Reaching Out to Muslims with the Right Arm of the Gospel

Reaching Out to Muslims with the Right Arm of the Gospel

Medical missionaries use the health message to reach the people in the Machinga district of Malawi.

About 18 miles northeast of Zomba City, southern Malawi, sits a 15-acre parcel of land managed by Seventh-day Adventists with a vision. Surrounded by flourishing gardens and bordered by a perennial stream, the plot is an ideal one for agriculture. However, the harvest being reaped extends far beyond its cultivated fields.

The Machinga district is predominantly Muslim, with very little Adventist presence. Walls of prejudice exist against the Adventist faith. With the desire to reach out to others through the health message, Seventh-day Adventists in Malawi saw a need, and founded NEWSTART Institute in 2014. A health food shop and mobile restaurant were established in the community to encourage healthy eating choices, but the ministry leaders had more in mind.

On a promising plot of land in the country, the walls and roof of a sanitarium took shape. God sent committed young professionals to this center of influence, who would seek to meet the community’s medical and spiritual needs. As they labored, they quickly realized that some of the poor could not afford to pay for care. The institute resolved that no patient should ever be turned away because of money, and made plans to ultimately become self-sufficient through agriculture and other endeavors.

Aside from offering health education seminars and cooking classes to the surrounding communities, NEWSTART Institute’s goal is to combine evangelism with its medical missionary work. Patients are assisted on their path to recovery from preventable conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure. While treating patients for sickness, infection and disease, ministering Seventh-day Adventists share the Three Angels’ Messages to the community.

An evangelistic crusade in October of 2017 yielded 19 baptisms in this spiritually needy area. These precious new converts now walk over 2 miles each Sabbath morning, to worship at an Adventist church. NEWSTART Institute would like to build a local church for the believers, and a school to educate the next generation
for healthy, productive lives. The community has a high level of dropouts, as the closest primary school to the area is 3 miles away. Even first graders must walk the distance.

NEWSTART Institute’s leaders believe that their work has only begun. Upcoming construction phases on the property include the addition of five buildings in
order to house medical missionary staff and patients. One house is nearly completed, and two more foundations have been raised. The institute team would like to build a medical clinic with laboratory and radiology departments to meet their growing needs. They have plans to add treatment rooms to the sanitarium, and to secure a permanent building for their mobile health restaurant in town. The team would also like to see a vocational school built to train Bible workers in various trades, such as carpentry and tailoring. Thus, God’s workers can support themselves and live self-sufficiently as they do His bidding.

Our time is short. “The world must be warned of the soon coming of the Lord. We have but a little time in which to work.” Christian Service, 92.


Location: Malawi

Author: Dr. Lughano Kalongolera is the president of NEWSTART Institute in Southern Malawi. He is training Medical Missionaries to minister to the physical,
mental and spiritual needs of the people.

How You Can Help

Pray for the work of the medical missionaries working among the Muslim people.

Donate. Funds are needed to build facilities, train Bible workers and purchase medical equipment. If you would like to help out in this soul winning project, mark your donations “NEWSTART Malawi,” and send to:
Mission Projects International
PO Box 506
Republic, WA 99166-0506

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


5/26/2018: Living Springs of Patience

Living Springs of Patience

God sustains missionaries through challenges in mission work.

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience” Romans 5:3.

We do not usually go through life looking for tribulation. But as pilgrims in this world, we cannot avoid it. For those of us here at Living Springs, 2017 held its share of tribulation.

Earlier in the year, we faced an unfair lawsuit. But by God’s grace we were able to settle it, and His mercy sustained us. Then just as things began to settle down, we received word that one of my dear nieces had been diagnosed with cancer. She is Catholic, but leans toward agnostic views. Because of the way the medical system is organized in Panama, she faced possibly having to wait months for treatment. We were able to talk to her about God’s healing ways, and
she agreed to let us help her until she could receive medical treatment. God not only blessed the treatments, but He also provided much-needed help in the form of a friend visiting for ASI meetings, giving us the time we needed to look after my niece. Now that she has been able to start chemotherapy, she is still doing alternative treatments. The doctors cannot believe how well she is doing. Glory to God!

In our little town, an evangelical organization offers help to troubled young ladies. Through mutual friends we were able to meet the couple that runs the organization. We offered them Bible studies, and after a few months of studying with them, they asked us to study with the young ladies that are under their care. Most of them have little knowledge of the Scriptures, many of their comments being drawn from movies they have seen on television. It has been so rewarding to see them growing spiritually. All of them are now reading the Bible, and one has recently expressed her desire to be baptized.

