Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Foreign Mission Monthly News

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...Mark 16:15
THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 2017

We invite you to join us at the 2017 Annual Apostolic Lutheran Church Convention July 13th-16th in Esko, MN
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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 

Greeting of Love and God's Peace from Finland and Sweden

 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Psalm 133:1

 It was such a blessing as your FM administrator to meet, greet, and share experiences with our Christian friends in Finland and Sweden this month.  The relationship we have together is centered around what Jesus Christ has done for us, which compels us to want to share that Good News with others.   

Many thanks for the love and hospitality to the Christians in the congregations is Lulea, Sweden,  and in Finland at the Näs bönehus  in Larsmo, (that word means house of prayer or prayer house)  Risöhäll bönehus in Larsmo, Flynängens bönehus in Kållby (Kållby bönehus) and the Punsar bönehus in Esse (Esse bönehus).

 I was humbled to be able to be in fellowship with, worship with, and serve in various capacities in about 13 events in two weeks.  These included FM talks, youth gatherings and sermons.  It was so very busy but I feel so blessed to have felt the love of fellow believers!

The Christians sent their heartfelt  love and greetings to all of us, and they ask for prayers.  As has always been the case across the world, there are many challenges that each generation of Christians face, no matter which country we live in. 

Like your Foreign Mission and the ALCA, the people in Scandinavia are also very involved in mission work. The LFF for instance, which is similar to our Federation in the ALCA for the Swedish speaking Finns, has several full time people. (see below:  While here we highlight those people involved in the mission field, there are many other people and even some other full-time personel  in their federation also.)

The LFF has its own radio station which broadcasts throughout the local area. They have theologians and councilors in active participation as well.

It is interesting to note that there are somewhere around 6 or 7000 united believers in about a 12 mile radius. This heavy concentration in such a small area gives them many benefits, and it is a joy to see them taking advantage of this.

The  Rauhan Sana, which is the organization of the more northern areas of Finnish speaking people also does  mission work.  Both groups co-operate so nicely and worship together in large conventions where all sermons are translated. Due to the location I spent most of my time in, and with a larger language barrier, I do not know too so much about the Rauhan Sana. I also do not know much about how the Norwegian Christians are organized.  In the sermons however,  one can very quickly hear that we have the same eternal goals, and we together understand that Jesus Christ is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life! 

May God Bless all the work that our dear friends over the seas do in His Kingdom, always looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith!   

Meet some of the servants of God in Finland

Vesa Poyhtari is the administrator of their foreign mission work.  Vesa served for some weeks in the Spruce Grove, MN ALC, and was the called Pastor for our convention a few years ago. He confronts head on, many of the same issues the FM does as we work in the Lord's Vineyards abroad.  
Stig-Erik Enkvist is a full time servant working mostly on domestic mission work.  He has been in the USA also so many of you know and love him. He has led groups to Israel, and our group met him there in November.  Finland has many people  within it's borders that need to hear God's Word, just as we do in the USA. 
All Christians are placed by the Lord to be in service within their own sphere of influence.  No one exemplifies this better than the dear elder sister Mona Backman.  She was very instrumental as a pioneer in mission work from Finland to Russia.  Now, though totally blind, she still has such a heart for missions and it is inspiring to visit with her. 
This is LFF youth leader Richard Eklund.  This young married man is nearly complete with his theological studies and will be fully qualified to be a priest in Finland.  He organizes youth events, confirmation camps for the LFF and has other duties. 

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.) 
Meet Pastor Jean Claude Maniragaba from Rwanda. Pastor Maniragaba and his wife Ernestine live in the Eastern Province of Rwanda and have two children: Murerwa Teta Claudia and Abera Darlene. Although the foreign mission has not had a the opportunity to travel to Rwanda Pastor Maniragaba was able to join a team from the US in Kenya last fall for the convention there.
Pastor Maniragaba shared a little about Rwanda
"My wife is called Ernestine and she is a survivor of Genocide of Tutsi which happened here in Rwanda in 1994. And over one million of Tutsi died. In 1990 when the war started, she had six (6) years. In October 1990 after the war started, her father was taken by the people in our local village and took him to the district office to be killed, and her mother and the children went to hide so that they could not be killed. Many people died because of how God created them. Sometime, we people do not understand why they died in such way. Why over one million can die in three months only (100 days). Why God allowed that bad action to happen? The killing started in 1959, in 1973, in 1990 but when it reached in 1994 over one million of Tutsi people killed in three months. In this Lutheran Church we have church members who are the survivors of this Genocide, both male and female. Many people still, their hearts are broken; need to be restored. Many people are in prison because what they did. Others because of this Genocide have lost their parts of the body (they are handicap people: they live with disabilities). People need God’s word; because for me I see the Word of God as the greatest gift you can give to them. This is the reason we contacted the Leaders of Apostolic Lutheran Church of America so that we can learn on the feet of Pastors and Missionaries of ALCA."
News From the Field 
May Update

Rwanda

God's peace to you!!

May you please continue to hold that request from the country of Rwanda. We have seen well that your work on the world is good and great.

So, come to Rwanda (Eastern Africa). Come and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rwandan people are willing to hear Good News from you servants of God.

God bless you and God bless your country of USA.
Yours in Christ, Jean Claude

   South Africa  


Children Service[ Sunday School], Children are being taught the Bible stories each Sunday morning by the teacher under the supervision of the Preacher or the Pastor, They also meet during the week to practice songs and do the coloring of the lesson previously taught.It very important to have well trained teachers, that is why there is a need for us here to conduct more seminar[training ] for Sunday school teachers. More material : Books are needed for the teachers
Below: God has blessed Thusanang congregation with a building to gather together on Sunday after they have been attending services in a home of a Sunday School teacher.
Below: Ikageng congregation attend two services on Good Friday, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

   Other Highlights of the Month


* Bibles were sent to Pakistan this month. (Bible Fund is low on funds now)

* The FM's Emergency Medical fund helped 2 different people in 2 different countries this month. One of those helped was the grandson of Pastor Giovanni in Guatemala.   Your donations to this fund are saving lives.  

*  A new musical device was provided for Guatemala from private donations this month. 

* Bible sticks are being sent to military men and women currently serving.  If you want to donate for these. 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! 

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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 Prayer & Praise 

> Please be in prayer for the services and meetings at the 2017 Annual ALC Convention.   Specifically prayer for the ministers meetings, the general delegates meeting and the FM delegates meeting.  Most of all that the Word of God would be preached in Truth and Purity.

> Pray for safe travels for our friends coming from abroad to the convention. We will have guests from Guatemala, India, and Ghana.   Some of these will be arriving in June already.

> Kenya is being hit hard with Malaria right now. Pray for guidance as to how to help, and that their weather would be good to help with this problem as well as with their harvests!  Food is scarce this year in Kenya driving the price of provisions much higher.



Mailing address for DONATIONS:
The Foreign Mission of the ALC
1601 NW 4th Avenue
Battle Ground, WA 98604

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The Foreign Mission of the ALC
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New Ipswich, NH 03071
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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!  
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 

 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.


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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