Letter from Cody: Senegal – February 2012

The mission outpost in Senegal

I have been studying recently about the most important of garment of all—the robe of Christ’s righteousness. What does it mean to wear this garment? How can we have it on today? “When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.” “Sanctification is a state of holiness, without and within, being holy and without reserve the Lord’s, not in form, but in truth. Every impurity of thought, every lustful passion, separates the soul from God; for Christ can never put His robe of righteousness upon a sinner, to hide his deformity. . . . There must be a progressive work of triumph over evil, of sympathy with good, a reflection of the character of Jesus. We must walk in the light, which will increase and grow brighter unto the perfect day. This is real, substantial growth, which will finally attain to the full stature of men and women in Jesus Christ.” Christ Object Lessons, 311; Our High Calling, 214. May we be wearing that most important robe that we may not be ashamed at His return!

Deborah teaching how to give a massage

Senegal is not a country that we hear very much about today, but even if we hear little about this West African country, there are millions whom Jesus loves and for whom He died. Although not a large country, it has a population of over twelve million, with only five hundred Seventh-day Adventists in the entire country. Clearly this is a country that needs much prayer and labors to bring the good news of the gospel to millions who have never heard the message for this time. I am very thankful that the Lord has raised up workers who are seeking to share God’s message with those in need. Deborah Ndione, along with her family, has moved to Senegal to reach out to the extremely needy population there. (Her husband, although having lived many years in America, is a native of Senegal.) They have started Senegal Health Project in order to reach out to the multitudes in darkness through medical missionary work. Direct evangelism is difficult given the religious climate of the area, but through medical missionary labors, they have been able to gain access to the hearts of the villagers. They have been able to train others in massage and hydrotherapy, and simple treatments have opened the doors for sharing the Third Angel’s Message. Once someone accepts the message, there are still tremendous struggles ahead of them because many times their Islamic families will reject them and they find themselves without family, home or friends. Senegal Health Project is currently helping one such newly baptized person by giving him a place to stay and giving him odd jobs to do around the mission station. They realize how great the need is not just to reach out to those in need, but to train them in livelihood projects so that they can support themselves even if disowned by their family. There are several plans that they have, but currently they are focusing on agriculture to provide for their own food and to teach others to do so, as well. They are located in arid Sahel (the border between the Sahara desert to the north and the savannas to the south), so water can be a challenge, but they are going forward and doing what they can. Would you like to help share the last warning message to the barely entered country of Senegal? Please pray for the Ndione family as they push through tremendous difficulties to reach this difficult mission with the love of Jesus. If you would like to help them in their work, you can mark your donation “Senegal.”

Yours in the blessed hope,

Treating one of the villagers

 

 


Letter from Cody: Ecuador – September 2011

The Orellana Family

I am so thankful for the precious promises of victory in Christ that are ours. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” 1 Cor. 15:57; Rom. 8:37. There is no need to be defeated and beaten down—victory is ours! We are more than conquerors! This victory, received by faith, is ours because of Jesus’ victory over the enemy in the wilderness and throughout His life. “The scene of trial with Christ in the wilderness was the foundation of the plan of salvation, and gives to fallen man the key whereby he, in Christ’s name, may overcome.” Confrontation, 63. Jesus’ wilderness victory was the foundation of the plan of salvation and is our key to victory. Do we study and meditate upon this infinite victory to utilize this overcomer’s key? Jesus’ victory is only meaningful to us, though, if we make it ours individually. “All are personally exposed to the temptations that Christ overcame, but strength is provided for them in the all-powerful name of the great Conqueror. And all must, for themselves, individually overcome…. Although Christ gained a priceless victory in behalf of man in overcoming the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, this victory will not benefit him unless he also gains the victory on his own account.” Ibid, 63, 64. As we contemplate Jesus’ victory which He offers to us, as we see Him wrestling with the enemy, as we hear His strong reliance upon the victor’s Sword, the Word of God, then we shall be able to grasp both our path to victory and the magnitude of the work before us. “When we are able to comprehend the temptations and victories of the Son of God while in severe conflict with Satan, we shall have a more correct idea of the greatness of the work before us in overcoming…. But in the name of Christ we may have complete victory in resisting his devices.” Ibid, 69, 71. Praise God for Jesus’ complete conquest of Satan and for the victory offered to us through Him to make us more than conquerors!

The mission outpost in Ecuador

One victory that the Lord desires is for us to share His message of love and warning, thus rescuing souls from ruin and death to serve our Lord. One family that is seeking to gain just these victories for Jesus is Barac and Laurie Orellana and their two children who are serving our Master in Ecuador. Several years ago, the Lord opened the doors for them to return to Barac’s native country to establish a missionary outpost serving and sharing with the native people among the coastal mountains. While establishing the mission station and growing much of their own food, they are ever seeking to help the local people. Currently they have a project to assist in building sanitary restroom facilities for the local people. For around $200, they can build a simple but hygienic structure which will greatly assist these poor families and help to curtail disease. Through attending to the physical needs of the local people, the Lord has opened doors to minister most importantly to their spiritual needs. Through Bible studies and personal efforts, families are taking a stand for the truth from God’s Word. One family, after having the Orellanas minister to one of their sick sons, is receiving Bible studies. When they studied about the Law of God, they immediately removed their crucifixes and Virgin Mary pictures. After seeing the Sabbath from the Bible, they were ready to start keeping it, as well. Such reception gives them courage to keep pressing on. As they continue their Dorcas work, medical missionary work, children’s ministry, Bible studies and training, the light of truth is shining in these remote highlands of Ecuador. Please pray that the Lord will bless their labors, and if you would like to help their work, mark your donation “Ecuador.” You can also find more information about their work by looking up “Ecuador” on our website: www.missionspro.org.

Some of the co-workers at the mission station

Yours in the promise of victory in Christ,