One challenge that we have faced giving Bible studies is that many people do not know how to read. One family we visited had three members that were going to school, but could not read. Those that did know how to read were reading at a very low level. We offered to teach them to read and promised them a Bible if they were successful. We used the Bible as our textbook. It began slowly, and we had to summon a lot of patience, but they have now all learned to read. They love to show off their new reading skills whenever we have a Bible study.

As we begin a brand new year, we want to pause and give thanks to our wonderful God for His goodness and faithfulness toward us. He sustained us through every challenge we faced in 2017. We also want to thank our faithful partners in ministry that give of their means and keep us in their prayers. A friend of this ministry calls periodically just to let us know that she and her husband get up at 4:30 each morning to pray. We are so grateful to all of you!

As we see end time events unfolding, we are especially praying that we may develop the patience that will take us through the final events of this earth’s history. Christ is coming soon. May we all be faithful, no matter what tribulations lay ahead on our path.


Author: Zaida Acosta and her family run Living Springs Health and Education.

How You Can Help
Pray for the troubled young ladies that they are ministering to, the Bible studies they are giving, and their medical missionary work among the sick in
their area, especially their niece.

Donate. Living Springs needs funds to pay for their medical evangelism needs. Specific needs include housing for volunteers, and a tractor to help with the upkeep of the property. Donations may be made through Mission Projects International marked “Panama.”

Thank You
To all who send funds to assist Living Springs with prayers and donations, the Acostas say, “Thank you for being part of our ministry through your prayers and support!”


03/10/2018: A Salaam Aleikum

A Salaam Aleikum

The work progresses in Senegal with volunteers from England.

Greetings from Senegal! As the medical missionary work here grows and flourishes, and opportunities for sharing God’s love multiply, our hearts overflow with praise. Even amidst many challenges, God is always good.

A little while ago I visited Ita, a young lady suffering from breast cancer. Although she is American born, and grew up Christian, she converted to Islam when she married her Muslim husband. Along with her physical pain, she also deals with much grief. Her mother passed away seven years ago, and shortly afterward her husband also died, leaving her with three young children and another on the way. Even in her sorrow, she faces her illness with courage. When I met her, she had already changed her diet and was eager for any help that we could give. She had tried a “mild treatment” of chemotherapy at the insistence of her in-laws, but when her hair started falling out, she refused to continue.

The large sore on her chest permeated the house with an awful smell. We covered it with charcoal and honey poultices. We also gave her hydrotherapy and massage for her edematous arm. As the days went by, the odor gradually lessened. To our delight, in a few weeks, you could hardly notice it. When we started to work with Ita, her wound was very yellow, but now the tissue has a healthier, redder hue, and we can see small areas of new skin growth near the edges.

When I visit her, I share with her about our heavenly Father’s great love for us, and we pray together. I have given her several Bible verses and Psalms, and she has accepted them gratefully. Please pray for Ita and her family.

Rachel and Praise, two young ladies from England, have come to help us for a few months while they get some hands-on medical missionary training. We are grateful for the medical supplies they brought, and the Great Controversy books, which we have been sharing with our English-speaking friends.

Another vacation camp with the village children is coming up. This time we are adding some health training for the older teens. Boys and girls will learn first aid. Girls will also learn how to make their own cloth menstrual pads. Most girls here can’t afford to buy disposable pads, and just use old pieces of cloth. This often leads to infection. We hope to alleviate this by teaching them to make and care for re-usable cloth pads.

We are also grateful for the renovations that have begun on one of our buildings. We have had many problems with the fibro-cement roof tiles becoming brittle and leaking, so we decided to install a concrete slab roof with help from the team at http://bellroofcompany.com/roofing-redlands/. We hope to divide the building into two dormitory-style rooms – one for men and one for women. We also plan to have two bathrooms, a classroom, and a storage room.

Unfortunately, our donor has had some unexpected financial difficulties, and we do not have enough funds to finish the project. The walls are up, and the reinforcement of the older building is finished, but the electrical wiring, plumbing, roof, stairs, windows, and doors remain. We hope to have the building operational by December, as we need the space for upcoming events. Aside from all this, we are also in need of a video projector.

 

We appreciate your prayers, and are thankful for any help you can give us. May God continue to bless and keep us all as we work for Him.

 

AUTHOR

Deborah Ndione

Sister Deborah 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. Even with the Lord’s blessings, Deborah’s family faces challenges in Senegal. Please continue to pray that the Lord will open the doors for their outreach center.

Donate to Deborah’s work through Mission Projects International. Please mark your donation “Senegal” and send it to:

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

For electronic options, visit: missionspro.org/donate


08/26/2017: The Hidden Village

The Hidden Village

Goal: Start a branch Sabbath School within a few weeks.

Problem: No known contacts or location.

