2017-03-24 - Gallo

January Summer Camps in Argentina!

January is summer in the southern hemisphere.  That means it’s time for camps!  Lucio & Amanda Gallo report from this ministry in Salta, Argentina.  “One week was for kids under 12 years of age and then the last week in January we had teen week. During both weeks many decided to commit their lives to the Lord and others received Christ as their personal Savior. With the children’s camp, God surprised us by providing a bus full of 40 kids from a rural part of Salta. During the teen week it was special to see how God spoke to many.

“We really were able to see the fruit of summer camp as almost all the teens from camp began coming to the church´s youth group. Now there is a group of 30 teenagers. In the month of February we had Mexican Night. The purpose of the night was to invite new teens and share the Gospel as well as play games, have fun and eat tacos.  We have known many of the teens since they were little kids.”

2017-03-17 - Walker

J.P. is a 16-year-old…

Jeff & Sheny Walker have been working with his family for almost a year.  He has been through a rebellious streak with a lot of resentment towards his mom for abandoning him at certain times in his life.  For a long time, when the Walkers had Bible studies in his house, he would lock himself inside his room and would not come out for any reason.

The Walkers’ daughter, Julie (also an FIM missionary in Aguascalientes, Mexico) recently began an After School Program.  J.P. agreed to be a part of a “missionary marathon”, which included discipleship studies and volunteering at the After School Program.  He really enjoyed it, and it seems he has accepted Christ for real.  He continues to volunteer almost every day at the After School Program. J.P. now wants to finish high school (he’s a drop-out), as he hopes to go to a Bible school after graduating.

 

2017-03-10 - Sioukiouroglou

“A” is a new believer from Iran…

Last summer, he and his mother came to the refugee center in Athens, Greece, run by Efthemes & Eirini Sioukiouroglou.  He was almost dead from drug use.

The Sioukiouroglous helped get him into a Christian drug and rehabilitation center.  After two months he was free from drugs and smoking. Now he is cooking and working at another Christian center that helps refugees. His mother comes regularly to the Sioukiouroglous’  Bible study.  Her faith in the Lord is increasing.  She is very grateful to God and to the Sioukiouroglous for helping her son.

 

2017-02-24 - FB

For many years…

…we have been helping with the medical needs of a paraplegic friend who lives in a remote village. Recently he needed surgery in the capital city, so we looked for a Christian ministry that could host him during his recovery. There was only one such ministry available, but they did not have the funds to host him. We didn’t know what to do so we prayed.  As soon as we finished praying we saw a car pass by that belongs to a secular group that helps the handicapped.  So we called them and they referred us to a secular organization who could host our friend.

At first we were disappointed that we couldn’t get the needed help through a Christian organization.  But then we were able to spend some time with the director of the organization.  He wanted to know why we were helping our friend.  We shared the gospel with him several times.  Last week he accepted an invitation to attend our home Bible study.  He attended the Bible study with his wife and his 4-year-old son.  After-ward he said that although this was the first time that they had ever looked at Christianity, they really enjoyed it and were curious to know more.

M & L serve in Asia.

Lonnie promoting QBI

Lonnie Hodge in Cochabamba, Bolivia writes:

“Today, Feb. 16, marks 42 years since I trusted Christ as my savior (1975). Other than some Bible stories, I was basically biblically illiterate.

Today, on my way to the seminary for my Libros Históricos class, I was able to share the gospel with Don Santiago. He knew that Christ died on the cross for our sins, but he didn’t know WHY he had to die. We started in Genesis 3, and I walked him through the blood sacrifices and the theme coursing through the pages of Scripture: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.” I point him to Christ, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, as his sin bearer. May God complete that work of redemption in him.

I love to tell the story… It NEVER gets old!”

2017-02-17 - Nickel

A young man recently stopped and told Dan Nickel that he had taken a Bible from him

four years earlier while he was doing open air preaching in Ireland.  At the time, the young man was on heroin.   In September 2016 both of his parents died.  Since then, the young man had been looking for Dan.  He is now off of heroin and has been invited to study the Bible.

