Please enjoy a short video from Pastor Tyson Muaku Tshala in the Democratic Republic of Congo, thanking you for your help! (In case you missed the original need, you can catch up here).
A couple of project updates!Read Now
We want to give you a couple of updates on projects we have recently emailed you about and share the blessings of the results!
Earlier this week, we emailed you about Pastor Tyson Muaku Tshala in the Democratic Republic of Congo and his need for financial assistance to be released from the hospital. As always, you came through, meeting and then exceeding the need! The need was $500, but you gave $1,445, the excess of which we will keep aside for future medical needs that we will receive from our network of national church planters. We quickly forwarded the funds over to our group director, and he shared this with us;
I have announced this good news to him through phone call this evening, I felt on tears and spent about 5m not talking. He is so thankful for this help.
We will share a video update from him once he is settled and has recovered further. Thank you!
The second update is regarding Pastor Solomon in Kenya and his need for help with his diabetic medication. With the support that was given, he is now covered for the expense of his medicines for the next year. What a blessing for him that he will not have to worry about that! He wrote to us to say;
I am so thankful for the support i have received towards my medication and will go a long way in helping me to continue in ministry.
Thank you again for your support!
A small but urgent needRead Now
We receive frequent messages from our network of national church planters regarding medical issues and relief. We are also so fortunate for you, our donors, who, time and again, come to their aid, often with a surplus that we can use to help others without needing to go to you to ask again. Last month we sent the necessary funds to our regional director in Nigeria to allow his spouse to begin her cancer treatment with her first dose of chemotherapy. Praise the Lord that we could help with this need because of you, with the surplus funds we had received.
Today we have a need in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tyson Muaku Tshala has been ill for some time with a hernia and appendicitis, though that has not stopped his ministry, having planted five new churches in the past two years and leading many to Christ. On Friday, though, the pain and sickness reached a point where he had to be operated on. The operation was performed on Saturday, and the doctors were able to correct both issues. All that remains now, though, is the bill of $500 so that he can be released from the hospital and purchase the medications and supplies he will need for continued healing.
So, if you are able, please donate online, here on this page, and allow him to return home before Christmas. You can also mail in a check and designate it to “Tysons medical bill.” Any extra will be used for future medical needs that we receive from our network.
Thank you for your support and impact around the world!
We want to bring to your attention a small need of one of our veteran national church planters in Kenya, who is in need of a little extra support for his medication. Watch the video below so you can learn about his expansive ministry over the years as well as his need. If you are able to help, you can do so online, or by mailing in a check and designating it to "Solomon Elondanga". Any extra received beyond his needs will be used for similar needs that may arise from our network of other national church planters.
Do you recall from April 11, the story of two sisters, Abir and Rana, in a north African country who were nearly beaten to death for their faith by their brother? He was instructed by his father, working in another country, and encouraged by his mother. Their crime was praying and having possession of a Bible that we (you) provided for them and all their fellow believers. (If you don’t’ remember this story, click here for a review.)
Being rescued by their pastor and taken to the hospital, God provided sympathetic doctors to care for them. When we learned of the medical costs you provided for them. Then we arranged for them to escape their family, who wanted them back to finish the job.
There is a great deal of improvement after comas, surgeries, therapies, and medication. Both are continuing their physical therapy and have begun to be able to move better. Their bruises are almost gone from their faces and bodies, and the doctors are examining them weekly. And they are happy with the reconstruction of their faces.
Their legal situation:
After leaving the hospital unnoticed, they remain in hiding from their family. Their daily needs are being cared for by their church, but the parents still want to sue the church and incarcerate the pastor for kidnapping. With the help of an attorney, we have been able to discourage them from taking action as it will lead to their arrest for the attempted murder of their daughters. So at the moment, all is quiet.
We ask for your continued prayers for their healing and safety.
I am in the lengthy process of writing a book of stories regarding the persecution of our people in the Islamic world. Its purpose is to be a historical compilation of the stories we have brought you over the years and those that were too secretive and graphic to share. The following story, which happened on April 5, will be among them in greater detail.
Do you know any young girls in your church or family ages 17 and 19? If so, this story will relate to you and touch your heart.
