THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 2017
Pastor Bob Maki and Mark Sunnarborg as well as Frank Famiyeh were serving in South Africa in January.
The people of the United Lutheran Church of South Africa asked that we pray for them. Let us pray! Eternal, Almighty Father we come in the name if thy son Jesus lifting up the United Lutheran Church of South Africa. We ask for Thee to continue to bless each one granting them strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Faith each day to walk by and faith that is pleasing onto Thee. We know that Thou alone are faithful in all that Thou will and has done. We ask this in Jesus name Amen! Please continue to pray for the people of South Africa. Mark Sunnarborg, in God’s Peace! *Look for Mark's article regarding this trip to South Africa in the next Where He Leads*
Bob and Mark and others afternoon service in Magaliesburg in the morning we visited several homes. Sharing the word of God these people kept following us from home to home and then to this place for the afternoon service they were hungering and thirsting after righteousness. My prayer is the word of God spoken would feed their undying soul and they would be filled to over flowing so others would see and come to know of the hope that lies within them.
Mark, Milly Vanachilwyk & Bob at her home in Dannydale Westonaria. Where we prayed and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Picture at church was a weekday afternoon service where over 20 showed up to hear the word of God spoken. Service was held in the Vleikop church.
News From the Field February Update
God's Peace ! Greetings to you, God has mightily used the three servants who visited South Africa , We visited many houses and share with them the Gospels, we conducted Bible studies and preached in Churches on Sundays, The two days seminar for the first time was conducted at Ikageng at Rustenburg where more than 26 delegates attended, The Theme of the Seminar was so important to the souls of the leaders and Pastors : The Work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation, personally I was so revived in this Seminar.
Greetings to you all in the most Precious name of Our Lord and Redeemer JESUS CHRIST. GRACE, MERCY AND THE EVERLASTING PEACE OF OUR LORD BE WITH YOU ALL.
Its a pleasure to report you the faithfulness of our Lord during our visit to the tribal area . The LORD has been doing wonderful things in that area. The response from the tribal pastors is overwhelming. In fact we have kept the number to 20 only, in order to keep our expenses within the budget. The pastors are very much exited to know THE WORDS OF GOD, taught in systematically. We have conducted the sessions right from Morning 10.00AM to 5.00 PM evening.
What we observed was , people are ready to know the scriptures if somebody is presenting them systematically( Black Board teaching).The missing element in the Churches is Teaching The Word. Apostle Paul Exhorted Timothy quite a number of times in the pastoral epistles about the TEACHING. We started teaching the overview of Old Testament and New Testament. Latter comes to the difference between the OLD COVENANT and the NEW COVENANT i.e THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LAW AND THE GRACE. To understand this important truth, I am just surveying both the testaments.
Your Prayers and the support enabling this little effort to carry out.As i have been informing you from the beginning , the necessity of training the pastors in this spiritually corrupt Christendom .There is less emphasis on the GOD'S WORD,BUT MORE ON THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES.
There is an urgent requirement at the tribal area. As the pastors are not having chairs to sit ,they are sitting on the floor. We need 20 chairs for the pastors to sit and take notes.It will cost around Rs 10,000/-( 166 Dollars).If it is possible for the Board to support , it will be comfortable to them.
Continue to Pray for the program for His Glory and for the Benefit of the Churches.
With Love and Regards, Dr. Gabriel Solomon
Matthew 10:7 - And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The FM gets a lot of emails from Pakistan… below is one of many!
Hi Brother Bob Maki, God's Peace be with you We thanks God our Mission work is growing very fast in different places in Pakistan. We have desire that God more increase this work.
We are continuing praying for you and for your all trips in the worldwide. Brother I request you please send a Missionary to Pakistan.
Recently we visited the village of Multan and we attend there a Gospel service among kilns point people. they are laboring very hard there and all they are bricks makers. they totally illiterate people. no body want to study their children and there is no education center. we preach among them and also prepare for them food. All people were so happy when they heard the Word of God.
Please make plan every year trip in Pakistan. I was introduced to the ALC from 2012.
