At Holy Grace Tabernacle in Vijayavada, Andhra Pradesh, India, Pastor Nehemiah Sanjay’s works night and day with the people of an impoverished village to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. His tireless work includes teaching and preaching God’s Word, as well as feeding the many poor and disadvantaged of the community. Please join us in praying for this ministry. You can also learn more about how to support them by contacting Paster Nehemiah at +91 81870 07006 or +91 98495 07732.
Located in Suna-Migo, Kenya, The Congregation of God Church has proven a strong and faithful gathering of saints over the past few years. When Pastor George Siso passed away last year, leaving his brothers Jared and Charles at the helm, little did he know that within a year’s time, more loss and heartbreak would come to this small, rural church family.
When Pastor George’s son, Ken first took ill and went home to be with the Lord earlier this year, the only comfort that could be found was that the suffering he had felt was gone and that he was now in the arms of his Savior. Also, he would be reunited with his father in Heaven. However, within months, I was informed by brothers Jared and Charles that their father had now passed away. The patriarch of the family, the man from whom all three brothers had learned so much and had grown, was now being buried.
This is hard enough for any family anywhere in the world. The loss of a family member, particularly a community or church leader. However, in the rural town of Suna-Migo, in drought-stricken Kenya, the financial burden is adding to things in ways that cause stress on the family more than they can sometimes bare.
As a Ministry Partner of Living Sacrifice Ministries, I am asking anyone who feels they can help to stand with my brothers and pray with them. Also, if you feel that the Lord has gifted you with a small amount that you can share with them, please contact Pastor Jared at email@example.com for details on how you can help.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Reverend James M. Dakis, D. Min.
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Gospel Believers Fellowship Ministry of Bungoma, Kenya, a Ministry Partner of Living Sacrifice Ministry since the beginning, hosted its year end Youth Conference the week before Christmas.
The event was attended by young people, some who came from the families of faithful members of the church, and others coming to hear the Word of God for the first time! As a result, lives were touched, souls were saved, and healing of body, mind, and soul was seen and felt.
Brother Bushebi preached powerfully, but gave all glory to God. Prayer and support information for the ministry can be directed to Brother Bushebi at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their web site at http://gbfchurchministries.webs.com/.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Pastor Jim Dakis
There was much praising of God and glory given during the conference. Below are a few pictures sent to me to be shared.
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Home for Orphan Children: I have been providing shelter, food & Education to 24 orphan children in our Orphan home since two years with little donations. Kindly help us in the name of Jesus Christ to our Orphan children.
Children home meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, & mental needs of homeless and abused children in Guntur district.
We are suffering a lot to feed Orphan Children in our children Home. We need your special Prayers and support.
I am spreading Gospel to people in villages and conducting prayers in their villages regularly. Kindly bless our children in the name of our Lord Almighty and sponsor to these beautiful kids.
I humbly beseech you my dear generous brother have a heart for this letter of mine and please drop a line of communication by e-mail.
Thank you so much.
Your beloved brother in His Ministry,
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In a small town in England in about 1680, perhaps as late as 1690, nobody is sure about the exact year, lived a man known simply as Mr. Luther. Luther was his first name, and it was estimated that he was no younger than 90 years old. In fact, nobody in town could recall a time when he did not live there. Anyone over the age of twenty, however, remembered that the only day he ever broke from his daily routine was twenty years ago when his wife was called home by the Lord. Even then, he kept to himself for only two days before returning to his daily duties.
Luther had been the caretaker of St. Catherine’s Church, the large church in the center of town, for as long as anyone could remember. Not an educated man, but a godly man, he had a routine that never deviated from one day to the next. Morning started at 4:30 a.m. when his eyes automatically opened. His first duty was to hit his knees in prayer, open his Bible and read for about thirty minutes, then tend to his small brood of chickens he kept.
By 5:45 he was dressed and walking out the door, waving to neighbors as he headed into town. A stop at George’s pastry and candy shop for morning coffee and an exchange of news always worked its way into a game or two of backgammon, but with a schedule to keep, Luther headed off. Passing by Three Brothers Watch and Clock Shoppe, he would always pull out his pocket watch and check it against the beautiful grandfather clock in the front window. Steve, the middle brother, had once told him that it had been made by William Clement, credited with inventing the grandfather clock. The time was so precise it was a work of art and science all in one piece.
Pacing himself so as not to tire himself, but also so that he would reach the church on time, Luther would get to the church in time to speak with Rev. Theodore about the day’s duties and see if anything special needed doing. The morning would then go on until the most important part of the day. At 11:45 a.m. work would have to stop, no matter what Luther was doing.
Climbing the bell tower, Luther would take out his watch and stare intently at the minute and even the second hand. Then, at exactly the stroke of 12:00 noon, he would begin what would be the most important part of his day. 1,2,3,4,5 tolls.6,7,8,9,10,11,12. Timed perfectly so that everyone in town new that it was noon. It was the only way people for miles would know to set their clocks. Homes, businesses, farms, schools, everyone relied on Luther, although he saw this as just a minor part of his day.
