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Fish Tales by Charity McDaniel
Three Shy Guys by David Servant
The Safe Water Fund at Work in Vietnam
They live deep in the
central highlands of
Vietnam in Quang Ngai Province, but they are not Vietnamese. They are a tribal people
called the H’roi. Until a few years ago, none of them
had ever heard of Jesus. No missionary had ever
brought the gospel. But one of them
heard a radio broadcast from a Christian shortwave station in
the Philippines, and he believed in Jesus. Then he told his friends. Before long, he
had planted seven blossoming churches among the
H’roi, and he became their pastor. The Lord raised up other pastors
from among them. Many H’roi have since come to believe in Jesus.
church-planter from Ho Chi Minh City named Vinh who has helped Heaven’s
Family distribute The
Disciple-Making Minister to
hundreds of Vietnamese
pastors was providentially informed of the gospel’s spread among the
H’roi. He began sending some of his pastors to visit and teach
them. Here is part of his report to us in his best
pastors told me that if I come to this place I cannot help crying for their
poverty. Most of children are naked or only wearing shorts. They have to go to
a long distance to the stream to get water for use and drink. The water they
take from the stream is also very dirty and bad-smelled. The whole village
don’t have toilet, so they have to go to bushes up on the hills or down the
stream. You know my brother last time December 2008, three of my pastors
went there to organize the Christmas evangelistic meeting. They had to stay
there one week and they could not go to toilet because they are shy to go to
bushes. Coming back, they looked like pregnant people, because they kept food
inside the stomacth one week. [Which is why I almost titled this article, Three
Vinh asked if we could
fund a 100- to 150-foot-deep water well for the believers in one village,
writing, “They are poor Christians, but very faithful to the Lord, living
as true salt of the earth.” He sent us a photo of a circle they had drawn
on the soil by faith where they wanted their well to be dug. $500 was needed.
We agreed to help.
In central Vietnam, tribal
Christians are often regularly persecuted by the local authorities. When the
well was almost completed, the H’roi pastor was called in for questioning by
the local chief of police. He wanted to know about the source of the well’s
funding. He feared the worst, but he told the police chief the truth. The funds
had come from a Christian pastor in Ho Chi Minh City. At that, the police chief
replied, “Can you ask your pastor to help our people in this village for
one more well? Because this one is not enough for the whole village!”
Twice Saved by CJ McDaniel
The Education Fund at Work in Kenya
Often cold and hungry,
the two young brothers slept at nights on the streets, using each other’s body
heat for warmth. They survived by begging and through occasional odd jobs they
could find, which were few and far between for two malnourished children.
Elias and Rial were the
sons of poverty-stricken peasant farmers who lived outside the agricultural
town of Kitale, Kenya. They lost both of their parents in a span of four months
due to undiagnosed diseases. Like many orphaned children in Africa, Elias and
Rial found themselves with no place to live and no food to eat. They were about
six and seven years old. By the time their uncle, who lived over 250 miles
away, heard of the their plight, they had spent three years living on the
unforgiving streets of Kitale.
Things improved when
their uncle moved to Kitale to take care of them about seven years ago. He paid
their school tuition fees and provided food and a humble home. Earlier this
year, however, on a trip back from his home town, he was killed in an
automobile accident. Elias and Rial were on their own again.
Erick Situmah, a Heaven’s
Family-sponsored national missionary
who is planting house churches in a Kitale slum, was sharing the gospel on the
streets. He was specifically targeting teenagers, which is how he first met
Elias and Rial. At that time, the boys were still living in the house that
their uncle had been renting for six dollars a month. Elias and Rials’s deceased
parents had been worshippers of trees and rocks, and they had instilled many of
the same beliefs in their sons. When Erick told them about Jesus, however, they
immediately received Him and began attending one of Erick’s house churches.
With their uncle gone
and no one to pay their school fees, the brothers began accruing tuition debt
until the school eventually refused their admission. Elias was just half a year
away from graduating from high school, and Rial was one year behind him.
Through gifts to our Education Fund, Heaven’s Family stepped in and paid their past debt as well
as their school fees through to graduation. If it were not for the compassion
of their spiritual family on the other side of the world, Elias and Rial would
once again be on the streets with no hope for the future. Both, however, now
have big dreams. Rial, who plays soccer for the high school team, dreams of
being a professional soccer player. His older brother, Elias, wants to apply
himself to become a medical doctor. On their behalf, thanks so much.
Islamic Injustice by Elisabeth K.
The Persecuted Christians Fund at Work in Pakistan
Ghafoor Masih has
lived in Hajware Town, Pakistan, for thirty-five years, the last twenty of
which he has operated a small grocery store to support his family. Although he
is a Christian and thus part of a persecuted minority, Ghafoor has enjoyed a
long-standing, good relationship with the local Muslim community. That
dramatically changed, however, just a few weeks ago.
