December – Christmas Blessings in Peru

 
Feliz Navidad! By God’s grace, your donations, and the labor of our ministry partners, Message Ministries spread the true message of Christmas all throughout Peru through the Christmas Blessing Project. With your help, our ministry partners gave away almost 2,000 gifts and the gospel to Peruvian slum children in Piedras Gordas, Valle Verde, Costa Azul, Bolognesi, Arequipa, Pachacutec, Lomas de Carabayllo, 6th de Abril, Pisco, Marquez, Paita, Huancavelica, and two regions in Huancayo. 
Our partners also conducted Christmas Blessing Project outreaches for prisoners and their children in Huaral, Peru. We’ve attached some of our favorite pictures to give you a glimpse of this year’s outreaches. Our SE Asia outreaches are still underway — we will keep you updated! We have included a lot of pictures on this page and will be posting more as they come in.
Altogether, we’ve sent $15,300 to Christmas outreaches worldwide. About $10,500 of that money came from your designated donations and the other from the General Mission Fund. We still need $4,800 to completely fund our Christmas outreaches worldwide. It’s not too late to support the Christmas Blessing Project! To donate now, go to Christmasblessingproject.com or hit the link provided beneath the pictures!
PIEDRAS GORDAS – LIMA, PERU
LOMAS DE CARABAYLLO – LIMA
6TH DE ABRIL – LIMA, PERU
MARQUEZ – LIMA, PERU
PACHACUTEC – LIMA
PAITA, PERU
VALLE VERDE – LIMA, PERU
COSTA AZUL – LIMA, PERU
PISCO, PERU
 
HUANCAYO, PERU
 
 

 
SPECIAL THANKS!
 
Message Ministries is honored and blessed to work with such humble and dedicated Peruvian pastors and leaders like Pastor Fabian and Cecilia Santillian, Pastor Jose and Amanda Amaya, Pastor Gilberto and Doris Varillas, Pastor Everth and Maribelle Ipanaque,  Pastor Carlos and Veronica, Pastor Panfilo, Pastor Julio Alaya, Pastor Carlos and Flor, Adela, Celestina and so many others!
 
Thank you to our CEF workers including Cynthia, Leo, Anita and Loamy and last but not least Cort Bennett and Ted Williams who went to Peru to help minister with these amazing Peruvian leaders! 
2017 PERU – CHRISTMAS BLESSING PROJECT PICTURES


November – A Real Christmas Miracle in Unreached Burma

Christmas approaches, and many will soon tell mythical stories of “Christmas miracles.” But during the 2016 Christmas Blessing Project, a Burmese village leader experienced a real Christmas miracle that led many of his villagers towards new life in Jesus Christ.
A terrible omen seemed to rest on the Burmese village leader’s home. Years ago his beloved boy contracted a debilitating illness that only grew worse with time. Now, at age eleven, he could barely eat or sleep due to his severe fever. No doctor could diagnose the son’s illness, and no medicine or mysticism could improve his health. After years of hoping and trying, the village leader had lost almost all hope for his son.
 

Pastor J. praying for the sick at Christmas Outreach in Burma

The MM Christmas Blessing Project gave the Burmese village leader a new gleam of hope. Our Burmese partner Pastor J. provided warm blankets and jackets for the unreached village and conducted a special Christmas evangelistic meeting. During the meeting, the leader watched in awe as many of his villagers received instantaneous healing in Jesus’ name. About 20 received Christ immediately after hearing the gospel for the first time, but the leader stood still…for now.

 
At night, the village leader visited Pastor J. in secret and asked him to pray for Jesus to heal his dear son. In response to J’s prayer, God accomplished what years of both mysticism and medicine could not. God healed his son! Now, after what seemed like ages of severe trial, the boy could easily eat and sleep again — and the father could rest his heart from fears of burying his child.
 
In response to this miracle, the village leader and his whole family received Christ. When he shared his testimony with the village, many followed him to the Savior. Today, about 70 of the village’s 200 inhabitants meet together every Sunday in a bamboo church to receive Bible teaching, give testimony, and worship the Lord who saved and healed them. Many have abandoned drug abuse and Opium harvesting to follow Christ. And it all began on Christmas!
 
