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PLEASE HELP  SEND OUR MISSION TEAMS OUT WITH PRAYER!
 
 We’ve sent this month’s newsletter early because we will not return from SE Asia until July 3rd.  We ask you to please pray for the three teams listed below. These teams will partner with Message Ministries to reach souls in Peru and SE Asia over the next 30 days. Please pray daily as we GO!  Your prayers will make an eternal difference. Please pray that the teams would go out in the power of the Holy Spirit to minister the message of Eternal Life found in Jesus Christ. Thank you!
SE ASIA TEAM – Cambodia and Vietnam – June 13 – July 2
 
June 13-14: Travel to SE Asia.
June 15: Fly to Pnomh Penh, Cambodia – Prepare for Missionary Training Camp
June 16-19: Minister at REACH Indigenous Missionary Training & Discipleship Camp
June 20-24: Daily Ministry in an around Pnomh Penh, including ministry in the Ang Dang and Steung Meanchey Slum Communities. We will do street and door to door evangelism, including praying for the sick. We will also do Eyeglass Clinic Outreaches and minister in some churches. 
June 24: We will open our first SE Asia Children’s Ministry Feeding Center and Discipleship Ministry.
June 25:  Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam at Night
June 26:   Day of Planning for Indigenous Missionary Training & Discipleship Camp
June 27-29: Minister at REACH Indigenous Missionary Training & Discipleship Camp
June 30 – July 1:  Visit and Minister in Vietnamese Villages.
July 2: Fly to Bangkok, Thailand then Return Home to the USA.
CROSS STREET MISSION TEAM – Peru – June 15 – 26
 
June 15: Arrive in Lima, Peru – Prepare for Run the Race Youth Retreat
June 16-18: Run the Race Youth Retreat #1 at the MMM Mission Base in Marquez with the Corazones en Fuego Team.
June 19-20:   Build a Prefabricated Home for a needy Family in Pachacutec.
June 21: Ministry in two public schools in Pachacutec and an Eyeglass Clinic Outreach.
June 22: Team Day Off
June 23-25:  Run the Race Youth Retreat #1 at the MMM Mission Base in Marquez with the Corazones en Fuego Team.
June 26: Return to USA
OASIS CHURCH MISSION TEAM – Peru – July 1 – 9
 
July 1: Arrive in Lima, Peru – Minister at Children’s Feeding Center Ministry in Pachacutec.  Minister at Youth Meeting in Marquez or Street Outreach at night.
July 2: Morning Ministry at church in Ancon. Eyeglass Clinic Outreach and Church Service in Costa Azul.
July 3-6:  Build 2 Prefabricated Homes for needy Families in Pachacutec and Seis de Abril.
July 7: Day Off
July 8: Ministry at three Children’s Ministry Feeding Centers in Costa Azul, Pachacutec and Seis de Abril
July 9: Return to USA
 
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Text “SEASIACAMPS” & preferred amount to 1-727-877-3224 (1-727-87-REACH). 
 
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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. 
 
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
 
 


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
 
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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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The camp will be in Chaclacayo, Peru, and will be life changing for all those who attend. For many of these youth, having the opportunity to leave their dreary hometown surroundings is an extreme blessing in itself. They will spend four days with youth from different parts of Lima. They will eat together, play together, worship together, pray together and read His Word together. Many will attend for the very first time and experience God’s love, presence and power like never before!

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Most of the Christian youth will leave this camp spiritually refreshed, rejuvenated, renewed and revived. They will go back to their homes ready to serve the Lord, their families, and their churches, and to reach all of Peru with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Still, others will leave the camp as new believers, new creatures in Christ, and new members of the family of God. They will leave knowing who Jesus Christ truly is, and will want to tell others. That is exciting to me, and is one of the many things that fuels the passion in my heart to continue doing the mission work that we do.

We need the help of our mission supporters to pray and to help pay the expenses associated with the camp. It costs $35 for a teen to attend this camp, and we will have about 150 Peruvian youth. That price covers everything, and is a small price to pay when you consider the lifelong fruit that will come forth from the camp. Please consider helping by sponsoring one or more youth! Thank you!
 
 

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God has been good to open doors of opportunity for me to minister to many people multiple times in 11 different countries in SE Asia, during my time here. My assignment in SE Asia has been to train leaders so they can do the work of the ministry and reach those I will never meet till we all get to Heaven. I’ve been writing leadership training booklets that will be translated into five languages: Thai, Lao, Myanmar, Khmer (Cambodia), Vietnamese and Mandarin. The first one is being translated into Vietnamese this month.  