Ghafoor noticed that
rats had damaged some papers and school curriculum in his
store. So he asked his grown son, Imran, to burn the damaged
papers on the street outside, something that is commonly done in most cities
and towns in Pakistan, as there is little waste management. Imran did as his
father requested. Neither had any premonition how his simple act would turn
their world into a tailspin.
Even though the large
majority of Pakistani Muslims cannot read Arabic, a few who observed Imran
thought they saw some Arabic words on the papers he was burning, and they
accused him of destroying the Qur’an. He denied it, but they rushed to the
nearest mosque to broadcast their accusation over the minaret loudspeakers that are
used to call Muslims to prayer five times each day. An angry mob gathered at
the front of Ghafoor’s grocery store.
Within minutes, they
looted and destroyed everything. Then the mob attacked Imran as his brother was
trying to take him to safety. His life was spared by the arrival of the police,
yet those same police beat him once he arrived at the police station. When Imran’s
two accusers arrived, they filed a charge of blasphemy against him. As of this
writing, Imran is still in jail awaiting his trial for blasphemy. His
father, Ghafoor, moved his entire family to a secret location for safety, where
Heaven’s Family has sent funds to help sustain Ghafoor and
his family and to hire an attorney to defend Imran. They would all appreciate
Please Pray for Mah Yin by Emily Growden
The Critical Medical Needs Fund at work in Myanmar
Meet little Mah
Yin Yin Nwe of Myanmar. We met her last year when Heaven’s Family provided a small business grant to Amine,
Mah Yin’s widowed mother. With that grant, Amine opened a noodle shop to
support herself and her three children.
Some months later, we
heard from one of our national missionaries, Khamh Lian, who lives in the same city,
that Mah Yin was suffering from a severe eye infection
and an oozing sore on her abdomen. With
contributions to the Critical Medical Needs Fund, we rushed funds to provide some
Yin was first taken to an eye specialist who treated her
infection, but with no improvement. She was then referred to the
best general practitioner in her city. He ordered tests that indicated the
infection had not begun in her eyes, but rather in her liver. Mah Yin was
suffering from severe liver damage, and it was no
longer filtering harmful substances from her blood as it should. The
result was multiple infections that were plaguing her
body. The doctor began long-term treatments for her liver and eyes
and also sent her to a skin specialist.
Three months later we
received photos of Mah Yin that showed her remarkable improvement. She looked
like a completely different little girl. However, Mah Yin’s ordeal is not over.
Missionary Khamh learned from one of Mah Yin’s relatives that her father had
died of AIDS. He immediately took Mah Yin to have a blood test only to learn
the sad truth that she’d been born with the HIV virus. This meant that her
mother, Amine, was also infected. Khamh agonized and prayed whether to tell
Amine and little Mah Yin. A few weeks later, he wrote to us:
haven’t seen Amine for three days. She has left her three children at home and
even her children do not know where she has gone! . . . Doctors have told
her of her infection and we believe that would be the reason for her running.
As of this writing,
Amine has not returned. Her three children have been taken in by a
friend of Khamh’s. Long-term treatments will be needed for Mah Yin to
battle the HIV virus. Her doctor has agreed to continue those treatments
without cost, but there will on-going traveling costs to transport little Mah
Yin to the doctor. We’re committed to continue helping her. Please pray with us
for her mother, Amine, to return soon.
David Servant’s New DVD Teaching Series
Ready to Ship: Jesus’ Parables, Part 1
Jesus often spoke to His
followers in parables in order that they might understand the mysteries of the
kingdom of God. In this soon-to-be-released video teaching series, David
Servant takes a closer look at nine of Jesus’ parables that were specifically
directed towards believers. They include the parables of The Sower and the
Soils, The Wheat and the Tares, The Hidden Treasure, The Unforgiving Servant,
The Laborers in the Vineyard, The Good Samaritan, The Rich Fool, The
Unrighteous Steward, and The Rich Man and Lazarus.
David makes no attempt
to alter or soften the challenging messages contained within any of Jesus’
parables. The result is a thought-provoking study that is perfect for personal
devotions, group Bible studies, and home churches.
The four-DVD set in an attractive compact case includes thirteen 30-minute teachings that were filmed in the Alaskan wilderness. Also included are short and interesting side-trips as the camera follows David to some of Alaska’s most interesting places. You can order your copy for $35, which includes free shipping in the U.S., by clicking here. Jesus’ Parables, Part 2 has already been filmed, and is now in the editing phase.