This December, The Christmas Blessing Project will offer the miracle of salvation to people in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Peru. Unreached Asian villagers and impoverished Peruvian children alike will receive Christmas gifts, fresh meals, and the miraculous gospel of Jesus Christ. We expect God to move powerfully through these outreaches — but we can’t do it without you. Would you like to play a part?
 
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September – Thank you for doing your part!

I want to start this newsletter by thanking you for your prayer and financial support of Message Ministries and Missions. Without you, we would not be able to help the different indigenous ministries we are privileged to serve around the world. Here are just a few things we were able to do together this past month.
 
In September, we sponsored a prison ministry event in Huaraz, Peru organized by Pastor Fabian Santillan, an MM Peru board member who oversees our Bible School Training.
 
Pastor Fabian partnered with Dr. Deaton and the Pacto de Vida (Covenant Life) Bible School to host a discipleship retreat for 200 inmates. Pastor Fabian told us 70% of the men had become Christians recently. The prisoners showed genuine hunger for the Lord and growth in the knowledge of God’s Word.
 
 
In September we also sponsored 2 outreaches in the Ma Lang slums of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. Our Vietnamese partner, Nam, whom we met on recent trips to Vietnam, reaches these impoverished areas with members of his church. Your donations provided Bibles and bags of food for N___ and his church to give to inhabitants of two locations in the Ma Lang slum. They gave these items and the gospel at a special service for both believers and unbelievers. God touched hearts through the message of salvation and the time of worship.
 
 
 
Thank you for helping us support Pastor J_____, a very fruitful indigenous pastor and missionary in Myanmar (Burma).
 
Here is a picture of Pastor J______ preaching at one of the churches he planted and a picture of him baptizing a child from their children’s home.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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August – Contemplating the What If’s!

This newsletter is ordinarily where we share about things we’ve been doing in world missions. However, in this letter, I want to share some things that have challenged me recently. I hope you don’t mind!
 
The last few days, I’ve been contemplating whether or not I’ve consistently counted the cost of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I’ve asked myself some difficult and challenging questions. Have I truly considered giving all for the sake of God’s call or am I compromising God’s will and call on my life for my own comfort and desires? Have I gotten so comfortable in this life that I am living more for me and “my” world, than for God and His eternal Kingdom?
 
If Jesus Christ truly is my Lord, Master, Savior, and King, then my life should be a verification of that. My life’s motto should be the same as the Apostle Paul who said in 1 Corinthians 6:20 “You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”.
 
When it is time to go home to be with the Lord, I don’t want to go with a bunch of “What if’s” in my heart, such as:
 
  • What if I had truly done unto others, as I would have them, do to me?
  • What if I had forgiven everyone that had offended me and let go of the residue of those offenses in my life?
  • What if I had truly counted the cost and surrendered everything to the Lord including my time, my resources and my talents?
  • What if I had risked everything no matter what the cost to help get the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person who has not heard?
  • What if I had faithfully lived a life of faith and went beyond taking steps of faith to taking leaps and dives of faith?
  • What if I had lived every moment in light of God’s mercy seat and God’s judgment seat?
  • What if I had done what I did for the glory of God alone and didn’t look for affirmation from others for serving God?
  • What if I had actually believed the promises of Jesus and acted on them?
  • What if I had truly lived the commandments of Jesus?
 
These are just a few questions I am asking myself as I seek to challenge “me” to “Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” as admonished by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:14. Wouldn’t you agree that our God is worthy of all our love and service?
 
It is a good thing to evaluate where we are spiritually in our lives! We don’t do it to condemn ourselves for what we haven’t done or to lose heart over what we could have done better. We do it to exhort ourselves to go deeper in our relationship and service to the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, He gave His life so we could be saved from our sin and spend a glorious eternity with Him in heaven. Our worship and service are our response to the great and amazing love our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ have already given us.
 
Why not, take a few minutes and ask yourself the “What if’s”? If some changes need to be made, make them now! Don’t procrastinate – or days, weeks, months and years could slip by before those changes are made. Or worse, they never get made at all! We don’t want to waste any time in this life for things that don’t matter. Right?
 
