Christmas ornaments to support ACTION Uganda’s ministries to children

Christmas ornaments

Christmas ornaments

Want a new look for your Christmas tree? Or maybe unique stocking stuffers, teacher or housewarming gifts? These fantastic hand-crafted ornaments are sure to please any recipient! Through your order, you’ll be supporting ACTION Uganda’s ministries for vulnerable children, in addition to the artist and her daughter.

To learn more about the ornaments and to find out more about the artist, please click here.

To pay for the ornaments, you can donate online here or by mail to Action International Ministries, PO Box 398, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-0398 – to Gulu, Uganda, Children in Crisis, account 71203 – in comments, write “ornaments.”

Biblical counseling conference in Brazil

Dennis translating for Dr. Priolo

Dennis translating for Dr. Priolo

Matthew and Elsiene Carroll live in Goiânia, where they help train and equip local pastors and church leaders. The Carrolls recently hosted a biblical counseling conference with guest speaker Dr. Lou Priolo.

Matthew writes, “We had 87 people registered for the conference the week before it began, but more than 220 people actually attended! This was Dr. Priolo’s third visit to Brazil and he remarked it was his most enjoyable so far.

“It is such a privilege for us to be in Brazil as we cooperate with like-minded brothers in Christ. We are thankful that we can participate in the work that God is doing as He builds His church!”

Children of prisoners find hope in Colombia

Child at camp

Child at camp

At a recent camp for children of prisoners and former prisoners in Colombia, 39 children accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord and 11 young people recommitted their lives to the Lord.

Raquel de Jesús writes, “We held a four-day evangelistic camp in Viota for about 50 children. Most of the children have parents who are prisoners or former prisoners. The main purpose of the camp was to introduce the children to Jesus, but we also wanted to give them a fun experience.

“The camp included Bible teaching, handwork, Bible memorization, counseling time, recreation, swimming, a talent show, and a testimony night. The children made colored bracelets that they can use as they witness to others. They were happy that they will be able to share with others what God has done for them.”

Please pray for the continued spiritual growth of these young people. Please also pray for the team as they disciple the children.

Food, fun and faith at evangelistic camp in the Philippines

Youth at camp

Youth at camp

Jeff Anderson writes, “This week we had an evangelistic camp for street kids. 61 rough and tumble kids were recruited by workers from eight participating churches and agencies. Piles of delicious, healthy food were consumed, many practical life-lessons were learned through fun team-building games, and the gospel of God’s grace was clearly explained which many received by faith.

“There was no compromise in the basics of our camping ministry – food, fun and faith. As we broke camp, three tough guys approached me looking me in the eyes, stretched out their hands to shake mine, and said to me genuinely, ‘Kuya (big brother) thanks for inviting us to this camp so we could learn about Jesus.’”

Free book download from Wayne Mac Leod

Joshua, Judges and Ruth

Joshua, Judges and Ruth

Each month missionary Wayne Mac Leod makes one of his e-books available free of charge. This month’s title is “Joshua, Judges and Ruth: A Devotional Look at Israel’s Conquest and Settlement in Canaan.”

This is a commentary on the three Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth. Its purpose is to make the teaching in these books practical and applicable to the readers’ daily life. Each chapter is concluded with some questions to consider and some points for prayer to help the reader apply the truth of the books to his or her own life.

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

Please pray for evangelistic camp in the Philippines

Children at camp

Children at camp

An evangelistic camp is currently running in the Philippines through September 4. Jeff Anderson writes, “Street Impact Team and a few partners are leading an evangelistic camp for up to 50 street kids at Camp Jabez just south of Manila. Please pray that many campers will come to know Jesus Christ as Savior, get connected to a partner church or agency, and get off the streets.”

Bibles and blankets for refugees in Kurdistan

Refugee family

Refugee family

We have all been touched by the plight of over 250,000 Christian Iraqis and minority groups forced to flee to Northeast Kurdistan by the advance of the ISIS militias. One news report described these refugees as being “tired and exhausted . . . but too traumatized to savor their safety.

ACTION’s office in the United Kingdom, which has been involved in the Middle East for the past two years, is taking the lead in responding to this crisis. ACTION UK is a registered NGO in Israel and on the West Bank with the Palestinian Authority, and has coordinated short-term teams that have ministered to both Christian and Muslim communities in the region, under the direction of our partner organizations.

