about the fact that the outreach sponsored by churches and ministries typically targeted adults, not children. “I wish there were more resources to reach the children with,” I shared with my husband one day. “They are the adults of the future. Why isn’t more being done for them?”

Little did I realize God’s plan was to involve us in this specific work.

Our church received a heartfelt letter from a husband and father who had spent a lot of time in and out of jail. He shared his tender regard for his children, recognizing that his actions had hurt them in many ways. He sincerely longed for their salvation, and asked us if there was anything we could do for his children.

What can your children do in this outreach? I felt the Holy Spirit impress my mind.

What if children, under the direction of their parents and the church, witnessed to other children? It would be a great way to reach out to the little flock.

When I shared this concept with our church, everyone was excited. God just threw open the doors – so much so, that it shocked us. He obviously was leading in all of this, for each idea clearly and easily materialized.

We have developed a correspondence Bible study course where children receive a lesson (an evangelistic version of My Bible First) along with a corresponding craft. These are geared for new or non-Adventists. After the children complete the lessons, they receive an age-appropriate Bible. All materials, postage, Bibles and crafts are free to the receiver. Currently, we have two sets of lessons geared for children ages 4–6 and 7–12.

We hope to add teen lessons in the future if the need should arise. In order to maintain contact with the children, we would like to mail out a small magazine every other month. It will share more stories and lessons. These will be geared to those who have completed our first correspondence set, and to Seventh-day Adventist children familiar with our beliefs. We will also include an audio disc with Scripture songs, story time and more music sung by children for children. As this this new ministry unfolds, we appreciate your prayers.

You may ask, “Can my children get involved with this sort of outreach?” The answer is yes, they can! Contact us for free literature materials. Encourage your children to pass them out to their friends, or even attach the brochures to doors of homes in your community. May God richly bless you as you strive to encourage your children in His work!  


Location

South Dakota

Author

Angela Alberts lives in Britton, South Dakota, and is the creator of the children’s Bible study lessons.

How You Can Help

Pray for the children who will be reached by this ministry. Pray that God will use these children to reach their parents with the truth.

For more information:

Angela Alberts
P.O. Box 43
Britton, SD 57430


The Right Arm of the Gospel

The Right Arm of the Gospel

The health message reaches hearts in Senegal.

As I climbed out of bed and pulled on my long sleeve shirt, I felt thankful for the cooler weather. After several years of no reprieve from the Senegalese heat,
the chilly mornings and evenings were a welcome change. I began preparations for the busy weekend ahead—the Bible Camp at the outpost on December 23–25.

Ten people attended, including two recent converts from Islam. We dug into Daniel and Revelation and had many lively discussions. It was a wonderful time!

In preparation for the Health Expo we would be holding on Monday, we dedicated Sunday afternoon to training our volunteers in manning the different stations.
The group learned to take a pulse and blood pressure, measure height and weight, and calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI). The school had kindly offered to let us use a classroom, and there we set up stands for nutrition and lifestyle counseling, and trust in God.

All of our advertising and sharing over the past weeks paid off, and we saw 44 adults come through the Expo that Monday. Some even came from neighboring villages. We had also planned to have recreational activities for children, and soon we had a crowd of 56 little ones! They loved the egg-balancing game,
and the two-legged races. Every child went home with a gift bag containing pencils, crayons, and a coloring sheet. All of the happy faces that day made our effort and hard work more than worth it. We hope to hold similar events in two neighboring villages—Soulouf and Pouyene. We would also love to start a Pathfinder-type club and be more involved in literature evangelism.

We are pleased with the progress on the construction of our multi-purpose building. Like many things in Senegal, it has required us to be patient. The builder became ill, and everything came to a halt for almost three weeks. However, it did give me the opportunity to share some natural treatments with him which he gladly accepted. I explained the treatments to him and his wife helped him at home. People whispered that he had been struck by a “mystic illness” caused by witchcraft. But the builder ignored the rumors and followed the treatments I prescribed of hydrotherapy, charcoal and herbal remedies. He soon recovered and is back working on the building. We hope to have it finished by April.

On a sadder note, Tia, the young lady with breast cancer, passed away in September. It is difficult to see people go but at least we know that she met Jesus and spent a lot of time with Him in the days before her death. Please pray for her children. Their names are Yeli, Angela, Lamine and Isaiah.

Water is still a challenge for us. The state officials have all but disappeared and are not taking our calls, but we are still praying for a breakthrough. Recently, we
started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a well and water pipe installation for the villagers of Mbirdiam. We are praying that the Lord will bless our efforts and touch the hearts of people to help us bring the blessing of clean water to these families.

Thank you for your continued prayers. May God bless and keep us all as we continue to work for Him!


Location: Senegal

Author: Deborah Ndione and her family are missionaries in Dakar, Senegal. Deborah uses medical ministry, English tutoring, women’s ministry, children’s ministry and other simple methods to make friends to invite to Christ’s Kingdom.

How You Can Help 

Pray that Deborah and her team of Bible workers can reach the hearts of many in her village and surrounding areas. Pray for the children who lost their mother to cancer.

Donate. Funds are needed for a well to provide fresh clean drinking water for the village of Mbirdiam. Mark your donation “Senegal” and send it to:

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

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

Thank You! Thanks to your support, the outreach center is almost finished and ready for occupancy. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project!


03/04/2017: Vacation Camp

Vacation Camp

Outside the capital of Senegal, an outpost ministry welcomes 49 children to a Christian day-camp.

