June 27 2013
Pray for IGLEICO Children Evangelism in Colombia
This weekend IGLEICO is holding its annual assembly when all pastors gather for worship and denominational meetings. Our ECC Coordinator for IGLEICO, Richard Herrera, has planned an evangelism event with the children who will be attending. They will be trained to use several evangelism methods and then put them into practice in the community while their families are attending the convention.
We were so excited by Richard's plan because it goes beyond providing the usual children's program to showing the pastors how children can be used of God to lead others to Christ. At the conclusion of the convention the children will present each superintendent with an evangelism kit including each method they learned.
Several OMS donors responded to an invitation to participate by sending soccer balls with the colors of the wordless book and 100 special children's Evangecubes. Richard sent this photo of Remberto Barrios pictured with one of the soccer balls and an Evangecube.
Who will fulfill the great commission? Is God calling you to give financially, go in faith, or pray fervently?
June 4 2013
A Grand-daughter Church in the Lowliest of Places
In August 2010, an intercessory team began walking the streets of Medellin in faith, praying for the beginning of a house church that would saturate a neighborhood in Antioquia, Colombia. The physically and spiritually impoverished area supported the local economy through the sale of marijuana and cocaine.
Colombians began sharing the Gospel door-to-door by explaining the Evangecube, a pictorial presentation of the Gospel. God answered their prayers as people began giving their lives to Christ. Rocío did. She welcomed us into her home to begin discipling in her new faith in God. Within the week she introduced us to two members of her family and her neighbor Martha who wanted to know more about the Jesus Rocío now spoke about.
Martha confessed, “I am a slow learner and never understand anything,” but after studying what it is to be saved through faith in Christ, Martha and her friend surrendered to Jesus! The following weeks we studied the Bible with them and what it means to obediently follow Jesus. After several months the ladies were baptized, learned about the Lord’s Supper and celebrated communion in their home. The group began to grow as more family members and neighbors attended weekly meetings with Rocío and Martha.
God was evidently Lord of Martha and Rocío’s lives. They continued walking throughout the El Tapón district asking God to touch lives. As they walked, they saw many drug addicts living along the stream. Compassion broke the ladies’ hearts, and they began to take meals to the addicts. One day they noticed a 12 year-old girl who was devastated by drugs and living under the bridge. Martha and her friends offered to help her and took her to Rocío’s house. They bathed her, gave her clothes and something to eat. She told them her name was Valeria and that her mother prostituted her to get money for drugs. She pled with us to help her get out of her destructive lifestyle.
We took Valeria to a residential treatment facility and continued to visit her during her rehabilitation. Valeria also prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior! She introduced us to her Aunt Leydi who lives with her four small children in a shelter made from cardboard and plastic. She is under house arrest for drug trafficking. We shared the Lord Jesus with Leydi and her children, and they accepted Jesus and began working slowly through the discipleship studies. Today Leydi is preparing for baptism!
When Martha and Leydi studied what it is to be a cheerful giver, Martha immediately put into practice what she was teaching. On several occasions Rocío’s house church had sent food and medicines to Martha. The local government had donated groceries to Martha in her impoverished situation, and from these groceries, Martha then shared her meager supplies.
Several months later we celebrated an agape meal with Martha and Rocío’s combined house churches! Through a mom, an uneducated woman and a drug addict, God has sprouted a mother church, a daughter church and a grand-daughter church for the saturation of Antioquia, Colombia. And they noticed they were uneducated but that they had been with Jesus.
Greg & Shirley Carlson
ECC Church Multiplication Facilitator
June 3 2013
Tornadoes Ravage South Asia
More than 30 tornadoes have hit South Asia recently, which is second only to the United States when it comes to many tornadoes. In this highly populated, highly impoverished area, damage from a tornado can be crippling.
A devastating tornado struck an area in South Asia at the end of March without any warning. Homes were destroyed, rubble was left everywhere and everyone was in shock.
Many people rely on farming for daily income, but the crops were destroyed as well, which puts these farmer and their families in jeopardy.
With very little to start with and the tornado destroying much of that, these people are left trying to figure out where to get their next meal.
Simply living may seem hopeless to many. To some, there is no hope. But, there is one place for them to turn – to God and the local church.
The pastors in this area already put in countless hours, trying to bring people out of their hopeless religions and into a relationship with Christ. A disaster like this only adds to their burden, but the payoff is worth it.
Because of the work performed by local OMS-related church planters in this country, 353 churches were planted in 2012. The goal for 2013 is even higher.
Is God calling you to pray? Pray for these pastors―that they would not tire of doing the only work that matters.
Is God calling you to give? Gifts will be used to help take care of the families in need from this disaster or the next one.