“About twenty years ago, twins came to children’s camp…

Their parents wanted to take a vacation without them. They instructed them not to change religion nor listen to anything that would encourage them to change. They said, ‘You have a good vacation, have a good time, and we will have a good time also.’

“When the twins returned home, they began telling their parents all the wonderful things they had learned. The parents were impressed and wanted to learn more and were eventually saved and began attending the Bible church in Morelia, Mexico, They have been active in the church ever since, and so have the twins.”

This year one of the twins brought his own children to camp and told Mark & Carole Landis this story.

Photo of part of the La Roca camp (and Bible Institute) in Guadalajara, Mexico

God is at work!

Muslims continue to come to Christ!  A father left his wife behind in Iran and came to Greece with his two adult children. Depressed and not able to sleep, he prayed with Christians in Greece, was freed from depression and found new life in Jesus!  All three were recently baptized.

The daughter’s husband was baptized last October. But she didn’t feel ready to be baptized yet.  She was a Muslim in Iran according to tradition. Her husband and the refugee center in Athens helped her learn more about Jesus and what she did for her.  She told the FIM missionaries that she was now ready to be baptized.

The 30-year-old son went to many churches in Greece. He found love, joy and peace in Jesus Christ among Christians.  He likes the way Christians worship God.  His life changed for the better and he too was baptized.

 

A drug and alcohol rehab center is but a ‘band aid’ apart from Jesus changing their hearts…

 Kevin & Alina Beach (Mexico), involved in a church planting ministry, have been taking the gospel message to a center going on three years! Eleven decisions for Christ have been made this year!

On another note, Kevin has been struggling with serious health issues this year.  He is now slowly getting back into ministry. The Beaches write about the blessings of Kevin being laid up.  “The members of the church took charge and blossomed in the gifting of the Holy Spirit to love one another, serve one another, preach, teach and exhort to be faithful in good works. The body actually needed me, the pastor, to be gone for awhile and the Lord provided the opportunity!”

Photo of Kevin at the rehab center.

Leadership training often begins in childhood!

Julie Walker writes, “In 2013, I met Marta in a park. She and her siblings came consistently to the kids club, church, and camps. A year later, we hosted the kids club at her mom’s house.  Marta and her siblings invited their friends to attend.

“Two-and-a-half years later, we began Club Dorcas, just a couple blocks from Marta’s house. Marta comes consistently and is on fire for our Lord! In April she was baptized and is excited about sharing her faith with her friends.  This last year, she blossomed both socially but more importantly, spiritually. She graduates from elementary school (6th grade) this summer and wants to continue her schooling (something not too common for this neighborhood) and to eventually study at a Bible school.”

Recently while Julie was absent, 12-year-old Marta helped lead the kid’s club!

Photo of Julie and the children‘s Club.

Playing Santa Claus during the Christmas season is not usually what is thought of as a way to share the gospel…

In a conversation with a high school junior, Skip Kite shared that he plays Santa.  Skip said, “The teen found that interesting.  I also shared that I have used the Santa character to teach people of Jesus Christ.  The bait had been dangled– would she bite?

“‘How’? she asked.  The response I was hoping for!  Shooting God one of those quick silent prayers, I proceeded to explain that I use the Christ candy otherwise known as the Candy Cane. As the symbolism of the candy cane was retold this teen got the entire gospel message. The teen’s reaction was that she had never heard anything like this before.

“I would like to say that this young person prayed to receive Christ as Savior, but it was not so. The seed of the gospel had been planted. It’s now up to the Holy Spirit.”

(Skip & Rosie Kite serve with FIM in the USA.)

Who does a Christian worker turn to when needing perspective?

Depending where they are located, there may be no one.  In one European country, a FIM missionary is ready to provide help.

After speaking at a workshop for church leaders, the missionary was approached by a choir director who made an appointment.  In the following counseling sessions, he shared about conflicts in the church, wounds from the past and job interviews in two other churches.

His words after the third counseling session were very significant: “I am so thankful to the Lord that He has led me to you! You were the answer to a prayer I have been praying for many years.”

 

God’s Word does not return void!

As we share the gospel, we are planting seeds that our amazing God can use to bring people to salvation…even at a much later time!

As Dan Nickel and his ministry partner, David, shared the gospel on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, Mario introduced himself to them.  He had heard Dan preach in 2000.  Since then Mario had been saved and lives in the United Kingdom.  He recounted the process of how he heard the gospel.  Without a doubt, the gospel is the power of God which He uses to save men and women.   It is amazing how God uses proclaiming the gospel, though we may not see the results until much later.

Dan & Melody Nickel minister in Ireland.

 

Unable to understand why a loving God would allow terrible things to happen–

as a teenager, “P” turned his back on his nominal Roman Catholic upbringing and became an atheist.  In college in 2016, “P” says he managed to “mess up his schooling and his future”.  He got kicked out of school and had to go live with his parents again.

Then there was a falling out with his girlfriend.  Thinking about how everything had been a failure, “P” climbed up on the edge of the balcony intending to jump to his death.  Looking down, he saw his parents, friends, and the future that he could have—what “P” now believes was God’s intervention.

Through the invitation of a friend, “P” began attending the church where Jerad & Wanda Mellette have a youth ministry.  As he met with Jerad and the pastor, “P” came to faith in Jesus Christ and was recently baptized!  God is still in the miracle-working business!

Winter is summer in Argentina…

Summer camp was a huge blessing with around 70 teenagers the first week and 60 young adults the next! Besides God working in the hearts of the campers, the location of the camp was an unexpected blessing.

Lucio & Amanda Gallo share that because there was a public pool onsite they “were able to share the gospel with many people who weren’t involved in the camp.  People who came to use the pool ended up joining in our water games one afternoon.  We were able to preach the gospel, hand out tracts, and invite them to return the next day to hear the preaching!”  God used the location to be able to share the gospel!

 

The Lord uses even illness to strengthen believers!

Omar had been leading the music in the church that Kevin & Alina Beach are planting in Mezcalitos, Mexico.  Then Kevin was laid aside for some time with illness.  Little did Omar know that he would need to start preaching and teaching in Kevin’s absence.  But he stepped up to the plate and took on the responsibility and did a great job!  Kevin says, “God had a purpose we believe is preparing him for ministry in the near future.”