Teacher, where are we going to start?” I didn’t quite know how to answer. As a new outreach leader in Sunshine Orchard’s Medical and Bible Outreach Training program, I’d been assigned to take two inexperienced students into a new area. Other outreach teams had connections in their turf, but not us. Yet along with the other teams, we aimed to start a branch Sabbath School within a few weeks. We just didn’t know where!

“Let’s start walking and see where God leads,” I told Tee Too and Paw Ta Shu. We found a community of nice, fenced homes, but not many people seemed interested in visiting with us—except when we happened upon two poorer residences. The next outreach period, we decided to try a different part of town; but in this new neighborhood, hardly anyone was home.

As we wandered along, we saw a group of children scampering up a trail that went straight up the hillside. A man followed not far behind. When he greeted us, we asked where they were going. “There’s a village at the top of the hill,” he motioned. “Come along and see!” Hopeful of finding people to minister to, we scrambled after him.

At the top of the hill, our impromptu guide took us to meet the village headman, and then next door to visit a sick man. Although barely into his forties, the man seemed little more than skin and bones. On the right side of his neck, a fist-sized lump oozed a foul liquid. We learned that he had been dealing with this condition for over two years. He had declined surgery—whether due to lack of money or courage we weren’t sure—and now he had so much pain he could do little except sit in the house all day. 

After prayer and some words of encouragement, we left the family with supplies to put clay poultices on his neck and told them that we would be back later with a doctor. Only a miracle could heal this man’s cancer, but whatever the outcome, I knew God could use the situation to reach someone. My team all agreed that we would be happy to work in this village. 

The next Sabbath, we met a warm welcome in the home of the sick man and then in the home of an elderly couple. Adults crowded in for help with health needs. Children whispered and stared. We took blood pressures, gave health counsel and told the children a story and a health talk. All too soon, we had to wish them goodbye. 

A two-week school break interrupted our visits to the hidden village. When our weekly outreach resumed, it was time to get our branch Sabbath School started. Would an older couple who hardly knew us consider letting us use their home to teach about health and the Bible? We decided to ask.

To our delight, the couple welcomed us to visit and share any time. The next Sabbath, more than 20 people gathered in the home. We told the creation story and how sin began. Then we shared about the benefits of water.  

Each week, we also visited the man with cancer. As our friendship grew, it became even harder to watch him suffer, weaken and die. Yet our friendship with his family and the village kept growing. Since his passing, we’ve continued with our branch Sabbath School, and we’ve kept giving simple treatments to the sick. Some of the children have come to church with us on Sabbath morning, and even the older people seem to be opening to Jesus. The light is dawning for the hidden village!

AUTHOR

Hannah Steck

Hannah and her family are missionaries at Sunshine Orchard Learning Center in Thailand. www.sunshineorchard.org

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray. The Medical and Bible Outreach Training (MBT) program was started for Sunshine Orchard graduates who want to become missionaries to their own people. Pray for the MBT participants as they minister in the surrounding communities—and pray for the people to open their hearts to Jesus!

Donate. Sunshine Orchard Learning Center relies on donations to feed, house and provide education to over 200 students. Send your check marked “Sunshine Orchard” to Jesus for Asia, PO Box 1221, Collegedale, TN 37315, or visit www.jesus4asia.org/invest/ and scroll down to “Sunshine Orchard Learning Center.”


12/24/2016: Change of Plans

Change of Plans

Bolivia

It was 12:52 am when my phone chimed. “Hello Mirta. You might say to Ruben to send the money with Herman? Also the anesthetics and needles that you gathered for the project. We are going to be here in Familia Feliz a week, and there is no anesthesia in town. I am in the middle of nowhere. I came looking for signal to send you this message.”

The mission plane that Mission Send Me uses to take dentists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to minister to the people in undervdevelped areas in Bolivia.
The mission plane that Mission Send Me
uses to take dentists, physicians, and other
healthcare professionals to minister to the
people in under develped areas in Bolivia.

It did not surprise me to receive a text message from Gabriela Garcia late at night. For three months we had been messaging in the evenings after she got home from her dental office, planning a medical outreach project to northern Bolivia. Gabriela had already scheduled a mission trip to Familia Feliz (Happy Family), a Christian boarding school in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, and she had a group of 20 people coming from an Adventist hospital to help. We decided it would be a great time for a few of us to add on a trip to Puerto Ustarez on the Guaporé River, the border between Bolivia and Brazil. I had been told on a previous mission trip that the people of Puerto Ustarez were especially needy, and I was excited to be able to minister in this remote location.

professionals provide dental and medical care.
professionals provide dental and medical care.

