Monday, October 8, 2018

October FM 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 OCTOBER 2018
The Annual Foreign Mission Meeting. 
Thank you to the High Point, NC ALC for hosting us. 

Meetings were held on the 21st and 22nd of September.
Some highlights included:

*Prayer time for the mission both current and future.
* Review of the countries we minister in, discussing priorities therein.
* Review of all the various funds and financial issues.
* Trip planning for the year ahead. It was again determined that we may go to any of the countries we currently work in, but only if we have sufficient Pastoral personal to be able to do teaching and preaching according to the scriptures.
*  As always, we extend an invitation for non pastors to join us both on trips, in prayer, and in stateside work as needed.

Services were held in conjunction with the meetings in the High Point ALC.

FYI: Here are your current FM Board Members.  Bob Maki, Ansten Tretten, Brian Niemitalo, Gregory Greve, Jacob Seppanen, Scott Niemitalo, Carl Aho, Raymond Hilman, Ryan Kandoll.
  
Above all, we desire your prayers, and are always willing to receive questions and input! Please feel free to initiate contact by emailing foreignmission@comcast.net  or by talking with any of the board members listed above. 
God is Good!
One of the things discussed at the FM meeting was to continue to use Pastor Frank Famiyeh to do mission work for us in both in the far reaching places in his country of Ghana, as well as in the neighboring countries. Pastor Frank is pictured here in Togo (with his wife) where they served in September. Trips to other African countries are planned for Frank in the next few months!
 

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.) 
Elisha 
 
This dear friend was taken into the home of Pastor K in India as a child.  Although he was old enough to talk, he could not speak. He is a very special person, who has special needs, as well as very special talents.  Pastor K and Ruth have taken care of him now for over 30 years.   Elisha has flourished in that loving environment!  He can now talk, he sings, and he is able to do so many tasks!  He opens the gate whenever someone arrives. He brightens everyones day, while he continually goes about doing innumerable small tasks that need doing! He has a terrific memory, and he informs the Pastor of all the happenings around home while the Pastor is away. Special people like Elisha are so precious to our Lord, and are so much of part of the church and family of God!  We love them all!

Each country we work in, including our own country, has these special children of God.  We are so thankful that God provides loving parents and others to care for such dear ones. Your love and dedication is noticed, and you are a great example to those of us that do not have such special people in our families.  We know that this love comes from Jesus, as He is perfect Love!
 

News From the Field  

Togo 

 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

Whether in a large American church, or this lovely thatched roof church in Togo, The Lord says HE is in the midst.  It is not the size, nor the condition of the building that matters, but rather the presence of the Lord!  
         

India

Despite many obstacles to the gospel, Christians we work with in India are going about the villages preaching the Gospel and handing out tracts!


PERSECUTION AT A GLANCE

This info is courtesy of OPEN DOORS 
Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. While Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced as a result of identification with Christ. Christians throughout the world continue to risk imprisonment, loss of home and assets, torture, beheadings, rape and even death as a result of their faith.
Trends show that countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East are intensifying persecution against Christians, and perhaps the most vulnerable are Christian Women, who often face double persecution for faith and gender.
Every day we receive new reports of Christians who face threats, unjust imprisonment, harassment, beatings and even loss of family because of their faith in Jesus.
Every month: 
  • 255 Christians are killed
  • 104 are abducted
  • 180 Christian women are raped, sexually harassed or forced into marriage
  • 66 churches are attacked
  • 160 Christians are detained without trial and imprisoned
Every year, we release the World Watch List—a global indicator of countries where human and religious rights are being violated, and those countries most vulnerable to societal unrest and destabilization. This is the 26thyear of the Open Doors World Watch List, and it remains the only annual in-depth survey to rank the 50 most difficult countries in which to be a Christian.
According to our research:
  • 215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution in the countries on the World Watch List. This represents 1 in 12 Christians worldwide.
  • North Korea is ranked #1 for the 17th consecutive year as the most dangerous country for Christians.
  • During the World Watch List 2018 reporting period: 3,066 Christians were killed; 1,252 were abducted; 1,020 were raped or sexually harassed; and 793 churches were attacked.
  • Islamic Oppression fuels Christian persecution in 8 of the top 10 countries.
TOP TEN COUNTRIES WHERE IT’S MOST DANGEROUS TO FOLLOW JESUS
  1. North Korea  
  2. Afghanistan  
  3. Somalia  
  4. Sudan  
  5. Pakistan  
  6. Eritrea  
  7. Libya  
  8. Iraq  
  9. Yemen 
  10. Iran  

Please pray for Christians in these countries and around the worlds who are being persecuted. We know this is nothing new...

