06/16/2012: Work for the Night Cometh

Work for the Night Cometh

The works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.” John 5:36.

“The signs of the times fulfilling all around us show us that the end of all things is at hand. Intense earnestness should take possession of us. Our slumbering energies should be aroused by persevering effort.

“Consecrated workers should go forth into the field, and move understandingly forward, clearing the King’s highway, obtaining victories in new places. Let the Lord’s workers labor in faith and trust. Some for whom they work will listen to the message and accept the truth. Let them do what God has commanded them to do. Proportionate to their faith will be their success.” Upward Look, 79

During one of the evening Bible studies.

We decided to take the commission of our Savior seriously to help souls turn from darkness to light and help more churches to be established. We chose Techimantia as an out-of-the-way place where a weak church has been for about 30 years now. It is approximately two hours’ drive from the city of Kumasi. This town has been dominated by a church called True Faith Tabernacle Church that has been able to raise three different temples in various areas of the township for worship. It is a Sabbath-keeping church but knows nothing about the Three Angels’ Messages and true Sabbath observance. They observe the Sabbath from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. Therefore, we gathered our efforts together and immediately set preparation underway to present the truth to those dear souls who have no knowledge about the present truth.

Pastor Kusi Amoakohene with two fellow, self-sacrificing workers conduct house-to-house visits.

However, we had to embark on some effective house-to-house work to soften the ground almost two weeks before the opening night. Wemet interested people during the visitation. The house-to-house work yielded fruitful results, and on the opening night a very large audience was gathered at the meeting site to hear the message by Pastor Kusi Amoakohene entitled “The Result Of Sin.” On the second day, close to our preaching grounds, a church called The Blood of Jesus Ministry came and mounted a platform for their one-week outdoor program. We talked to them about the clash of programs, pleading with them to postpone theirs until after ours had been completed, but their “prophet” told me that they take instructions from the Holy Spirit and not man.

Do you know what the Lord did? Through prayers, God wonderfully directed a great number of people to come to our site to hear His Word. By the use of the computer and projector as well as the chain of lessons which were shown on the screen, many were attracted to the scene. We bought pens and notebooks for those who were anxious to copy the quotations that we wrote on the board.

Group picture with attendees of the first Sabbath worship.

Some were able to stand on their feet while others sat on the verandas of nearby houses. When the change of the Sabbath and the antichrist were covered with pictures of the type of beast, they were taken by surprise; they had not seen any such pictures on these topics or heard these facts from the Bible before. We were surprised because, from experience, whenever we presented these topics, the number of hearers usually decreased; but to the contrary, the number increased as so many of them were excited to know about the prophecies. During the altar calls, as many as 23 people surrendered to Christ by coming forward. National Sunday Law and Behold He Cometh were distributed to many of them who could read. Unfortunately, there was a blackout which destroyed the program twice, and there was no power generator to rent in the town. We therefore traveled about an hour’s drive to rent one to make the program successful.

Pastor Kusi Amoakohene with Brother Seth and his father.

When the Sabbath message was given, a brother named Seth went home to call his father to come and listen to the message, stressing that this was the church that they needed to attend. Both came to me to write down their names as they had been thirsting for the truth for far too long and that was the day that the Lord had revealed it to them. In fact, during their worship with us on the first Sabbath, they sat down with me after the service and asked questions about the beast and his image. After my explanations, they gave thanks to God for giving them their hearts’ desire.

There was a Radio Information Center in the town where some churches go to preach at dawn. We also paid for the cost of preaching through that medium for a week. After we finished our program at the center, the Catholic Youth in the town went to pay for three days of preaching and tried to refute our message that the Pope was the antichrist. So the radio presenter offered free airtime for both we and the Catholic Youth to meet for a debate on the issue. But they failed to come. It is obvious that they have no biblical backing.

We give all the glory to God for His leadership in this work. It has resulted in gaining as many as 15 main students with whom we are studying. We need the kind prayers of all believers and readers now as we follow up to help those who are in the valley of decision.

It is also my prayer that the Lord would kindly bless me with a power generator and a digital camera to help make the work more successful. Both would cost around $700.

May God bless you all.

 

By Pastor Kusi Amoakohene. Email: kushene@yaho.co.uk. Historic Adventist Church, PO Box 4476, Kumasi, Ghana.

 

 

 


06/09/2012: Advancing in Equador with Sweat & Tears

Advancing in Ecuador with Sweat and Tears

As of the writing of this, we have been extremely busy getting ready for our first camp meeting. It will be from the December 9, 2011, to January 2, 2012, and we are racing to get everything ready. So far we have about 50 people that will be camping out or staying in the houses, with additional day-only guests. Our theme will be the Three Angels’ Messages. I am in charge of the children’s activities and meetings, and I have my hands full with all ages and not much material to work with. But I know the Lord will bless; He always has. It is our prayer that those who come may truly find “the power of God unto salvation” during this camp meeting.

In love again: Richard and Rosa with their children.

In my last mission report we asked for prayers for some of the new members of our church group. I wanted to share with you a little about Richard and Rosa, the couple who had come to us with a broken marriage, filled with bitterness and hurt, with little hope for finding happiness. They are now growing spiritually by leaps and bounds. They have fallen in love with Jesus, and He has shown them how to forgive and love each other. Their neighbors tease them about being Romeo and Juliet, because they cannot believe the change that has taken place in their home. Their little boys are growing healthfully and happily with no more constant runny noses and allergies as they are now on a vegan diet, and no more candy.