Plans had changed when an emergency arose in our family. My husband and I had traveled from our mission home on the campus of an Adventist television station in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to be with my family in Entre Ríos, Argentina. To make things more difficult, I was now in bed with gastroenteritis. Days before, I had given up hope of being able to make the trip to Puerto Ustarez—a decision that cost me a lot of pain and tears. Since informing Gabriela of my plight, I had not heard back from her and hardly knew what would become of this trip I had spent so much time organizing. How glad I was to receive her messages at any hour! It appeared that God had extra work for Gabriela to do in Rurrenabaque, and she needed the supplies I had put together for Puerto Ustarez. I didn’t mind. If God opened the way for us to go to Puerto Ustarez in the future, He would surely provide more supplies!

Right away, I began messaging friends back home in Santa Cruz. They were sleeping, of course, but sometimes when God reveals His plans we have to act fast! I explained to Ruben and Romina where to find the supplies Gabriela needed: a suitcase of medications, a box of Christian literature, another box full of Bibles, and a cash donation to help reimburse travel expenses for one of the dentists. Everything had to be at the hangar before 6:30 am so that Herman, our mission pilot, could take it to Rurrenabaque. Thanks to God, Romina and Ruben acted quickly and delivered all the supplies on time. It was beautiful to see the hand of God guiding despite seeming failure!

Soldiers lined up for dental care.
Soldiers lined up for dental care.

Planning medical missionary trips to the jungles in the interior of Bolivia is the work God has given me. The people of this nation, especially in the northeast, greatly need medical help. Bolivia is thought to be the least developed country in South America, with 45% of the population living below the international poverty line of $2 a day. A majority of the people live in primitive conditions and hold indigenous beliefs. Thousands upon thousands of the nation’s children lack access to healthcare and education. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 95% of Bolivians have cavities. In addition, many villagers lack basic knowledge of health and hygiene, especially in the preparation of food. As such, the risk of contracting infectious diseases is high.

Mission Send Me is the organization my husband and I began in order to orchestrate medical missionary trips to remote, needy areas of Bolivia. We take dentists, dental assistants, health educators, eye doctors and a physical therapist (myself) to do all we can to help the poor with their physical needs and in this way show them God’s love. We always find much work to do both in helping people with immediate health needs and in educating them in the prevention of diseases, including how to obtain pure drinking water, keep food uncontaminated and practice sanitation in their homes. Thankfully, these poor communities are eager for medical attention. They appreciate our help.

While caring for people’s medical needs, we distribute outreach literature as well—books about family, education, moral values and health. We are confident that God continues His work through these books long after we leave the community!

Although the trip to Puerto Ustarez with Gabriela fell through, God knew what He was doing. As a boarding school that provides assistance to orphaned, abandoned, abused or very poor children, Familia Feliz was just as worthy of help as any poor village we could have selected. The 617-acre campus, home to 60 students ages 5 to 17, is about eight miles south of Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. Six small homes host groups of 8–12 students assembled by age, gender and emotional/psychosocial development. The houses are built of concrete and brick, some with thatched roofs and others with metal roofs. The school classrooms, built from the same materials, are small, dark and poorly ventilated, making for difficult school days in the hot climate.

Bright smiles cared for by volunteer dentists.
Bright smiles cared for by volunteer dentists.

Professionals and assistants from Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Romania came together to help this school and its community with medical care and building maintenance. The project was richly blessed with six dentists who provided free dental care for students of Familia Feliz, soldiers stationed nearby, other army staff and people of the community.

The Argentinean crew, 20 members strong, worked on remodeling and rebuilding the dingy classrooms. They replaced thatched roofs and did other maintenance work with donated supplies. In addition to their hard work on the facilities, they put on a week of prayer for the children. One of the brethren even held a workshop on prayer for the soldiers!

Although we had to be absent from the scene of their labors, we give thanks to God for having been able to aid this medical missionary project by helping to gather medical supplies, Bibles and religious literature. We give thanks that so many people were blessed by the volunteer efforts!

By the way, the trip to Puerto Ustarez has been rescheduled. I trust that God still has a great work for us to do there. I would like to encourage anyone reading this who may want to give a week or two or even several months to work in God’s missions: There is much to do! “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2. Please join us in the harvest field!

By Mirta Farias, missionary to Bolivia with her husband Miguel and their daughters. chemiclin@hotmail.com. For more information on Mission Send Me and to learn how to donate, visit www.missionsendme.wordpress.com.


12/17/2016: Little Lyza

Little Lyza

Philippines

Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ’s life on earth, to walk where He trod. . . . But we need not to go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps.” Desire of Ages, 640.

While going forth in the villages of southern Mindanao to find souls who will accept the message of truth, my wife and I met Jomer and Maricel Carlos and their young family, who belong to the Lumad group (a term for the indigenous people here). For some reason, we both felt that we should stay and talk awhile after the Bible study. We ended up staying for an hour just visiting.

Little Lyza
Little Lyza

As my wife talked with Maricel, she learned of the affliction of the couple’s 4-year-old daughter. Calling me over, she pointed to the tiny child inside the bedroom, saying, “Look, there’s a baby girl who has been suffering for a year already.”

