Tuesday, June 11, 2019

June FM Monthly News

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...Mark 16:15
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THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 2019
The Philippines

A group of seven embarked on a trip to the Philippines in May and stayed into June.   These faithful servants led by FM Board member and preacher Brian Niemitalo, and fellow board member/preacher Gregory Greve, served in many different capacities in this beautiful country!

Here is a comment on the trip just received  from Daisy Senonis, who is Pastor Bernie's wife.  
Dear brethren,
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ
Thank you so much for the untiring effort, love and time that you bestowed upon the Filipino brethren. We are so blessed with your life that you shared to us. The life and heart that full of compasion for souls to be saved through Jesus Christ our Saviour. You've fed us by the Word of God and it nurished our spirit and soul to be more zealous in serving the Lord no matter what it takes. Even you were so tired but you still smile and we saw God's glory upon you, because your love to serve is overflowing.
Thank you so much for every day you didn't forget the Philippines to be of your ministry.
We were so blessed to have you here.
May God multiply His blessings to all ALCA family. Filipino  love you all brethren. We'll keep you in our prayers. 

In the meet a friend section below you can see more of what they did there.
 



(above) Gregory Greve delivering the Good News of the Gospel in the Philippines.


Most of the hardworking dental team!








Brian Niemitalo delivery a message.

To God be the Glory, Great things He hath done! 


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Guatemala

The annual convention in the ALC of Guatemala was this past weekend!  By all accounts it was a wonderful time of Christian fellowship.  Those members of our three congregations that could make the trip to Juan Ponce (our newest church) gathered around God's Word.  It is certainly all of our prayers that this time of reshreshment and feasting on God's Word would be a lasting blessing to all that we're gathered.

Christian Fellowship on our shores! 
 
It is always a blessing have visiting pastors and their families visit us!  It gives us an idea of what it must feel like for them when our Pastors go to their countries.   In May we were able to host Pastor Frank Famiyeh and his wife Florence from Ghana,  Pastor Jukka Mulinen from Finland and his family, as well as a preacher from Sweden, Mikael F., and his son.  Also, another speaking brother and his wife from Finland came to a family wedding and joined us in fellowship as well. It has been a wonderfully busy, and we have been so blessed by our brothers and sisters from overseas.  It is always such a joy to have Christian fellowship with people of different cultures and life situations.  We worship the same Lord!  The sermons by Pastor Frank and Jukka are available on both the Ashburnham and New Ipswich ALC websites. 


 

 

MEET A FRIEND(s)
Humanitarian brothers! 

(Through this section in each Monthly News, we hope you can feel better connected to some of your brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.) 

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40   And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Dentist Danny Franco on the left,  from Guatemala, and Randy Kinnunen are examples of so many of God's people who give their time and talents to help the less fortunate.
Dr. Daniel repairs and or removes teeth, does root canals, fillings and cleanings one after the other for all and anyone who attends. In the last two trips to the Philippines alone, he has worked on around 1000 patients. He has also done several dental clinics with us in Guatemala.

None of the costs of doing this comes from the Foreign Mission.  Danny and his friends foot the entire bill!

Randy is a tenderhearted Christian brother who has given of himself and of his limited resources and inspired others to help fund and find educational and medical care for literally dozens of children and adults over the last 13 years in the Philippines and Vietnam. He has especially focused on helping children with cleft palates and other facial abnormalities.

The Foreign Mission Emergency Medical Fund has contributed from time to time towards the hospital bills for some of those that Randy has had a heart to help. Many others have also donated privately to this cause.

Danny and Randy are pictured here on the trip they just completed as they traveled with our Foreign Mission team to the Philippines and Vietnam. 
 


As you can see, Dr. Danny is at work, and all the other team members work hard at the clinics as well. 

News From the Field  

India 

Both notes and pictures below are from Pastor K and were sent 10 days apart.
 
Even in this hot summer weather we keep preaching the Word. .. last night we had a cottage open air service at a home in our village...once again the Word preached...thank you for your prayers. ..


