Monday, June 11, 2018

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 2018

The Philippines

These four missionaries, from three different countries served in the Philippines during May.   As usual, Pastors and Leaders Seminars and the Preaching of the Word were the reason for the trip, as Jesus gave that Great Commission.   Pastor Frank Famiyeh from Ghana, and Brian Niemitalo did the preaching and teaching.  The entire team helped assist Dentist Daniel Franco in free dental clinics where over about 300 teeth were pulled and about 500 people were served.  Randy Kinnunen helped with the music, dental and other humanitarian concerns. Its so wonderful that a team of people from various countries and gifts and talents can work together in the mission field.
Pastor Frank Famiyeh sent in his usual trip report for the board to review. Here is the last paragraph of that report:
On the whole our 2-week mission efforts in the Philippines turned out very blessed and fruitful. The Lord through His Spirit was with us every step of the way to guide our ministry and to use our preachings to work living faith in many hearts,  nominal Christians and unbelievers alike to repent and believe in the finished work on the Cross for the salvation of their souls and for our own edification. I was amazed by the amount of energy Dr. Franco, ably supported by Brian Niemitalo especially, put into our dental mission.

God bless the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America and its Foreign Mission Board for sponsorship
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God's peace! 
Pastor Frank Kodjo Famiyeh
Tarkwa, Ghana
 ALCA Convention
We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Annual Convention in Tri-Cities Washington. Please stop by The Foreign Mission table to visit, take information, or leave some input!
There will be a Foreign Mission Presentation Saturday afternoon at 3 PM. 
Guatemala Volcano
Please pray for Guatemala. There was a devastating volcano eruption in Guatemala destroying many homes and buildings. The death and destruction is terrible.  We have received many updates from our friends there. Thankfully they are safe, but obviously they are concerned and want to help their fellow countrymen. The church in Zacapa was able to get together and gather emergency supplies to bring to the effected areas. We have a team going to Guatemala this week for the annual ALC of Guatemala convention.  

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.) 
Meet Magaly De Sinay
Magaly is a faithful sister in the ministry in the Guatemala. She is the wife to Pastor Giovanni Senay. Together they serve their community and the surrounding areas. Magaly has been teaching many woman how to sew. They make school bags for the children of poor villages, purses, baby blankets and a variety of other things. Magaly has heart for new mothers and they along with others of their congregation visit the local hospital maternity ward. They pray with the woman and babies, and deliver the baby blankets they have made plus clothes or other necessities. She serves along side her husband in a variety of church activities...

News From the Field 

Guatemala

In April, we had the blessed vist of people from The Ashburnham Apostolic Lutheran Church. They came to share the love of God doing home visits, church services and hard dental work for more than one hundred people from our three congregations. We all saw the love they have for us, and we praise God for them. A lot of kids and adults have testify how the work they received is working very well. 
We also have Word of God preaching by Pastor Colin Kinnunen which was a blessing for all of us. May the Lord bless all the people interested on support the Mission in Guatemala and around the World, and especially we are very thankful with Ashburnham Apostolic Lutheran Church for coming to serve among us. In the future we hope more congregations from all the US will coming to visit us. Everyone is very welcome! God´s peace to you all.
Pastor Giovanni Sinay
Apostolic Lutheran Church
Guatemala

   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

> The FM Emergency Medical Fund was thankfully able to help a Pastor who had a motorbike accident, as well as a pastor who needed a medical checkup following his recent operation.   The medical fund is now very low on funds.

>  Once again, during June and July, the FM Administrator will be visiting churches around the USA and Canada. If you see him feel free to ask questions or give input!

> The church building projects are moving along.  We are so thankful for the special donations for this cause. Here are pictures of two church building projects currently under way!

 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 Update

 Guatemala… The annual ALC Guatemala convention will be help on June 16 and 17. There is a group of ALC members from the USA that will be attending this convention to enjoy this time together with the Children of God in Guatemala.  

All future trips will be announced when firm dates are set.  Please keep an eye on this report each month, but of course always feel free to email Click here. 

Upcoming Trips 

                        
Would you like to join us? 

Trips this year that have availability for you to join!  
Fall/Winter 2018
Kenya
India
South Africa
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.

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. 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 
 Prayer section: 

>  Pray for our upcoming annual ALC convention to be held in the Tri Cities, WA in July.

>  Pray for Godly Leaders world wide to come forth, both in the churches and in the governments. Pray that the persecution of Christians by evil dictators or others, would end.

>  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!
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


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Foreign Mission May 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 2018

Guatemala

 
There was a trip to Guatemala in late April. While it was not a Foreign Mission  financially supported trip, the Foreign Mission is thankful for the the Ashburnham ALC confirmation class, Pastor, Parents and FM Youth Leader who worked so hard both before and during this trip. We thank God for protecting them, and for allowing them to have this wonderful time together!   They served in the ALC of Guatemala churches,  and joined our brothers and sisters in Guatemala in outreach to hospitals, and in the villages.  

