Update – The Stephens’ – Returning from Papua

August 10, 2017 by  
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Update 2 – Jim & Barbara Liljegren – Slavic People

August 10, 2017 by  
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Dear Family and Friends,

Pastor Valera, Yulia, his wife, and kids are on their way to the Youth Camp in Western Ukraine. 26 Eastern Ukrainian kids ages 12-16 from the war zone accompanied by a Christian soldier and doctor will take two long train rides to the Youth Camp in Western Ukraine. At the end of their first ride, they will stop in Kiev (the capital) and visit a zoo, a museum, and eat at McDonalds! Most have never been outside of their cities before so this should be very exciting for them. They all suffer from PTSD from the effects of the ongoing war. The camp starts on Monday, August 7 and ends on Tuesday, August 15th. Please pray for these teenagers that God would speak to their hearts about His love for them.

Below is a list of campers and their year of birth. Valera and Yulia have asked that we pray for each camper by name. They also are very thankful for the financial help to bring these kids to this camp for the first time.

Thank you very much for your prayers and help!

 

To God be the glory,

Jim

 

 

P.S. The attached picture: the leaders of the camp as they traveled to the camp today. Yulia is in the middle front; to her right is Karina, their daughter,  sons Mark, to her left, and David, in front doing the peace sign.

Bilobrovets Lia 2002

Mashurov Pahom  2005

Biryukova Amina 2004

Mashurov Volodymyr 2008

Mashurova Asya 2004

Karmanchikov Mark 2000

Karmanchikov Olexandr 2002

Karmanchikova Yana 2004

Mahnyk Mark  2000

Sayko Evgeniy 1999

Dubok Katerine 2003

Shkarevskaya Anjelika 2004

Prohorenko Oxana 2003

Shpileva Mary 2004

Koldin Sergey 2001

Sharan Alexsandr 2002

Vdovin Viktor 2001

Sysoy Alexsandr 2001

Belyanina Iryna 2004

Gnoevaya Darya 2004

Panov Nikolay 2002

Melnik Helena 2003

Sofich Bogdan 2004

Tsvetash 2004

Anichkina Kristine 2003

Syrovaya Elizavetta 2003

 

 

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Update – Jim & Barbara Liljegren – Slavic People

August 10, 2017 by  
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Dear Family and Friends,

Cip is doing such a great job of ministering to so many different age groups in the villages God has led him to in Moldova . Attached is a report of his exciting ministry activities for July. I was so happy that we could bring him to Italy to participate in our Youth Camp there. Everybody loved him and his ministry.

One very important need is the repair and upkeep of his van. Currently, he needs $400 for tires, suspension repair, and general maintenance. Without his van, it would be very difficult for him to travel to the villages to do the work God has called him to do. In the beginning of his village ministry, he used to take 1 or 2 buses and walk 8 miles to get to the first village. He did that for 2 years! And there are 7 villages!

The rental of a gym in Chisinau for the village students who attend the university would be a great extension of this ministry in their lives. At the gym, he could continue the martial arts training, hold Bible studies and prayer groups, and have informal discussions with youth seeking God. The rental cost is $350 per month.

At the end of his report, you will notice the building in the 2nd village that we still want to purchase. $5,000 has already been given for this and $20,000 remains. This building would be a huge ministry tool for Bible studies, TKD classes, English classes, food distribution and so much more! We are praying for these needs.

Your prayers and financial help allow him to continue doing his passion of sharing the Gospel through martial arts, camps, conferences, and one on one meetings with community leaders and others adults.

Thank you for your continued support and love,

Jim

 

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Update – The Stephens’ – Returning from Papua

July 16, 2017 by  
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Update – The Harder’s – Africa Hope

July 10, 2017 by  
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Dear Prayer Partners:

 

We have been “Cleared for Take Off”  to Africa tomorrow, and we have been“Commanded to Go”  by Jesus ~  Matthews 28:18~20

 

Our missionary team of 6 Teachers fly out tomorrow for Kenya and 3 weeks of“Sowing the Good Seed” and praying the Lord of the Harvest for a bumper crop of the “Fruit of the Spirit.”   We will team up with our Africa Hope Directors and Teachers in Kenya for this “Salvation Safari.”

 

After one full week of “Jesus Camp” with 400 students, we begin outreaches to three villages and two Kenyan public high schools.  We finish this mission on the North slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro with a graduation at our Africa Hope Bible College.

 

MISSION THEME : GALATIANS 5:22~23

“But the Fruit of the Spirit is:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self~Control.  Against such there is no law.”  