The rainy season has arrived again in Senegal. The farmers welcome it but many residents do not because of the accompanying problems of flooding, traffic issues and building collapses. When walls and roofs cave in, people sometimes die. My daughter’s family’s home fell in, but the Lord kept everyone safe. I can only praise God!

Last August, we held a 5-day Vacation Camp for children ages 8–14 in the village of Mbirdiam, where we have our outpost center. For any activity in the village, you need the approval of the chef du village. Thus, a week before the camp I visited the chief and explained our plans to hold a children’s camp to do arts and crafts, teach some songs and talk about the values of honesty, integrity and obedience to God and parents. We also would have activities for the mothers. Because of our previous activities in the village, the chief gave us permission without a problem.

To recruit attendees, I printed out invitations for 50 children along with permission forms for the parents to complete. After leaving a few with the chief, I visited several key families, leaving extra invitations for them to share with their neighbors. On opening day we had 36 children—but by the end of the week we 
had 49 campers!

Village women at soap class.

Everyone had a wonderful time. Enyde Roger, the director of Children’s Ministries for the Western Sahel Union Mission, facilitated the camp. Using the theme “A Walk Through the Zoo,” she told animal stories and showed how God’s creatures characterize different Biblical values. We also taught the children songs and let them color pictures of the animals in the stories and make handi-crafts such as paper flowers and place mats. To top it off, we had 
a daily recreation time as well 
as a cool drink.
On Wednesday afternoon we invited the mothers to a workshop on making liquid soap and on Thursday afternoon we held a seminar on physical, environmental and mental hygiene. Thirty-two women attended!

For Sabbath afternoon, we invited the families to a mini-concert and display of the children’s crafts. Our church’s children’s choir would sing with the children from Mbirdiam, the campers would receive certificates of attendance and the mothers would be given their bottles of soap. That morning, however, clouds threatened to spoil our plans. During worship it began to rain, and continued off and on throughout lunch. We kept praying that God would stop the rain before the people came—and He did! The sun came out and dried everything out by the time our guests arrived.

Chef du village, M. Pouye

About 120 people attended the program, including the chef du village. He thanked us for the camp and asked us to do more activities. After light refreshments, everyone left smiling.

Sister Roger has agreed to facilitate more camps at Mbirdiam throughout the year. Meanwhile, I am raising funds to paint the classrooms in the village school, which looks like it has not been painted in many years. A local paint company has agreed to give a substantial discount. I want to at least repaint the interior of the six classrooms as a community service.

The rain continues to pour outside, reminding us of the storms of life. We are struggling here in the world of sin; but praise the Lord, it will soon be over. We have just a few more years to go. Let’s stand fast through the storms that our Father allows to strengthen our faith!

 

 

Deborah Ndione

Deborah Ndione and her
family are missionaries in
Dakar, Senegal.

 

Pray for the ongoing development projects at the ministry outpost in Mbirdiam. For three years, poor infrastructure has prevented the center from connecting to power and water sources. Please pray for this issue to be resolved so the center of influence can be more useful for future outreach events.

Donate toward ministry needs such as the improvement of the outpost center. Contributions may be made to Mission Projects International, marked “Senegal”.


07/02/2016: The Ark in Amazonas

The Ark in Amazonas

Brazil

 

Tears filled her eyes as she peeked through the classroom window and saw her son Gilberto* leading the prayer in his first grade class. “I didn’t know my son knew how to pray!” she later told his teacher. “I never taught him, and we don’t even go to church. Listen to what a beautiful prayer he gave!”

Gilberto is one of many children who have experienced real changes since coming to study at Noah’s Ark Christian School in the small town of Rio Preto da Eva in Amazonas, Brazil. Gilberto began studying at Noah’s Ark last year in kindergarten. We knew that his parents have been very pleased with the school and with their son’s progress, but until recently we didn’t know of the changes happening in the family.

Preschoolers sing during chapel time.

One day at the conclusion of religion class, the teacher noticed that Gilberto and his classmates seemed to want to keep talking about the subject—Jesus’ second coming. They all said they wanted to be ready. The teacher remembered and acted on my husband’s counsel to spend as much time as necessary on spiritual subjects before continuing into the academic portion of the day. As the class continued asking questions, Gilberto said he wanted his parents to be ready for Jesus’ return. He said his father often drinks and his mother sometimes does, too. Gilberto said he was going to pray that his parents would give up alcohol and give their lives to Jesus.

Later Gilberto’s mother confided in Professora Raimunda, his teacher, “Gilberto told my husband last night that he needed to quit drinking or he would not be ready when Jesus comes back. He said he wanted his papa to go to Heaven with him. I was very surprised by my husband’s reaction. He just looked deeply into my son’s eyes and stayed quiet. He didn’t get angry. I realized that I too need to stop, even though I just drink sometimes. We are so happy with the education our son receives at this school.” Professora Raimunda thanks the Lord for the opportunity she has to share God’s Word with Gilberto and the other children each day.

Noah’s Ark Christian School was founded nine years ago with the twofold purpose of providing a strong academic foundation for children in this depressed town as well as providing a strong spiritual education that will introduce them to their Savior and enable them to build Christian characters for eternity. We began midyear with only two preschool students, but every year our numbers have increased until today we have a state-authorized elementary school with over 100 students in preschool through fifth grade. Our whole family is involved: My husband Aluisio is the principal; I am vice principal, treasurer and English teacher; and our children help with special events, photography, audiovisual needs and other details that help the school run smoothly. In addition, we employ a secretary, eight teachers, three aides, a cook and a part time janitor. The sacrifices we have made to establish and run this school have been far surpassed by the Lord’s faithfulness. Testimonies from the students and their families make it all worthwhile.