Today we had gospel preaching through one village. ..all the associated pastors with ALM of India joined with us...preached the Word and distributed gospel tracts. ..glory and honour to Him...let us pray for the harvest of souls with the help of the Holy Spirit. ..thank you for your prayers and being with us in Spirit of prayer.



 

        Bibles to the Nations

Each month we attempt to distribute Bibles around the world through your donations to the Bible Fund.  
 

 From India: 

Two pastors namely George and Solomon. ..taking the Holy Bibles, song books, Sunday School books and gospel tracts to distribute in their villages in the evangelism program. ..thank you for help for this...we need more of this literature. ..please pray for and help us further to continue this programme in various parts of our state. ..thank you! 



        

 


 

   Other Highlights or Events




  Pictured is another church we were able to help fund with the special donation for this purpose.  This one is in Togo.  Several congregations have already been helped in similar fashion this year through the love of the Christians in the AALC. 

>  The ALC of Guatemala holds it's annual convention in early June.  (note above) Scott and Karen Niemitalo went to attend and serve at this convention.  The local pastors did much of the preaching.
 
 The Foreign Mission fully understands that nothing can be accomplished except that God through His Holy Spirit would move His children to help in their individual capacity.  We certainly give all Honor, Praise, and Glory to God.  Items are put here only so you can see the various ways that you can help in the Lord's Vineyard, even if you cannot leave your home! Prayer is of top importance of course! 
Praise & Prayer and Upcoming events section: 

>   Kingston, MN ALC is hosting the Annual Convention in St. Cloud, MN on June 27th-30th. All are invited to attend. Please be in prayer for this upcoming time of services. We look forward to seeing you!
           
>    The FM will have a table at the conventions!  Come to see us! We love your thoughts and input!

>    The FM will have a very short video presentation and will share a bit about the mission at 2 PM Saturday afternoon at the convention.  There will also be a full sermon as well during the 2 to 4 time period.

>   The FM Administrator and his wife will again visit churches this summer.  With the conventions being in the midwest, the focus will be in that area.  He loves to meet you and get your thoughts, input, and suggestions.

>   Please note: at this time of year, we have now completed the cycle of trips for our FM year.  Therefore, NO trips are scheduled until after our next planning meeting in September / October.   If you have an interest in any trip, email foreignmission@comcast.net
 
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 107:1

Upcoming Trips 

                         
Would you like to join us?  
Trips that are happening in the coming months!  

Guatemala June 2019 for the convention

Kenya: Fall 2019

Praying for God to send laborers for other trips in the near future, if it be His Will that we go.  Stay tuned for further announcements in this section each month!
 
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Support Options
Email or click DONATE link below for regular support options. 
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Top 5 List

Are you looking to donate for a specific most needed cause? Ask for the administrator top 5 list! Click Here to email

Church building fund:  We have a small specially donated church completion fund set up.   So far several church roofs have been completed.  The FM believes it best for the local congregations to put their own prayers, sweat, and treasure into their own church so that each congregant takes personal interest in the church.   We do enjoy helping such congregations finish their building, hence the fund.  We have many current needs for church buildings!

Emergency Medical Fund:  


Poor Family Fund: 
Help in those situations where a family is not able to educate, feed, or otherwise support their children due to death, injury, sickness, or poverty.  Each situation is monitored closely.

The Bible Fund; We get many requests for Bibles. It is such a blessing to give the WORD of LIFE! Click here to donate.
May God Bless Your Month! 
Mailing address for DONATIONS:
The Foreign Mission of the ALC
1601 NW 4th Avenue
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Mailing address for CORRESPONDENCE:
The Foreign Mission of the ALC
63 Poor Farm Road
New Ipswich, NH 03071
 
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

May FM Monthly News

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...Mark 16:15
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THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 2019

Guatemala 

In late April, the confirmation class of the Ashburnham ALC, together with their parents and the Foreign Mission Administrator and his wife Colleen, went to Guatemala. In addition to the normal preaching, teaching, and visiting, this group performed work projects.  They poured concrete for one day at the Little Lambs Children's home, and they built 2 complete houses for poor village families. They donated (thanks to so many contributors),  all the materials for the houses, as well as lots of baby clothes and other items that were distributed in homes and in the hospital in Zacapa.  It was such a blessed time to be with the people of Guatemala, and to be together as one church family! 

