Letter from Mike: West Virginia – March 2019

In the time of Hezekiah, a great reformation took place in Israel. During this revival, Israel gathered together to “keep the Passover in the second month.” 2 Chronicles 30:2. As the messengers went through the land proclaiming the news concerning the Passover, many in Manasseh laughed and mocked the messengers, but many in other tribes humbled their hearts and came to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, “they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron.” 2 Chronicles 30:14, NKJV. “The desecrated streets of the city were cleared of the idolatrous shrines placed there during the reign of Ahaz.” Prophets and Kings, 337. “So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to the LORD, accompanied by loud instruments. . . . Then the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they kept it another seven days with gladness.” 2 Chronicles 30:21, 23, NKJV. “The seven days usually allotted to the Passover feast passed all too quickly, and the worshipers determined to spend another seven days in learning more fully the way of the Lord. The teaching priests continued their work of instruction from the book of the law; daily the people assembled at the temple to offer their tribute of praise and thanksgiving; and as the great meeting drew to a close, it was evident that God had wrought marvelously in the conversion of backsliding Judah and in stemming the tide of idolatry which threatened to sweep all before it.” Prophets and Kings, 337, 338.

The Lord indeed has been working miracles in our public crusade here in Martinsburg, West Virginia. In preparation for the meetings, we rented a room that would hold seventy-five people in a Holiday Inn near the church, thinking of the attendance of past seminars. Perhaps our faith was far too small, believing that things would be the same as before. About a week and a half before the seminar started, we had about thirty guests registered. With the church members also attending, we thought the room reserved would be a perfect size. That’s when the hotel’s event coordinator called and asked me if we would consider moving into a much bigger room to accommodate another event in our room. With a bit of apprehension, I agreed to the arrangement, although I thought it would look odd having a large room with everyone spread out amongst a lot of empty seats. Just days after we agreed to change rooms, the calls began pouring in. Two days before the meetings began we had more than one hundred and forty preregistered guests. The first weekend the place was packed, with just a few empty seats. I am amazed by how God works!

We are nearing the end of our public crusade, and the people want to hear still more from God’s Word. They have been filled, but they want more. As it was in Hezekiah’s time, these seekers have commented publicly that they do not wish for these meetings to end! We have asked the hotel if we can rent the room for a few more nights before we transfer to the church. Already, some of the meeting attendees have been coming to worship the Lord on the Sabbath. Some have even come to us with the desire to be baptized into the body of Christ. God is indeed moving on hearts!

Yours in the service of the Master,


Honore Receives the Word

 

Honore Receives the Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Location
Togo

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

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

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

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

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


Criminals, Dreamers, and Converts

Criminals, Dreamers, and Converts

Evangelism brings the Sabbath truth to seekers in the South Pacific.

Popondeta is a sort of cowboy province in Papua New Guinea, full of criminal activity. Yet even here, the truth of the Three Angels’ Messages outshines false light. During recent evangelistic efforts in the oil palm settlement of Sorovi, the village of Oro Bay and the town of Popondeta, we saw the power of God bringing the gospel to open hearts.

Among those who accepted the light, Sister Fiona from Oro Bay stands out. A widow with five children, she faithfully served in the Anglican Church for twenty years. Eventually, however, she realized that her religion had brought no real change to her life. Hoping to find true conversion, she joined the Christian Revival Church, but still was not satisfied. Then one night she had a dream in which she was told that if she wanted true revival, she must keep the Sabbath.

Fiona knew that only Seventh-day Adventists keep the Sabbath, but she didn’t know of a church in her area. When she asked her friend John if he knew any Seventh-day Adventists, John told her that he was the one of them. This opened the way for John to share the truth with Fiona, and soon Fiona and her family began to worship with John on Sabbath. Later Felix, a young layman, went to Oro Bay to nurture them.