Let’s pray for one another as we seek God’s will for our lives and then go forward to fulfill it by His grace and power.
 
God bless you,  Brian Weller
  • PERU – We continue to support the 11 Loaves and Fishes Feeding Center ministries in Peru. These operate out of the churches that we work with, and the children are not only fed a nutritious meal, but we teach them God’s Word.
  • VIE____M – We were able to provide a motorcycle for an indigenous missionary that will be used for ministry transportation and to earn money for his family using it as an UBER type of vehicle in Ho Chi Minh City, Vi____m. In that city, formerly known as Saigon there are about 4 million motorcycles and the people there are used to riding on motorcycles.  We have promised to provide two more in the next month.  Those who receive the motorcycles will pay back the price of the motorbike, and that money will be used to purchase another motorcycle for an indigenous ministry.  They cost $1,000 each.  
  • CAMBODIA – James Sann is continuing the ministry to children at the Ang Dong Slum Community in Pnomh Penh.  The children are growing spiritually as they hear the Word of God and receive a very nutritious meal. 
  • CAMBODIA BIBLES – Through indigenous missionary James S. we been helping two other ministries with getting Bibles into Vi______m.  Thousands of Hmong Bibles went across the border, however, on the last shipment the police confiscated a few thousand.  Please pray for the bibles to be released. Also, please pray for James S. as the police stopped him and threatened him with arrest if he returns.
  • INDIA – We sent financial support through your donations to The Kaushal’s and for the Living Hope School in the slum area near Gurgaon.  The children here live in the nearby slums and receive two meals a day and an education.  They also are taught the Word of God.
  • We continue to stand with Jim Randall as he ministers and trains leaders in Southeast Asia and other countries as well.  Click here to read Jim’s latest prayer later and update.
 

Give Our All to Answer His Call!

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Please continue to Pray for Jim Randall as he ministers throughout the 10/40 window.  Prayer support for Jim is so very important as he ministers to many indigenous missionaries, pastors and leaders in that part of the world. 
 
Thank you, Message Ministries
 


July 2017 – SE Asia and Peru Updates

In the Bible, risk always seems to precede revival. On this trip to SE ASIA, God called me to take a risk. Mark 16:18 promises that all who believe “will lay hands on the sick and they will recover” – and the Lord put it in my heart to have the youth test God’s promise. 
 
After I taught about healing, I called any with physical pain to the front and asked everyone remaining to lay hands on them and pray for their healing. Immediately God began to release His power through those young vessels and heal many through their hands! In Cambodia, the Lord caused this to catch fire. The youth continued to pray for each other throughout the weekend, and God continued to heal through them! Some had formerly found little success in praying for the sick, but God released them into a new dimension of power. And what if I had disobeyed the Lord and avoided the risk?
 

I’ve missed many risks I should have taken in life; but when I have set fears aside and acted on God’s promises, God has often impressed me with His power and willingness to move.

Friends, Christianity is a risky religion. God gave birth to the Jewish people by calling Abraham to RISK everything and go to a nameless nation. God gave birth to the Old Covenant by calling Moses to RISK everything and bring the Jews to Abraham’s promised nation. The Father gave birth to the New Covenant by calling Jesus to LEAVE everything and come to Abraham’s nation to die for our sins. God also gave birth to the New Testament church by calling the apostles to RISK everything: to LEAVE Abraham’s nation, go to OTHER nations and preach the eternal gospel. This brings me to the question: what does God want to birth through our lives – and can we really expect it to happen without great risks? What risks is God calling you and I to take for the salvation of the world?
 
 I believe God wants us all to walk in more of His power for His own sake – but this will never happen as long as we remain in our comfort zone. Let’s get honest and humble with the Lord, confess our fearfulness and ask Him to help us to take risks for His name.
 
CAMBODIA – EYEGLASS CLINIC OUTREACHES! 

While in Cambodia, we conducted eyeglass clinic outreaches in two regions: a village outside of Phnom Penh and the Ang Dong Slum Community. Between these two outreaches, we provided eyeglasses for about 365 people. Every person at the first clinic heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and received prayer – many for the first time. Some gave their hearts to the Lord and many received healing. 

