With guests Beverly Thompson, regional director for Northeast India, and Shirley Panasuk, volunteer. Hosted by Ole Olesen. (28:30)
CANADA–Gerald Smith, head elder of the Maranatha Church in Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada, recently attended the Maritime Conference camp meeting where he heard Dave Crook, Gospel Outreach (GO) regional director for Northeast Africa, give a presentation. Inspired by what he heard, he determined to get involved by partnering with GO’s Adopt-a-Worker program.
Upon returning to his home church, he began promoting the idea of how members of the Maranatha Church could adopt a Bible worker and thus sponsor their own missionary. Helen Jones, a Maranatha Church member, heard Gerald’s appeal and shares her story:
Sometime after rescuing Barney, my stray cat, one of her teeth turned a strange color. I called a local veterinarian. He said, “This condition is not normal. We need to extract the tooth.” He estimated the cost would be $800 or more.
At church the following Sabbath, our head elder, Gerald Smith, was telling us about the GO Adopt-a-Worker program. I spoke up and told him, “Pray that Barney’s tooth will not cost $800. Whatever amount I save, I will donate to Gospel Outreach.”
A few days later, I received a phone call from a friend, and as we talked about pets, she told me about a veterinarian in another town whom she highly recommended. I called him. He told me, “I think I can treat your cat for only $300.”
I took Barney to him. When the vet examined her, he told me, “The tooth really isn’t bothering her; there is no need for an extraction.”
When I went to pay for his services, to my amazement, he only charged $120! It didn’t take me long to fulfill my commitment. I praised God and donated $700 to Gospel Outreach.
My prayer is that Barney’s story will be a catalyst which results in someone being in God’s kingdom.
Members of the little Maranatha Church in eastern Canada have raised enough money to adopt a GO worker for one year. They are continuing to raise funds to support their worker for a second year. How thrilled they are to be sponsoring their own missionary who is introducing people to Jesus in a foreign land!
On location in China with guest Daniel Jaio, executive secretary of the Chinese Union Mission. Hosted by Julie Sanders Keymer. (28:30)
I am Chature Basyal, a Gospel Outreach worker from Bhaktapur, Nepal. One day when I was a few miles away in Sanga, I met a woman named Kinka Devi Magar. Sharing a deep concern, she told me, “I am suffering with a pain in my stomach which has bothered me for over a month.” She had taken medications prescribed by doctors but had not gotten any better.
She asked me to pray for her, which I did. Later when I saw her again, she cheerfully reported, “I was healed that very day that you prayed for me.” Now, she is interested in learning more about Jesus and the Bible.
Gospel Outreach worker Felix Kiamou Delamou conducted a one-week evangelistic series in the village of Benjano. He started on Sunday and finished the following Sabbath. Since he did not speak the language of this village, a friend of his, who was not an Adventist, came to translate his message.
On the sixth day of the meetings, a fetish priest (who mediates between the spirit and physical worlds) was sent by a man to kill Felix and the interpreter by poisoning them. Since this was the first time the fetish priest had come to the meetings, he was invited to eat with the speakers that evening. Not knowing the priest had been sent on a special mission to poison their food and kill them, they were happy to see him.
Toward the end of the meal, the priest got up very quickly, washed his hands and left. Just before leaving, he secretly poisoned the soup. The others continued eating until all the food was finished. An hour after the meal, the translator started complaining about stomach pain. He was rushed to a small clinic in the village, but one hour later he died.
When the fetish priest was summoned by the chief of the village for inquiries, he was surprised that nothing happened to Felix, the evangelist. This was a powerful testimony in that village. As a result, some gave their lives to Jesus.
With guest Fred Webb, Gospel Outreach regional director for the Philippines. Hosted by Julie Sanders Keymer. (28:30)
COLLEGE PLACE, WA—Most days our Gospel Outreach (GO) office is quite calm and quiet with six to 10 people on the job, processing donations and pursuing other office work. This tranquility radically changes for two weekends during the year. One of these weekends is in October, and the other is in April. During those times, the office becomes a beehive of activity as we welcome our board members and regional directors for important meetings.
GO works in about 50 countries, which we have divided into 22 regions. Each of these regions has one or two volunteer regional directors who oversee the GO workers in their territories. The directors’ responsibilities are to encourage and guide the evangelists in their areas and to visit their regions at least once a year. During the first day and a half of our rally weekends, the regional directors meet to encourage one another, share stories, and receive instruction that they can pass along to the workers in their areas.*
We also use this opportunity to film interviews with our GO regional directors who share mission reports and stories from their regions for our Adventures in Missions TV programs.
Sabbath afternoon we hold a mission rally. During the rally, we share stories of God’s activity in our various fields and the challenges we face in reaching the people groups in the 10/40 Window that need to know about Jesus. We also take a special offering to support GO workers. The offering received at the October rally raised more than $6,000.
As a conclusion to the weekend, the GO board of directors meets and makes important decisions about policy and the future of Gospel Outreach.
All of us at GO come away encouraged, inspired, and energized to continue our work when we see what our humble army of volunteers and generous donors have been able to accomplish by God’s grace.
*We are always looking for new regional directors. If you have had overseas experience and you feel you may like to serve the Lord in this way, please contact us.
With guest Keith Heinrich, Gospel Outreach regional director for Southeast Asia. Hosted by Julie Sanders Keymer. (28:30)
In July, Keith Heinrich, Gospel Outreach regional director for Southeast Asia, visited some southern islands to observe trust-building camps. Here Muslims and Adventists come together to dialogue and build trust. As the co-founder of this movement, Heinrich was thrilled to see the movement growing.
These shared experiences bring Adventists and Muslims together to study, pray, fellowship, and serve. During the camp, they study their sacred books and join in prayer to the God of creation. They focus on God’s character of grace, love, and mercy while seeking to grow in faith as they prepare for the return of Jesus Christ and the “Day of Judgment.”
As they fellowship and serve together, they are breaking down walls of prejudice, both within their own hearts and in the eyes of the communities watching the activities conducted in the trust-building camps. As a result of these events, an ongoing study group now meets weekly in this area. Please pray that this movement will continue to spread all across Indonesia. Praise God for how He is tearing down walls and bringing hearts together in goodwill.
Recently, an unusual visitor came to our Gospel Outreach (GO) worker’s “breaking of the fast” event. By building relationships in the community every week through English classes and “Stop Now” smoking education classes, the GO worker has developed many deep relationships with residents of the local neighborhood.
With Ramadan coming to a close, they planned a shared “break the fast” event where people of faith could come together to eat and pray. In the group was a woman who was raised Adventist, but after seeing hypocrisy in the lives of church members and serving with a nongovernmental organization in the wake of a devastating tsunami, she had become a Muslim. She had since married a Muslim man, and now they were living in the area where our GO worker lived.
That night after breaking the fast together, they talked for hours about many spiritual things and the need for deep, end-time faith in these last days before the return of Jesus. Relationships deepened, and faith was shared. God has once again led our outreach workers to connect with others around them searching for meaning and truth.