Patricia is the woman who had never been taught how to pray and whose husband works in the mines far from here and comes home once in a while to drink and party and waste all their money. She was able to convince her husband to come to church one time, and although he has not come again, he has allowed her more freedom to attend church on Sabbaths.

Another member, Magdalena, is still holding strong to her faith and principles, even though her husband drinks even more often now and dodges her steps. She is able to come to church every other Sabbath, and even though it means a four mile hike uphill carrying her two-year-old, she comes marching in, smiling from ear to ear just in time for Sabbath school. Praise the Lord!

The Chavez family—faithful attendees that have given much despite their poverty.

We also have the Chevez family with their nine children, from ages 6 to 22, who never miss a Sabbath. The father Alberto has always held back and resisted accepting Christ completely into his life, but we praise the Lord that these last six months he has been coming every Sabbath and is now taking a personal interest in each service. He is putting into practice in his home and at work the things that he is learning. They are some of the members who have given the most towards our church project, because in their extreme poverty, (You should see where they live—the rusty tin sheets of roofing on their house barely keep the rain off of them!) they have given more than the rest. We know that the Lord will bless them for it, and He already has started to do so, especially since they have accepted and begun to faithfully tithe, although it be only a pittance.

Here at Pra del Tor we again want to thank all our caring brethren that have sent

Pra del Tor church group.

donations for our church and bathroom project. We know that the Lord will bless you for it. It is such a blessing for us to see the little church filling up every Sabbath with a few more new faces every time.

We do have an urgent need of a place for the children’s Sabbath school. Right now we are using our old meeting place (which is our carport), but it is getting too small, and now with the rainy season that is starting, we are not protected from the rain that blows in from the sides. We are hoping to be able to build a small building that will work as two small classrooms that also can be used for our fellowship meals.

May the Lord bless each one of you as we draw closer to the coming of our Lord and Savior.

The work in Ecuador here at Pra del Tor is advancing with sweat and tears, but we joyfully believe that the Lord will reap a bountiful harvest. May the Lord find each one of us faithful.

 

By Laurie Orellana, Pra del Tor Ministry, Ecuador. Email: orellanafamily@gmail.com. Support for their work in Ecuador can be sent through Mission Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058.

 

 


01/21/2012: Growth in Ecuador

Growth in Ecuador

The overcrowded old meeting place.

These last couple of months (prior to September, 2011) have been extremely busy here at Pra del Tor. Our last mission report shared about our desperate need for a larger meeting place, now that our group of believers on Sabbath has tripled in size. We stepped out in faith and started clearing trees and laying the foundation for the building. We did not have the money for the steel and the roofing, but our whole church group prayed, and we went ahead and finished the foundation and then waited on the Lord.

The Correa family, some of the new church members.

Weeks passed and more people kept crowding in on Sabbath. One day, we received an email from a family member that said he was coming down for a couple of weeks to help us build. We were thankful at this prospect of help, but puzzled as to what the Lord had in mind; how were we going to afford the materials to start building? We continued to wait on the Lord.

Now, over two weeks later, we are happy to share with you that the Lord touched the hearts of His people and also some that are not of His fold yet, and has provided us with the needed steel and roofing. The building is very bare-bones still, and we have not been able to start on the bathrooms. Since the Lord has not provided funds for us to move on, we will commit our “way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass….” (Psalm 37:5.)

The chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabbath school in the new chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bathroom site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests

To finish up, I would like to place before you some of the newest members of our church group and ask that you intercede with the Lord on their behalf:

The first is Magdalena, a young mother of two small children that is overjoyed that she is learning how to be a better mother and raise her children in the fear of the Lord. She is enjoying better health as a result of her diet and lifestyle changes. Her children also have no more allergies and constant runny noses. The cross she carries is her husband, who is one of the town drunks. He has come a couple of times because she begged him, but he is very negative and makes fun of her decision to follow Jesus.

Rosa and her husband, Richard, have come to us with a broken marriage and broken hearts, looking for something to fill their emptiness. They have a long way to go still, but they have both fallen at the foot of the cross and accepted their need of a Savior that will help them rebuild their marriage and make it glorious. Sadly, their family members constantly ridicule and try to discourage them.

The third request is for Patricia and her two little babies. She is a young woman whose husband works far away in the mines and only comes home a couple of days a month at best and spends the time at home drinking with his buddies and wasting his money. She came to me with tears last Sabbath, wanting to know how to pray. She had never been taught and wanted to teach her children, but was afraid that she would say the wrong thing or not address God in the right way and offend Him.

There are many more, but time does not allow me to share everything. Brothers and sisters, “keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 21

Maranatha!

 

By Barac & Laurie Orellana, Pra del Tor Ministry, Ecuador. Email: orellanafamily@gmail.com. Support for their work in Ecuador can be sent through Mission Projects International, PO Box 59656, Renton, WA 98058.