We only brought 500 pairs of eyeglasses because we wanted to see if eyeglass clinic outreaches bear fruit in SE Asia. They do!

 Next time we will bring at least 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses to draw people to hear the gospel. I just received a message from James Sann saying they just did an eyeglass clinic with the eyeglasses we left behind for them to use. Gloria a Dios!
 
KANDAL EYEGLASS CLINIC OUTREACH
ANG DONG EYEGLASS CLINIC OUTREACH
 CAMBODIA
Children’s Ministry & Feeding Center
 VIETNAM
REACH Missions Training Camp
n June, we opened our first evangelistic feeding center in SE Asia! By God’s grace and your support, we purchased everything needed to start feeding and reaching children in Cambodia’s Ang Dong Slum Community.  As far as we know, this is the first Christian feeding center in Ang Dong, and we believe that the Lord will use it to reach both children and adults with the gospel.
 

Food and materials needed for the feeding ministry will cost $200 a month, and the building rent will cost about $100 a month. This building also houses a water purification system that provides fresh water for about 700 families in the community. 

Thank you for your love and support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!
 
In July, we conducted a Missionary Training Camp to inspire Vietnamese youth to evangelize their own nation. 
 

26 million people in Vietnam have never heard the gospel – and Vietnam’s communist government makes it difficult for Western missionaries to do the work. The Vietnamese must reach their own neighbors! 

The camp greatly blessed the 50 youth, young adults and leaders who attended.

 
They left inspired and trained to fulfill the call of God and reach their country with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
 

Cambodian children gather for a video about Jesus at the feeding center launch. Many children came from a nearby public school for food and ministry.

 

For security reasons we cannot include pictures of those who attended REACH.

We sent out two small mission teams to Peru in June and July.
 

The Cross Street Mission Team, led by Cort Bennett, ministered in Peru from June 15 to 26. They conducted two small, relational discipleship youth retreats at our Marquez mission base. The Lord deeply blessed all that participated; both our team and the Peruvian pastors reported that the retreats were great spiritual successes. The Cross Street Team also hosted an eyeglass clinic outreach and built a pre-fabricated home for a needy family. 

The Oasis Church Mission Team, led by my son-in-law Mike Goreski, ministered from July 1 to 9.

 They hit the ground running with a busy schedule of children’s ministry, eyeglass clinics and church ministry. They also built two prefabricated homes in Pachacutec – what I call “The Sandy Slum.” This team was a great blessing as well; the churches and leaders they worked with felt very thankful and welcome them back anytime.  
 
Thank you for praying for these teams.
 Also, we thank the Peruvian Corazones en Fuego team that joined arms with the USA teams to help reach the people of Peru. Gloria a Dios!

RUN THE RACE Youth Retreat #1 – Lima, Peru

RUN THE RACE Youth Retreat #2 – Lima, Peru

2017 CROSS STREET Team Prefab Home – Peru

2017 OASIS Team Prefab Home – Peru

Please continue to Pray for Jim Randall as he ministers throughout the 10/40 window.  Prayer support for Jim is so very important as he ministers to many indigenous missionaries, pastors and leaders in that part of the world. 
 
God is using Jim to make these leaders much more effective in their ministries to those who have not hear and to new converts to Jesus Christ.
Thank you, Message Ministries
 
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November 2016

 
 
World Missions Newsletter

2016-happy-thanksgiving-from-message-ministriesAs we enter Thanksgiving season we have so much to be thankful for! I want to share some of my thanks-giving!

  • I am extremely thankful for God’s love and grace, which brought me into a life-saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life for me and for the whole world.
  • I am tremendously thankful for my amazing family. I certainly don’t deserve a family as wonderful as them, but God gave them to me. I thank Him for that. 
  • I am ever so grateful for the opportunity to be a grandfather to our new grandson Noah – the son of our daughter Katie and her husband Mike. We all love him so much and feel very blessed to have a baby in the family again. 
  • I am overwhelmingly thankful to God for the opportunity to serve Him in world missions. I love being able to reach out with the gospel of Jesus and to help meet practical and spiritual needs by the grace of God and with an amazing group of caring people.  

