“I had no idea what a huge undertaking the establishment of a school

is, especially as I’m still on a full-time staff elsewhere,” Cephas & Nguhemen Tushima (Nigeria) said. In addition to being on the faculty of Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, the Tushimas are nearing completion of the training center construction and are gearing up to start the elementary section of the Hesed Royal Academy. “I hired some staff at the beginning of the year. They, along with two experienced volunteers have been a tremendous help!”

Photo of beginning of Hesed Royal Academy construction project.

FIM Home Office Job Opening for Administrative & Financial Associate

The FIM Home Office at 555 South 24th Street, Allentown, PA has an immediate job opportunity for an Administrative & Financial Associate who has a heart for missions. If interested in more details, please contact Paul Barreca at paul@fim.org or 610-435-9099.

The national Christian TV station of a European country…

…was doing a two hour program on the worth and dignity of people. A co-worker of FIM personnel has a younger brother with Down Syndrome and they were asked to appear on the program to talk about their relationship and his worth as a person. She shared how her brother has been a great blessing to their family and to their church. In that country 98% of the pregnancies of known Down Syndrome babies are aborted.

On the way home, her brother began weeping for joy over the fact that his parents had chosen not to abort him. He prayed out loud in the car for about 15-20 minutes, thanking the Lord for life, and interceded for his family. That was a precious moment!

When the host of the TV program learned that the FIM personnel member was transporting his guests, he asked him to also be a guest, discussing the book that the FIM member and his co-worker are writing on singleness. The co-worker is writing her story about being a 39-year-old single, while he is writing about the theological and counseling aspects of singleness. Many European singles feel they gain significance only when they move into a romantic relationship. What an opportunity to proclaim the message of the value of single people! That was clearly the hand of our sovereign God!

We don’t like detours…

…They are inconvenient and slow us down. We can’t always see that it is the best route.

Missionaries may also run into unexpected detours. Candy Surrett joined FIM in 2012 to go to Peru. Then her teenage daughter was seriously injured in an accident. Six years later, in August, she was finally able to begin ministry in Peru!

Candy seeks to evangelize and disciple women through parenting classes, assisting women who experience emotional loss and hardships, developing young women for leadership roles, educating teenage girls to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and family counseling.

The girl had been attending children’s club and

…was invited to come to church. She paid very close attention to the Bible lessons and memorized the Scripture verses.

One Sunday the story was about a boy named Samuelito who gave his life to Christ. It was then that she understood the message of salvation and she believed in the Lord Jesus Christ!

The girl is part of the ministry of John & Marilyn Asmah.

There was a great joy in heaven as a man received Christ as his Savior! 

Jon and Mitsy Mahar (Japan) write, “He was a chef and an owner of a small restaurant where our daughter, Amy, had worked part time when she was in college. After she graduated from college, she kept in touch with him and kept witnessing. He is now in a hospital dying from cancer. Amy and her husband, Ken, visited him.  To their surprise, he asked Ken to give him a message from the Bible. His heart was ready; he admitted he was a sinner, which was a very hard thing for him to do before. He was very weak but his mind was clear, and he accepted the Lord as His personal Savior. He prayed as Ken led him. Amy said that he looked so peaceful and joyful after that! To God be the glory!”

 

FIM Home Office Job Opening for Administrative and Financial Associate

The FIM Home Office at 555 South 24th Street, Allentown, PA has an immediate job opportunity for an Administrative & Financial Associate who has a heart for missions.  If interested in more details, please contact Paul Barreca at paul@fim.org or 610-435-9099.

Can God use a missionary over the age of 70?  

After serving in Bolivia for decades, Lonnie & Ruth Hodge have suddenly been thrust into unexpected ministries.  Lonnie began discipling a soccer coach.  That resulted in weekly Bible studies with the entire soccer team.  Many of the players have trusted in Christ for salvation.

At the same time, the Hodges have been “pushed” into leading a brand new church in Cochabamba.  The soccer team players began attending services.  Recently Lonnie had the privilege of baptizing the coach and nine members of the soccer team.

Since the baptism, another soccer player has also expressed a desire to follow the Lord in baptism!

Can God use a missionary over the age of 70?  Absolutely!

(Photo of baptism of many of the players and the coach of the soccer team.)

 

Picacho Camp in Aguascalientes, Mexico was the site of a three-day grade school kids camp in July.

Jeff & Sheny Walker were excited to have over forty kids—almost all of them from non-Christian homes—participate. The children were part of their church plant ministry.

The most exciting time for the kids was the pool time. Their energy and screaming for the 90 minutes each day were amazing. They just kept going and going. The water was cool (unheated), but they did not care. The inflatable boats in the water made it extra fun for them.

After Jeff gave the message on salvation, it was exciting to hear many of the children praying to receive Christ.

Pray for the kids to continue in the club faithfully and growing in their knowledge of the Lord and His Word. Pray also that these families can be reached as a result of the kids coming.

“My missionary colleague and I were scheduled to take an advanced German course

in April.  I was looking forward to the opportunity to brush up on my language skills a bit,” Mindy Boyd writes from Germany.

“When we arrived for our first session we found ourselves in the classroom with one other young woman, a Russian, and no one else, not even a teacher.  When I inquired at the reception, we were informed that the course had been canceled and that we would be reimbursed for the payment.  I returned to the classroom and told my colleague and the Russian.

“We then ended up spending over an hour just sitting there talking, getting to know the young woman.  We invited her to our English conversation group that week.  She came with her Colombian boyfriend.  We’ve since had the opportunity to spend more time with her and invite her to other events or even just to hang out.

“It has been very clear to us that signing up for that German course had more to do with meeting the Russian young woman than it did with improving our language skills!”