Looking at the young girl, I felt real pity for her. Instead of being an energetic toddler, she was thin, malnourished and unable to walk. “How did this happen to your child?” I asked.

The parents sighed. “When Lyza was three years old, she was fell off our bed and hurt her back,” Jomer explained. “We tried to massage it and make her feel better. For three months she walked normally and played with the other kids. After that, we noticed that the baby started coughing all the time, and was often short of breath.”

“We thought it was normal,” Maricel added. “We thought it was because of the change in the climate between the dry and rainy seasons.” It turned out the baby’s cough and poor health were not normal. As the months passed, Lyza’s condition worsened until she could not walk anymore. She could crawl around on her hands, but she couldn’t seem to operate her legs and her body properly.

Lyza’s deformed back.
Lyza’s deformed back.

“Lyza used to be a very happy, friendly child,” her mother told us. “But now that it has been a year since her injury, she just lies on our bed and waits for us to bring her food, it is sad for us to see her, we are still trying to get a compensation of her injury with help from the car accident attorney.”

My wife and I felt so sorry for this pathetic little girl. Her body looked like nothing but bones, and we knew the hard bed must be uncomfortable and tiresome to her injured back. “Why haven’t you sent her to the hospital to have an x-ray and find out what is wrong?” my wife asked.

“We wanted to do that, sister.” The mother’s eyes looked sad. “But we cannot because my husband’s income is only enough to buy food for us and our four children every day.”

Before we left, we offered a special prayer for little Lyza. Then I told the family, “Don’t be discouraged because of what happened to your daughter. God is merciful.”

Tears filled Maricel’s eyes as she thanked us for the prayer and encouragement. We could see how much she and her husband both wanted to see their baby recover and play normally with the other kids. As a parent myself, I felt their burden!

Jomer, Maricel, and Lyza
Jomer, Maricel, and Lyza

Although it was sad to see little Lyza suffering, we rejoiced at this family’s openness to hear the truth. Attendees of a Pentecostal church, they nevertheless gladly accepted our offer to study the Bible with them. As the studies progressed and they learned of the true Sabbath, they expressed gratitude to God for giving them light. They were just as willing to accept His truth about speaking in tongues. Even though they had thought that the Spirit was using them every Sunday when they spoke in an unknown tongue, they realized that it could not be the true gift of the Spirit because they themselves could not understand what they were saying.

As the Carlos family has accepted the light of truth, they have become allies to help us reach more in their village. Because of their interest in our message, they have introduced us to their neighbors and helped make us welcome in many more homes!

“The Scripture says that ‘men ought always to pray, and not to faint’ (Luke 18:1); and if ever there is a time when they feel their need of prayer, it is when strength fails and life itself seems slipping from their grasp. Often those who are in health forget the wonderful mercies continued to them day by day, year after year, and they render no tribute of praise to God for His benefits. But when sickness comes, God is remembered. When human strength fails, men feel their need of divine help. And never does our merciful God turn from the soul that in sincerity seeks Him for help. . . . The Saviour would have us encourage the sick, the hopeless, the afflicted, to take hold upon His strength.” Ministry of Healing, 225, 226.

To all my brothers and sisters in Christ, I ask you to remember little Lyza in your prayers. Pray not only for the Lord’s healing touch on her body, but for grace for her and her family to endure this hard trial and keep their faith in the Lord!

By Temtem Piedraverde. temtempiedraverde@yahoo.com. Support for Pastor Temtem’s work in the Philippines may be sent to Mission Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058, or online at www.missionspro.org, marked “Philippine workers.”


12/03/2016: Cure of the Clay

Cure of the Clay

Honduras

In this world of advanced technology, increased health research and heroic medical treatments, you might think that we would no longer need the simple remedies that God has given us in the natural world. Yet I can testify that this is

Mixing up clay.
Mixing up clay.

not so! Day after day, in our work in Honduras, we see the need for the balm of Gilead to soothe a suffering world. We are told, “It is God’s purpose that His gospel shall go to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples. And medical missionary work is the right, helping hand of the gospel, to open doors for the proclamation of the message. . . .

“Women should be educated in medical missionary lines, that as they go forth to heathen countries they may help those of their sisters who need help. In His service the Lord will open doors whereby His word can find entrance. . . .

Elsa Willis explains treatment.
Elsa Willis explains treatment.

“In reading the Word of God, we see that Christ brought medical missionary work into His ministry. Cannot our eyes be opened to discern Christ’s methods? Cannot we understand the commission He gave to His disciples and to all His followers? . . . As the medical missionary works upon the body, God works upon the heart.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, 270, 271.