In a particular north African Islamist country, there live two sisters, Rana (age 17) and Abir (age 19). They have lived a normal life, still in their parent's home, expecting that soon they would be married, hopefully as the first wife of a Muslim man and not the second, third or fourth. Their father left some years back to work in another country. Their oldest brother serves as head of the house. As a devout Muslim, he took his position and responsibilities very seriously. The girls were raised to obey the illogical and incomprehensible laws of Islam, which highly restrict women's educational, social, and individual rights. They could not understand why some sins are minor and others big and the measure of good deeds required of them. What concerned them most was the questions of who God is and how they can have a relationship with Him. They were accustomed to wearing veils and never venturing outside their home without a male relative accompanying them.
Abir had enrolled in college with her brother's permission and had many questions about the rules of Islam and the lifestyle of the prophet Muhammad. In college, she became friends with a young lady who is a member of one of our house churches. The young lady began to witness to her and let her read from the Bible.
Then, about eighteen months ago, Abir accepted the grace of God through His Son Jesus and willingly, though secretly, gave herself to Him. Understanding the faith, joy, and hope of eternal life and what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ, she began to witness to her sister, despite her fear of doing so. Every day they would read the Bible together in secret, and soon, Rana also accepted Christ. From that day on, they prayed for the salvation of their mother and brother.
Immediately their attitudes and lifestyles changed. Rather than watching television, the mother told her son that they go into their room and read from a book each evening, then close their eyes and mumble words. Their brother began to investigate their daily lives but could find nothing that would explain such activity. Everything changed on that day and led to the events of last Tuesday.
Ramadan began on April 2 this year. As followers of Christ, the girls did not want to participate and tried to explain to their mother why they did not want to fast. Still, their mother became angry because fasting throughout the month is an annual requirement of Islam. Tuesday evening, when her son came home, she reported to him their suspicious behavior. The brother entered their room, rebuking them, and began searching through their belongings. He found their hidden Bible and started hitting his sisters with a wooden stick. As they tried to shield themselves, he started ripping apart the pages of their Bible. Then, in a fit of rage, he threw down the wooden stick, tied their wrists to the bedposts, and began beating them with an iron pipe. He continuously yelled at them, saying they had forsaken Allah and his prophet Muhammad.
The beatings quickly became so severe that the mother ran into the room and attempted to stop him. Still, she was unable, so she called her neighbors to help, and they pulled him out of the room. They were startled how these two girls had denied Islam, but more so at how severely their brother had beaten them.
The girls were left in their home for several days with no medical care. Then word came to our pastor, who informed us of the incident. The church people had given all they had to care for them, but it was not enough. We instructed him to take the girls to the hospital. But, the administrators refused entry because of the circumstances of the wounds and because they were Christians. Having no other option, we admitted them into a private hospital. Abir was in a coma all this time, which she came out of today (Saturday).
Abir awoke from her coma to find she had a broken jaw, many broken teeth, and broken bones in her arms, left leg, and right foot.
Rana's left shoulder was broken, and her lower spine fractured. In addition, her right arm is broken, as is her hip and left femur, just below the ball that connects to the hip.
Both young teenagers walked into the fiery furnace. But, for whatever reason, though Christ was in it with them, He allowed them to crawl through the valley of the shadow of death and come out on the other side badly wounded. (Recall, the three Hebrews who went into the fire acknowledged that they did not know if their God would deliver them but were confident, He could if He chose to. Either way, they would not deny Him.)
The sisters lay unconscious for hours, and Abir for days, having no medical treatment and no pain medication. Finally, when Rana awoke, she lay in severe pain, uncertain if Abir was still alive. They were beaten and broken by their brother and abandoned by their mother; their only hope of rescue was their house church. When the help of the members was quickly exhausted without sufficiency, the church could do nothing more but call on us.
Jesus said if you give a cup of what in his name, it is equivalent to giving it to him. So, what more excellent reason could we have for recuperating and healing the wounds of two persecuted children than knowing it is as if we are healing his wounds?
Though reality may again exceed our expectations, we estimate a need of $26,985 to heal and dismiss the two sisters from the hospital. The Deceiver has taken his wrath out on these helpless young girls. The congregation is hiding but is not scattered. What a testimony for us to bear their burden and pay their bills (Galatians 6:2). In that land it will not be known where the funds come from, only that the Lord Jesus provided them through His people, and Christ will be glorified for it.
Now, will you please help us pay the bill?