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.

FIM Home Office Job Opening for Administrative & Financial Associate

The FIM Home Office at 555 South 24th Street, Allentown, PA has an immediate job opportunity for an Administrative & Financial Associate who has a heart for missions. If interested in more details, please contact Paul Barreca at paul@fim.org or 610-435-9099.

The national Christian TV station of a European country…

…was doing a two hour program on the worth and dignity of people. A co-worker of FIM personnel has a younger brother with Down Syndrome and they were asked to appear on the program to talk about their relationship and his worth as a person. She shared how her brother has been a great blessing to their family and to their church. In that country 98% of the pregnancies of known Down Syndrome babies are aborted.

On the way home, her brother began weeping for joy over the fact that his parents had chosen not to abort him. He prayed out loud in the car for about 15-20 minutes, thanking the Lord for life, and interceded for his family. That was a precious moment!

When the host of the TV program learned that the FIM personnel member was transporting his guests, he asked him to also be a guest, discussing the book that the FIM member and his co-worker are writing on singleness. The co-worker is writing her story about being a 39-year-old single, while he is writing about the theological and counseling aspects of singleness. Many European singles feel they gain significance only when they move into a romantic relationship. What an opportunity to proclaim the message of the value of single people! That was clearly the hand of our sovereign God!

We don’t like detours…

…They are inconvenient and slow us down. We can’t always see that it is the best route.

Missionaries may also run into unexpected detours. Candy Surrett joined FIM in 2012 to go to Peru. Then her teenage daughter was seriously injured in an accident. Six years later, in August, she was finally able to begin ministry in Peru!

Candy seeks to evangelize and disciple women through parenting classes, assisting women who experience emotional loss and hardships, developing young women for leadership roles, educating teenage girls to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and family counseling.

The girl had been attending children’s club and

…was invited to come to church. She paid very close attention to the Bible lessons and memorized the Scripture verses.

One Sunday the story was about a boy named Samuelito who gave his life to Christ. It was then that she understood the message of salvation and she believed in the Lord Jesus Christ!

The girl is part of the ministry of John & Marilyn Asmah.