 

   Other Highlights or Events


>  Bibles were distributed in several countries this month from the Bible Fund. Want to donate to the bible fund? Click here

>  We are thankful for the special donations for Bibles to Muslim countries.  Most of these Bibles are now distributed with the balance in the works!

> World Wide Bible Studies are being held Bi-Weekly on Google Hangouts!

> Pastors we work with in so many countries are faithfully carrying out there duties each week as the Lord permits!

> All the church building funds we had from special donations has been distributed.  More funds are needed and we appreciate any funds given to help congregations get suitable gathering places.

 
 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 

                         
Would you like to join us? 
 
Trips this year that have availability for you to join!  
Kenya: November 2018

Nigeria: December 2018  Cancelled by the Nigerian ALC due to violence brought on by an upcoming election.

India: Jan/Feb 2019.   Providing pastors are found for teaching and preaching. (not enough currently committed.)

South Africa: January 2019

Stay Tuned...other trips will be announced next month.
 
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

Church building fund:  We have a small specially donated church completion fund set up.   So far several church roofs have been completed.  The FM believes it best for the local congregations to put their own prayers, sweat, and treasure into their own church so that each congregant takes personal interest in the church.   We do enjoy helping such congregations finish their building, hence the fund.  We have many current needs for church buildings!

Emergency Medical Fund:  This fund is currently out of money.  It is so nice to have some funds available in the event a child or some other church member in our churches abroad is met with sickness or accident.  This fund has helped so many in the last several years.   We are so thankful to be able to occasionally help when the funds allow. 


The Bible Fund; We get many requests for Bibles. 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
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Email
News Blog 
Praise & Prayer section: 

>  Pray for USA ALC Pastors to come forward willing to Preach and Teach abroad.

>  Pray safe travels for the Kenya trip beginning November 3rd. Pray that the team will be able to work together to glorify God and bring His message to the people of Kenya.

>  Pray for our Pastor, Leaders, families, and friends in all the congregations we work in around the world.  God is with them always.  We miss our friends during the months we are not together.

           
May God Bless Your Month!

Monday, August 20, 2018

August FM Monthly News


THE FOREIGN MISSION MONTHLY NEWS UPDATE FOR AUGUST 2018

Guatemala 


In June a group of youth from the USA, joined Scott and Karen Niemetalo in Guatemala for the annual convention of the ALC Guatemala. The people from all three of our Guatemalan congregations gathered in a fashion similar to our convention here in the states!  It is always a blessing to be part of these events.  
Thank you! 



Thank you everyone who was part of the ALCA Annual Convention in Tri-Cities, WA. The Foreign Mission is thankful for the encouragement, support and visits we had with so many of you. If you were not able to attend the convention and would like to see this year presentation. A perspective what its like to go on a trip with the Foreign Mission. Click on the photo or CLICKHERE
Ministers at the 2018 Annual ALCA Convention
God is Good! 
With a loving donation from a particular USA congregation of $5000, which was earmarked for church building assistance, 8 churches in Africa received substantial help to get their buildings ready for holding services. It is much better to stay dry and out of the hot sun while sitting for hours in the services!  God is good! 

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.) 
Dr. Gabriel Solomon
Dr. Solomon is a servant of the Lord in India.  The Doctor is also a Pastor.  He is married and has two daughters who are now getting their education in schools away from home. He is the brother in law of Pastor MP, whom many of you know!  He has been one of our faithful translators for many years in India.

Doctor Solomon has a heart for outreach, and is very concerned about the prosperity preaching which has gained such a foothold in India, even among the poorest people.  Imagine being in absolute poverty with very little education, being told that if you come to a certain church, or follow Jesus, that you will surely become into money, and your life on earth will become easy.  Such cruelty inflicted by pastors should never happen, but we are thankful to have Indian Pastors fighting against these false teachings with the Truth of the Word of God.

 An email received from him recently, is below.


News From the Field 

Togo 

The Photo below is of Pastor Frank Famiyeh in Togo holding Pastors Seminars.  Pastor Frank goes several times per year to conduct Pastors Seminars in this country which borders his own country of Ghana.

