Endeavoring to obey the Word of our Lord...Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
Joy to the WORLD the LORD is come! May you have a Blessed Christmas!
Expect the unexpected.
Each day on a mission trip is an adventure. With the Lord it is a peaceful adventure, yet unexpected just the same. While in Kenya in November we had several “how did we get here moments”. Cultures can be so extreme. Sometimes in the US we live in an isolated little world. This is not necessarily a good or bad thing but it is true.
While talking with the Youth we were asked the question “Do you have witchcraft in America?” I had to think about that for a bit. Its not something we see or are tempted with on a daily basis like those in Kenya. To them it is common, “casting out demons” is very real and almost normal to them.
After explaining that yes there is witchcraft in America,I tried to share that not matter what the battle is it says in Ephesians “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…” Our battles may look different all over the world, but as Christians the battle belongs to the Lord. He has won the victory for us. So let us put on “the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…” Eph. 6:13 by: Julie Matson
Did you hear about the Foreign Mission Gift Catalogue?
*Help a child go to school. *Help a family or church start a chicken business. *Monthly support Orphans. *Help to build a church (see right column for example) and many more options...
The Foreign Mission is thankful that we have now returned to Nigeria after so many years of not being able to go due to the conditions on the ground there. Pastor Frank Famiyeh, who many of you know, is there right now! Please pray for him! We are so thankful to have an African pastor who is able to serve there and give us a full report of the current state of the ALC of Nigeria, which was started in the 1960's.
Reports from the Field:
May God bless you all for those who are supporting these children even although they undergo some challenges, but you have helped them, but we pray God to open ways for those who will join High school.
Thank you for the gift for the children as food is concern. We pray more and more so call sons of God to intervene with power of the blood of Jesus with the eye of mercy help where they can in Jesus name. We shall reap what we do!
We love you all and take our regards to all the saints. Pastor Charles (Kenya, St. Johns Orphanage) Sign is below
Greeting to you in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ,The Author of our Salvation! We are so thirsty of your presence in Haiti,if you could come each month to teach us the great truth, is it possible to come next Month (December 2015)? if so, let us know!
I look forward Respectfully in Jesus Christ Emmanuel Julien
Below are Mission Pioneers for the ALC in Nigeria in the 1960's and 70"s Andrew Michelson, and Elmer and Miriam Y.
Email or click on the Donate link above for regular support options.
Only funded with earmarked funds
*These are the type of churches we like to assist with earmark funds, when most of the labor and finances are coming from their own congregation.* (FM Admin)
Dear Pastor,God's peace,
Receive greetings in Jesus name. We did the fundraising at Joseph;s church and raised money worth two lorries of sand and 2000 bricks as you will see in the photos.
This church needs to be built and as you know i told you about it this money was 55,000 Kshs (539 USD) .So please try your level best to help us complete it and as the saying goes Rome was not built in one day. Wishing you success as you help us.
Top five list: Please be aware that the FM administrator keeps a list of the most needed humanitarian projects around the world where the FM works! These are not funded by general FM funds. You can receive this list by email for you or your group to check over and decide what you would like to work toward funding! Click here to email!
A special thank you to the 'West coast Tea Ladies" who got together for tea and donated money for the Emergency Medical Fund, some of which has already been sent out for a very worthy cause. ______________________
(Below) FM Pioneer to Spanish Speaking countries, Carl Niemitalo, together with Alvar Helmes, who for years has been very active in missions!
> There is a large team planning on going to India mid January. Please keep these plans in prayer!
Prayer and praise
> As we celebrate Christmas, let us worship and adore Him!
> This month Bibles have once again been passed out those in need in both Kenya and Pakistan, and we pray we are able continue to give the gift of the WORD around the world!
In addition to the gift ideas listed on the right, there are also books, CDs, and other items available for sale onTHE FOREIGN MISSION STORE Purchase of these items help support The Foreign Mission.
Gifts that Keep On Giving
Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas!
Need unique gifts to those who have everything? Want to bring more meaning to your giving? Give one of these gifts in the name of your loved ones or give a gift together as a family. Order by emailingon the click here spots below. Christmas cards with a picture and description of your gift are available with each purchase.
Give the gift of God's Holy Word!*
Many people around the world do not own a Bible. Bibles are needed in all the countries we work in: Myanmar, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Togo, and Vietnam. $10 buys 1-3 Bibles click here
Emergency Medical Fund
Emergency medical fund is an account set up to send money in emergency medical situations. Support goes to Pastors and faithful church members in Foreign Countries as needs occur. *Note; It is a standard practice of the hospitals in most countries to not help anyone until cash is received upfront, so this is often highly needed* Amount for this fund can vary but costs are typically less than 10% of what they are in the US click here
Give the gift of clean water to Christians who live in villages where their community bars them from the village wells because of their faith. Prices differ depending on what the soil is like in the area. $500-1200 click here
The mandate of the Foreign Mission is to preach the Word of God. Help support our missionaries travel overseas to preach, teach and share and model the love of God! Donations go toward visa or flight costs. $50-100 buys one visa $400-1600 pays for one round-trip flight click here
Literature printing Small Gospel tracts, Sunday School material, and Follow Jesus, Prevent AIDS booklets help support evangelism and discipleship efforts around the world! $20 goes toward priority materials for congregations click here
Chicken Project A chicken project provides several hundred chicks, feed, shelter and all needs to get started. This would provide much needed income to a family or congregation. $500 click here
Disaster Relief Fund
Natural disasters are always devastating, especially in
developing countries. On the right is an example of a church we saw in India this year, damaged by a cyclone. Help us establish a fund so that we can quickly send money when disasters hit. Money will be spent/distributed by pastors we work with.$40 helps families and communities hit by natural disasters click here
Child support Support a child to stay in the ALC Home in India. Children receive room and board, tuition and supplies to attend the village school, and Biblical teaching at the ALC Home. Or help to supply the basic needs such as food and clothing for all the children at the St. Johns Orphanage in Kenya. $40/month click here
Bicycles Give the gift of mobility to pastors in India. Bicycles allow pastors to travel between their different congregations and to spread the Gospel more widely in the surrounding villages. $80 buys one bicycle click here
Church buildings Many congregations around the world worship under trees, in small tin shacks, or in old buildings. All of the countries we work in could use help building churches. $100builds 1/20 - 1/50 of a church, depending on country click here