To culminate Felix’s efforts, our evangelistic team came to Oro Bay and hosted a weeklong series right in the middle of this Anglican-dominated village. Morning and night, the truth was preached. Every night, new people came to hear the Three Angels’ Messages. The truth was planted in their hearts, and when the time is ripe, these souls will be harvested into the church; but praise God, on the final Sabbath of our meetings in Oro Bay, seven souls were ready to be baptized, including Fiona, who has stood firm amidst persecution and criticism from her former church family.

Sylvester was another of the new converts baptized that Sabbath. Tears filled his eyes as he told us of all the time he wasted in criminal activities, and how he nearly lost his life doing evil. Sylvester lives in Lae, but he grew up in Oro Bay. On a visit home, he was surprised to learn that some of his family had left the Anglican Church to keep the Sabbath. When he investigated as to why they had left, the truth arrested Sylvester’s heart and he joined his family in their new faith. Sylvester has put away all his crimes, and now he wants to carry the gospel of Christ to the people of Oro Bay.

Fiona and Sylvester represent many truth seekers. Please pray for them and for those still seeking. We need more workers to go and find those who hunger and thirst for truth and help them find the way of eternal life.

The new little church fellowship in Oro Bay hopes to build a shelter for worship, although this will be a challenge for them. In addition to a church building, they need Bibles and other spiritual materials to enable them to study and grow in their faith.

The everlasting gospel of Jesus must reach the unreached. The people still in darkness must have the light of truth. Thank you to all who are in the field, carrying forward the everlasting gospel. Thank you also to those who support the workers financially to cross the ocean, climb mountains and fly to new provinces to bring souls into the Kingdom of God. God will bless you!


Location
Papua New Guinea

Author
Michael Loko is a lay pastor in Papua New Guinea.

How You Can Help
Pray for the new believers and the truth seekers in the remote villages of Papua New Guinea. Ask God to give the workers courage to preach the Three Angels’ Messages.

Give. Funds are needed to buy Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books to distribute to those who are new in the faith. If you would like to support the work in Papua New Guinea, please send your donations marked “PNG Evangelism” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit:
missionspro.org/donate


Tragedy & Transformation

Tragedy & Transformation

A young man’s life is changed when God’s grace reaches him through tragedy.

Froilan grew up in La Zona, a small mountain village in Honduras. As a young boy, he came to church every once in a while, but he never seemed serious about following the Lord. When he became a teenager, Froilan started drinking, and later on began using illicit drugs. Soon indulging his addictions became a daily routine. Somehow, though, Froilan managed to hold down a job. He met a nice young lady and they settled down together, but substance abuse marred their relationship.

Whenever I saw Froilan, I would pray for him and greet him warmly. No matter what their lives might be like, we must learn to look at people the way God does, not seeing who they are so much as who they can become through His grace. God’s grace worked in Froilan’s life through tragedy. He lost his firstborn son at birth, and in his sorrow began to call on God. We took the opportunity to be a support for Froilan and his girlfriend, Ocelis, visiting them and encouraging them.

Later, God blessed Froilan and Ocelis with a little girl, Marian, whom they loved dearly. Even with this new little incentive, however, Froilan still could not quit his vices. During one of h

is drinking binges, Froilan broke his leg in a motorcycle accident, which left him incapacitated for weeks. This was God’s opportunity. While he was laid up, we visited him regularly, offering him help with a juicing cleanse and Bible studies.

Once healed of his injuries, Froilan began attending church. “I always knew that the Seventh-day Adventist Church had the truth,” he remarked. Froilan didn’t miss a church service. He listened attentively to every message, gleaning important truths and applying them to his life. One by one, he became convicted of changes he needed to make, like marrying Ocelis and keeping the Sabbath. One of Froilan’s hardest decisions was giving up his job of eight years so that he could keep the Sabbath. Friends and family thought he was crazy, but he stood firm. Step by step, he learned to trust God and be obedient to His call.

