Posted: May 22, 2012
The first 4 MIS teams are out. One team has returned. Numerous individuals are leaving throughout May. Please pray for the teams and individuals serving in missions this summer.
Haiti (returned 5/12)
Read their blog. Here is a short excerpt:
"This week, we have had the great privilege of serving alongside a group of Haitian men. We have been building a bridge so that the Haitians who attend the church will not have to hike through the deep water and mud in order to get to church while in their nice church clothes. Today, we mixed cement and poured it to set the foundation for the bridge. Hopefully, tomorrow we will finish the bridge. God has revealed himself in SOO... many ways through these men. They work so hard for so long, get paid little, but do all the work with a smile on their faces. They are so determined to get this bridge done that they work from really early in the morning till dinner time with only a short break for lunch. Their determination and perseverance is truly inspiring.
Today, we also had the AMAZING privilege of being able to go to an orphanage with the C-U-T-E-S-T children. The joy these children have is truly incredible. They were born into poor families whose parents would sell them in order to get money. Then, the new families would beat them, use them as household slaves, and even sexually abuse them. It just makes me so sad to know that these children went through those circumstances and that thousands of children in Haiti and all around the world are going through the same slavery. However, the JOY and EXCITEMENT they have for life is INCREDIBLE!! We taught them how to speak in English today by having multiple stations and rewarding them for their hard work with candy and stickers. These children love life and have so much joy in their hearts. I will never forget these children and how happy they were in the midst of their difficult circumstances. We played games like Red Light-Green Light, London Bridge, Ring around the Rosie, and many others. They loved these games and we LOVED playing with them. We also had the opportunity to sing “Amazing Grace” with the children and the refrain says that “my chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God, my Savior has ransomed me and like a flood, His mercy reigns. Unending love, amazing grace”. These words fit PERFECTLY with the children and their past. They have been SET FREE by the grace of God and have been given a chance to BE KIDS! They get an opportunity to receive an education, a home, a safe environment, food, a loving family, and an opportunity to learn more and more about JESUS CHRIST!"
Flights went well, all luggage came in! Team is all focused on a ministry for Christ while in Togo! Now we are set, ready to begin at the hospital and clinics on Monday.
Alaska is WONDERFUL! All three of us are having such a good experience up here so far :) The clinic has been steadily busy, but no big traumas or anything yet. I guess it's good that it's not too crazy for our first week here! All the staff have been very kind to include us in the fun...
The team is currently in San Antonio, Brazil and they will continue their work and ministry there through Sunday evening. Friday (5/18), the town will have an Iron Man Contest for the high school and college age people. Our team will be involved with that community event and Pastor Rohm thinks a few of them might even compete in some of the events. We might see a few pictures from this when they return back home.
Saturday the team will be involved in two fairs - the first one will be for the younger children and the evening fair will be for the high school/college age people. Pastor Rohm will share an evangelistic message at both of these events.
Sunday morning and evening the team will be involved with church services. Pastor Rohm will be preaching and the team will be sharing testimonies and singing. In the afternoon they will be with the kids and teens. Monday morning will have the team traveling back to the Yoder's home, (house boat). If they get the speed boat, it will be a 5-6 hour trip. If not, it will take about 10 hours.
Posted: June 8, 2012
Thank you for praying for our students, faculty and staff serving this summer. A number have returned, still others are heading out this month.
The children's ministry has gone very well. We have driven up to Mentasta which is a native town two hours away from Glennallen. The first time, about 30 kids showed up and this past week, about 25 showed up. They are sweet kids and they need a lot of love! Each time we did some games, songs, Bible story, memory verse, missionary story (Hudson Taylor), craft and snack. It is a little hard to get them all to settle down and there is a very wide range of kids (ages 3-14). Overall, it went really smoothly though! Don and Millie drove us up there and one of the guys who works at the Bible college nearby went with us as well. The doctor's son who is 19 went with us this past time, and he did a really good job with games and crowd control. We usually leave around 4 p.m. and get back to Glennallen around 11 p.m. Makes for a long day, but it's totally worth it! This past week, I felt like they all connected really well with the Bible story.
The students have done this ministry in addition to the clinic and home care work at Crossroad Medical Center.
Note from host missionary from Alaska:
We have enjoyed all the students. Sorry that Marina had to leave early.
This eve will be the 4th Tues that we have gone to Mentasta to do Kid's club. Megan and Sheila have been great with rowdy energetic kids. They are good at trying to impart Biblical truth and not just entertain.
Megan has also helped with SS at Chistochina. We certainly are open to having more Cedarville students.