 

Thank you for PRAYING & SENDING AFRICA HOPE!    You are making a world of difference in Jesus Name!  We are honored as a team of missionaries to be your Ambassadors for Christ in Kenya!

 

Your Partners In The Gospel,

 

Gil & Carol ~ Romans 15:13

_______________________

Africa Hope ~ Jaron Ministries Int.

Update – The Liljegren’s – Italy

June 28, 2017 by  
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Dear Family and Friends,

 

On Wed our team of 8 Americans fly to Rome in preparation for the Slavic Youth English Camp in the mountains near Rome. The Camp is July 3 – 8th at a Retreat Center in Rocca di Papa. We will lead English lessons, sports activities and Bible discussion groups. Please pray for 40-50 teenagers to attend the camp to hear the Gospel and be encouraged in their walk with the Lord.

Thank you for your prayer and financial support to allow us this extraordinary opportunity to serve the Lord. Look for team reports on a regular basis beginning in a few days. Slava Bogu! (Praise the Lord!)

Jim

P.S. Team members include: Barbara Liljegren, John Henson, Ramon Zepeda, Colin Brown, Collin Molina, Sammy Tavares, and Kelsey Retich. Ron and Mary Mariani are already there having taught English classes in Aversa and Naples for two months. Ciprian Sarivan from Moldova will be joining us as one of the interpreters.

 

To God be the Glory,

Jim
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Update – The Hardeman’s – Philippines

June 7, 2017 by  
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Update – The Steiger’s – Czech Republic

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Update – The Stephens’ – Papua

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Update – The Laird’s – Togo

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Update – The Liljegren’s – Slavic People

May 30, 2017 by  
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Last September’s Youth Camp in Rome!

Dear Family and Friends,

This summer John Henson from Madera’s Grace Community Church and I will be leading a short-term mission team to a Slavic Youth English Camp near Rome. We are praying that 60-70 young people from the 5 Slavic evangelical churches and 6 Bible study groups will attend and bring some of their unchurched friends.

The dates are July 3 – 8. The location is the Italian Baptist Retreat Center at Rocca Di Papa about 15 miles south of Rome in the mountains. We’ll teach English, play sports, teach seminars, and discuss relevant topics based on the Bible. The goal is to build up believers and share the Gospel with unbelievers.

The American Team of 8 will have three days of preparation and prayer getting to know the camp leadership and interpreters before the Camp begins.

Barbara and I would really appreciate your prayers and financial support for this mission trip. The estimated cost of the trip is $3,200 per person. If you would like to financially help us in this mission, please make your check out to Encouragement International, Inc., and send to P.O. Box 8524, Northridge, Ca 91327-8524.  Please write “2017 Summer English Camp” in the memo line, not our names. Thank you very much in advance for any amount you can send.

Our goal and passion continues to be: reaching Slavic people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping church planters establish reproducing, God-reliant churches for the glory of God.

Because He Lives,
Jim and Barbara

 

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Update – The Staucean’s – Moldova

May 30, 2017 by  
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Dear brother Mark,

Thank you for your prayers.

 

I am recovering after surgery at the open heart.

Vera continue to take treatment traveling to Kiev,last was April 28,next will be May 22.

 

We are in process preparing for childrens ministry sumer time in Crimea,North Coucases and in

Moldova.

Trying to recrut young people and train train them to do ministry with children.

 

Stepan.

Update – The Hardeman’s – Philippines

May 4, 2017 by  
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Update – Jim Liljegren with Cip in Moldova

May 4, 2017 by  
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Update – The Steiger’s – Czech Republic

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Update – The Losch’s – Crossworld

April 20, 2017 by  
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You might recognize this excerpt from our prayer letter a year ago:

So how’s the “Losch Cause” going?

Would you like a candid answer?  God is doing a lot of great stuff in our lives- our kids love us, we’ve got two more grandkids on the way (okay, they’ve been born and now we have 1 more on the way ), we’re healthy (okay, Dale has been struggling with a bad viral infection for the past week, but is on the mend we think), still in love… But let me tell you a few of the things that are not going so well.

  1. I have a field staff member who is very unhappy with me – saying some pretty harsh things – questioning my integrity. I could use prayer for love, gentleness, self-control… the fruit of the Spirit.  And for a miracle in this relationship.

