(News from the Source of Light International Fields) Volume 5, No 8 August, 2008
―Our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him. Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do not know God. We get to our wits’ end, showing that we have not the slightest confidence in Him. And what a pang will go through us when we suddenly realize that we might have produced downright joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him. If we have been learning to trust God...the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him.‖ – Oswald Chambers
With much love and prayer, Your brothers and sisters at SLM-HQ
SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAN REGION
Argentina: Jorge and Caty Ovando are praising the Lord for: 1) 28 of 32 Catholic parents of their school children who were saved after being interviewed by Caty – PTL! 2) start of a Soccer School (sports evangelism) with 19 children and their parents. They ask prayer for: 1) outreach to 1,500 children on ―Children’s Day‖ on August 16; 2) a Discipleship Training on Aug 29-31; 3) a Youth Congress Sept 12-14; 4) for an increase of $600 monthly to complete the budget of the Christian School; 5) for the land next to the church, as well as their own place to conduct camps, retreats, etc.; 6) for resources for Jorge’s daughter’s wedding (Natalia) on Feb 21, 2009; 7) 4 more radio programs Bolivia: Uphold Director Miguel Sanchez who still needs $12,000 for a Toyota Hillux van for his ministry ―for the salvation of my country.‖ Miguel praises the Lord for the opportunity to work with Source of Light Ministries. Brazil: Give thanks with Director Jim Leonard for the Leonards furlough from Brazil that began June 11. They have a full calendar until the end of the year of visiting supporting churches. Please pray for: 1) visits to churches in Iowa and Minnesota on Aug 17 and 24; 2) their son, Josiah, who needs $2,800 to repair his car after a freak accident; 3) the Brazilian churches to handle a divisive spirit that has crept in; 4) Antonio Bibiano who is continuing with the SLM work in Brazil. Mexico: Manuel and Ruth Lopez are praising God for: 1) 340 children who attended their VBS’es in July; 2) son, John, was able to come home to undergo 20 different blood tests, plus many other tests, and see 8 different doctors to determine the cause of his illness. Please pray for: 1) John to be treated at the National Hospital in Mexico City (like the Mayo Clinic) and a clear diagnosis be given; 2) the start up of their school on Aug 18th; 3) son, Joshua, would recover for injuries sustained when his car was rear-ended recently (2 concussions and a whiplash); 4) the seeds sown at the VBS’es would bear fruit. Picture below is from the July VBS:
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Chile: Guillermo and Vicky Salazar. Please pray for: 1) Guillermo as he is in the capital city, Santiago, this week for tests on the kidney stone problem he is having; also, please pray for some difficulty with his vision he is experiencing; 2) funds to pay for the medical tests. Guatemala: Give thanks with Bob and Wanda McRae for: 1) 900 police academy students now enrolled in their Bible school. Several hundred have already completed 3 SLM courses, and many have completed all the courses (Praise the Lord!); 2) an army civilian chaplain who wants to use the courses among 1,000 officers, and hopes to expand the program to include the entire Guatemalan army (Wow!). Please pray for: 1) the much extra funding needed to print and grade all these new lessons; 2) for Judith, their Bible school director. Guyana: Director Winston Abel writes: ―Source of Light Guyana branch continues to place emphasis on the outreach work in one of our remote communities. The brethren there seem very enthusiastic for the Gospel. We intend to introduce them to SLM lessons as they develop in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. We sent out a total of 11,450 lessons to students in different communities around the country, and 23 people have responded by accepting Jesus as Lord and Master. To God be all the glory.‖ (PTL!) Peru: Directors Pablo and Dalila Correa ask prayer for: 1) Dalila who is now in Colorado taking care of family matters; 2) Pablo in Peru as he works in prison ministry and contacts pastors; 3) decisions they need to make regarding the future of their ministry in Peru. Jamaica: Director Joy Webster asks prayer for: 1) immediate financial needs this week as there was a bad turn in the economy; 2) sale of the Clairdale property; 3) school ministry starts mid-September; 4) another office worker to replace Eddie who will return to the schools to minister. Haiti: Directors, Art and Becky Spalding are praising the Lord for: 1) a team of eye surgeons who came to do eye surgeries in May, and another work team who helped with housing for a new convert, Marie, and 3 children who were abandoned by her husband; 2) the college graduation of their daughters, Rachel and Ryan, and the marriage of their son, Arthur, on May 31—congratulations to all! 3) the distributions of Bibles and Bible portions that occurred in April; 4) spiritual growth of members of the church who have been out evangelizing twice in May, and 20 people were brought to faith in Christ! Please pray for: 1) the economic and food crisis in Haiti which continues to be severe; they have helped with food relief.
