Jesus’ Visit

Jesus’ Visit

An elderly woman finds healing and peace when a Christian medical team comes to town.

Fideli shifted stiffly in her chair as she watched her daughter approach beneath the searing afternoon sun. In a country where 49% of children die under the age of five, and the adult life expectancy is less than 60, Fideli’s 87 years made her a respected elder. Yet even for those who survived persistent malaria, contaminated drinking water, and a host of other health hazards, life had severe challenges.

“Mamma, I have something for you.” Fideli’s daughter held out a piece of paper. “A group of people are coming to our village of Kimvula. They are offering us medical care for free!”

The old woman’s hand trembled as she grasped the flier. “Do these people pray?”

“Yes Mamma, they do.”

Fideli nodded and straightened from her chair. “Jesus and His disciples have arrived to heal us. I have been waiting, and I must go and see Him.”

“How can you be so sure?” Her daughter raised an eyebrow.

Fideli paused. “I was born and raised in our traditional African religion, it is true. I have never been to a Christian church, and I have no idea what Jesus looks like. But I met someone years ago who told me about Him. I heard that He is a good man. He has disciples who go from village to village, healing the sick for free. And we don’t have money for me to go to the hospital.”

The younger woman nodded. “I know that you have wanted to see a doctor for a long time.”

“I have been waiting for Jesus to visit Kimvula and heal me instead,” Fideli stated simply. “And now that He is here, let us go.”

At the mobile clinic, Fideli shuffled up to a crowd that encircled a man who was speaking of Jesus’ love. After talking for a few more minutes, the man prayed. Then a smiling stranger welcomed the elderly woman and led her to a physician, who gave her the medical treatment that she had needed, no strings attached.

Even after her physical need had been met, Fideli lingered. Did Jesus have more to offer than healing from her ailment? Something about the Train Them 2 Fish clinic beckoned her, even after she had gone home.

The following morning, Fideli’s chair by her door sat empty. The crowd of listeners parted as the determined old woman stepped closer to hear the morning message and the prayer. As it ended, she approached the speaker. “Where is Jesus?” she asked. “I want to see Him.”

“Mamma,” the man responded softly, “Jesus is in Heaven. He left to prepare a place for you there.”

Fideli blinked, processing the meaning of his words.

The man continued. “He sent us here to do His work and to prepare people to meet Jesus when He comes back. He wants to take us to Heaven where there will be no sickness, suffering, poverty or death.”

Fideli looked into the man’s face. “What can I do to be among the people whom Jesus takes with Him, when He comes back?”

“Give your life to Jesus.” The man’s eyes sparkled with conviction. “Listen to His Word, and be baptized.”

The following Sabbath, a fervent old lady joined 18 others in baptism. Two weeks later, Fideli passed away in the blessed hope. She knew that soon she would see Jesus face to face.

Until the day of His return, Christ’s modern-day disciples will continue to minister from village to village. Who knows how many more wait, wondering when Jesus will visit them?


Location
Democratic Republic of Congo

Author
Pastor Thomas Ongasa of the Democratic Republic of Congo is a former president of his local conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Today he heads up a training school, equipping young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help
Pray for Pastor Ongasa’s team as they minister to the needy. Pray for Fideli’s family, that they too will come to know Jesus.

Give. If you would like to help Pastor Ongasa’s work in Congo, mark your donation “Congo Evangelism” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

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


Small Steps

Small Steps

A “tent-maker” medical missionary sacrifices to advance God’s work in Senegal.

Greetings from Senegal, where the rainy season has come with a vengeance, bringing leaks to our roofs and floods to our streets. God has been working in this little Muslim nation, and we are thankful for every small step that has been made in advancing the gospel.

In August 2018, the first International Women’s Ministry Congress of the newly formed West Sahel Union Mission was held in Dakar, Senegal. The theme was “Woman, Come to the Source of Living Water.” Over 100 women came from Cape Verde, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia, and Senegal, and presenters from the United States, Nigeria, Guadeloupe, and Brazil shared inspirational messages on Bible study and personal ministry. I gave a presentation on health, and a local female gynecologist also spoke. The experience was profitable for all.

