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.”

“‘J’ has never worked, never had a loving spouse, has no hope of ever owning her own home and is regularly abused by her family.”

Dave & Cheri Kelso (United Kingdom) first met her on the sidewalk.  “‘J’ had heard about the church but wanted nothing to do with it. She hated God and hated people who spoke about God. When she saw us coming she would cross the street to avoid ‘our side’. Every time I saw her, I would say ‘hello’ and she would glare at me and cross over to the other side. I almost fell over the first time she said hello to me.

“In time, she ventured into the Wednesday Coffee Morning ‘to talk to friends’ who were there. She started dropping in more frequently and eventually became a regular. Then ‘J’ showed up one evening for a service—prayer meeting! And she kept coming back. Her friends told her she should come to Sunday services, but ‘J’ said she could never get up in time to come in the morning. But she did start coming in the evenings. One Sunday morning I came into the sanctuary and there sat ‘J’—and she continued coming. Then she started attending the Bible study.  After leaving her first study she was overheard to say, ‘I didn’t think I would like it, but it wasn’t bad.’  Now she was attending all four meetings a week!

One recent “Sunday night, ‘J’ came to me after the service and wanted to pray to receive the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior! Her friends were so excited!”

Photo of Sunderland, United Kingdom, where the Kelsos are presently ministering.

How do you reach those who are behind bars in a large country that is very unreached? 

One method that the Lord is blessing is the Bible correspondence course ministry of Takuji & Hiroko Yamazaki (Japan).  Ten prisoners have been taking lessons.  Four of them have trusted in Christ as their personal Savior this year!

 

It wasn’t the way “S” would have envisioned her soccer career…

…She longed to play, but was benched the majority of the time.

“S” had met with Abbey Reed (Mexico) since she was a college freshman.  Abbey has watched her spiritual life blossom as she daily pursued God.  “S” realized that God had put her on the team, maybe not to play but to encourage others.  She reached out to various teammates and because of her testimony and faithfulness to God, she led several of her peers to Christ.  She graduated this fall and Abbey is excited to see where God will lead her.

 

In a waiting room, Arturo & Silvia Tomé shared the Gospel with several people.  The Tomés write, “When we left, Julia asked for our phone number or email address. She communicated with us and trusted Christ as her Savior as well as her son, Uriel.  They attended the Ebenezer Church.

“Two years later, Julia asked for Bible studies in Tonalá, her town. After four months of Bible studies there were enough people to start a church. Uriel, now 19 years old, is one of the Sunday school teachers. The Lord has prospered this church, both in numbers and in spiritual growth. Julia’s husband has not yet trusted in Christ but he does not oppose the Gospel.”

Scouting for extreme disciples of Jesus Christ!

In January Jeff & Sheny Walker started a scout type program with merit badges for young people from ages 10 and up. Each participant has a banner with their name and picture and places to put the badges. They are very excited about earning the merit badges. The Walkers are presently working on merit badges for Bible Studies, for learning musical instruments, and for playing them as part of the worship team. A few of the kids are new and have not accepted Christ yet, but through the Bible studies they are getting a clear understanding of salvation.

One twelve-year-old, excited about guitar lessons, has been coming consistently for the lessons as well as all the weekly activities and on Sundays.  So far five of the youth have passed the first level of piano—learning to play bass on the keyboard and playing three songs as part of the worship team on Sundays. Several are learning the guitar as well. Pray for them to stay motivated to keep working on their merit badges. Pray for God to raise up through this program more missionaries and Christian workers for the World Harvest.

 

When the Word is shared, some trust in Christ for salvation, while others are not yet ready.

One little girl from the neighborhood is so excited about children’s club.  She even comes on rainy days…when the weather makes having the club impossible.  But she has not yet made a commitment to Christ.  Roli & Ruthann Delgadillo (Argentina) continue to reach out to her and long that she will come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.