Surgery Amid Chaos

Once wealthy Venezuela continues its downward spiral.  The following account by Guillermo & Marcia Aguilar about one of their church leaders depicts the country’s misery.

Twenty years of rheumatoid arthritis had taken away much of 42-year-old Ana’s mobility.  Medicine being difficult to find, her pain was severe.  Doctors agreed that she needed her left hip replaced as soon as possible.  Ana was placed on the list for surgery at the public hospital.  Her mother discovered that no one had received a hip replacement through the public system in three years.  The search was on for a surgeon.

A doctor agreed to do the surgery if a hip could be purchased.   The search was on for a complete hip kit.  One was found and purchased.

Ana got the needed x-rays, blood work, and the doctor’s approval.  Then she was informed that no operating room was available in the public hospital.   The search was on to rent an uncontaminated, functioning operating room in a private clinic with working air conditioners.   One was found.  Then the machine broke, so that room was unusable.  Another operating room was found.

With the public health system in such bad shape, patients need to pay for and sometimes find the needed surgical and cleaning supplies, including the scrubs for the doctors and medication.  Each patient must find people to donate blood for the surgery as well.

Ana had surgery September 17.

Pray for Ana- South America

We praise the Lord that Bible teacher Ana was able to find a sanitary medical clinic and undergo hip surgery last week.  Please pray for Ana’s recovery.

Moms and Kids Hearing the Gospel

One hundred and forty eight kids plus…more than twenty moms!  That was the highest attendance at the children’s outreach by Bryan & Susan Nevin (Mexico).  In addition to making contact with the kids, they were able to share the gospel with some of the mothers.  Although very tired, the Nevins were excited about the good week.  (Photo of the event with Nevins.)

Sharing Christ through Coffee

Japan needs missionaries who are committed to love the Japanese people and build long-term relationships with them.  God has equipped Josiah & Noeru Henderson with their background, personality and culture (Noeru is Japanese) to do just that.  Working alongside other missionaries to plant a church in Takasaki, Japan, the young couple seeks to make contacts, build relationships and trust within the local community by opening a coffee shop.  With only .5 percent of the 123 million people of Japan having a personal relationship with their Best Friend, it will mean a lot of coffee…

Nursing a Dying Church Back to Health

Following the collapse of the shipbuilding industry, Sunderland, England has been economically depressed.  Yet this city is where immigrants and refugees are given housing.  The population is now very diverse.

Like many dying churches in England, a congregation in Sunderland had dwindled to less than 10 elderly members.  But they were eager to work with Dave & Cheri Kelso, veteran missionaries whose ministry is to nurse churches in England back to health.  They agreed to pray for local families to start attending.

The Lord is at work!  It has not been without struggles (as seen from the photo). But less than a year later, the church is averaging 75 in attendance!  It is a very diverse congregation now, with people from 16 nationalities!  For 55% of the attenders, English is not their first language!

“Shortly after arriving in La Rochelle, France we became friends with

H & C, a young couple in our church,” write Jeremy and Emilie. “With them we started the English club and a men’s Bible study.  They now live 45 minutes from La Rochelle in a town whose population, with its surrounding villages, is about 18,000. ”

There isn’t one Bible believing church in that town.  The closest one is about 30 minutes away. In February Jeremy & Emilie began Bible studies in H & C’s home.  They are praying that the Lord would use this Bible study not only to help their group grow spiritually, but that it will also be the beginning of an outreach to that area.

 

FIM Missionary Conference in Argentina

Please pray for FIM missionaries in Argentina this week as they receive teaching in Salta from Director Dr. Paul Barreca and Board Member Tony Perez.  Pray for a time of growth in God’s Word and preparation for continuing ministry through the spread of the gospel to the people of Argentina.