For many years…

…we have been helping with the medical needs of a paraplegic friend who lives in a remote village. Recently he needed surgery in the capital city, so we looked for a Christian ministry that could host him during his recovery. There was only one such ministry available, but they did not have the funds to host him. We didn’t know what to do so we prayed.  As soon as we finished praying we saw a car pass by that belongs to a secular group that helps the handicapped.  So we called them and they referred us to a secular organization who could host our friend.

At first we were disappointed that we couldn’t get the needed help through a Christian organization.  But then we were able to spend some time with the director of the organization.  He wanted to know why we were helping our friend.  We shared the gospel with him several times.  Last week he accepted an invitation to attend our home Bible study.  He attended the Bible study with his wife and his 4-year-old son.  After-ward he said that although this was the first time that they had ever looked at Christianity, they really enjoyed it and were curious to know more.

M & L serve in Asia.

Lonnie Hodge in Cochabamba, Bolivia writes:

“Today, Feb. 16, marks 42 years since I trusted Christ as my savior (1975). Other than some Bible stories, I was basically biblically illiterate.

Today, on my way to the seminary for my Libros Históricos class, I was able to share the gospel with Don Santiago. He knew that Christ died on the cross for our sins, but he didn’t know WHY he had to die. We started in Genesis 3, and I walked him through the blood sacrifices and the theme coursing through the pages of Scripture: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.” I point him to Christ, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, as his sin bearer. May God complete that work of redemption in him.

I love to tell the story… It NEVER gets old!”

A young man recently stopped and told Dan Nickel that he had taken a Bible from him

four years earlier while he was doing open air preaching in Ireland.  At the time, the young man was on heroin.   In September 2016 both of his parents died.  Since then, the young man had been looking for Dan.  He is now off of heroin and has been invited to study the Bible.

Dan & Melody write, “It is important to keep a presence there as others may be seeking more information.  The Lord at times allows us to see a little of how He can use open air preaching of the gospel.”

 

Pray for Marcia Montenegro’s Son

Please pray for Marcia’s son Geoffrey, for recovery from a car accident yesterday, in which he suffered minor injuries.  Pray for his transportation needs to be met, and pray for Marcia’s ministry, Christian Answers for the New Age.

Urgent Prayer Requests from Gallos in Argentina

Please pray for Lucio’s nephew Bruno, who was involved in an accident at work this weekend in which his back was crushed by a heavy gate.  As of now he may be paralyzed from the waist down and the doctors are deciding whether to operate.

Pray for Lucio’s father Guillermo, who has been admitted to the hospital for gallbladder surgery, and has some other complications.  Thank you for your prayers for this family.

 

“Waiting at an ‘exchange house’, a beautiful 22-year-old girl came to us

and said something,” Arturo & Silvia Tomé write from Puebla, Mexico.  “We didn’t understand her language.  Silvia said to her, ‘We speak English’.

“’S’ told us that she was from Lebanon. She had communicated via Internet with a young man from Puebla.  She thought that he loved her.  Wanting to surprise him, she arrived in Puebla without notice.  But the address of Jose was fake.

“She had arrived in Puebla two days before we met her and she didn’t know what to do. Her parents had died when she was twelve. She did not want to return to Lebanon, but it was expensive living in the hotel.

“She was very happy to meet us.  We told that we are Christians.  She said she would like to know about Christianity first-hand.  We didn’t know if we could trust what she said.  But she looked so helpless.  We prayed for the Lord’s guidance.

“We had no place in our house for her.  But Arturo’s brother had a room available.  His 19-year-old daughter had died a year ago. They were happy to have her.

“That was seven months ago.  ’S’ has attended our church faithfully and now speaks Spanish well.  She has memorized several chapters of Psalms. On December 6, 2016, she asked us to pray with her, asking Jesus to be her Savior. Silvia and I knelt with her.  She prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, you are not only a prophet, you are my Savior.’

“In January, 2017 she told us that she wants to be baptized. She has started the course for baptismal candidates.  The family of Arturo’s brother, in whose house she lives, are not Christians.  ‘S’ urges the whole family to read the Bible and to attend church.  She is a blessing and is seeking the Lord’s will for her life.”

Although “E” didn’t attend church, she sent her son to Sunday School…

Itamar Santos, involved in a church planting ministry in Brazil, wrote that she was the mother of one of his best Sunday School students.  “Usually on Sunday afternoons I take time to visit the parents of my Sunday School students in their homes.  Several times I had invited “E” and her husband to come to church.

Eventually we became friends.  They would come to church on special occasions, such as “Awards Night “ to see their son receive his prize.

On November 17, 2016, “E” accepted Christ as her Savior. Now both she and her husband are attending our church regularly!”