Skills Acquisition to Spread the Gospel

The economic hardships in Nigeria adversely affect pastors or missionaries.  Their congregations are unable to support them.  And Christian workers might not have the skills to support themselves and their families.

With this in mind, Dennis & Coletta Shelly at ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro, Nigeria have been promoting Skills Acquisition classes.  The over 500 students are able to gain hands-on experience in different skills, such as tailoring, sewing, plumbing, welding, raising catfish, poultry and rabbits, computer studies, photography/video production, shoe making, and producing household cleaners and food like cocoa mix. They now have a brand new two-story Skills Acquisition Center building.

(Photo of ladies in the sewing class.)

Healing a Broken Home

The father is an alcoholic and the mother is a drug addict. The couple has two daughters.  The parents separated when the younger daughter was an infant.  Now, twenty some years later, the daughters are in college.  Lalpi Zou (India), along with his brother, has been counseling the broken family for about two months.  The couple recently got married again…to each other!

The daughters and their mother have not been speaking with each other.  But the powerful Word of God convicted the heart of the daughters.  They put their trust in the Lord and are now learning to love their mom and communicate with her.

(Lalpi & Esther Zou are planting a church in India.)

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.

 

A Young Married Woman in Uganda

It was obvious that the young married woman with two kids had ongoing, unresolved conflict with her husband.  She came every week to the women’s Bible study. Prince & Heidi Sabena (Uganda) invited her to come for counseling.  She did.  But her husband declined the invitation.

Over three months, they noticed a huge change.  At first, she came looking for ways she could influence her husband to change.  But God, through his Word, showed her that she had the wrong view of marriage and had wrong expectations.  As the Lord changed her, she regained her joy and love for her husband, even though her husband has not changed…yet.

A young Christian, studying for his doctorate in pharmacy

…has been attending weekly Bible studies for about 1½ years in Halle, Germany. He is unable to attend on Sundays because he returns home for weekends. But his comments and prayers during the Bible study provide clear evidence to Craig & Debbie Borgard that his faith is growing in the Lord!