About this time, an evangelistic series was announced for the nearby town of Santa Barbara. I was so excited that I began planning how to get the whole village down to Santa Barbara to hear God’s present truth. The invitations went out, and all the members of the La Zona and Piedra Hancha congregations made plans to attend. Families from the nearby village of San Manuel, where we are giving Bible studies, left their homes for a week in order to attend the meetings. The response was so great that we had to rent a bus and four pickup trucks to transport all the people!

After each meeting, as we drove back to our mountain village, we would sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. As the villagers debarked and walked slowly up the mountain road to their homes, some continued to sing softly, others discussed newly learned Bible truths, and others simply meditated on the many blessings received.

As the crusade ended, we kept busy with visitations and Bible studies—and we began to see the results of the accumulated efforts. A special joy came from watching Froilan, Ocelis and even little Marian growing in grace and making changes. At the end of the crusade, Froilan and Ocelis were baptized. I know that Heaven rejoiced, because a soul had been rescued from the chains of sin!


Location
Honduras

Author
Joseph Willis is the director of Maranatha Relief Organization, which helps provide medical help for the poor and the outcast in Honduras.

How You Can Help
Pray for Froilan and Ocelis to continue to do the will of the Lord and stand firm in their faith.

Donate. Funds are needed to enable Maranatha Relief Organization to continue ministering to the people in Honduras. Contributions can be sent via PayPal to missionarytraveler@yahoo.com, or mailed to:

Maranatha Relief Organization
12433 Dessau Rd. # 4109
Austin, TX 78754

Thank you!
MRO thanks you in advance for your prayers and support!


Letter from Mike: Malawi – October 2018

At this Thanksgiving holiday, Missions Projects International would like to give a special thank you to all those who have donated to the ventures we are involved in! As I write, I am traveling home from the central African country of Malawi. I went to Malawi to conduct evangelistic meetings, train Bible workers and laymen, visit the projects we have helped sponsor and produce a video update on the work we are doing in this Muslim county. In the last year and a half, Mission Projects International has been involved in starting seven new churches in areas where formerly there had been no Seventh-day Adventist presence–areas dominated by Islam. These seven new churches now have a combined total of more than two thousand members. Golden Lapani, a former Muslim, is the driving force behind the efforts to raise up churches in these Muslim areas where no Adventist church exists. God has given Golden special wisdom to reach those of his former religion.

During my time in Malawi, we held evangelistic meetings in the remote Muslim village of Salima. As I spoke and Golden translated, many in this village positively responded to the Three Angels’ Messages. There was no public hall where we could conduct the meetings, and no tent to shelter us from the hot African sun. Instead, we met under a large tree in the center of the village. Even though it was hot and very dusty from a lack of rain, 500–600 persons attended. Many walked long distances from the surrounding villages to hear the final warning from Revelation 14. This was the second time many of these souls had heard the truth preached, because Golden had conducted meetings in this village several months before.

On the final night of the meetings, we appealed to the people to follow their Lord and Savior into the waters of baptism. Fifty people responded and obeyed the call from Jesus. It was such a blessing to see dozens of people go into the water grave and be raised to newness of life. The church built in this village will have a membership of more than 350 people. Many more will accept the message as these newly baptized members share what God has done in their lives.

Salima is just one example of the work in Malawi. We are continually seeking to extend God’s last-day message to more cities and villages where the name of Jesus has never been known. This coming year we plan to hold several more evangelistic campaigns in Islamic areas. In each of these places, churches will be built to bring permanence and stability to the work. If you would like to take part in reaching the Muslim country of Malawi, mark your donation “Malawi Evangelism.”

Thank you so much for your support and prayers as we seek to extend the message of the cross to every tribe, tongue and people!

Yours in preaching the gospel,


The Macedonian Call

The Macedonian Call

A Bible worker receives a call from a distant village.

“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:9, 10.