 


Letter from Cody: USA – Washington 2011

Are you not so glad that God has a plan for your life? Sometimes life seems like a jumbled confusion of events, circumstances and happenstances, but through it all God has a purpose and is bringing about His ultimate plan for our salvation and the salvation of others. When perplexed and tempted to discouragement over life’s disappointments and trials, how we need to remember that our omnipotent God is still reigning! (Revelation 19:6) Although we may not be able to understand (and usually will not), our highest duty and greatest joy is to ascertain God’s plan and will for us at each juncture of our lives. We are familiar that David was a “man after God’s own heart,” but why did David receive this honorary title? “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” Acts 13:22. God knew that David was determined by His grace and strength to fulfill all of God’s will—God’s will in His Word, God’s will in his life. David’s purpose and aim was to accept God’s will and to do it in every varied situation of life. David was faced with challenges and obstacles like or greater than we face, but he had set his face to do God’s will. I hope this is our desire. I hope that we can become men and women after God’s own heart by trusting our loving Father in Heaven in every trying and confusing situation. I hope that the greatest aim and purpose of our lives is to know and do the will of the One who truly knows what is best. With this aim, and as we trust fully in Him, He will unveil more and more. “Let God untangle the snarled-up threads for you. He is wise enough to manage the complications of our lives. He has skill and tact. We cannot always see His plans; we must wait patiently their unfolding and not mar and destroy them. He will reveal them to us in His own good time.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 348.

Evangelistic series in Lynnwood, Washington

We are very excited to see how God is working out His purposes and ways in an evangelistic series that we just started here in Washington. Before an evangelistic series begins, the Lord is always working to prepare minds for receiving the message from Heaven in a thousand ways that we do not know or see, but we know that He is at work. As we began the series last Friday, we were looking forward to seeing how the Lord would work. We had looked in many different venues for a suitable room, but only one was available, so we went forward, trusting in the Lord. The room was slightly smaller than we desired, but left that in the Lord’s hands. On opening night, the room quickly began to fill up until there was no more room at all. Church members vacated their seats so that others would have a place to sit, but those chairs were taken, too. Fortunately, the hotel staff granted us the use of the stools from the breakfast nook area which we squeezed in to give most people a place to sit down. How exciting it is to have a room bursting in capacity of people coming to hear and study the truths or prophecy for this time. As the subsequent nights have gone by, not everyone has returned, and the room is not bursting at the seams, but it is still full, and there are still some very interested and enthusiastic people coming. Last night, we covered the wonderful truth of Jesus’ return and contrasted this with the popular teaching of the rapture today. In a few days, we will be presenting the testing truths of the Law, the Sabbath and the antichrist. We pray that the dear individuals who have been coming will be as the noble-minded Bereans, who searched these things out for themselves. It requires a struggle to be decidedly different from the world and past beliefs, but we know that the Lord’s grace is there to specially help and sustain them as they take this step of faith. We also request your prayers that the Lord will work mightily in the lives of these special people that they may take a complete stand on the truths that they are learning.

Yours in the Master’s vineyard,

 

 

PS – Mission Projects International has a new Facebook page; search for Mission Projects International and get our latest updates of how the Lord is blessing the work!

 


04/09/2011: Work Going Forward in Argentina

Work Going Forward in Argentina

 

Nestor our blind SDA brother opperating in our Weekly Missionary Radio Program

I wish to send special greetings to each of you from Argentina in South America. As I was praying, my thoughts turned to my beloved church family around the world. My mind was on all the happenings in the secular world today, and I felt sad.  But my heart aches for God’s people because we are not yet ready to meet Jesus. Here in Argentina this is true as I am sure it is true also in many parts of the world. We are very worldly and unconcerned about the times in which we are living. We should all be crying and praying for us as a people. The prayers of each of us in the church should be that Jesus should be formed in each of us. For this to happen we must surrender all to Jesus. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1.

Nestor and Alejandro in Action in our Weekly Radio Program

We ask that you pray for us in Argentina. The enemy of souls is busy trying to destroy the family and the youth and is especially attacking the head or priest of the family. The father is to be an example of love and be the spiritual backbone of the home. Much of our ministry is helping families. In these homes there is much sadness. Homes are being split by divorce, incest and all other kinds of abuses. God’s council to these problems is found in John 15:4. “Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” If each family member can learn to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you,” (James 4:7) the homes would be happy in Jesus. It is our prayer as we work with the people here in Argentina that they can see that having Jesus in their lives would make such a difference. May they see Jesus in us and surrender to Jesus and let Him change them.

Our Visitors are provided with Spiritual & Physical Food

For the last five years we have been airing a radio program which shares light and hope with those who are listening. It has been

rewarding to see many families coming to Jesus through listening to the program. Many of these dear people have come from the Evangelical and Catholic churches of the area.  We praise the Lord for these precious souls.

There are many ways we evangelize here in Argentina. A couple of years ago we were sent a forty-foot container of present truth tabloids by Cornerstone Publishing. All of the tabloids have been distributed. We are planning on transforming the empty container into a church building.

Bible studies and health messages are being given from house to house. A few students from Hartland Institute are planning to come to Argentina over the winter break to help with the work.

Recently many people have been asking for Bible studies. These requests are a result of the radio program, public evangelism, door-to-door work and personal prayer. After they have learned the special truths for this time, many go to their pastors and priests and ask, “If these truths are true, why do you teach us to obey man instead of God?”

One of these families is the Telles family, which consists of seven members. The children are all boys. The males of this family all

Rosmarie also has few Weekly Bible Studies this is one of them with Gisela and her children!

come from an Evangelical background. They asked me to study the Bible with them, especially the Bible prophecies. For almost a year I visited them in their home and became their friend. Recently I have started studying with them. The dad was able to explain to one of his sons that prophecy in the Bible is God’s leading through the Holy Spirit.  After they had just three Bible studies they were all following the truths they were learning. They are humble, dedicated people, and I long to work with them and share this message with others. The dad has thanked me for studying with them. He also thanks God for allowing his family to learn these wonderful truths in order that they will be prepared for what is coming on this earth. They are seeking to live up to all the light they have received.

