“Boldness is a word that scares me….

I know that when God calls me to be bold there are challenges, hardships, and the unknown ahead,” writes FIM missionary Diana Chinn.  “It was difficult for the local church and I to try something new in a small Polish town. Many towns reject the idea of having an evangelical outreach. We feared being rejected by the community and losing the contacts that we already had. We prayed for the town of Czersk to be open to having an Evangelical Basketball Camp. God answered prayer and blessed immensely.

We successfully held the first camp last year and we organized the second one this year with a team from Torchbearers International Bible School, Sweden. They led the basketball camp, helped with the local gym outreach ministries, and played pick-up basketball games in the evenings. The team’s schedule was very full—starting at 7:45 A.M. and ending around 10:00 P.M.

The youth learn ball handling, shooting, passing, offense, defense, and much more. At the Bible reading station, the youth heard from God’s Word about sin, the need of a Savior, salvation through Christ alone, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. At the end of each day, a team member gave a testimony, showing that being a follower of Jesus Christ is something personal and a daily way of life. Each day 80 plus kids heard God’s Word, many of them for the first time!

The team of basketball players did an amazing job of loving the youth, parents, and whoever else came into their paths. Local people indicate that they saw a difference in the team and they wonder what that difference was. This provides a great opportunity for us local believers to share our faith.  Each youth Bible meeting has grown. New believers are attending three different Bible groups!  It is also a joy to see the local believers reach out to their friends who attended the basketball camp, answering many questions, sharing their faith.  Our prayer now is that we, as believers will continue to be bold for Christ as we live and serve in our communities.”

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“One of our middle school students accepted Christ during

our soccer camp last July,” writes Christy Sopcisak, involved in teaching and training in Togo. For two years he had been afraid to make the decision because his father is a Muslim. But he finally decided that he couldn’t wait any longer.

After he accepted Christ, he was all smiles and a new person. However, we kept things quiet because he was still afraid of his father. A few weeks ago, the school director asked the class if they were all Christians. Some students said that some were Muslim and they pointed to this boy. The boy quickly said, “No, I am now a Christian.” It was the first time that he had made his profession public knowledge. God is working in this young man’s life.”

In another case, a Muslim student trusted in Christ for salvation. Even though her parents still make her go to the mosque, she will only pray to Jesus during her time there. Her mother tore up her Bible that her teacher had given to her. None of that has deterred her from growing in Christ and leading devotions in class.

Photo of Christy Sopcisak with one of the teachers and her students.

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S. had tried to take his life several times…

but he came to the Crossroads Refugee Center, a ministry that the Sioukiouroglous have developed in the last two years, and prayed for salvation.  Efthemes & Eirini Sioukiouroglou (Greece) have known “S’s” uncle for over eight years, but lost contact with him five years ago. Recently, however, their paths crossed again. In addition, they met “S”, his nephew. Since coming to salvation through the ministry at Crossroads, “S” wants to be baptized.

Another refugee, “A”, is from “Palestine”. He is homeless and sleeps at the Athens subway station at night. The Sioukiouroglous bought gloves, scarves, caps, phone cards, etc. for him. As a result of God working through their love, he accepted Jesus in his heart.   Now “A” frequently comes to the Crossroads Refugee Center.

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Missionary in Argentina- Surgery Today

Please pray for one of our missionaries M. in Argentina who is undergoing surgery today.  Pray for a successful operation, healing and peace.

Missionaries Traveling

Please be in prayer for the following missionaries who are traveling long-distance this week:  Glessner family, Amy Kato, Jon Mahar, Mellette family, Jeremy and Emilie (Laurens) Knickerbocker, Nickerson family, and David Love.

Arthur Johns- With the Lord

Dear FIM Family, Arthur Johns went into the presence of the Lord on Saturday evening the 11th of July at 7:30pm.   Praise that all of the family were able to see him one last time in June.    There will be a memorial service in late July or early August.   We know that Arthur is in a better place as he has gone to be with the Lord where He promises that at the end of time ‘there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.’ Revelation 21:4

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time.  Notes of condolence can be sent to Mrs. Barbara Johns, 3/8 Brodribb Street, Toowoomba 4350, Queensland, Australia; email abjohns@aanet.com.au

 

The doors are open…

…wide open!  A public school in Atibaia, Brazil opened their doors for the sports ministry of Daniel & Babi Stephan to share the Gospel with 600 grade school students on a weekly basis!

On June 29, assisted by a team from Calvary Baptist Church in Pennsylvania, 586 children, ages 6-10, came to the sports complex to participate in a day camp.  The kids loved it. Many of the children responded to the Gospel presentation.

This was the Stephan’s first activity with the public school. The Stephans are planning to propose to the school that they send some of those kids to the sports complex as an after school program.  More open doors to share the Gospel!

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Having to leave Colombia because of terrorist activity,

Dave Love continues to have a passion for the Colombian people.  He makes regular trips to the very southern tip of that country—in the Amazon region.  Once again, he is there, ministering to churches  in the region that are seeking to penetrate further into the rainforest with the Gospel.  The churches are meeting for a conference on leadership and mission outreach.

On July 15, they plan to do a Gospel blitz in the Colombian jungle outpost called Villa Andrea.  This is a rather hostile area with no churches.  A FARC guerilla camp is located in that area.  Dave writes, “Please pray for us…that the Lord will go before us and open the way to spread the Gospel. We’ll take Scriptures, literature, etc. with us.”

Dave & Denise Love minister at Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas.

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Alicia Whitmore- Venezuela

Please pray for Alicia as she departs today to begin ministry to youth in Venezuela.  Pray for safety in travel for Alicia, and Guillermo and Marcia Aguilar as they travel with her.  Pray for the Lord to work a wondrous establishment of her ministry and praise Him for preparing the way.

Sam and Joanie Snodgrass- USA/Basque

Please pray for the ongoing ministry to the Basque people, and for the Lord’s peace and healing with Sam and Joanie’s health.