“A few faithful missionaries are even now planting the standard of truth in fields far away. Publications are multiplying in many languages. These silent messengers are enlightening thousands. But as a people we come far short of moving forward as fast as the providence of God opens the way. Our General gives the command, ‘Go forward.’ Thousands are thirsting for living truth. The Macedonian cry is coming to us from every direction, ‘Come over and help us.’ We look about us, and inquire, ‘Who will go?’ O that every follower of Jesus might respond: ‘Send me. I long to do something for my Master.’” East Michigan Banner, September 29, 1909.

The weather was agreeable for travel when an old friend called me on my phone. “Brother,” I heard the familiar voice. “Come over to where I am living now.”

“What is your exact address?” I asked. “How far away are you?”

To reach the village where my friend lived, it would require three hours of driving by motorcycle, and then a hike into the mountains.

“Well,” I said to myself, “It is not too far.” I called my co-workers, who are more like brothers to me: Robeth Tambunan, Jun Salazar with his son Tonton, and
Brother Edgar Taborete. I invited them to join me on my journey.

After hearing my friend on the phone, I considered this a Macedonian cry for help from his mountain village. “I must answer the call,” I thought to myself. I packed up my generator, amplifier and sound box, tying them tightly to the back of my motorcycle.

After three hours of driving by motorcycle, we arrived at Proper Poblacion of T’boli. “If we stop in the village of Lamlait, we can safely leave our motorcycles there,” Brother Robeth suggested.

When we arrived in the village of Lamlait we did leave our motorcycles there. Datu, a friend in the next village, volunteered to bring some of the items we needed for preaching. He placed them on the back of his horse to carry.

It took three hours of hiking to reach the village of Damlas, where my old friend lived. I met the leader of that village, and began to explain our intentions.

“We belong to the Jesus Is Lord church,” the leader explained.

“Would it be okay if we preach in this village?” I asked.

He nodded his head yes. “We have been waiting so long to hear more messages from God.”

The meetings began. As we talked about the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, interested glowed in the leader’s eyes.

“You know what, Temtem,” he approached me afterwards. “I know that your message is true, and I know Saturday is the true day to worship, because I can read
it in the Bible.”

How happy I felt to hear these words fall on my ears! How thankful I was to watch as the people accepted the messages of God.

Finally, an announcement was made in the village. “Our Jesus is Lord church is now a Seventh-day Adventist church, because this is the only religion that preaches the whole message of the Bible.”


Location: Philippines

Author: Temtem is a Bible worker in South Cotabato on Mindanao Island in the Philippines.

How You Can Help

Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead Temtem as he nurtures this new congregation far up in the mountains and that this new church will remain strong in the Lord.

Donate by sending your gift to Mission Projects International marked “Philippines” to:

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

For online options, visit: www.missionspro.org/donate


Poisoned!

Poisoned!

God works a miracle to protect evangelists from harm.

The day’s tropical heat cooled as evening shadows drew near. Two men conversed quietly.

“Well,” one proceeded. “Should we return to the city? This village in the bush is obviously resistant to hearing the truth.”

The meeting tent before them could hold many interested listeners, but only a few locals had intermittently meandered out of the village to hear God’s Word.

“I know that it feels discouraging,” a broad-shouldered Tanzanian church worker, Mtenzi, turned to his friend. “But God led us here to begin this work, and we should do our part to complete it.”

The evangelism team of Bible workers encouraged each other to press on in spite of an apparent lack of interest from the village. Several days later, they received an invitation to a meal at a home in the village. Every face in the group brightened.

“I would love a break from eating cassava and beans every day,” one of the men grinned. While continuing the evangelism effort, they counted down the days to the dinner.

However, a new element of the invitation reached their ears. “The leaders have consulted together, and wish you harm,” a trustworthy contact from the village warned them. “They have made a townswoman invite you, and she will poison the food that you will eat. Don’t go and eat from her table!”