Our center of influence is almost finished. Through the challenges, God has been good. One of the schools where I taught a few classes took almost three months to pay me—not uncommon here. Without that money, I was unable to buy materials, and the construction team took other jobs. But after some serious prayer sessions along with several phone calls and visits, I finally received my pay, and work resumed. God gives us our daily bread! As money becomes available, we build—and recently, God has been providing earning opportunities. A former student called for more tutoring, and one massage client recommended me to another client. Each opportunity allows me to pay the workers or buy materials like electrical wires, a door, or the stair railing. The church here is not wealthy, but God has moved some of the members to give what they can to help finish the work. The plumbing pipes have been laid and the electrical wiring completed, and we are now installing the windows and doors and preparing the floor to be tiled.

The center of influence holds a large meeting room and two dormitory rooms, one for men and one for women. There are two bathrooms and a storage room, and upstairs will be a kitchen and eventually another sleeping room. The building will be used for camp meetings, church retreats, and community activities, and it will also host a church plant for the handful of church members living close by. Already a small group has been meeting here to pray for the work in this village.

I have been visiting regularly with one of my Muslim neighbors, Ndeye, and we have been having spiritual conversations. She has read Steps to Christ and The Great Controversy, and we have started to discuss Jesus and His mission. It is not yet a Bible study, but I am praying that it will soon be.  Please pray that the Lord will continue to help Ndeye to know Him better.

A few weeks ago, our little dog ate something and got very sick. She refused to eat and became skinny and weak. My grandson and I prayed for her, and then I gave her some charcoal water to drink. The next day, she was a little better. We continued putting the charcoal water out for her, and in a few days she started eating and within two weeks made a full recovery. One of the construction workers saw the effectiveness of the charcoal and was very impressed. I had given him some charcoal awhile back, and the dog helped him to see its benefits!

Please continue to pray for the work here. We must be wise as serpents but harmless as doves, taking small steps to share the gospel. God is in control, and we need His continued blessings as we work for Him!  


Location
Senegal

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

How You Can Help

Pray that Deborah and her team of Bible workers can reach the hearts of many in her village and surrounding areas.

Pray for Ndeye, Deborah’s Muslim neighbor who speaks with her about Jesus.

Donate. Funds are needed to complete the center of influence and to dig a well to provide fresh, clean drinking water for the village of Mbirdiam. Mark your donations “Senegal” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

To donate online, visit www.missionspro.org/donate.

 


The General

The General

Free eyeglasses bring spiritual eyesight to a high-ranking military general.

“I am tired of this confusion of religion,” the Congolese general spoke to his wife and children. “From now on, I won’t allow anyone in my house to attend church—anyone. And no one may come to this house to talk about the Bible or to preach.”

The man’s wife nodded. When the general spoke, everyone listened.

There are churches on every street corner in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The sound of drums and music on Sunday morning greets the noise of traffic on the busy streets. “We have millions of people attending church every single Sunday,” the general explained. “Every church preaches about good news, but the lives of the people in church are full of corruption. I don’t like it.”

This is why I will not allow my children to go to these churches, he added to himself. For they would become corrupted too.

The general proceeded with his day’s agenda. Meanwhile, his wife ventured into town.

The general’s wife learned that a group called “Train Them 2 Fish,” was giving free medical care to the public. She decided to go through the eye program.

When his wife returned home, something different caught his glance.

He interrogated her, “where did you get that pair of eye glasses?”

“There’s a free medical program around the corner,” she explained. “I went there, and the people gave these to me.”

“The glasses you are wearing are the best you can buy here. They are very expensive. So, you must explain yourself,” the general insisted.

“My husband, these people are offering medical care for free. The glasses cost me nothing.”

“I cannot believe that they were given to you for free. They are very expensive,” he repeated.

“Go and see for yourself,” his wife suggested. “Or send someone to go for you and see if it is true.”

“Well, I will send my daughter. I trust my daughter to tell me the truth.”

The following day, the general’s daughter enrolled in the eye program. She also was given a pair of glasses.

“It is true Dad,” she reported. “These were given to me. They were free.”

“I must go for myself and see them.”

When the astonished general arrived at the corner, he came just in time for the devotional. When the program began, he approached the staff. “I want to see the coordinator of this program,” he said.

The man in front of him shifted nervously. “I’m not sure…” he began.

“I’m not here to arrest anyone, “the general assured him. “I am here because I want to see who is in charge of all this.”