In just four Bibles studies, they have accepted the Sabbath and are planning on keeping it. They are also changing their health habits to conform to God’s will for them.

A Missionary Street Team

There are three or four Sabbath study groups meeting in homes in our area. We are having requests for larger areas to meet as the homes are overflowing with people who come to study. They request places large enough that they could meet twice a week. Almost all of these precious souls are the result of the radio program or personal Bible studies. There are those from each of these groups that are preparing for baptism.

Our request is that you remember us in your prayers, and we will be praying for you also. May we all be faithful to God’s word and be sharing with those around us. It is our prayer that we will all meet on the Sea of Glass.

By Pastor Billy Paúl. Email: mendocofig@gmail.com.

 

 


03/19/2011: Maranatha Medical Ministries: Beyond Honduras

Maranatha Medical Ministries: Beyond Honduras

Maranatha Medical Ministries in the United States

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.’ 1 Corin-
thians 2:9. In view of the glorious inheritance which may be his, ‘what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?’ he may be poor; yet he possesses in himself a wealth and dignity that the world could never bestow. The soul redeemed and cleansed from sin, with all its noble powers dedicated to the service of God is of surpassing worth.” In Heavenly Places, 367.

“The Lord wants His own property. When we have given to God soul, body, and spirit; when we have kept appetite under the control of enlightened conscience, and wrestled against every lust, showing that we consider each organ as God’s property, intended for His service; when all our affections move in harmony with the Lord’s mind, fastening on objects ‘which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God’—then we have given the Lord His own.” Our High Calling, 42.

Many think of Maranatha Medical Ministries as a foreign ministry working for the poor of Honduras; but friends, we are not confined to one geographical location. Every summer Elsa and I take the time to return to the United States and share with the brethren the work that is going on in Honduras and other countries.

This summer was a busy year as we traveled to seven different states from Tennessee to Illinois. We were richly blessed. During this time, we were invited to several churches to share the blessings of the work in Honduras.

Elsa Willis demonstrates “Healing Edibles.”

On Sundays, we would do a seminar that we called Healing Edibles. The Healing Edibles seminars are always exciting as people learn how to use fruits and vegetables from their very own kitchens to heal diseases and restore health. People attending these seminars learned that one can use the mashed leaves of a cabbage for relieving pain and inflammation in joints and muscles. The juice of the cabbage is excellent for healing peptic ulcers.

The average person spends hundreds of dollars every year on pharmaceutical medications, and we teach them that many times the things they need for healing can be found in their own kitchens. Although we may at times contribute to our own unhealthy condition, God is ever merciful and has provided natural remedies for the healing of His people.

We share with the people who come to our seminar ways in which they can help themselves have better health by working to help others. “You who are suffering with poor health, there is a remedy for you. If thou clothe the naked, and bring the poor that are cast out to thy house, and deal thy bread to the hungry, ‘then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily.’ Doing good is an excellent remedy for disease. Those who engage in the work are invited to call upon God, and He has pledged Himself to answer them. Their soul shall be satisfied in drought, and they shall be like a watered garden, whose waters fail not.” Testimonies, vol. 2, 29.

During the seminars on health, we share some simple natural treatments. We encourage those attending to seek out those in need and help them in some way. “All may find something to do. None need feel that there is no place where they can labor for Christ. The Saviour identifies Himself with every child of humanity.” Ministry of Healing, 104.

We all know of someone, a friend, a neighbor, a family member, who needs Godly kindness and love. Let us share God’s blessing of love with everyone we meet.

In every church we visited, the people were very excited about the missionary work. They were also excited to learn that they have a work to do right where they are. People were encouraged to share with those about them what they had learned about how to heal disease naturally and how to reach out to those that are in great need that are right here in our own country and be missionaries to them.

Whether in the mountains of Honduras, giving mission reports and health seminars in the United States, or visiting the sick and the shut-ins in the United States, God has allowed us the privilege of being coworkers with Him. There is no greater honor than to selflessly give of ourselves to help others in need and to show them that God does love them with an everlasting and unconditional love.

Maranatha Medical Ministries Works in Belize

Belize is a neighboring country of Honduras. Our ties to Belize are because of our friend, Hope Scruggs. Hope has been faithfully working with her Spanish neighbors in Belize.

I (Elsa) was able to go to Belize and help with the work there. Because I could only stay for one week, I took our Bible worker, Douglas Bravo, with me. During the week that we worked together, I translated for him as he presented a series of powerful and pertinent messages. After I left, he continued to work with the people by visiting and giving Bible Studies. Hope was also a great help.

The Evangelical pastor of a church in the area allowed Douglas to hold evangelistic meetings in his church. This pastor was impressed by Douglas’  preaching. We believe the pastor has a soft heart, and we are praying that he and his family will accept this message of hope.

Francisco with his new shoes.

In our short visit to Belize, we had the privilege of meeting a very special child of God. His name is Francisco, and he is homeless.The young couple that worked with Hope had taken him into their home. He was thankful for their kindness. In one of our visits to the Evangelical pastor mentioned above, Francisco surprised everyone when he stood up and began instructing the pastor on the importance of keeping the law of God. He went from scripture to scripture, giving clear explanations, all from memory.

Our hearts were touched by Francisco. His health was not good, and all he had were a few pieces of clothing and an old pair of tattered oversized boots. One of the sisters that had accompanied me to Belize bought him a new pair of shoes. He was so happy and gave her a big hug. He quoted Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Friends, let us always be ready to give to “the least of these our brethren.”