NORTH AMERICAN REGION
USA – SLM Headquarters: Please pray for General Director, Bill Shade, and his wife, Ruby, for their continued good health, strength, and wisdom for leading the ministry. Bill writes: Second Floor Expansion: Please continue to pray for the $80,000 needed to begin construction by October 15th. We are praising the Lord that Grace Bible Church in Altoona, PA has responded to our need for work teams. They sent an electrical engineer, Aug 11-13 to analyze our need, a work team on Aug 16, and another work team in October to help erect the steel. Note: Many additional work teams will be needed during the fall and winter. Perhaps your church or business could help. Will you contact them?
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Housing – Adequate housing continues to be a critical need. We have permission to remove some old trailers and replace them with new homes. Ask God what He would have you do to purchase or help purchase a new house here at SLM for $50-60,000 each. We will be happy to give the house your name or the name of a loved one of yours. Pre-Fielders: Our pre-fielders appreciate your prayers to raise support to join SLM full-time: Ken and Carla Wills: (Praise! Their house sold! They reached 93% of their support level! Mary Hines, Les and Pat Fox, Don and Elaine Schiffer; new pre-fielders, Phil and Vera Winder (their home in Florida to sell), Judy Strausbaugh, Haile and Tsedale Tefera, and Stuart Overbey. Alternative Media: Director Ben Watson praises God for good networking opportunities and recent meetings with people who are helping SLM to get its courses online. Please pray for: 1) personnel and funding to get the courses on the Internet; 2) Padam Sharma, a 42 year old teacher in a school for the blind in India, who will soon receive a Braille copy of the NL-1 course. Pray he will be saved if he is not, or he will be strengthened in his Christian faith if he is a believer; 3) 5 blind people who recently received Braille copies of NL-1.For details, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Canada: Directors Joe and Penny Homontowski praise the Lord for: 1) 387 lessons graded in July and 70 new students; 2) Daniel got his physical in July which was needed to complete their landed immigration application process. Please pray for: 1) their time at AWANA camp Aug 11-17 and the distribution of Bible lessons after camp; 2) churches in Canada to open up so they can present their ministry; 3) upcoming ministry to Burmese people in their city using SLM courses. Asia Regional Director, Pat Dye, gives thanks to God for all His mercies on her recent ministry in Malaysia and Indonesia May 19-June 13. Praise Him for how SLM now has a foothold in these two Muslim countries. Please pray for: 1) Mr. Purwoko (Matthew) Arsito as he begins SLM work in Jakarta, Indonesia with a vision to reaching his country for Christ; 2) for Pastor Tram Epoi as he and his co-workers share the SLM courses in the villages of Eastern Malaysia. New Mexico: Directors Darryl and Joan Evans send these testimonies from inmates: ―Your Bible studies are very refreshing. I love to read God’s Word and the way you explain it is so easy to understand. Thank you!‖ and ―My dear brothers in Christ, I want to thank you for this study. It was truly a blessing, as I saw with my own eyes the blessings of God through the study. May our Lord Almighty bless your ministry.‖ They ask prayer for: 1) increased monthly donations to cover ministry expenses. Please pray for more ministry-sharing opportunities in the Las Cruces area. Madison MDS –Director, Bob Hearing, reports that for July 4, 866 lessons were sent, 237 certificates awarded, and 16 people received Christ - PTL! Bob also praises the Lord for the new computer software which is working VERY well, and for some inactive students who have re-enrolled. Please pray for: 1) more volunteer personnel; 2) students will be faithful in doing lessons, and wisdom in answering student questions. Praise that the MDS moved to its new location without problems. Testimonies from the MDS: “I have asked Jesus into my heart. I now struggle with worldly desires and I recognize my sins constantly and ask forgiveness. Before I never even gave my thoughts and actions a second thought. Now I’m working on me from the inside and it has not been easy, sir. I’m still very illiterate in the Bible. It’s a test here in the Arizona prison system since there is not a lot of brotherly love, especially to someone with my background. I’ve been part of this system for more than half of my life starting at a young age. They see me as the old Sheldon, the “Gang Affiliated,” and there is no way out except death. I’m astounded by having my prayers answered. It really blows me away. I would never have thought that I was worthy. It’s awesome to know even someone like me can be heard and blessed.” – Prisoner “Thank you very sincerely for sending the certificate for completing “The Spirit World.‖ The certificate is beautiful. I enjoy doing the course “Love, Dating, and Marriage.” I want to thank the members of SLM International for the remarkable work done in mailing these fine courses to me. Indeed, God has chosen you for sending a message of hope to a troubled world. I’m ready to take the course “Winning the Race of Life.” – Trinidad, West Indies
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Kansas Branch – Director, Leon Scott, praises the Lord for ministering to 1,000 students monthly. He asks prayer for: 1) 2 more Spanish graders; 2) increased finances to the ministry and new grant proposals that need to be written for ministry finances; 3) their daughter, Lisa, who is in Iraq for 8 months as a medical liaison.
