March 2014

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Please Pray!  We Are in Southeast Asia

by Brian Weller

Cambodia - Children ministry at Dump 2By the time you receive this, JJ and I will be in Thailand, ministering in a part of the world where we have never been. We will meet people we have never met, eat food we have never eaten, and hear a language that we can’t read, write or understand (without a translator). As I write this article a few days before our departure, I feel a love in my heart for the people of these nations: Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. I know that love is from God and that the call to GO is from Him as well!

I know in my heart:

  • God wants them to know Him
  • God wants to help them
  • God wants us to tell them about salvation through Jesus Christ

I also know without a doubt that God loves them just as much as He loves us, and He wants them to have the same opportunity to hear the message of salvation that we had. Jesus came and died on the cross for all of humanity, not just a part. Many of the people in these nations have never heard the gospel. We know it is our responsibility before God to tell them by going or by sending others with the message and other expressions of God’s love. We see it as our responsibility to help the indigenous ministers and missionaries in these nations to reach their own people.

We leave home not knowing what to expect! We just want to serve God faithfully and to serve the people He loves. We are traveling to learn how we can help them know Jesus and how we can help native missionaries and ministries to become self-supporting. We will visit churches, ministry leaders, orphanages, and more.  Please pray for God’s direction, protection, and provision as we GO!

We will be away for two weeks and will be working with Jim Randall, an old friend and veteran missionary. Jim has given up his life in the USA so that he can give people in the “10/40 window” an opportunity to hear about Jesus. He lives with very little so that he can give a lot. Please pray that we can be a blessing to Jim and to the people of this part of the world while we are there.

Thank you for your love and your prayers!   Brian Weller

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Peru – Month of Missions Update by JJ Weller

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JJ and Rildo (A new friend) In Nauta, Peru

From January 23rd to February 18th I was in Peru doing mission work. I wasn’t as busy as I expected to be, but the Holy Spirit worked powerfully. What else can we expect when we come into cohorts with the same Holy Spirit who worked in the Book of Acts?

Most of my ministry during my trip to Peru consisted of encouraging the church by lifting up the work of Jesus on the cross and by calling them to prayer and revival.  I had a lot of people praying for me, and the results of this were made clear almost every time that I preached. The Holy Spirit surprised my translator and I one night, when, after our poorest sermon presentation yet, the congregation was brought by the Holy Spirit into a time of earnest repentance and passionate prayer for Revival.
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I joined the Peruvians in leading a youth camp in a town called Nauta. The Holy Spirit used this group of teens immensely. By the end of the week, every camp attendee present believed that they had been born again, and a visible transformation had taken place in almost all of the new professing believers!  They will be continually discipled by the leadership of the church in Nauta that we partnered with to run the camp.

It was a wonderful time of learning, growing, and loving. Thanks for all of your prayers and financial support!

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Children we ministered to in  Grau, Peru

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Randall Mission Update by Jim Randall

Hello from Thailand,
photo(5)I began typing this on Friday (Feb. 28) in a mountain village in the north east of Thailand among a Hmong tribal group.  I am at a Lutheran church with a Thai ministry that does health training for villages in the north.  The leader, Dang, speaks English but her two assistants do not.  However, one of them speaks Japanese so we have been communicating in Japanese instead of English.  Dang’s foundation also supports Children’s Homes and Orphanages.  They come from Bangkok to conduct health clinics and share the Gospel in some very remote villages.  I was asked to visit several orphanages and give photoadvice about how to become more effective in their ministry.  In the Hmong village, I was asked to share the Word of God twice a day and pray for other needs.  I did not have much time since the messages had to be translated first into Thai and then Hmong.  I had the opportunity to pray with five of them to become Christians.  PTL!  I was not sure why the Lord had prompting me to go for four days with the team but now I know.  When we follow the Lord’s prompting, we always receive His blessing.  I also prayed for an older couple in their 70’s who had come for a health check-up.  (Dang is on the left and the Pastor is on the right.)  photo(4)They are not believers yet and the husband is struggling with opium addiction.  You can join with me in praying for their salvation and his deliverance from this addiction.  They allowed me to pray for them and the pastor is now sure they will become believers very soon.  There are many tribal villages in this rugged mountain area where there are few churches.  Laos is just on the other side of the mountain and many of these people go back and forth across the border.  Please pray for the tribal people of Thailand.  Most are open to the Gospel but there are few who go to these remote areas.

2014 Randall Thailand Couple

Brian Weller, president of Message Missions, and his son, JJ, are coming on March 6, for two weeks.  My deceased wife, Paula, and I worked with Brian many years ago before any of us became involved with Foreign Missions.  Paula was his singing partner when I met them. I will take them to see some of the work going on here in this part of the world so they can determine what the Lord wants them to do here.  (http://www.messagemissions.com ) We will go to Cambodia to see several ministries there and also hope to get to Myanmar as well.  Their time here is short so we need to maximize our schedule.  I will introduce them to missionaries and native pastors so they can get a greater understanding of the need in this part of the world where two out of three people on earth who have never heard the Gospel reside.

The need is great and the opportunities to train and encourage native pastors and workers is ever present.  We have our part but it is the locals who have the work of making disciples.  We can be like Aaron and Hur who held up the hands of Moses so the battle could be won (Exodus 17:12).  Don’t under estimate your part in reaching those who are waiting to hear the Good News that God loves them.  Seeing the joyful smiles on the faces of those who have just entered into eternal life is worth all the effort and sacrifice.  Thank you for your part in their eternal life.  Some day you will get to meet these dear people in Heaven as they come to say, “Thank you” for your part in sending Jim Randall to tell them the Good News of eternal life.

Please pray for me.  Doors continue to open to train and minister to people throughout this part of the world but I need long range direction.  I could stay busy just in Thailand but I want to maximize my time and service for the Kingdom of God.  The need is great but the laborers are few.

Prayer requests:

  • 1. Direction for Brian and JJ’s time here in Asia.  Pray for open doors for future involvement.
    2. God’s provision for the work here and safety for our travels (March 5 – 20)
    3. Long term direction for me here in Asia and God’.
    4. Please pray for my kids back in the US.  Safety, protection and closer walk with the Lord for: Stephanie, Hector, Abby and Tim.
    5. It sometimes it gets really lonely here so I am beginning to pray for someone to work alongside.

God bless you and thanks for praying, Jim