Letter from Cody: Ethiopia – Oct. 2014

John’s gospel begins with the familiar, sublime words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1, 3. John describes Jesus as “the Word.” John returns to this description of Jesus as he sees Him returning with the armies of heaven, “and his name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 19:13. We can understand why Jesus is the Lamb of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Immanuel and many other names, but why is He the “Word of God”? “By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels. He was the Word of God—God’s thought made audible.” “What speech is to thought, so is Christ to the invisible Father. He is the manifestation of the Father, and is called the Word of God. God sent His Son into the world, His divinity clothed with humanity, that man might bear the image of the invisible God. He made known in His words, His character, His power and majesty, the nature and attributes of God. Divinity flashed through humanity in softening, subduing light. He was the embodiment of the law of God, which is the transcript of His character.” Desire of Ages, 19, Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 1131. Through all eternity, Jesus dwelt in fellowship with the Father and thus He can convey to us in the clearest demonstration of the thoughts and character of the Eternal God. May we spend time gazing upon the Word of God that we may comprehend more and more the character and goodness of the loving God we serve!

Tamiru Gomele was an evangelist for a local Full Gospel Church in Ethiopia and was one of the leaders in the ecumenical movement in his area. Everything seemed to be going good for him until one of the gospel workers, Kebede Kenito, began to share the Seventh-day Adventist message with some of his church members. As the church members began to question whether the Seventh-day Adventist message was right or not, this brought Tamiru into many discussions regarding the Seventh-day Adventist message. Tamiru began to study these teachings closely for himself and the more he studied, the more he became convicted that this was the truth. Secretly he began to go visit Kebede in order to study the Bible with him. In time, he knew that he could not be a secret Nicodemus but must openly share the truths that he now believed. He began to study with his friends and then called the leaders of the church together giving them truth-filled materials and asking them to make a decision to follow the Bible and become Seventh-day Adventists. As he took this bold stand, the leaders of the church both those within the country and those outside of Ethiopia appealed to him to stay with the Full Gospel Church, that it did not matter what church you went to and many other things. They offered to increase his salary if he would only forget about the Sabbath and other kindred truths. When offers for honor and money did not dissuade him from following his new found truth, they accused him before the magistrates. Then they told the villagers that he was teaching heresy and that they should shun him by not speaking to him or

Tamiru (right) with other gospel workers

having any dealings with him. Still, Tamiru kept pressing forward. He has opened up his small hut in the village for those who want to worship God on His holy day to come and worship with him as he continues to share with them the full Three Angels’ Message. Please continue to pray for Tamiru and the many others who have accepted the message through his courageous stand and teaching. We would like to be able to help build a church in the village so that the many who are accepting the message will have place to worship. If you would like to help Tamiru and the new believers, you can mark your donation “Ethiopia Churches.” If you would like to help support faithful gospel workers continue to share the truth throughout the villages, you can mark your donation, “Ethiopia Workers.”

Yours in looking to Jesus and sharing Him with others,


Letter from Cody: Congo – Sep. 2014

The Bible is filled with beautiful prayers of the heart’s burdened cry seeking help from above. These prayers are recorded so that we can unite our prayers with those of the Biblical authors of long ago. Like David we can plead, “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin…. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit with in me.” Psalm 51:2, 10. With the disciples we can entreat, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1. When we see the tide of wickedness overwhelming our world today, our hearts can cry, “It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.” Psalm 119:126. In addition to the many Biblical burdens for prayer, the Lord has given us additional thoughts to come before the Lord with through the Spirit of Prophecy. The familiar but necessary daily prayer, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” Steps to Christ, 70. As we prepare for our daily work, we should pray for the Lord’s blessing in our service for Him. “Lord, help me to do my best. Teach me how to do better work. Give me energy and cheerfulness. Help me to bring into my service the loving ministry of the Saviour.” Ministry of Healing, 474. Then again we need to pray thoughts of total consecration to our Lord, “Take my poor heart, and let it be Thine, wholly and entirely, Thine, now and forever.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 1, 346. With so much subject matter for prayer, how much we need to “pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. As we talk to our loving God as we talk to a friend, may we not forget to pray the thoughts that He Himself has put on our lips.