I just wanted to update that candid answer, I year later: Things haven’t changed, in fact they have gotten more tense.  Dale and I will be flying over to spend the weekend with him and his wife.  The director responsible for this area will also be coming with us to try to bring about reconciliation.   If the situation is not resolved, Dale may need to ask this individual for his resignation. We truly need a miracle, and God’s wisdom and words over this next week.  Above all, we want God glorified through this.

 

Here are a few verses from Proverbs 17 that you can pray:

“Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife” v.1

“The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts” v.3

“He who covers a transgression seeks love…” v.8

“Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool” v.10

“The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts” v. 14

“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord” v.15

“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit” v. 27

 

Thank you so much for partnering with us not just financially, but also emotionally and spiritually.  We long for God to do a miracle here this week not only in this relationship, and the people that they work with but also in our lives.  Please pray to that end.  Thank you so much.

 

Dale and Jerusha Losch

Update – The Stephens’ – Papua

April 20, 2017 by  
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Update – The Hardeman’s – Philippines

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Update – The Losch’s – Crossworld

March 28, 2017 by  
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We want to thank you for the support that you send in regularly to Crossworld.  What a blessing to see God’s provision each month.

I was blessed to be able to visit our Asia staff in February for their conference.  Since Dale was unable to attend, I asked one of the women who I have been working with to come with me and help watch some of the kids.  She jumped at the chance and I was thrilled to see her eyes for the world open, her heart for missions begin to beat.  She was truly amazed talking with our workers, hearing their stories and hearing their struggles.  She was surprised that they struggle with some of the same things that she struggles

with- she could relate with them and ministered to them in a great way.

We just returned for a weeklong mission’s conference at a church in PA.

Those types of conferences are not very common anymore where there is something each night of the week!  God used Dale mightily in that church as he spoke and God began to do a great work in the lives of the hearers.  Some got up and shared what they were going to do about the messages that they had heard, and many more shared with us personally after the last service.

Then the next day, someone e-mailed and told us that he had decided that he was going to engage in a conversation with an immigrant.  That very morning while he was at the pharmacy he began to not just see with his eyes, but with his heart so he began a conversation with a man from the Middle East who eyes lit up when someone engaged him in conversation!

It was not all positive though, we were saddened when talking with a woman on another church’s missions committee.  She was so excited to tell us that their church had raised $40,000 to help refugees “over there, not over here!

God knows that we don’t need more immigrants here!” Wow, how do you respond to a 70+ year old woman who just does not understand the opportunity that we have right now to invest in the world that is right here on our doorstep!

There is still much to do.

Thank you for investing in us.  We leave on Saturday for another mission’s conference.  We have quite a bit of travels over the next few weeks.  We would appreciate your prayers.

May God show you how to continue to reach out to those in your neighborhood with the message of the gospel.

Dale and Jerusha

Update – The Steiger’s – Czech Republic

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Update – The Harder’s – East Africa

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February 17, 2017

 

Dear Missionary Friends:      Thank You for sending “Africa Hope”

 

Next week I am taking your prayers, faith, and gifts of love to Africa and sharing them with our partners in the Gospel:  Aggrey & Linet Juma, James & Choice Mahine, Thomas & Mary Momanyi, Carol Sarah, Africa Hope Pastors, Maasai Villages, and those “Divine Appointments” God has prepared.  Lordwilling I hope to visit each of our Kenyan partners in the Gospel to impart some spiritual gift and encouragements. Thank you for going with me in prayer and faith.

 

My prayer goals for this mission include discipleship training with our Africa Hope Directors and these 2017 Faith Projects:

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1)  Purchase of  two adjoining acres on Mt. Kilimanjaro 

2)  Drilling a water well on our Mt. Kilimanjaro property 

3)  Building a home on our property for our Africa Hope Director 

4)  Purchase a new motorcycle for James & Choice in North Kenya

5)  Preparations to conduct a July 2017 “Jesus Camp” &  Maasai Outreach  

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Right now the Rift Valley of Kenya is in a severe drought.  Crops and cattle are dying.  We are praying for relief from Heaven and for a good well on our school property that will refresh everyone. Where water flows, life grows!   Pray that we shall discover where the good water is and tap into living water that will spring up into eternal life for everyone.  We are trusting the Lord for His good will and provision.

 

Two years ago in 2015, we conducted “Jesus Camp” at our two elementary schools in Kenya.  Since then, not only have our schools grown, but they have each conducted their own Jesus Camps in 2016 just as we had hoped and prayed!  After the 2015 Jesus Camp, James & Choice Mahine, our Africa Hope Academy Directors from North Kenya, took the Jesus Camp vision home to North Kenya.  Not only did their 85 students grow and benefit from Jesus Camp, but the surrounding villages were reached by the students during Jesus Camp, and many Muslim villagers trusted Christ as a result!

