Friday, September 28, 2012

September Foreign Mission Monthly News

Endeavoring to obey the Word of our Lord...Go ye into all the lands and preach the Gospel to every creature.

From India...

Here is a Facebook update from missionary Dennis Hilman, currently serving in India:

O, SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG! Special services in the village of Munamurra today (at a Lutheran church built in the 40's). I spoke on Psalm 96. Tenth time I've spoken in the ten days I have been here. All thanks to God! Lots of people of all ages came forward for special prayers and blessing after the sermon. (NOTE COUNTRY I'M FROM: Must've known I was just in from England!)

Find more updates from Dennis Hilman by checking out the Foreign Mission blog or his Facebook page!

Word from the field:

I request you please help me to buy 200 Urdu Bibles then I could be able to distribute among them. You already know about the cost of one Bible $ 5.00. Please prayerfully consider about it. We pray for you and your all efforts for our ministry work. God make it possible for you that you come and preach the Gospel among those people, who are unknown about Jesus Christ...

God bless you,
Pastor John Feroze Masih (Pakistan)

Support options 

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Special projects
Only funded with earmarked funds

> Medical care for Pastor Sylvestor in Kenya $2400 remaining
> Widow and orphan support in various countries any amount
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Recent/upcoming events

> John Ruotsala  just returned from a trip to the west coast. Thanks to the Portland, Castle Rock, and Tri-Cities congregations, as well as everyone at the Hockinson youth bible study, FM coffee, West Coast Ministers' Meeting, and many other events/visits.

> Scott Niemitalo and Tom Lappi went to Guatemala last month. Pray that God would give increase to the seeds they planted.

> Missionaries Dennis Hilman and Leona Matson will be going to South Africa next month.

> Trips to Kenya (December) and India (January) are almost full. If you are interested in coming on any Foreign Mission trip, please contact us today!

> The annual Foreign Mission Board meeting will be held early next month. 

> The newest update of the Foreign Mission Store added sample songs for most of the CD's on sale! Click here to go to the Foreign Mission Store or like it on Facebook!

Prayer and praise

> Thanks to God that Pastor Sylvestor's (from Kenya) surgery was successful! Please pray for him and his family as they struggle to pay the hospital bills. Thank God that money was donated so that he could be released from the hospital. If you wish to help financially, click on the donate button above.

> Bibles were sent to Guatemala and Pakistan (see Word from the field above).
Pray that they will help God's Word spread.

> The Foreign Mission is thankful for your support through prayers, finances, volunteering stateside, and joining mission trips!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dennis in India

Missionary Dennis Hilman is currently in India. He also recently joined Facebook! Here are some of his status updates from the last few weeks and he served in the Indian mission field.

September 11: PERSONAL PRAYER OPEN HOUSE. Today members of the congregation and other villagers were invited to the church sanctuary in Kapileswarapuram for personal prayer. For hours Pastor K and I received a small but steady stream of villagers - about 50 in all - in need of petitions before the throne of the living God in the name of Jesus and the power of His blood. The burdens were many and often heart-wrending but the Spirit of a mighty God was with us! What a powerful day!

PERSONAL PRAYER REQUEST? In my post below (I hope you can see it or them, 'cause I can't yet here) you can see how individuals brought their personal prayer requests to the church here today. In the hours we had we took all the time that was necessary with each person. But this openness to believers and unbelievers alike is not limited to today or to those here in Kapileswarapuram. DO YOU HAVE
A CARE, CONCERN OR EVEN BURDEN TOO HEAVY TO CARRY THAT YOU NEED TO SHARE? you are welcome to post your private message on my wall and as soon as possible Pastor K and I will take it most confidentially into the privacy of that same sanctuary where we were praying for about 50 individually today. There before the throne of the same living God we will plead your case with you through Jesus Christ our Advocate! God's hand is not shortened. Believing is receiving!! (NOTE: Dennis wrote this on Facebook. If you have a personal prayer request and would like to get it to Dennis, feel free to add it to the comments section below, find Dennis HIlman on Facebook, or email it to the FM Administrator and he will forward it to Dennis.)

September 13: LITTLE DRUMMER BOY - Seriously, this miniature drummer kept right up with the older guy through all of the songs at our special services today, the third day of day-long prayer and fasting services in a neighboring village. I spoke twice, once on James 2:14-26 (faith without works) and then on 2 Corinthians 4:5-15 (we have this treasure in earthen vessels). The church was packed, the responses spontaneous and in the Spirit.

September 14: TEMPLE OF PRAYER. In the sanctuary of this church Pastor K and I spent much time before the Lord this morning - praying for the requests we have received on Facebook and for other needs. "That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven". Matt. 18:19. We trust in that promise and look forward to more of your requests.

September 15: INDIAN SURPRISES - Morning pancakes laced with onions and spiced with chili. Then last night in another church when a girl came forward for prayer with a lovely light green sari draped gracefully over her head. I was just reaching out to lay my hands on her when I suddenly discovered there was a huge light green preying mantis right there under my hands on the top of her head, all nice and calm and camouflaged. Preying or praying?!

Please pray as Dennis completes his last few weeks in India.