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