 

Last year after the 2016 Kenyan National exams, the Gil Harder Academy in Kitengela was ranked #1 in academic standing out of 51 schools in Kijado County ~ the largest county in Kenya.  We praise God for the dedication of our teachers not only academically, but spiritually as well.  Most of our students come from very poor marginalized villages and would never have any hope of ever going to school.  Many are orphans and come from villages where the average wage is one dollar a day from intensive farm labor on “Flower Farms.” 

 

Now these “Flower Children” are blossoming with hope and reaching past poverty to the true riches of Christ’s wisdom and glory of God.  We hope and pray that our students will continue their pursuit of God by training to become missionaries, pastors, and evangelists at one of our three Africa Hope Bible Colleges in the Rift Valley when they graduate.  Our Africa Hope Bible College graduates are right now planting “Church/Schools” throughout East Africa, and we praise the Lord of the Harvest for His Great Commission and Great Compassion and Grace.

 

THANK YOU FOR PRAYING AND SENDING AFRICA HOPE!  YOU ARE MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN JESUS NAME.  WE ARE HONORED TO BE YOUR AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST IN AFRICA!    

 

YOUR PARTNERS IN HOPE,

 

Gil & Carol   ~  Romans 15:13

 

Gil & Carol Harder             

25670 E. Bright Ave.

Welches, OR  97067          

Hm:  503-622-1712            

Email:  gilharder@gmail.com

 

Facebook Page:  Africa Hope Ministries (Pictures, Stories & Videos)

 

Jaron Ministries Int.  ~  Africa Hope 

4710 N. Maple Ave.

Fresno, CA  93726

www.jaron.org

Ph:  559-227-7997

Update – The Losch’s – Crossworld

February 10, 2017 by  
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Update – The Losch’s – Crossworld

January 26, 2017 by  
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Have you ever been tired of your work environment?  Sick and tired of the back-biting, the complaining, the competition to beat out the next guy? Maybe you’re just tired of your neighbors!  Oh, for a cabin in the woods!!! Let me introduce you to Sokleng, a believer who works at a bank in Cambodia.  She too, had become frustrated at work because all her co-workers gossiped, tore each other apart, took sides and tried to get her to join in their destructive conversations.  She longed for peace, to go about her work quietly doing her job without this constant pressure.  She decided the best thing for her to do, was to leave her job and go to another province and look for a completely different job than she had been trained for just to be free of all this hypocrisy and pressure.  After seeking God through prayer, God lead her to read Matthew 9:12, “It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick?”  Immediately, it hit her that her workplace was full of sick people that needed the healing that only Jesus could bring. God had planted her right in the middle of this environment so that she could connect the sick to the Doctor who could bring the healing they needed.  Right then and there she knew that God wanted her to stay and work at the bank!

You have had a part in the ministry that Sokleng is involved in.  Her mentor has learned through the training that we do here, that God wants to use believers in the workplace to further His kingdom.  She has been encouraging Sokleng to listen to God’s voice, and that He would show her the path that she should take. And God showed up!  Thank you for your faithful gift that has helped make this possible.

Rejoice with us on the birth of our 4th grandchild; Josiah Samuel was born last week to Nathan and Breanna.

I will be headed to Thailand on Tuesday morning with a gal that I have been discipling for the past 4 years.  We are going to go care for the kids of our workers in Asia as they attend a conference.  Please pray for Rita.  She has been outside the US only once and really doesn’t understand “missions”.  Pray for my interaction with her, as well as all the interactions that she will have with those attending that she would gain more of a heart for the nations.  We’d appreciate prayer for safety, good health, enthusiasm as we work with the children all day, and for their parents to be encouraged and refreshed.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support that makes this possible.

 

Dale and Jerusha Losch

Update – The Stephens’ – Papua

January 18, 2017 by  
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Hello again!

Thank-you so much for you generous outpouring of love through emails and visits and hugs in response to our last update. You are an encouraging bunch!

Things have changed since that last email we sent and we’d like update you.

Almost as soon we let you all know that we were headed back to Papua despite Michael’s long-standing intestinal troubles, we got a call from a good friend who is a doctor. He very lovingly yelled at us that this was not a good plan, and we cannot go back until Michael is healthy, lest he end up with more and more serious, potentially irreparable health troubles down the road.

