Refugee work is God’s work

The annoying buzz of your alarm clock signals the beginning of another ordinary day. Within minutes your household springs to life as the children prepare for school and you get ready for work. You have your family, friends, a roof over your head, food on the table and money in the bank. That was Monday. Today is Thursday. The government has seized your bank accounts and house, your children have been expelled from school, you’ve lost your job, and now you and your family are trudging down … [Read more...]

Caring for refugees: 7 Bible principles

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies” (Psalm 41:1, 2, New Living Translation). How should nations, churches and individual Christians relate to refugees? The Bible doesn’t leave us guessing. Seven key principles describe God’s abiding concern for refugees and our responsibility to help meet their needs: 1 God loves, … [Read more...]

This world is not our home

In recent years, more than 50 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations. Of these, nearly 17 million are refugees—people forced to leave their countries to escape war, persecution or natural disasters. It’s a reminder that this world is not our home. We all are refugees, all just passing through, although circumstances allow some of us to reach out and help others along the way. This special edition of Adventures in Missions takes a … [Read more...]

Jogen and the jungle elephants

Jogen smiled to himself as he left the hut where he had just given a Bible study to some men in the little village near his. How he loved to explain that the true God of Heaven was kind and loving, not like the gods most of the villagers worshipped. With his heart singing, he slipped his Bible into his book bag, slung the strap over his shoulder and reached for his bike. As he headed into the jungle, Jogen bowed his head to pray, as was his habit. “Dear God,” he whispered, “thank You for … [Read more...]

To such as these

The Gospel of Mark records the well-known story of people were bringing their children to Jesus “to touch them.”  When Jesus’ disciples tried to stop them, He said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14). The March 2014 issue of Adventures in Missions published a letter handwritten by the primary/kindergarten class of  he Fannin County Seventh-day Adventist Church, Georgia, U.S. In this letter, the children described … [Read more...]

Deaf ministry grows in Philippines

Plans have developed into full and exciting reality for deaf ministry in the Philippines during the past eight years. Cheard Gabuco has joined her sister, Lychel, as a full-time Gospel Outreach worker centered at the Pasay City Church near the union offices in Manila. That church has really adopted the deaf as a mission project and donated funds, space, and general help and encouragement. When Lychel began her full-time work, there were only four baptized deaf in the greater Manila area. … [Read more...]

Stronger than magic

Thoroughly discouraged, 13-year-old Runako* slouched in the doorway of his hut. “It’s no use,” he mumbled. “Nothing we do helps Papa get better.” He glanced at his father who lay on his bed inside the hut. Eyes closed, Papa struggled to breathe, and beads of sweat glistened on his forehead. The little money his family had saved had long before been paid to the witch doctor for chants and potions to cure Papa. But nothing had worked. Now his mother depended upon Runako to earn the money they … [Read more...]

Unto one of the least

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.“ Luke 6:38 As missionaries in the mountains, we do our best to provide for the people’s needs. One most basic need is for clothing. During our reporting, I managed to collect as many as two sacks of clothes. Some of the clothes I noticed were my sisters’; others were from my … [Read more...]

The secret of the spirit house

"Why do we pray to the spirits every night?” Pranee* whispered to her father, as she and her sisters knelt with him for their evening worship beside the spirit house. Saesong squeezed Pranee’s hand. “Careful, daughter. They’ll hear you,” he whispered. “You know we’ve always honored the spirits of the dead.” Though the evening was warm, Pranee shivered as she peered into the miniature building that stood on a post in their front yard. What secrets did it hold? Maybe Old Grandfather was … [Read more...]

Worker leads prayers for healing

J. Kishore ministers in the village of Velvadem in Tholukodu Ganapavaram, India. He holds Bible studies every Wednesday and visits five families each day. So far, 16 people have been baptized. One challenge in his area was a lack of tithes and offerings. Only a few people even came to church. But over time, membership and stewardship have increased. Kishore came to know Christ through G. Prakash, a ministries director at a book center. Prakash invited Kishore to come to church on Sabbath, … [Read more...]