By Joe and Elsa Willis. Email: mmm.mti1@yahoo.com. Website: www.maranathamedical.org. Donations for the Willises’ work in Honduras can be sent to Maranatha Medical Ministry, PO Box 390, Keysville, VA 23947.



04/24/2010: Seeking for Souls-Seeking for Truth

Seeking for Souls—Seeking for Truth


“Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; see now and know; and seek in her open places if you can find a man, if there is anyone who executes judgment, who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her.” Jeremiah 5:1.

Jeremiah was commanded by the Lord to go through Jerusalem and find those who were seeking for truth. As he would find these dear souls, he would share with them the pardoning grace and power of God. Likewise, we all have the privilege to enter into the cities, towns and villages around the world seeking for those who are seeking the truth. The fact that Jeremiah had to seek implies that such men and women are scarcely found. So it is today, but they are nonetheless there.

As people see what is coming upon this earth, questions fill their minds. They are wistfully looking toward heaven for answers. What a great moment for someone to share the scriptures! What a golden opportunity for someone to knock on their door and offer Bible studies! What perfect timing for someone to invite them to a Bible Prophecy series of meetings! The Holy Spirit is at work to arrange and orchestrate just such moments.

We sensed His work during our time in the United States. For five weeks we worked with a dedicated team of Bible workers in the small town of Suncrest, located in Washington state. I was requested to give fifteen presentations on Bible Prophecy. The entire village of Suncrest received an invitation to join us on this journey of Biblical discoveries.

Although Suncrest is a small town, we were happy and very grateful to welcome almost 100 people the first evening of our Discover Prophecy series. We began our first presentation on September 25th, 2009.

Local church member greets people with a smiling face

One of the reasons for such a good attendance was due to the work of three committed Bible workers. Since the beginning of this year Samuel, Amber and Ashleigh had been knocking on doors in Suncrest seeking for seekers of truth! The Lord had blessed them with several divine appointments. Some people had felt they had just come at the right time. Others had even prayed for a Bible study companion! For months Bible studies continued, and people were exposed to the truth of God’s Word as it is in Jesus. The deep, profound, Christ-centered studies and prophecies wetted their appetites for more. Therefore, many appreciated the Discover Prophecy series when it started.

Along with the three Bible Workers, we were happy to work with the members of Countryside Seventh-day Adventist Church, who sponsored the project. Each night the church members would help in various ways with greeting the people, registration, sound equipment, children’s meetings, special music, etc. Each person seemed to have his task and was faithfully there. What impressed me most was the dedication of the prayer group. Each night before the meeting began, a group would meet in a room just down the hall from the auditorium to pray for the

Lord’s blessing upon the presentation.

The meetings were held in a nice auditorium in a high school. On the stage were two big plants on each side, which looked like small trees. They served their purpose well, as my theme throughout the series of presentations was the Eden to Eden picture. Through sin we have lost the tree of life described in the book of Genesis that was found in the midst of the garden of

Eden. But in the book of Revelation, we are promised access, when faithful, to a new tree of life found in the paradise (New Eden) of God. And so we find ourselves journeying between the trees. Prophecy reveals where we are in this journey. Through the Discover Prophecy studies, we came to see that we are close, yes, very close, to the Eden restored.

Silvia (center) with two of the seminar attendees

Among the attendees, we could sense that, with an appreciation for knowledge of final events came also a desire to be ready for the coming of Jesus. Appeals were made not to let anything hinder us from gathering around the tree of life—“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14.

One man that attended the meetings had come because of his wife. He had been raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. It was hard for him to break loose from many of the things he had learned while growing up. And yet he was a seeker of truth and longed for answers to the many questions that had been building up in him over the years. The first night he came to the meetings was really only for his wife, and I could tell he felt uncomfortable as I approached him and introduced myself. But somehow the Spirit of God moved upon his heart and stirred something within him that night. He kept coming to the meetings. Not only did he come each night, but he also got the CDs with the recordings. He told me that he listened to each message three times and each time got something new out of it! Only the Holy Spirit could do something like this. Then came the invitation for Samuel and I to meet him in his home. As we came into his home he quickly made his way to the table where his Bible and a note pad lay. On the paper he had scribbled a list of things. He wanted to clarify some of the main differences between the Jehovah’s Witness beliefs and what had been presented during the seminar. We prayed and asked the same Spirit that had been guiding him to and through the Discover Prophecy meetings to be our guide and teacher. I sensed clearly that Jesus had heard our prayer and had sent forth the Spirit of truth to guide us into all truth (John 16:13).

In one instance, Jesus said to Nicodemus that the Spirit is like the wind and that one cannot see or know where it comes from or where it goes (John 3:8). Though we could not see the Holy Spirit, we could definitely see and recognize the results of His work upon the heart of this man. From point to point, Bible truths were discovered and acknowledged. False teachings of man were refuted and rejected, and truth gained the victory. The seeker for truth found the truth in God’s Word, and he loved it. Several people remarked that this man changed during the weeks he attended the meetings. They said his countenance had just lighted up! Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32.

Shortly afterward, this man and nine other precious souls decided to be baptized and give their lives to Jesus Christ!