SLM – Europe : Director Pavel Greucean gives thanks for: 1) his son, Emmanuel, who confessed his personal faith in Christ through water baptism on April 20 –congratulations, Emmanuel! 2) two more people who received Christ through the Bible lessons were baptized on April 27. Pray for their spiritual growth. Please pray for Pavel’s urgent need of a computer; he lost 70% of stored data from his old one. Germany: Give thanks with Ron and Hildegard Furst for: 1) location of a possible printer for SLM material. Please pray for: 1) healing and comfort for Philipp Kistner (51), a German missionary to Spain who has an aggressive brain tumor; 2) friendship evangelism with neighbor, Eva, and Wolfgang (40); 3) preparations for fall seminar for youth leaders and fall OT survey course for Ravensburg; 4) Wangener church retreat August 21-25. Romania: Director, Cristian Oprea, is praising the Lord for: 1) 693 Bible lessons sent out in June and July; some were sent to Greece, Belgium, Ukraine, Spain, Moldavia; 2) Gabriel Vasiliniuc (director for Moldova) who is making missionary trips to the Ukraine border and is in process of establishing churches; 3) God’s Great Salvation and Teen Talk courses which will be translated and printed. Please pray for: 1) safe arrival of the Vasiliniuc’s new baby due in Sept, and for proper treatment for their 7 year old daughter who was diagnosed with diabetes; 2) for the website of SOL Romania International to be ready by September; 3) fund-raising for the transportation project; 4) progress in course translation and help for Cristian in that; 5) a good relationship within the SOL-Romania team.
Togo/Benin: Praise the Lord for Director Sika Yao’s: 1) meeting with Togo’s Christian Council and their desire to receive God’s Word through SLM Bible courses; 2) meeting with a woman greatly involved in children’s evangelism in the country. Please pray for: 1) more funding and more Bible courses to meet the needs of the churches; 2) restoration of 6 bridges (destroyed recently by flooding from torrential rains) linking major cities and cutting off Lome (the capital); 3) a vehicle for transportation needs; 4) the support of 3-5 missionaries; 5) a film projector and generator. Congo: Give thanks with Brian and Gwenda Trapp for: 1) Gwenda and the girls’ safe arrival back in Congo on August 11; 2) many boxes of materials that accompanied her; 3) thyroid surgery last week from which she recovered in time to make the trip. Please pray for: 1) funds for a vehicle back in Congo; 2) funds to print more lessons. Ghana: Director, Daniel Sappor continues with his deputation ministry in the USA. Praise the Lord For: 1) a successful National Board Meeting in Accra and a successful Northern Sector Board meeting in July, and those operating the ministry in Daniel’s absence; 2) SLM’er David Moseby who drove Daniel to churches recently; 3) Results from Daniel’s deputation meetings: 3 motorbikes and 1 solarpowered DVD/video projector purchased, 40 children sponsored in his rural schools, generous offerings for his work received at churches. Please pray for: 1) Kids’ Camp in Tamale Aug 11-15; 2) healing for Victoria (office worker Lorlornyo’s mother) after a stroke; 3) protection for Daniel’s wife (Gifty) and children while he is away; 3) funds to meet SLM-Ghana’s monthly budget as well as to provide for special projects; 4) renovation of the 40 foot container into a reading room and internet café; 5) funds needed for the Tefle rural school for 6 classrooms, and funds needed to raise an office building on the Northern Sector property. Ivory Coast: Director Bello Johnson is praising God that: 1) 1,300 lessons were distributed in July