Let’s all be sure to focus on thanks-giving this Thanksgiving! We start to complain when we lose focus on the greatness of God.  

 
Let’s focus on him and be thankful for His seen and unseen blessings. He loves you with His whole heart!
 
Blessings to you and your family,  Brian Weller
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christmas-blessing-project-card-2016-frontChristmas is almost one month away. Through our Christmas Blessing Project, we hope to provide $5 gifts for approximately 2000 children in Peru, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. That might not sound like much in comparison to larger ministries, but it requires a big step of faith for us. This special need alone will require about $10,000. For most of these children the gift that we provide will be their only Christmas gift. They will be thrilled to get it! 
 
The Christmas Blessing Project is an effective and affordable way for families to serve the poor this Christmas. At only $5 per gift, even your children and grandchildren can get involved!
 
I encourage you to participate in a gift program to the poor this Christmas, even if it isn’t through Message Ministries.
  • Do it because you care about the many poor children that have next to nothing.
  • Do it because you want to bless them in the name of the Lord Jesus, whose birth we celebrate.
  • Do it because you desire to foster that same care in your little ones. For many years our family had very little, but we always somehow found a way to give to those in need. Families that care together and share together seem to come together as they experience God’s love and blessings.
christmas-blessing-project-card-2016-backIf you would like to help, please note that we want to send funds to our indigenous partners by December 1st (although we will send some later).  Our partners will then purchase gifts for each of the children they minister to and have a Christmas Celebration at their churches, feeding centers, children’s homes or street outreaches. We will post pictures on our website for you to see as we get them. We are including another Christmas Blessing Project promotional card that you can give to someone else who might be interested. If you would like more information or would like to see pictures from previous years, go to www.ChristmasBlessingProject.com. 
 
Thank you in advance for your help!  
 
Here are some options for giving:
 
 
 
To give by text: 727-87REACH (727-877-3224)
Type in the Amount and the word CHRISTMAS
 
CHRISTMAS BLESSING PROJECT VIDEOS
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TENTS PROVIDED FOR 30 HOMELESS FAMILIES LIVING ON THE STREETS OF PNOMH PENH, CAMBODIA
2016 Message Ministries Tent Project
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BIBLES FOR BELIEVERS IN A CHURCHES IN PNOMH PENH, CAMBODIA
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OUR RENTAL FACILITY IN THE ANDONG SLUM COMMUNITY IN PNOMH PENH
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This will be home to a good sized water purification system, providing clean water for the people in the community.  We will also have bibles studies, children’s ministries and hopefully some vocational training.
Jim Randall Mission Update
 

September and October have been busy months. I was in Nigeria for 30 days from early September to early October. I was home in Chiang Mai for a week then off to Vietnam. During that week, I was soooooo sick. I can’t remember having ever been more sick with flu type symptoms. I slept almost constantly for three days and ate lots of Amoxicillin that I bought from the drug store around the corner. I bought another course in Vietnam because I still had symptoms. I still have a slight cough but that’s it.

In Nigeria, I spoke in lots of churches and training seminars in the southern half of the country. We also had our First BAM (Business As Missions) Nigeria Conference. We had about 50 high level Christian leaders who came. We had several come from other countries in the region who want to start a BAM movement in their countries. I have been invited to Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Ghana. I will probably go to Nigeria again in March to conduct a seminar on how to put together a business plan in preparation for the next BAM Nigeria conference in October. We hope to fund two business start-ups that have a Missions focus. There are some very top Nigerian Christian business leaders who will be involved in seeing a Missions movement started in Nigeria. This is the beginning of the fulfillment of prophetic words I received from God 40 years ago.

I went to Hanoi to do Bible training for a group of about 50 pastors, most of whom are from the tribal areas in the far north near China. I then went to Saigon for another week to join in a Conference with about 250 pastors and leaders. I was one of about five leaders. It was very good and encouraging to see the zeal of the Vietnamese Christians. They are ready for a Spiritual Awakening to take place there. We gave Vietnamese copies of my two booklets on Leadership to each one.