 

I plan to go to Nigeria for the month of August to work with the 2015-01-30 07.54.56Student Volunteer Movement II. I will speak at their annual convention in Laos and travel to do training for various groups. Going to Africa will fulfill the Word of God to me from 40 years ago. I hope to have some of my leadership booklets in English to present to leaders where I teach. I will give them permission to reprint in English and/or translate into regional languages for distribution in Africa.

Thanks for praying for me and helping financially so that I can be your representative to train those who will reach those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus.

God bless you,   Jim

Please pray for the following:
1. Provision for the ministry, personal living expenses, travel and cost for translating and printing of the Leadership booklets.

2. Good health and safety.
3. Closer walk with the Lord and the ability to hear His voice and respond quickly.
4. Ability to write the remaining leadership booklets in a way that is understandable for Asians.
5. Ability to mentor the various leaders I meet and correspond with regularly here in Chiang Mai and SE Asia.
6. That God would go before me and prepare the way for the Nigeria trip.
 
Please go to Jim’s page  to read his full update:
www.messagemissions.com/asia-jim-randall
 
PREFAB HOMES TO BE BUILT BY JUNE TEAM
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in Peru. We can cover some of these funds with donations that have already come in, but we still need some help. The cost for a prefab home, complete with a concrete floor, windows, electric, and door locks, is $1,950. If there are any leftover funds, we’ll buy bunk beds, a table and chairs for the family. If you would like to help, we welcome your gifts.
 
 

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Brian’s new book “Backsliding in Heart – 5 Steps to a Backsliding Heart and Back Again ” is now available on Amazon.    

 

Most Christians have backslidden in their hearts at times in their lives with Jesus. But how does that happen? Did the twelve disciples ever backslide? Most importantly, if we have backslidden in heart, how can we slide forward, and stay in a thriving relationship with the Lord? In this simple but engaging book, Brian walks us through the biblical story of the disciple Peter’s downfall and restoration to help us answer these questions and more. He clearly reveals five steps to a backsliding heart and back again. 

 


April 2015

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 A PLACE OF HOPE

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Like you, we take these words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our divine edict. After all, it is God’s Great Commission. It’s definitely not something we should take lightly or as a mere suggestion.

Jesus said in John 12:49 “I did not speak on My own initiative, but the John 4 - 34 My food is to do..Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.” He also said in John 4:34, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” God has called us not only to start His work, but to finish His work. I am sure that we would all agree there is still a lot to do!

As a small ministry, we are doing what we can to fulfill God’s call, but we always want to do more! Like you, we have a heart to reach those in spiritual darkness with the life saving message of Jesus, and to help them with material needs as well. With that in mind, we want to offer you an opportunity to get involved with a very special ministry in Laos!

THE LAOS ORPHANAGE/CHILDREN’S HOME:
We visited this home while in Laos, and have begun supporting this wonderful ministry. There are about 15 children in this home, as well as a Christian pastor, his wife and another Christian couple who serve as house parents. The material and educational needs of the children are being met, and they are being fed spiritually through the teaching of God’s Word. There is a church that meets in the home, where people are being discipled to Jesus.

For security reasons we are not posting pictures of the Laos Children's Home

For security reasons we are not posting pictures of the Laos Children’s Home.

We are not publishing the names of the leaders because Laos is one of the few remaining communist nations, and is a volatile area for Christians. When I visited this home, I was extremely impressed with the children and the leaders.

We want to do what we can to help! Some of these children have been rescued from human trafficking and this home is their place of rescue.

The cost is $800 a month to cover all of their expenses. Would you consider helping with this need?

100% of your donation will go to the home. If you are unable to help financially, please pray daily for this ministry. Opportunities like these are worth stepping out in faith to take and we invite you to join us in this step of faith!
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When disaster hits all of us want to do something to help!  Sometimes we don’t have much to give, but if we give what we can along with a host of other people who give what they can, it amounts to a lot, and a lot can be done!

 

We are collecting donations on behalf of Living Hope Ministries in North India. This is a ministry that we have worked with for seven years.  They are not far from Nepal and they work with other pastors and indigenous missionaries who live in that area. Sakshi, the wife of Subodh who leads Living Hope Ministries actually has family who live in the area where the earthquake hit.

 

We will send 100% of the donations we receive directly to them.  They will get help to the people in need and report back to us, what they are doing.  If you would like to help just hit the link below.  Thank you for your love and support!
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April 2014

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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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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

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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

Brian and JJ Weller

Brian and JJ Weller

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!

