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Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: October 9th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

Recently, our team participated in the “Healthy Family” project in Energodar, Ukraine.
By God’s help, we started our professional upgrading program in the middle of June. We learned practical skills for: diseases and treatment of spinal problems, Nordic walking and curative gymnastics. We were a part of the production, marketing and logistics process in the health food store. We were instructed how to successfully organize a health room with hydrotherapy and massage treatments.
Together with the Ukrainian team, we led the final meetings for the Health Club. During the last year, three people were baptized and a few more started visiting the worship services on Sabbath. Today they actively participate in missionary work.

Every Sabbath, we had the opportunity to share experiences with the church and encourage our brethren to actively engage in missionary work in the community. The inspired ones were trained on how to organize a health expo. Every Sunday, they were a part of our team for the health fairs we held.
During the event, we talked about health with various individuals, while taking measurements and giving consultations.
The participants of the health expo were invited to visit our health club. That is where we explained the causes of diseases and their natural remedies.
Being a part of the “Healthy Family” project, we were encouraged by their sincere desire to hasten the advent of our Lord Jesus, using medical missionary work as the right hand of the gospel.

Christ Upon The Mountain Peak

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: October 9th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged: ,

*Names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals in this story*.

After returning from our vacation, John and I took one of the students to the training location to care for the center and do field work in the community. At night, we couldn’t sleep well since those on night duty around our place in the government buildings were often shouting to one another. We had heard from our landlord that terrorists were roaming around and that we should keep our lights on until the morning. We periodically woke up to check on our things. It is difficult to share the gospel because people are concerned only on their temporal benefits and not on the things of God. We want to share our LIGHT with people who are interested.
Keep us in your prayers as we seek to find individuals who are really seeking truth.
The story is not finished, for only God knows the end. After staying in our friend’s training center, we needed to return to Nepal. Here, we tried our best to fit three training programs in a small village space. The Evangelism students, who were refugees from the landslides in the mountains, added to the Advanced tailoring program. The evangelism students were on the front porch, and the Advanced Tailoring group sat on the back porch while the Seminary students stayed in the office. Though quarters were cramped, God’s grace was sufficient.

Soon, the weather cleared up and the backhoe started up the mountain clearing up the way. After a few days, motorcycles started to move again and they said it should be opened in two days. So, our Evangelism team left their luggage behind hoping to see it in a couple of days. A couple of days turned into two weeks. We hope that everything can go up soon. Keep us very much in prayer. This week, there will be a special training. Please keep this, the challenges in the mountain and our seminary program in special prayer. The strike still is not open. We know God has special plans for us.

Hover O’er Me, Holy Spirit

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: September 27th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
Psalms 50:15.

My family and I were not attending any church. Various circumstances forced me to grow up without my father. When I was ten years old, my mother got very sick. At that time, two Adventist women visited our home. They prayed for my mom and invited the whole church to pray for her health. Soon after, by God’s grace, she was fully healed. As a teenager, I lost my interest for religion. However, during my time in the military, I remembered God during my hardship. There were instances in which my life was in danger… I called upon the Lord and He heard me. After coming back home, I start visiting the church. In one year, I was already baptized and actively involved in the church service. Time was passing and I felt a need for something more. I was inspired by listening to many mission experiences from Africa. I started looking for the opportunity to be fully involved in the mission field like the ones described. When my pastor saw my sincere desire for mission, he suggested a local training center.

I gladly accepted the call.Before arriving at the center, I thought I knew my Bible pretty well. During my research, I realized that there was still much to discover! I really enjoyed the balance between theory and practice. Here I learned simple and natural ways of healing. With each new skill I learned, I would put it into practice. My first personal experience was with a man coming from a nearby village with severe back pain. After visiting many medical professionals, he could not find a way of healing. After a few sessions of treatment, his pain disappeared. Experiencing the miracle, he requested us to continue praying for him and his family. After graduation, I was invited to be a part of the physiotherapy team. My heart has received the peace that Jesus has promised. May the Lord guide you and He did for me, because now I know that I am in His mission field.

