Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Foreign Mission 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 APRIL 2017

May your entire Holy Week be filled with hearing and reading the Truth's of God's Word. From Palm Sunday, to Maundy Thursday, to that ultimate act of Love for fallen mankind that took place on the Cross on Good Friday, culminating with Resurrection Day!  May this season be such an encouragement for all of our hearts as we walk through this temporary world all the way to heaven above.  All Christians can be so thankful for what our Lord Jesus has accomplished for us! 



So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the things whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 
In the end of March trips were made to Guatemala and Haiti.

Haiti 

The group that went to Haiti this month.

"As we arrived at the church in La Boule, people lined the driveway, greeting us.  We enjoyed listening to them sing “How Great Thou Art” in French." - Jane Hannu (Read her full article as well as others, in the next Where He Leads)  
Chantelle and Jane Hannu served the people of Haiti through medical work. 
Two of the church leaders in Haiti. 

Guatemala 

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
 The Foreign Mission is so thankful that three of the pioneers of mission work in our federation, Alvar Helmes, Carl Niemitalo, and Willard Tervo have taught their children, who in turn are also teaching their children in the ways of the Lord. (blessings to the generations!) 
Kelly Helmes, with his daughter Heather, Paul Tervo with his daughter Sofia, and Scott Niemitalo and his wife Karen served together in Guatemala in March. We are so thankful for generations of Christian families working together in His Vineyard!
While in Guatemala with the Firm Foundation Christian School students and staff (joined by Scott & Karen and Julie.) the team was able to build 2 homes, had church services, visited new mothers at the hospital, visited a school, spent time with the youth and many other things to shine the light of Jesus by loving and serving in many ways. 
Photos:
Top Left: Sisters in Christ at Church in Zacapa.
Top Right: One of the homes built for Jonathan and his family. Jonathan is blind and was very excited as he felt his way around his new home.
Bottom Left: Ryan Ruotsala has been serving the people in Guatemala in many capacities for 11 years full time.
Bottom Right: Heather Helmes playing with a young boy.

MEET A FRIEND 

(we are excited to include this new section in each Monthly News our hope is that you can feel better connected to some of your brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.) 
Anita (and her baby Lizzy). Anita is a pastors wife in Ghana. She teaches Sunday School in their church, cares for her children at home, she is very friendly and laughs a lot. She has a desire to share the message of salvation because "I was lost, I was a sinner living in fornication and a drunkard and Jesus saved me, He changed me". 
News From the Field 
April Update

Russia 

Recently a meeting of the Moscow Probity took place in Rzhev. For two days the participants of the meeting had  much discussion of organizational issues (including discussing how the Probity will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation), participate in the development of the strategy for the development of the Church of Ingria (strategic seminars were conducted by the pastor Juha Saari, Senior researcher of the Center for Apologetic Studies).  Pastor Dmitry Roset read two lectures on apologetics.
Thank you for your prayers.
God's blessings and peace, Pastor Valery.


India

Dear Pastor John in Christ,
God's Peace, Greetings to you Pastor in the mighty name of God. Thank you Pastor for writing. Pastor, I am very busy since the beginning of Lent Season. I have to conduct Church services afternoon and also in the evening, some times early in the morning too in the lent season. spending time at the Hospital in the morning then attending Afternoon and evening services every day. Pastor, we have all good reports in the King's Vine yard. Except the Hindu Government have won Elections in the biggest state Uttar Pradesh. Hindu Monk became Chief Minister and he removed all slaughter houses and he is encouraging every one to become Vegetarian.

In the state of Gujarath, from where Pri Minister have come the state Government have made a law that if any body Kill the Cow, he will be fined Rs 500,000 and Life Imprisonment(14 years). This is the fate of India. Hindu Government attacking on Organizations which are very active in preaching and converting the people to Christianity. Please Kindly pray for this Pastor. Otherwise we are doing well Pastor. Thanking you Pastor, God bless you and The FMB.

Dr.Syam Kumar.


Guatemala

This last month we had a wonderful time with a group of young boys and girls, all students from a Christian School in Washington State. They came with several adults as leaders. It was a blessed time, I´m sure, for both sides: they blessed us and but they were also blessed with all the experiences they had in our Country. I´m so grateful of having that group among us and i pray for them to come back and also for more teams to be able to coming to Guatemala with the same Spirt of serving and love.

Pastor Giovani 



            Other Highlights of the Month


* Bibles were sent to Pakistan, Liberia, Ghana and Togo. (Bible Fund)

* The FM's Emergency Medical fund helped 5 different people in 3 different countries this month.  Your donations to this fund are saving lives. Sometimes $80 can save a life!   Did you know, $30 can cure leprosy in a child if caught in time and treated correctly? 

*  Bibles were given out in Guatemala this month. The donations came from both private funds of the FFCS group and the FM Bible fund!  There is no better gift than the Word of God! 