Mtenzi straightened as he listened. “We will go anyway,” he spoke calmly.

The evangelists were welcomed into the town house warmly, and ushered to sit for the meal. The food was aromatic and steaming in pots on the table.

Before taking a bite from the food, the Adventists motioned to the cook politely.

“You prepared this wonderful meal for us, and we must have you go first and eat.”

She swallowed. “Oh, oh, no, no,” she shook her head. “You go first.”

“How do we know that there is no poison in the food?” came the question.

For a moment, all was quiet. Mtenzi noticed the member of their group most inclined to abandon their mission and turn back, hesitate. Gingerly, the man reached
for a small piece of food, and ate it quickly.

The men waited. In minutes, the man who had taken from the dish began to exhibit obvious signs of poisoning.

“There is poison in the food, sure enough,” Mtenzi said. “Why did you do this?” he asked the hostess of the house.

No longer able to pretend innocence, the woman bowed her head. “The leaders of the town made me poison the food,” she confessed. “But I do have an idea. I will ask the God that you serve, that He will remove the poison from the food so it will not harm you.”

The men around the table exchanged glances. Recognizing this as a challenge to God’s power, and test of their faith, they claimed the promises of His Word.
Every head bowed as their cook began to pray. The men prayed with her in their hearts, asking their Father in Heaven would make the poison of none effect to His greater glory. And then, each faithful man dipped his spoon into the dish, and ate the poisoned food.

“We finished the entire meal, leaving no scraps behind,” Mtenzi recalled later with a twinkle in his dark eyes. “And the poison meant to sicken or kill had no effect. We waited for the poison to harm us, but we felt fine.” He laughed quietly. “It has been years now, and we are still waiting for that poison to kill us.”

As news spread around the village that the carefully planned poison could not sicken God’s messengers, people flocked to the evangelistic tent.

The meetings continued with greater fervor, and empty chairs were few. People so long confined to the darkness of superstition, fear, and witchcraft, saw a great
light. They wanted to hear about the God in heaven who made poison of none effect, and gave His messengers the fearlessness and courage to persevere and pray.

The evangelistic series in the bush ended with decisions for Christ and baptisms. Here we see the powerful result of God working through men who took heart, had faith, and believed that even poison could bring souls to the cross.


Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

Author: As a child, Abigail Duman dreamed of foreign mission service. As an adult she helped with Congo Frontline Missions.

How You Can Help

Pray that the believers in Congo will be courageous in spreading truth in the face of an uncertain future.

Donate to Congo Frontline Missions. Needs include training church planters, new church buildings, treating dental patients, Bibles, bicycles for gospel workers and church planter support. Send your check, with “Congo Frontline Missions” as the memo to:
Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302

For online options, visit: congofrontlinemissions.org


Letter from Mike: Uganda – August 2018

Ugandan inmates choosing to follow Christ

Jesus told His followers the reason why they could be numbered among the goats or the wicked when He returns in the clouds of heaven: “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.” Matthew 25:41–43. One statement that stands out to me in these verses is about visiting those in prison. It is not very pleasant to work in prison ministry. Dealing with inmates who have committed heinous crimes is often revolting to our characters. Yet those who are followers of Jesus will not neglect this most important work. Christ’s work while walking among fallen humans was to “proclaim liberty to the captives…” Luke 4:18. “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps…” 1 Peter 2:21. Christ has left us an example of going to the incarcerated and preaching the message of deliverance through the gospel. Of all people, those who are in prison need the gospel more than any others.

There are more than 1,000 inmates at Nyamushekyera prison, the largest penitentiary in Southwest Uganda, Africa. Many are murderers, rapists, and thieves who were tried and convicted of their crimes. Many are seeking peace in their troubled hearts in this prison. Retired Pastor James Musinguzi and his wife Jane visit this prison every Sabbath afternoon and give Bible studies to the inmates under the hot African sun. Pastor James begins the services with singing hymns, and then each man recites the memory text that was given him the previous Sabbath. Many of them rehearse an entire chapter from the Bible perfectly. Pastor James then delivers an evangelistic sermon on the doctrines of the Bible.