Please make plan to invite me to meet with our beloved Brother John Ruotsala. It is my desire that I meet to him in any country of your Foreign Mission God bless you Your Brother, Pastor John F. (Mission work in Pakistan )
Would you like to join us?
Trips this year that have availability for you to join!
Russia, (Summer) Kenya (fall) India (January 2018) and possibly South Africa and Nigeria in late 2017 or early 2018
All other trips are already full! There is always a need for your prayers and input of course!
THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 2016
Bwana Asifiwe - Praise the Lord!
A mission team including Pastor Joel Baker and Pastor Frank Famiyeh (from Ghana), John, as well as a team of several youth, worked in many different ways to share the Gospel and the Love of Christ in Kenya. Many of the people sent their greeting "Tell all the Christians back home that we are praying for them, and we request they please remember us in prayer" This photo was taken at a convention in Kakamega. There were people from many countries and tribes.
You are Invited: Do you have a desire to serve on the mission field? We invite you to join us.
The Foreign Mission invites you to join them on upcoming mission trips to many countries including: Haiti - February 2017 This will be a short 5 day trip. This is a perfect opportunity for those who want to go but cannot take a lot of time off work. CLICK HERE for more information
A trip to South Africa is being planned for January 11th. There is room for more people to come along should you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to do such! CLICK HERE.
2016 Christmas Gift Catalogue Give the gift that keeps on giving All general funds given to The Foreign Mission go directly to the spreading of the Gospel. However, many physical needs come up in foreign countries around the world. Would you like to help with these needs? Want to give a gift in honor of someone?
The Christmas Gift Catalogue is here! What to give a gift that could change a life? Want to give a gift that keeps on giving? CLICK HERE for more information.
Did you know?! You can provide a cow for a family or children's home, or perhaps you would like to help to put a well into a neighborhood. Providing water for years to come! CLICK HERE for more information
Upon request photos can be provided when the gifts that are given. The Foreign Mission can also provide a card if you would like to give a gift in someone honor.
A dear sister gave a donation for a motorbike recently. Although there are several areas that could benefit we asked that a letter would be written to explain why the need is so great in this particular area. This was the response:
Dear John, God's peace! . My churches in my elgon areas need a motorbike for my region pastor Hannington kwemoi.He visits the five churches which are 15 or more kilometres apart. Many times he is forced to go every Friday and come back home on the next Monday . He foots and denies him to be at home on time.
The motorbike will make him visit the churches easily and be back home for the family. It will be a blessing to our ministry in that the administration exercise will be made easy and communication
This will increase the number of visit a year and give room to many revival meeting in reaching the lost for Christ.
It is my prayer that you will prayerfully consider our request. We also pray that God will lay the heart to assist our ministry. God's blessings. Pastor Timothy
News From the Field December Update
Dear Beloved Brother In Christ, Gods Peace.
Warm Greetings.Yes Sir, I have started the Bible Classes for the tribals. By the Grace of God I was able to deal three issues of the Gospel. First one is KNOWING CHRIST. Second one is KNOWING THE WORD. Third one is KNOWING THE MINISTRY. By the Grace of The Lord, It went well.
Kindly remember this ministry as a priority in your prayers. As per your suggestion two such classes will be held at Injaram too, in the coming months. Slowly we need to conduct on monthly basis.
Great to be part of this neglected ministry. I pray that the LORD will bring revival. Once the people come back to the True WORD Of God, the rest will be accomplished by the WORD.
Thank you dear Sir, IN HIS SERVICE Dr.Solomon ------------------------------------------------------------------
Today I am happy and blessed to write to you in Jesus name! I hope by God's power you and your team you reach safely in your country U.S.A. All of us here we doing fine. Man of God, all Kisii Churches they praying for you that God will stand with strongly through the the Word He has given you, as you preach a wonderful and a blessing gospel to us. I am praying that God help us to arrange for you a big conference!!!, here at marina town Center at our Church. Please pray for that conference. Final continue praying for the five orphans whom i serve in my Church.