Brian Weller will come in February to meet with leaders in preparation for a large Youth Summer Camp in July. We are expecting this to be the beginning of a youth movement in Vietnam. There will be between 200 and 300 youth in attendance.

My Jewish friend from Dallas is coming in December to look at two ministries for possible funding. She is not a Christian but willing to fund Christians who are doing some significant “humanitarian” work. I will take her to Cambodia to see the land mine victims who work at the Cambodian Harvest Dried Fruit Company. http://www.cambodianharvest.com// This company was started 11 years ago by an old friend of mine when she was 70 years old to provide jobs for victims of land mines who are now handicapped. They are usually missing a foot, leg, arm or hand after stepping on a land mine left from the Pol Pot era in the 1970’s. They need at least half a million US Dollars to expand. They have reached their maximum capacity. They have started a church and 70-80 % of the people have become Christian.
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We will also go to Mae Sot to visit Life Impact Ministries. They rescue children from human trafficking and slavery. They are very successful a nd are the only ministry in Thailand that has government approval to go into any business or place to rescue children. The police have no authority over them. They only need half a million dollars. They already have 25 acres in Thailand but need another 35 acres and a facility across the river in Myanmar.

As you can see, I am busy. I have lots going on here in Chiang Mai with 
mentoring, consulting with ministries and writing. I am editing my fourth booklet on Strategic Planning. Burmese has been translated, waiting for funds for printing and Cambodian and Thai are being done now. I had 500 each of three titles printed in English in Nigeria in September for the conference. They are free online in English and Vietnamese and will soon be in Myanmar, Cambodian and Thai. Tribal languages are being recorded onto CD for leaders in Northern Vietnam. Some only speak or read limited Vietnamese.

If you would like to help with the cost of translation and printing of these booklets, let me know. Translation is usually around $75 to $100 USD and printing is about $.25 each. I give most of them free to leaders but charge if they want additional copies for their leaders. I only charge enough to cover the cost of printing more in the future.

The Thai Emperor has died. There is a one month mourning period that will go for another week plus a one year period of mourning. I was in Bangkok in 1982 taking photos at the Buddhist temple of the Jade Buddha when the King came to change the robe on the statue. He passed within 10 feet of where I stood. He reigned for 70 years and it is reported that his missionary English teacher prayed with him to become a secret Christian. Is there such a thing as a secret Christian? It is uncertain if the son will ascend to the throne but there is likely to be serious political trouble and possible revolt now that he is gone. The son (probable successor) has a bad reputation as a playboy and is not respected by many. Trouble has been brewing for years and this next year may produce a serious revolt now that the beloved king is gone.

If you would like to help with other costs like travel expenses or living expenses in SE Asia, please go to:

Please pray for:

  • Health and safety.
  • Political stability in Thailand
  • Publishing of the leadership booklets
  • Travel for the next two months and my Jewish friend’s visit/funding projects
  • Funds for the work here
  • Ability to hear clearly from the Lord.

God bless you and thanks for sharing in the Lord’s work here in SE Asia and Africa.

Thank you,  Jim Randall

 
 

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December 2015

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This Christmas we are praising God for the gift of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, the Lord and Messiah who came to seek and save the lost and to destroy the works of the devil. We are so thankful for His love and faithfulness to us and to those that we serve around the world. He truly is our first love and the reason for every season!

We are also praising God for you! You’re so important to all that we do – and without you and your prayers and gifts we would not have many stories to tell! As you look at the pictures of some of the Christmas Blessing Project outreaches, please rejoice with us that God once again has provided what was needed for the Peru Christmas Blessing Project.

