Japan: Will You Teach Us the Bible?
September 2013: Through the New Life Center (NLC), CAMA and other Alliance personnel are reaching out to the people of Ishinomaki, Japan, one of the hardest-hit areas of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. The following was adapted from their blog.
One June morning we heard a loud knock at our door. Mr. S., a man in his 60s, asked if we were Christians. We invited him to join us for tea. After a brief conversation, he asked if we would be willing to teach a Bible study for him and some of his friends. In a country that is less than 1 percent Christian, a request to teach a Bible study is not something we hear often. We were surprised, but there was little hesitation before we said yes.
Mr. S. is one of 15,000 people in the Ishinomaki area who still live in temporary housing units. Many are seniors with fixed incomes. They feel isolated and trapped in a hopeless situation; they cannot afford to rebuild and the communities they once lived in were destroyed by the tsunami.
Initially, we planned to meet at the NLC, since religious meetings in the housing units are discouraged. A few days later, Mr. S. told us that due to limited transportation, few residents would be able to attend if we met at the NLC. Therefore, he had applied for special permission from the city to hold religious meetings in the housing unit’s public meeting room. Permission was granted!
Since then eight people, ranging in age from the thirties to eighties, have been faithfully attending a study of the Book of John. The group comprises three married couples and two women. All have shown great interest in the Christian faith. Please pray for them. Several have expressed that they are very close to placing their faith in Christ, while others have said they may be “too old to change.” Praise God that it is the work of Christ within them that will bring true transformation. Since moving here in March, we have prayed that God will open doors and that His Spirit will move mightily. He has answered our prayers again and again. This group is another example of His faithfulness and of the active work of the Spirit in Ishinomaki.
Originally posted by The Alliance. Find the original article in the News & Stories section.
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Guinea: Violence Victims Aided
August 23, 2013: In mid-July, ethnic violence began in the village of Koule before spreading to nearby N’Zérékoré, about 350 miles southeast of Guinea’s capital, Conakry.
Many believers lost their houses and all of their belongings, including Alliance families. In response, CAMA issued a grant to a local Christian relief organization to provide food and basic household items to 300 families from both sides of the conflict that had lost everything. CAMA Zending (The Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Holland) assisted in the effort.
Hope Medical Center, a clinic founded by CAMA, provided medical care to some of the wounded. A delegation from the Evangelical Protestant Church of Guinea (EPE), a member of the Alliance World Fellowship, also aided families in N’Zérékoré. More than $2,200, mounds of clothing, 27 bags of corn soya, and other items were collected to distribute to families who suffered as a result of the violence. Among the affected were six pastors who lost everything they owned.
“One elderly pastor cried when I presented him with a new copy of the Africa Bible Commentary in French,” reported a worker who serves in Guinea with The Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada. “He had lost all of the theological books that he had accumulated over 40 years and despaired that he would obtain that commentary again.”
Pray for peace in Guinea and for those who were victimized to experience the love of Christ in the aftermath of this tragedy. Pray for comfort for those who lost family members and for provision for the pastors and congregations whose churches and homes were destroyed.
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August 19, 2013: On July 28-29, heavy rainstorms swept through the communities of Kounadia and Souri in Burkina Faso. The losses were devastating; more than 550 people have been directly affected by these storms. Fields are completely covered in water. Houses have fallen and personal property and farming equipment has been destroyed. Livestock and feed has been lost.
CAMA is partnering with ACCEDES, the relief and development agency of The Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Burkina Faso, to help meet people’s immediate needs, including mats, tents, blankets, food, lamps, and other things. Your gift to CAMA’s Disaster Relief Fund will help meet the needs in Burkina Faso and other places affected by natural disasters.
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Kosovo Recycling Plant Update
June 2013: The Kosovo Recycling Plant is praising God for his provision. After a fire destroyed the building and equipment on April 1, the plant’s team has been looking to rebuild or relocate. Praise the Lord – a church in the US has donated funds to cover the purchase of a new bottle press, used to bale plastic bottles for shipping.
There is still, however, need for support and especially prayer. Pray that the team will be allowed to rebuild, or that they will be able to find a suitable new location. Pray for grace with the local authorities as the team seeks the necessary permits. Pray for unity and wisdom as the team moves forward, and pray for the remainder of the necessary funds to be provided.
Thank you for joining hands with the Kosovo Recycling Plant as they seek to introduce Kosovars to Jesus, the “ultimate recycler of lives.”
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