Brother Muyayu

As I think of the power of prayer, I know that the Lord is answering prayer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Daniel Miranda, a student at Hartland College, and I have just returned from this country and we praise God for how He is working to spread His message there. Brother Kasongo continues to travel to the remote villages sharing the Three Angels’ Message with them through Bible study guides in their own language. We were able to visit several of these outlying villages and see the interest and desire of the people to follow the Lord fully. One brother that we met was Brother Muyayu from the village of Mipelenje. Brother Muyayu is an honest seeker for truth who desired to know the way of salvation more fully. As he came in contact with the brethren who shared Biblical teaching with him, he had an earnest desire to know more. Despite the distance (probably seventy to eighty miles of walking), he came many times to Bro. Kasongo’s home to have his questions answered and to study further. After seeing the clear Biblical testimony for himself, he determined to take his stand for the Three Angels’ Message. Brother Muyayu immediately began to share with his church family. He had been a gospel worker for the Pentecostal church with five churches under his leadership. As he shared the truths he had discovered with his churches, the believers that he had ministered to were then led to make a decision. Not everyone was happy with the new message but many made a decision to stand for the Biblical truths they were learning. So far three of the five churches that he worked with have chosen to begin keeping the seventh-day Sabbath and leave their Pentecostal worship style behind. Praise the Lord for faithful brothers who stand for truth when they hear it! We continue to solicit your prayers and

One of the new simple churches in Congo

support for the brethren working in Congo that many more Brother Muyayus may make decision to embrace the truth of this time. Many villages are in need of simple churches (around $2,000). More Bible workers ($70/month) and literature are always needed. Thank you for your prayers and support!

Your brother in prayer,


Letter from Cody: Ethiopia – August 2013

Some of the believers from the new group in Otoro

The Lord’s interest in each of us individually is beautifully amazing. God sent an angel to direct Philip down a deserted road to bring a message of hope to the Ethiopian eunuch. “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia… Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.” Acts 8:26-29. Philip was able to give the message of Jesus’ death, resurrection and coming again to this lone man pondering the book of Isaiah on his journey home. The Ethiopian searcher is not alone—how many others are longing for the truth from heaven, as he was? “This Ethiopian represented a large class who need to be taught by such missionaries as Philip—men who will hear the voice of God and go where He sends them. There are many who are reading the Scriptures who cannot understand their true import. All over the world men and women are looking wistfully to heaven. Prayers and tears and inquiries go up from souls longing for light, for grace, for the Holy Spirit. Many are on the verge of the kingdom, waiting only to be gathered in.”Acts of the Apostles, 109.If only we could have the eyes of faith to see in every soul an Ethiopian eunuch looking wistfully toward heaven—how different our witnessing efforts would be!

One of many simple churches that are needed all over Ethiopia

As I have just recently returned from Ethiopia, my mind is full of stories of modern day “Ethiopian eunuchs” that God is using to take His gospel to their countrymen. After the evangelism and training sessions, we began visiting nearby churches. Sometimes walking and sometimes sliding through the mud on motorbikes, we eventually made it to between ten and twenty different churches. One day after crossing a couple of mountain ranges (fortunately for us, on a motorbike), we arrived in the town of Otoro. Here we met a group of new believers who were excitedly embracing the Seventh-day Adventist message. Just several months before there had not been a church, and the Seventh-day Adventist message was unknown. One man went to visit a relative in another village when he heard of a meeting going on. Many believers had gathered together to help establish a new church. As the man from Otoro listened from outside, he became convicted that this was the true message and immediately asked for someone to come and share with his community. When he returned home, he began praying that if this was the message from Heaven that they would send someone to share with his neighbors. Not only did he pray, but he dedicated part of his land to build a church for his new-found faith, although he still had very little knowledge of it. As passersby saw the unplowed land and a cross in the center, they began to inquire what this meant. Within a few weeks one of the faithful workers trekked across the mountains to come and share the message of the Bible with this interested man. The man was overjoyed and called together his neighbors and inquirers. As they listened, their hearts were touched that this was the truth from God’s Word. When leaders from their previous church began to accept the message, the other church began its opposition, but as it had no Bible evidence, the people determined to follow the Bible despite the opposition and began keeping God’s Sabbath day. For the past few months a gospel worker has been there grounding this little group and preparing them for baptism. Their only place to meet is in the home of one of the new believers, and the land with the cross still stands vacant, but they are trusting that God will provide a permanent place of worship and memorial for His truth in this previously unentered village. This little group in Otoro is just one of many with similar needs. For $3000 – $4000, a simple church can be built which will stand as a silent witness to this truth. Please pray for our brethren in Ethiopia, and if you would like to help, you can mark your donation “Ethiopia Churches.”

The site dedicated to the new church building

Yours in searching for the “Ethiopian eunuchs,”

Inside the house/church where they are worshipping

Letter from Cody: Ethiopia – July 2013

A providentially provided hall that is bursting at the seams!

