Rebuilding lives on the remote islands of the Philippines

Asluman Church dedication

Asluman Church dedication

Will and Joanie Feuerstein have been missionaries in Manila, Philippines, since 2001. Their ministry, FACE-2-FACE, has a presence on all three main islands of the Philippines, plus a few small remote islands in the archipelago. FACE-2-FACE ministers to inmates in men’s and women’s prisons, provides educational assistance for 15 kids, regularly feeds 200 hungry kids healthy meals, and provides help for typhoon survivors in a new islands ministry.

Joanie writes, “The Lord recently stretched our vision and faith as He called us to minister to people on islands far from our home in crowded Manila. This part of our ministry began as we simply responded to desperate families needing basic aid and rescue after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

“The results of Typhoon Haiyan continue with many people still living without help and hope. FACE-2-FACE has been assisting inmates’ families living in Iloilo Province on Panay Island. They are finding renewed hope not only in physical changes around them, but also in their new lives in Christ.

“One of the projects on a tiny isolated island off of Iloilo is helping a family of 7 rebuild their home and lives. We helped Estancia Church by building a parsonage and stairs to make hauling water easier. We also started 2 feeding programs for undernourished kids in partnership with Feed My Starving Children at this church and a nearby school.

“On another out-of-the-way island, Isla Gigante Norte, we relocated and are nearly finished building Asluman Church after its complete collapse. Asluman Church will be an evacuation center for people to find safety in during future typhoons.

“FACE-2-FACE repaired a school in Iloilo that was ripped apart during the typhoon. We asked the principal if we could share about the Lord after the repairs are done and the students are back in school. She gave her permission. We will give 600 Gospel bracelets for the students and teachers. We would like to nurture an ongoing relationship with this rural school.

“‘Building Communities of Believers’ is FACE-2-FACE’s theme for 2015. Whether in the prisons or on the islands, the Gospel message is the only reason we exist. Please pray that all of these survivors will find hope in Jesus.”

Vulnerable children jump for joy in Uganda

Child jumping

Child jumping

Home of Love Children’s Home for Vulnerable Children is a ministry of ACTION Gulu. The home was opened to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in war-torn Northern Uganda.

Dr. Abigail Rattin, one of ACTION’s missionaries who works with Home of Love, recently wrote about how vulnerable children, the need for therapeutic play, and generous donations have added up to priceless hours of fun—and therapy!

“Many of our children have a variety of special needs, so when several friends of ACTION wanted to give something special to Home of Love at Christmas, we decided to purchase a trampoline. The children, ages 7 to 14, all enjoy playing on the trampoline after they finish their chores and schoolwork. They have done an excellent job of obeying the rules that were set up to ensure their safety. We are thankful for the care and compassion our friends have shown vulnerable children in northern Uganda!”

Children are referred to Home of Love from the Ugandan Government Child Welfare office and other organizations that look out for the welfare of children. Many of the children are HIV-AIDS and war orphans. Other children have been rescued from crisis situations such as abandonment and physical violence. Home of Love offers these children a Christ-centered, safe, and loving environment.

Children at Home of Love attend school at ACTION’s Jesus Is the Truth Nursery & Primary School. The children each receive trauma counseling, housing, food, medical treatment, clothing and life-skills training. A staff social worker seeks to locate relatives of children brought to Home of Love. Due to the war many people have been displaced and separated from their families. Whenever possible, children are reunited with their relatives and supported in the relatives’ home through payment of school fees, basic necessities, medical assistance and regular home visits by a social worker.

Boy comes to know the Lord in Colombia

Children at feeding program

Children at feeding program

Raquel de Jesús and her ministry team provide spiritual and physical feeding for 100 children and young people in Colombia. Children often express their gratefulness for not only receiving lunch, but also for the opportunity to study the Word of God.

According to 10-year-old Santi: “I got interested in knowing Jesus when I started coming to the ministry center to attend Bible classes. I learned of Jesus’ great love for me and that He died for my sins so I can be saved. One day I received Him as my personal Lord and Savior. Before I surrendered my life to Him, I was disobedient and disrespectful, now I’m respectful, obedient and loving. My life is much better now for I started reading my Bible and am now praying nightly not only for myself, but also for others.”