This had gone on for yeas, and then one day, as he was carrying out his morning walk to the church, he walked by Three Brothers Watch and Clock Shoppe and noticed that the grandfather clock was missing! Stopping inside to see where it was, he was greeted by Chris, the youngest brother. “Where is the beautiful grandfather clock that use to sit in your front window? It kept such perfect time, and I always loved looking at it when I walked by?!”
“Oh the grandfather clock that was up front?” Christ asked, “I know the one, my wife Michelle has been admiring it for so many years that I gave it to her for her birthday. Besides, the only reason it kept such good time is because we always checked it against the church bells at noon every day. To tell you the truth, I think it ran a little slow”.
This is not a story about a grandfather clock or an old man who worked in a church. In fact, I first heard this story over forty years ago. (I have added the names and some details to make it more interesting), but the point is about much more than a man and a bell tower.
Luther, admired by the community for his loyalty to the church, was visible in his service apparently in a number of ways. We probably all know someone like that in our own church community. I can think of a few off the top of my head from every church I ever attended in my half century of living. I am pleased to say that one of them was my own Papou, which for you non-Greek speakers, means “Grandfather”. However, what about the brothers who owned the clock shop? They may not have known that they played any part at all in the smooth running of the church, or the lives of the townspeople at large. What about the people of the congregation who came to church on Sunday to hear Rev. Theodore’s message? Keeping in mind that the community is full of people who all interact with each other, some while at church, (for those who attend), and also outside in the social and business community, every part of this body depends on every other part. This can lead to positive or negative impact, depending on the health of each part.Romans 12:3-5 (KJV)
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
When you have a headache, do you walk more slowly, even though your feet and legs are find? When your back hurts, do you limp, even though your knees are healthy? If you lose sleep, do you have trouble with mental functions? Romans 12:-5 tells us, Romans 12:3-5
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
In remembering this, we can all remember that we all have distinct duties in God’s kingdom, some of which are described further as some of the Spiritual Gifts listed in the same chapter, but, as Paul reminds us, none are any better or superior to others.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
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The following is a missions report from a Ministry Partner of Living Sacrifice Ministries who was at the tail end of a successful missions trip in Tanzania, when his bus overturned on a dirt road. The account he gives below is one of a man who praises God for the success of the mission much more than he dwells on the negative facts of the accident. I pray that we can all learn from this.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
“Mpodire” Means “Hi” from the Rungwa people found in the western part of Tanzania. Katavi is the new Region of this people group, their former Region was Rukwa but after the division of two Regions on this area done by the current president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Rungwa people fallen in the Katavi region in Mpanda District.
My trip to Rungwa people was not good since it involved a bad accident of our bus on the way back to my city Tabora, some died, some badly injured but I’m still breathing because of the God’s hand saved me out from the bus. I will write more about this below, please go on reading this report.
It was early Thursday 23rd January at 5:00am when my wife Ezena prayed for me and left for Rungwa people and left my children still sleeping on a bed. I went to catch my bus for a long trip of 332km from my city in a rough road filled with many water ponds on the way.
Because it rained much on the way, our bus was not going faster as expect instead we spent 11 hours to Mpanda town. Imagine, on the way there is only 4 small towns and the least area covered by Ugalla River gave reserve, Ugalla forest reserve, and Katavi gave reserves.
Thick forests we saw on the way and some animals such as zebra, hyenas, and impala. There were areas which very strictly not allowed for camera taking and bus to stop. We saw crocodiles, and Hippopotamus in rivers. I was told that, the areas where buses and any vehicle not allowed stopping are the areas where by lions and elephants are found. I didn’t see either Lion or Elephant on the way. I spent a night in Mpanda town and the next Friday 24th hired a motorbike to Rungwa people.
Mamba is a village was directed to meet Rungwa community and it was a right place for me to get more information about them.
Most of the Rungwa people found in extend family and lives in houses made by trees, mad bricks and have grass roofs. I was able to live and follow their good actions as one of Rungwa people” so that to get all the info needed for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Neither electricity nor clean and safe water found to these people but they fetch water from ponds those they call them as wells and use candles as a source of light during the night. I was able to get the information needed and spent one night to a Rungwa type Hotel that has cotton Mattress. I was not bothered by their hotel since there were no mosquitoes during the night and food was nice for me, Ugali (made from corns and cassava and hot water) was my favorite food at this small Hotel.
The next Saturday 25th, hired a motorbike back to Mpanda town to meet a pastor which coming from the Rungwa community. My main concern for this pastor is to here more story about Rungwa people and also to hear from him if he could be interested in helping the recordings. I found a pastor went for church planting to another village that was about 3 hours by bicycle and was unable to meet him. I went to my former Hotel and got a room for the Saturday night expecting the Sunday to meet the pastor. I was able to talk to the pastor through my cell phone and make an appointment to meet him Sunday at 2:00pm.
