ACTION introduces Virtual Missionary Training Opportunities

First Training Seminar – Practical Steps for Missionary Preparation and Reaching Tibetan Buddhists

 

Who: Paul Lhomi, Kathmandu, Nepal – ACTION missionary to Tibetans

Where: Alderwood Community Church (Room W-200)   3403 Alderwood Mall Blvd, Lynnwood, WA 98036

When: April 26, 2014

Registration from: 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM – coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served

Seminar begins at: 9:00 AM until Noon

Registration fee: $10

Advance registration: Email  io@actionintl.org  or call Bridget at 425-775-4800 – ext. 107

 

We would all agree that missionaries are too valuable to lose. We also would agree that missionaries need as much encouragement, equipping, support and member care as we can possibly give them. That is why ACTION is starting a Virtual Missionary Training Initiative this year. April 26, 9AM – noon, ACTION is conducting an introductory Missionary Training Seminar for churches, ministry leaders, Missions pastors and anyone interested in going someday as a missionary or being involved in sending missionaries.

The April 26 Missionary Training Seminar will feature how your local church can partner with ACTION to set up a Virtual Missionary Training initiative in your church or with a collaboration of local churches. Also featured is a special speaker from Kathmandu, Nepal, sharing his ministry among Tibetans in Tibet, Nepal, India and Bhutan. Paul is ethnically Tibetan and will share about his culture and how to witness to Tibetan Buddhist. Paul’s ministry, Reaching Himalayas Ministries offers opportunities for short-term and long-term missions.

ACTION celebrates 40 years of sending missionaries in 2015! Without the partnership of churches that entrust their people to ACTION, we could not sustain over 250 missionaries in 25 countries worldwide. Furthermore, without the participation of thousands of other prayer partners and Great Commission donors, ACTION could not deploy its missionaries. Sending Great Commission missionaries is why we exist.

Please contact Bridget at  io@actionintl.org  or call 425-775-4800 – ext. 107 for more details.

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Short-term team visits the Philippines

Team working in the Philippines

Team working in the Philippines

Gary and Melita Root have been missionaries in Cavite since 2004. They are involved with vocational training and discipleship of young men from poor backgrounds. In a recent newsletter, Gary described the help and encouragement brought by a visiting short-term mission team.

“Earlier this month we were blessed with 17 visitors from Evergreen Baptist Church (EBC) in Vancouver, Washington. They came for a week to serve and encourage the various ministries here. During their visit, we were able to repair window screens, sew mattress covers and curtains, paint walls for the dorms, and build a generator shed. The team members also had a wonderful time participating in local church services. It was a great encouragement to have the EBC ladies participate in our Bible studies and girls’ clubs.

“Most of the team was also able to visit Erin Johnson’s Brand New Day ministry and experience firsthand the plight of the street kids with whom she works. What made the week extra special for me was that my brother, Rick, and his son, Ben, were part of the team. At the end of the week we all felt tired and blessed. We celebrated with a day at the beach and an authentic Filipino meal served on banana leaves.”

Free book download from Wayne Mac Leod

Genesis

Genesis

Each month missionary Wayne Mac Leod makes one of his e-books available free of charge. This month’s title is “Genesis: A Devotional Look at Creation and the Early History of Israel as Recorded in the Book of Genesis.”

This is a devotional commentary for all who want to take time to consider the teaching of the first important book of the Bible. Each chapter is concluded with some questions to consider and some points for prayer to help you apply the truth of the book to your everyday life.

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

An ACTION missionary since 2003, Wayne has been publishing a variety of Bible study books for distribution to Christian workers in over 40 countries.

Upcoming Easter outreaches in the Philippines

Jeff Anderson with children

Jeff Anderson with children

Jeff Anderson writes, “The Street Impact Team, with two of our faithful partners, Support a Child, Save a Future Ministry and Blessed Community Church, will conduct six Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday evangelistic outreaches to street children and out-of-school youth April 7-11 and 29. The six outreaches, of which five are week-long Vacation Bible Schools and will run simultaneously, are targeting very poor communities and will have a Resurrection theme. Please pray for us as we prepare for these outreaches and that many will turn from their sin to the resurrected Savior.

“We praise God that Jesus is not dead, but very much alive and active in the affairs of nations, our ministries, and personal lives! Because we know Him, we passionately want others to know Him too!”

Bible club party in Zambia

Kids at party

Kids at party

Kelly Huckaby writes, “We successfully finished another term of Bible Club with more than 60 kids in attendance each Friday! To celebrate the end of the term, we had a big movie party at our house with sparkly temporary tattoos, a cartoon about the miracles of Jesus, and lots of snacks including hard-boiled eggs. All the kids and leaders had a great time!

“We will take a break during April and will begin the next term on May 2. Please keep all of these wonderful kids in your prayers.”

The Norquists share God’s love with disabled children

Some of the Norquists' children

Some of the Norquists’ children

Rick and Janet Norquist run a home for disabled children in Mexico. Rick says, “We have 26 kids. Our mission is to provide a home for children where they know they are welcome, wanted, worthy, and loved.”