We Gather Together

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: September 21st, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

“True education is missionary training. Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary; we are called to the service of God and our fellow men; and to fit us for this service should be the object of our education”
Our team flew to Tunisia for a public health program. We were joined by a group of seven brothers and sisters.
The Adventist Church in Tunisia has very few church members, half of whom are from other countries. With 11 million inhabitants, the country is about four times the size of Switzerland. We decided to encourage the local church to provide resources and to show perspectives on how to reach their fellow citizens.
With the support of more than 15 young local ADRA volunteers (Muslims and some Adventists), we conducted health expos in several public places. The people were queuing and eagerly waiting to check their health. A local radio reporter appeared several times to interview us during the expo. Soon, our group was known everywhere. When we went shopping with our green T-shirts, the salespeople in the store were already greeting us from afar. Some visitors came back several times to thank for the free service. Repeatedly, guests offered to help us at the next expo. 1000 visitors came to the event. 600 of them gave us their contact information.
Tunisia is only a little more than two hours away (by plane) from Switzerland. The health message can be used to soften the hearts of the people to respond to God’s call. In autumn, the small community wants to organize another health expo event. The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Please pray for the work that is being done in this country. God will make a way for everything to go according to His plan.

Father, Lead Me Day by Day

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: September 11th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

* The following story is told from the perspective of a missionary couple serving in Nepal.

Our journey started with a 24-hour flight from Venezuela to Nepal. Since our departure from Venezuela, we could see how God was leading. Thankfully, we landed safely into territory that was unfamiliar to us. We soon realized that our journey had just begun. After being picked up at the airport, we began the long trip of 15 hours to the base of the mountain where we would be teaching. We went by jeep down to the plains and then by bus to the nearest village. We were thrilled to see our new home. We were so excited to finally hear the sweet words, “We have arrived”! Interestingly enough, God had another plan for us. Throughout the day, the rainfall increased which caused the roads to be very muddy. Our jeep, along with other vehicles, got stuck a couple of times. As the night approached, we had to stay in a village nearby with a very kind family. The next day, we decided to continue our journey. We had no idea of what we should to expect. Despite this, we were calm because we knew that God was protecting us.

After approximately 4 1/2 hours, we finally arrived at the Center where we would be teaching. We were happy to meet the team. After we took some time to rest, the rainfall continued. We were in danger of more landslides that could potentially cover the road and would make it difficult to get any supplies to our facility. A decision was made to go back. We started out journey (again) the next day. We were worried because the rainfall did not subside through the night. In fact, it was still raining hard that morning. By the afternoon, the downpour stopped, but the road was dangerous! We found approximately 18 landslides, but that was just a little thing for God to handle. He protected us. After 9 hours of hiking, we FINALLY arrived to our destination where the people received us kindly! Unfortunately, the power was shut off, with no access to water. No one was sure when these problems would be corrected. However, God provided for our needs. The next day, we enjoyed a good time washing our clothes in the river nearby and taking a good bath. What a blessing! Everyone is so nice and friendly. We are honored to be used by God in any capacity. We are happy to have been called to a wonderful region. Nepal is a beautiful country with beautiful views. We are getting accustomed to a completely different culture, custom, cuisine, dress, and language. The language barrier can be challenging, at times. However, much can be expressed with a simple smile. We are learning a lot of things, and it is nice to interact with our students. Every moment is an opportunity know them better. They are very sweet, friendly, respectful and considerate. Moreover, seeing how interested they are to learn and how they care about their spiritual life is so gratifying. We are very happy that God brought us here.

Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: September 8th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

*Names have been ommited for the safety of the individuals in this story.

Before graduation, I decided to spend a few months with the students as they were coming to the end of their training. The curriculum that we teach from has had a great influence on the students. They are learning things that they can use in a practical way, in their spiritual walk with the Lord. One day, two of the students had a misunderstanding over something small. Later in the evening, two others had another argument. Being that we are a part of the administrative staff, my friend and I talked with the students so that they may understand how to deal with the problem in a Christian way. They listened to us.