*  Sunday School Material was funded in Togo, and Guatemala this month.  "train up a child.."

* Bible sticks, and Music CD's were sent out from the FM Store.  Be reminded that there are many items in the FM Store!  Click Here

 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! 
Click on Links below to watch videos of recent trips to Haiti and Ghana 
Haiti Music and Slideshow
Glimpse of Ghana 

Upcoming Trips 

            
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!  
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Email or click DONATE link below for regular support options. 
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 Prayer & Praise 

 We praise the Lord for safe trips to Haiti and Guatemala. We pray that God's will will go forth in these countries

   Please pray for Pastor Charles in Kenya, his mother died and was buried this week. May God bring him and his family comfort.

  Please pray for Yuri, a young girl Ryan recently met in Guatemala. She is severely malnourished and in need of much medial attention including dialysis.  Efforts are being made for her healing, pray that God will heal her frail body.


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The Foreign Mission of the ALC
1601 NW 4th Avenue
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Mailing address for CORRESPONDENCE:
The Foreign Mission of the ALC
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Foreign Mission 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 MARCH 2017

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matt:28:19

 During the end of February and the beginning of March, The Foreign Mission had a team in Ghana and Togo!  Pastors Ansten Tretten and Pastor Bob Maki joined Pastor Frank Famiyeh and conducted Pastors Seminars for many days in both of these West African countries. 
Comments on the Seminars from Pastor Devigan: 
By God's grace ,the seminar in Togo has come to the end last week Saturday.  On Sunday we had a joint church service. The seminar was very wonderful with the teachings. Everyone appreciated the teachings on the Epistles of Paul to the Romans. Wonderful teachings from Bob, Ansten and Frank. Also the women sessions with Julie and Hannah were wonderful too.
Julie Matson and Hannah Hendrickson taught the women and Sunday School teachers. Our group worked fully as a team, each doing the tasks that are within their place in God's Kingdom!
Bonding with the people we come in contact with is so important to mission work. People need to know how much we care! We desire that we not hinder their hearing of God's Word through His Spirit.
News From the Field 
March Update 

Kenya

Note: The below is in reference to one of the 3 churches (picture) that we are finishing in Kenya this month thanks to the donation of a dear friend of the FM from Scandinavia.    

Dear beloved brother,
We greet you in Jesus name, today i have attached pictures, as you seen we are working tirelessly to finish the church so God bless all the donors. We are removing stones and chipping, it is very hard and expensive and busying trees and posts. Now i am very happy by next week is going to be completed.
God bless you all keep on praying the many churches and remember the prayer request of the church of Nairobi.
i hope to hear from you soon.
Pastor Charles

Below is another example of what can happen when a congregation truly desires a place to worship.  The two pictures Julie took are of the same exact place from last year to this year.  This congregation in Togo did their part and they were helped with earmarked funds through the Foreign Mission.  This is a very nicely built house of worship suitable to their very hot conditions.

                         Guatemala


A mission trip to Guatemala is currently underway. The Firm Foundations Christian School in Battle Ground, WA asked several years ago if they could take a school trip with the FM. Well, that trip is finally happening.  There are 21 from the school including chaperones. The FM and the ALC Guatemala is making sure they are staying busy doing various projects. Scott Niemitalo is also there doing preaching along with our Guatemalan preachers.


Above is a picture of a Tuesday church service in Piedras Azules and below is of the house they built for a poor family. (one of several projects they did!)



           
 Other Highlights of the Month


* Bibles were sent to Pakistan, Liberia, Ghana and Togo. (Bible Fund)

* The FM's Emergency Medical fund helped 3 people around the world.

* The FM received special donations for A/C Units for the Guatemalan Pastor Giovani and a partial for Ryan (need additional)

* The Ashburnham ALC donated through the FM, a van to Pastor Bert in the Philippines.

* The Weekly Diner is being sent around the world each Tuesday. The current articles are an ongoing study of Jesus Christ in every book of the Bible.

* 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! 

Upcoming Trips 

                
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!  
CLICK HERE 
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
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
Website
Email
News Blog 
 Prayer & Praise 

> A team of 6 will be leaving for Haiti next week Lord willing. There is much Voodoo, devil worship, financial hardship, and much sickness there. We surely need your prayers.

> Please pray for the many orphaned children around the world. Food and clothing are something that we to often take for granted, but it is a real issue in many places.  We are accepting child sponsorship for at least 3 children's homes currently.

> Pray that God through HIs Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of the people in West Africa, Guatemala, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other places the Foreign Mission has recently visited.
 Pray also that the leadership that was in the seminars held in each location was able to grasp more and more of the doctrine of Justification by Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and to believe it for the salvation of their souls. Pray that they would be able to proclaim the saving gospel from their own pulpits each time they preach. 
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