(Megan stays until 6/9, others have returned)
The census in the hospital has fluctuated very much, but the students have been able to give care to a wide variety of patients with diseases such as: malaria, typhoid fever, tetanus, tuberculosis. They have also observed many surgeries: the usual hernia repairs, C-sections, hysterectomies. A couple of these surgeries were rather unusual and surprising. In the clinics, we have been blessed with the opportunity to interact with English-speaking Togolese health care workers who involve the students in the assessment and diagnosis of patients.
Our ministries to the missionaries have included; child care, packing suitcases for missionaries ready to leave for furlough, transporting suitcases, laminating, laminating, laminating for the Togo Christian schools.
This week we will go to the village twice for meals. This enables the team to be involved in aspects of Togo culture not possible at the hospital.
Everyone is well, even though we have had a few of the usual minor illnesses.
We have had a lot of guests in and out of the guest house. It affords an opportunity to meet a lot of people involved in a myriad of ministries, i.e. building the new hospital in Mango – 10 hours north of here.
We are so thankful for the support from MIS that enables this ministry. Students have eagerly participated in the ministries: their testimonies and their spirit is refreshing.
Team arrived home safely 6/6.
Hello everyone! It has been a couple of weeks since we heard from the team so it was exciting when Pastor Rohm called this morning from Sao Paulo de Olivenca! The team was there for a camp last Thursday - Sunday. He said it was a wonderful time that concluded last night with a party after the evening service with the team and the campers. He said it was amazing to see the connection the team had made with the kids.
They were getting ready to leave Sao Paulo de Olivenca to head back to the houseboat. Tuesday morning about 7:15 a.m. the team is leaving for Leticia and Tabatinga as they begin their final week of ministry. Wednesday evening they will travel down to Benjamin Constant and Thursday they will have a fair and conclude the day with an evening event where Pastor Rohm will speak.
He said that everyone is doing well. There has been a little sickness but right now everyone was healthy. Please continue to be in prayer for them during their final week of ministry!
Missionary host from Amazon:
Long day yesterday- we left on a 3 1/2 hour boat ride from out town to Tabatinga for our last part of our trip. 30 minutes out, one of the two engines broke, we went back and could not get it fixed so they left with one engine only. The trip took 11 hours. I jumped on the "rescue boat" with all the luggage (they thought that would speed up the crippled boat) and got to Tabatinga hours before they arrived, they then broke down three other times, the last time, running out of gas and drifting back down river for 30 minutes.
All are now safe and sound here in Tabatinga and we go to work today and tomorrow for the last two events, then they all go home on Friday. Pray for their safe trips and ours home on a speedboat on Saturday morning to youth group Saturday night and Sunday services.
Thanks for your prayers, (a sunburnt missionary)
Your servant HIS bond-slave,
Allen and Kimberly
The Paraguay team arrived safely (6/2) in Asuncion without problem and are currently at the SIM guest house with the McKissick family.
Follow them at http://amyinparaguay.blogspot.com/
Next teams out
Thailand nursing Monday 6/11; Hungary team Thursday 6/14. Thank you again for praying!
Posted: June 25, 2012
Here are some MIS team updates, thank you for your prayers!
6/7: Note from hosts to Dr Melissa Hartman who prepared the team: You sent us a fabulous group of students once again. What a diverse group with such a strong desire to follow wherever God leads. We have had a great 3 days of orientation and language classes. Yesterday afternoon we arrived in San Francisco and dropped the students off at their homes. How interesting it was this morning as they trickled in for clinic and audio Bible distribution to hear about their first night with their host families – pig butchering, going to a wake, talking till midnight, a birthday party, no toilet paper, out houses, cold showers and trying to stay warm (winter is here!).
6/11: Greetings from Paraguay!
The team has settled into the houses of the locals and we have begun our work with doctor Jeff in the mobile clinic. Each member of the team is living with a different host family. Life in the town of San Francisco is very difficult. The people here usually have no full time job besides running a small store or restaurant from the front of their houses. The houses are small and usually 8-10 people live together including the immediate family, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
The local church here has around 20 believers. Pray that the local believers would be able to take over leadership of the ministry from Jeff and Amy, the missionaries here.
Sexual immorality is a huge problem in these small villages. At ages as young as 10 many young girls are prostituted out to the highest bidder by their fathers. This practice is very common and the local church has a lot of work to do.
Communication is an issue since the team is not 100% fluent in Spanish and we know very little of the preferred local language. Pray that God would work through our actions and the little that we can communicate to bring these hurting people to him.
You can continue to follow us here.