The next morning during worship, there was a beautiful thought shared about true repentance. One of the older men in our class was touched by the message. He stood up at the end of worship time to make things right. One by one, the other three who had been involved in the verbal altercation also stood up. Their repentance was heartfelt. There were tears and confession. My heart was touched also. I could feel God’s presence near in this work of transformation. During graduation, the students shared a lot about their past life. They discussed some of their darkest moments where hope seemed lost. Some of them had grown up in a Christian home, but they did not fully understand the purpose of their life. However, when they received their training here, they felt that God had given them meaning and purpose. All of them have promised to share what they have learned when they go home. As they depart to their respective homes, we pray that these students will not only share their newly acquired knowledge, but that they will share the beautiful love of Christ as well.

In Heavenly Love Abiding

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: August 31st, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

Grant was a studious individual who took school very seriously. In the evenings, he would study with his three friends. These friends happened to be Seventh-day Adventists. Grant, however, was not. Grant was the son of a Baptist pastor and had been raised in that religion all of his life. Interestingly enough, he had many questions about the Bible that remained unanswered. Grant’s friends brought him to meet Sam. Sam was a Bible worker in the local area.

When Grant’s friends took him to meet this fellow, almost immediately Grant started asking questions about the Sabbath. This opened the door to invite Grant to worship with them at church that coming Sabbath. Grant appreciated the beautiful truths that were taught that day. After church, Grant joined Sam and his friends for lunch that afternoon. Grant asked many more questions which led to several Bible studies. After a while, Grant started attending church every Saturday. Even though Grant was raised as a Christian, he was not living a Christian life. He had not fully understood what God was asking of him. This led to more bible studies and sleepless nights full of prayer. After 6 months of intense study, Grant was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church. Soon afterwards, he decided to take a light training course that was taking place in his local community.

*Names have been changed to protect the identities of the individuals in this story*

He now has a desire to serve the Lord through health evangelism so that others can know of the beautiful Jesus that he has had the privileging of knowing.

In Imitation, Lord of Thee

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: August 21st, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

Because of the spiritual desolateness of this area, there have been two graduates that have been placed in a seminary program as full-time bible workers. Saul and Rob work closely with the lay evangelist pastor of the SDA church nearby. Saul and Rob have been working for the Lord primarily through friendship evangelism and home visitation which has led to bible studies and baptisms. Friendship evangelism involves the Bible workers reaching out to members of the community and befriending them. As the friendship and trust grows, the door is open to discussions of health, faith and Bible studies. This is followed by invitations to come to church. They go out each day on foot or on bicycle and visit homes, hospitals and church members. They meet new people and make new contacts for Bible studies. Many of their contacts come from local church members. This area has a great deal of underground terrorist activity. When Saul first moved into his new community in September 2015, many of his neighbors were not friendly to him and were actually afraid he was a terrorist. He spoke their language with an accent and did not act like most locals.

Eventually, they began to talk to him but they were still very guarded. They started to offer him tea and he would say no. Although it can seem rude to decline tea, this was actually a blessing in that it gave him the perfect opportunity to share the health message. Sometime later, a Hindu holiday came around and his neighbors offered him food that is usually offered to Hindu gods.

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”
1 Timothy 4:12.

He declined and yet they still put it on his table. He refused to eat any food that had been offered to a pagan god and threw it away. His neighbors again asked why and he was then able to share with them about the true creator God and that he would not dishonor Him by eating this particular food. His neighbors were not angry and respected his decision. After this time of getting to know him, they realized that he is actually a devout young man that lives according to the principles he has learned from the Bible. Some of his neighbors work for the government and the salary is occasionally not paid on time. When this happened, his neighbors asked to borrow money until their pay came. Saul agreed and then they paid him back. Saul says that now his neighbors are very happy with him and freely share their words and time with him.