One of the greatest assurances of Scripture is the promise of a prayer-hearing God. The God of Abraham that agreed to save the city of Sodom for ten righteous souls in answer to Abraham’s bold requests and the God of the apostolic church that delivered Peter from prison is the God who says to us today, “Call upon me, and I will answer.” Psalm 91:15. The God who sent Gabriel in immediate answer to Daniel’s fervent prayer is the God who instructs us “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1. We are told to “tell them that if they will find heart and voice to pray, God will find answers to their prayers.” Prayer, 96. Even before we call or know what to pray for, God is delighting to answers to our prayers. “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24. As we think about the awesome privilege and the amazing power of prayer, do we pray as though we believe it? “We do not value the power and efficacy of prayer as we should. Prayer and faith will do what no power on earth can accomplish.” Ministry of Healing, 509. May we truly realize the tremendous promises of prayer, and may we learn to press them to the throne of Omnipotence!

Eyob in front of the "church"

As I am writing this, we are just finishing a project in Ethiopia, and my heart is praising God for His amazing answers to prayer—before we even knew what to pray for! As we arrived in this rural, agricultural district in Ethiopia’s southern highlands to hold an evangelistic/training program, we were planning on holding the evangelistic meetings in the church building or a tent, but the Lord had other plans. Some of the local church members who work in the local government office thought that they might as well ask if the government would give us permission to hold the program in their multi-purpose hall near the center of town, even though no religious organization had been allowed before. Just as the Lord granted Nehemiah favor with the government leaders in his day, so the Lord worked for us, as well. We were able to use the facilities free of charge. The church (still under construction) holds around one hundred and fifty, but each night the Lord brought out two to three hundred from the community in addition to the church members and trainees. With the rains of the rainy season beginning to fall, the Lord answered our unprayed prayer. On the last Sabbath, churches from all over the mountains and valleys gathered together for a high Sabbath, and even the large meeting hall was too small for the one thousand church members and new interests that met to worship and witness thirty-five souls that the workers had been studying with give their hearts to the Lord through baptism. We are now visiting the churches and seeing firsthand the Lord’s blessings on these dedicated laborers. One volunteer worker had been a youth leader in his previous church, and when he read tracts explaining God’s Sabbath day, he began to ask questions. But the church refused to answer his questions, warned his youth group that he had become a false prophet and instructed his parents not to give him any food. Expelled from his home, he left for several years, but his faith grew even stronger. Around half a year ago, he returned to his village to try to reach his family and community. The Lord has raised up a new church group of around twenty-five worshiping our God each Sabbath day. Please pray for Eyob (Job) and the other faithful workers who are sharing the message of truth amidst hardship and sacrifice (fifty attended the training program). One of the greatest needs is for more workers to permeate the unworked areas. For around $40 a month, you can help send out one of these faithful laborers!

Baptisms from the faithful efforts of the workers there

Yours in praying for the finishing of this last work,


Letter from Cody: Congo – February 2013

Brother Kasongo preaching in one of the new church plants

I am so thankful for the blessing of faith and can hardly imagine what it would be like to endure life’s trials without the assurance of faith. How could we walk the Christian walk without this bedrock principle of Christianity? “Faith lightens our burdens and relieves our weariness by the anticipation of Heaven at our journey’s end. Faith rejoices in hope, and is patient in affliction. Faith waxes strong and valiant in conflict, and conquers in the great fight of temptation. We must have a living faith,—a faith that will hold the soul in the hour of trial; for everything that can be shaken will be.” Signs of the Times, May 22, 1884. We need that living faith today, but not only do we need living faith, we need saving faith. “Faith, saving faith . . . is the act of the soul by which the whole man is given over to the guardianship and control of Jesus Christ. He abides in Christ and Christ abides in the soul by faith as supreme. The believer commits his soul and body to God, and with assurance may say, Christ is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. All who will do this will be saved unto life eternal. There will be an assurance that the soul is washed in the blood of Christ and clothed with His righteousness and precious in the sight of Jesus.” In Heavenly Places, 104. May we have that assurance of living, saving, abiding faith in our lives today and each and every day.