Pastor James baptizing a prisoner

Pastor James completed a whole series of studies and appealed for the people to be baptized into God’s remnant church. More than 400 prisoners requested baptism that they might begin their lives anew in Christ. After the follow-up work of examining each person to see if they had any questions and to see if they were in harmony with the message, around 200 were found to be truly ready. The date was chosen for the baptism, but the warden for the prison did not like Seventh-day Adventists. He told Pastor James that these men “didn’t come to prison to change religions.” Pastor James gathered a group of believers from the church and began praying that God would clear the way for the candidates to be baptized. The next week Pastor James found that the warden of the prison had been transferred and replaced with a man who was friendly to Adventists. God works in very mysterious ways!

If you would like to help us move the gospel forward in Uganda, please mark your donations “Uganda Mission.”

Yours in rescuing souls from the prison house of sin,


The Heart of the Work in Uganda

The Heart of the Work in Uganda

God’s power rescues Ugandans from the darkness of evil spirits.

As a public evangelism effort was being held in southern Uganda, a mother by the name of Marie arrived with her 19-year-old daughter, Kinconco. They had walked over 12 miles from the village of Ireme, and were in desperate search of spiritual help.

Kinconco’s sister had been killed by the spirits. Now, Kinconco herself was possessed. Her mother Marie had sought help from witch doctors, medical clinics, and all the Sunday-keeping churches in the area, including Catholic, Anglican, and Pentecostal churches. In spite of Marie’s efforts, her daughter had not yet experienced freedom and relief from the demons.

Hearing of a new, unfamiliar church in the area, Marie brought her daughter to the Seventh-day Adventists in hope of help. After listening to her story, Adventist evangelists visited the family’s home. They removed all idols and witchcraft-related items. As fearful locals stood nearby to watch, the church workers burned these things publicly in the Ireme village. Then they prayed for Kinconco, and God answered with power. The cries of the evil spirits were heard as they left the young woman, shouting that they would never return.

After her dramatic healing Kinconco applied for nurse’s training, but she was not accepted. One of our donors paid for a sewing course and a Singer sewing
machine for Kinconco. She is now a seamstress in her own right, and praises God for His loving care.

In another nearby village lay a young man who had been bedridden for two years. He heard of Kinconco’s release, and he felt sure that his condition was caused by the spirits as well. The same evangelists were asked to come and see him, and as they prayed for him, the paralysis left him. He jumped up and began to dance, praising God.

Later this same young man assisted our ministry in building new churches in both his and the Ireme villages. Most of the villagers turned to Christ, and two new congregations were established by the power of God.

Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, we have been able to sponsor 150 pastors along the Congo border. Many more souls have been brought into the truth of Christ from these communities. Some of these villages have been under the control of evil spirits, appeased by sacrifices, witchdoctors, and amulets. Now that many have accepted Christ as their personal Savior, the heavy yoke of superstition and spiritual darkness has been broken. In a recent public effort, more than 100 people joined our church through baptism. Some of these came from the darkness of a spiritual cult.

We have seen the tremendous blessing of God on the work in Uganda. Among the Bwamba tribe, six Seventh-day Adventist primary schools have been established as an entering wedge in a primarily Catholic and Anglican community. The schools have high standards and admit around 1600 students. Our sponsorships assist in supporting four teachers and over 200 orphans, that they may receive education. In the classroom, children are given the opportunity to accept the full truth of the gospel, and take it back with them to their homes. Every year, we see baptisms.