Not only did he say this, but he also said that this does not have to be the “new normal” for Michael. This is very exciting! He is aware of and has been a part of a treatment program that has great success rates. We, along with his guidance, are currently looking into this.

As a result, we will be delayed in our return to Papua. When we know more of what this will look like, we’ll send another update.

We continue to trust our gracious and loving Father in Heaven, and in His perfect timing! Please pray with us for healing and a timely return to our home in Indonesia.

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

In faith,
The Stephens Family

Update – The Hardeman’s – Philippines

January 18, 2017 by  
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Update – The Liljegren’s – Encouragement International

January 18, 2017 by  
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Happy New Year, 2017!

Looking ahead…

Dear Family and Friends,

2017 will be an exciting year for us as we continue our global missions ministry. We have been asked to help organize and lead a Slavic English Camp for youth near Rome July 3-8. I am selecting 10 youth workers who will make up this evangelistic team.  We are hoping for 80 youth to attend. After the camp, Barbara and I will go to Nice, France to help Pastor Gennady Gavrilov do evangelism. There are 60,000 Russian-speaking people in Nice with no Slavic church.

This spring, Coach John Henson from Madera, Barbara, and I will go to Italy April 8-12 and meet with the Slavic pastors to prepare for the summer English Camp.

Right before this Italy trip, we will be in Saransk, Russia March 29-April 7 at the invitation of two young Saransk pastors. A few Americans will join us on this “Alumni Team”. This will give us opportunity to encourage the pastors and our brothers and sisters in Christ. (Acts 15:36) We have ministered in Saransk since 1996 and have been there many times doing evangelism and follow-up.

2017 Missions Itinerary:

Saransk, Russia: March 28-April 7- Alumni Team

Rome, Italy: April 8-12 – Leadership Team (July Youth English Camp prep.)

Rome, Italy: June 28-July 12 – Slavic Youth English Camp

Nice, France: June 12-18 – Evangelism with Pastor Gennady

 

Your prayers and financial help are appreciated and needed. We are motivated to help Slavic pastors in these countries as we  “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation”. (Mark 16:15)

If you would like to help us financially, please make your check out and mail to Encouragement International, Inc. and put in the Memo line: STM – 1.

Thank you for your encouragement and prayer support over many years. God has helped us regain good health, and we remain committed to our ministry as long as we can do it.

 

For the Glory of God,

 

Jim and Barbara

 

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Update – The Steiger’s – Czech Republic

January 18, 2017 by  
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Our dear friends

We hardly got used to year 2016, and the 2017 calendar is filling up fast. Would you believe that 17 years past since Y2K? After Christmas joy comes the New Year and questions what lies ahead of us and what to expect? The Christmas Season ends on January 6th here in Czech Republic. According to catholic tradition it is the day of three kings (wise men).

It is hard to imagine that 28 years after the fall of the Iron curtain, and days we all were concerned about the “New World Order,” now we are concerned about the end of it. Our civilization and peace is under siege. Christian events, well known places, street markets and public gatherings are in the terrorist’s focus. Police armed with long guns in black uniforms patrols public places. Concrete barriers are erected at tourist places where crowds of people gather. Our world is facing hostility and getting again smaller. We have many reasons to pray for the future as we rejoice that He is in charge:

 

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

(Jeremiah 29:11).

 

Blessings and best wishes to all,

 

In His Service

pavel and klara steiger

 

P.S. Pavel’s book goes to the printer on January 10th.

Update – The Laird’s – Crossworld

December 20, 2016 by  
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As we enter this season of gift giving, I am always amazed at the absolutely incredible gift that the Father gave me-the gift of eternal life with Him because of His willingness to give His Son up for me!  How can I ever pay Him back, or express my thankfulness enough?  I can’t- that is the plain simple truth! But as I just finished reading Micah in my One Year Bible, I was humbled again:

“What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give Him?  Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves?  Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?  Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?  NO, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you; to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As your ambassador, we desire to live this way before God, before our neighbors, our co-workers, and before the world.  Thank you for investing is us.

We are praying for you especially this Christmas season for all your Christmas services and programs.  May He be lifted up and draw all men to Himself.

 

Dale and Jerusha Losch

Update – The Laird’s – Togo, West Africa

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Update – Jim Liljegren – Italy

September 6, 2016 by  
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Dear Family and Friends,

We are now in Rome after a great time in Moldova. In Moldova we were ministering to poor people in villages under the direction of Cip. In Italy we are supporting the work in major cities among immigrant Slavic people under the leadership of Ilya Danilyuk. He came to Italy 5 years ago to start a church planting ministry. There are now 6 church plants led by people he has recruited and trained among 3 million Russian speaking people.