The Great Controversy

I am so thankful for the many workers around the world moving forward with unflinching faith to share the message of saving faith with the multitudes in the darkness of doubt and fear. One worker that has manifested incredible faith is Brother Celestin Kasongo, working in the unentered regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He began with just his family; then the doors opened to study the Bible with some interested villagers, and now calls have been coming from villages in all directions. The work has grown more than anyone could have imagined through the diligent work and unwavering faith of our brother and his coworkers. Now there are thousands of new believers worshipping our Creator in sixty-five new churches in this once dark area! These next few months, Brother Kasongo is dedicating himself to traveling to these various areas and baptizing those that have been studying and accepting the message of mercy for this time. Hundreds are looking forward to making this commitment to their Lord through baptism and being used by their Lord for the spreading of this message even further. Just recently, Brother Kasongo has translated and printed portions of The Great Controversy into Kikongo, and now these truth-filled books in the local language are beginning to spread far and wide. One of the biggest factors that contributed to the rapid spread of the work in this area was the printing of full-message Bible studies in their own language, but Brother Kasongo believes that The Great Controversy is already having an even bigger impact. Even though twenty-five hundred books were printed, the call is already so great that more need to be printed. Not only do the believers desire the books for their own edification and growth, but other Protestant churches want to buy them to distribute to their members, also. One Catholic man who received one of these books has been baptized just a couple of weeks ago. At first, he fought against the Seventh-day Adventist message, but after reading The Great Controversy, he recognized that exactly what it has predicted is taking place today. Now instead of fighting against the message, he is devoting himself to sharing with others this message he once despised! Praise the Lord for the power of His message! Please pray for the work of Kasongo and the others as they continue to let the light of truth shine brightly in this previously dark area. If you would like to help them with reprinting The Great Controversy in Kikongo, you can mark your donation Congo Literature. Thank you for your help!

Yours in the faith of a finished work,

 


Letter from Cody: Philippines – May 2012

One of the elders of the thriving new church

I am so thankful for the loving, personal God whom we serve. He cares for us “as though there were not another individual on the face of the earth.” God’s Amazing Grace, 78. I cannot even begin to fathom this statement, but then Jesus adds further, “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Luke 12:7.  He knows what we ourselves would not or could not even possibly know, and He knows this for all seven billion of us. What a God we serve! The unique individuality with which God sees us gives us added responsibility, as well. Not only does God know all about us, but He knows and gives to each of us our own distinctive role in His work. Just as we are all unique individuals, God has given to every one of us our own sphere of influence to be used for His glory and honor. Every day, consciously or unconsciously, we exerted an influence for life or for death. “You may never know the result of your influence from day to day, but be sure that it is exerted for good or evil…. Throw a pebble into the lake and a wave is formed, and another and another; and as they increase, the circle widens until they reach the very shore. Thus our influence, though apparently insignificant, may continue to extend far beyond our knowledge or control.” Counsels on Health, 413. May we use our unique influence for the glory of the Master.

Apostolic pastor who is accepting the message

Mike Bauler has recently returned from visiting and laboring together with the workers in the Philippines. How thankful we are to know that they are using their influence for the honor of our Master and the advancement of His kingdom! Last year while he was there, the workers had arranged for an evangelistic prophecy seminar to be held in a Missionary Baptist church. One of the workers had become acquainted with the pastor of the church and had begun to study the prophecies with him. When Mike arrived, he opened the doors of his church to hold this series of meetings. Unfortunately, the pastor refused to accept the Sabbath truth and began stirring up prejudice and confusion. Despite the opposition, many of the parishioners desired to know more and continued studying with the workers. Now the majority of this small congregation have taken a stand for the three angels’ messages with fifteen, including the former elder of the Baptist church, being baptized and more studying and preparing for this stand. Praise the Lord for faithful, truth-seeking souls, but the influence of these faithful workers has not stopped there; it continues to ripple out. The news of the prophecy seminar and subsequent split in the Baptist church traveled far up into the mountains to the even smaller village of Pundaguitan to three families who occasionally attended the Missionary Baptist church. One of the newly baptized Seventh-day Adventists made the trek up to this mountain village to share the precious message they had learned with these families, but it did not stop with studying. They wanted to act upon the truths they learned and so began to keep the Sabbath together. They started out meeting in a home, but it soon became too crowded, so they began building their own little church with the little offerings they could collect. But the ripples continued. One of the ladies from the little group is the wife of a pastor from another denomination. She began to share what she was learning with her husband who resisted at first but has begun to follow the truths he is discovering from the Bible, too. Praise the Lord for the influence of faithful workers for the Master! One worker began sharing with a pastor which led to a seminar in his church resulting in the conversion of many of his church members leading to the truth entering new villages, another pastor accepting the Advent message and a new memorial for our loving God! If you would like to help these faithful workers in the Philippines, you can mark your donation “Philippine Workers.” May our influence shine for the Master and grow with each passing day.

