From Missionaries in Argentina: “We met Sergio after his brother had committed suicide in 2011…

Last year his father died from an accident at work.  Sergio was very depressed.  We invited him to summer camp (January in Argentina).

“At camp, Sergio dedicated his life to the Lord and hasn’t missed a single church meeting since.  Lucio started discipling him, he got more involved in the youth group, and was baptized in June.  He has been bringing other boys that went to summer camp to the church meetings.  It’s been amazing– the changes God is making in his life.

“Last week he was offered a chance to go and study at the Word of Life Bible Institute here in Argentina. He left a few days ago, excited to be able to study the Word of God and really grow in his personal relationship with the Lord. This is the sixth student we have sent to Word of Life to study and prepare to further serve the Lord!”

(Lucio & Amanda Gallo [left front] with their youth group)

Atacuari is the very last Colombian community on its southern border with Peru-

in the Amazon basin.  FIM missionary, Dave Love, and national pastor, Nixon, heard reports about unreached indigenous communities that are likely hostile to the outside world.  They sought to reach these people.  Dave wrote the following account.

Turning a bend in the river, the village on the shore came into view against the lush dark green jungle background. We cut the engine and glided smoothly up onto the muddy bank.  I quickly glanced up the hill wondering if we would be received as friends or foe.

Suddenly, an armed man appeared at the horizon, a police officer. Those in the jungle many times are a law unto themselves.  At least there was a measure of law and order in the village.

Pastor Nixon and I slowly walked up to the lawman and introduced ourselves as evangelical missionaries who have come to share Good News with this village.  The policeman directed us to a village leader who in turn directed us to the village ‘curaca’ (chief) to secure his approval for our visit to reach this entire unreached area.

As we walked toward the ‘curaca’s’ house, we noticed a shirtless man with a machete emerge. Nixon took the lead and introduced us. The chief called for three chairs and we sat down along the river under a canopy.

About 30 minutes into the conversation something unusual happened.  The chief opened his heart and started to talk about emotional pain which his father had afflicted on him for many years. His eyes welled up with tears.  The possible hostile encounter unexpectedly became a friendly visit!  We quickly put our pastoral hats on.

The chief was so grateful for a listening ear.  He told Pastor Nixon that we are “more than welcome here, in fact you can begin the Bible studies immediately.  And if you need land to build a church, here it is right here!”  I about fell off my chair!  I looked at Pastor Nixon, who rarely smiles.  He had a smile on his face!  We prayed for the chief, gave him a Bible and with a new spring in our step returned to our boat.

 Pastor Nixon suddenly stopped, turned to look at me and said, “I cannot believe what just happened.  This is a dream come true.  Since I was saved, I’ve dreamed of reaching all the way up to this border where Colombia ends.”  I blurted out, “Me too, brother!”  We stood there on the edge of Colombia looking across the river a stone’s throw to Peru taking it all in.   It was like we both had run a marathon and just crossed the finish line!

Photo of Pastor Nixon (left) and Dave Love (right) in Atacuari, Colombia.  Pastor Nixon is smiling—one of the happiest days of his life.

Scattered throughout China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam…

Hmong believers look forward to Yexusfest.  Over 3,000 Hmong believers from Southeast Asia gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand from July 20-23 for this conference.

Six years ago, Mike & Sonja Zeek began a project to provide solar-powered MegaVoice players with biblical teaching for the Hmong.  To date, the players have over 350 hours of audio teaching, have been distributed to hundreds, and have the Zeeks have requests for over 5,000 additional players.

Mike explains that the players have some huge advantages.  1) They fill an enormous void for biblical teaching.  2) The Hmong are oral learners and are more effective than giving them a book.  3) Many Hmong do field work all day and have plenty of time to listen as they work.  In addition, the players are able to cross borders and are a blessing to persecuted believers.

Mike shipped 800 players to distribute at the Yexusfest but was disappointed that they remained in customs in Bangkok.  The players have now been released and will soon help to meet the need!

Two years ago Philipp went to the European Bible Training Center.

In June he graduated from the program, having followed the preacher’s institute track.  Now he is beginning to preach in his home church in Halle, Germany…a church that is being planted by Craig & Debbie Borgard.