Summer camps are a very important part of Ilya’s ministry. Tomorrow we will participate in a 3 day Youth Camp about an hour north of Rome. At the camp we plan on meeting with several church planters regarding planning for next summer’s English Camp led by an American team.

Parker Amstutz arrived this morning and has been a real blessing already! I am truly amazed at administrative abilities. Attached is a picture of Parker and me at an ancient site in Rome.

Prayers continue to be needed as we all head to the camp tomorrow. Thank you!

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jim and Barbara with Parker

 

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Update from 9/2

Dear Family and Friends,

We are halfway through the youth camp at the Baptist Union Retreat Center about 1 hr. south of Rome. We are really enjoying the new relationships we have made, getting to know the people and how they came to Italy. There are about 40 participants in the camp. The main speaker is Pastor Eugene Kruzhkov (picture 1), who is the Slavic Youth Ministry Director for the West Coast, USA. There is a Moldovan worship team here who are passionate about God. After morning seminars, the group played Ultimate Frisbee, football (soccer), and went on a hike. (picture 3)

Parker’s roommate and interpreter is Edik from Moldova (picture 2). His mother was unfit to raise him and was put in jail. At 15 Edik was brought to an orphanage where he received Christ. He never met his dad. During his entire life, he never went to public school. Now he has finished a Bible school in Moldova and will take his GED test soon to get his diploma. He learned English on his own. He is on staff at a mission agency that ministers to orphans. He knows Cip and goes to Cip’s church in Chisinau. Small world! We hope we are an encouragement to this outstanding young man!

This afternoon, we met with Ilya and the Slavic church leaders to determine what next summer’s camp will look like. Your prayers are appreciated. Barbara, Parker, and I are doing well!

 

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jim, Barbara, and Parker

 

 

Update 9/6

Dear Family and Friends,

The Youth Camp is over and was a great success. We are planning an English Youth Camp with an American Team next July and are awaiting confirmation of the dates from the Retreat Center leaders. Today we worshipped at Ilya’s Slavic church in Rome. Four people were baptized and we celebrated the Lord’s Supper. Parker shared his testimony and I shared some thoughts from the Word. There were over 50 people in attendance. The fellowship was really sweet! We will miss these dear brothers and sisters in Christ.

Tomorrow we fly back to LA praising the Lord for a great 2 week mission trip. Thank you for your prayer support! We really do appreciate your love!

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jim, Barbara, and Parker

Update – Bonnie Day – Child Evangelism Fellowship

September 6, 2016 by  
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Dear Prayer Partner,

I resigned from CEF yesterday in order to be able to minister to my family and be the wife, daughter-in-law, mother and grandmother God wants me to be.  Your ongoing support and prayers for me and the ministry of CEF has been so amazing and such a blessing from the hand of God!  I was amazed from the start and I end still in amazement!  I praise God for you!  I have ended with my financial support being where it needs to be to date!  Your response for help in June was such an outpouring of love!  I pray that your giving to reach the children in our community blessed you!  Almost 10,000 children were reached in our chapter during this past year!  Hallelujah!

I plan to continue to be a volunteer in the Nishimoto Good News Club and serve wherever I can to bring the Gospel to the children in Madera.  I love you and pray that we will continue to serve where God is using us in Good News Clubs and our daily lives!

I want to close with pictures from our 3 Day Club at Pomona Migrant Center just off Avenue 12.  I had a wonderful team of precious volunteers; six adults and seven young people!  We passed out 21 Spanish Bibles to the parents and adults as we walked door to door to invite the children.  We had 55 children attend our club with 18 new children professing their faith in Jesus and 6 rededications from last year!  Two children responded to the call to consider becoming missionaries when they grow up!  Praising God from whom all blessings flow!  I stand amazed!     

With much love and gratitude,

Bonnie

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Update – Bonnie Day – Child Evangelism Fellowship

August 12, 2016 by  
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Hi, Prayer Partner,

Thank you for praying!  The Lord has provided what was needed for my support!  Thank you for giving!  It is a blessing to partner together to bring the Gospel to the children in our community!  Please read the Ministry Update below to know how the Lord is working and how you can pray.  We serve an awesome God!