Fourth and fifth grade students sing about the books of the Bible at chapel.

Our outreach extends not only to the students, but to our teachers as well. As our school has grown, we have had difficulty staffing with only Seventh-day Adventist teachers. In the case that a non-Adventist teacher is considered, we weigh not only his or her professional qualifications but also the presence of a Christian character and an openness to learn Bible truths. When a non-Adventist teacher is hired, the teacher receives Bible studies with Aluisio twice a week. In addition, all non-Adventist teachers team up with Seventh-day Adventist teachers for religion class so that they can learn how it should be taught.

Professora Erica, one of our new non-Adventist teachers, confided in me how much she learns during the religion class. She said, “When my team teacher teaches the children the lesson, I feel she is speaking directly to me. I am learning things I never knew!” She is so thankful for the opportunity to learn, and we are thankful for her as well, as she is an excellent teacher who provides a wonderful learning environment for her students. Our prayer is that she will continue to grow spiritually and become a member of God’s Kingdom!

As with any school, we have our share of challenging students, but we have a special method for dealing with them. When students are sent to the principal’s office, we pray with them and explain to them the great controversy between Satan and Christ and the consequent battle for their hearts. Many parents have shared with us about the positive changes they have seen in their children’s behavior after attending “The Ark.” The children are learning how to pray, making better choices in their diet and obeying their parents better at home. The children go home and witness to their own families! Parents have often expressed to us that they want their children to stay in the Ark as long as possible. They want us to expand to include middle school so their children can keep attending.

Third and fourth graders crowd into their too-small classroom.

We praise the Lord for the eternal changes happening at Noah’s Ark, and we are continually on our knees for guidance and help from Him. One of our biggest challenges is that our space is maxed out and we need room to grow! We hold classes in a house converted into a school with rooms that are really too small for classrooms. Even though it is not our own, we continue to make improvements to the facility out of necessity. Not only that, but our rent is due to increase next year. That’s why we’re praying for donations to be able to purchase our own land and build a facility that can grow with us. Then, if the Lord wants us to add middle school and eventually high school classes, we will have space to do so. If we remain as only a preschool and elementary school, we will be able to build larger classrooms. We could also build a sorely-needed multi-purpose room large enough for the special presentations that we put on for parents on Mother’s Day, Family Reading Night and other special occasions.

Another benefit from buying our own property is that we will have space to grow a school garden to teach object lessons, science and entrepreneurship. Once we have the land, we can get a low-interest loan for building materials and make monthly payments for our building instead of paying rent. We would be thrilled to have a church group come on a mission trip to help us build and start our garden and orchard.

The school year here runs from February to December. We are praying that next year Noah’s Ark Christian School can continue serving the Lord on its own property! For that to happen we need to raise $30,000 this quarter to purchase land on which to build a larger school. You can help us by contributing to Mission Projects International’s 13th Sabbath Project. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!

 

By Sandy DeSenna of Noah’s Ark Christian School in Brazil. desennaint@gmail.com. Donations can be sent to Missions Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058 or online (click here), marked “Noah’s Ark School.”


11/14/2015: Seeds of Truth

Seeds of Truth

Honduras

 

Radio Redemption staff preparing for the evangelistic campaign.

In February, we started evangelistic work in the community of Belaire, in Honduras, where Redemption Radio is presently located. Brother Douglas Bravo has been doing Bible work, visiting people in their homes, sharing Bible studies, visiting the sick, giving health advice, and selling natural products. In May, we had an evangelistic series, entitled Prepare to Meet Thy God. It was a six-day series of preaching God’s Word and presenting health lectures. Many books were given away, including Bibles, The Great Controversy, and Steps to Christ. Many people from the community came to listen to God’s Word, and even though, at the end, none of them made a decision to become baptized, God’s Word was preached as a testimony for the whole community.

The following Sabbath, our Belaire church group had our first baptism and one more person expressed a desire to prepare for baptism. God’s Word has been planted in hearts and, in due time, it shall bear its fruit. After this campaign, regular meetings were scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday evenings so that truth will continue to shine in this community and so that there is an open door for all of those who want to seek our Lord.

Children listening intently to a message at the Taking Care of My Body series.

In previous years, we did a lot of child evangelism work. Many of the children that attended our Sabbath School regularly are now young people finishing high school. In their early years, God’s Word was planted in their hearts. However, Sabbath Schools were suspended for a period of time because we didn’t have enough teachers to fill the need, and although we did our best to keep them going, little by little, the children stopped attending. Our project this month, was to reopen children’s Sabbath Schools. With that in mind, we planned the children’s series Taking Care of My Body. This series continued for a week and we had very good attendance of children from the community. This raised our hopes! There was a lot of work to do that week as we prepared crafts, special fruit treats, and the program itself. When the closing day came, over 70 children received their attendance certificate.

Children graduating from the series. Most of the children that attended also enrolled in Sabbath School.

The next Sabbath, we started three Sabbath School classes, and we had good attendance of children and teenagers. Most of the children that attended the campaign also enrolled in Sabbath School. This enrollment process helps us to keep in touch with them and their parents, so that if a child doesn’t come to Sabbath School, we take the Sabbath School lesson to his or her home during the week and encourage them to attend. Our next project is to work with the parents, and for that purpose we have planned a special dinner with a program that will help the parents see the responsibility that God has placed upon them when He gave them their children. One problem we are facing is that the government has passed a law that all children will attend school on Saturday, and that is a challenge for the children that want to attend Sabbath School.

