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.”

Free book download from Wayne Mac Leod

 1 & 2 Chronicles

1 & 2 Chronicles

Each month missionary Wayne Mac Leod makes one of his e-books available free of charge. This month’s title is “1 & 2 Chronicles: A Devotional Look at the Kings of Judah from David to Her Return from Exile.” The books of 1 & 2 Chronicles examine the history of Judah from David to her return from exile in Babylon. The focus of these books is not so much political as it is spiritual. God and a relationship with Him seem to be the central theme. Success as a nation is attributed not to capable leadership but to a right relationship with God.

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

Teaching sewing in the Philippines

Sewing factory

Sewing factory

Sharon Germaine teaches sewing to underprivileged Christian young women in the Philippines through a vocational training and discipleship program called Mustard Seed. Her husband, Daryl, trains young men at Working Hands, a program for young men, in auto mechanics and discipleship. Sharon recently wrote about a couple of new ministries she has undertaken:

“The sewing classes at Mustard Seed are usually several months long and generally geared toward young, single Christian women. My teaching assistant, Doring, and I recently started some smaller, shorter classes for the barrio women in our community who do not fit the normal student profile. This was an idea that we and Barbara Burchert, Mustard Seed’s leader, have been thinking about for several years.

“So far, we have only taught three women in this program, but they have been enthusiastic learners. One of them is not a Christian, but she asks questions and shows interest in learning more about God’s Word, especially when Doring gives devotions at the beginning of class. One of the other women is the mother of six children and lives in abject poverty with no running water or electricity. It has been fun to see her eyes light up as she finishes a project.

“Shortly after the barrio sewing classes began, I left the classes in Doring’s hands and started helping a Filipino couple set up a sewing factory in a location a couple hours away from Mustard Seed’s campus. I did this with fear and trembling, as I’ve never before worked in a factory. The factory is in a resettlement area for victims of some of the typhoons that have hit the Philippines in the last few years. Ben and Grace, the couple in charge of this venture, want to help the community that is in great need of employment. I started off by offering suggestions regarding types of sewing machines and advice for organizing the shop. I then helped with assessing people who applied for jobs.

“In the midst of all this, the shop was being painted and upgraded for the heavy loads of electricity that would be needed. It was a real challenge for me—feeling like a fish out of water—to be flexible while workmen were underfoot, dust was flying, and I was trying to figure out what to do next each long day. I helped out at the factory three days a week through the end of January, training new employees and keeping production running smoothly. I enjoyed getting to know the employees in the factory, and learned a lot.”