In Peru alone, approximately 1,000 children received gifts because of your willingness to share what God has given you. Thank you and Glory to God in the Highest!
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Here are some pictures from just six of the many locations that we did the Christmas Blessing Project at in Peru.  To see more pictures, please visit our webpage – christmasblessingproject.com.  We will add more pictures from the different locations as they come in, including pictures from SE Asia, India and more! Thank you for caring enough to help! Your gifts and prayers made a tremendous difference.
ANGAMOS- LIMA, PERU
with Pastor Dionisio, Cynthia and Friends!
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CERRO GORILA – LIMA, PERU
with Pastor Carlos, Veronica and Friends!
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VALLE VERDE – LIMA, PERU
with Pastor Jose, Amanda and Friends!
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PISCO – PERU
with Pastor Carlos, Flor and Friends!
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LOMAS DE CARABAYLLO – LIMA, PERU
with Pastor Gilberto, Doris and Friends!
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LAS DUNAS – PISCO, PERU
with Dina and Friends!
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PERU MINISTRY UPDATE
The ministry in Peru has gone through a major transformation the last few months and we are now moving forward at a great pace. The process was very time consuming and painful but we are now on the other side of that, and things are going wonderfully well. We have a great leadership team who correspond almost daily with each other and with our office, and there is a great deal of loving encouragement, exhortation and accountability among the leaders. Praise God!
From Left to Right: Peru Leadership Team - Hector Del Carpio, Pastor Gilberto Varillas, Pastor Fabian Santillan, Pastor Jose Amaya, Chuck Moore and Brian Weller.

From Left to Right: Peru Leadership Team – Hector Del Carpio, Pastor Gilberto Varillas, Pastor Fabian Santillan, Pastor Jose Amaya, Chuck Moore and Brian Weller.

On another note, two of the churches in Peru gave donations to help the ministry in SE Asia. The funds they gave will support two of the indigenous missionaries that we support in Laos and Myanmar for a full month. Also, they continue to send mission teams out to other parts of Peru. Gloria a Dios!
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As I sit at my desk writing you this month, I am reflecting on the recent mission trip JJ and I took to Southeast Asia, where we visited and ministered in Thailand and Cambodia. While there, we met very amazing people doing very amazing things. Working with Jim Randall was a blessing and privilege. I was amazed by how many people Jim had met in one year there, by the amount of connections he had made, and by the ministries that have been blessed by his insights.

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In Thailand, we met Pastor Lu, who is bringing the gospel to the people of China. A large number of house churches have been planted through his teaching ministry. We met Keith, who is teaching native ministers (including several who operate children’s homes) how to do Aquaponic farming so that they can be self-supporting. We met Dang, who has started many children’s homes where children are given shelter, educated, fed, and discipled to Jesus in the northern part of Thailand.

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In Cambodia, we met people like James, who is ministering to very poor families in the slum areas around Pnomh Penh. He is starting a business to create jobs and free people from a future in the slums. We also met Pina, a Cambodian woman and mother of five; God is using her to rescue women out of human trafficking. She gives these women a home, disciples them to Jesus, and teaches them to cut hair and thus earn an honest income. Her team also ministers to families in one of the slums. The truth is that we met many wonderful servants of God! All of them are very humble and all of them walk by faith to reach these countries that are totally immersed in Buddhism, Ethno-Religions, and idolatry. The people need Jesus desperately, and those we met need help to get His message of salvation to the people there.

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Our eyes were opened to a whole new mission field, and with that comes a whole new set of opportunities and responsibilities. For years, I’ve said that the greatest ability in the Kingdom of God is availability and the second greatest ability is response-ability, which is the ability to respond to God and His leading. As Ambassadors of Jesus Christ, God expects us to be available to hear His call and then to respond to His call by going or by sending. In doing this, we see God’s purposes fulfilled in and through our lives. In John 4:35, Jesus says, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” When we do this in obedience, we see what God wants us to see, so that we can feel what God wants us to feel, and we can do what God wants us to do.

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Now that JJ and I have seen both the spiritual and physical needs in southeast Asia, we are obligated to respond by God’s grace and power. Please pray with us as we launch into these new opportunities. It will be a journey of faith, and we want to be faithful to His call.  It is one thing to open our eyes and look on the fields; it is another to respond by the Holy Spirit to what we have seen on the fields. When God opens our eyes, it is so we can see what He sees and then do what He wants to do.

Please pray for us, our leaders, and our ministry support team as we seek to answer God’s call humbly and faithfully. May God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven as we press on and into the center of His will.

Special thanks to you, Jim Randall, for being a faithful servant of God. We have learned so much spending time with you in Southeast Asia!

 

In His Service,  Brian Weller

 

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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.