Completed house above and hospital visit below


This mother of 7 children, Marina,  had never been to church. One day several years ago, we were conducting a dental clinic in her village in Guatemala.   Someone invited her to come to get her teeth fixed at the free clinic.    She came and stayed for the church service.  Since that day, she has faithfully attended our church!  God works in the ways He sees fit, and for that we are thankful! 
Easter Around the World 
"He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." Matthew 28:6 
Here are some photos of the Easter services in various churches around the world. These are just a few of the many congregations that we are in fellowship with, and often visit. How amazing it is that though we speak different languages,  we unite in the one and only spiritual language!  Jesus Christ and Him Crucified!                                
  JESUS IS LORD! HE IS RISEN!

Pics from Kenya, India, South Africa, Togo, and Guatemala

MEET A FRIEND 

(Through this section in each Monthly News, we hope you can feel better connected to some of your brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.) 
P. Bahnu
Bahnu is a young man who we met at the ALC children's home in India. He is now 19 and is a mechanic. He lives about 1 hour from the church, but comes as often as possible (about once a month.) He was baptized while the team was there in February. His heart for service is very present in all he does, and he was very helpful at the medical clinics .  Some years back, he was in very much pain from arthritis.  He was prayed for by several team members.   We pray that the pain stays away, and he is able to continue into his manhood in good health.  It was so good to feel his love, and see his smile! What a change God has worked in him!  All thanks and praise to God!  

News From the Field  

India 

 

Dear most respected Pastor John in Christ,
God's Peace, Greetings to you Pastor in the might name of God. Pastor, we are praying for you and for the Foreign Mission Board. We hope that you are doing well by the Grace of God.

Pastor, we are doing well by the Grace of God and by all your prayers. Thanking you so much for all your prayers and prayers from the Foreign Mission Board. We thanking you so much and the Foreign Mission Board for all your great and Kind support extended to our Ministry to equip, reach and touch every one with Good news of Jesus Christ. We are able to reach many thousands of souls each month with your prayers and great support. Pastors, Churches are thanking you for all your Passion for the Lord . May God continue to bless you Pastor.  Kindly give our greetings to the Board members of the Foreign Mission Board.

May God bless you Pastor,
Dr.Syam Kumar.



The children at the ALC Children’s Home in India are called upon to help fold gospel tracts, and inserting contact info into Bibles which were distributed on April 4th, during the Gospel propagation event they held.  We pray that event went well and many people are now currently reading the information given.   We are so thankful for those that contribute to the Bible Fund which makes this possible!
Pastor K gives his thanks!  (Pics of event below!)











        Did You Know?  
        

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION BY THE NUMBERS

Credit: OpenDoors

The 2019 World Watch List report is based on comprehensive and investigative research of 150 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith. Each year, our research reveals telling numbers and statistics that give us a glimpse at the depth, prevalence and widespread reach of the persecution believers endure.
Below, we share a quick glance at the numbers during the 2019 reporting period (from Oct. 31, 2017, to November 1, 2018). But by no means do the numbers tell the full story. Each fact and figure represent real people with real lives, families, jobs, churches—fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters—who every day make the dangerous choice to believe in and trust Jesus.
245 Million: In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians in the world experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ.
1 in 9: Christians worldwide experience high levels of persecution
14%: The rise in the number of Christians in the top 50 countries on the 2019 World Watch List (WWL) who experience high levels of persecution. (from the 2018 reporting period to 2019’s)
4,136: Christians killed for faith-related reasons in the top 50 WWL countries.
2,625: Christians detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned in the top 50 WWL countries.
1,266: churches or Christian buildings attacked in the top 50 WWL countries.
7 out of 9: In seven of the countries in the World Watch List’s top 10, the primary cause of persecution is Islamic oppression.
11: countries scoring in the “extreme” level for their persecution of Christians. Five years ago, North Korea was the only one.
18: Consecutive years North Korea has ranked No. 1 as the world’s most dangerous place for Christians.

