“A young lady, Lucia*, in her mid-twenties came to church recently,”

Jeff & Sheny Walker (Mexico) write. “For my birthday, we had a dinner at our home for church folks. Lucia came. She invited three of her co-workers from a government school camp program. While talking about social problems affecting the school kids, we shared how Christ in the home makes such a big difference. Other believers shared their personal testimonies and helped explain the gospel. They all were very open and Lucia was saved.

“We have been discipling Lucia. She has been very eager to study the Bible and showed a lot of desire to serve the Lord. We encouraged Lucia to study formally in a Bible institute pro-gram. She started January 7!”

* Lucia is not her real name.

He was a Muslim and excellent at

repairing electronic equipment. The FIM missionary in North Africa visited him often and spoke about the Lord. He also taught the children to use the computer and also shared the gospel with them.

But because of the Muslim man’s temper and critical attitude, his wife of 20 years divorced him. He left his ex-wife and six children. From time to time they asked the missionary for help. Recently the 17-year-old daughter announced that the family was leaving. But she was sure that God would make a place for the missionary in Paradise because of what he had done for them. Again the missionary had opportunity to share that Jesus died to open up Paradise to those who trust in Him. He continues to pray for their salvation.

Hear Dr. Paul Barreca on Point of View Radio!

Radio host Kerby Anderson will interview Paul on Thursday, March 7 from 2-4 PM EST.  Search www.pointofview.net to find a local radio station or listen live on the website.   Paul and Kerby will discuss Current Trends in Missions and the upcoming FIM and Point of View trip to Israel this October. You can find details about this amazing tour of Israel and an option to visit Rome.

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Meet FIM’s General Director at Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Paul Barreca will be speaking with students at the World Evangelization Conference this week. This annual conference is student led and gospel centered. FIM helps missionaries to fulfill their call to proclaim the gospel and plant churches around the world. Pray for DTS students as they consider the Lord’s direction for their lives this week!

 

“Everyone knows that region of Peru is the forbidden passage, the heart of where drug labs and clandestine airstrips have flourished for decades!”

After 20 years, Dave Love and local pastors had evangelized villages along the 300-mile river from Brazil, through Colombia, up to the Peruvian border.  Should they stop there?  One pastor piped up, “I’m from here.  That section of the rain forest is sealed off to outsiders because of what they manufacture; I wouldn’t even go there!” The four team members discussed it and agreed to proceed and trust God for their protection.

The boat sped along, passing the “Bienvenidos a Peru” sign, into the no-fly zone, where the law rested in the hands of extremely powerful and affluent men.  A village came into view.  What type of reception would they receive?

Dave wrote, “I climbed onto the bow of the boat and put my hands up in the air so they clearly saw that we were not armed.  ‘We are evangelical missionaries coming in peace.  We want to share with you about the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word.’    ‘Come with us,’ one of the men ordered.

“As the villagers led us into the jungle, I thought, ‘This can go one of two ways.’  They took us to a large wooden structure, and the men gathered around us.  I still couldn’t discern if this was going to be a friendly contact.  We assured them that we traveled from the Colombian side in order to bring them Good News. The spokesman moved closer to me like he had something important to say. ‘I have lived here all my life and this is the first time that a Pastor has come to this area to visit us.’  I breathed a sigh of relief.  ‘Wait here, Pastor.  We are going to call the entire village so they can  listen to what you have to say.’

“When the crowd gathered, I asked, ‘Has anyone heard the story of the Good Shepherd?’  A younger man answered, ‘No, we haven’t heard of the Good Shepherd.’  ‘Have you ever heard of Psalm 23?’  ‘No, we have never heard Psalm 23.’  With a smile I pulled out my Spanish Bible and thought to myself, ‘Today is the day you are going to hear all about the Good Shepherd!’

“I was able to speak to the village for a good while and answer some of their questions about God and the Bible.  When I finished, the influential men in the village surprised us by requesting that we return and spend a few days in the area to teach them, and to also have activities with the children!”

(Dave & Denise Love, former missionaries to Colombia, now minister to Hispanic students in Texas.  Photo of Dave talking with village men.)