The military general was led to Thomas Ongasa.

“Who are you?” the general asked.

“I am a pastor,” Ongasa replied.

“What is the name of your church?”

“Seventh-day Adventist.”

“What is that? I’ve never heard of the name.”

“The name Adventist means that we are waiting for the Second Coming of Christ,” Ongasa began. “And the Seventh-day part of our name is there because we worship Him on Saturday, the seventh day of the week.”

Pastor Ongasa offered to send a Bible worker to visit with the general.

When the Bible worker arrived, he marveled at the building’s security – for no one was allowed to step inside without permission. But two pairs of eyeglasses had been the key to his entry, and genuine Christianity had softened the heart of a once skeptical man.

“Come to my house and tell me more about your church,” the official said as he agreed to Bible studies. “I had made the decision that there would be no more religion in my home, but because of what I see you doing, my doors are open.”  


Location

Democratic Republic of Congo

Author

Pastor Thomas Ongasa, formerly a conference president in the Democratic Republic of Congo, founded Train Them 2 Fish in answer to God’s call to equip young people to spread the gospel in his country.

How You Can Help

Pray for Pastor Ongasa as he seeks to minister to the high and the low, the rich and the poor. Pray for this general of the Congolese army.

Donate. If you would like to participate in helping Pastor Ongasa reach people with medical needs in Congo, mark your donation “Congo Medical Work,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

Or click here to give online.


Letter from Mike: Senegal – September 2018

“During His ministry Jesus devoted more time to healing the sick than to preaching. His miracles testified to the truth of His words, that He came not to destroy but to save. His righteousness went before Him, and the glory of the Lord was His rearward. Wherever He went, the tidings of His mercy preceded Him. Where He had passed, the objects of His compassion were rejoicing in health, and making trial of their new-found powers. Crowds were collecting around them to hear from their lips the works that the Lord had wrought. His voice was the first sound that many had ever heard, His name the first word they had ever spoken, His face the first they had ever looked upon. Why should they not love Jesus, and sound His praise? As He passed through the towns and cities He was like a vital current, diffusing life and joy wherever He went.

“The followers of Christ are to labor as He did. We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the suffering and afflicted. We are to minister to the despairing, and inspire hope in the hopeless. And to us also the promise will be fulfilled, ‘Thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.’ Isaiah 58:8.” Desire of Ages, 350.

Deborah, a medical missionary in Senegal, is following the path of the Master in working to relieve the suffering of her people. Because medical facilities and resources in Senegal are limited, many suffer with untreated diseases. Compounding the problem, poverty  prevents many people from seeking even the limited health care which is obtainable; therefore many die for lack of treatment. Many people lose hope because they have nowhere to turn. Deborah offers these sufferers natural healing through God’s remedies. Senegal is a predominately Muslim nation and for a Muslim to seek advice from a person not of their faith is considered unwise; yet Deborah’s loving influence in her area is growing, and many are seeking her medical expertise.

A distressed woman with cancer came searching for medical help in the village where Deborah lives. The people directed her to Deborah, which was a surprise, since Deborah is not a Muslim. However, Deborah could see that the woman was in a very desperate situation and needed medical attention right away. The cancer had metastasized and was now visible from the outside. Although the case was more than Deborah alone could manage, she set herself to work doing what she could to relieve this poor woman’s suffering. In a few weeks, the lady began feeling better and grew strong enough to start helping with some daily activities. It is incredible what prayer and Christ’s power can accomplish! Christ’s name was lifted up, and the promise came, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32, NKJV. Many in the area began asking about the God that Deborah serves and worships, giving her many opportunities to witness about the power of Christ and His love! If you would like to partner together to win the hearts of the Muslims in Senegal, please mark your donations, “Senegal Mission.”

Yours in serving the Master,


The Right Arm of the Gospel

The Right Arm of the Gospel

The health message reaches hearts in Senegal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Location: Senegal

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

How You Can Help 

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

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

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

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

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


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!”


11/11/2017: Receptive Hearts or Guiding Hand?

Receptive Hearts or Guiding Hand?

Ministering in Panama through a Vacation Bible School and medical missionary work.

Here at Living Springs, we feel privileged to be alive at this time in Earth’s history. Even amidst challenges, God is in control and we can lift up our eyes because our salvation is near!