India

Dear Sir,
Greetings to you all in Jesus Name.
Hope that this would find you all in good spirits.
By His Grace,I am fine and busy with the Evangelistic camps and Bible study teaching programs.Right now I am near Chennai for a two day meetings.These congregation is complete from fishermen community and were excommunicated by their community because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ.Wonderful people.

A Brief Report:

Bible classes were held in the month of March.Could not  do in April  and May months as the heat waves were very severe, about 42 degrees Celsius.The Church, where we are conducting classes was not that suitable for aeration and ventilation ( you have seen it,in your February visit).

Topics taught:
Seven Churches in the book of Revelations.
The following toipics were dealt from the 2&3rd chapters
-Christ and His title when addressing each Church
-Each Church's commendations
-Each Church's exhortation
- Church's Repentance (five Churches)
-Gods blessings
-Gods rebuke
- Contemporary issues in the Churches
- Role of the Shepherd/elders.

   It was a blessed time for everyone of us.We spent for about 4 hours on this topic.
Discipleship topic too continuing simultaneously.

This month Bible classes will be held on 30th onwards.From this month on a new topic will be dealt with the tribal pastors.The topic is Christology apart from the regular topics from the book of Revelations.
By the Grace of our Lord we are able to put up sincere efforts.God is gracious towards the work.Your faithful support is enabling me to carry on with the tribal pastors teaching program.
In the history of the tribals,no one so far initiated this kind of perodical, systematic black board Bible teaching program. God gave us this wonderful opportunity to attempt and continue successfully.I praise God for your contribution
Continue to pray and support the work.Its the best Kindom investment we are putting in.I need your loving involvement.The transportation is the major problem.Kindly look for some Generous individuals who can help me to have a second hand vehicle.
Few of the tribal pastors are fell sick due to Malaria.I have told you that malaria very much prevalent in that area.Pastors Joseph,John and Mattai are now suffering.Pastor John and his wife both were hospitalized right now.Monsoon season, specially very dangerous.

I'm sorry for the late communication.My mother's death and the  meetings Itenary made me tired physically and little mentally.Pray for my father, who is alone there.
Thank you sir for the patience

His servant
Dr.Solmon

   Other Highlights or Events


>  Bibles were distributed in several countries this month from the Bible Fund. Want to donate to the bible fund? Click here

>  Once again, during June and July, the FM Administrator visited churches around the USA and Canada. Thank you for your encouragement, questions and input! We always enjoy communicated with you, feel free to contact us anytime.

> The Annual Delegates meeting for the FM at the convention was such a joy to serve at!  You had good questions and input. We love to get the feedback and questions from you,  as we are in this together as a church body and as Christians! Keep the communication lines active!

> World Wide Bible Studies are being held Bi-Weekly on Google Hangouts! We are thankful that there has come technology that allows us to teach and preach around the world when we cannot be there in person.

UPCOMING MISSION TRIPS:  Trips will be planned at our September FM meeting.  However, some trips that can be announced now, include Kenya in November, India in January, and South Africa in January.
 CLICK HERE for information if you have an interest in these or any other trips.  Watch this publication each month for updates!

 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 

                      
Would you like to join us? 

Trips this year that have availability for you to join!  
Fall/Winter 2018
Kenya
India
South Africa
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

Church building fund:  We have a small specially donated church completion fund set up.   So far several church roofs have been completed.  The FM believes it best for the local congregations to put their own prayers, sweat, and treasure into their own church so that each congregant takes personal interest in the church.   We do enjoy helping such congregations finish their building, hence the fund.

Emergency Medical Fund:  This fund is currently out of money.  It is so nice to have some funds available in the event a child or some other church member in our churches abroad is met with sickness or accident.  This fund has helped so many in the last several years.   We are so thankful to be able to occasionally help when the funds allow. 


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 
Praise & Prayer section: 

>  Pray for the flooding currently ongoing in India to subside.

>  Pray for the Children without parents, or with parents that are not Christians worldwide.  Pray for the homes that are attempting to care for them, and pray for the leaders those orphanages and children's homes.

>  Pray for our Pastor, Leaders, families, and friends in all the congregations we work in around the world.  God is with them always.  We miss our friends during the months we are not together.

> Pray for the FM Organizational and planning meeting to be held in High Point, NC on September 28-30.


                              
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