“It’s not safe!”

“It’s not safe!” some protest. “You could get mugged, kidnapped or even killed!” Since when does missionary work not involved risk? Since when should risk be a deterrent to following the Lord?

FIM missionaries in politically unstable areas are very aware of the risk. On December 9, 2014, Cephas & Nguhemen Tushima wrote, “If this continues this way, it will no longer be a matter of if, but when the Islamist fighters will reach us where we are again.” Two days later, a bomb was detonated in the city where the Tushimas live and minister, killing at least 31 people. The Tushimas and those they minister with are fine.

People take risk all the time just for fun. Taking wise risk for the sake of Christ is not foolish. John Piper wrote, “There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus.”

Islamic countries

In Islamic countries, it could take years for people to understand the Gospel and come to faith in Jesus Christ. However, certain times of the year present greater opportunities.

FIM missionary, Steve, in North Africa, wrote that this Christmas was a great occasion to share about Christ. “Quite a lot of children turned up this year. We are thankful that the seed was sown in their hearts. We continue to give out calendars for the New Year.”

Steve is also excited about a man who comes regularly to services. He also brings his children to the church services. Steve is praying that this man will understand the Gospel and receive Christ as their Savior.

Camp ministry in Brazil

Kathy Stucky provides education for a large missionary family in a remote location in Brazil. Three of the siblings and some friends organized a teen camp December 19-21 with the theme of being a good soldier of the Lord. They organized many activities such as soccer, volleyball, swimming, riding a zip line, soap-suds games, a hiking trail with many obstacles that included strap line walking and mud slides, and other fun activities. Of course there was the usual food, snacks, and more importantly, singing, devotional times, teaching from God’s Word, and counseling times.
The camp was well attended. One participant said, “I’ve never attended anything like this before.” Another made a profession of faith seeming to understand clearly that salvation is in Christ alone. Some are beginning to have daily devotions with God. Still another one is now coming to church, bringing her dad.
The team, also, did a Gospel presentation and children’s games in two Indian villages nearby. They also helped with the annual Christmas outreach with food, games, and Gospel presentation.