Dan & Melody write, “It is important to keep a presence there as others may be seeking more information.  The Lord at times allows us to see a little of how He can use open air preaching of the gospel.”

 

2017-02-10 - Tome

“Waiting at an ‘exchange house’, a beautiful 22-year-old girl came to us

and said something,” Arturo & Silvia Tomé write from Puebla, Mexico.  “We didn’t understand her language.  Silvia said to her, ‘We speak English’.

“’S’ told us that she was from Lebanon. She had communicated via Internet with a young man from Puebla.  She thought that he loved her.  Wanting to surprise him, she arrived in Puebla without notice.  But the address of Jose was fake.

“She had arrived in Puebla two days before we met her and she didn’t know what to do. Her parents had died when she was twelve. She did not want to return to Lebanon, but it was expensive living in the hotel.

“She was very happy to meet us.  We told that we are Christians.  She said she would like to know about Christianity first-hand.  We didn’t know if we could trust what she said.  But she looked so helpless.  We prayed for the Lord’s guidance.

“We had no place in our house for her.  But Arturo’s brother had a room available.  His 19-year-old daughter had died a year ago. They were happy to have her.

“That was seven months ago.  ’S’ has attended our church faithfully and now speaks Spanish well.  She has memorized several chapters of Psalms. On December 6, 2016, she asked us to pray with her, asking Jesus to be her Savior. Silvia and I knelt with her.  She prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, you are not only a prophet, you are my Savior.’

“In January, 2017 she told us that she wants to be baptized. She has started the course for baptismal candidates.  The family of Arturo’s brother, in whose house she lives, are not Christians.  ‘S’ urges the whole family to read the Bible and to attend church.  She is a blessing and is seeking the Lord’s will for her life.”

2017-02-03 - Santos

Although “E” didn’t attend church, she sent her son to Sunday School…

Itamar Santos, involved in a church planting ministry in Brazil, wrote that she was the mother of one of his best Sunday School students.  “Usually on Sunday afternoons I take time to visit the parents of my Sunday School students in their homes.  Several times I had invited “E” and her husband to come to church.

Eventually we became friends.  They would come to church on special occasions, such as “Awards Night “ to see their son receive his prize.

On November 17, 2016, “E” accepted Christ as her Savior. Now both she and her husband are attending our church regularly!”

2017-01-27 - Kwao

Dinah Kwao’s Medical Ministry in Ghana

“The most recent medical ministry trip in Ghana was to the Kpeseibi tribe this past December,” Dinah Kwao wrote. “I was accompanied by a nurse from the U.S. who was able to help me.  I was given the opportunity to do a health talk about personal hygiene to the school children in the tribe. I concluded my talk with sharing the Gospel. We then provided health screening at the clinic to some of the adults in the tribe and share Christmas gifts.”  (Photo of Dinah Kwao providing health care in the village.)

 

Stephen

Open doors for sharing the Gospel with those needing Christ in Islamic countries…

… is a cause of rejoicing.  An FIM missionary wrote about a number of recent opportunities in Africa:

“Christmas was a good opportunity to share the Good News. Quite a number of children and young people were present and enjoyed the keynote presentation of the story of the shepherds.  “E” had seven or eight children in tow.  Their parents had actually asked him to bring them along.  He said he had no taxi fare for all of them but just when they arrived at the main road (five miles away), a car stopped to bring them to town.  He said it stopped ‘on purpose’ for them—not the driver’s purpose but God’s!  I preached and Pastor translated into another language.  We had a delightful meal afterwards, even with some cake.”

“The pocket calendars arrived New Year’s Day.  We have been giving these out and tracts also that came with the pocket calendars entitled Do You Know the Greatness of God? and The Poison of Sin.”

“This morning I preached and Pastor translated. Two young fellows were there, probably out of curiosity.  We pray that the Gospel they heard might penetrate their hearts.”