 



January 2014

A Visit From Southeast Asia by Brian Weller

JJ, Jim and Brian

It was a great blessing to have Dr. Jim Randall visit our mission office in Florida. Anne and I have not seen Jim in person for years, so it was great to just pick up right where we left off. Jim first taught me about the “10/40 Window,” those regions of the eastern hemisphere, plus the European and African part of the western hemisphere, located between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator, where so many millions have still never heard the Gospel. Jim has worked with Gospel for Asia, YWAM, the U.S. Center for World Missions, and New Horizons for Japan, a ministry he and his late wife Paula started many years ago. Jim Randall brings a wealth of wisdom, understanding and experience to us. He truly has a great love for the Lord, for God’s people, and for those who don’t yet know Jesus.

While he was here, Jim brought us up to speed on what God is doing through his ministry in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, Vietnam, and Bangladesh.

Please take a few minutes to visit Jim’s page on our website, say a prayer for him, and watch the video we put together while he was here. The video outlines and explains the work Jim is doing in Southeast Asia.

The number of people who know Jesus as Lord and Savior in these  countries is miniscule. For example:

  • Thailand – 0.5%
  • Cambodia – 1.6%
  • Vietnam – 1.8%

Because so many have not yet heard the message of Jesus Christ, much work remains to be done!

CT Studd QuoteIt’s a real blessing to work alongside Jim as he reaches out to train and equip native pastors and missionaries to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jim additionally provides training and opportunities for workers in the field to be self-supporting by helping them to launch small businesses. The Business as Missions training (known as “BAM”) also provides business-related help to orphanages and Christian schools.

Please pray for Jim as he heads back, and please pray for us as we seek to fulfill our own calling as Jim’s mission support agency. JJ and I are planning to visit Jim in Southeast Asia in the first part of 2014, and we’re looking forward with excitement and hope.

Jim Randall Mission Page Link

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Jungle Mission Trip Update  by Marco Aroni

Hauta - Iquitos - RiverOn February 3rd, we are leaving Lima to minister the word of God in Nauta, a city in the Peruvian Amazon and in nearby communities. While we’re there, we will conduct a youth camp, an eyeglass clinic, and a general Gospel outreach. You may have read about the persistence of witchcraft in this region. Sexual immorality is also a big problem in this region, and it even involves children as young as ten. Please pray for wisdom as we address this issue.

Our team of thirteen includes eight young people from Ventanilla; they’re excited about reaching out to the people of this region and bringing the message of salvation to them. Our team also includes Pastor Jose and Amanda Amaya and our friend JJ Weller from the U.S.

Please pray for us the week of February 3 – 10.

We need your prayer support as we GO!

JJ Peru Jungle Mission Trip Web Page

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Thank You For Your Help in 2013

Matthew 5-16Thank you so much for your love and support in 2013. Your prayers and financial help have made a Great Big Difference in the lives of many in Peru, India, and southeast Asia.

Each month, we send out 150 to 200 newsletters by “snail” mail, and about 700 more by e-mail.  One of our board members donates inexpensive printing, and that’s a great blessing. We are a smaller ministry, but are extremely grateful we have a Great Big God who has a Great Big Love for the world. We are also blessed to work with some of the most amazing native missionaries, pastors, and Christian leaders anywhere in the world.

Together and by God’s grace in 2013, we:

  • Provided tens of thousands of meals – and discipleship – at the ten  Loaves and Fishes Feeding Centers in Peru.
  • Built numerous prefabricated homes for families in need in Peru.
  • Helped send out short-term mission teams to Peru (and from Peru!)
  • Many were saved through evangelistic efforts in Peru
  • Opened a new Able Hands Vocational Training Center in Peru
  • Held numerous youth camps and discipleship weekends in Peru
  • Provided funding for orphans and native missionaries in India.
  • Worked with Jim Randall to train hundreds of indigenous leaders in Asia
  • Provided Christmas gifts for many children in India and Peru

 

We look forward to all that God has planned for 2014, and we are committed to walk in faith as we seek to follow His plan to reach the world with the Gospel.



December 2013

2013 Christmas Card

A Visit From India

2013-12-09 15.38.52 - CopySubodh John from Living Hope Ministries of India stayed with us for five days in December. His visit was a great blessing to us, and while he was here, he was used by God to reach many. He ministered at Cross Street Youth, Living Hope Community Church, and at a small gathering of mission-minded people at our home.

