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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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