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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



February 2014

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UGANDA MISSION UPDATE

by Mike and Katie (Weller) Goreski

Mike and Katie Goreski sharing some time with the locals!

Mike and Katie sharing some time with the local children!

We saw the Lord do many amazing things in the 15 days we were in Africa. We helped kick off a men’s meeting at the local church, hosted a youth conference, hosted multiple kids days where we shared the word, did crafts, played with the kids and fed them their biggest meal of the week and hosted a medical clinic at the local church where we were able to provide medicine, first aid and prayer for over 250 sick people. Most importantly, throughout all these ministry opportunities we witnessed many new salvations.

One of the greatest parts of the trip was working alongside local pastors who have a go-til-you-drop mentality when it comes to kingdom work. They are amazing examples of what Jesus has called us to be; we were so blessed to see them in their element and just sit with them one on one, listen to their stories and encourage them in any way we could.

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Marco Aroni from Peru with some new friends in Kitgum, Uganda

Mission puts the work of Lord into perspective; as we went to bless and love on others, the oneness of Gods people allowed us to receive the same in return. We saw people who seemed to have so little but whom God sees, and so clearly revealed to us, are the ones who have so much! They are incredible examples of men and women “storing up treasures in heaven rather than here on this earth.”

Mariel Piper with some new friends!

Mariel Piper with some new friends!

Each morning we walked from our guest house to the missionary’s house to meet as a team for bible study then head out for ministry. We would walk through “town” seeing everyone go about their daily tasks. Toward the end of our journey we would pass a bore hole. Everyday children laughed and played as they pumped water into their jerry cans. From an American perspective this would be a laborious task, but for them it is a daily chore that they see as a blessing to have so close by; the water they need to survive and sustain a healthy life. Truly humbling, it’s amazing how God can speak so simply. Revealing our need to approach the Savior with the same joy those kids go to the bore hole with; the expectancy that when we go to his throne of grace, he will provide our every need and we will never be thirsty because of his promise.

We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support.  Without you, our trip to Uganda would not have been possible. Mission trips are not just about the people who put their feet on foreign soil but those who constantly support missionaries with prayer as they go. We are truly so blessed by your sacrifice to give. Thank you.

 

March 2014 –  Asia Mission Trip

by Brian Weller

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On March 5th, JJ and I will leave for Southeast Asia to minister with Jim Randall in Thailand, Cambodia, and perhaps Laos. We’ll be looking for the best ways for Message Ministries to partner with Jim, who assists native-led ministries in that part of the world, the heart of the “10/40 window.”  We’ll be meeting with native pastors and other leaders, and we also plan to visit some orphanages. We will also look for ways to help the native missionaries start small businesses so that they can be self-supporting; Jim has already been doing this successfully.

The entire Southeast Asia region is in great need of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians are a small minority in this part of the world, which is one reason Jim spends so much time training native pastors and missionaries. There are other tremendous needs as well! Look at these spiritual statistics about the countries we plan to visit:

Thailand – 85% Buddhist – .5% Christian
Cambodia – 83% Buddhist – 1.6% Christian
Laos – 57% Buddhist – 2.6% Christian

Please pray with us for God’s divine appointments as we GO! Also, please pray for Jim as he coordinates our schedule; so many different opportunities are there, and our prayer is to connect with the precise people that God wants us to meet.

Also, please pray with us for God’s provision for the cost of this trip. We know God will make a way –  He always does! JJ will have just two weeks of rest upon his return from Peru before we leave for Asia. We praise God for the doors He opens around the world; we want only to be faithful, to walk through those doors, and to be fruitful!

 

ROOFTOP View CD

Rooftop-View-EP-Album-Cover-for-DistributionBrian and JJ have finished recording a new, four-song EP called Rooftop View. It includes the songs “Run,” “Thief in the Night,” “Heart of Passion,” and “Rooftop View.”  The new CD will include the songs from both the Rooftop View and Home at Last EP’s. We are not selling the CDs through the newsletter; instead, we are sending them out for a donation of any size toward our Southeast Asia Mission Trip. If you would like one, please let us know when making a donation.  Thank you!