Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 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 DECEMBER 2018

 Kenya November 2018


In November a group from the ALC spent a few weeks in Kenya. This year  they traveled the countryside, each day going to churches among the mountains, or deep in the farmlands. Some churches were bursting with people, while others had only 5-10 present. Many of the people were sincerely looking to hear from the Word of God.  In going to individual congregations, we were able to connect in a more personal way with the people than is possible in larger joint services. Often after the service, the youth would teach the children and Jon, Joel and Gregory would have a question and answer session. This is a wonderful way to connect.  The questions that were asked helped us to better understand the people, and brought up many great topics for which the Word of God has the answers.  Open air services were also held in the village squares.

      

                        
Rwanda and Uganda 
Pastor Frank Famiyeh (center) is with Gregory Greve, and together they have been serving in Uganda and Rwanda, and are currently finishing up in Western Kenya.

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.) 
Benmark 
This is Benmark. Benmark is a Pastor in Kenya, a husband and father. He is also an entrepreneur of sorts.  In the effort to support his family and help the ministry, he has a few cows, raises some crops, and recently has been learning how to raise honey bees!

News From the Field  

Kenya

Trust all of you are you doing well.
God chose you to minister to his body in Kenya and other places for a purpose.
We need to be a ware of the obstacles we go through, God will
perfect what He began.
The storms mean we stand strong and see souls worn.
The devil aims to steal, destroy and kill, but Jesus came to give mercy and abundance of life.
I gazed heaven, I saw no grave no hospital nor blood, I realized we are only visitors here,
We must therefore focus to Jesus for victory.
Send greetings to all for us

Pastor Benmark



Dear brother John. God's peace. I am writing this to thank you for the wonderful team we had this year. I want to thank the foreign mission for allowing thus Wonderful team led by Gregory and Julie. The girls were a blessing to our churches and the pastors did a great job preaching and teaching the word of God not leaving behind David who was a blessing to the youths and the small children. I pray that God will bless them and give them good health. They were polite, social, kind and humble. I thank the pastors for teaching mostly about forgiveness, fruits of the spirit and the good testimony they gave which had a lesson to learn. I wish to ask the foreign mission board to bring more pastors who may teach and preach the gospel to our people here. Thanks for the donations and support to that the foreign mission keeps giving to our Kenyan churches. God is good who has blessed us with heavenly blessings.

Pastor Fredrick. 

Guatemala


Last week the youth in the Guatemala ALC were able to have a Youth Camp.  It was a time of learning, sharing, and growing in Christ, as well as having some fun times together in a Christian environment. We are thankful for such events! 




Rwanda 

Dear Pastor. John,

We are glad to receive your message to us. Glory be to God, our Heavenly Father.

For Pastor Frank and Gregory, God led them. God was with them since the time they arrived here in Rwanda up to their departure day. God blessed our people of Rwanda through these two brothers in the Lord.

They taught the Word of God from Wednesday up to Sunday  during the Church Services where they preached. No rest; they traveled to different regions and visiting our Pastors and teaching the Word of God.

What I think about them:
They are men of God. They are good teachers of God's Word, and they teach what they know and believe. They love the people of Rwanda. I, myself saw how both of them are very interesting to meet our church members and greeting village people wherever we could pass by while traveling.
Gregory likes to meet adults people and children and the youth. Both of them have passion to teach and preach God's Word.

Our request about them is that, it can be good if they can start to have at least two trips to Rwanda in each year. This will be helpful to this church of Rwanda mostly seminars or conferences to our Pastors and Teachers, and seminars to Women, and seminars to Youth people.

If it is possible at FM, it can be more good once this mission (trip) of Rwanda reach the extent of Kenya; we saw in Kenya that the team has women/girls. Next time, if they are women who are interested to visit Rwanda, may you please allow them to come in the team that will visit Rwanda. This also will be very interesting to our women of Rwanda to hear testimonies and teachings from their fellow women from USA or Canada who are faithful in the Lord Jesus Christ.

My God bless you and God bless the USA and Canada.

In Jesus Christ,
Pastor Jean Claude MANIRAGABA
President (Presiding Pastor)
The Reformed Lutheran Church of Rwanda

India 
 

Dear sir,
Warm Greetings to you from Dr Solomon.
How do you do dear brother?

I am quite fine By His Mercies and very much busy with the meetings.Last two months I have traveled about 9000 KMS.