Jesus Saves

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: August 14th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged:

My family has experienced a kink in our plans but, we are happy to tell you how the Lord has been so good to us, every step of the way! Many of you may remember how my family, and I, had moved after we finished our 6-month Women’s Ministries course. We moved into a comfortable place to stay. Tom was assisting the local church in outreach and our whole family was making new friends in the community. While doing this, we worked on expanding our Nepali language abilities. One night, not long after our arrival in our new location, we were hiking back to our home with our groceries in our backpacks. As we climbed upward we could hear loud chanting, in unison, up the mountain from where we were. As we reached an intersection in the road, there was a police officer looking uphill. Tom looked and saw a large group of protesters, carrying fire-lit torches and chanting. As the people came closer Tom encouraged my wife and daughter to stand in the shadows of the side street as they passed by. When they passed by, we saw some of them violently tear down a sign that had been put up by the local government. The next day Tom asked our good friend, the lay leader of the Adventist church, what was happening. He explained the history of the local people and their desires. These people speak the Nepali language but are not Nepali citizens. However, they don’t feel they are treated fairly. So, as a result, they choose to protest in attempt to get their own independent state. This protest was in the form of a “strike,” which means that all the shops are supposed to close and the vehicles are supposed to stop running, until further notice. In this way, the frustrated protesters hoped to get the government’s attention in order to get what they desire. Some of the protests escalated into violence. The protests went from being peaceful, to yelling, throwing rocks and bricks, and finally to bullets. People were killed.

Police vehicles were burned. As we type this, the strike continues even today. It has been over 30 days. While we were in our new home, the strike continued. People were telling us it was a good idea for us, as foreigners, to leave. We felt safe in our home that God had provided. We were near a community that didn’t have anything to do with the strike. However, my family and I could tell as we looked around for food to eat, that the selection was getting smaller. No one could tell us how long the strike would last. The internet for the entire mountain region had been shut off. Those we met and talked to said that getting a vehicle to drive someone out of danger was impossible. Others said that we could get one to do it illegally in the night. We were beginning to feel less freedom and beginning to wonder if now was the time to go, rather than wait. We had planned to stay in our new home for almost two months. We had only been there for about three weeks. We went to our knees and prayed, asking God what we should do. After having one final Sabbath with our new church family, we decided we would try to leave. On Sunday morning, Tom and our church leader tried to go and talk to government officials to see if they could get some transportation for our family. They were told they were on our own to find something. They went to the protester office but it was closed. A couple of shady young men said they could provide a ride in the night, for a high price. The vehicle was secured, and a 4 am meeting time established. At our home, we had a lot to do. We took the whole day to separate our things into what we could take with us and what would be put into storage. We had some more trouble securing the vehicle, but by midnight we believed we would see a vehicle meeting us at 4 am, by God’s grace. We got up early, spent time with the Lord, and waited. Sure enough, the vehicle came! A fog came in, to our advantage, making us less conspicuous. Our driver took the back roads, and we were roughly driven through the streets, past burned out vehicles and flipped over buses. We arrived safely down the mountain. We proceeded down the mountain with our driver and got dropped off at a hotel that was out of the strike zone. There in the city, we had access to the internet and were able to contact Laymen Ministries, letting them know what was going on. They were able to help us acquire an early departure, back the United States.

“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Revelation 14:12.

As of now, we are scheduled to return to the country in early December, 2017. After all of this, we felt like Lot, as he was whisked away by the angels, out of Sodom. While these events were taking place around us, we were continually reminded how the Lord has told us that there will be a time of no buying or selling (Revelation 13:7). We thought over and over how we are told to live “out of the cities” (Country Living pg. 31). We feel as if we have had a taste of future trials which all those who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” will have to face in the future. May God be with us all as we prayerfully examine our personal lives and the times that we live in.

All the Way

Posted By: Aniza Moore | On: August 10th, 2017 | Comments: 0 | Tagged: ,

One of our previous graduates, Mara, had lost her mother during the earthquake in Nepal. Soon after that, she joined our Women’s Ministries Course. We gave her the opportunity to take the Advanced Tailoring course. She went back to her village and started a tailoring shop. I went to attend a wedding of one of our previous students near the village that Mara resided in. We had an opportunity to visit one of the churches that were started by some of our graduates. We had helped them especially in the beginning to get the church started. It has been growing ever since.

This time, when we went there, it was a blessing to see the church with many people in it. I was so happy to see Mara’s progress. She is doing well in her tailoring shop. She is now able to support herself and is busy with her sewing while teaching others as well. She is faithful in church and capable of supporting herself. I felt this was a real success. I praise the Lord and thank Him for His help.