Bolivian Radio Ministry Update

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Here is an update from John and Neta, who have many years of experience in radio ministry:

For us the year of 2013 has been a year of many blessings, where God has again proven Himself sufficient for all our needs. It has been a real blessing to see how God is increasingly using the Low German programs, such as Through the Bible Program, Women of Hope, The Bible plus a number of others, in many different ways.

First of all, of course, we have them on our online server, where they can be downloaded to be aired on radio. However, we also have a link on the server called: Low German Programs for Personal Use or Group Studies, which are available for anyone to download.

With the modern technology people have available for listening to these programs nowadays, we are amazed from how far and wide people are calling us, requesting these programs. We have been blessed to see how the Lord is using this ministry, far beyond just on radio.

Besides the above, I (John) have just finished translating the fourth course of a series of four courses called: Foundations for Living Discipleship Course, from English to Low German. The author of this course is Dick Driedger, director of Foundations For Living Society, which is located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. So, with all the above, we are being blessed very richly and have no need to look for more work.

However, over the past several months we have been asked by the RTM Bolivia board to come and help them with the Low German Ministry. At the formal request of RTM to help them build stability and vision for the Low German side of the RTM ministry, after much prayer, seeking God’s will, we feel that the Lord is calling us to take on this position for a short term.

John and Neta arrived in Bolivia last month. We are so grateful for their continued commitment to the work God has called them to.

MEMO Can Do That!

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The MEMO team recently spent 4 days visiting our new ministry partners in El Salvador. The Shalom primary care community clinic run by Harvesting in Spanish Mission, is waiting to be furnished and medically equiped to get its license to operate. MEMO can do that!

This clinic will provide free care to poor people in the community for Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, Gynecology, Emergency room, general medicine, day surgery, diagnostics (lab and X-ray), nutritional counselling and spiritual counselling and social work . There will be health fairs held regularly in the community for preventative medicine. Staffing will come from the El Salvador Evangelical University Medical school as part of their training

This Christian Medical School has 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students! They are planning a large community clinic in the capital city, San Salvador, to be followed by a 50 bed hospital for medical training. MEMO can help to provide that!

The 250 student Amilat Christian School also run by Harvesting in Spanish is needing computers for training, and some new desks and chairs. MEMO can do that!

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The large empty home across the road donated to the Shalom children’s home for use as a residence for 18 year old graduates of the children’s home going on to College and University needs furnishing (beds, couches, chairs, tables, etc.). MEMO can do that!

When told about the Mammography machine and the mobile breast screening clinic sitting in our warehouse, both the Shalom Clinic and Christian Medical School eagerly said they will collaborate in running the program. Teri Benner the director of the medical clinic has already selected the room for the fixed mammography machine and adjacent dark room. MEMO will send that that!

The computer teacher in the Christian School, when he heard of all the computer equipment we can supply, said “I am going to faint!!” The school doctor from the medical school said something we have often heard in Cuba “We have enough doctors and nurses but not enough equipment.”

The needs of these folks in El Salvador fits perfectly with what God has called MEMO to do.

There is a huge amount of work ahead of us!

  • We have to continue collecting medical equipment and inventoring it for customs.
  • We have to collect money for shipping.
  • We will have many days of packing ocean containers for El Salvador.
  • In El Salvador we do not need government permission for shipping things. We only need our partners to tell us what they need. That is such a blessing.
  • Please pray that the equipment and supplies can be put to good use without complications.

Can’t Buy Love, It’s Shown (from Bolivia)

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“What a blessing it has been to have the team here again. So much of our ministry is here because of teams that give of their time and finances. The encouragement that they are when they are here is something money can’t buy.” Jake and Mary were blessed to have a team visit from Wilfred and Shirley’s home church. The pastor delivered Sunday’s message. His Low German was a little rusty so Jake got to translate.

Jake and Mary took their Bolivia “kids” Ariel and Fanny Rodas to an aunt living in Tarija, and they did and ate things they had never before encountered!

Jake had the privilege of teaching baptismal classes through the last month. They had 2 young boys get baptized!

Casa Elizabeth and Casa Mariposa received a play structure. “I wish that would have been up one week earlier when we had the seven little ones here. But they are in Canada, reunited with their father. Her husband is now a Christian! God has truly done a miracle in his life. Last week the mother phoned from Canada thanking us again for all we had done and what a different life she now had. She sounded so happy! I hope we have many more good reports like that coming from Casa Elizabeth.”

You can support Casa Mariposa by visiting our donation page, under designation, selecting “other,” and inputting the following code:

Women and Children’s Shelter: #2-5022

Privileged: An Update from Mexico

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This is a re-post from Lane and Sheri’s blog.

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Last night was another amazing night. We showed the Jesus Film! There were more people watching the movie at the vineyard than I can ever remember! There were well over 200 people there! It truly was a privilege to share with them after they watched the movie. The movie gave a clear presentation of the gospel message, the fact that Jesus died for our sins and wants us to know Him, to have a relationship with Him each day.

I then spoke for a while. I shared a few thoughts and shared about how Christ has changed my life. The people were so attentive to what I was saying! The gravity of the situation and the opportunity before me weighed on me. Not as a burden but as a big opportunity that not too many people get even once in their lives. I just realized the amazing opportunity that was presenting itself before me and prayed for the words to say.

We continue to go back once a week to the 2 different Vineyards that we have access to. The people come and listen, are attentive and do respond. We need more workers to come, there is so much more we could do with some more hands!

Pray for the Lord to send me workers into His harvest!

The picture below is of the group of people who gathered after I had finished speaking. They always listen to me on the microphone talking to the large group, then when I dismiss them, some come forward and gather around me and expect me to keep sharing. They just stand there and wait for me to say something. So I just keep going! Notice me at the rear of the picture with the hat on?

Latest from Gary and Eva

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garyandevaEva and Gary are currently in language school in Texas, preparing to serve in Bolivia.

I hope you’ll appreciate the honesty and humility in their latest blog post:

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