“I don’t want to be a Christian anymore”

 …a young lady who accepted Jesus as her Savior at a winter retreat in Quebec uttered.  Jerad & Wanda Mellette admitted, “I didn’t know how to process that statement.  In all my years of ministry, I’ve never heard that one.”

Her father is an “ex-Christian”, who had grown up in the Catholic church and walked away from the religion.  He thinks the Mellettes have brainwashed his daughter.  Her mother is no less sympathetic and her friends all think she’s nuts.

Jerad & Wanda write, “Please pray for her that she would remain steadfast in her faith.  Pray also for her parents that they would accept Jesus’ gift of salvation.”

 

“She was selling pastries in the street when

we invited her to the first meeting in the new church building in a new neighborhood,” Lucio & Amanda Gallo (Salta, Argentina) reported.  “She came to the meeting!”  Afterward she shared that she and her husband had moved to this place over 15 years earlier.  Because of the distance, they stopped going to church.  She prayed over 10 years for a church to open near her house.  She was overjoyed to see us and has not missed a single meeting.  She sent her boys and neighbors to our summer camp in January, and also brought her daughter and grandson to the church as well to hear the Gospel. God answered prayer!  Little by little her family  is coming back to God!

 

A creative approach that works in Uganda! 

Aida Kalule recently launched the Bible listening program in the Najjemba community. The gospel is read in different homes.  It has had an impact on many unchurched residents, including Muslims.  Five people have made professions of salvation and two have rededicated their lives to Christ.

(Photo of the Bible reading ministry in Uganda.)

 

“We had the pleasure of witnessing a river baptism

in a nearby village this past month,” Justin & Rachel Hoy (Senegal) write.  “The woman who was baptized was the first believer to be baptized from her village!

“She gave testimony of how God had been planting seeds in her life over several years, and she finally decided to follow Christ when disciplers began teaching the Tree of Life discipleship course in her village.  Her public profession of faith and baptism shows that she has ‘put on Christ’.”

Photo of her baptism.

 “Repentance is active.” 

Two prominent pastors in western Uganda have been feuding for the past 18 months.  The conflict became so bad that police and lawyers had been called, believers took sides, and fellowship was broken.

Prince Sabena and a visiting pastor from the U.S. held a 3-day conference for 160 pastors, elders, and church leaders in January.  On the fourth day, they met with the two pastors.  They listened for four hours as each shared the confusing and messy account.

After a day to think and pray about it, the two pastors met again.  God used the loving and wise counsel to bring them to godly sorrow and repentance.  They humbled themselves before each other and sought forgiveness from each other.  The one pastor went to all the people in the area, seeking forgiveness for slandering and spreading lies about the other pastor.   He was out until 8 P.M. that night making things right with the Lord and others.

(Prince & Heidi Sabena minister in Uganda.  Photo of the pastor’s conference.)

With the worsening Nigerian economy

many of the 600 students at the ECWA Theological Seminary Kagoro (ETSK) struggle to pay the minimal tuition.  Some are even hungry, Dennis & Coletta Shelly share.  The poor economy adversely affects workers, who in turn can’t support pastors, Christian workers or students like they did last year. The future ministry of these students is also affected.

With this in mind, the Shellys are promoting Skills Acquisition classes.  And it’s catching on!  Students hope to gain hands-on experience in tailoring, sewing, plumbing, welding, raising catfish, poultry and rabbits, computer studies, photography/video production, shoe making, and producing household cleaners and food like cocao mix.

(Photo of larger eggs the Shellys are promoting compared to those of local chickens.)

 

Reaching Out In Europe

In some countries, just making contacts with unbelievers is a struggle.  One FIM couple in Europe wrote, “When our neighbour was discouraged because his wife was in the hospital, we were able to give a basket of fruit when she got back from the hospital.  He was so moved by the gift that he cried, and started calling us the best neighbour in the world.  Today our friendship continues to grow, and we are praying that they may know Jesus as their Savior.”

“On Halloween we had a Bible study about life after death…

A long discussion about ghosts and evil spirits followed,” Rodemar & Liz Condado (Philippines) relayed.  “A neighbor lady told us of a time where she believed she saw a ghost.  We looked at Scriptures about heaven and hell.  As she read them for herself, she concluded that there are only two places where we can go after we die.

“She has shared on many occasions how the Bible is changing her beliefs and her actions.  Her husband commented recently that she is a nicer person and that they are happy they heard the gospel.  They look forward to our Bible studies because they are excited to learn more about God.”

What is it like to live in a country in a financial crisis?

Challenging! Here is a report from FIM missionaries in such a situation.

“One must be flexible.  It forces us to look to God to supply all our needs and the needs for the ministry.  Each day we need to choose to look at things joyfully, with prayer and thanksgiving, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, looking for whatever is praiseworthy (Philippians 4:4-8).  Yes, we were without electric for about 12 hours a day for several days. The water was only off for about a day in our area and then slowly returned. The phone lines and internet in our area are still out.  But we can go to a co-worker’s house and use their internet service or use a hot spot.

“We have been diligently keeping a supply of food for emergency purposes.  Buying is a challenge since the prices change almost daily and it is increasingly difficult to get the local currency.   Cash sells for twice its worth.  But to buy with cash is usually much cheaper since the people can sell the cash.

“The lines in the banks are usually very long and you can only take out a specified amount of cash, like 5,000.  A package of rice or ¾ pound of hamburger costs about that amount.  So, you spend all morning in line at the bank to take out enough cash for one package of rice.  Weekly we see God supply what is needed and He of course also blesses with extras.  Last Monday we had water, electricity and the garbage truck came by also!!!  It was a WOOHOO DAY!!  (Garbage service is sporadic, maybe monthly).

“Please pray with us for spiritual revival.  That is the only eternal solution to all the problems.  We are grateful that the LORD has allowed us to be here during this time.  A neighbor  said to me the other day that our choosing to live here, gives her hope.  May she soon accept Jesus as her Savior and have eternal hope.”

Please pray for the missionaries and our brothers and sisters in Christ in these very difficult circumstances, that people may come to know Jesus Christ.

 

“‘R’ came to Christ and he and his family have been coming to church

for 2½ years.  It has been a blessing to watch them grow, while dealing with health challenges as well as their past,” Tim & Barbara-Lee Glessner report from Puebla, Mexico.  “‘R’ and his son-in-law have been teaching the Bible four days each week at a local drug rehabilitation center.  It’s so neat to see and hear how they are serving the Lord.”