Many people from the community attending the meetings.

It’s been several months since we first visited the Youth Being Rescued Rehabilitation Center. It’s located in the Garífuna community of Corozal and their work helps young drug addicts. We met the director, Doña Vilma, there and she welcomed us cheerfully. In order to support themselves, those at the center work in different areas, such as selling bread, candies, home cleaning products, and more. As a donation from our ministry, we gave them several sets of sermons on CD so they could sell them at a low cost. Every month we also provide them with food. On one of our visits, I asked Doña Vilma about the Bible study program for the young people. She told me they didn’t have one. She belongs to an evangelical church and most of the young people only knew the evangelical church’s doctrine. I offered to visit them on Sunday mornings to study the Word of God with them. She was very happy and told us we can come every Sunday, if we want. And so, for over a month, we have been visiting and sharing God’s Word with them. We also give them health talks and Bible lessons to study during the week. Sometimes we play instructive videos for them. We thank the Lord for this great opportunity to share His Word with these young people and we ask for your prayers so that the Spirit of the Lord will work in their hearts.

“In the children who were brought in contact with Him, Jesus saw the men and women who should be heirs of His grace and subjects of His kingdom, and some of whom would become martyrs for His sake. He knew that these children would listen to Him and accept Him as their Redeemer far more readily than would grownup people, many of whom were the worldly-wise and hardhearted. In teaching, He came down to their level. He, the majesty of heaven, answered their questions and simplified His important lessons to meet their childish understanding. He planted in their minds the seeds of truth, which in afteryears would spring up and bear fruit unto eternal life.” Evangelism, 579.

Our ministry has several needs, including funds to purchase more materials for our child evangelism classes. Also, our ministry’s vehicle was severely damaged, so we had to make repairs to both the engine and the chassis. This cost us about $1,100 US. We thank you for your donations and for your continued prayers!

 

By Teresa Jiménez de Muñoz at Redemption Radio. hlmissionaries@yahoo.com. Donations may be sent to: Spanish Herald, PO Box 143, Dillard, OR 97432. Mark donations: “Radio station in Honduras.”


01/31/2015: Help Needed at the Helm

Help Needed at the Helm

Brazil

 

Davi and his mother.

Davi was a 3-year-old terror when he entered our school a year and a half ago. Very strong-willed, he would scream, cry, bite, kick, and hit his peers. He had to be removed from the classroom many times. We talked and prayed with him. We met several times with the parents and counseled them on home discipline. We even considered not letting him return the following year. This year, the teacher faced numerous challenges with him and almost gave up, but instead persevered, increased the amount of time she prayed for him, and continued to encourage the mother. Davi’s mother is a very mild-mannered young woman who loves him dearly but was also very frustrated. But slowly a transformation occurred in Davi and he is now a different child, to the parents’ delight—and ours! He is calm, pays attention to the teacher, treats his peers nicely, and wants to please Jesus. Thank the Lord for praying teachers! The spiritual support this child and family received would not have been experienced in a public school, and rarely in private schools. It is only one example of how the Lord works in the Ark. But we are in need of help at the helm in order to continue.

Learning to pray at Noah's Ark Christian School.Noah’s Ark Christian School is a missionary preschool and elementary school in the small and poor town of Rio Preto da Eva in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon region. Crime is rampant, adolescent pregnancies are the norm, alcohol and drug abuse and prostitution are common, and the educational system is very poor. Very few students advance to college, and many do not graduate from high school or even junior high. Financially, the town is depressed and politically unstable. All businesses have suffered, including the Ark. But the Lord continues to keep us afloat, providing a safe haven for young children to grow academically and spiritually.

Noah’s Ark Christian School began six years ago out of a rented house. My sister-in-law, Vânia Scheffel, and I started the school on a shoestring budget and a whisper in our ears from the Holy Spirit. We had little else besides some teaching materials in English that I had brought with me when our family moved to Brazil two years prior, never dreaming I would be starting a school. We had only three students that first year but we made sacrifices to be able to continue.

Learning her letters.

The following year we had 21 students and two classes: preschool and kindergarten. Every year we have added a grade, and this year we offer preschool through 3rd grade classes. Our student population is up to about 80 students, and the Ark is the only authorized elementary school within our town. We have a staff of six teachers, an aide, two kitchen workers, a supervisor, a secretary, a coordinator, and a principal. All of them, except our aide, are Seventh-day Adventists. Finding capable staff members that are able to embrace our vision of education is extremely difficult, even among Seventh-day Adventists, and we do a lot of teacher training. Each staff member is chosen with extreme care. Our preschool students receive a strong foundation for literacy, and our elementary students enjoy a small class size and high-quality teaching.

A Christmas program.

The main goals of Noah’s Ark Christian School are twofold: provide students with a strong academic base that will prepare them to succeed in elementary school, and a strong spiritual base that focuses on Christian character development and becoming acquainted with Jesus Christ. Our curriculum and instruction is biblically-based, and in addition to regular content areas, the children learn Bible stories and recite Bible verses.

