Submitted by a head pastor that received a report from one of his churches:
We received 5 new converts for a full month and 2 people testified. One said that she wanted to abort for she received a pregnancy after being raped but the pastor counseled her and she came to her senses where she left such bad thoughts and was taken for HIV Testing and counseling after which she got that she is fine without viruses.
Another was a youth who wanted to kill his father for lack of school fees for him to go to school and he was also prayed for after being counseled and now he is in good terms with both parents as he now understands that money is something which you can or cannot get easily.
NOTE: These projects aren't funded by the FM general fund. They are only funded if earmarked funds are sent.
> Food for starving orphans with Pastor Charles in Kenya > Church Buildings in various places. 5 to 10K each > Motorbikes for poor pastors: $1500 each. (only used where bicycles are not practical) > Waterwells in India $500 each
Regular support options
> Foreign Mission General Fund (any amount welcomed!) > 12 Month Pledge Program ($10+/month) > Indigenous Pastor support ($30/month) > Full-time Missionary supportfor Dennis Hilman ($200/quarter) > Orphan and children support in ALC Home in India ($30/month) > Bible and other book purchases ($30 min.) > Bicycles for pastors($80 each) > Memorial Funds > Endowment Funds > Mission Hospital in India *Pictures and other feedback supplied, if desired.
A Month of Going to the Nations!
> Thank you for your past and future prayers for all the mission teams deployed around the world. Your prayers are so coveted and appreciated, since we know that we only go forth by the Grace and Mercy of God.
> FM Team of Tom Lappi, Ansten Tretten, John R., Leona Matson and Ariann Somero completed the India Mission on Feb. 14th. It was wonderful to have been joined for various lengths of time by Cal Niemela and also by Ken Helmes from Finland. It surely was nice to have extra preachers, since 3 weeks of preaching many times per day is very intense for just two speakers, even if they remain healthy the whole time, which has been rare.
> Bob Maki, Al and Kathy Traffie, and Leona Matson have finished up in Pakistan and in Myanmar. Blessed times were had. They are now in another difficult country, their last one on this trip. More on that later.
> Dennis Hilman has been in Guatemala and will be finishing up 2 months there on March 7th.
> Brian Niemitalo is currently on an FM trip to Russia. He is joined by Mischa K. from Canada. Shane Juuti will join him on March 11th.
> Thank you for your many and continued prayers for your Foreign Mission. We desire to be humble servants in His Vineyard.
Up Coming Events
> Dennis, Bob, and Leona will be going, Lord willing, to Ghana, Togo, and Liberia in April. If you act very quickly you are welcome to join them!
> The Philippines trip is scheduled for May 1st. Colin Kinnunen will be leading the team. Perhaps one or two more could still join this trip.
> The Philippines team will also visit Vietnam.
> Anyone interested in going to Guatemala, please email the address at the bottom. Since so many individuals want to go to Guatemala, the FM feels it very important that people go in organized groups rather than individually. The FM always has a future group trip planned there, so please email!
> Lord willing, there will be at least one more trip to Russia coming up this year. You are welcome to come!
God Given Blessings!
2000 Bibles have been printed and are being distributed in Myanmar. This comes after 11 years of work translating into a language that previously had no Bible.
> Four bicycles were donated to poor pastors in India. These pastors will now be able to reach their congregants and churches much more efficiently than by walking.
> Three additional water wells with pumps are currently being drilled in India. These wells open the door to preach the Gospel to Hindu villagers, as the Christians are happy to share their water, showing the Love of Christ to the village!
> The ALC Home in India has received gifts this month that will allow for new mattresses for the children, as well as other maintenance projects!
> Candy, pencils, crayons, soaps, sandals, hats, and other such small items were donated and distributed during the recent mission trips.
The Foreign Mission extends a sincere THANK YOU to all who lovingly gave for these causes and for the Foreign Mission general fund.
Last month we put forth a call for volunteers to help with various tasks. Some wonderful people have come forward! There is still room for you! Video editing is one of the areas that help is still desired in, as well as various other tasks. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org Your help is greatly appreciated.
Joshua and Sadisha are siblings in the ALC Home in India
Work is hard in India
Large Services at night with over 1000 people are common in India