Daniel Pel speaks the truth to an interested audience

Jesus promised that those that seek Him will find Him. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. When we are searching for truth, we are searching for Jesus, as He is the embodiment of all truth! When Jesus stood before Pilate in the judgment hall, Pilate asked the question that all people will ask sooner or later. He asked Jesus, “What is truth?” John 18:38. Maybe a better question would have been, “Who is truth?” Jesus, truth personified, stood right before him; but he had no time to receive the answer, and the scriptures tell us that he walked out of the room. Pilate did not know that morning when he woke up that he would stand face to face with Jesus. Every person will at some point of time be confronted with Jesus. They will stand face to face with truth. The question is, What will we do with truth? What will we do with Jesus? We are thankful that in Suncrest individuals have chosen to follow Jesus and the truth of His Word.

Throughout the Discover Prophecy meetings, our attendance numbers remained quite stable with hardly any drop. Although the meetings are finished, quite a number of the attendees have expressed their desire to continue discovering the truths of the Bible. A Discover Bible fellowship (study group with the prospective of a church plant) is being established where these people can meet and continue to explore the depths of God’s Love. We are overwhelmed, amazed, but above all, thankful for what God has and is doing in the lives of these people.


Daniel and Silvia Pel

Living Water

Bølbekkveien 8, 2860 Hov, Norway.

Ph: 47 61 12 22 48 / Mobile: 47 930 20 036




03/06/2010: No Time To Waist

No Time to Waste

A Report from the Hevare Family in Papaua New Guinea


Havare Family

It was all smiles for the Hevare family to leave Popondetta to catch a passenger ship and travel back to Kainantu after two months of being away from home. It seems that this family has been on a suicide mission to take the everlasting gospel to the world. They have travelled all over with only a couple of days at home between trips. Here are a few stories from their travels.

In the second week of March of 2009, the Hevare Family Ministry left their home in Kainantu in the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea for Popondetta in the Northern Province.

On the way, the family passed through Lae City in Morobe Province. While passing through, the family decided to spend a few days and conduct an evangelistic campaign in the streets in Lae before traveling on to Popondetta.

The family targeted the busy Eruku shopping center for the program for the first week. Child-Evangelist Brett Henry joined them there and preached on the prophecies in Daniel chapter 7 and Revelation chapters 13, 14 and 17. The Havare Family Choir sang beautiful inspirational songs for all of the programs. With God’s blessings, this family had developed a reputation in Lae City as they had visited Lae City to give the final call of mercy. Their music attracted many to come listen.

News of the meetings and the singing spread all over the city. From the very first day, the city folk flocked by the thousands to receive the final warning message. It was amazing to watch. It was like a well-organized evangelistic meeting. A steady crowd of thousands would stand and wait for the family to arrive to conduct the meeting each day. This crowd was not comprised of members of our faith, but they came from all sorts of religious background.

Preparing for street witnessing

After the approximately two-hour presentation, the folks would not be satisfied and would request more. As they said the message presented was “too sweet to be satisfied.”

The power that attends the messages presented here continues to increase. Fellow brethren, the glory of the fourth Angel is already beginning to enlighten the earth. “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 ha

s 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.

After one week in Eruku suburb, the family moved to Kamkumu market in Lae City for two days before they left for Popondetta.

When the family presented the present truth in Eruku, the people just pressed in on the family as a result of people rushing to occupy a space to sit or stand and receive the message.

What we see happening here is the evidence that it is time for us to go home to our eternal home.

But having said that we should not forget that we have a work to accomplish and also many troublesome times ahead of us to overcome.

As Sister White states, “God’s people should be preparing for what is to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise.” Child Guidance, 555.

“The ‘time of trouble, such as never was,’ is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal.” Great Controversy, 622. The message for us at this time is that we have no time to waste.

Street evangelism

Once the Hevare family arrived in Popondetta, they immediately set to work. They resided with Brother Francis Kaura for a week and conducted a street evangelistic campaign during the week in the streets of Popondetta.

They began on a Sunday morning. Normally on Sundays the streets of Popondetta are empty as the businesses close on this day. They still were able to attract a large crowd. The folks coming to the market that day stood for quite a while to hear the message.

Among the people who approached the family for further discussions after the program was a young man from Musa region (a remote part of Northern Province, Papua New Guinea). This man, by the name of Cecil, asked the family to travel with him to his village. He said that he wanted this message to go to his people. The Hevares agreed and made arrangements to travel with Brother Cecil to his village after the one-week street evangelistic campaign in Popondetta town.

On Monday, the family moved to the center of Popondetta town and continued to conduct a street evangelistic campaign at this spot for one week. After the first and the second outreach program, the news spread all over the Northern Province and people flocked in to receive the final warning message.

By the end of the program a total of sixteen cartons of tracks had been distributed.  During one of the street outreach campaigns, an old man appeared to be very frustrated with the Hevare family and told the audience “This little child you see preaching—it is his father who is using him like a remote control. I made the people in Chimbu Province to assault this family, but they are continuing with this nonsense.”

This was strange because nobody in Popondetta knows about the persecution the family went through in Chimbu Province three weeks before they traveled to Popondetta. Obviously it was the devil that came in a form of a human being to express his frustration.

One of the other areas that the Hevares visited was the Musa Region. This ended up being one of the most difficult of their recent missionary trips.

Not knowing the difficulties the family would face on the way to Musa region and the achievements that awaited them, the family left Ponpondetta Town with brothers Cecil and Francis Kaura on Wednesday. They got on a Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) and the vehicle dropped them off at Pokani. The team that traveled consisted of brothers Francis Kaura and Cecil (from Popondetta), Henry, Max, Timothy, Brett, Misiriko, Phil and Edward (a family from Kainantu).