God has used Subodh to help us enlarge our vision and to exhort us to keep our hands to the plow as we work to fulfill the Great Commission – especially in India and the nations in the 10/40 window. 350 million people in India have never even heard about Jesus. India also has the largest number unreached “people groups” in the world.

We were able to bless Living Hope Ministries of India in return: by producing a video, creating a website, and designing a sponsorship program for the kids at the Mercy Children’s Home in Amritsar. Praise God, half of the children there have already been sponsored – by the wonderful friends who met Subodh during the few days he was here with us. He was also blessed with some wonderful offerings from individuals and from Living Hope Community Church.

Much work needs to be done in the northern part of India, where Subodh and his co-workers labor. The work of Living Hope Ministries of India includes:
* Mercy Children’s Home and Orphanage
* Harvest Bible School
* Living Hope Churches
* Native Missionaries, Pastors and Evangelists
* Living Hope School for the children of the street and the slums

We are honored to partner with this amazing ministry, and we thank you for your part in helping us help them. Please keep the John and Kaushal families in prayer as they lead this ministry.  If you would like to support one of the children at Mercy Children’s Home just click the link provided at the end of this segment.

By God’s grace, we will be doing more with Living Hope Ministries of India as we step into the future.

In His service, Brian Weller

Child Sponsorship Web Page

PERU – Jungle Mission Trip by JJ Weller

2013 Peru - Cross Street Mission Team 1439 - CopyHello, Brothers and Sisters! On January 23rd, I will be leaving for a month of ministry in Peru. A large part of my time will be spent in the slums and poor areas of Lima, reaching out to the lost and preaching in several churches. I’m so excited to see the Lord unveil his Glory to the hearts of His people – and to me!

I’ll be joining with some Peruvian pastors to lead a young men’s conference where we will focus on our specific callings as men (to lead, to preach, and to pray). I’ll also join with a team of Peruvian believers as they reach out to their own country. We’re traveling to a small village, mostly unsaved, in the Peruvian jungle. It’s a very dark village; occultism and promiscuity are rampant. I am praying for God to save many people! We will also host a youth camp for the young believers in another largely unsaved town.

Some things to pray for: Wisdom in the Word, Joy in the Lord, the spiritual power which only God can give (Acts 1:8), the Movement of the Holy Spirit on all of our hearers, revival in the jungle (it is a very small town that really needs Jesus!), and that God would raise up young new leaders at the young men’s conference. I also need your financial support, if you wouldn’t mind helping me! Thank you so much!

JJ Peru Jungle Mission Trip Web Page

Christmas Blessing Project Banner for NL

IMG_5786With your help, we were able to provide all of the funds that were needed for  the Peru Christmas Blessing Project. We were also able to sponsor much of the India Christmas Blessing Project with your gifts and our general funds.

If you would like to help bless a child in India this Christmas, we still have time to transfer the funds to Living Hope Ministries. Your $20 donation will provide a new set of shoes, a warm hat, and clothes for the children that Living Hope ministers to in India.

Christmas Blessing Project Web Page

ASIA – Jim Randall Field Report

Jim Randall Prayer CardAfter finishing up a time of ministry in Japan and Korea, Jim has just returned to the United States and is now ministering in different parts of the country, sharing about the ministry he has been doing in Asia.

He is planning on heading back to Asia in February 2014 to continue the ministry God has called him to there.  Please continue to pray for him as He seeks God’s direction for the upcoming year.

Also, please pray that God will raise up prayer and financial supporters to stand beside Jim as he goes out into the 10/40 window.

We have enclosed a copy of Jim’s prayer card.  Please click on it and download a copy of it to remind you to pray for Him.

For updates on his ministry in Asia you click the page link below.

Jim Randall Mission Page Link



November 2013

Updates From Around The World

2013 November NL - Photo 1Once or twice a year we send our newsletter out to our entire mailing list. This month, we’ll update you on some of the opportunities God has given us to fulfill His Great Commission around the world. With the exception of a few strategic, short-term mission teams, this mission work is conducted by the native people. We are extremely blessed to work with such amazing Christian leaders, men and women who are passionate about serving God and ministering to the people in their own communities and countries. Here are a few updates about what we’ve done over the last month, and also information about upcoming opportunities.  In His service, Brian Weller

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AFRICA – Mission Uganda

2013 November NL - Katie and Mike GoreskiMike and I will travel to Northern Uganda with Marco Aroni and Mariel Piper from November 22nd through December 11th. We are excited to see how the Lord will use our ministry in orphanages, hospitals, a medical clinic we’ll be hosting at a local church (everyone welcome), a youth conference, and in remote bush villages as we do door-to-door evangelism. We know that The Lord has ordained each of us to go, and we can’t wait to see HIS plan.

