Monday, April 9, 2018

Foreign Mission April 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 2018

Guatemala

On February 27th, Scott and Karen Niemetalo, Steve and Jackie Wuori, and myself arrived in Guatemala with plans to share the Word of God with the Christians there. My prayer was the same as Pauls’ when he wrote to the Christians at Corinth. “And I brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”...
Bruce Estola 
(Read the rest of Bruce's article and one from Steve in the next Where He Leads) 

Togo/Ghana 

Two things struck me as we conducted our daily bible studies with pastors and congregation members from surrounding areas gathered at three separate churches in Ghana and from approximately ten villages gathered at one place in Togo. First, there was a great desire to learn of salvation and second, there were signs of living faith amidst the people in both countries...
To God be the glory,
Charles Korhonen
(Read more of Chucks article about Ghana and Togo in the next Where He Leads) 

MEET A FRIEND 

(Through this section in each Monthly News, we hope you can feel better connected to some of your brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.) 
Meet Pastor John Feroze
 
Pastor John Feroze is a very active Pastor in Pakistan.  He currently distributes many Bibles for us in that country where they are needed so badly.

He also is now participating in a Bible study that we hold Bi-Weekly via Google Hangouts.

We look forward to many more Studies with this Pastor, and hopefully will be going to Pakistan in the months or years to come to share the message of the Gospel with those that are ready to hear it in that country!
 
Would you like to donate Bibles? Click Here

News From the Field 

April Update

India 

The persecution is raging even in our sight. ..please pray for us. 
 On 6th night of March... the Hindu fanatics burnt a church to ashes in Guntur District that is beyond Vijayawada city...please pray for pastor Paul Nathaniel and his family and congreation.
 Then on the 21st evening between 5 and 6 pm...a lady of 66 while praying on her terrace .. a Hindu fanatic went to the top and smote her with a stone to death...today the funeral took place...it happened in Prakasam district. .. on the way to Chennai...but this is in our state only.
Please pray for the safety of 
believers and servants of God
...let the church also pray for the church in India.
Thank you
Yours in His service
Pastor K
                                 
God's Peace. Please share with God's children, about the need of transport to reach our villages to preach the word and make Gospel services in the villages. As I have an old motorbike it often stops on the middle of the way, so some times I have to leave it there, and go by walk. And I can't afford car all the time, only when it is too long and necessary, but it is too expensive and hard for us to meet the cost. So motorbike is the cheapest transport, one brother can travel with me and also. With one litre petrol  (one doller--IRS 65/-) can travel for 50 to 60 kilometers. Please pray for our ministries. Pastor MP. 
(3 other pastors also are in need of a bike for even more dire circumstances.)      

Kenya

God's peace and blessings. I greet you in Jesus name. We finished building the Chula church.  May God Bless the Donors.
Pastor Fredrick.  
(see picture below) 
                              

One of our ALC USA churches has donated for church roofs! We are so thankful Chula and Shamoni Churches in Kenya have received metal sheets to complete the roof system of their church. It is best that the congregations put their own resources into the building and we only help finish it. This way they develop more of a feeling of ownership of their own church.  $450 to $750 per church allows the congregation to have shade from the hot sun, and to keep dry during the frequent rains.  Other churches are already in the pipeline for roofs! 

 

   Other Highlights of the Month


> Bibles were given out thanks to your donations to the Bible fund in Rwanda, which is a country that has suffered so greatly in recent decades and where much poverty still exists.    

 
                                            
                                 
>  The young boy in Africa who was near death from Cholera is now doing well thanks to God!  Your donations to the Emergency Medical Clinic with never be forgotten by him or his family.  Cholera is almost sure death without treatment.

 
 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! 
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 107:1
 
                               Upcoming Trips Update

There is a trip being planned in June to Guatemala. This will be for the annual Guatemala ALC Convention. Planned dates for this convention are June 16-17.

Other trips are in the planning stages, and they will be announced when there is something more firmly arranged.

Please pray for all of these trips, that the Word will be preached, taught, and received in all Truth and purity!

Upcoming Trips 

                         
Would you like to join us? 
 