Crossing the pokani river

When the PMV dropped the team off at Pokani it was late in the afternoon.

They decided to spend the night there in Pokani.

The next day Francis Kaura became ill and so returned to Popondetta. The rest of the team left early and crossed the Pokani River for Balegi Village, where they planned to spend the night. They didn’t have any food with them. The walk from Pokani to Balegi Village took an entire day. That is a long walk and especially for eight-year-old Edward, who was the first person to have troubles. His legs began to swell and he limped and had to use a walking stick to assist his walking. This happened after completing about the first quarter of the trip. His troubles meant that they would have to decrease their walking rate as well as carry some of Edward’s load. But the Lord worked it out and took care of little Edward. The meetings held in Balegi were again a wonderful blessing, and many, many listened to the importance of choosing to obey Jesus now.

Finally after several weeks spent in several different villages, the family headed back to Popondetta Town. On their way, they passed through a village called Malase. The folks in Malase Village recognized the family as they had seen them conduct the outreach programs in Popondetta Town. The people had already heard stories of this family ministry and they begged the family to stay in their village and conduct a one-week crusade. So again the Hevare family set up their tent, and prepared for another weeklong crusade.

Our good Lord continued to work miracles and the present truth broke through in Malase Village. During the week the pastor of one of the local churches admitted that the message presented by the Hevare family was truth and took his family to the meeting. This family joined the new interests in the village and worshipped God for the first time on the Sabbath day.

During the week, the chief of Malase Village made many good comments and said that the message presented by the family is truth and he encouraged his tribe’s men to accept the message.

The folks in Malase have accepted present truth and are now worshiping and keeping the Sabbath. The people are planning to build a new church in this village.

Our brothers in Malase come from Sunday worshiping backgrounds and they urgently need a full-time missionary. Thank God—Moyo Usake who is a lay missionary in Omaura district in Eastern Highlands Province has made himself available for this call.

The folks in Malase also urgently need Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books. We need your support with this important literature to equip these precious souls in Malase with the truth.

After a month in the remote part of Northern Province the Hevare family finally left for Popondetta town being satisfied with their achievements. They have established four home churches (with a fifth one in the works) in four weeks. The harvest truly is ready.

By Henry Hevare. Papua New Guinea.

Hiking to Vilili
People who decided for Jesus in Vilili




Letter from Cody: Lynnwood & Ohio Evangelism – March 2009

Dear Friend,

As the lone angel was joined by an innumerable shining throng to swell the glad tidings “glory to God in the highest” across the Bethlehem pastures, so today we have been promised that the message of “fear God and give glory to Him” will swell to a loud, earth-encircling cry. How we look forward to that time! For the final message to echo from plain to mountain and city to village thrills our hearts with longing expectation—when thousands gladly grasp the testing truths for this time. But have we stopped to consider that this world-changing message must swell to a life-changing message in our hearts first? “If, on the other hand, we live up to all the light that shines upon us, that light will continue to increase, and we shall have a clean record in heaven. The third angel’s message is to lighten the earth with its glory; but only those who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming it when it shall have swelled into the loud cry.” Historical Sketches, 155. May we allow the light of truth to continually swell in our own hearts and lives that we may act a part in proclaiming present truth with a loud cry.

We praise the Lord for an opportunity to give this warning message now. Last month, the Lord opened the doors for the message to be shared in Ohio, and we praise the Lord for His blessing. In two short weekends, dscn0520-letterwe were able to share the truths from the Bible regarding the signs of the times, the second coming and the rapture, the law of God, Daniel 2 & 7, the Sabbath, the mark of the beast, the United States and Armageddon. Many shared how the studies had been a tremendous blessing to them. One sister said that her son had been preaching to her about the Sabbath for years, but it really came together in the seminar. Another lady was extremely convicted on the Sabbath and was troubled for her two grown daughters whom she had taught to worship on Sunday. An impact was definitely made as around fifty people came to the seminar and another fifty-plus people that were unable to attend requested the study materials. Even though it was an abbreviated seminar, nearly everyone requested the set of CDs of the full length meetings, so the message will continue to sound in their cars and homes! Please pray that the Lord will continue to lead them fully into His truth.

Even though we have barely finished the series in Ohio, we have already begun another set of meetings in Lynnwood, Washington. Once again, the Lord is blessing as He has brought out many very interested dscn0528-letterindividuals to study and learn the truths from His Word. We have concluded the first weekend of ground-laying studies and will advance into deeper prophetic studies in the upcoming weeks. Next week, our theme will be exposing the fallacy of futurism—uncovering the rapture deception, unmasking the antichrist and showing the true sanctuary in heaven, not a supposed Jerusalem temple. After that we will move into showing how nearly the entire world will be led to worship the beast and receive its mark, with many other prophecies along the way. The Lord has filled up the room, and many have shared how the studies have been such a great blessing to them and are desirous to know when we will hold another seminar so they can invite more of their friends and family. We pray that the interest will remain high and that the Lord will draw into His fold those who are desirous to follow Him all the way. Please keep these interests in your prayers, and may the message continually swell until it is that unavoidable loud cry arresting the attention and calling for a decision from all.

Your brother in proclaiming the message,
codysig1-website1


03/14/2009: Feet on the Mountains

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings.” Isaiah 52:7.

