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.”

 

Marcia practiced as a professional astrologer

for eight years. She took astrology classes for over two years and passed the 7-hour exam given by the Atlanta Board of Astrology Examiners. Marcia later was Chairperson of this Board for three years. She was also active in the Metropolitan Atlanta Astrological Society, serving as president for a year.

But Marcia Montenegro (USA) gave it all up when she met Jesus Christ.  She now has a ministry warning of the dangers of astrology, the occult, eastern religions, etc.: Christian Answers for the New Age.  There are many helpful articles on her website:  http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/.  She is frequently interviewed on radio, speaks in different venues, and is available for speaking engagements.

After a recent Skype session with moms and their high school daughters, Marcia received the following email: “It was wonderful! I received such great feedback.  Everyone learned so much. It’s one thing to read about someone’s world view out of a book and a completely different thing to experience it through the eyes of someone who actually lived it.”

“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.

FIM or Point of View

 

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.)

 

“Will God accept me if I’m a pan-sexual?” the 12-year-old girl asked

Jerad Mellette (Montreal, Canada) as he spoke at a recent youth rally.  She was one of 16 who accepted Christ as Savior!  Jerad & Wanda add, “This is just one of many questions that we get asked on a regular basis as we seek to speak God’s truth into young lives that have been so devastated by the lies of the enemy.”

Greece Team Trip to Minister to Refugees

At the Crossroads Refugee Center in Athens Greece, each week hundreds of refugees are given food, clothing, and friendship. They also hear the life changing message of the Gospel. Many are trusting in Christ as their Savior. Their lives are still in disarray and their existence is transitory, but they have a hunger to know more about their Lord and His Word, the Bible. In March the plan is for a team of eight Christians from the US and Europe to take 35 new believers on a 3-day retreat that will provide them with a safe place to sleep, 3 hot meals a day, Christian fellowship, and 9 Bible classes focusing on helping them grow in their walk with Christ. The team is providing their own funding, but the cost for each refugee guest will be $125 per person.  If you would like to help with this event, please send your gift to FIM with the notation “Greece Refugee Retreat” or give online via the link:

Give to Greece Refugee Retreat