Two girls enjoying Vacation Bible School.

As first elder of our local church, my husband Pablo has been making it his goal to encourage church members to develop a closer relationship with God. We realized last year that since most of our church attendees are children, we needed to get more involved in children’s ministry. When the school break came, we held a Vacation Bible School, with about 44 children attending regularly. They made an enthusiastic crowd, joyfully singing Bible songs and listening to the Bible stories. It was a blessing to see young minds attracted to our Savior!

God provided extra help for Vacation Bible School.

One family that attended is a missionary family from another denomination that we have been giving Bible studies to for some time. When we invited their children to the VBS, the parents not only accepted, but asked if we needed help. We did need extra hands, so we put them to work with the sister from our church who was in charge of the food. They seemed to really enjoy the VBS, and one day the mother commented that one of her boys had told her that he had the Bible songs playing over and over in his head. I just smiled and said, “That is the idea!” She agreed.

We continue to feel God’s guiding hand in our medical missionary work as well. With many cases, we know that only a miracle can truly heal the patient. Such is the case of Diana, a 64-year-old with severe rheumatoid arthritis, who despite having visited many specialists and naturopaths still suffered from pain so severe she could hardly sleep. After assessing her, we placed her on a simple fruit diet, showed her how to do hydrotherapy treatments, and told her about God’s health laws. Above all, we spoke with her about the mind and the effect that thoughts and feelings have on physical health. We gave her a list of Bible promises to claim as she put the health program in practice. For more informatin, see here.

Working at the health fair.

At this, Diana opened up and talked about the many disappointments she had had in life and how they may have contributed to her health problems. It seemed that no one had talked to her about these issues before, and she kept saying how thankful she was for our talk. At our next visit she had a smile on her face. She told us she felt better and that she knew it would take time but that she trusted God to help her recuperate her health.

When a group of students from Uchee Pines Institute came and put on a health seminar about an hour and a half away from us, we took the opportunity to help put on a health fair. Some of those attending were people that God had already placed in our path to instruct in the health message. Now they had come back to learn more! The Uchee Pines seminar went so well that we hope to work in conjunction with another ministry to follow up with more health seminars in the churches of this conference.

As we move forward in faith, knowing that the end is near, we pray that we may all be found faithful and at the end of our journey be able to say, “Nevertheless I am continually with Thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” Psalm 73:23, 24.

Author

Zaida Acosta

Zaida and her family run Living Springs of Health and Education. 4livingsprings@gmail.com

How You Can Help

Pray for the children who attended the VBS and for the missionary family that is searching for the truth.

Pray for the Actostas’ medical missionary work, including the health seminars, that people may be healed both physically and spiritually.

Donate. Living Springs needs funds to pay off their farm and to continue operations. Donations may be made through Mission Projects International marked “Panama.”

Thank You

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


09/23/2017: Hair Care, Health and a Heavenly Father

Hair Care, Health and a Heavenly Father

Hair care leads to lessons on health and the gospel.

Opportunities abound in the medical missionary work, though sometimes you have to be creative to harness them. Recently, the topic of natural hair care using collagen supplements has been opening doors for me here in Senegal. In this culture, women try everything to grow long hair, but most of their methods actually damage their hair, leaving it brittle and balding.

To address this situation, I recently held a seminar on natural hair care. Keeping hair as the central theme, I branched out and discussed how diet and lifestyle can affect not only our bodies but also our hair. All ten attendees were church members, but even the church is a mission field here when it comes to the health message! As it turned out, they also became ambassadors. At the seminar I gave each woman samples of my homemade, natural personal care products. They seemed especially excited about one particular product: my hair pomade.

Soon requests started coming in to purchase the pomade. Ladies told their friends outside the church about it, and these women called me for hair consultations. This opened the door for me to share the health message with seven women about the importance of using the Tonaki Tinnitus Protocol products. We would start out talking about hair, and that led into diet, lifestyle, the importance of water, the dangers of the chemicals in many toiletries and the natural alternatives God has provided for us here in Senegal—things like shea butter, moringa and baobab oil. I shared how much God loves us and wants us to be healthy and happy, and even wove in a little bit about the great controversy and how the enemy encourages us to use products that are not good for us. All because of a hair ointment! If you are looking to get healthier contact the best coolsculpting seattle doctor!