God gave me wonderful opportunities to preach the gospel to about 24,000 people , which includes Non Christian's and the believer's. This is a great responsibility and a privilege to present His Son to the people.    Presenting Christ is not a regular here in India, as much ministry is based on Prosperity.

Many, in fact, most preacher's say just God, but not mention the name of the Lord Jesus.  It's a kind of general  message, but not  a specific one. Exclusiveness of Christ is not being presented to the masses.I always feel privileged and obligated to preach Christ Jesus. My Itenary is busy with many more public meetings a part from our regular Bible Study Classes.  It is His Grace alone enabling me to carry the most privileged work. I Know that I am unworthy, but His Grace is strengthening this vessel.The Lord is taking me to the many parts of India to preach the Gospel.

Thank you dear Sir

His Servant
Dr.Solomon
Merry Christmas! From all over the world friends have sent their Christmas greetings to you. God bless you this Christmas season! 

   Other Highlights or Events


>  Bibles were distributed in several countries this month from the Bible Fund. Want to donate to the bible fund? Click here

>  We are thankful for the special donations for Bibles to Muslim countries.  All specially earmarked funds for Muslim countries are now distributed.  This was done slowly with much oversight to ensure each Bible was placed in the hands of ones who needed them.

> World Wide Bible Studies are being held Bi-Weekly on Google Hangouts!

> All the church building funds we had from special donations has been distributed.  More funds are needed and we appreciate any funds given to help congregations get suitable gathering places.  


 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!  

India: Jan/Feb 2019.   The trip is beginning on January 22nd.

South Africa: Early January

Guatemala in April (trip is filled up!)
More Guatemala Trips to come.

Praying for God to send laborers and/ or  Visa's for Pakistan, Myanmar, The Philippines, and other places.  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. 
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:  This fund is currently out of money.  It is so nice to have some funds available in the event a child or some other church member in our churches abroad is met with sickness or accident.  This fund has helped so many in the last several years.   We are so thankful to be able to occasionally help when the funds allow. 


The Bible Fund; We get many requests for Bibles. It is such a blessing to give the WORD of LIFE! Click here to donate.
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
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Email
News Blog 
Praise & Prayer section: 

>  Pray for USA ALC Pastors to come forward willing to Preach and Teach abroad.

> We Thank the Lord for the team that was able to travel to Kenya as well as Uganda and Rwanda.

>  Pray safe travels for Pastor Frank and Gregory as they continue to serve in Kenya.

>  Pray for our Pastor, Leaders, families, and friends in all the congregations we work in around the world.  God is with them always.  We miss our friends during the months we are not together.

>  Please pray for our upcoming trips and the preparations for such!

           
May God Bless Your Month and Christmas Season! 
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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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Monday, October 8, 2018

October 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 OCTOBER 2018
The Annual Foreign Mission Meeting. 
Thank you to the High Point, NC ALC for hosting us. 

Meetings were held on the 21st and 22nd of September.
Some highlights included:

*Prayer time for the mission both current and future.
* Review of the countries we minister in, discussing priorities therein.
* Review of all the various funds and financial issues.
* Trip planning for the year ahead. It was again determined that we may go to any of the countries we currently work in, but only if we have sufficient Pastoral personal to be able to do teaching and preaching according to the scriptures.
*  As always, we extend an invitation for non pastors to join us both on trips, in prayer, and in stateside work as needed.

Services were held in conjunction with the meetings in the High Point ALC.

FYI: Here are your current FM Board Members.  Bob Maki, Ansten Tretten, Brian Niemitalo, Gregory Greve, Jacob Seppanen, Scott Niemitalo, Carl Aho, Raymond Hilman, Ryan Kandoll.
  
Above all, we desire your prayers, and are always willing to receive questions and input! Please feel free to initiate contact by emailing foreignmission@comcast.net  or by talking with any of the board members listed above. 
God is Good!
One of the things discussed at the FM meeting was to continue to use Pastor Frank Famiyeh to do mission work for us in both in the far reaching places in his country of Ghana, as well as in the neighboring countries. Pastor Frank is pictured here in Togo (with his wife) where they served in September. Trips to other African countries are planned for Frank in the next few months!
 