New term to begin at Mustard Seed

Previous Mustard Seed class

Previous Mustard Seed class

Mustard Seed’s sewing and discipleship program’s new term will begin on April 28 in the Philippines. The Program Director, Barbara Burchert, writes, “We will be offering a 5-month program for underprivileged young women. Recruitment will begin on March 3, with home visits to follow. A church just down the road, connected to our campus here, has offered us the use of a room there as our Discipleship House. We will be able to cook there and disciple students. We will go up to the campus for the vocational program in the afternoons.

“We are excited about beginning again with a group of young people. Please pray that our budget will come in so that we can eventually offer a longer program.”

Free book download from Wayne Mac Leod

Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther

Each month missionary Wayne Mac Leod makes one of his e-books available free of charge. This month’s title is “Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther: A Devotional Look at Israel’s Captivity and Resettlement in Her Homeland.” These three books speak of victory through perseverance and faithfulness to the call of God. The individuals we meet here inspire us to hold firm until we too see the victory of God.

You can download the PDF version of this book by clicking here.

Bibles for pastors and churches in Malawi

Bible recipients

Bible recipients

Gary Rieben writes, “One of the greatest needs of the people in our villages is a clear and complete understanding of God’s Word. One of the obvious reasons for this is the absence of Bibles in the hands of pastors and church members. Thanks to the generosity of many, funds were provided to allow us to meet this critical need. Pictured are some of the happy recipients who recently were given their own precious Bibles. We are thankful to those who gave to help us spread God’s Word to His people here in Malawi.”

Training pastors and Christian leaders in Mexico

Paul training pastors in Cambodia

Paul training pastors in Cambodia

Paul Goodner and Charles Ulibarri will be traveling to Baja, Mexico, on February 14. Their Sustainable Church Multiplication (SCM) training for pastors and leaders includes how to reach people with the gospel, how to make disciples who build up more disciples, and how to start new churches as the Lord leads. The first week they will be training in San Vicente. The second week they will be teaching and training these same SCM concepts in Tecate at a Bible college.

“Please pray for God to lead and guide their preparation and training. Also pray for safety and good health as well as good fruit to come from their training.”

Upcoming Next Generation Leadership Retreat in Cuba

Previous Next Generation Leadership Retreat

Previous Next Generation Leadership Retreat

Brian Stewart, Cuba Director, writes, “On March 9 about 450 college-age Christians from all over the island will arrive at Camp Canaán in central Cuba for ACTION’s 4-day Next Generation Leadership Retreat. Our time together will feature 20 hours of Bible teaching, morning devotions and worship, evening services, and even some recreational time.

“Since it started, this leadership retreat had been by far the biggest event on our calendar, and it has always been very special to us. It was our first event in Cuba, held for the first time in April 2001, and so the event coming up next month is our 8th one. It’s by far the largest event we do, and it’s therefore also our most expensive event, so we only schedule it every two years.

“The dynamic of having 450 young believers set aside everything to travel several hours to the camp for a concentrated time of worship, fellowship, and leadership training, has always been amazing. It is a tremendous privilege to have this sort of impact on Cuba’s next generation of leaders. Mixing college students from several denominations and numerous cities provides for an electric atmosphere as they unite to focus on the Lord.

“This is a $9,000 event which means it only costs $20 per attendee to completely cover their lodging, food, and transportation. Our conference speakers cover all their own travel expenses, as do I, and we also contribute to the event budget as we are able.”

If you are interested in sponsoring some of our attendees at $20 per person, please click here.

Orphan and widow feeding program in Malawi

Orphan at feeding program

Orphan at feeding program

Gary Rieben writes, “We are in our second week of providing food for orphans and widows of the Ntcheu District. We are never prepared for the numbers of children that show up to be fed. We plan on 100 in each of our 15 centers. But, the word gets around and children walk great distances to eat. Some centers see over 200 orphans show up. We try to feed everyone, but our resources are limited. The children that are on the list will often bring little plastic bags to take a portion of their meal back to their siblings at home. It is quite touching.

“Please pray for our wisdom as we seek to meet the daily challenges presented to us. The feeding program will continue into April when the first fruits of the harvest will be gathered in.”

Food packaged in North Dakota will feed hungry people in the Philippines

Children at feeding program

Children at feeding program

Some friends of ACTION in North Dakota organized a Feed My Starving Children food packing event on January 24. Jeff Anderson, missionary in the Philippines, writes, “They had 1,044 volunteers who packed 1,008 boxes of food packs, several of which will be sent to Street Impact Team for our feeding ministry in the Philippines. That food is enough for 217,728 meals! We’re extremely grateful for friends who rolled up their sleeves to make this happen.”