“Jessie’s stay at the hospital was dragging on into weeks…

Rosie and I started to get to know some of the staff. Housekeepers, technicians, cafeteria servers and cashiers all made up our ever growing group of acquaintances.

“Sunday was one of the worst days that I had experienced with Jessie. She had 8 seizures during that day plus signs of agitation, distress and pain. There was nothing I could humanly do about it. Talk about an exhausting day…

“When Jessie finally calmed down and fell asleep for a bit, I left the room to visit the cafetería. After all, it was close to dinner time. In fact it was almost too late as the cafeteria closed at 6:30 and I got off the elevator at 6:29. The doors were closing as I was walking up. As the cashier added up my order, she commented, “I’ve seen you quite a few times.”

“I told her about Jessie. After finishing, with a tear in her eye she said, “I’ll pray for you.” Normally I have the sensitivity of a brick and would have just said “thank you” paid for my food and sauntered away. However, this time I asked her if she is a Christian. Her response was telling. She wasn’t sure. There we stood at her cash register for the next 20 minutes as I answered many of her questions. This couldn’t have happened if I had gotten there any earlier. We agreed to meet again the next day. After another hour or so of sharing the gospel she prayed to receive Christ as her Savior.

“That Sunday seemed to be a turning point in Jessie’s recovery though we would spend another three weeks at the hospital. Rosie and I were able to give ‘the cafetería lady’ a Bible and encourage her in those days to follow. We discovered that Rosie had already established a friendship with her.”

(Skip & Rosie Kite’s daughter, Jessie, has Rett Syndrome. They have a children’s ministry in the USA.)

Rosa* was distressed and in pain with a newly-injured arm.

But the 35-year-old nurse wanted to talk with Arturo & Silvia Tomé (Puebla, Mexico).

Through her tears Rosa told them a shocking story. The Tomés had led her to Christ at age 15. After completing her studies, she worked out of town and met a young man whom she planned to marry. But when she got pregnant he disappeared. She had a miscarriage. She returned to Puebla, lived a Christian life, but kept that “skeleton in her closet” a secret.

Six years ago one of Rosa’s sisters somehow discovered her secret. The sister demanded money from Rosa or she would expose her. She forced Rosa to finance the construction of the second floor of her house with the extorted money. She stole every penny Rosa earned, sold all Rosa’s furniture, and financed her own vacation with Rosa’s money. One day she demanded more money. Since Rosa did not have it, the sister beat her and fractured her arm.

After receiving medical treatment, Rosa revealed her secret to her two brothers, both deacons in a church led by the Tomés. The surprised brothers wept and confronted the sister. Rosa told the church everything. With new freedom, the fracture is healing and Rosa is spiritually restored.

*Not her real name.

Teaching in Brazil

Church planters and pioneer and evangelist missionaries often get the most publicity.  But they are unable to fulfill their ministry without support missionaries who frequently minister behind the scenes.

Joao & Hope Rodrigues (with another mission) are seeking to reach the Yanomami Indians of Brazil to the Lord.  But they would be unable to do this ministry without FIM missionary, Kathy Stucky’s help, providing education for their children.

Living in the jungle, Kathy endures rustic conditions, animals on her porch, lack of a water supply, no phone, very limited email, isolated from the outside world until the airplane arrives.  Thank the Lord for faithful support missionaries!

Training Africans for ministry to their own people and to other countries

…has been the passion of Dennis & Coletta Shelly for many years.  In addition to biblical education, these future servants of the Lord need skills to meet financial needs, especially if they are church planters or if they serve in areas with large Muslim populations.  Toward that end, the Shellys are spearheading a project of skills acquisition at ECWA Theological Seminary Kagoro (Nigeria) such as raising catfish, welding, carpentry/furniture making and plumbing.  They desire to expand to poultry, rabbitry, farming skills, general maintenance and construction, etc.  A trained community development missionary would be a huge help.

 

(Photo: Dennis checking smoked catfish ready for consumption.)

A Seminary Serving Nigeria

Training Church Leaders in Africa

Bible class in public schools in Brazil…

…is one encouraging part of the ministry of Gilberto (“Giba”) & Helen Filsinger.  In one report, over 200 children are regularly present at one school, over 250 students attend in another school,  and 100 fourth graders made professions of salvation.

Giba also pastors a church and teaches in the Bible Institute.

(Photo of Filsingers’ Bible class at a public school.)

Paraisopolis is the slum area of Sao Paulo, Brazil…

with a population of about 100,000.  This is the area where Itamar Santos is ministering with a church.  The ministry includes teaching life skills to help residents so that they will be able to escape the slum.  Itamar (left) is pictured here with Anderson, one of the young men that he has been discipling.

“We were participating in the dedication of a tiny new church in a village…

…where we have done outreach for several years. We had just started the Jesus Film for Children when an angry person came with a large piece of wood, hit the metal roof of the church, and began screaming loudly. All of us in the church jumped at the loud bang.

“Outside a crowd began to gather. We all started praying that there wouldn’t be a riot. Several people told me not to go out, but I went out to meet the person and see if I could help calm him down. He shouted some more, but eventually left without hurting anyone.

“The next day he came back and apologized to the Christians! Since then, the size of the church has more than doubled and this week there were 17!”

Incident reported by FIM missionaries in Asia.

Venezuela!  We hear about this country in the news—

—political oppression, rioting, long lines just to buy bread, hunger, inflation rate at one million percent, no medicine, high infant mortality, people fleeing the country.  Guillermo & Marcia Aguilar returned to Venezuela last month to continue ministry with the three churches they have planted.  But Gailyn Agar has been unable to obtain a visa to make visits to strengthen her ministry to the deaf in Venezuela.  She ministers to the deaf in a church in West Virginia.  Alicia Whitmore just completed language learning in Venezuela when her visa was not renewed.  As she waits for a visa, she is serving in a church planting ministry in La Mission, Mexico.  Pray for these missionaries and our brothers and sisters in Venezuela.