Now, in response to this crisis, ACTION UK Director Ingo Abraham and our partner mission agencies in the region are joining together to coordinate a relief operation to Northeast Kurdistan in September. This project will provide 10,000 blankets and 10,000 Arabic Bibles, as well as baby food and medical relief. Project leaders will also provide personal counseling to the members of this displaced community, many of whom have lost everything except the clothes they fled in!

The director of our Middle East agency partner is heading up this combined relief mission and will be in Erbil in September. This will ensure the smooth entry of the team, which will be comprised of aid workers, counselors, and medical personnel. He will also coordinate the set-up and transition of materials to warehouses and the transportation of these vital materials by the team to the Erbil refugee locations and camps.

The initial cost of this relief project is $22,000. Our prayerful response as God’s people will determine the extent of any further ministry operation undertaken by the mission. ACTION UK has committed in faith to send $5000 immediately, for the advance purchase of needed items.

 If you would also like to give toward this relief effort, please click here.

The ACTION team worldwide values your prayers and practical support for this project. Our aim is to first help the household of faith in Northeast Iraq, and then also the other affected communities in the region in their greatest hour of need.

Photo credit: Spencer Platt of Getty Images. Used with permission.

Wayne Mac Leod teaches in Myanmar

Wayne in Myanmar

Wayne in Myanmar

An ACTION missionary since 2003, Wayne Mac Leod has been publishing a variety of Bible study books for distribution to Christian workers in over 40 countries. Four of his books have been translated into Burmese, the language spoken in Myanmar, and a fifth is in progress. Wayne was recently given the opportunity to travel to Myanmar and teach Biblical truths to a group of its Christian leaders at a local seminary.

A conference was organized by the Berean Evangelical School of Theology (BEST) in Yangon, the largest city in the country. BEST, which sits on a five-acre campus outside the city, offers a three-year Master of Divinity program. Currently it has 16 students, each of whom are required to raise $25 a month for their tuition. Raising this amount of money is a test of faith for the students as Myanmar is one of Asia’s poorest countries. Five well-trained professors teach completely in English, allowing the students to take advantage of the school library’s 5,000-6,000 books.

“While in Myanmar,” said Wayne in a recent report, “I was able to speak at a Bible conference for 140 students and Christian workers. Meals were provided for all who attended, as was assistance in transportation. The Lord truly blessed this event and His presence was obvious! I had the privilege to teach at the seminary and preach on Sunday during the seminary’s worship service.

“Overall I spoke 18 times in eight days, which included 12 hours of expository Bible teaching. I believe that this brought much encouragement to the attendees. At the end of the conference, each participant was given copies of all four of my Burmese books, which they were very happy to receive. The school’s president, who was also my host and translator, informed me that only 20% of Christian workers in Myanmar have any training. I was very happy to have had the opportunity to get to know my coworkers there and encourage them in their ministry.”

Mavis Orton has served 28 years in the Philippines

Mavis and Cindy with newborn

Mavis and Cindy with newborn

Jeff Anderson writes, “Yesterday our team had a going away party to honor Mavis Orton who has faithfully served with ACTION Philippines for 28 years. She founded the Shalom Birthing Clinic and will leave it in the very capable hands of her coworkers. Mavis returns to England in early September and will be missed by everyone. She leaves an example of selfless service for us to follow.”

Please pray for Mavis and for the team at Shalom Birthing Home during this transition.

Bringing God’s love to disabled children

Matthew

Matthew

Matthew* was convinced that his life was a horrible mistake. After all, his village family had abandoned him – his inability to even stand on his own feet proved that he was cursed! So the young orphan would stare at the sun and howl at the trees.

One day, when he was 7, Matthew was brought to ACTION Uganda’s Home of Love ministry to disabled children, where his life changed forever. Here, he experienced the warmth of love and acceptance in Jesus’ name, combined with access to quality medical treatment: surgery so that he could walk, glasses so that he could see. Matthew started to change. He began talking positively with others; his disruptive behavior faded; his bitter heart softened.

Now Matthew is 16, and his life today bears little resemblance to the early years. He has “graduated” from Home of Love’s residential program to be reunited with his grandmother and also attend a specialized boarding school during the academic year. He recently told Pastor Peter of ACTION Gulu, “I realize that God is sovereign, and he has a purpose for my life. I feel great compassion for other children with disabilities.”

What made the difference? By God’s grace, ACTION missionaries and their supporters and dedicated Ugandan staff—all backed by prayer partners around the world—brought the Gospel and compassionate care to a hopeless young orphan. Now, Matthew has “a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11)!

*Not his real name