There was a great joy in heaven as a man received Christ as his Savior! 

Jon and Mitsy Mahar (Japan) write, “He was a chef and an owner of a small restaurant where our daughter, Amy, had worked part time when she was in college. After she graduated from college, she kept in touch with him and kept witnessing. He is now in a hospital dying from cancer. Amy and her husband, Ken, visited him.  To their surprise, he asked Ken to give him a message from the Bible. His heart was ready; he admitted he was a sinner, which was a very hard thing for him to do before. He was very weak but his mind was clear, and he accepted the Lord as His personal Savior. He prayed as Ken led him. Amy said that he looked so peaceful and joyful after that! To God be the glory!”

 

FIM Home Office Job Opening for Administrative and 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.

Can God use a missionary over the age of 70?  

After serving in Bolivia for decades, Lonnie & Ruth Hodge have suddenly been thrust into unexpected ministries.  Lonnie began discipling a soccer coach.  That resulted in weekly Bible studies with the entire soccer team.  Many of the players have trusted in Christ for salvation.

At the same time, the Hodges have been “pushed” into leading a brand new church in Cochabamba.  The soccer team players began attending services.  Recently Lonnie had the privilege of baptizing the coach and nine members of the soccer team.

Since the baptism, another soccer player has also expressed a desire to follow the Lord in baptism!

Can God use a missionary over the age of 70?  Absolutely!

(Photo of baptism of many of the players and the coach of the soccer team.)

 

Picacho Camp in Aguascalientes, Mexico was the site of a three-day grade school kids camp in July.

Jeff & Sheny Walker were excited to have over forty kids—almost all of them from non-Christian homes—participate. The children were part of their church plant ministry.

The most exciting time for the kids was the pool time. Their energy and screaming for the 90 minutes each day were amazing. They just kept going and going. The water was cool (unheated), but they did not care. The inflatable boats in the water made it extra fun for them.

After Jeff gave the message on salvation, it was exciting to hear many of the children praying to receive Christ.

Pray for the kids to continue in the club faithfully and growing in their knowledge of the Lord and His Word. Pray also that these families can be reached as a result of the kids coming.

“My missionary colleague and I were scheduled to take an advanced German course

in April.  I was looking forward to the opportunity to brush up on my language skills a bit,” Mindy Boyd writes from Germany.

“When we arrived for our first session we found ourselves in the classroom with one other young woman, a Russian, and no one else, not even a teacher.  When I inquired at the reception, we were informed that the course had been canceled and that we would be reimbursed for the payment.  I returned to the classroom and told my colleague and the Russian.

“We then ended up spending over an hour just sitting there talking, getting to know the young woman.  We invited her to our English conversation group that week.  She came with her Colombian boyfriend.  We’ve since had the opportunity to spend more time with her and invite her to other events or even just to hang out.

“It has been very clear to us that signing up for that German course had more to do with meeting the Russian young woman than it did with improving our language skills!”

 

Addicted to alcohol and men, the young Christian woman, hungering to be freed…

… sought out Dorothy Case (Mexico).

Dorothy writes, “It has been a long journey, but the most important part was to love her unconditionally.  Her dad left when she was 5 years old, affecting her deeply.  Having Dan’s (Dorothy’s husband) father love for her strengthened her heart, even through times of failure.  She began to take tiny steps to believe that God could really love her.  For the last 1½ years she has understood the relationship of trust she can truly and intimately have with Jesus Christ.

“She has been freed from alcohol and immorality and desires to reach other hurting women and single moms with the redemptive story of Christ. She and her Christian friend have begun a group for Oaxaca ladies and have been able to lead two ladies to Christ!”

 

The Highlands Youth Camp in Tanzania has many opportunities

…to minister to campers throughout the year.  But June is the highlight of the year!  During that month, 4,000 youth heard the gospel. Of those, 1,300 youth professed faith in Christ!

On another note, Billy & Sarah Brewer also tell about an 11 foot python that was killed on the soccer field behind their home. The Brewers, who have two young children, write, “Oh for the day when the infant will play by the cobra’s den” (Isaiah 11:8).

The inauguration of a new church is an exciting occasion! 

Working with a local pastor, Lonnie & Ruth Hodge are thrilled about the inauguration of their church on August 12, 2018 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  The Hodges wrote, “On Saturday, we set up 52 chairs, not knowing what to expect.  By the time we had our greeting of one another, the church had filled up. One count was 72 adults and teens plus children. An unofficial count put us at just over 100.  People stayed around for 45 minutes just fellowshipping. They did not appear to want to leave. God exceeded all of our expectations!  We had a terrific day!  Our hearts are overwhelmed!”

The church had been praying for an adequate place to meet. God answered their prayer!  On Saturday, as they were preparing, a lady asked what was going on.  She was told that they were inaugurating a new church.  She replied that she lives across the street and that she would come.   True to her word, she came with her husband and their child.

“About twenty years ago, twins came to children’s camp…

Their parents wanted to take a vacation without them. They instructed them not to change religion nor listen to anything that would encourage them to change. They said, ‘You have a good vacation, have a good time, and we will have a good time also.’

“When the twins returned home, they began telling their parents all the wonderful things they had learned. The parents were impressed and wanted to learn more and were eventually saved and began attending the Bible church in Morelia, Mexico, They have been active in the church ever since, and so have the twins.”

This year one of the twins brought his own children to camp and told Mark & Carole Landis this story.

Photo of part of the La Roca camp (and Bible Institute) in Guadalajara, Mexico

God is at work!

Muslims continue to come to Christ!  A father left his wife behind in Iran and came to Greece with his two adult children. Depressed and not able to sleep, he prayed with Christians in Greece, was freed from depression and found new life in Jesus!  All three were recently baptized.

The daughter’s husband was baptized last October. But she didn’t feel ready to be baptized yet.  She was a Muslim in Iran according to tradition. Her husband and the refugee center in Athens helped her learn more about Jesus and what she did for her.  She told the FIM missionaries that she was now ready to be baptized.

The 30-year-old son went to many churches in Greece. He found love, joy and peace in Jesus Christ among Christians.  He likes the way Christians worship God.  His life changed for the better and he too was baptized.