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with 9 professions of faith! 2) safe arrival of 18 boxes of materials from SLM-Madison. Please pray for: 1) $1,200 for a laptop computer; 2) $7,000 to provide a used car; 3) $500 to buy additional Christian movies for his ministries; 4) funds for the 2008 budget. Kenya: Director, Jack Stiles is praising God for: 1) that the government in Ethiopia ruled in favor of SLM in the land dispute (land in the city of Dukem that Haile Tefera will use for building a printing center and Christian school); 2) SLM-Ethiopia officer manager, Genet Kassahun, who has been ―wearing many hats,‖ but now has some help in the form of Michael Berhane who was just added to the staff. Among his duties will be the supervision of the print shop. Jack asks prayer for: 1) the visit of his wife, himself, and Peter Urdanick to conduct workshops in several Kenyan cities on the theme, ―Victory in Christ.‖ They will leave the USA August 13; 2) gifts of $142,000 to complete the Ethiopian multi-purpose building; 3) additional monthly support for the Tefera family. Ethiopia: Directors, Haile & Tsedale Tefera, are praising the Lord for: 1) in the first quarter of 2008, 538 Bible lessons were sent out in the Amharic language; 2) they have received funds for a roundtrip to Ethiopia, leaving Sept 14th; 3) all the equipment that will be going in two containers: dump truck, backhoe, printing machines, etc.; 4) the Georgia Department of Transportation is about to give a financial settlement to them for a store in a nearby town they needed to take for a highway project. Please pray for: 1) construction that will start shortly after Haile’s arrival in September; 2) the containers to be shipped very soon, and to arrive 45 days afterward as promised; 3) a medical team that will visit from First Baptist Church in Atlanta in December; 4) Haile and Tsedale’s children who will join them permanently in December in Ethiopia. Uganda: Director Aloni Wandeeka is praising and thanking God for 1) Rebecca, a member of their prison staff who is now raising a child abandoned by the mother; 2) young people who learned how to use the SLM materials; 3) a Sunday ministry in the Bududa District in which 30 people received Christ as Saviour. PTL! Please pray for Aloni who recently broke his arm. Liberia: PRAISE THE LORD! A gift of $3,800 was received to complete the building in Liberia, and Director, Sampson Hinneh reports that the foundation is laid and the building is up to the first floor. However, costs have risen, and Sampson now needs more money. Please pray God supplies the extra need. Also, please pray for him as he recovers from a bout of malaria, and pray for Sampson who now has the care of 5 of his brother’s children, since his brother’s death in January. Nigeria: Director, Sanya Dosunmu praises God for: 1) Bosun’s arm is healing well (his wife); 2) 4 new converts through the daily morning prayer group at the palace; 3) God’s constant protection and provision. Please pray for: 1) SLM materials that were ordered in December to arrive; there is an urgent need; 2) restoration of broken homes, employment for youth in the country, and against the use of narcotics. South Africa: Give thanks with Director, Fanie Buys for: 1) steady increase in students from Malawi; 2) For the safe delivery of 3 large bags of SLM material to Pastor Arnold Maviya of Zimbabwe; 3) more prisoners signing up for Bible lessons every week. Please pray for: 1) wisdom to deal with the increasing number of students; 2) for a new helper on the computer; 3) to start a weekly teaching on the Love, Dating & Marriage course in a nearby town; 4) their son (13) to be more devoted to the Lord; 5) for more financial support as the petrol price rises and many things become more expensive.
SLM-INDIA: Give thanks to God for how He continues to bring in a tremendous harvest in India, and is using SLM in India in marvelous ways. Please pray for God’s wisdom for SLM in India to raise funds inside India to meet the growing demands of this exploding ministry.
