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

Bible class in public schools in Brazil…

…is one encouraging part of the ministry of Gilberto (“Giba”) & Helen Filsinger.  In one report, over 200 children are regularly present at one school, over 250 students attend in another school,  and 100 fourth graders made professions of salvation.

Giba also pastors a church and teaches in the Bible Institute.

(Photo of Filsingers’ Bible class at a public school.)

Paraisopolis is the slum area of Sao Paulo, Brazil…

with a population of about 100,000.  This is the area where Itamar Santos is ministering with a church.  The ministry includes teaching life skills to help residents so that they will be able to escape the slum.  Itamar (left) is pictured here with Anderson, one of the young men that he has been discipling.

“We were participating in the dedication of a tiny new church in a village…

…where we have done outreach for several years. We had just started the Jesus Film for Children when an angry person came with a large piece of wood, hit the metal roof of the church, and began screaming loudly. All of us in the church jumped at the loud bang.

“Outside a crowd began to gather. We all started praying that there wouldn’t be a riot. Several people told me not to go out, but I went out to meet the person and see if I could help calm him down. He shouted some more, but eventually left without hurting anyone.

“The next day he came back and apologized to the Christians! Since then, the size of the church has more than doubled and this week there were 17!”

Incident reported by FIM missionaries in Asia.

Venezuela!  We hear about this country in the news—

—political oppression, rioting, long lines just to buy bread, hunger, inflation rate at one million percent, no medicine, high infant mortality, people fleeing the country.  Guillermo & Marcia Aguilar returned to Venezuela last month to continue ministry with the three churches they have planted.  But Gailyn Agar has been unable to obtain a visa to make visits to strengthen her ministry to the deaf in Venezuela.  She ministers to the deaf in a church in West Virginia.  Alicia Whitmore just completed language learning in Venezuela when her visa was not renewed.  As she waits for a visa, she is serving in a church planting ministry in La Mission, Mexico.  Pray for these missionaries and our brothers and sisters in Venezuela.


Often missionary work is simply making contacts with people who need the Lord.

Jeremy & Emilie Knickerbocker are helping to start churches in two locations in France.  They are making some great contacts, especially with a neighbor.  He has come to the Knickerbocker home with his family, and through several circumstances their relationship is deepening.

Jeremy & Emilie are discipling a couple.  They request prayer for a new couple who have begun to attend services in Rochefort, both of whom were mediums before recently getting saved.

Radical (youth ministry) keeps growing!

A month prior to the week-long camp, Frank & Rebecca Arellanes (Mexico) had to close registration because they were completely full…210 campers. When the speaker from Peru challenged the youth to give God complete control of their lives, around 30 of them professed faith in Christ and several others expressed interest in biblical training.

The Arellanes say, “Our prayer is that camp will connect us with youth who will want to go deeper with God, study His Word and go out as church planters in Mexico and abroad.”

“I had no idea what a huge undertaking the establishment of a school

is, especially as I’m still on a full-time staff elsewhere,” Cephas & Nguhemen Tushima (Nigeria) said. In addition to being on the faculty of Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, the Tushimas are nearing completion of the training center construction and are gearing up to start the elementary section of the Hesed Royal Academy. “I hired some staff at the beginning of the year. They, along with two experienced volunteers have been a tremendous help!”

Photo of beginning of Hesed Royal Academy construction project.