Starting a new simple church building

Yours in the hope of an ever-broadening influence,


Letter from Cody: Congo – July 2011

One of many recent baptisms in Congo

By faith we know that the time is coming when the earth will be “lightened with his glory” and that “Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Rev. 18:1; Isa. 60:3) How we look forward with joy to this time, but is there an experience that God is calling us into before He can entrust us with this power? Isaiah 58 reveals not only the power but also the conditions of this promise. “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning… then shall thy light rise in obscurity….” (Isaiah 58:8, 10) In each of these powerful promises of the loud cry, there are conditions attached. “If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke… if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry….” (Isaiah 58:9, 10) Do we want to experience the power of God more fully than it has ever been displayed? Do we desire to see the message go to the ends of the earth? If we do, then this entire chapter deserves our careful thought, prayer and study, for it is the study and application of this chapter which will revive us and our churches. “I have been instructed to refer our people to the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. Read this chapter carefully and understand the kind of ministry that will bring life into the churches.” Medical Ministry, 263. Not only will these words give us a new life, it is a message which we are to read and give again and again. “Read the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah. Read it over many times, and you will receive a deeper impression each time.” Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, 359. “The whole of the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah is to be regarded as a message for this time, to be given over and over again.” Welfare Ministry, 29. As we desire the power of final message, may we also seek the character of the final message, as well.

Believers are lining up to receive baptism in Congo

On the fourth of July, while fireworks are exploding across the country, Mike Bauler and I will be on our way, not to commemorate the freedom of our country, but to proclaim the liberty of the gospel to thousands within the needy country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it has been over a year since we were there last, the work has not stopped but kept marching on. Brother Kasongo continues to lead and direct the team of Bible workers/church planters who are faithfully laboring for the salvation of souls for the Master’s kingdom. The work has spread from one small village to entire sections over hundreds of kilometers. Indeed, His truth is marching on! This is no easy territory to cover with barely any roads and no regular transportation, but the brethren are bringing Bible studies and Bibles with them as they walk hours and days to work for the Master. The need for more workers is great, and even though we have not been able to increase the support for these self-sacrificing workers, they have added ten additional workers to join in giving the truth for this time. As the work of sharing the last message of mercy goes forward, so do those who make decisions for the Master. Recently over one hundred were baptized, but there are hundreds more waiting baptism and thousands more studying and preparing to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and His message. The Lord is blessing, but the needs continue to be great. There are now over fifty Bible workers raising up and establishing new churches. There are over forty schools teaching several thousand children principles for this life and for the life to come. There are Bibles needed and Bible studies and Spirit of Prophecy books in their own language to be printed, churches and clinics to be built. The list goes on and on, but an impact is being made in this forgotten corner of Congo and your prayers and donations are greatly appreciated and needed. Next month, we will share firsthand how the truth is marching on! May we send forth the message with our prayers, donations and voice, and may we prepare our hearts to be part of this earth-circling loud cry!

Church planters in Congo gathering for training

Yours for the finishing of the work,


Letter from Cody: Togo – January 2011

Here we are in 2011. We are one year closer to the coming of our Lord and Savior in the clouds of heaven, one year closer to end of sin and suffering, one year closer to spending eternity with our Lord! May we do everything in our power to hasten this soon-coming grand climax. Jesus gave the precious promise to us, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works that these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12. Because Jesus is now interceding on our behalf before the Father, we can do even greater works than Jesus did—not greater in character, but greater in extent. We have been told, “God did not design that His wonderful plan to redeem men should achieve only insignificant results. All who will go to work, trusting not in what they themselves can do, but in what God can do for and through them, will certainly realize the fulfillment of His promise…. He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name…. Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven. It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers, and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection.” Desire of Ages, 667. There is a world that is waiting in need to see the results of the power of fervent prayer in our lives and work today. May we rise to the task!

Some of the faithful workers in Togo

Pastor Mike Bauler has recently returned from a trip to the West African country of Togo; and although a small country, it is a country in which God is mightily working. While Mike was there, an evangelistic series and Bible worker training program were held in the city of Kara. In addition to conducting these efforts, Mike was able to see the fruit from the work of the faithful Bible workers and plan how to reach even more souls for the Master in this needy vineyard. While many came to the meetings to learn the truths from the Word of God, the best contacts were those whom the Bible workers had been studying and praying with in their homes. At the end of the evangelistic meetings, 43 people made the full commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ through baptism. For many of them, it had taken months of studying with the workers before they were ready to take that stand for present truth during the public meetings. The importance of the house-to-house labors of the local workers cannot be overestimated. Some of these Bible workers themselves came to evangelistic meetings several years ago but have now become grounded in the truth and are earnestly sharing with others. One of these brothers had been involved in the ancient devil-worship practices so common in Togo; but when the truth was presented, he determined to leave this empty life and surrender totally to the Lord Jesus Christ. He went home and threw out all of his alcohol and abandoned his sorcery and has stood firmly for the truths he has learned. Now instead of deceiving people through the worship of the spirits, his life and witness are a monument to what the Lord can do. How many others are there like Paca, just waiting to be shown the way of life and not death? Paca and his fellow workers in Togo are searching for these lost sheep. Would you like to help them point lost souls to a Savior who can lift them from degradation and ruin? We need your help to support faithful workers who can do just this! A full time Bible worker can be supported for $75 a month, while a part time worker is supported for $35 a month. Would you like to help take the gospel to Togo? Currently eleven workers are being supported, but more are needed. Another need is for simple churches once a group of believers has been raised. For $2,000, a memorial for truth can be erected and a congregation can worship our God in peace. Please pray for this ongoing work in Togo and around the world.

