I am so thankful for the Lord’s faithful provision. Just today one of our Guatemalan board members unexpectedly came with his American boss for a visit to Destiny of Hope. He gave us a donation and it was exactly the amount we needed to pay our Nannies wages this month. Some of you have been faithful to give to our ministry as well, and I am so grateful.
Month: December 2015
After receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior, Chief Falizardo Tugnao (second from the left) shares his conversion with his family and tribesmen. Rey (wearing red shirt) a drunkard and known to be “the troublemaker” of the community is the chief’s brother-in-law also receives Jesus Christ in his heart and desires to become a pastor.
With the assistance of pastor Ricky Dela Cruz (wearing green shirt & ballcap), these two men desires a church building for their community. Chief Faliz shares a portion of his tribal land to be used for a church building!
To God be all the glory for all the things He has done and will continue to do with the Batak tribe in Timbuan, Palawan, Philippines!
Christians in Action Missions International (CINAMI), Philippines is raising $3,000 fund for the materials needed to construct a church building with Batak culture design. The building will also be used for an adult education program called Alternative Learning System (ALS) where 17 years old and up who have not finished high school can earn a certificate equivalent to high school diploma. Donate online and help impact a whole tribe.
To support CINAMI Philippines’ ministry click here – cinami.org/cina_philippines.html
Greetings from India. We are greatly delighted to share the latest gesture of heavenly love our Father in heaven was pleased to bless us with.
Returning to India, I could not wait to meet Ganga and her father Gangadharan Pillai. I wanted to pray with him as he is very sick. I was able to hand over the inspiring life story of Sadhu Sunder Singh, a great saintly person who lived in India in the 20th century. He came to faith, and through many persecutions and oppositions from his own people and others, he persevered with spreading the gospel to lost souls in many places, especially in Tibet. Pillai is reading the book but I also wanted to give him the whole Bible which God enabled me to do. He was glad to receive it from my hands. Ganga was there with us in the Church while I preached last Sunday. Please pray for her father as his doctor suspects he has cancer. However, he is not scared of death, and says he wants to go home to be with his Savior, where there is no pain or sorrow. What great faith he has though he is a new believer! What is all the more joyful is that he took away all the Hindu idols he had with out me asking, as he understood idol worship is not pleasing to the Lord. He needs our help in the practical sense too, which I am pleased to do occasionally as he is a genuine seeker. I request your fervent prayers for both of them, that they may experience the love and peace that Jesus promises, and that they may be a shining example to many others around them.
In Christ’s love,
To support Paul’s ministry click here – cinami.org/chandran.html
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NIV
Our news media is filled with shootings, war, terrorism which can be discerning, but God has got this. God is in charge. Nothing catches him by surprise as he sees all things from the beginning of time to the end of time. During these times we must not live in fear but let the light of Jesus shine through us even stronger.
I have been researching information on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. What is most shocking to me is that white evangelical Christians are the ones most opposite to Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. Yet God tells us in his Word to welcome the refugee and displaced. Most of the Syrian refugees seeking resettlement are women and children under 14. Media does not inform us that the U.S. has the most stringent 18 months evaluation process for refugees.
During the 1980-90’s the churches of Central California welcomed 10’s of thousands of Hmong and Laotian. They have assimilated into society and now are police officers, city officials and professors in our community. During this the 1980’s when I was pastor here in Fresno, our church helped resettle over 180 refugees. Then we birthed a Laotian Church which became the first Laotian Church within the Evangelical Covenant Church in America.
In light of Christmas season which celebrates the birth of the Savior of the world, who himself was a refugee as his parents took him to Egypt. They fled from the wicked King Herod who was seeking to kill him.
Remember who King David’s great grandparents where? Boaz and Ruth, Ruth was a refugee in Jesus’ lineage. So I am thinking and praying how CinA should approach this new refugee opportunity in the U.S.
During this Christmas Season let us love one another and as Jesus said even love your enemies.
Dr. Gordon Donoho – CinA President
December 2015 – Blog (for previous posts – click here www.cinami.org/presidents_message
“We’re getting your room ready for you,” Eleanor texted us a few days ago. We are so blessed to have wonderful Sierra Leonean friends that count us as family… and are always ready to host us! We fly from
London tomorrow evening, and are delighted we can both go to Sierra Leone this time!
MISSION TO SIERRA LEONE – 28 Nov to 17 Dec
Our mission will include guest teaching at two weekend seminars for pastors, coordinating plans for a 2016 SOMA conference in Freetown, visiting Christians in Action schools (in Freetown, Bo & Kenema), and just being there to listen and encourage. November has been a momentous month for Sierra Leone! On the 7th, the World Health Organization officially announced the end of the Ebola epidemic in the country. Our friend, Donald, a key member of the UK Sierra Leone Prayer Network, has been there for several weeks and wrote from Freetown…
“I’ve been thrilled to be back home in Freetown… for the past 4 weeks. Praise the Lord, I was privileged to be there with friends and family to witness the formal declaration by the WHO.… There was much anxiety counting down to D-Day, nationwide prayer vigils, and fasting right through for all to go well without a hitch. There was a tangible sense of relief when the end was announced following 18 months of the Ebola plague, [over 14,000] recorded infections… and after the tragic loss of [3,955 lives], of which 221 were health workers – many whom we knew personally as friends. There were spontaneous celebrations with churches packed full, street parties, football matches, political rallies, markets overflowing…. Today (Nov 21) there was a National Gathering of Churches… at the National Stadium to thank God for the end of the Ebola crisis.”
Remember the many families that have been affected by Ebola, doctors and health workers, support teams and orphans who lost loved ones, and pray for rebuilding of broken communities. Pray for psychological healing. Ebola brought fear, uncertainty and destruction that has affected every aspect of life, society, and the economy. Pray for God’s wisdom for church leaders to be of one heart – exalting Jesus above the nation.
So as we go to Sierra Leone at this time…We give praise for God’s amazing and timely provision, our visas and tickets (the flight we were booked on was cancelled 4 days ago; direct flights, post-Ebola, have not yet been approved by the UK authorities, and we will now be flying via Casablanca). We’re also delighted to be staying with friends! Their home is the perfect base for us.
Please pray for:
- safe travel, good health, and physical endurance
- the pastors’ seminars (4-5 Dec and 10-13 Dec) and other times of ministry
- the Holy Spirit’s leading and inspiration, and for sensitivity to ‘God’s appointments’
- protection from spiritual attack throughout the mission
And the Lord also be with you,
Ken & Yvonne Wiebe
Click here to support the Wiebe’s ministry – www.cinami.org/wiebe.html
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’