Trips this year that have availability for you to join!  
Fall/Winter 2018
Kenya
India
South Africa
 
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Support Options
Email or click DONATE link below for regular support options. 
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 Prayer section: 


>  Pray for conditions to improve in so many countries for Christians.   The below article was in Newsweek.

 The persecution and genocide of Christians across the world is worse today “than at any time in history,” and Western governments are failing to stop it.
“Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith group, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution,” the report said.
The report examined the plight of Christians in China, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Turkey over the period lasting from 2015 until 2017. The research showed that in that time, Christians suffered crimes against humanity, and some were hanged or crucified. The report found that Saudi Arabia was the only country where the situation for Christians did not get worse, and that was only because the situation couldn’t get any worse than it already was.
                             
May God Bless Your Month!
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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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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 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 FEBRUARY 2018

Teams recently returned from South Africa and India.
Our prayer is that the words spoken will go deep within their hearts.

 

South Africa

Frank Famiya, Bob Maki and Ansten Tretten were very busy each day in South Africa. Visiting townships, informal squatter camps, schools and homes in both rural and urban areas. Sharing the Word of the faith to children, students and eldelry. 
Pastor Famiya and Maki teaching during seminars.
Pastor Tretten sharing at a home Bible Study. 

India 

There was a team in India for 3 weeks. We went to several different areas, and the  ministry included Pastors Seminars, Church and outreach services, Medical Clinics, Sunday School, Womans Bible Studies, Home Visits, Ministry with leapers and so much more. The team worked in the city, small villages and mountain tribal areas. The rich, poor, healthy and sick, all need the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
This family is soon to be baptized.  They were Muslim but have Repented and believed by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Please pray they would continue to follow Jesus, The Way, The Truth, and The Life!  
Pictured are Pastor David (in blue,  left pic) and his wife and child! Pastor David you might remember, is the Pastor who had horrible trials for so many years. First his wife began to suffer from schizophrenia. Then he lost his church and home to a Typhoon.  After this he lost two precious daughters to drowning.  Again he lost his house and church to a Typhoon.  Then his wife passed away.   So much suffering in the life of this man.  Still, he faithfully follows and serves his Lord.

God has now  provided for David a new marriage to a wonderful helpmate who faithfully fulfills the things required of a Pastor's wife. God has also blessed them with a beautiful baby daughter! In addition, thanks to a generous donor family in the USA, we are here pictured dedicating the new Church building which has a small house attached! God is good! This is built in a safer area further from the ocean, and is built in a more solid fashion that the typhoons will have a harder time destroying! 
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 107:1
 
                               Upcoming Trips Update


A trip to West Africa is scheduled for March. Please pray for this time of ministry! 

A special Pastors and Leaders seminar will be help in Guatemala starting March 1st.  Pastors Steve Wauri and Bruce Estola are with Scott Niemitalo for this special time of being together with our Guatemalan friends.

There is a trip being planned in June to Guatemala. This will be for the annual Guatemala ALC Convention. Would you like to join us on this trip? CLICK HERE    Planned dates for this convention are June 16-17.

Other trips are in the planning stages, and they will be announced when there is something more firmly arranged.

Please pray for all of these trips, that the Word will be preached, taught, and received in all Truth and purity!

MEET A FRIEND 

(Through this section in each Monthly News, we hope you can feel better connected to some of your brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.) 
Meet Medisetti Satyavathi 
Here is her story as told through translation. 

She first got leprosy after puberty at about the age of 13 or so. First sign was on her feet. Then boils began appearing on her hands and feet. She is 60 years. You can see her hands….

 Since proclaimed to be a LEPER, she is rejected by most, and is in poverty. She lives at her brothers place in a small room on the porch so that she keeps away from his family.

Please be in prayer for her as she ages, so that she could feel love, and not suffer additionally.    She and the other lepers in this general area have a pastor that does what he can for them, as best he can. His care for them is a surely a blessing. He has been serving in this way 15 years now.  The pastor is also in poverty, so mostly what he does is pastoral type things, which of course we are grateful for.

We can only imagine how life is for lepers, and they need our prayers for sure!