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SLM-Calcutta (East India): Praise the Lord with Director, Karunakar Jena, who reports: 1) 74 Muslim people have been saved through the Bible correspondence lessons and 3 churches have been established – PTL! 2) 258 people have been baptized and are growing in the Lord from other Bible correspondence contacts, and God has planted 20 churches among them; 3) God’s protection for the family of Purna Halder, a Hindu convert who recently died (wife and children also saved). Angry relatives and neighbors wanted to burn the body right away, throw the family out of the community and seize their property. Believers came to pray in front of them, and God intervened. They were able to bury the body the next morning. As Karunakar reports: ―God has saved many families from this community, who were worshiping idols. Now they are no longer doing that, and the Hindus are angry because they don’t give donations for idol worship.‖ Please pray for: 1) Muslim-background believers who have been attacked and driven from their homes. So far, they have not been able to return. One leader in this area said that he was ready to die for Christ who died for him; 2) funds needed to reprint Hindu Bengali NL-1 course; 3) 9 Sunday Schools that are operating and many Hindu and Muslim children are attending (!) 4) Literature Coordinators, Biplab Mandol in West Bengal and Chuchill Marak in Assam; 5) land for a church building in New Alipur and a place for the Muslims worshiping in Murshidabad. Right is a picture of the Bible course work done in Calcutta. SLM-Bangalore (South India): Director, Hemanth Peter, praises God for great response as he has taught Bible studies recently with the Practical Christian Living course. Please pray for completion of the printing of the Kannada NL-2 course. SLM-Hyderabad (Central India): Thank God for Director. Dodla Wilson who has just evangelized 5 new unreached villages in Andhra Pradesh state. He writes: ―God has allowed us to conduct some small secret fellowships and shared the Gospel. Praise the Lord, 8 people accepted the Lord. God has opened doors to start 7 Bible study fellowship groups among new converts. (PTL!) My prayer request is for a digital camera to take some good photos of my ministry.‖ Please pray for a follow up visit to these villages in the month of July. SLM-Delhi (North India): Director, Sanjeeb Sahu, is praising God for: 1) 4 youths who were baptized recently, among whom was his son, Samarpan: 2) the completion of the printing of Punjabi NL-2 and Hindi BBT; 3) many people who are taking the Bible courses. Please pray for: 1) the 4 youths to grow spiritually; 2) Leadership Meeting August 25-29; 3) the Nepali translator who is delaying in his translation projects; 4) Vijay with water on his lungs and Deepak who fractured a leg and a hand in an accident; 5) reprinting of the Hindi NL-1 course. Here are some testimonies: “Since both my parents are in the ministry, from childhood, I have seen both of them commit everything into God’s hands. They motivated and encouraged me in my spiritual growth and I committed my life to the Lord and made the decision to take baptism in obedience to God’s Word. It was my desire that my father give me baptism and God fulfilled my desires.”- Samarpan “After doing New Life in Christ Course 2, I understood the depth of God’s love. The Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled in Christ. I do not worry because, no matter what situation I am in, Jesus is with me. Since I am expecting to meet Him soon, every moment of my life is filled with joy, whether I am in difficulties or in happy moments. This course has given me strength to obey His Word. All glory to God.” – Asha (new convert)
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Below are pictures of the baptism of the 4 youths:
Christudas Earla (Banjara Tribal work) – Christudas praises God for: 1) restored health for him and wife, Martha, after a week’s illness; 2) two church planters started new worship centers in new villages where people are worshiping Jesus for the first time; 3) the SLM literature being received. Please pray for: 1) safety for pastors and evangelists and the meeting of their needs; 2) a missions conference in our area in the 3rd week in August; 3) physical and spiritual needs of the orphan children to be met; 4) my mother’s health; 5) my trip to the USA on Sept 3, remaining for several months, and my family’s protection while I am away. Japan: Director, Takuji Yamazaki praises God for the baptism of Mrs. Ishihara, and the fact it was attended by her parents. He requests prayer for: 1) the translation work of the Practical Christian Living course, book 3; 2) his mission trip to Bangladesh and Thailand from Oct 29-Nov 5; 3) more workers in the SLM ministry since the young couple who were helping them have taken an Associate Pastor position in another city. Korea: Praise the Lord for Paul B ahn, who is involved in 3 major ministries: 1) he speaks weekly on Friday over the radio (Far East Broadcasting); 2) pastors a church; 3) teaches. Please pray for an increased number of correspondence students, and someone to assist Paul in the SLM ministry. PHILIPPINES: (Metro Manila, Region 3) Give thanks with Director, Lucy Nacionales for the 100 men of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are studying the Practical Christian Living course at Camp Crame in Manila! Praise God with Pastor Rolly Pateno, who is heading up this PNP project, that 83 people who are employed in some capacity in the PNP have received Christ as Saviour after attending the PNP-Values Formation and Transformation Guideline mandated by Philippine President, Gloria Arroyo. This all came about because Col. Antonio Mendoza was saved through the SLM courses and has grown in the faith through them (please pray for his wife, Audrey, and 5 children who are still devout Roman Catholics). Please pray for: 1) the whole attitude of the PNP will drastically change as a result, and problems with graft and corruption will cease; 2) the salvation of President Arroyo 3) Pastor Rolly’s family. Also, please pray for Lucy and Pastor Faustino and Virgie Espinas who are working on a book for the Philippine public schools on Moral Values, and for a laptop and video projector for Lucy Sally Espinas (Region 3) – Sally praises the Lord for 14,059 Bible lessons sent out in July with 298 certificates awarded, and 87 decisions for Christ! She also praises God for the ADS distributors who are faithfully using the lessons. Sally asks prayer for: 1) $100 in monthly postage; 2) arrival of more Bible lessons soon, as stock is low; 3) spiritual growth for students, and salvation for their unsaved loved ones; 4) travel, health, and good weather as she travels to Mindanao with a medical team Pastor Charlie Notarte (Region 1&2) – Charlie’s sister and her husband in the central Philippines were murdered in early June, and Charlie was able to attend the funeral. Please continue to pray for comfort for all the Notarte family, and for the 5 children of his sister who are left without parents.