Yours in the blessed hope,

One of the simple churches needed in Togo.


Here we are in 2011. We are one year closer to the coming of our Lord and Savior in the clouds of heaven, one year closer to end of sin and suffering, one year closer to spending eternity with our Lord! May we do everything in our power to hasten this soon-coming grand climax. Jesus gave the precious promise to us, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works that these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12. Because Jesus is now interceding on our behalf before the Father, we can do even greater works than Jesus did—not greater in character, but greater in extent. We have been told, “God did not design that His wonderful plan to redeem men should achieve only insignificant results. All who will go to work, trusting not in what they themselves can do, but in what God can do for and through them, will certainly realize the fulfillment of His promise…. He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name…. Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven. It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers, and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection.” Desire of Ages, 667. There is a world that is waiting in need to see the results of the power of fervent prayer in our lives and work today. May we rise to the task!
Pastor Mike Bauler has recently returned from a trip to the West African country of Togo; and although a small country, it is a country in which God is mightily working. While Mike was there, an evangelistic series and Bible worker training program were held in the city of Kara. In addition to conducting these efforts, Mike was able to see the fruit from the work of the faithful Bible workers and plan how to reach even more souls for the Master in this needy vineyard. While many came to the meetings to learn the truths from the Word of God, the best contacts were those whom the Bible workers had been studying and praying with in their homes. At the end of the evangelistic meetings, 43 people made the full commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ through baptism. For many of them, it had taken months of studying with the workers before they were ready to take that stand for present truth during the public meetings. The importance of the house-to-house labors of the local workers cannot be overestimated. Some of these Bible workers themselves came to evangelistic meetings several years ago but have now become grounded in the truth and are earnestly sharing with others. One of these brothers had been involved in the ancient devil-worship practices so common in Togo; but when the truth was presented, he determined to leave this empty life and surrender totally to the Lord Jesus Christ. He went home and threw out all of his alcohol and abandoned his sorcery and has stood firmly for the truths he has learned. Now instead of deceiving people through the worship of the spirits, his life and witness are a monument to what the Lord can do. How many others are there like Paca, just waiting to be shown the way of life and not death? Paca and his fellow workers in Togo are searching for these lost sheep. Would you like to help them point lost souls to a Savior who can lift them from degradation and ruin? We need your help to support faithful workers who can do just this! A full time Bible worker can be supported for $75 a month, while a part time worker is supported for $35 a month. Would you like to help take the gospel to Togo? Currently eleven workers are being supported, but more are needed. Another need is for simple churches once a group of believers has been raised. For $2,000, a memorial for truth can be erected and a congregation can worship our God in peace. Please pray for this ongoing work in Togo and around the world.
Yours in the blessed hope,

Cody Francis

Here we are in 2011. We are one year closer to the coming of our Lord and Savior in the clouds of heaven, one year closer to end of sin and suffering, one year closer to spending eternity with our Lord! May we do everything in our power to hasten this soon-coming grand climax. Jesus gave the precious promise to us, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works that these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12. Because Jesus is now interceding on our behalf before the Father, we can do even greater works than Jesus did—not greater in character, but greater in extent. We have been told, “God did not design that His wonderful plan to redeem men should achieve only insignificant results. All who will go to work, trusting not in what they themselves can do, but in what God can do for and through them, will certainly realize the fulfillment of His promise…. He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name…. Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven. It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers, and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection.” Desire of Ages, 667. There is a world that is waiting in need to see the results of the power of fervent prayer in our lives and work today. May we rise to the task!