The following video tells their story.

My Story | Rick & Janet Norquist from Scottsdale Bible Church on Vimeo.

Cambodian believer impacts fellow countrymen for Christ

Bora

Bora

Nathan and Christiana Wells have been ministering in Phnom Penh for four years. As they recently reflected on their service, they said one of their greatest joys of being on the field has been seeing God raise up men for service. Nathan shares about Bora Chheang, a man who has impacted both the Wells and fellow Cambodian believers:

“I first met Bora back in 2003, when he was 14 years old. Bora had a very difficult past. His father died when he was around 7, and then his mother abandoned him shortly after. He lived in a small shack for two years by himself before being taken to a Christian orphanage by his aunt. I grew to know Bora over the years and had the privilege of baptizing him. In 2007, he was sponsored to complete high school in the United States and then to attend The Master’s College.

“After graduating, Bora came back to Cambodia and joined our translation team. It has been a joy to have him on staff and especially to help him publish his first book in Khmer, A Brief Introduction to the Bible. This is the only book from a Cambodian author that ACTION Cambodia has printed. We are excited to see how the Lord will use this resource.”

Bora writes, “This book is an accumulation of my Sunday School notes. It talks briefly on each book of the Bible about the author, date of authorship, summary, book outline, suggested verses for meditation and memorization, application, and pictures. I wrote this because there are not many biblical resources in the Khmer language for the church. I also hope that the book will contribute to the growth and strengthening of the local church.

“I pray that Cambodian Christians will have a passion to read the Word of God even more after reading it. I also pray that those who have not yet accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior will see their sin and turn to Jesus through the reading of this book.”

Missionaries needed to serve street children in Manila

Jeff Anderson with children

Jeff Anderson with children

Jeff and Mary Ann Anderson have been ministering in Manila since 1985. In a recent newsletter they shared of the great need for passionate followers of Jesus Christ to serve street children and their families. Jeff writes “Mary Ann and I have been beseeching the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers to join Street Impact Team to minister the gospel and compassionate care to street children and their families in the heart of Manila.

“In many parts of Manila, we see children and their families eke out their survival on the streets by selling candy, gum, cigarettes, newspapers, and food. They pickpocket, park and watch cars, bark for jeepneys, carry heavy loads in markets, collect recyclable junk, and eat out of garbage cans. They sleep on sidewalks, under bridges, in vacant lots, in pushcarts, in jeepneys, in buses, and market stalls. Some are involved in prostitution and cyber-sex. Many are sick, clothed in rags, and sniff glue and paint thinner to deaden their hunger and pain. Their lives are all about survival. They are considered to be an eyesore and garbage by many; however, they are made in God’s image and are loved by Him and us. They might be sore to the eyes, but they are certainly not garbage!

“Over our 28 years of life and ministry in the Philippines among street kids, we have realized this work is extremely demanding. Manila is a crowded, hot, polluted, noisy city; to live in it and enjoy it, one needs to be called to urban life and learn to love its pulse and people.

“Some missionaries do not want to live in Manila and fewer yet want to work among the poor, but this is where the weary, scattered masses are who are like sheep without a shepherd. Please join us in prayer for people who passionately follow the Lord to join us on the streets and in slums to minister to Manila’s children in crisis and their families.”

“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’ ” Matthew 9:35-38, ESV).

Working Hands graduation

Working Hands student

Working Hands student

Gary Root writes, “March 8 was graduation day for 45 young men in the Working Hands program.  Each guy was allowed to invite ten guests, and most did, so we had around 440 people to cater to – that is a lot of chicken to fry! Phoebe Wong and the staff wives did an admirable job planning and making everything run smoothly. We heard a wonderful message, sang God-honoring songs, and handed out diplomas and awards. Seeing these men graduate was a huge answer to prayer and the culmination of a lot of hard work.

“After the program, we visited with students, their parents and their pastors. These young men now will begin their on-the- job-training for around four months. Please pray for them as they transition from a relatively sheltered school to the real world of work. Pray that they stand firm in their faith and that their lives would be testimonies of transformed hearts.”

Translation projects in Cambodia

Editing "Design for Discipleship"

Editing “Design for Discipleship”

Nathan Wells writes, “We have four current translation projects as well as a number of books we would like to translate in the future. Our current projects include, a re-edit of Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, the Design for Discipleship series by the Navigators, True Discipleship by William MacDonald, and authoring a Biblical Greek Grammar for Khmer.”

Here is a list of possible future projects and their estimated translation costs:

Confessions by Saint Augustine (est. US$5,000)

Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon (est. US$5,000)

Knowing God by J. I. Packer (est. US$3,500)

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe (est. US$5,000)

Lectures on Galatians by Martin Luther (est. US$3,500)

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin (est. US$10,000)

A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther (est. US$1,500)

On the Incarnation by Athanasius (est. US$2,000)

The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter (est. US$3,500)

The Pursuit of God by A W Tozer (est. US$5,000)

If you would like to help cover some of these costs through your gift, please click here.