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NBP (National Bureau of Prisons/Manila – Region 4) – Praise God with Pastor Red for: 1) the safe arrival of Pastor Red and Sheryl’s third child due the first week of November; 2) 936 inmates in the NBP who received Christ in the 2nd quarter of 2008! PTL! Please pray for: 1) the needs of the Theological School that include desks, filing cabinet, blackboard, white and blue shirts, diplomas and certificates, reference books, and monthly allowance for the faculty ($330 per month total); 2) personal support needs of Pastor Red and his family. Pastor Artemio Naces (Region 5) – He writes: ―It is a big privilege to me to minister to the military through Pastor Didnadice who started this work. He was given the authority to conduct a Bible study among all the camps of the Philippine Army in the Bicol region. We are hoping that the ones to lead the reformation of our country will be the military and the police. You know the situation in our country with the graft and corruption and the injustices committed. If our military and police are renewed by God, the graft and corruption and injustices will be minimized.‖ Please pray for Bro Artemio as he is used to train Philippine military leaders in God’s Word; ask God to transform Philippine society as the nation’s leaders are transformed! Pastor Pio and Merlin Deniola (Region 6) – He praises God for: 1) protection from Typhoon Frank that recently struck his area; 2) the opening of another ministry in the Bacolod City Women’s Correctional Facility - 50 women inmates attended the Bible study and received ―Light from the Gospel of John,‖ and this was followed by NL-1; 3) his Bible school/Seminary teaching and his jail ministry. Please pray for: 1) all the jail ministries; 2) the campus ministry; 3) their second floor project; 4) SLM students’ needs. Pray as they conduct 3 extension Bible schools in the Bacolod area, as well as a Bible school in the jail. Pastor Faustino and Virgie Espinas (Region 9&12) – They are praising God for: 1) 20 Bible students who are being trained for Muslim ministry; 2) 40 faithful Christians who are newly baptized converts in this Muslim area; they are taking the SLM Bible courses; 3) 18 students in the Bible Institute at Hope Baptist (their) church; 4) use of SLM Bible lessons in the public schools; 5) 267 students in Hope Christian School. Please pray for: 1) their daughter, Love, who is awaiting a visa to study in the USA; 2) daughter, Grace, doing doctoral studies in Education and son, Mark, finishing college this year, and adopted Muslim boy, Aljan; 3) wisdom and safety as Communists in the area are beginning to disturb the community again. Tina Hidalgo (Region 10, 11, 13): She writes: ―We are so thankful for God’s protection in the midst of rumors of attacks in some parts of Mindanao and bomb threats from rebels. This is due to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that wants to make an Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.‖ Please pray for: funds to travel and open up more ADS’s. Singapore: Give thanks with Director, Florence Lim, as she has now resumed work following a lengthy illness. She praises God for: 1) arrival of some stock she ordered; 2) new contacts in Singapore and Malaysia who want Chinese lessons. Please pray for lessons to arrive safely and for God’s guidance for our discussions as the Annual General Meeting is conducted, August 27.
China: Earnestly pray that SLM may receive more funds to print thousands more copies of a highly colorful evangelistic Gospel booklet for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games which started on August 8, 2008 at 8:08 p.m. in the evening. Pray much for 1) God to bring in a great harvest of souls; 2) safety for the hundreds of our Chinese brethren who will distribute the booklets during these 2 weeks, fully aware of the risks involved; 3) follow up of the Games in the fall. Cambodia: Praise God for this report from the publishing house that has printed our Khmer/English New Life in Christ 1 course. They recently reprinted 2,000 books: ―I have to tell you that this book is greatly appreciated by many of the Christians. It is one of our most sought after books.‖
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY! - Compiled by Patricia Dye