Pastor Mike Bauler has recently returned from a trip to the West African country of Togo; and although a small country, it is a country in which God is mightily working. While Mike was there, an evangelistic series and Bible worker training program were held in the city of Kara. In addition to conducting these efforts, Mike was able to see the fruit from the work of the faithful Bible workers and plan how to reach even more souls for the Master in this needy vineyard. While many came to the meetings to learn the truths from the Word of God, the best contacts were those whom the Bible workers had been studying and praying with in their homes. At the end of the evangelistic meetings, 43 people made the full commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ through baptism. For many of them, it had taken months of studying with the workers before they were ready to take that stand for present truth during the public meetings. The importance of the house-to-house labors of the local workers cannot be overestimated. Some of these Bible workers themselves came to evangelistic meetings several years ago but have now become grounded in the truth and are earnestly sharing with others. One of these brothers had been involved in the ancient devil-worship practices so common in Togo; but when the truth was presented, he determined to leave this empty life and surrender totally to the Lord Jesus Christ. He went home and threw out all of his alcohol and abandoned his sorcery and has stood firmly for the truths he has learned. Now instead of deceiving people through the worship of the spirits, his life and witness are a monument to what the Lord can do. How many others are there like Paca, just waiting to be shown the way of life and not death? Paca and his fellow workers in Togo are searching for these lost sheep. Would you like to help them point lost souls to a Savior who can lift them from degradation and ruin? We need your help to support faithful workers who can do just this! A full time Bible worker can be supported for $75 a month, while a part time worker is supported for $35 a month. Would you like to help take the gospel to Togo? Currently eleven workers are being supported, but more are needed. Another need is for simple churches once a group of believers has been raised. For $2,000, a memorial for truth can be erected and a congregation can worship our God in peace. Please pray for this ongoing work in Togo and around the world.

Yours in the blessed hope,



Cody Francis

Here we are in 2011. We are one year closer to the coming of our Lord and Savior in the clouds of heaven, one year closer to end of sin and suffering, one year closer to spending eternity with our Lord! May we do everything in our power to hasten this soon-coming grand climax. Jesus gave the precious promise to us, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works that these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12. Because Jesus is now interceding on our behalf before the Father, we can do even greater works than Jesus did—not greater in character, but greater in extent. We have been told, “God did not design that His wonderful plan to redeem men should achieve only insignificant results. All who will go to work, trusting not in what they themselves can do, but in what God can do for and through them, will certainly realize the fulfillment of His promise…. He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name…. Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven. It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers, and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection.” Desire of Ages, 667. There is a world that is waiting in need to see the results of the power of fervent prayer in our lives and work today. May we rise to the task!

Pastor Mike Bauler has recently returned from a trip to the West African country of Togo; and although a small country, it is a country in which God is mightily working. While Mike was there, an evangelistic series and Bible worker training program were held in the city of Kara. In addition to conducting these efforts, Mike was able to see the fruit from the work of the faithful Bible workers and plan how to reach even more souls for the Master in this needy vineyard. While many came to the meetings to learn the truths from the Word of God, the best contacts were those whom the Bible workers had been studying and praying with in their homes. At the end of the evangelistic meetings, 43 people made the full commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ through baptism. For many of them, it had taken months of studying with the workers before they were ready to take that stand for present truth during the public meetings. The importance of the house-to-house labors of the local workers cannot be overestimated. Some of these Bible workers themselves came to evangelistic meetings several years ago but have now become grounded in the truth and are earnestly sharing with others. One of these brothers had been involved in the ancient devil-worship practices so common in Togo; but when the truth was presented, he determined to leave this empty life and surrender totally to the Lord Jesus Christ. He went home and threw out all of his alcohol and abandoned his sorcery and has stood firmly for the truths he has learned. Now instead of deceiving people through the worship of the spirits, his life and witness are a monument to what the Lord can do. How many others are there like Paca, just waiting to be shown the way of life and not death? Paca and his fellow workers in Togo are searching for these lost sheep. Would you like to help them point lost souls to a Savior who can lift them from degradation and ruin? We need your help to support faithful workers who can do just this! A full time Bible worker can be supported for $75 a month, while a part time worker is supported for $35 a month. Would you like to help take the gospel to Togo? Currently eleven workers are being supported, but more are needed. Another need is for simple churches once a group of believers has been raised. For $2,000, a memorial for truth can be erected and a congregation can worship our God in peace. Please pray for this ongoing work in Togo and around the world.

Yours in the blessed hope,



Cody Francis


Letter from Cody: Philippines – September 2010

Brother Aque (in orange) with one of the church leaders

We look forward to the time when a great revival will sweep the church and world. We refer to it under various names: the latter rain, the loud cry, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, etc.; and indeed a great revival is coming—in which thousands will embrace the faith! But what will bring on this great revival? “Let us give more time to the study of the Bible. We do not understand the word as we should. The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains. ‘Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,’ God declares, ‘and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.’ When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival.” Testimonies to Ministers, 113. May we cooperate with our Lord that this great revival that He so desires to send may come upon us.

Pastor Mike Bauler has recently returned from a very exciting trip to the Philippines where the Holy Spirit is working mightily. The Lord has opened the door not to a just few hearts but to dozens of churches from a very unlikely source. A number of years ago a church broke away from the Catholic faith to become more “Filipino.” Their main difference was that they wanted to worship the national hero of the Philippines, José Rizal, instead of the various saints of Catholicism. So they erected images of Rizal in their churches and worshipped him as their deliverer from colonialism.