Although they are Christians, his parents were not enthusiastic about him going to Bible school.  But when they went to his graduation, they were thrilled for his accomplishment.  They were also thrilled with the teaching they heard there, calling it “Schwarzbrot” or “meaty”.  They have asked him to come preach at their church in Bremen.

Craig & Debbie are encouraged to see good biblical preaching being spread throughout Germany. (Photo taken at European Bible Training Center.)

After reading a website posting about Reiki

by Marcia Montenegro, “X” asked, “Can someone explain to me why Reiki has worked for many people if it’s supposed to be demonic? I was a Reiki master for some years but I am now seeking the truth.”

Marcia (a FIM missionary) replied to “X” online and also suggested that she read her posting: http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Reiki1.html.

This was followed by “X’s” response to Marcia: “I will read it definitely. I’m simply a truth seeker and in doing so I have found that this world is being ruled by Satan which leads me to believe that there needs to be a Jesus logically. However I’ve also been a big supporter of alternative medicine which brought me to use Reiki and crystals. But I’m straying from the New Age itself because in the long run it hasn’t changed anything and most of my Reiki and yoga/meditation peers are very selfish and full of ego. I knew something was missing in my life. Something I want to explore. The only means I have yet to discover until now is the path of Jesus. (I’ve always rejected the idea of Jesus by the way).”

Marcia replied, sharing her testimony about conversion from the New Age. That too can be found at the Christian Answers for the New Age website.

Hur was an outstanding third-year student looking forward to graduation in May.

Before spring break he wasn’t feeling so well, and went home to consult a doctor.  It was testicular cancer. Urgent surgery was successful and chemotherapy was successful. He missed four modules, but was able to turn in all his work for those subjects.

The night of the senior banquet he arrived with his parents, to the elation of his classmates. At graduation, when he marched across the stage to receive his diploma, there was great applause.  Hur continues treatment.

Mark & Carole Landis lead the La Roca Bible Institute in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Not all of Mexico is Spanish.  Officials identify 68 indigenous languages in this country.

Dan & Dorothy Case minister to indigenous peoples and have translated the New Testament into the Chatino language.They are presently editing before publishing.

Dan & Dorothy visited indigenous villages in the mountains.  Joaquin, the church leader in the village of El Carrizal, has a strong desire to reach other indigenous villages.  Together they visited La Cofradilla and held meetings in the home of Maximino.  Despite threats from the village people to take away his land and get him out of the village, Maximino has been faithful to the Lord.

Recently, Maximino was injured by a big thorn in his foot and because of his diabetes has had a very hard time recovering.  It is almost planting season and food for the whole year depends on this corn crop.

(Photo in the indigenous area of Mexico.)

Missionaries are encouraged when they hear of God’s working in the lives

of those they minister to.  Bob & Susie Lawton (USA) are seeking to reach university internationals from Asia for Christ: students, scholars and researchers.  One wrote to them recently, “We are moved by your dedication…to serve others.  It’s so wonderful that you guide us to know better about the holy Christ which will become a very important part of our lives. Thank you very much…”

 

Have you wondered, “Do my prayers make a difference in the grand scheme of the universe?”

Skip & Rosie Kite (USA) respond, “Let me assure you. Your prayers do matter!”

Skip elaborates, “Whenever I get to pray with some adult, teen, or child in accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior, it may have been your prayers that knocked down that last wall of resistance to the Holy Spirit’s influence. This happened at my last teaching opportunity. Seven children prayed to receive salvation at a Kids Crusade.

“When I preach a sermon or teach a Bible study and someone states how it made them see Scripture from a different perspective, it may have been your prayers that opened their hearts and minds for deeper learning. This just happened at a Christ in the Passover Seder which I conducted for a church.”

Skip & Rosie have a children’s and teacher training ministry.

 

So many Montreal, Quebec teenagers come from painful homes and backgrounds…

The wounds are deep.  The emotional scars are agonizing.  The spiritual darkness is palpable.

Jerad & Wanda Mellette minister to teens year round and in many ways.  But Jerad has had opportunity to be teen camp speaker on different occasions.  Normally they were blessed to see 0-2 teens come to know the Lord.  But the Mellettes rejoice that this year was an especially fruitful week…22 teens made professions of salvation!