EVERY MONTH
105: churches attacked, burned or vandalized each month, in the top 50 WWL countries

EVERY DAY

11: Christians killed every day for their faith, in the top 50 WWL countries.

BY THE CONTINENT

1 out of 6: Christians in Africa that experience high levels of persecution.
1 out of 3: Christians in Asia that experience high levels of persecution.
1 out of 21: Christians in South America who experience high levels of persecution.
Let us continue to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world! 

   Other Highlights or Events


 Last week in Guatemala, we visited the home of this 20 year old girl, Jennifer. She touched our hearts. She has epilepsy, diabetes, is totally deaf, and is mute. She often has 3 seizures per day if she does not have her meds. Her mother, Luz, cannot afford the medication which is $75 per month including the insulin. Jennifer is amazing! Even when she is very sick, she wants to go to church and indicates with her hands in prayer formation that she must attend the church. In her village, many cannot read or write, and many only eat one meal a day due to lack of funds. Still, despite all of this, Jennifer is just so joyful and precious! Since posting this on Facebook, a Christian family has come forth to meet this need!  We are so Thankful. 

>  We were able to help this month with funds from the Bible Fund for Bibles in  Guatemala, Africa, and Pakistan.

>  The ALC of Guatemala holds it's annual convention in early June. Pray that they would have a blessed time as the three congregations come together for services.

 The Foreign Mission fully understands that nothing can be accomplished except that God through His Holy Spirit would move His children to help in their individual capacity.  We certainly give all Honor, Praise, and Glory to God.  Items are put here only so you can see the various ways that you can help in the Lord's Vineyard, even if you cannot leave your home! Prayer is of top importance of course! 
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 107:1

Upcoming Trips 

                      
Would you like to join us?  
Trips that are happening in the coming months!  

Philippines: Late May (to late to join)

Guatemala June 2019 for the convention

Kenya: Fall 2019

Praying for God to send laborers for other trips in the near future, if it be His Will that we go.  Stay tuned for further announcements in this section each month!
CLICK HERE 
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
Website
Email
News Blog 
Support Options
Email or click DONATE link below for regular support options. 
Click Here to Donate

Top 5 List

Are you looking to donate for a specific most needed cause? Ask for the administrator top 5 list! Click Here to email

Church building fund:  We have a small specially donated church completion fund set up.   So far several church roofs have been completed.  The FM believes it best for the local congregations to put their own prayers, sweat, and treasure into their own church so that each congregant takes personal interest in the church.   We do enjoy helping such congregations finish their building, hence the fund.  We have many current needs for church buildings!

Emergency Medical Fund:  


Poor Family Fund: 
Help in those situations where a family is not able to educate, feed, or otherwise support their children due to death, injury, sickness, or poverty.  Each situation is monitored closely.

The Bible Fund; We get many requests for Bibles. It is such a blessing to give the WORD of LIFE! Click here to donate.
Praise & Prayer and Upcoming events section: 

>  Pray for Pastor Frank Famiyeh and his wife Florence as they prepare to come to the USA this month to serve in Ashburnham. Services are May 17-19th in Ashburnham, in New Ipswich on Sunday evening the 19th.  Worcester the following weekend, and in Toronto after that.   May God bless all the services!

>   Please be in Prayer for the Mission trip to the Philippines that is going later this month! There will about 7 people on the trip.  Look for news on that trip next month in this publication and in the WHL newsletter.

>   A new fiscal year began May 1st for your Foreign Mission.  Pray that God will continue to work in the hearts of His children to support the work in His Kingdom around the world.  We know beyond any doubt, that all the work the Lord wants to us for in His Kingdom will get done!  He will provide the wisdom, resources, and people, as well as the health, strength, and ability to do it!   We leave all in God's hands!

> Kingston, MN ALC is hosting the Annual Convention in St. Cloud, MN on June 27th-30th. All are invited to attend. Please be in prayer for this upcoming time of services. We look forward to seeing you!
           
May God Bless Your Month! 
Mailing address for DONATIONS:
The Foreign Mission of the ALC
1601 NW 4th Avenue
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Mailing address for CORRESPONDENCE:
The Foreign Mission of the ALC
63 Poor Farm Road
New Ipswich, NH 03071