Month: March 2017

“FIX BAYONETS!”

So, imagine you’re in combat and you hear the commander cry out, “Fix bayonets!” Right away, what do you know? Things are about to escalate, stuff is about to get real, and we’re gonna come face-to-face with our adversary.

Working off that concept, every week before we close an outreach, we get face-to-face and conduct some sparring. I give the command, “Fix bayonets,” chairs are adjusted, and now we’re sitting facing someone. We begin role-playing and one row are the Christians and the opposite row are the Critics. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

Now that our group is “on guard,” I reveal a popular biblical or moral issue that Christians face today. Christianity 101 topics are, “I have my own beliefs, I don’t believe in God, I’m basically a good person, You can’t trust the bible, Jesus was not God, etc. Christianity 201 topics are abortion, homosexuality, racism, wealth, religions, politics, etc. Of course we alternate roles, partners, and topics throughout the jousting, but as a Critic, your assignment is to be difficult and demand an appropriate bible-based response and explanation from the Christian they face.

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disciples are made!

In His grace,
Pastor Nick & Pastor Sandy Guerra

To support the Guerra’s ministry online click here – www.cinami.org/guerra

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First Batch of Graduates…

First Batch of Graduates…

We just graduated our very first batch of kindergarteners at our Pre-school at our Christians in Action church in Puerto Princesa Palawan in partnership with International Care Ministries (ICM).  ICM provided all classroom materials and equipment & our CinA church, International Christians in Action Palawan, partially covers the salary of the teacher and her aid. 

Palawan grads
Future leaders of Palawan.

In conjunction of our FREE pre-school for the ultra-poor is parenting seminar to which parents of our students attends once a week seminar of Christian Parenting. One byproduct of our preschool is a morning Bible study/Devotions of the parents. The parents just hang out at the site while waiting for their children so we started this morning ministry for the parents. Three are now active members of our church while others enjoy the truth of the Word of God. It gives them hope, encouragement and joy at times. 

Unfortunately we may be closing our pre-school as ICM is moving on to transformational ministry and will be cutting off the financial support toward the salary of the teacher and the aid. We are praying for someone who will cover this lost financial support of 7500 pesos, approximately $150 a month. Please join me in prayer.

Blessings,

Ed & Jo Duenas

To support CINAMI Philippines’ ministry click here – cinami.org/cina_philippines

Destiny of Hope, Guatemala Update:

Destiny of Hope, Guatemala Update:

A long-time Guatemalan friend of Christians in Action, spent 3 days painting a mural on one of our orphanage walls. Thanks, Fernando, LOVE it!

Analisa is such a joy and growing up so fast.  She is now potty-trained and even wakes up dry some mornings.  She is learning new words every day in both English and Spanish and is starting to use sentences.  She copies and repeats everything.  She has also started attending Sunday School. She’s bonding with her teachers, Evy and Cony, and manages to sit still and pay attention for a whole hour.

 She loves to “help” with all the chores.  Her favorite activity is playing in water, be it in the kid-sized sink, the pila (laundry sink), or the baptismal aka “the pool” and sweeping.A broom just my size

 Stefani, (Tifa) is doing really well with her new family and they allow visits on a regular basis. They even got her a new puppy which she absolutely adores.

Tifa, family and new dog

Missionary Anita Byle is still visiting a church plant up in the mountains once a month.  Some of the ladies she ministers to are joyfully growing in the Lord and it’s so good to see them sharing the love of Jesus with others in their village. 

Anita has been helping one young lady once or twice a week with her English homework.  Alejandra,18, is our nanny’s daughter and in her last year of high school.  Anita loves seeing her eyes light up when she finally understands what she is learning.

Alejandra passing on her new English skills to Sofi, at another orphanage
Alejandra using her English skills.

DOH wants to thank all of you who so faithfully support the Lord’s work in Guatemala, and for covering all the workers in prayer.  

To support the Destiny of Hope ministry click here: cinami.org/destiny_of_hope

To support Anita’s ministry click here:  cinami.org/byle

OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO!

OFF TO SCHOOL WE GO!

A note of thanks from the President of Christians in Action Ghana, Pastor Julius Nangai:

Dear Friends,

Good morning, I trust this letter will find you doing very great, I am writing you this letter to express our appreciation to you and your team for the help you gave in supporting us to get this new Bus.

We have no words to express our sincere gratitude to you, for the great relief to us, it’s with such a great pleasure, I am writing to you today.

Ghana kids loading new bus
Excited school children loading up in the new bus…

We had enough funds for the Bus, including registration and Insurance. There are still some work that has to be done, including new tires, absorbers, and also adding “Christians in Action” and the name of the school on the side of the bus.

On Monday, we would be having a P.T.A executive meeting, to discuss among other things, including how much a child taking the bus will pay, in order for us to have money to buy fuel, maintenance and repairs, as we move into the future.

I want to say once again, a big thank you and all that made it possible to get this bus, it is a true blessing. With much love, God bless you all.

Pastor Nangai

Presidents Blog – February 2017

Do you want to go on a short term mission trip where the experience lasts for months if not longer?  A mission trip were you experience visually and emotionally lives being transformed. 

You can be part of such an experience by going on a 2 week medical/dental mission trip with CinA called Asian Relief Medical Services (ARMS) to the Philippines each April. 

AND…

Each year CinA has a medical mission trip for one week to Latin America.  This trip is called LARMS, Latin America Relief Medical Services. In June of 2017 the trip is to Medellin, Colombia which is a beautiful city with spring time temperatures.  

In each of these medical/dental trips we need individuals who are ready and willing to work hard every day.  You will experience individuals being spiritually transformed as they pray to receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord.  In the prayer and healing room you may see individuals healed like in the New Testament times.  If you are working in the medical or dental rooms you will help individuals receive medical care that they have not been able to get before.

A mission trip is not a vacation it is an adventure were you and the individuals that come to be helped are transformed physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Join us today on one of these life changing medical/dental trips.

Contact Stephanie Anderton at stephanie@cinami.org, or call our office at (559) 370-4103.

New Baby and a New Roof

New Baby and a New Roof

Written by: CinA Missionary Gustavo Gonzalez, Philippines

On December 25, what was supposed to be a happy and joyful Christmas Day, was a devastating day for a family in Ligao City. Maria was almost die to give birth and was taken to the hospital to have her second child. That same day typhoon Nina hit the Philippines island hard. There was no electricity in the whole city. Thank God for generators. By the grace of God Maria gave birth to you a beautiful baby boy and welcomed him into their family. But there was something her husband was not sharing with her. You see, the roof of their home was severely damaged and she could not go home with the baby.

Maria and her husband have been faithful Christians at Ligao Baptist Church, she prayed to the Lord, she said, “I’m your daughter, I have been faithful in my tithing”, Maria washes clothes for a living, making $10.00 a day, “please Lord help our family, help our situation with the roof.”

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Maria’s home damaged by typhoon

Soon after she prayed our CinA missionary, Gustavo came and brought some relief of food to help the families affected by typhoon Nina. Maria’s Pastor Joel also visited her in the hospital and asked if they needed more that food and she told him about the roof. By the grace of God there was enough money to do both, food for Maria’s family and 25 additional families, and repair the roof.

 

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Maria’s home with new roof.

 

A few days later Maria’s husband went to church and was approached by Pastor Joel and was given the news his roof would be repaired, he started to cry. Maria went home with her baby, to a safe and secure restored roof and praising God for his goodness and faithfulness. Glory to God!!

If you would like to support Gustavo’s ministry please contact: stephanie@cinami.org