We need all the prayer and financial support we can get as a team, and also for ministry opportunities such as the medical clinic, and for crafts for hospital and orphanage visits.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us! Katie Goreski

Africa Mission Team Link

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ASIA – Jim Randall Field Report

In October, Jim ministered in five different countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Jim is now in Mandalay, Myanmar at a pastors’ and leaders’ conference, teaching on leadership and how to start small businesses to support ministries.

Jim is always on the move in that part of the world, training Christian leaders for ministry and helping them set up businesses to support themselves in ministry. Please pray for Jim as he goes forth in this very difficult area of the world known as “the 10/40 window.”  Jim never asks for anything; he lives a life of faith. We are committed to be Jim’s support ministry. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to trust the Lord to meet all the needs associated with Jim’s work in Asia.

A Note from Jim Randall:
2013 November - Yangoon Convenience Store“The picture at left is a “convenience store” started by a woman who operates an orphanage with 24 children in Yangon, Myanmar. She took BAM (Business as Missions) classes to learn how to start and operate the business; it supports her ministry with the children. She is in the center of the picture between Ryan and Mary, missionaries whom I work with in Yangon.”

Jim Randall Mission Page Link

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2013 November - Christmas Blessing Projectwww.christmasblessingproject.com

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INDIA – Living Hope Ministries Update

2013 November - Mercy Childrens Home PictureWe are honored to partner with Living Hope Ministries of India. This is an amazing ministry. They train and send out native missionaries and pastors to go into unreached areas of India. Living Hope Ministries built and now operate the Mercy Children’s Home, where orphaned and homeless children now have a place to live. They love the children, educate them, and teach them about God’s love and mercy. In December, Subodh Kaushal of Living Hope plans on visiting our mission office in Florida. While he is here, we want to put together a sponsorship program so that you can support ministry to these orphans and street children, if God touches your heart to do so.

Please pray for the Kaushals, the pastors and missionaries they work with, and the children in their orphanage and school. Also, please pray for the people in the hundreds of churches they have planted in North India. In some of these churches there has been a rise in persecution over the past year. Christians in India today need God’s grace and power as they follow Him.

India Mission Page Link

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PERU – Lomas Vocational Training Center

2013 November - Lomas VTC Pastor GilbertoThese pictures are from the Vocational Training Center (VTC) in Lomas de Carabayllo, where Pastor Gilberto Varillas and his sons started classes teaching youths how to build and repair computers. This ministry is a part of 2013 November - Lomas VTCthe Principe de Paz Church that Pastor Gilberto and his wife Doris started many years ago. Pastor Gilberto and his sons are very sharp in computer technology and are passing along their skills to those in the community where they have ministered for years.

With your help, we sponsor the Loaves and Fishes Feeding Center that operates out of this church. The feeding center ministers to children there three or four times a week with a meal and the Word of God. Thank you for your help!

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PERU Angamos Vocational Training Center

2013 November - Angamos VTCWe are praising God for the Able Hands VTC in Angamos, Peru. In its second full month of operation, Director Marcos Venegas is helping people learn how to make items they can easily sell in the surrounding communities. He is helping them start their own businesses! Janet and Carlos (both students) 2013 November - Angamos VTC 2started businesses selling these coat racks. They bought the materials, took orders, and now makes and sells them to provide for their families. Several others are starting businesses in the next few weeks.

Beginning in January, both vocational centers will build prefab homes for families in need in their communities.  Thank you for caring enough to help us in these very needy locations!

 

Peru Vocational Training Centers Link

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PERU – Youth Discipleship & Mission Training

2013 November - Youth Retreat MarquezEvery two or three months, ministry coordinator Marco Aroni, along with Pastor Jose and Amanda Amaya, host Cross Street Youth Discipleship and Missionary Training Retreats at the Hearts on Fire Bible School in Marquez, Peru. This photo is from a retreat conducted in November.

These three-day retreats are packed with time for worship, bible teaching, prayer and fellowship. The teens and young adults who attend grow deeper in their faith. They are excited about serving the Lord and reaching their communities and nation with the gospel.

Next week, they will put together a “Pollada,” a chicken dinner fundraiser to help pay for a mission trip to the jungles of Peru in February. Please pray for these young people as they seek to fulfill God’s plan for their lives, and also for the leaders who volunteer so much time to serve them.

2013 November Message Ministries Newsletter