An update from our local director;
Kitchen cabinets arrived today and they are fixing them. Please see attached pictures.
We just wanted to give you a quick update to let you know that we hit the middle of the target amount for the need for Pastor Franklin in Honduras and his vehicle repair (https://conta.cc/3Q7k3vf). Thank you so much to those who have given, and we will send out an update once his vehicle is back on the road!
Pictured here is Franklin Geovany Rivera Pineda, Honduran Church Planter along with his family.
Recently on his way to preach at a new church in the mountains (his 4th church plant and 2nd since he joined the FFF team), pastor Franklin had an accident in a rural area of Honduras when a motorcycle hit his truck. It was the fault of the motorcycle as they were riding in the middle of the road around a sharp corner on the mountain pass.
The motorcyclist is okay and was not injured, nor was pastor Franklin. However, the motorbike was totaled, and the pastor's truck was damaged (photo).
Because this happened so remotely, there were no police nearby to take a statement and document the accident. The pastor has attempted to convince the motorcycle rider to pay for the damages to no avail.
We just wanted to put this need out there to see if any of you would like to help. The estimated cost to repair the pastor’s damaged truck is roughly $980-1,100, which will get him back on the road and back into his churches. You can donate on this page, or mail in a check and designate it to "Pastor Franklin Vehicle Repair."
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!
An update from our Local director.
Attached here are pictures of our kitchen building. Right now, tiling, plumbing, electric wiring, painting and fencing of the back side is being done.
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.
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In my experience, I have learned that almost everyone is interested in a particular type of ministry. For some, it is the bus ministry; for others, it is printing or binding Bibles. Others seem to eat and drink foreign missions, while others give their attention to rescue mission ministries. I have known believers who will give a fortune for evangelizing one country and nothing for the country next door. -- even though they are the same people, culture, and language. Many emphasize funding children's work; in fact, entire ministries exist for them, like AWANA and Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Fortunately, most of us, no matter our primary area of burden or concern, still like to give to other worthwhile and effective ministries. So, let's talk about youth for a few minutes.
Over the past few years, many of you have helped to finance several youth camps and conferences in Pakistan. I was there in February and plan to go back again next February. I have never seen such fertile soil for the Gospel or such an earnest desire of the youth to follow Christ as I have witnessed there. And when I say youth, I am referring to ages 14-30.
Today I received an email from our director there, Pastor Shaukat Siddique, informing us of his upcoming plans and why they have been developed. It is all the result of the youth camps you funded last Fall and this Summer.
In John 15:1-7, we read about the concept of producing fruit for Christ. The succession is fruit, more fruit, much fruit, and fruit that remains. Of course, I am talking about the latter. In fact, his fruit not only remains but is already producing even more fruit. His backyard garden is becoming an orchid.
Today, Shaukat is asking for help with three projects coming up in November. The entire cost is, in round numbers, $5,150. Here's what he has to say in his own words.
I have started the Bible class in Lahore city; with many students who are members of Pentecostal, Catholic, and charismatic churches who attended our last camp. I have started a course on the Personality and Work of the Holy Spirit. They all are so inspired to hear the reality of false religions and the exposure of their own false doctrines that they requested me to organize a one-day, all-day seminar confronting their false doctrines. They don't want to argue; they want to learn and conform. It is an excellent chance to win many souls and show them the right path of faith.
They all are insisting on me for a seminar, I have chosen the topic False Prophets & their Doctrines. They have a geographically centralized church building for our use. Everything is available there: sound, electricity, a generator, and chairs. However, being an all-day event, we need to provide food for 250 people and transportation from three areas where we can pick up and drop off the people.
We need only $1700 for 250 people. I believe many people will see the real face of false prophets, and so I need your advice and help.
One more city is Bahawalpur, which is 700 Km. (435 miles) away and is the home of some youngsters who joined us in the youth camp this summer. They also invited my team and me to their city; they want to organize a youth seminar there. In that city, the Only Jesus* cult is very active. When they attended the camp, we shared with them our faith statement, and they all were very inspired. They all wanted to share the reality of the Gospel with other people, so they invited me to meet them and organize a seminar in their city.
*This is a religion based almost solely on Acts 4:12 and denies the existence of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. For that reason, they are called "Only Jesus."
We are praying to meet that youth group in the second week on the 11th of November 2022. Six people from my team will go with me; we also need some funds for this seminar, the same amount should be enough ($1700). The number of youth attending will be a little less, but we have the expense of the travel. This is a good opportunity for these six to get experience traveling and working with me. Some day I pray we can afford to buy our own used van.
The day after this youth seminar, we will go to the desert areas to meet again with all the newly planted churches and meet some new Hindu tribes. I believe we will win more lost souls and plant more new churches.
We need $1750 for travel for the team to visit the Desert Churches. There are now more than ten of them. I believe God will answer our prayers and provide all our needs for these coming missionary works.
I am so impressed by the work of this young pastor (about 36 years old), and I cannot comprehend how he has the time to do all he does and the excellent way he does it. Notice that all his requests are not for him but for his people. His efforts are spent on soul-winning, follow-up of new converts, discipleship, and giving his Timothies hands-on training. Amazing! If God let me, I would gladly move to Pakistan and serve with him for the rest of my life. I see in them the attitude and actions of the early church beginning on the day of Pentecost. And for that reason, I hope to raise an army of Barnabas' to fund them as they turn their world upside down.
If you want to help me, please donate any amount as quickly as possible. You can donate on this page, or mail in a check and designate it to "Pakistan Ministry". The estimated funds needed for all three projects is $5,150. Any surplus will be given to Shaukat to help with his other ministry needs.
Photo: Some of the younger “youth” who have converted to Christ and attend his classes. Notice the male-to-female ratio and ask yourself, when was the last time you saw such a marvelous thing? BTW, the three young ladies are Bible Institute students helping the pastor (in white) at his house church. Last Sunday, they had an attendance of over 200. Unfortunately, the house can no longer hold the congregation. They will soon look for property and make a building as a witness for Christ, which will, of course, contain a Touch a Life feeding center for the local children.
An update from our Local director;
Attached here are the pictures of updated building progress. So you have the idea where we are now. As we restarted the work after pausing one month to wait for the 2nd floor's slab to build its proper strength.