Blessings,

Bonnie

Bonnie Day
Field Missionary

bonnie.day@cefnorcal.org

(559) 871-6599 cell

1322 E. Shaw Ave #110

Fresno, CA 93710

www.cefnorcal.org/centralvalleysouth

(559) 226-5539 office

(559) 226-3290 FAX

July 29, 2016

 

Dear Prayer Partner,

 

Did you know there are two kinds of birthdays?  When you were born the first time, God gave you a body so you could live in this world.  When you receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior, you are born into God’s family.  Listen to what Jesus says in John 3:3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  When you receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior, you are born into God’s family.  John 1:12 says, “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God…”  When you are a child of God, God promises to be with you and take care of you.  After you have lived your life on the Earth, you will live forever with Him.  You were “born” to be “born again” into God’s family!  God wants you to have two birthdays and have eternal life with Him, now and forever!

 

This was the theme of our four Party Clubs!  A wonderful team of volunteers went with me to Pan Am Park, Town and Country Park, the Chowchilla Library and Rotary Park.  We met precious children and lots of older boys playing soccer in the park and most of them with little or no prior knowledge of Christ.  We had some reunions with children from our Good News Clubs and AWANA which is always joyful!  We reached 88 children with the Gospel and 25 of them made professions of faith in Jesus!  Praise the Lord!  Please continue to pray for each of them to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  There were many parents in Chowchilla who also heard the Gospel and we want to pray that they will be born again too!

 

Today we had our Team Meeting for our 3 Day Club next week at Pomona Migrant Center.  This is our second year there and we are hoping to reunite with children that we met last year.  Please pray that the children will come all three days, that their parents will let them attend and that they will be ministered to and grow in their walk with the Lord and that new children will respond to the Gospel message and be saved.

 

Thank you for praying and giving toward my support!  I am in awe of your generosity and the Lord’s provision through you!  Thank you, Lord!  I pray that each of you will “know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that all of you might be filled with all the fullness of God.”   Ephesians 3:19.

 

As we partner together to reach the children with the Good News, please know that the Lord has allowed our chapter to reach over 9,500 children so far this year with over 2,000 professions of faith!  Halleluiah!  What a Savior!

 

Serving Christ together,

Bonnie

Update – Jim & Barbara Liljegren – Encouragement International

August 12, 2016 by  
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Dear Family and Friends,

 

Barbara and I have felt God’s leading to resume our overseas missions ministry this summer, after 3 years of health challenges. Your prayer support has been invaluable! Thank you so much! My health continues to be good except for some nagging backaches due to 5 spinal compression fractures in 2014.

As I have communicated before, we will help Cip in Moldova beginning August 21 and travel to Italy on August 29. Ilya has asked us to organize an English Family Camp in the summer of 2017. This trip will help set up that event by meeting with 6 Slavic church planters from all over Italy. It is very exciting to help motivate and facilitate 6 churches in evangelism! Lord willing, we shall return Sept. 5.

Our budget for this summer’s trip in $4,500. We have gratefully received $2,050. If you would like to contribute to this trip, please send a check to the address below and put on the Memo line: August Missions Trip. Thank you very much!

 

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jim and Barbara

 

Encouragement International, Inc.

P.O. Box 8524

Northridge, CA 91327-8524

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Update – The Liljegren’s – Encouragement International

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April 2016 Newsletter

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Dear Family and Friends,

 

Attached are newsletters that you may or may not have received over the past 3 months. Just to be sure we wanted to let everyone on our prayer list know about our upcoming Moldova-Italy trip August 21-Sept. 5. This is my first overseas journey since the fall of 2013. We praise the Lord for His healing power and that I have not had a seizure in almost 2 years!

The attached updates will give the details for our mission trip. Your prayer and financial help, as always, is much appreciated. Thank you very much!

 

To God be the glory,

Jim
Encouragement International, Inc.

P.O. Box 8524

Northridge, CA 91327-8524

Update – The Losch’s – Crossworld

July 14, 2016 by  
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Dear Friends,

I hope your long weekend celebrations are off to a good start.  Being a dual citizen, I get to frame the whole weekend with celebrating the birth of two nations – Canada today and the U.S. on Monday. (I just don’t get to take both days off J)  We’re going to be having a couple of our Indian friends over for the weekend, as well as our son, Nathan and his wife, Bre and baby Annabelle.  And it’s supposed to rain – pour buckets all weekend – flash floods and the whole bit.  So we might be playing a lot of indoor games!

 

As I sat on my deck today in the quiet of the morning, I had to ponder what a crazy world we’re living in.  People sure need Jesus, don’t they?