Mike with those baptized from some of Aque's churches

Several years ago one of the priests in one of these churches became interested in what the Bible taught and was converted to Seventh-day Adventism, but his burden for his friends and once fellow-believers in this Rizal-worshipping cult did not cease. Brother Aque, the former priest, began studying the message with those within his former churches and an interest has developed. Through a mutual acquaintance, Brother Aque was introduced to one of our evangelists, Nanding Cabahug. Brother Nanding is always on-fire to share the message of truth. He began going to the areas where these churches were and giving seminars for the church members and for the local community. Through the preaching of Brother Nanding and the connection with Brother Aque, many are beginning to leave their idol worship and are keeping the Sabbath of the Lord! Even the leader of the entire church has been studying and accepting the message. He has read several Spirit of Prophecy books from his late father who was the founder of the church and loves what he is reading and learning. It is his desire to accompany Brothers Nanding and Aque to as many of the churches within his organization as possible to share the Three Angels’ Messages. The Lord has truly opened a door for the spreading of the gospel! Already four or five churches have left their old ways and are rejoicing in their new-found truth and many have committed their lives to the Lord God of Heaven through baptism. While Mike was there, he was able to give a short seminar in one of the churches; and, while there was some opposition, others made strong decisions to leave their former ways. In another church, nineteen souls united with God’s remnant people through baptism. Not just individuals are taking their stand for truth but entire churches, and even a denomination is seeking to become a part of God’s remnant people!

Seminar Mike held in one of the interested churches.

The Lord is truly working. Please pray for Brothers Nanding and Aque as they minister to the hungry souls who are seeking to untangle themselves from the devil’s deceptions. If you would like to help further the evangelistic efforts of Brother Nanding and his fellow workers in the Philippines, you can mark your donation, “Philippine Evangelism.”

Yours in the Master’s service,



Letter from Cody: Angola – August 2010

One of the baptisms in AngolaI am so thankful to the Lord for His many blessings; we have so much to praise Him for. Often our requests are so heavy upon our hearts that we forget the debt of gratitude that we owe and can never repay to our merciful God. “Shall all our devotional exercises consist in asking and receiving? Shall we be always thinking of our wants and never of the benefits we receive? Shall we be recipients of His mercies and never express our gratitude to God, never praise Him for what He has done for us? We do not pray any too much, but we are too sparing of giving thanks. If the loving-kindness of God called forth more thanksgiving and praise, we would have far more power in prayer. We would abound more and more in the love of God and have more bestowed to praise Him for…. Pray, pray earnestly and without ceasing, but do not forget to praise.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 317. May we learn the art of praise that we may discover that far greater power in prayer!

A couple of weeks ago, I returned from a blessed trip to Angola and am praising the Lord for how He is working there. This year, the brethren in Angola had planned several week-long seminars in several different locations to encourage the brethren, reach out to neighbors, receive new

Children in Angola

ideas and learn of ongoing work around the world. During the first week, I traveled to an interior province while a brother and sister from Brazil traveled to an even further province to share and minister to the believers for a week. Each evening we would present messages and then visit with people one-on-one to counsel and minister individually. Many testified that they had seen truths from the Bible that they had never realized before and that a revival was taking place. While meeting individually with the people, we met problems from health to marriage to school and were able to pray with the dear people and encourage them in the way heavenward. What a joy it was when couples determined to reconcile and decisions were made to follow the Lord fully! The week culminated in a baptism for those who had made the decision to make a lifelong (and even eternal) commitment to our God. When that week was finished, it was time to move on to other locations and repeat the same approach. In the capital city of Luanda, where I was, nightly meetings, cooking demonstrations, children’s meetings and more occupied our time as we sought to minister to the believers. While decisions made for eternity, families reconciled and baptisms all thrill the heart, seeing a faithful group of believers moving forward, following the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy and taking the gospel to those around them brings perhaps the greatest joy. To see brothers and sisters with a burden to grow and share the message of a crucified, risen and soon-coming Savior indeed does the heart good. They have received a container with thousands and thousands of pieces of truth-filled literature from Cornerstone Publishing and are busy distributing it. I was also very happy to see that they had built, with their own funds, a simple but nice church building. As the work continues to grow, it is their hope and goal to build more of these churches so that they may have many more memorials for truth and so that they may be able to worship our God without fear of sun or rain. While they are doing what they can, they are asking their brethren around the world to help them in their endeavor to build permanent beacons of light in their area. If you would like to help our brethren in Angola, you can mark your donation “Africa Churches.” Let us remember not only to pray for our brethren in Angola and around the world, but also to “praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8.

Yours in the blessed hope,

New church building in Angola