Another opportunity to share the health message came at a recent women’s luncheon. I gave foot massages to those who wanted them and spoke about health, massage and related topics. To my delight, my old friend Angie who owns a bookstore in Dakar attended that luncheon. Soon after, she e-mailed me with some questions about fibroids. I shared what I knew, and she then asked me if I would do a women’s health talk at her bookstore.

Of course I would! It seemed the perfect opportunity to fix up a PowerPoint presentation I had on the eight laws of health, adding information on women’s concerns like fibroids, menopause and healthy personal care products. However, I ran into a problem. I did not have a video projector and neither did Angie. The church’s video projector was broken, and no one else seemed to have one to loan. But God is always good. The day before the presentation, I was able to borrow a projector from a school where I had previously taught classes. Thank the Lord!

Twelve women, some Christian and some Muslim, came to the bookstore event. Along with health, I talked about the love of God, the importance of having a relationship with Him and our special role as women. The women piped up and shared their own experiences, and we had an enjoyable evening.

In this Muslim-dominated country, talking about religion can be challenging; but people can see and understand God’s love in the context of health. When you explain the perfect body systems, the gifts of air and sunshine, the invigorating effect of resting and the blessing that even nature can be to our health, these things confirm God’s loving care. Thus a conversation that started with natural hair care can end up helping someone see that we have a heavenly Father who loves us with an everlasting love. I praise God for His health message—and His love!

 

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 to be connected to water and electricity soon. Thank you for your prayers!

Donate to Deborah’s work through Mission Projects International. Please mark your gift “Senegal.”

Special need. If you or your church have a used video projector that you could donate to Deborah’s work, she will use it to share God’s message! Alternately, donate to help her purchase one locally. For details, contact info@missionspro.org.


08/12/2017: An Education in Evangelism

An Education in Evangelism

New outreach coordinator strengthens hands-on evangelism at SETI.

“True education is missionary training. Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary; we are called to the service of God and our fellow men; and to fit us for this service should be the object of our education.” The Ministry of Healing, 395.

Outreach coordinator, José dos Santos Jr.

Equipping young people to win souls to the Kingdom of Heaven—this is the purpose of a missionary training school, and this is the purpose we strive to keep in the forefront at Santo’s Evangelistic Training Institute (SETI) in Brazil. Recently, we have added an outreach coordinator to our staff to strengthen our hands-on missionary training program and make sure students have an effective evangelistic program to participate in as part of their coursework. We want them all to have the chance to go out and witness with close supervision and guidance, and our outreach coordinator, José dos Santos Jr., has seen to that. Since he came and began working with the students and the communities around SETI, 68 people have begun studying the Bible with him and the students!

On March 12, José and the students put on a public health expo in the nearby community of Melgaço. Here the students practiced much of the knowledge they had been learning in the Health Evangelism Training Program. They presented the eight laws of health, checked people’s blood pressure and glucose levels, gave chair massage treatments and distributed literature. They also made several contacts for the evangelistic series which was to begin the following day. By mingling with people and taking care of their needs, they very effectively prepared the ground for the evangelistic series!

With great expectation, we waited to see who would show up for our meetings. The first night, 18 non-Adventists attended. The following nights the numbers grew until we had an average of 30 non-Adventists attending. In our next update, we will have news about how many people made a decision for Christ at the end of the evangelistic series. We hope to be able to establish a Seventh-day Adventist church in Melgaço this year!

Our school’s evangelistic efforts fulfill several purposes: winning souls for Christ, training the students and supporting the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In this sense, the educational program itself is evangelistic—not just the activities of the outreach department.

Over the years, non-Adventists have enrolled in the academic programs and as a result of their studies have joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This year, Emanuel Coutinho came to SETI to deepen his experience with God and to develop his talents for service. Emanuel had been in the Seventh-day Adventist Reform Movement since birth, but had not been baptized yet. Because of SETI’s friendly Christian environment and the Bible studies he went through during the training course, Emanuel was able to identify the true church of Bible prophecy and decided to join it.

On February 19, 2017, Pastor Antonio Costa Silva baptized Emanuel into the Trincheira Seventh-day Adventist Church. Emanuel’s story is just one example of how SETI is fulfilling God’s purpose for a missionary training school, both in leading the youth to Christ and making them useful for service.