Sunday 26th Morning went to the bus stand and got a ticket for Tabora on Monday and come back to the Hotel to wait for the Pastor appointment. After a service at his church he called me and we planned a place to meet. My motorbike rider took me to the place and met a pastor and his wife.
I was able to get more information about Rungwa and agreed to help us with the recordings on due time. I was able to provide them with lunch and then we said goodbye for each other. I did make a short round to go through the Mpanda town and it is just a small town but appointed as the capital of the new Region called Katavi. I was able to visit some pastors in the town from Free Pentecostal, African Inland Church and also a National Missionary from Barry Wood Ministries to Africa; I was able to introduce myself and shared a little bit about our Mission Vision and why went there. Pastors were very happy and they are ready to partner with us to reach unreached people for Jesus Christ by using our Mission resources. I was told also about the SIL family who living in Mpanda town but did not meet them because was out of the town and they are working with Pimbwe people.
On Monday 27th early in the Morning as usual, got a taxi to the bus stand ready for a long trip again back to my city Tabora and found a nice seat at the middle of the bus. We left for Tabora but I didn’t new that our bus had a problem of break. About two hours, at a gentle slope in the forest, I noticed that the bus was going faster than normal and led me to ask my neighbor “why are we going faster than normal?” my neighbor answered me “there is no problem”. Abruptly, I heard people at the forward seats shouting, “We are dying, and we are dying”. “A driver and his assistant opened their doors and jumped out from the bus and left a bus going without a driver”. Then heard a bus hitting trees, stones and rolled about two times and fallen upside down.
I didn’t know what happened but about ten to fifteen minutes after the accident I found myself outside from the bus sitting aside the bus. Then saw people helping others to get out from the bus some were injured badly. After about one hour, I found that, I was okay but feeling headache, pain on my ribs, and my back. People were calling other people and tell them about the accident by using their cell phones but I found that my two cell phones were missing only my camera was still attached on my trouser belt.
After a long time the police came and started ordering other cars to take serious injured people to the Hospital. An ambulance came and joined the work of taking people to nearest Hospital. One private vehicle took me and other people to the Hospital for check up and found that, I was not injured rather than pain. I got some medicines and allowed from the hospital. The same car took us back to the accident area to get our bags so that to proceed with our trip to Tabora.
From the Hospital we found all the bags were collected somewhere from the bus. After being received my bag and tried to check all the things were with me in my bag and trouser and discovered that;
1. My pocket wallet was missing and in the wallet there was money, driving license, and two of my bank cards plus other personal documents
2. The GPS used in getting coordinates was missing
3. My cell phones were missing
4. My laptop was broken and the internet modem was missing
5. Some of things in the bag such as cell phone chargers were missing; I found few clothes because my bag was broken. I was able to get some of the language information forms around the bus.
6. The travelling Map for East Africa found in pieces.
A total of 6 people lost their lives on this accident and more than 17 people were serious injured. I arrived home well but still feeling some pains around my back and my two sides’ ribs. I think still need to do some more check up here in my city in order to be sure with my condition. Ezena already sponged me with hot water. I used a small vehicle Toyota Land cruiser from the accident area to Tabora. Now I’m at my house with my family Glorifying God! Thank you for being praying for me and I thank God for His guidance and protection on this trip. Glory to God!!!
Note: “Doing the Work of God is dangerous – Not doing it is more dangerous” by S. Wurmbrand
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I recently received an email from a Christian Brother in Uganda who, a year ago, lost his 17 year old son. As devastating as this is, I want you to read the letter he sent out to his ministry partners. This exemplifies that the Apostle Paul wrote in 1Thessalonians 5:16-20 when he said, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances.”
How often, when things don’t go the way we think they should, do we not only want to feel angry, but feel sorry for ourselves? We want to blame somebody. After all, there MUST be someone to blame, and God is as good as anyone else, right? He could have stopped it! Except that this isn’t Scriptural. Entire messages could be, and have been, delivered on this, books written, and years of therapy spent with people who are still seeking the person or persons responsible.
In truth, we are a fallen people, and it is only because of God’s love, grace, and mercy, that we do not get what we really do deserve.
Serving Him through Serving Others,
Dear Praying friends and Partners in Mission,
Exactly one year yesterday, our 17 year old Son Edgar went to be with the Lord. It has not been an easy journey for us, but God’s strength and Grace has carried us through many difficult times. THANK YOU FATHER! We thank you for your prayers
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”. John 12:24
We thank God for giving us many more children in the Impact Orphanage with whom we can continue to help fulfil their God – given dreams.
Edgar is rejoicing in heaven. Even in death, God is glorified and His kingdom is spread.
We thank God for bringing you into our lives, family and Ministry.
The Lord bless you.
Patrick & Christine Okabe
Impact Ministries Uganda