Please keep our ministry in your prayers. Presently, we are building a new secondary school to serve the Bwamba tribe’s need for Christ-centered education in the higher grades. We are partnering with another organization to establish a mobile clinic for reaching isolated villages without medical support. Two nurses at
the Ebenezer Medical Center in Ntandi are being sponsored so that patients too poor to afford their medical bills can continue to receive care. Our 12 prison ministry workers are blessed annually with many baptisms among the prisoners, and we are building a chapel inside a prison in southern Uganda.

We want to see many Ugandans in God’s Kingdom. Your tremendous support keeps this blessed work of grace moving ahead, as we prayerfully consider the future. We look forward to the glorious resurrection morning, when our Savior returns to take His children home.


Location: Uganda

Author: Pastor Thor Pedersen is retired and lives with his wife in Australia. He has been doing evangelism in Uganda for about 20 years and is deeply passionate about the work in this in this country.

How You Can Help

Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and all the workers that they will stay faithful to the truth.

Donate. The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the Three Angels’ Messages, mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:
Mission Projects International
PO Box 506
Republic, WA 99166-0506

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


Letter from Mike: Colombia – July 2018

The parade

July has been an exciting month! We have just returned from Colombia, South America where we were planting a church. While I conducted evangelistic meetings for the adults, my daughter Hannah and her friend Hannah White conducted children’s evangelism. Our campaign took place in Buenavista, a town that has never had any Adventist church. Several times, others have attempted to establish a church there, but without success.

Buenavista is a small Catholic town nestled at the foot of the Andes Mountains, with a population of around 2,000 people. I knew this was going to be a very difficult town to evangelize since everyone knows one another and the influence of the Catholic priest is very strong. When I learned that the priest was making announcements and visiting his parishioners to warn them not to attend the meetings, this passage flashed into my mind: “The solemn, sacred message of warning must be proclaimed in the most difficult fields and in the most sinful cities, in every place where the light of the great threefold gospel message has not yet dawned. Everyone is to hear the last call to the marriage supper of the Lamb. From town to town, from city to city, from country to country, the message of present truth is to be proclaimed, not with outward display, but in the power of the Spirit.” Gospel Workers, 27.

First Sabbath with the new believers

Claiming this promise, we pressed on in the battle with darkness. On the opening night of the seminar, we presented the great controversy and the war in Heaven. Shortly after we began the message, the enemy of souls sent an entourage down our street with sirens blasting and drums beating. The priest had organized a parade to venerate the Virgin Mary. Escorted by the police, hundreds of townspeople marched down the street with a statue of the Virgin leading the way. The parade was so loud that we had to pause the meetings until it passed. This encouraged us to pray more that God would break the power of superstition upon the people and let the captives go free. The next night, more people joined us in studying the image and the rock of Daniel 2!

Several months prior to the meetings, two Bible workers had begun the groundwork in Buenavista. They did an excellent job starting Bible studies with many people and preparing the heart’s soil to receive the seed of truth. As the meetings progressed, I could see conviction taking hold upon many minds. Some took notes, others listened intently to the Word of God and some asked questions after the meetings. I heard people say out loud, “What a blessing to come where the Bible is taught.” The night we studied “Mystery Babylon” and made the call to come out of Babylon, almost the entire room stood to show their decision to come out of the fallen churches and false doctrines. I could see that God was wrestling with each mind. Later, many responded to the call to join God’s remnant church through baptism. Wawa and her husband Jorge, who had attended every night, were among those who came forward and made the commitment to be baptized into the body of Christ. They had come out of Catholicism and tried the Pentecostal religion, but found it be empty and void of the true gospel. Jorge had been an alcoholic but found deliverance in Christ about a year ago through the prayers of his wife.

Baptismal candidates

Among those who were not yet ready for baptism, several kept the Sabbath with us for the first time and joined us for the baptism late that evening. The Bible workers will continue working with the meeting attendees and with the townspeople. Pray that God will work on the people’s hearts as they attend church each Sabbath. Pray that they will make their decisions to go all the way with the Lord. Pray that many more souls will come to the truth!

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