“It is to fortify the youth against the temptations of the enemy that we have established schools where they may be qualified for usefulness in this life and for the service of God throughout eternity.”

Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 495.

May SETI always fulfill this divine mission!

 

AUTHOR

Giancarlo Prota de Miranda

Brother Miranda is the founder of Santo’s Evangelistic Training Institute. giancarlo.de.miranda@hotmail.com

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray for effective missionaries to be trained at SETI and for souls to be reached through their evangelistic efforts.

Give. Last year, SETI built a multipurpose building and a new kitchen/cafeteria in order to receive more students and accommodate a lifestyle center. To pay for these projects, SETI borrowed $15,000. Your donation to Mission Projects International marked “Brazil—SETI” will help pay off this loan. “As long as our schools have debts which were incurred in their establishment, in the erection of necessary buildings, and in providing necessary facilities, it is our duty to present the case to our brethren and ask them to lessen these debts.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 207.


05/20/2017: The Land of Heat and Sand

The Land of Heat and Sand

Medical missionary opportunities abound in the Muslim mission field of Senegal.

Blessed peace to you from Senegal, the land of heat and sand. Situated next door to the Sahara Desert, Senegal receives frequent deposits of Saharan sand via the harmattan winds that blow along Africa’s Atlantic coast. Add to that the sand used for the never-ending construction projects, and sand ends up everywhere: in the houses, on the roads and cars and often in your mouth and eyes.

Medical missionary opportunities abound
in the Muslim mission field of Senegal.

Imagine this blowing sand mixing with the excrement of street-roaming cows, sheep, goats, feral cats and dogs and the mentally ill homeless population, along with the trash dumped in vacant lots, and you have a recipe for disease. Filthy sand accounts for many of the eye infections and flu-like illnesses rampant in Senegal and especially in Dakar. In such an environment, immune health becomes vital!

Medical missionary opportunities abound in a place like this. Recently a sister from church made some lifestyle changes to address her health issues, but after changing her diet she developed debilitating headaches and dizziness. I went to visit her and ended up giving her a fomentation and counseling her on nutrition. Realizing that she was probably anemic, I suggested she get an iron supplement and some vitamin B12. A week later, her dizziness and headaches had completely subsided.

Another opportunity came while my husband’s Muslim niece was staying with us. Sophie had been feeling bad during the afternoon and decided to take a painkiller. When we came home, she was asleep on the bed, or so we thought. In a little while, my daughter Janie called, “Mom, there’s something wrong with Sophie!”

The treatment room for Deborah’s medical missionary work.

Running to her bedside, I found Sophie having trouble breathing and struggling to retain consciousness. I immediately started praying and asking God what I needed to do. Looking up “asthma” in my Natural Remedies Encyclopedia I found that eucalyptus oil could help. Propping her up to a sitting position, I rubbed some eucalyptus oil under her nose and then put some oil in an inhaler and told her to breathe as deeply as she could. I could tell it was painful for her at first but I kept encouraging her to breathe.

My husband wanted to take his niece to the hospital but she refused to go. I asked her if we could pray for her, and praise God, she accepted. After the prayer, I mixed eucalyptus oil in some massage oil and massaged her chest and back. Heating a fomentation pad, we wrapped it in some towels and had her hold it on her chest, then moved it to her upper back. We also made a hot foot bath and put in some grated garlic and eucalyptus oil. During this time, I also kept giving her cayenne tincture to help the blood circulate.

It took about 40 minutes before she could breathe without a lot of pain. After an hour she could say a few words in a low voice. I kept praying and asking God to help her and He did! Praise His name.

When she was able to speak better, Sophie explained that she didn’t want to go to the hospital because she believed their treatment was deadly. She had seen me work on Janie and preferred natural treatment.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1. We can always count on Him! I pray that we all will learn His natural remedies so we can be a blessing to our family, friends and neighbors.

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 for Deborah’s Muslim family and friends to open their hearts to Christ as she seeks to share the gospel with them.

Donate to Deborah’s work through Mission Projects International. Please mark your gift “Senegal.”

Thank You

In 2016, you donated $1,420 to the work in Senegal. Your donations helped build up the ministry outpost and furnish Deborah with natural remedies to help friends and neighbors. God blessed your gifts!