During a recent trip to Seychelles, WMP President Harold Mack and I were blessed to meet with leaders from twenty-nine different African nations. Two of those precious leaders were Fred and Josephine Mukasa from Uganda.
We encourage you to listen to this week’s podcast, as Fred shares about his wonderful nation and its challenges, his role with Every Home for Christ, his use of World Missionary Press Scripture booklets, and his deep appreciation for the staff, volunteers, and supporters of World Missionary Press.
Statistics from EHC concerning the nation of Uganda:
Population: 35 Million
Life Expectancy: 54.46 years
Literacy Rate: 73.2%
Official Language: English
Other Languages: Luganda, Swahili
Christian: 79.74% with only 32% claiming to be Evangelical
Homes Reached by EHC: 8,299,750
Responses to Christ: 4,259,788
New Christ Group Plants: 4,427
We encourage you to listen in on this week’s podcast and to enjoy the amazing interview!
Stay tuned for more interviews from our trip in the weeks to come. In each interview, you will notice a common thread of extremely deep appreciation for World Missionary Press and all of our precious partners, along with each leader's cry for more Scripture booklets to reach the people of their respective nations.
Here's the link to this week's podcast: http://www.wmpambassadors.org/podcasts.html
Yours in Christ,
Ambassador Network Coordinator
World Missionary Press
Aloha Brother Joe and the Staff at WMP:
I'm so excited to share to you all at WMP that, as the Ambassador for WMP for Oahu, Hawaii. I was able to give WMP Bible booklets/tracts to the Seafarers Ministry in Honolulu Hawaii, who Pastor Jerry Saludez of Waipio Community Baptist Church to hand out to the Seafarers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
These Seafarers are not allowed to leave/restricted to the piers in Honolulu. So Pastor Jerry Saludez who helps run the Seafarers Ministry in Oahu are able to have fellowship and share the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord, they also are feed with a nice dinner and even given some medical attention. The Seafarers Ministry are so happy to get these booklets provided by WMP and please pray for Pastor Jerry Saludez and his Seafarers Ministry team to continue to share the gospel to over 500 Seafarers/fishermen in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Attached is a photo of Ellen who is one of the Indonesian interpreters for the Seafarers Ministry in Honolulu and sharing/giving a WMP bible booklet to an Indonesian seafarer.
Aloha and God Bless all and keep sharing to those who need Christ as Savior and Lord;
Americo (Rick) DiLoretto
WMP Ambassador Oahu, Hawaii
Here’s a short video from our National Coordinator in Puerto Rico, Adalberto Santiago. These pictures were recently taken in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Imagine the ripple effect of Jesus' Love, as the people of Haiti grow in their knowledge of Christ and their truest identity in Him! The looks on their faces, as they had just received their very own WMP Haitian Kreyol New Testaments and Scripture booklets, are priceless! Huge thanks to our dear brother, Aldaberto for compiling these images. We appreciate how the Lord's Love is operating through him to impact so many precious lives for eternity!
Katey Hearth (MNN) — Iquitos, Peru, is known as a global hub for so-called “spiritual tourism”. Thousands flock to the jungle village each year seeking spiritual encounters and a dangerous drink called ayahuasca.
But, the dark magic that’s so common here is no match for the power of Christ.
“It’s a tremendous testimony to the power of the Word and the faithfulness of those who continue to give it and preach in the face of the enemy,” states Helen Williams of World Missionary Press.
“Our partner just sent us an email that said… a man almost ran to the front of the church to give his heart to Jesus,” Williams shares.
“He belonged to a cult of Satanists…. They’d been sent out to destroy the largest churches that were preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and this man had been assigned to this church in Iquitos. But, he could not resist the power of God, and ended up receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior.”
Because the man couldn’t return to the group of Satanists, he took shelter in the church’s safe house. Once the group had left, the man moved on to start a new life and learn more about the God who saved him.
Iquitos: spiritual tourism and ayahuascaIquitos is Peru’s largest jungle city.
In 2014, AmusingPlanet.com dubbed Iquitos “the largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road.” Surrounded by thick rainforest on one side and the Amazon River on the other, Peru’s largest jungle city may be difficult to access. But, that doesn’t stop the tourists.
Ayahuasca – a plant-based brew that produces hallucinogenic effects when consumed – is traditionally used by Peruvian shamans to access the spiritual world. Over the past decade, the drink has attracted growing numbers of people who want to “experience the sacred.”
“I went into the experience a devout atheist,” an Australian woman told News.com.au.“Now I am very open minded to the fact that something may exist beyond what we consciously see, the same way that we know infra-red and UV light exists even though we physically can’t see it.”
According to a June report by The Guardian, “Every year thousands descend on the city, where centres offering ayahuasca have sprung up in the surrounding forest, while lodges offering ‘jungle tours’ or ‘nature tours’ include ayahuasca as well.”