*Thank you to the family in USA that donated a Bible for her*

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News From the Field 

February Update

(Here are just a few of the many notes received after the recent trips. We humbly accept their thanks, All Glory goes only to God)  We love our friends around the world.

South Africa 

The harvest continues to grow in South Africa, Our visitors never had time to rest since their arrival. 
Each year something new is being born in South Africa, people grow in the grace and knowlege of  the Word. Pastor Bob understood people here in South Africa even more that I do, Pastor Ansten even his first time in SA, was able to use his teaching talent to speak to the pastors. Pastor Frank who liked to share the Word and especially to unbelievers. 
Its our prayer that the Word richly reach hearts of many here in South Africa both believers and unbelievers. 
May God bless you. 

Humbly Bishop L. Mphahlele

India

God's Peace from India!
Warm Greetings to  you.
It's a great pleasure and honour to have you all in INDIA during your February visit. Everyone was overwhelmed by the sermons by our beloved Pastor's. People felt the touch of God. ESPECIALLY the fellowship and the WORD OF GOD  so powerfully presented by you. I  SHOULD say that your texts and the exposition of the texts and the delivery of the sermons were wonderful and I feel that it's a special Grace that the Lord has bestowed upon you. I praise God for you.
Right from day one till the last day,  I.e till  11th,February, they were joyous days. Traveling long distances and the interactions were really great.
The tribal area Pastor's were excited and exultant, now they wanted to have more days of seminars and meetings when you visit next time. Your  love and the support made it to happen. Those neglected tribal community was rejuvenated by the your compassion. I thank you so much for you specially. The Spiritual and physical investments are very productive. The continuation  will
bring many more to the TRUTH.

Doctor  Solomon


Beloved Pastor John 
Greetings of God's peace.
Thank you for the message. So thankful for finding a sponsor for food for the old man. He is very thankful for that.
Sister Robyn is very  encouragement to all of us ...
We are all praying for you all daily. ..please pray for us.
Thank you for your visit to us...please convey our hearty regards to all the team visited us.
Thank you
Yours in His service
Pastor K (India)


FROM PASTOR MP (India)

On the day you have preached, that is on 10th in Bhatlapalika night open service, many people in far places and in the village, listen the word of God, as the spirit of God lead you. Last week many of them who listen the word while you preached, came to me and they said that they were moved by the word and asked me "what can I do for washing our sins and get saved. I have asked them to read the word of GOD and believe in Jesus.

Next week I am going to give New Testaments to them. I and our congregations are praising and thanking GOD. We thank you for preaching the word with the power, as the spirit moved you. Please pray for those people and their families. To GOD be the Glory.
 

 

   Other Highlights of the Month


 > The last day of February is scheduled to be the first day of Bible Study using Google Hangouts.  More on this later, as we hope to expand this work in the future.

> Bibles have been given out again in February! Many people received their first Bible ever this month. Money for Bibles was also sent to Rwanda, where in many congregations only about 5 percent of the people own a Bible.   

 > Time that was spent with the Lepers in India this month was so blessed. We were able to provide, rice, Bibles, and song books for these very poor and most often neglected people.

> Thankfully due to private donations, we were able to serve 572 people in medical camps in India this month. They came bearing all many of diseases.  Many were not believers, but all were prayed for in the Name of Jesus.


 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!  
Guatemala (June 2018)
 
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

The Bible Fund; we get many requests. It is such a blessing to give the WORD of LIFE! Click here to donate.
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
Website
Email
News Blog 
 Prayer & Praise 

>  Thank you for your prayers for the trip to South Africa and India that was completed!    Please see the upcoming Where He Leads for articles about these 2 trips.

> Please be in Prayer for the trips to West Africa and Guatemala mentioned above.  We go trusting the Lord, and relying on your prayers!

> There are two Pastors we work with that really and truly need a motorbike to help in their work. They cost around $1200 should you want to help them out.  As always you would get his name, story, and picture.

> One of our ALC USA churches has donated for church roofs! We are so thankful and already 2 churches have received metal sheets to complete the roof system of their church.  It is best that the congregations put their own resources into the building and we only help finish it.  This way they develop more of a feeling of ownership of their own church.

 
                             
May God Bless Your Month!
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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