Looking back over the last six years we see how the Lord has opened up the way to teach the children of our town about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Parents have also been impacted, as many tell us that their children’s behavior at home has improved after beginning to attend the Ark. Children sing their memory verses at home and share what they have learned about the Bible with their families. Children who have no spiritual training at home have learned how to pray and take their cares to Jesus. Our children are prayed for and prayed with when they have disciplinary challenges in the classroom. Our hearts melt when parents, who do not have spiritual education in the home, tell us how their family began praying and reading Bible stories at home because their child tells them it’s the right thing to do, and they insist on it.

Academically, our students perform very well, and we have few behavior problems, due to the presence of the Holy Spirit and the constant prayers of teachers and staff for the students. Students who give the most challenges are prayed with and counseled, and we work closely with the families to help them with home discipline. Nearly all the children modify their behaviors in a positive way, and parents always marvel at the students’ behavior as a group at special events, such as programs in the church. We offer healthy vegetarian snacks and sell whole wheat bread and granola. We teach the children to make healthy choices in their diet, and this, as well as the spiritual lessons, are brought home by the children to their families.

The De Senna Family.

Every year is marked with financial sacrifice and challenges, and often we thought we would have to close our doors permanently, but the Lord has always made a way. Last year we were able to move into a larger facility and have added a playground and a kitchen. This has been a wonderful blessing, but a challenge as well, since the rent is very high for a town with a depressed economy. The Lord knows our need for our own property to build our school, and at the right time He will provide it in a miraculous way, we are sure.

This school was a dream come true for my sister-in-law Vânia and myself, and we have steered it together with the Lord’s guidance since 2009. However, for one of us, the dream is coming to a close. Vânia, due to health difficulties and an impending move to southern Brazil following her husband’s soon retirement, will be stepping down from the Ark. She has invested her time, sweat, tears, and money into the Ark and we will miss her greatly. She will be selling her half, and our family’s desire is to purchase it and have complete ownership of the Ark. If we are able to raise the funds, my husband Aluisio will partner with me in the administration of the school. He has already stepped in as interim principal during a lengthy absence when her health was very poor. My time is divided between running the school, teaching English classes, managing the kitchen, supervising and training teachers, and various other tasks. Our family of five has struggled and never been able to make ends meet during these years, though the Lord has always taken care of us. The economy in our town is poor and unstable, and other efforts to supplement our income have failed. But the Ark continues to float, and by owning both shares our financial situation will be more stable and I can pass some responsibilities on to others. If we are unable to purchase Vânia’s share, we may not be able to continue.

The amount that Vânia is asking for her share is modest, as it is little more than a return on the amount her husband has invested over the years. It will enable her to pay him back, clear any debts, and transfer the ownership to our name. She must sell her share this year and we need to raise $17,000 as soon as possible. We are in need of donors who feel impressed by the Lord to help continue the good work which has been begun here in Rio Preto da Eva. We appreciate the help of those who have donated in the past and know of our work. Please remember that all donations are tax-deductible when sent through Mission Projects International. More importantly, the returns are eternal, as scores of families in our town are reached with the gospel through this ministry. We thank all who are able to help us through prayers and/or financial assistance. May the Lord bless you in your generosity and your prayers.

 

By Sandy De Senna of Noah’s Ark Christian School. Email: desennaint@gmail.com. Send donations to: Mission Projects International, marked Brazil-Noah’s Ark Project, at www.missionspro.org.


08/09/2014: Attending to Special Needs

Attending to Special Needs

in the Dominican Republic

 

The Saviour’s work was not restricted to any time or place. His compassion knew no limit.” Ministry of Healing, 17.

What a privilege it is to collaborate in the saving of humanity in whatever capacity the Lord sees fit, for the needs and woes of humanity are varied. In Isaiah 55:8, our Heavenly Father says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” God’s ways can, at times, not only be challenging, but also take us on a totally different path along His vineyard than when we started out.

Fresh bread from Severino’s bakery.

By His grace, the Lord has been leading us, step by step, toward the establishment of a small baking ministry to reach the needs of the poor in our community in a unique way. For the past three years, this small missionary project has been expressing Jesus’ loving care to souls through personal efforts such as aiding the sick, helping to add a tin roof and a cement floor to a shack, helping to feed the hungry, presenting health lectures to a women’s group, and constructing an outhouse for a widow, among other things.

Working the dough machine in the bakery.

Almost two-and-a-half years ago, a small evangelical school invited us to do a two-hour presentation on nutrition.  Although we touched on all the eight laws of health, our focus was nutrition.  The principal of this school had become interested in healthy eating because of a contact made by one of our church members.  After the nutrition class the principal and I kept in touch, and we accepted a second invitation to return to the school to do a four-hour educational workshop for the school personnel. The topic was “Identifying the Special Needs Child” and how to fulfill their specific educational needs.  Deuteronomy 32:10 was our foundational verse and we included quotes from the book Education. The Lord worked everything out in a harmonious way. We also provided a simple vegan breakfast, featuring our whole wheat bread from our bakery.

A precious child with special needs.

During a short break in the workshop, we socialized with the school personnel and discovered how desperately they needed the information being shared.  We could tell that the Holy Spirit was talking to their hearts as they expressed genuine desire to make changes in their educational practices.  They also realized that parents needed instruction on child-rearing and discipline.  We’ve accepted the call.  By God’s grace, we will go back to work with the parents. And not only this, but the principal informed me that she and the school cook have decided to buy our bread so that the children will start eating whole wheat bread at the school! The school principal is aware of the fact that good nutrition is an essential need for the developmental growth of children. To the glory of God, she stated that the staff and faculty are implementing in their classrooms much of what they learned in our workshop.  Please keep this little school, its personnel, and student body, in your prayers so that God will open their minds to the influence of the Holy Spirit.

