THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 2017
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matt:28:19
During the end of February and the beginning of March, The Foreign Mission had a team in Ghana and Togo! Pastors Ansten Tretten and Pastor Bob Maki joined Pastor Frank Famiyeh and conducted Pastors Seminars for many days in both of these West African countries.
Comments on the Seminars from Pastor Devigan:
By God's grace ,the seminar in Togo has come to the end last week Saturday. On Sunday we had a joint church service. The seminar was very wonderful with the teachings. Everyone appreciated the teachings on the Epistles of Paul to the Romans. Wonderful teachings from Bob, Ansten and Frank. Also the women sessions with Julie and Hannah were wonderful too.
Julie Matson and Hannah Hendrickson taught the women and Sunday School teachers. Our group worked fully as a team, each doing the tasks that are within their place in God's Kingdom!
Bonding with the people we come in contact with is so important to mission work. People need to know how much we care! We desire that we not hinder their hearing of God's Word through His Spirit.
News From the Field March Update
Note: The below is in reference to one of the 3 churches (picture) that we are finishing in Kenya this month thanks to the donation of a dear friend of the FM from Scandinavia.
Dear beloved brother,
We greet you in Jesus name, today i have attached pictures, as you seen we are working tirelessly to finish the church so God bless all the donors. We are removing stones and chipping, it is very hard and expensive and busying trees and posts. Now i am very happy by next week is going to be completed.
God bless you all keep on praying the many churches and remember the prayer request of the church of Nairobi.
i hope to hear from you soon.
Below is another example of what can happen when a congregation truly desires a place to worship. The two pictures Julie took are of the same exact place from last year to this year. This congregation in Togo did their part and they were helped with earmarked funds through the Foreign Mission. This is a very nicely built house of worship suitable to their very hot conditions.
A mission trip to Guatemala is currently underway. The Firm Foundations Christian School in Battle Ground, WA asked several years ago if they could take a school trip with the FM. Well, that trip is finally happening. There are 21 from the school including chaperones. The FM and the ALC Guatemala is making sure they are staying busy doing various projects. Scott Niemitalo is also there doing preaching along with our Guatemalan preachers.
Above is a picture of a Tuesday church service in Piedras Azules and below is of the house they built for a poor family. (one of several projects they did!)
Other Highlights of the Month
* Bibles were sent to Pakistan, Liberia, Ghana and Togo. (Bible Fund)
* The FM's Emergency Medical fund helped 3 people around the world.
* The FM received special donations for A/C Units for the Guatemalan Pastor Giovani and a partial for Ryan (need additional)
* The Ashburnham ALC donated through the FM, a van to Pastor Bert in the Philippines.
* The Weekly Diner is being sent around the world each Tuesday. The current articles are an ongoing study of Jesus Christ in every book of the Bible.
* 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!
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!
> A team of 6 will be leaving for Haiti next week Lord willing. There is much Voodoo, devil worship, financial hardship, and much sickness there. We surely need your prayers.
> Please pray for the many orphaned children around the world. Food and clothing are something that we to often take for granted, but it is a real issue in many places. We are accepting child sponsorship for at least 3 children's homes currently.
> Pray that God through HIs Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of the people in West Africa, Guatemala, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other places the Foreign Mission has recently visited.
Pray also that the leadership that was in the seminars held in each location was able to grasp more and more of the doctrine of Justification by Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and to believe it for the salvation of their souls. Pray that they would be able to proclaim the saving gospel from their own pulpits each time they preach.
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