God bless, love and blessings, Pastor Richard from Marani Church
Dear pastor, God's peace, Greetings to you and the team. Indeed I wish to congratulate you for the team you had this year, they were a blessing to our life here and that we received much from them more so spiritual food. Give much thanks to the Foreign Mission Board who have shown great love and the Apostolic Lutheran Members worldwide for their prayers for our country.
Thank you and wish to hear from you. Pastor Fredrick
---------------------------------------------- Matthew 10:7 - And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Foreign Mission is very pleased to be able to send Pastor Bob Maki, along with Carl Aho and Pastor Frank Famiyeh to the annual ALC convention held in Nigeria this month.
There are 23 Apostolic Lutheran Churches there, most of which were planted back in the very first days of mission work within our church. (1960’s) Many years had passed since regular trips have been made to Nigeria.
We pray that this trip will remind many folks of those days that Pastor Andrew Michelson and Pastor Elmer Yliniemi along with their family members were there preaching Justification by Faith solely in Christ Jesus our Lord! O that many people all around the world would yet desire to hear of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified!
We also want to remember Philip and Niaomi Johnson who were very instrumental in the work in Nigeria. Sadly Philip passed away in a car accident as he selflessly served the Lord in that country.
The Foreign Mission wants to thank you for your Prayers and Support this year. Have a Very Blessed Christmas
In addition to the gift ideas listed on the right, there are also books, CDs, and other items available for sale onTHE FOREIGN MISSION STORE Purchase of these items help support The Foreign Mission.
Gifts that Keep On Giving
Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas!
Need unique gifts to those who have everything? Want to bring more meaning to your giving? Give one of these gifts in the name of your loved ones, or give a gift together as a family. Order by emailingon the click herespots below. Christmas cards with a picture and description of your gift are available with each purchase.
Many people around the world do not own a Bible. Bibles are needed in all the countries we work in: Myanmar, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Vietnam. $10 buys 1-2 Bibles click here
Emergency Medical Fund
Emergency medical fund is an account set up to send money in emergency medical situations. Support goes to Pastors and faithful church members in Foreign Countries as needs occur. *Note; It is a standard practice of the hospitals in most countries to not help anyone until cash is received upfront, so this is often highly needed* The FM likes to try to maintain a $1000 balance in this fund. Amount for this fund can vary but costs are typically less than 10% of what they are in the US click here
Give the gift of clean water to Christians who live in villages where their community bars them from the village wells because of their faith. Prices differ depending on what the soil is like in the area. $500-1200 click here
Blanket for a Child
Your donation of provides new thick blanket for a child's bed. Keeping them warm for years to come. $15click here
The mandate of the Foreign Mission is to preach the Word of God. Help support our mission to preach and teach the Gospel Message. Onetime gift of any amount or monthly supportclick here
Literature printing Gospel tracts, Sunday School material, Catechisms, and hymn books help support evangelism and discipleship efforts around the world! $20 goes toward priority materials for congregations. You can specify which item you want to give! click here
Chicken Project A chicken project provides several hundred chicks, feed, shelter and all needs to get started. This would provide much needed income to a family or congregation. $500 click hereA mini scale chicken project $40 click here
Provide a full grown milk cow for a Pastors family or childrens home. Providing a milk cow gives the family both milk to drink as well as to sell to raise much needed funds. $800CLICK HERE
Disaster Relief Fund
Natural disasters are always devastating, especially in
developing countries. On the right is an example of a church we saw in India this year, damaged by a cyclone. Help us establish a fund so that we can quickly send money when disasters hit. Money will be spent/distributed by pastors we work with.$40 helps families and communities hit by natural disasters click here
Child support Support a child to stay in the ALC Home in India. Children receive room and board, tuition and supplies to attend the village school, and Biblical teaching at the ALC Home. Or help to supply the basic needs such as food and clothing for all the children at the St. Johns Orphanage in Kenya. $40/month click here
Motorbikes Give the gift of mobility to pastors in remote regions. Motorbikes allow pastors to travel between their different congregations and to spread the Gospel more widely in the surrounding villages. $1200 buys one motorbike click here
Church buildings Many congregations around the world worship under trees, in small tin shacks, or in old buildings. All of the countries we work in could use help building churches. $100builds 1/20 - 1/50 of a church, depending on country click here