While ayahuasca is a relatively “new” discovery to mainstream culture, the witchcraft associated with it goes way back. In fact, according to this 2013 blog by Christian missionary Scott Doherty, “Whether poor or rich, uneducated or educated, young or old, almost everyone has used witchcraft at some point…The reality is that witchcraft and the occult is greatly manifested in Peru.”
World Missionary Press sends Scripture booklets so believers can fight darkness with the light of Christ. For $5, you can help WMP print and send 125 Scripture booklets to the church in Iquitos. Click here to get involved.
“Their ministry has been most effective when they’ve dealt with healing, helping people heal (from past traumas) and being open doors to those who are struggling,” says Williams, “whether it’s women who’ve been abused, or orphans, or young people with no place else to go except to wander the streets.”
She says the Iquitos church they partner with takes hurting people in and offers them the hope of the Gospel.
“That’s what’s worked there, and what works around the world, because people are needy and Christ is the answer for that need.”
Scripture booklets needed in Europe BY JULIE BOURDON Europe (MNN) — As violence in the Middle East rages on, refugees are flooding into Europe.
Helen Williams of World Missionary Press says that Christians in Western Europe want to help. And so, they’ve shared the one thing that is most precious to them: the Gospel. Many of them have asked for assistance.
“World Missionary Press provides Scripture in many different languages. Even if you don’t know how to speak your neighbor’s language, you can deliver a wonderful message. (Photo courtesy of World Missionary Press).scripture booklets that are designed to introduce people to the one true God, the message of salvation, and then bring them to a decision.”
Williams says explaining that the requests for scripture booklets in Europe have been immense. Many of these refugees have not previously been exposed to the Gospel. Their presence in Europe is an exciting opportunity.
“We hear politically that it’s a difficult situation—and it is—for the countries in Europe, and yet it’s an open door for the Gospel,” Williams says.
Stories from the field:
In Germany, a team of Christians were waiting for Syrian Muslims to arrive.
“When they got to Munich, someone introduced them to the Scriptures and to the Gospel and ten of them were born again. And these ten have gathered together to reach out to the rest of the Muslims that are coming through.”
The Christians who got to witness this wanted to emphasize their amazement at God’s power in changing hearts. So now, as hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are living in Germany, the team wants to reach all of them. Scripture booklets could expedite this process. World Missionary Press is working on getting them scripture booklets in Arabic and any other languages they may need.
Williams explains that when refugees get off the train in Helsinki, Christians are usually waiting for them. In many cases, when they go to give them a booklet that shares the Gospel, refugees will show them they’ve already received one. This means on the road between Syria and Finland, Christians have been considerate of their need for the Gospel.
World Missionary Press also received a letter from a woman in Sweden. A woman was asking for more booklets. She saw the plight of the refugees around her, and the only thing she knew to do was to share with them her greatest hope in Jesus Christ.
Williams explains that the individuals and groups handing out the booklets are simply people who are wanting and willing to give hope, and they’ve taken a look around them to see the need of the refugees. “These people have hungry hearts and they have needy hearts and now’s the time.”
Someone might wonder why, when the refugees have lost everything they have, Christians might choose to give them a booklet of scripture. “I think a lot of it comes from their own experience with the Lord,” Williams says. God was their comfort in their own time of pain and loss, and so that is what they want to give to these people who seem so hopeless. “Many of these people are offering the scripture booklets along with food and water and blankets and shoes,” Williams says.
Scripture Booklets in your own neighborhood
The situation in Europe is not unique in that there are people all around us every day who for one reason or another have not heard the Gospel. Some communities may stick to themselves, having come from one country. There could be language barriers that have kept others from reaching out to them.
“I think if people have open eyes, they’ll find that there are people all over who would love to have the Word in their language, and they never have totally understood it, never been reached,” says Williams. There are opportunities at your own front door. So, look around you. You never know who has or has not heard about the hope found in Jesus. If you find a group in need, contact World Missionary Press for resources.
You can be a part of what is happening in Europe by assisting World Missionary Press. They currently have requests for around 72 million pieces of literature. They’re working on new languages, connecting with new distributors, desiring to get the Gospel into more heart languages. To help, click here.
Williams says their greatest need is for prayer—for their mission, for the people that are reaching out, and for the people that are being reached. When refugees flee to other countries, they usually have nothing.
“What they’ve lost is what this world has. Their possessions— maybe they’ve lost family as well— but they’ve lost their place in society, many of them, they’ve lost the homeland.“ Some of these things are not replaceable. Much of the trauma will affect them forever. So merely meeting their physical needs, while necessary, is not enough.
“That’s what the Word of God does—it offers hope that is outside of this world, that cannot be taken away.”