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.) 
Elisha 
 
This dear friend was taken into the home of Pastor K in India as a child.  Although he was old enough to talk, he could not speak. He is a very special person, who has special needs, as well as very special talents.  Pastor K and Ruth have taken care of him now for over 30 years.   Elisha has flourished in that loving environment!  He can now talk, he sings, and he is able to do so many tasks!  He opens the gate whenever someone arrives. He brightens everyones day, while he continually goes about doing innumerable small tasks that need doing! He has a terrific memory, and he informs the Pastor of all the happenings around home while the Pastor is away. Special people like Elisha are so precious to our Lord, and are so much of part of the church and family of God!  We love them all!

Each country we work in, including our own country, has these special children of God.  We are so thankful that God provides loving parents and others to care for such dear ones. Your love and dedication is noticed, and you are a great example to those of us that do not have such special people in our families.  We know that this love comes from Jesus, as He is perfect Love!
 

News From the Field  

Togo 

 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Whether in a large American church, or this lovely thatched roof church in Togo, The Lord says HE is in the midst.  It is not the size, nor the condition of the building that matters, but rather the presence of the Lord!  
         

India

Despite many obstacles to the gospel, Christians we work with in India are going about the villages preaching the Gospel and handing out tracts!


PERSECUTION AT A GLANCE

This info is courtesy of OPEN DOORS 
Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. While Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Christ. Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, loss of home and assets, torture, beheadings, rape and even death as a result of their faith.
Trends show that countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are intensifying persecution against Christians, and perhaps the most vulnerable are Christian Women, who often face double persecution for faith and gender.
Every day we receive new reports of Christians who face threats, unjust imprisonment, harassment, beatings and even loss of family because of their faith in Jesus.
Every month: 
  • 255 Christians are killed
  • 104 are abducted
  • 180 Christian women are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage
  • 66 churches are attacked
  • 160 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned
Every year, we release the World Watch List—a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated, and those countries most vulnerable to societal unrest and destabilization. This is the 26thyear of the Open Doors World Watch List, and it remains the only annual in-depth survey to rank the 50 most difficult countries in which to be a Christian.
According to our research:
  • 215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution in the countries on the World Watch List. This represents 1 in 12 Christians worldwide.
  • North Korea is ranked #1 for the 17th consecutive year as the most dangerous country for Christians.
  • During the World Watch List 2018 reporting period: 3,066 Christians were killed; 1,252 were abducted; 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed; and 793 churches were attacked.
  • Islamic Oppression fuels Christian persecution in 8 of the top 10 countries.
TOP TEN COUNTRIES WHERE IT’S MOST DANGEROUS TO FOLLOW JESUS
  1. North Korea  
  2. Afghanistan  
  3. Somalia  
  4. Sudan  
  5. Pakistan  
  6. Eritrea  
  7. Libya  
  8. Iraq  
  9. Yemen 
  10. Iran  

Please pray for Christians in these countries and around the worlds who are being persecuted. We know this is nothing new...

 

   Other Highlights or Events


>  Bibles were distributed in several countries this month from the Bible Fund. Want to donate to the bible fund? Click here

>  We are thankful for the special donations for Bibles to Muslim countries.  Most of these Bibles are now distributed with the balance in the works!

> World Wide Bible Studies are being held Bi-Weekly on Google Hangouts!

> Pastors we work with in so many countries are faithfully carrying out there duties each week as the Lord permits!

> All the church building funds we had from special donations has been distributed.  More funds are needed and we appreciate any funds given to help congregations get suitable gathering places.

 
 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 this year that have availability for you to join!  
Kenya: November 2018

Nigeria: December 2018  Cancelled by the Nigerian ALC due to violence brought on by an upcoming election.

India: Jan/Feb 2019.   Providing pastors are found for teaching and preaching. (not enough currently committed.)

South Africa: January 2019

Stay Tuned...other trips will be announced next month.
 
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

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:  This fund is currently out of money.  It is so nice to have some funds available in the event a child or some other church member in our churches abroad is met with sickness or accident.  This fund has helped so many in the last several years.   We are so thankful to be able to occasionally help when the funds allow. 


The Bible Fund; We get many requests for Bibles. It is such a blessing to give the WORD of LIFE! Click here to donate.
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
Website
Email
News Blog 
Praise & Prayer section: 

>  Pray for USA ALC Pastors to come forward willing to Preach and Teach abroad.

>  Pray safe travels for the Kenya trip beginning November 3rd. Pray that the team will be able to work together to glorify God and bring His message to the people of Kenya.

>  Pray for our Pastor, Leaders, families, and friends in all the congregations we work in around the world.  God is with them always.  We miss our friends during the months we are not together.

           
May God Bless Your Month!