Quotes such as this inspired us to come to Honduras over 15 years ago and continue to inspire us to do all we can to alleviate the needs of the people around us. Many poor and needy families occupy the nearby villages, and when there is a need, they often ask us for help.

Applying clay to Don Quintin’s legs.
Applying clay to Don
Quintin’s legs.

Recently, I had the privilege to be of service to an elderly couple in El Cerro del Toro who live alone and try to support themselves. Word got to me that Don Quintin’s legs had swollen up, causing him so much pain that he could not get around to do the little bit of work he does to survive. The day after I heard it, I went with one of the church members to visit Don Quintin. I could see the pain on his face. He told me that someone had taken him to the hospital but all they did for him there was give him a bag of ibuprofen. He said he had taken the pills for a week, but saw no improvement. In fact, his legs were getting worse.

As I examined him and asked him questions, I prayed for wisdom on how to treat the swelling. The next day I returned with a bag of green clay for his legs and some fresh fruit and vegetables, which I knew the couple couldn’t often afford. As I applied the wet clay to the swollen limbs, I explained its benefits and told of the instances in the Bible when Jesus used clay. I also shared one of my favorite stories to tell when doing treatments: the story of Naaman the leper and the muddy Jordan River. I emphasized the importance of obedience to God’s Word, telling my patient, “If God says seven, He means seven!” Mr. Quintin really enjoyed that story.

Don Quintin told me he felt almost instant relief when I covered his legs with the clay. In three days his legs had returned to normal size, and the pain was relieved. Thank God for natural remedies!

Mrs. Quitin receiving her new shoes.
Mrs. Quitin receiving
her new shoes.

While ministering to Don Quintin, I could not ignore his wife’s needs. On my first visit I noticed her wearing worn-out sandals, so on my next trip I brought her a new pair of shoes. When she put them on, she acted as excited as a little girl!

“The Christian is to be an agent for God, dispensing his blessings to others, and thus laying up for themselves treasure in heaven. His treasure will thus never be lost. . . . In blessing others, they are made glad with the thought that God has not forgotten them, and gratitude springs up in the hearts of those who have been suffering and oppressed.” Signs of the Times, September 12, 1895.

Please pray for us as we continue to minister to the needs of others using God’s natural methods of healing!

By Elsa Willis of Maranatha Medical Ministries. Support for this ministry may be sent to PO Box 390, Keysville, VA 23947.


05/07/2016: Our Faithful God

Our Faithful God

Panama

 

“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9.

Working in the Lord’s vineyard, we have experienced God’s faithfulness, goodness and love in many ways. His promises are clear; we just need to claim them. What a wonderful God we serve!

Our year has been full of challenges, but we have not been left alone. Instead, we have claimed His promises for our own: promises like the ones found in The Ministry of Healing, pages 248, 249. “We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down. ‘Let him take hold of My strength,’ says the Mighty One, ‘that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.’ Isaiah 27:5. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our ignorance we make missteps, the Savior does not forsake us. We need never feel that we are alone. . . . In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. . . . There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.”

Helpers take a break to explore the farm.

Here at Living Springs, we have seen how God provides for every need and difficulty! We have been praying for God to send us the right help for the farm and other aspects of the ministry. In our area, it is hard to find help during the harvest. God was gracious to us last year because during July and August some relatives came to visit and encourage us, and while here they helped us with the corn harvest. Their help was such a blessing, and the Lord gave us a bumper crop! By ourselves, it would have taken several days to gather the harvest, but what a difference those extra hands made. We are so thankful to the volunteers who gave us their vacation time to come and help, and to those who brought us much-needed supplies. God faithfully sent us the help we needed at the time we needed it most.

The corn harvest reminded us of God’s call to go work in His field. In Matthew 9:37, He tells us, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” May God encourage those who are not yet actively involved in some form of ministry to get active! Time is running out and the Lord is waiting for more volunteers.

Besides keeping up the farm, one way we have been able to reach out to our community is by helping those suffering with various heath challenges. Out here in the country, people come to us for help at any time of day and any day of the week. One day as we were getting ready to go to work on the farm, a lady called Aminta and her husband and son appeared at our front door, saying that a friend had recommended our services. Aminta needed help for her brother who had cancer that had metastasized. She said he was getting weaker and more fragile by the day. Even though her brother’s family did not believe in natural remedies and had determined to continue with the chemotherapy treatments, Aminta carefully listened to our recommendations, and tried to help her brother through his terminal illness. Although her brother passed away, she and her family were very thankful for our help.

Later, Aminta brought several other family members to get help with their health conditions. She even brought a brother who is Jehovah’s Witness. After visiting with us and asking many questions, he allowed us to have prayer with him. When we read Exodus 15:26 to him, he took his smartphone and searched for the text in his Bible. After reading it aloud himself, he said, “I have read this text before, but I never realized that it says Jehovah heals us.” He went away very thankful for the help and full of hope that his problem can be cured by Jehovah’s grace.