 

Over on this side of the world we seem so preoccupied by stuff that doesn’t matter much.  It sure seems like we’re terribly lost in our wealth and ease.  And it feels like we’re losing our senses when it comes to our choices of who to pick to lead this country for the next four years.  One is about as humble as King Nebuchadnezzar and as articulate as King Kong.  And the other is no better, but will probably win by default.

 

Then I picked up my copy of Operation World and flipped it open to India, since that’s the country we’re scheduled to pray for on this date.  And I landed on the page describing the city of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra, home to 113 million people.  20 million of them live just in Mumbai, and 60% of those live in slums of unimaginable proportion.  That’s 12 million slum-dwellers in a single city!  Twice as many people live in Mumbai’s slums, as there are people living in the entire state of Missouri! And there are still 40,000 villages in that state alone that are totally untouched by the gospel.

 

And for the most part, we are virtually oblivious to that world.  While they wake up to the noise and dirt and hunger and poverty and hopelessness and danger and eternal lost-ness of life in Mumbai, I wake up to my hot cup of coffee and my shiny new refrigerator, and my nicely manicured lawn, and the birds singing, and the Kansas City Royals winning and blah, blah, blah.  There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a world that works and is pleasant and full of good things.  That’s actually how God made it and wants for it to be.  But when I almost don’t even think about the real people on the other side of the world who know NOTHING of life as it was meant to be, there’s something really wrong with that.

 

Sometimes I think I should just pick up and leave – go back to a part of the world where people don’t have a fair chance at hearing the gospel or meeting a follower of Jesus.  And then I think of how old I’m getting to learn a new language, and “how much I’m needed” to fill my current role (ha, ha), and how attached I am to all the stuff around me that is nice, but doesn’t matter much in light of a very long eternity that I’ll get to spend enjoying much better than this, and that those people in Mumbai will get to spend in misery much worse than they’ve ever seen or imagined.

 

And I realize how dull my heart is to what God says is really important.  How about yours?

 

So what are we supposed to do about it?  At the very least, we’re supposed to beg God to send more of His followers to places like Mumbai (Matthew 9:37-38).  And to do that, I know that I need to beg him to jolt me out of my complacent comfort to even stir myself up to beg Him to send out workers.

 

So I’m asking you to join me in at least doing the least we can do – which, if we actually do it, could be the most important thing we could do to change the world.

 

“When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, it was gut-wrenching to see them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, beg, implore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers into His harvest.”

 

Keep your eyes on what’s important.

Dale

 

 

Dale Losch | President, Crossworld

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Update – Bonnie Day – Child Evangelism Fellowship

July 14, 2016 by  
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Dear Prayer Partners,

 

We recently had our “Two Birthdays” Outreach in Fresno.  Shootings had taken place that week in the neighborhood where a young man was sent to the hospital with gun shot wounds.  That is a regular occurrence there.  The Good News is that we shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with 70 children and 41 of them made professions of faith!  They were born again, receiving their second birthday into God’s family forever!  This neighborhood can be changed in a generation by the power of God!  Hallelujah!  I know of no greater work with hope for the future!

 

In three weeks we will begin our summer Party Clubs in Madera County! We plan to go to Town and Country Park, Rotary Park, Pan Am Park, the Chowchilla Library and the Pomona Ranch Migrant Center.  Please pray for these events, that parents will let their children attend, that children will want to attend and that they will be born again into God’s family forever!

 

So far this year our chapter has reached over 8,800 children with the Gospel and we have the summer ministry to go to complete the ministry year. Please pray with us that we will reach over 10,000 children!  The Lord desires that none of these precious little ones perish!

 

Thank you for your ongoing prayer and financial support!  I am praying for my monthly financial support to increase by $1100 so that I can stay in full time ministry.  Please prayerfully consider what the Lord would ask you to do help me reach the children through CEF.

 

I continue to be amazed at what the Lord is doing through His people as we respond in obedience to his call in our community!  Thank you to all of you who pray, give and go!  I am so blessed to work together with you for His glory!

 

Serving Christ together,

Bonnie

 

Bonnie Day
Field Missionary

bonnie.day@cefnorcal.org

(559) 871-6599 cell

 

1322 E. Shaw Ave #110

Fresno, CA 93710

www.cefnorcal.org/centralvalleysouth

(559) 226-5539 office

(559) 226-3290 FAX

Update – The Gomez’s – Guatemala

June 21, 2016 by  
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