 Recently we (Nelson Koroi, David Kaura and Gideon) flew across to Popondetta.  We were met by Brother Nickson Ika and his cousin Francis Taimbari from Puri Village. We also met up with Brother Damien, a nephew of David Kaura. We took a hired vehicle from town heading north along the highway on our way to Puri. Along the way we were halted by a flooded river and there was quite a crowd waiting for the flood to subside. 

Visiting with an interest in Bible truth.
Visiting with an interest in Bible truth.

All the bridges had been destroyed by the November 2007 disaster. This presented a wonderful occasion to share the magazines. A number of cartons and books were given out. The next stream was also flooded and we had to wait for David Kaura’s cousin, who was the chief mechanic for the palm oil company, to bring a frontend loader to clear away the steep side of the stream to enable the traffic to flow. We thanked him and we were on our way to Puri. We came to a halt at the end of the road and had to carry our luggage across streams and a deep chasm to the next village where we were to spend the night. It was about 8:00 pm when we arrived at Bati’s village. Damien then decided to move on and walked to Puri that night to inform the people of Puri that we were coming. 

Bati Porari family.
Bati Porari family.

We stayed with Bati Porari, a former Provincial Government official, at Sasembeto village. On the first night of our study with him, Bati and his whole family were convicted and convinced of the Three Angels’ Message. He and his wife testified, “The gospel that you presented to me and my family was finally the truth we were looking for in different churches for so many years.” 

The next day we left for Puri village, which is a threehour walk up in the mountains. As we approached the first village of Hopape we were halted by messengers who told us to wait without letting us know the reason for this delay. Meanwhile, in the village, preparations were made for a traditional welcome. Even Prime Minister Micheal Somare has not had a welcome of this kind before. The villagers had changed from Anglican to a new church called “The Church of the Nativity” and have embraced Feet cultural customs, traditions and primitive practices. A former Bishop of the Anglican Church led them astray to this new (old) religion. As we entered the village, we were met by a shower of shouts calling, “Orokaeva! Orokaeva! Orokaeva!” Everyone had put on their best traditional costumes and formed two lines between which we must pass. A welcome speech followed to which we replied in kind. At the next village, Koromutotumu, we receive another traditional welcome. 

Daytime attendees.
Daytime attendees.

Finally we entered Puri Village where we would conduct the meetings. The village was situated on a ridge with a population of about two hundred people. Like other heathen villages, pigs of various colors and sizes were beyond number. The filth and squalor was indescribable. They truly need reformation. 

As we entered the village, we were met by another group of Anglican youth from the coast. They had visited earlier and ran some religious programs and they were on the way out. But a thunderstorm intervened and we had to spend a little time in a shelter with this group of so-called miracle workers from the Anglican Church. The Lord had it all worked out though. Nelso Koroi began to relate his personal testimony of his conversion from the United Church, as a Sunday-keeper, a great smoker and an alcoholic to be a health reformer and Seventh-day Adventist. He talked about the many false and deceitful workers and false revivals, and those that are holding the truth in unrighteousness. What an impact this had on our companions, as they could see themselves in their true light. They were crestfallen and could not speak a word. They were amazed at the words spoken by the servants of the Most High God. 

Some of the children who attended the meetings.
Some of the children who attended the meetings.

We shook hands and went up to the village only to be met by a chorus of school children and a crowd of people shouting their greeting. Again, we were greeted by another traditional welcome. We responded with a speech in which we told them that when the gospel of Christ is understood then there will be no place for pagan traditions. 

In the evening a butterfly lamp was lighted, it illuminated the haus wind (a thatched roofed shelter with open sides) where we had the meeting and we had health reform messages and Bible studies for about two hours. It was nice and cool in the evening and the crowds filled the shelter. The next night we had the privilege of having a generator to run the Powerpoint projector. From then on the meetings ran full-scale with no withholding of the prophecies of Revelation. The people were captivated and engrossed by the messages. We continued for about a week, ending our meetings on Sunday. During the day we taught the people of the gospel order, how to keep the Sabbath, Christian standards, stewardship, the Three Angels’ Message and many other topics they requested and answered many questions. 

Preaching the Word
Preaching the Word

A Seventh-day Adventist elder walked from the village at the base of Mt. Lamington to attend the meetings. He had heard of the proposed meetings and determined to learn the truth himself. Amidst ridicule he and his wife walked for three hours to attend the meetings. In the absence of David Kaura, the elder acted as the interpreter when we encountered difficult passages of Scriptures. On Sabbath the couple became instrumental in the worship services and singing, bringing to life the knowledge of the Word of God to the people of Puri Village. 

On Monday we started the descent, stopping at Bati’s village for a meeting. The people have of the village had been deceived regarding the Mark of the Beast and 666 and desired to know the truth. For two days we presented the answers to the vital questions of health, the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation and the plan of redemption. There are other issues which the people of Oro need to overcome. Superstition and cultic practices are deeply rooted in the minds and hearts of the people such that the glorious light of the gospel cannot enter easily. These and other things need to be cleared away before the truth will be accepted as truth. 

Preaching to a full crowd of eager listeners.
Preaching to a full crowd of eager listeners.

On Wednesday we walked to the main road and caught a ride to Popondetta where we spent a night with Francis. We ran a health program at night and flew the next day to Port Moresby. 

For conclusion we can say with Paul “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto Salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jews first and also to the Greeks.” It is by the grace of God that we can see people accepting the gospel and living the life of Christ. There is a power that comes and changes a person completely from a sinner to a saint, and that power is that of the Holy Spirit. We are glad that we can be part of the mission to finish the work of God in this little time before the close of human probation. 

By Gideon Bouro.