“My work is with athletes, but every once in a while it takes an interesting turn,”

Abbey Reed (Mexico) writes.  “The volleyball team I’m working with participated in a national tournament and the organizers wanted everyone to have their patches on their uniforms.  But a group of girls knew nothing about sewing.  I got some thread, and some needles and had the girls over to my apartment to teach them how to sew on a patch.

“We ate Oreo’s and chatted up a storm.  The next thing I knew the girls were asking me why I was in Mexico. I was able to share my testimony with them and share why Jesus is so important to me that I would move here to share about Him with them.  I had no idea that little get together would lead to an opportunity to share with them.”

In a recent update, Abbey shared that when the girls returned from the Christmas break, they eagerly asked to begin Bible study.  Some of the girls had also accompanied her to church.

Director Paul Barreca at WOL- NY Jan 18-20

Thankful for a great time of sharing last week at Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida, FIM General Director Paul Barreca is looking forward to sharing gospel opportunities with students and guests this weekend at Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY.   Many of these students are launching from here to serve as evangelists, disciple makers and church planters.

FIM Director Paul Barreca in FL Jan 12-14

FIM General Director Dr. Paul Barreca is sharing ministry opportunities with students and guests at the Word of Life Bible Institute missions conference in Hudson, FL, this weekend Jan 12-14!

Missionaries can get caught in political storms! 

Some minister in countries that have anti-proselytizing laws.

In this New Year, the ruling party of another country made it clear that they want to institute new laws in 18 months that will greatly affect freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.  One legislative article penalizes recruiting for religious institutions, or for transporting people to church with 7-12 years in jail. The penalty for recruiting minor children is 14-20 years.  Saying anything against a political figure could be punishable by incarceration.

The missionaries report, “The country is in an uproar. There were blockades, marches and protests today, and different groups will continue tomorrow and the next day.  We will probably be staying inside the next couple of days.”

Pray for wisdom from the Lord for these missionaries caught in these political storms.

Christmas in a brothel…

Mindy Boyd writes, “I had an unusual opportunity to go into a brothel and sing Christmas songs for the women.  Prostitution is legal in Germany.  A couple of young women from our church have begun a ministry called Adamastos Hope for the purpose of making contact with the women in these brothels in order to build relationships them and let them know that they are valuable and loved.  They wanted to do something special for them for Christmas and asked if I would be willing to go along and sing some songs.

“It was an experience that impacted me in ways for which I wasn’t prepared and had a effect even in the days following.  The evil and darkness in that place was almost palpable, and it just made me so proud of my friends, who go regularly and boldly into that darkness with the light of the love of Christ for those women.”

Mindy ministered in a different brothel as well before Christmas.  She asks for prayer for Franzi and Uli and their ministry, Adamastos Hope.  (Photo of Mindy Boyd singing.)

 

She was a former student who believed she was going to heaven because of good works…

…But she regularly dropped by for conversation and advice from Christy Sopcisak (Togo).

Christy had discussed the Gospel with her for over a year.  She challenged her former student to read several verses in Romans for a week.  When she returned a week later, she told Christy that for the first time, she understood that Christ died on the cross for her sins, that eternal life is given to her as a gift, and that she doesn’t have to earn it with good works.

Christy is now meeting regularly with her for Bible studies.  “It is exciting to see her grow in God’s Word!” Christy wrote.

(Photo: Christy and students in one of 15 Christian schools where she does teacher training.)

God doesn’t call us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful!

Faithfulness in planting the seed of the Word is so important.  The Lord can take that Gospel seed and cause it to grow years later.

Dan & Melody Nickel have been involved sharing the Gospel with many people in Ireland for many years.  Recently “M” stopped Dan on the street to tell him that he remembers Dan, his family, and his outreach in town years ago.  At that time, the Nickels had given him Gospel literature and a book to read.   “M” went on to tell Dan that since then he had moved to England, where he became a Christian.  Now he is living in Ireland again!  What an encouragement!

Some students traveled 7 hours to La Quiaca,

…a town on the Argentina-Bolivia border, to take a course on personal and illustrated evangelism.  The course was taught by Jose and Mary Ferrero, FIM missionaries to Argentina.  The Bolivian students told of a project they had to share the Gospel in their province.  Jose provided advice and help organizing so that the local churches would get involved.

Recently the Ferreros received word of the results.  The Bolivian students visited 475 schools in 400 towns…and 30,000 heard the Gospel!   Jose said, “I thank the Lord for allowing me to have a small part in their evangelistic project.”

(Photo of Jose Ferrero doing an open air Gospel presentation.)

Extreme Disciples…

is a youth group that Jeff & Sheny Walker (Mexico) have been leading for some years. It is bearing fruit. One of those being discipled, Nacho, started Bible School in September and loves it. His enthusiasm for it has encouraged two other youth to seriously consider it.

The two young men went to the Bible Institute in Guadalajara (where Nacho is) for one week and they both loved it and are now making plans to attend as soon as possible.

Right now Nacho returns every weekend to his home church in Aguascalientes to help out in the ministry. He is doing 10 hours of ministry each weekend: door to door visitation, young teens, youth group, praise band, leading a Bible study and teaching Sunday School!

Photo of part of the La Roca Bible Institute campus.

A Muslim boy who was attending the Bible club…

suddenly passed away. Ibrahim was complaining of headaches. But before they could get him to the hospital he was gone.

John & Marilyn Asmah are doing church planting in Ghana and had children’s classes as part of their ministry. Despite their sadness, the Asmahs are encouraged and rejoicing because some months earlier, on February 2, Ibrahim had given his life to Jesus Christ!

(Photo not of Ibrahim.)