Another family came to get help for Porphyria, an older lady with cancer of the esophagus and major depression. Porphyria refused any kind of medical intervention until finally the family persuaded her to give God and His remedies a chance. When she came to us, Porphyria could only drink small sips of liquids. Now, by the grace of God, she can swallow capsules and even eat food. Her family and friends are very amazed by what God is doing in Porphyria’s behalf.

An Indian family in front of the pickup which the Lord provided in answer to prayer.

We want to thank all our partners in faith who contribute to this ministry and uplift us in prayer. In spite of the many challenges, we have great promises, like the one found in 1 Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” When God calls, He also fits us for the work and provides for the needs that arise. From the time we arrived in this country, we have needed a pickup truck for the farm, and have been praying for God to supply it. We praise God that He has given us a brand new pickup! We want to thank all those who let God use them to answer our prayers and provide us with this wonderful blessing.

 

Thank you again to all who help this ministry be carried out. We wish God’s richest blessings to each of you!

 

By Zaida Acosta of Living Springs of Health and Education. 4livingsprings@gmail.org. Support for this project may be sent to Mission Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058, marked “Panama.” To donate online, visit www.missionspro.org.


Letter from Cody: Senegal – April 2016

Deborah teaching a cooking class

Have you ever been so utterly exhausted that you felt like you could not keep your eyes open another moment or take another step? I am sure that all of us have been so weary that rest was the only thing on our mind. Jesus understands our need, not only for physical rest, but even more for the spiritual rest that answers the true need of every heart. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28–30. As I have been restudying this familiar passage, I have been amazed at its beauty and depth. The rest that Jesus offers truly meets the heart need of all humanity. How do we receive this rest? Acceptance and surrender are the first steps. “Those who take Christ at His word, and surrender their souls to His keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence. In perfect acquiescence there is perfect rest.” Desire of Ages, 331. Only perfect surrender to the will and ways of God can bring perfect rest. As we surrender to Jesus, we need His presence to go with us every day. “Those who have fellowship with Christ have constant rest and peace.” “Wherever the love of Jesus reigns, there is peace and rest.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 410; Evangelism, 638. Full surrender brings us into closer fellowship with Jesus and enables His love to reign in our lives. As we daily walk with Jesus, our rest and peace in Him grows more and more each day. Jesus invites us to enter His rest through surrender and companionship. May we experience this blessed rest!

Taking notes at the cooking class

One country that truly needs the peace and rest of Jesus is Senegal, which contains the westernmost point of Africa. Sister Deborah Ndione has been working in this country as a missionary for a number of years and the Lord is continuing to bless her efforts for Him. With over ninety percent of the population being Muslim and only around six hundred Seventh-day Adventists in the entire country, there is definitely much work to do in sharing the love of Jesus. Deborah has been able to hold healthy living classes for the ladies of the church and community, teaching vegetarian cooking, fitness and other health habits to improve their lives. The ladies have not only started making the vegetarian dishes for themselves, but have been sharing them with their friends and neighbors. Through this means, doors of prejudice are being broken down, creating even more opportunities to share. Deborah also does “tent making” by teaching English, using the opportunity to share Jesus with her students. One such student is Philomene, a university professor. As their conversational English classes progressed, Deborah and Philomene began talking about God and the hope of Jesus’ soon return. As Deborah explained why she was unable to hold their classes on Friday evening, she had an opportunity to share what the Bible says about the Sabbath. Since Philomene had

Teaching an exercise and fitness class

been raised a Catholic, she thought that Sunday was the Sabbath, but after reading Genesis 2:2, 3, she realized that this is not what the Bible teaches. As the classes have continued, there have been many other opportunities to share spiritual things and Philomene has been opening up to Deborah more and more. Deborah’s English tutoring provides a tremendous opportunity to be able to share personally with people and lead them to a deeper walk with the Lord. Please continue to pray for Deborah and her work of reaching men and women in this needy country through medical missionary work and personal evangelism. If you would like to help in her work, you may mark your donation “Senegal.”

Yours in resting in Jesus,


03/19/2016: Shining Lights

Shining Lights

Papua New Guinea

 

Francis, a brother from the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea, was brought up in the Assembly of God Church. He was very faithful to the church and served them as a musician. He has a good education and works hard for a big company in the town of Kimbe on New Britain Island.

Not long ago he met a widow named Agnes who lived in Tiauru. Agnes eventually left Tiauru and began living with her older sister in Kimbe. It was there that she met Francis and they married. One day, Daniel, one of our church members, was discussing business with Francis and ended up talking about health. Daniel told Francis about the health message. Francis was convinced and he went home that day and told Agnes about what he heard. They both decided to worship with our brethren in the Gavuvu home church one Sabbath.