This Christian school principal has been used by the Lord to make contact with a public school principal who has requested that the “Special Needs” workshop to be brought to her school. Praise God!

There is an alarming lack of correct preparation on the part of teachers in this country on how to effectively work with children with special needs. This lack is sometimes greater with parents. Please pray that Jesus will continue to use this ministry to make a difference in this type of work in the Lord’s vineyard.

Calls of different needs, such as mothers wanting their children to be taught how to read and write properly, come to our doors.  Just recently, our ministry conducted a weekend lecture series on true education for a Seventh-day Adventist group.  We were able to go more in-depth on the topic of identifying the special needs child, as well as other topics such as principles on how to set up homeschooling and how to network with homeschooling parents and students. Wellington, one of the young men that works in the bakery, led out in the Friday evening youth meeting.  He touched on Moses’ education.  Our weekend visit ended with a Sunday morning short devotional from the book Ministry of Healing.  We have been asked to return to do another educational presentation.

“Having received the faith of the gospel, the next work of the believer is to add to his character virtue, and thus cleanse the heart and prepare the mind for the reception of the knowledge of God. This knowledge is the foundation of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real safeguard against temptation; and it is this alone that can make one like God in character. Through the knowledge of God and of His Son Jesus Christ, are given to the believer ‘all things that pertain unto life and godliness.’ No good gift is withheld from him who sincerely desires to obtain the righteousness of God.” Acts of the Apostles, 530.

The local people ask for our help.

A Haitian mother in our community had approached me with the request of teaching her 9-year-old daughter how to read and write.  Francesca, the daughter, comes to my house twice a week.  By the grace of God, she is an eager and quick learner.  Francesca also attends church with us every Sabbath and comes home with us afterwards to eat lunch.  May God give me wisdom so that we can continue working with her.

Another young mother, this time a Dominican, has also come to me asking if I could tutor her son.  Although he’s in the village public school, his reading and writing skills need some help. This mother had at one time been receiving Bible studies and she’s hoping to start them again.

While we are aware that we are not able to meet all the needs that come to our doorstep, we do want to help reach souls in practical ways, and then bid them follow Jesus.

We not only want to thank our Lord Jesus for using us in a small, though different, way to reach souls, but also you, our co-laborers, for your prayers and support.

“In placing among them the helpless and the poor, to be dependent upon their care, Christ tests His professed followers.  By our love and service for His needy children we prove the genuineness of our love for Him.  To neglect them is to declare ourselves false disciples, strangers to Christ and His love.”  Ministry of Healing, 205.

Keep close to Him.

By Nelly Severino of Nutrition, Education, & Salvation Ministry (NES). Email: estherdj@gmail.com. Mailing: NES Ministry, PO Box 582, Antlers, OK 74523.

 


08/02/2014: Mission Snapshots from India

Mission Snapshots from India

 

From Pointless to Fulfilled

By G. Jesudas

I want to share with you a short story of my life and how I came to work for India Mission Rebecca (IMR). I was born into a Seventh-day Adventist family, as the eldest son. My parents worked at a mission and I grew up attending our Adventist schools. However, I became disillusioned and left the mission for

G. Jesudas found himself by finding Christ.

a number of years. I did not have an interest in school and failed to complete tenth grade. When I was about 15 years old, I got married and found a job. I worked as a laborer in cement for about 15 years, but I did not find happiness or fulfillment there. I always felt that I was meant to do something else. I drank a lot while I worked, and had other bad habits, such as chewing tobacco.

 

About a year before joining IMR, I realized that drinking was ruining my life and causing me to do shameful things which were a disgrace to my family and myself. Because of this, I chose to stop drinking and have not touched alcohol ever since.

For many years, my mother has been working at the Seventh-day Adventist school in Ibrahimpatnam, which is near our family. She saw that Rebecca Ma’am was helping poor children obtain sponsors to get a good education. During this time, I was still a drunkard, and so my mother asked Rebecca Ma’am if she could help my son attend school. She was glad to do it, and found a sponsor for him.

About a year later, after I stopped drinking, my family invited Rebecca Ma’am to our home for a meal, to thank her for helping my son. I had not spoken English for a long time, but she was happy to speak to me, even though my English was rough. One day after this, I asked Ma’am, “Please, if you have any work, give it to me, and I will do it.” She began by giving me small jobs that she did not have time to do. I helped by doing things like making copies for Bible studies, taking things to the hostel children, and taking letters from children to send to their sponsors. This is how my work began at IMR.

One day, Rebecca Ma’am created an email address for me and showed me how to use it. She had me take computer classes where I learned a few computer applications. My first big project at IMR was church repair. Ma’am entrusted me with one lakh of rupees (100,000 rupees or about $1600 US) for the work and I showed her how sincere and responsible I have become by being a good caretaker of the funds and the project. With happiness, I completed the work on that village church. The second big task that God led me to do was to help a person who had advanced cancer. I helped him for several months, along with assistance from IMR. He passed away, but it taught me how to help people with health problems. Now I have helped Rebecca Ma’am start two schools here in India by supervising school functions, paying salaries, buying supplies, helping with medical treatment, helping with sponsorship details for poor children, and supervising school building projects.

God and Rebecca Ma’am gave me the privilege to prove what I can be. I’m happy to have this opportunity and have learned what my life can be and who I am. Please pray for IMR and our many projects.