They also served by building block walls on the second floor of the Juan Ponce church, and in dental clinics.  We surely are thankful for the Guatemalan dentists who gave of themselves to serve as well!  

All accounts from both those in Guatemala and those that went, indicate that they all felt very much blessed! It is always a special joy for to see our Christian youth in action!  Remember, youth are not only our FUTURE CHURCH, they are the CHURCH TODAY! We pray and we trust that this trip has given them additional strength and inspiration that will have lasting affect on their lives.   


Thank you Ashburnham ALC, your love for the Guatemalan people is surely noticed and appreciated!  

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.) 
Meet Daisy Barros Senonis
 
Daisy is a faithful sister in the ministry in the Philippines. She is a wife of Pastor Bernie Senonis.  She is a mother of 3, and is very involved in the outreach work of the church, including the children's feeding program.  Together with her husband, they serve in the oceanfront community of Igpit on the Island of Mindanao. See more in the news from the field Philippines below.
 

News From the Field 

April Update

South Africa 

                                     
We visited a place called Mafikeng whe where we did house to house visits share the Gospel with people and invited them to the hearing of the Word no Sunday,  Seen above are those who responded to the invitation.

Bishop L. Mphahlele

 Note from FM: It is always a joy to see the people we work with, hard at the work of evangelizing and preaching when we are not with them!  This shows that their work in the mission field is not a show for foreign eyes, but is placed on their heart by God who so loves the world that He gave His only begotten Son! 

Also, you could visit their new website at  
http://www.unitedlutheranchurchsa.co.za

The Philippines  

God's peace!

Our God is good. He love endures forever. The ministry here in the Philippines doing good by God's grace. Month of April 'til May is our summer vacation. For God's glory, we have midweek service every wednesday, cottage prayer at the house of our brethren every friday, children's feeding program every saturday morning in which the youth is our help in teaching the kids. After sunday service, the youth have there youth service. Every second friday of the month we have midnight prayer, fasting and prayer every last friday of the month.

Last December the board had an election and  Pastor Bernie was electected as a new president of the church organization. Every month he has preaching schedules to different churches in Surigao.

We are so thank you to you ALC foreign mission for helping the ministry here even from the start of pionering this church. We can't forget the first time that the team was been here through Pastor Colin Kinnunen, that was our wedding day at the year 2007. Since then, you've come here every year with different team. You've help us so much for everything. For giving bibles, helping the church building, for the vihicle, most specially for sharing the word about the gospel.
May God bless you abundantly.

Love lots,
Pastor Bernie and Daisy Senonis


                   

                   

 

   Other Highlights of the Month


>  Bibles were distributed in Pakistan, India, and Kenya this month from the Bible Fund. Want to donate to the bible fund? Click here

Meetings: The FM Board had another  phone conference meeting in April.   It is our habit to hold a conference call after every official FM mission trip to hear about the trip.  This better prepares the entire board to be able to make decisions about all the countries in the world we work in, rather than just the countries they go to themselves.   During this meeting we were pleased to hear a report on the recent mission trips to Guatemala, Ghana, and Togo.   During these calls, Pastors who travel with us are invited to call in and speak, even if they are not on the FM Board!  Bruce Estola and Chuck Korhonen were able to call in, and it was wonderful to hear from them and to receive their insights! 

> Additional church building work has taken place on several churches around the world.  We are thankful to help a little where we can through funds specifically donated for church building assistance. 
 
 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 Update

1) Philippines… We ask for prayers for this trip taking place in May.   In addition to the Preaching and Seminars to be held on this trip, we are thankful that a dentist from Guatemala will be along on this trip in order to help those the team comes across that really need dental care, but cannot afford it.

2) Guatemala… The annual ALC Guatemala convention will be help on June 16 and 17. There is a group of ALC members from the USA that will be attending this convention to enjoy this time together with the Children of God in Guatemala.


Please pray for all of these trips, that the Word will be preached, taught, and received in all Truth and purity!

Note:  With these two trips, our foreign travel season is mostly over.  During the summer we travel to the convention, visit churches, plan for the next round of trips, prayerfully receive and be good stewards of funds, and prepare for our fall FM annual meeting which is where we plan our travels for the months ahead.  As always, we really need your prayers and input, so that we go forward, not in our own will or wisdom, but with the leading and guidance of God through His Holy Spirit!   

 
 

Upcoming Trips 

                         
Would you like to join us? 
 
Trips this year that have availability for you to join!  
Fall/Winter 2018
Kenya
India
South Africa
 
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.

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. 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 
 Prayer section: 


>  Pray for our upcoming annual ALC convention to be held in the Tri Cities, WA in July

> Continue to pray for the persecuted Christians around the world.  This problem is a bad as ever, it is just that we are so isolated from it, it is hard to remember.

> Pray for Godly Leaders world wide to come forth, both in the churches and in the governments.

> Pray that riches would not lead people to lose sight of God's Word and provisions,  or that poverty would not lead them to despair. 
                             
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