Author: Christians In Action Missions International

Meet Abass from Sierra Leone, Africa

Meet Abass from Sierra Leone, Africa

Written by Elmer & Joann Reifel

Dear Friends & Family,

Several months ago we promised to familiarize you more with our well team members.  It seems to me that we got a little side tracked and here we are in 2017 already!  We are going to start with Abass Fofanah, our Well Team Leader.

Abass is 29 and was born and raised in Mile 91, about one hour west of Bo, where we live.  He is the third of six children and was forced to stop schooling in Class 3 (primary levels) due to the War in Sierra Leone.  When the rebels attacked Mile 91 his family was scattered in the bush and his mother was captured by them.  He and a friend named Joseph, whose sister was also taken by the rebels, decided to ‘infiltrate’ the rebels in an effort to free their family members.  After some time they were able to create a way for Abass’ mother to escape but it was almost six months before they found their own escape in the Hastings area, closer to Freetown. Unfortunately, Joseph lost his life to a land mine while trying.

Abass found himself in Freetown, a street boy– no home and no family to go to for some time.  He connected with those who stayed in an area he referred to as ‘the Dockyard’ where many displaced people lived.  At some point he left when cholera broke out.

He was able to learn construction work and save money so that he could go back to school. By this time he was older so he skipped a few grades intentionally and enrolled in Class 6, which he said was a struggle, but he was able to catch up.

In 2004 he learned that his father and family were staying with an uncle in Rokopu so he was able to see them, but he continued to work and to go to school until he sat his WASC (the final exam to graduate from ‘high school’ in Sierra Leone) in 2010.

During the construction work he met John Campbell and joined a well team. From that first well team he met us and eventually became our well team leader.

His wife lost a baby in 2014 so he was a VERY nervous father-to-be in 2016 as she carried their second child.  While I was visiting family and friends in December/January, his little boy “Elma” was born.   Baby Elmer (pronounced Elma) is doing very well.Abass

The most difficult aspect of well drilling for him is either too much rock in the soil or what is called ‘collapsing’ soil, which fills up the hole faster than it can be dug out.  This happened to our third hole in Wonah, causing some MAJOR extra work.

The part of well drilling that he enjoys the most is when the four inch pipe has been secured into the hole and the men have ‘clarified’ it— because at that point he knows that this well is going to be DONE.

Abass is a strong character and a hard worker but he does not appear to be in complete fellowship with Christ yet.  He believes in God, as many do, but the relationship with Christ seems to be missing right now.   Pray that he will be able to commit himself to the Lord “one hundred percent” (his favorite phrase)!

We invite you to partner with us in our Ministry, donations can be made by going online to: cinami.org/reifel

also check out the amazing “Clean Water” video on this site.

Presidents Blog – April 2017

The greatest time of the year is upon us for this is the time we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Without Easter we have no eternal hope as humans.

Hebrews 9:22, declares; “…everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”   Jesus died a painful death on the cross as he shed his sinless blood to cover the sins of the human race from Adam until the last human is born.

Does this mean that everyone goes to heaven since their sins are forgiven?  Absolutely not! I John 1:9 says; “…if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (sins).”   We must ask God to forgive our sins then Jesus shed blood on the cross is activated on our behalf and we are forgiven. Not only forgiven but guaranteed eternal life.  This is the amazing hope of the Easter Season.easter

So many individuals believe God is unloving if he allows only the forgiven into heaven.  This is so untrue, as it is the individual themselves that chooses not to confess their sins and ask forgiveness from God.  See John 3:16 says; “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

God’s Word in II Peter 3:9 says; The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

So the greatest day of the year is when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  All other religious leaders who proclaim to be God or the voice of God are dead and buried and they have returned to dempty tombust from which they came.  Jesus is God and he is alive and His Spirit dwells in every person who has confessed their sins and asked Him for forgiveness.  Praise the Lord.

This is why we sing the Hallelujah Chorus, we will reign with him for all eternity.

Christians in Action Missions International was founded on the vision and goal of sharing the hope of eternal life found in the forgiveness of our sins.  60 years later in 2017 that vision and goal has not changed.  Thousands come to Jesus through the confession of their sins and receiving Him as their savior as our missionaries and indigenous pastors share John 3:16.

Blessings,

Dr. Gordon Donoho, President

 

“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

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. 

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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.

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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

 

Agricultural Program in Liberia, West Africa

Agricultural Program in Liberia, West Africa

Written by CinA Missionary Christian Kallon:

With the upgrade of our NGO status, the ministry took up an Agricultural Program with the Town of Tosor, a two-mile distance away from Robertsport early in January 2017 with identification of farm land, clearing of bushes and plowings.  There are presently 60 persons, mostly women in the community that have been placed into three groups of twenty in each.  The church being the fourth group uses its piece of land for demonstration purposes whereby community members are taught about good farming techniques. 

With the swampy terrain of the County, Corn (the three-month variety) would be planted for this season until April before starting the upland farming. Mostly vegetables are the program’s focus for now until April when the community will go into Cassava (liken to yucca) farming. The ministry’s strategy here is befriending and creating the occasion to reach out with the Gospel.  By this farming also, Christians in Action Mission will positively impact lives by being part of the Government’s outreach for FOOD SECURITY.

If you would like to support the Kallon’s ministry visit: cinami.org/kallon

FELIZ NAVIDAD MEXICO 2016

FELIZ NAVIDAD MEXICO 2016

As we look back on 2016 we’re so thankful to God for His faithfulness to us as a family and to the different mission locations in Colombia, Peru and Mexico that are seeing the power of God manifested in so many ways. May this new year bring even more results for the Glory of God.

Our Christmas Outreach in Baja was so amazing. We had ten on our team from the Whittier Area Community Church on December 9-11. We had twelve locations where we had special Christmas programs. Your prayers meant so much to us and many gave their hearts to the Lord.  Thanks to all of you who gave donations so that our churches could buy food and gifts for their people and those in the community. heredia-pic

Oaxaca:  This year enough donations came in that we were able to send an extra gift to our work in San Juan. Sister Blanca and others from the church bought and put together the gifts. They also extended an invitation to the community and prepared a wonderful meal for all to enjoy.christmas-gift-boy

We appreciate your prayers and monthly gifts. Coming in a few days is another update from our trip to Sonora and the trip in October to Oaxaca.

Your missionaries,

Bro. Tony and Margaret

Click here to support the Heredia’s and their ministry – www.cinami.org/heredia