 

Vacation Bible School

By Rebecca Pomianowski

 

Rebeccas parents, the Senners teaching Bible stories.

Earlier this year, my parents and I conducted a simple Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the children at Rebecca Concept School. Conducting a VBS in a place like this is nothing like in the United States. First of all, with a limited staff, limited funds, and over 200 kids, the kinds of activities that are usually done in the United States are just not possible.

We told stories, taught them songs, and they colored a Bible picture as a craft. They were happy for this and paid good attention to the songs and stories. My parents did some skits for them,

Listening to stories at Vacation Bible School.

and then at the end of each day we had a quiz program where we quizzed them on the topics that had been covered that day. Those who answered the questions correctly received small gifts, such as pencils and pens. On another day we had sports and games. My mom and I participated in a ring throwing game with the lady teachers and had a lot of fun.

 

The little girl who memorized the books of the Bible.

It was nice to see how well the children are learning about the Bible and Bible topics. One little girl who must be about three years old had learned most of the names of the books of the Bible by memory, although in her cute little accented voice, it was hard to properly understand her.

I was also impressed with how well the kids are catching on to the English language. Our stories were translated into Telugu for the small children who don’t know English yet, but many of the children understood much of our English without translation. It was very refreshing to see, given that, for a lot of these kids, this is the first year they have been in an English school.

Student Yesu Lazarus.

I am happy to say that our teachers are making a big difference for these children, but in order for this to be lasting, our teachers and our schools need to continue. Please pray and help with funds for the teacher’s salaries, where possible.

“He desires that those who can help in the work of reform and restoration shall see the precious light of truth, be transformed in character, and be led to use their entrusted capital in His service. He would have them invest the means He has lent them, in doing good, in opening the way for the gospel to be preached to all classes, nigh and afar off.” Gospel Workers, 349.

 

To read more about India Mission Rebecca, to donate, or sponsor a student, visit www.shelleysenner.wordpress.com. Email: rpomianowski@gmail.com.


06/14/2014: Connections in His Great Work

Connections in His Great Work

In Zambia

 

“Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house, and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward; for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the outer gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.”[Ezekiel 47:1, 2.]

These waters signify the gospel of Christ which went forth from Jerusalem and spread to all countries. The gifts and power of the Holy Spirit which accompanied the work caused it to yield great results.

“ ‘Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea; which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the river shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come higher; for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh. . . And by the river upon the bank thereof, one this side and on that, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed; it shall bring forth new fruit according to its months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary, and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.’” [Ezekiel 47: 8, 9, 12.] Spalding and Magan, 404, 405.

When we began our child evangelism endeavors, we had no idea where they would lead. We had no idea of all the people we would meet and the connections that we would make. We had no idea that the children would lead us to their parents and those parents would lead us to more children and the cycle would continue on and on. We had no idea that, just by doing child evangelism, we would get more requests for help than we could possibly answer.

It all started when we visited the Kabompo High School in northwestern Zambia. While we were there, we met some teenagers who were under demonic oppression. After praying earnestly for the devils to be cast out of them, they were freed from this terror. Their transformation amazed their classmates and everyone wanted to learn more about this Jesus who could change people like that. When word of this experience spread, we developed many more interesting connections with people needing help.

One of the most interesting connections that we made was with a woman who had. suffered for many years because of a tumor. She had been in and out of hospitals far too many times. Finally, a doctor recommended a hysterectomy. The woman agreed to the plan and the surgery was scheduled. The night before the surgery, after all the preoperative care had been completed, her son recommended that they call someone who could offer a prayer for her. They summoned me.

When I arrived in the patient’s room, I shared the seriousness of life and death with her, and told her how to accept Jesus as her Savior. After learning about our wonderful Savior Jesus, she said that she would like to give her heart and life entirely to Him. Once she accepted Him, I asked everyone to bow their heads while I prayed. I earnestly entreated the Lord to accept this woman as His child, to keep her safe through her surgery, and to ultimately make her ready for His kingdom.

While I prayed, the strangest things started happening. Suddenly, strange rumblings started coming from the woman’s abdomen and her belly began rolling around like the waves of the sea. After she let out a long and deep sigh, I realized I couldn’t hear her breathing anymore. I was afraid that she had died right there during my prayer. Everyone was completely speechless. Even the nurse and the other bystanders were silent. I didn’t know what else to do, but to kneel down by that woman’s bed and plead with the Lord on her behalf and ask the Lord to give her life. For ten long minutes, I poured out my soul to the Lord. And then the most miraculous thing happened. The woman sat up! She paused and looked around at all of us. Then she began praising the Lord. She announced that she had been healed. Her pain was completely gone. She poked and poked on her abdomen where the hard mass had been, but it was gone. She felt well. She was well! She had been healed! Had she been raised back to life?

When making his rounds the next morning, the doctor stopped by her room to review the operation that was to take place that day. Was he ever surprised when she was just bubbling over with this story of supernatural healing! He just could not believe the story. He insisted that she have appropriate medical tests run to see if such a thing really could have happened. The woman waited impatiently for the test results to come back so she could be released, as she was very convinced of her healing. Finally, all tests came back negative. The doctors, the nurses, the assistants, the administrators, the patients—everyone at the hospital was amazed by such a miracle. The administrators demanded that the man who had prayed such an effective prayer be called back in to the hospital and teach them all about the God who could heal a woman from a disease like she had. After I met with them and shared my faith, they asked that I come whenever I could and pray with their patients. So a connection that started out as child evangelism has now given us the connection of being hospital chaplains, as well.