That Sabbath was the turning point in their lives. They found the present truth which eventually led them to take their faithful stand with us and uphold the truth. They began worshipping with us in Gavuvu, both learning new truths that they had never known before. They were very blessed. Eventually they left Kimbe and moved back to Tiauru where they both continue to worship with us.

Another testimony comes from young Sophia who lives with her family on the Barema oil palm settlement. Sophia has only one hand because her other hand had to be amputated when she was still a baby. But she is a very strong girl and is able to do her work using only her right hand. She is a very good farmer and plants gardens of cabbage and peanuts, among other produce, in order to support herself and not be dependent on her family.

The Barema laymen church hosted a health evangelistic meeting and invited me to be the guest speaker. It was an open air meeting and many people from different Sunday-keeping churches attended the program. One of them was Sophia. Every night she heard the health message that was presented with pictures in a slide show and was converted to the present truth.

The first Sabbath after the meeting she joined us in worship and found out that the Sabbath is the true day of worship. She left her Sunday-keeping church and fully made her decision to stand on the Lord’s side. She is now in baptismal class, studying more truth in the Barema church. Sophia said that when she is baptized and fully knows the truth, she will go to her village in Hagen and establish the work there. Her whole family worships on Sunday and do not know the saving truth, so she wants to go and bring them over to the safe side. Please pray for young Sophia. She is a faithful young girl and is very serious in her new found faith.

Agatha is a young mother from Chimbu Province. She also lives in the Barema community and had breast cancer. She sought medical treatment, but it didn’t help her. She had to accept that she would die. Finally, she heard about our group of medical missionaries in Barema and came seeking help. By God’s grace, our medical missionaries enrolled her into their treatment program and, with their assistance, she was healed through faith.

After her healing, Agatha knew that the true church of God was teaching the health message, which she had never heard in her Sunday-keeping church. She told her husband, who never attended church, “God has proven His power in my life. I should have died, but God had a plan for me to hear the present truth and be safe in Heaven.” So she took her stand and attended baptismal class. Today she is an active church member and her testimony is a great shining light to the Barema community. She always has a smile on her face because she should have been in the grave, but instead she thanks God that she is alive. She faithfully lives the health principles.

Marry is a mother from Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. She used to be a Seventh-day Adventist, but does not live a healthy lifestyle and she and her husband face many health problems. One day, she and her husband decided to attend our church in Vilelo. There they discovered the health message, which they never knew before. They also took their stand and were baptized. When they began keeping the health principles they saw great changes in their lives. All of their disorders which had affected them so greatly, are now gone from their bodies.

Dorothy is from Tolai, Indonesia. She is married to John, who is from Goroka and they live in the Vilelo oil palm settlement in Bialla. In 2014, Dorothy was affected by tuberculosis of the bone which left her paralyzed. She can’t walk but lies on her bed and has to have John clean her and take care of her. She slept for months, mostly on just one side and developed a big sore. Worms started eating her alive. Her husband and family knew that she would die. But they decided to take her to Bialla Health Center so she could be helped by the nurses and doctors.

One of Dorothy and John’s sons also had tuberculosis so they took both Dorothy and eight-year-old son to the hospital. Both were admitted, but the nurses and doctors couldn’t help. Even the medication was useless. The ward in which they slept stank because of Dorothy’s wounds. Flies flew in and out and all the nurses and patients complained about her. When Dorothy knew that she and her son would die, she couldn’t talk because of crying. The doctor decided to send her back home to die.

The next day, while still in the hospital, her son died. What a heartbreak to her and her husband. They wept and Dorothy knew that she would die next. The next day, the doctor sent her and her son’s body home. They buried him and Dorothy stayed at home, waiting to die. It was at this point that our medical missionaries heard about her and visited. They prayed with her and gave her hope that she must accept Jesus before she died. They helped her with simple remedies including herbs and hydrotherapy.

Praise God, she began to be healed. The medical missionaries continued working with her for months and she was finally completely restored to health and started walking again. She can now walk a mile to the Vilelo church to worship on Sabbath. She now comes every Sabbath and is receiving Bible studies and is ready to be baptized. She came to our campmeeting and enjoys feasting on the Word of God. She smiles because she found the truth which she had never known before and would have died but God saved her life from her worse-than-dead body full of worms. She came alive to serve our God. Please pray for Dorothy; her testimony shines out as a light in the community. Many people have decided to come and find out what really healed her and we direct them to the saving truth.

By Pastor Michael Loko. Pacific Lay Members Association, PO Box 103, Glasshouse Mts., Australia 4518. To donate, contact John A. Wolff: johnw@tsn.cc.