6/20: Work continues in the clinic from 8-12 each morning. We continue to see many girls coming in for ultrasounds at 14-18 years old. Many team members have had great opportunities to share their faith with their host family, but some families (Including mine) show no concern for spiritual things and are not interested in learning more. June 17-19 we visited the Jesuit Ruins in another town and met some other missionaries in the town of Juty (Joo-tu). Turns out that it is possible to fit 13 people into an SUV. It gets a little old about an hour into that drive...
Most families here are deeply Catholic with a little of local superstition thrown in. I attended a wedding this past weekend that consisted of 12 people. After the wedding, they brought forward their baby to be sprinkled. This process removes the original sin of the
baby and makes it Holy in God's sight. Everyone in the audience was overjoyed, but I felt a deep sadness because of the reality that if that little baby does not find Jesus it is destined for hell despite the valiant sprinkling efforts of the priest.
- Pray that the people here and especially our host families would see their need for a Savior.
- Pray that the language barrier would not be a hindrance to our ministry.
- Pray that in the process of receiving physical healing our patients would be open to being changed by the Great Healer.
Arrived 6/13, serving with compassion, aiming to meet physical and spiritual needs at the Garden of Hope.
Arrived 6/15, began the teaching English ministry for the first 2 weeks in a local church in Kecskemét.
returned safely 6/9
Posted: July 17, 2012
Here are some reports from MIS teams, thank you for praying!
We have completed our first week at Kecskemét. It has gone very well and we are hearing reports of fruitful contacts being made for the church. We have about 110-120 students in the a.m, and 50 in the evening. Everyone seems to be connecting well with the Hungarian students and the Hungarian leadership is very pleased. We are building our chapel services on materials from the Franklin Graham meetings held in nearby Budapest on June 1-3. The steps to peace tract formed an outline for the messages and for our skits. We just returned from a one day trip to Budapest (Sat) and are joining the youth for their weekly meeting. Hopefully some of our English students will be present. Several of the team will be sharing testimonies.
Tomorrow we conduct the morning service at church with testimonies, music and a translated sermon. The teachers (the team) are actively participating in the sports and game activities to get more acquainted with the students and invitations to student homes are increasing, always a good sign. Volleyball, frisbee,and swimming have all been included along with table games, especially ping pong.
Terri Elgersma is providing great leadership with the team in planning and executing the chapel programs. We have excellent Hungarian help with the games.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Today I got to visit briefly with Geza bacsi Kovac, the founding Hungarian pastor of this program. He continues an active preaching schedule at age 87. His successor, the local pastor is a dynamic, hard working pastor who is doing a great job with not only pastoring but outreach as well.
Students seem to love coming to our classes. Some have attended 6-8 years, many of whom are not believers. Please pray that fruit will be born as a result of this ministry, Hungarians, like Americans are quite materialistic, their driving force being earning a respectable living in not so good economic times. Sometimes God uses hard times to drive them to Himself.
Pray for energy and diligence for the team. Many late nights are spent planning. The last students were here several nights ago at midnight. That is good, but rather tiring.
The Hungary team returned home yesterday, July 16th.
Our team of 33 high school students, college students, and adults arrived June 22 at 11 PM here, but unfortunately without our luggage. Our plane from Chicago to Paris arrived late with only one hour to get to our other flight. The airport in Paris knew the size of our group and arranged for a bus to move us quickly to our next flight but too fast for the luggage to make it too.
We were awakened at 5 am this morning by the Muslim call to prayer. Our team will be in Kenya until June 30th then go to Uganda until July 12th then back to Kenya until July 19th. We will be in a number of high schools helping the African Life Ministry expand into new places. Our team to Uganda has 10 on it with our 3 Cedarville students and me. Lori, a recent graduate from Cedarville in nursing, just passed her boards before coming so she is now the team nurse for all 33 of us when we are here in Kenya. We did have two high school students get sick on the first flight over but they slept most of the second eight hour flight and were fine last night. Thanks for your prayers.
We just finished visiting an orphanage here in Nairobi and brought them a lot of food and clothing supplies. Overall our team shared Christ in 20 high schools (15 in Uganda) and saw 1,016 students indicate a first time decision for Christ.
Our team leaves for home late tomorrow evening, July 18th. Please pray for safety as we travel.
We want to let you know that the team from Cedarville University has arrived safely in Swaziland. We are excited to have them here and they are already pitching in and getting to work!
South Africa filming team
They made it safely to Johannesburg. We are resting a little and in planning meetings with Alan and some of his staff. We will begin filming today, July 17th. It's going to be a busy 10 days, but we are excited about the ministry and the children we will be able to help with this film project.
Next teams out
The Trinidad team leaves on Friday, July 20th; Haiti (Women's Soccer team) leaves on August 1st; Thailand (Men's Soccer team) leaves on August 2nd
Please continue to pray for those representing Cedarville in missions this summer!