We have made so many connections since that first visit in the Kabompo High School. We have prayed with and shared with over a thousand people because of these connections that just keep spreading. We have been able to work in more high schools and more hospitals. When the Seventh-day Adventist Church saw all of the interest that had developed in this area, they decided to hold a crusade. To date, more than 200 of these contacts have joined the church through baptism, and many more are preparing for baptism and already claim the name Seventh-day Adventist.

When we give ourselves unreservedly even to the most humble of callings, such as child evangelism, the Lord can start developing connections and His gospel can continue to travel and make its way to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Praise His name!

 

By Moses Muzeya. Email: threeangelschildeducationmission@yahoo.com. Three Angels Child Education Mission, 
Box 140095, Kabompo, Zambia, Africa. Phone: 
260 977 267 898 or 260 965 267 898.

 


04/05/2014: Connections in His Great Work

Connections in His Great Work

In Zambia

 

“Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house, and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward; for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the outer gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.” [Ezekiel 47:1, 2.]

“These waters signify the gospel of Christ which went forth from Jerusalem and spread to all countries. The gifts and power of the Holy Spirit which accompanied the work caused it to yield great results.

“ ‘Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea; which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the river shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come higher; for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh. . . And by the river upon the bank thereof, one this side and on that, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed; it shall bring forth new fruit according to its months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary, and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.’” [Ezekiel 47: 8, 9, 12.] Spalding and Magan, 404, 405.

Sabbath worship service with students at Kabompo Boarding Secondary School.

When we began our child evangelism endeavors, we had no idea where they would lead. We had no idea of all the people we would meet and the connections that we would make. We had no idea that the children would lead us to their parents and those parents would lead us to more children and the cycle would continue on and on. We had no idea that, just by doing child evangelism, we would get more requests for help than we could possibly answer.

It all started when we visited the Kabompo High School in northwestern Zambia. While we were there, we met some teenagers who were under demonic oppression. After praying earnestly for the devils to be cast out of them, they were freed from this terror. Their transformation amazed their classmates and everyone wanted to learn more about this Jesus who could change people like that. When word of this experience spread, we developed many more interesting connections with people needing help.

One of the most interesting connections that we made was with a woman who had. suffered for many years because of a tumor. She had been in and out of hospitals far too many times. Finally, a doctor recommended a hysterectomy. The woman agreed to the plan and the surgery was scheduled. The night before the surgery, after all the preoperative care had been completed, her son recommended that they call someone who could offer a prayer for her. They summoned me.

When I arrived in the patient’s room, I shared the seriousness of life and death with her, and told her how to accept Jesus as her Savior. After learning about our wonderful Savior Jesus, she said that she would like to give her heart and life entirely to Him. Once she accepted Him, I asked everyone to bow their heads while I prayed. I earnestly entreated the Lord to accept this woman as His child, to keep her safe through her surgery, and to ultimately make her ready for His kingdom.

Evangelist Moses Muzeya (center) invited to preach at Richard Kajiko’s burial, a Catholic he prayed with at Kabompo Hospital.

While I prayed, the strangest things started happening. Suddenly, strange rumblings started coming from the woman’s abdomen and her belly began rolling around like the waves of the sea. After she let out a long and deep sigh, I realized I couldn’t hear her breathing anymore. I was afraid that she had died right there during my prayer. Everyone was completely speechless. Even the nurse and the other bystanders were silent. I didn’t know what else to do, but to kneel down by that woman’s bed and plead with the Lord on her behalf and ask the Lord to give her life. For ten long minutes, I poured out my soul to the Lord. And then the most miraculous thing happened. The woman sat up! She paused and looked around at all of us. Then she began praising the Lord. She announced that she had been healed. Her pain was completely gone. She poked and poked on her abdomen where the hard mass had been, but it was gone. She felt well. She was well! She had been healed! Had she been raised back to life?

Richard dies with the hope of resurrection.

When making his rounds the next morning, the doctor stopped by her room to review the operation that was to take place that day. Was he ever surprised when she was just bubbling over with this story of supernatural healing! He just could not believe the story. He insisted that she have appropriate medical tests run to see if such a thing really could have happened. The woman waited impatiently for the test results to come back so she could be released, as she was very convinced of her healing. Finally, all tests came back negative. The doctors, the nurses, the assistants, the administrators, the patients—everyone at the hospital was amazed by such a miracle. The administrators demanded that the man who had prayed such an effective prayer be called back in to the hospital and teach them all about the God who could heal a woman from a disease like she had. After I met with them and shared my faith, they asked that I come whenever I could and pray with their patients. So a connection that started out as child evangelism has now given us the connection of being hospital chaplains, as well.

We have made so many connections since that first visit in the Kabompo High School. We have prayed with and shared with over a thousand people because of these connections that just keep spreading. We have been able to work in more high schools and more hospitals. When the Seventh-day Adventist Church saw all of the interest that had developed in this area, they decided to hold a crusade. To date, more than 200 of these contacts have joined the church through baptism, and many more are preparing for baptism and already claim the name Seventh-day Adventist.

When we give ourselves unreservedly even to the most humble of callings, such as child evangelism, the Lord can start developing connections and His gospel can continue to travel and make its way to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Praise His name!

 

By Moses Muzeya. Email: threeangelschildeducationmission@yahoo.com. Three Angels Child Education Mission, 
Box 140095, Kabompo, Zambia, Africa. Phone: 
260 977 267 898 or 260 965 267 898.