Wednesday, November 18, 2009

World Relief


AFLC World Missions has teamed up with World Relief to provide compassion to the poor around the world.  You can give to World Relief directly or with your normal giving to AFLC World Missions.

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This December, as the world dilutes and distorts the message of Christmas, may our words and our actions proclaim to the world a hope that is worthy of celebration.

This is the story of the Church at work, bringing hope to...
·         Improve health in HAITI
·         Build peace in CONGO
·         Care for the ORPHANS
·         Restore life in DARFUR
·         Befriend the REFUGEE

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rev. Robert Giles goes Home


AFLC pastor, Rev. Robert Delmar Giles went to be with the Lord yesterday, November 16, 2009.  Rev. Giles served in South Africa from 1982-1986. 

Robert is the father of missionary Dan Giles who served with AFLC World Missions with his wife Debbie.  Robert’s grandchildren, Danny and Marcela Giles and Ingrid Giles currently serve as Short Term missions Assistants in Mexico with AFLC World Missions. 

Rev. Giles was born June 23, 1917 and is survived by his wife Muriel who lives in the Phoenix, AZ area.

The Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Free Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ, on Saturday, November 28th, at 2 pm.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pray for Justo Pillman

image Please be praying for continued good health and healing in the ministry down here.  It seems like many people from the church have been coming down with the flu this week.  I just got off the phone with one of the home school dads and two of his children were diagnosed with the H1N1 flu today.  On top of that, the oldest son has the beginning symptoms of pneumonia as well.  I'm not paranoid about it, but need wisdom to know if/how to take any precautions.  Today I also found out that one other youth from the church also has the swine flu.
Thanks for your prayers and support!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pray for Visas

Nate & Jon Low ResNathan Olson and Jon Nelson have been waiting for several months now to receive their visa to travel to Brazil and work as Short Term mission Assistants (STA).  Please pray that the Lord would open the door for them to serve Him in this way.  Below is the text of a recent email sent out by Nathan and Jon.


“I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait.”

John Waller “While I’m Waiting”

We didn’t get the positive response from the consulate that we had hoped for last Monday. We were told to check back today, instead we received an email this morning informing us that we still need another document before our visas can officially be approved.

The document that’s needed is a notarized letter from the mission in Brazil about where we are going to volunteer, describing the activities and places where the activities will take place. This letter is very similar to one we had sent in a couple months ago, but this document needs to be more in depth with the information provided than the one we had sent in previously.

As of now we’ve already notified the Abel’s letting them know that the letter is needed and we hope to get it to the consulate as soon as Wednesday. From what we’ve been told, the letter just needs to go to the consulate in Chicago and not back to Brazil. Please be in prayer as we send in this document! If our files do go to Brazil it could take another month before we hear a response.

Overall this has been a time of waiting for Nate and myself. At times discouraging, but overall encouraging, with people voicing their concerns and offering their prayers. We are continuing to wait on the Lord, looking to Him for guidance and strength as we keep preparing. Nate and I can both see the Lord working in our lives as we wait and as He molds us and uses us while we’re here. The Lord is faithful in all that He does and we thank you for your prayers. God bless!

Jon Nelson and Nathan Olson

AFLC Student Missions

Capture1The Youth Department of the AFLC has announced their 2010 Student Mission’s trips.  They have trip to Ukraine from July 11th – 25th.  A second trip, to India is scheduled from July 25th to August 20th.  For more information click on either of the graphics and you will be taken to the Youth Department website for more information. Capture

Friday, November 06, 2009

Update from Waama


Dear friends,

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already approaching?!?  We certainly have lots to be thankful for.

Before I forget, I want to thank you all for your prayers for the dean and the health issues he was dealing with.  He has seen much improvement in his condition and was able to join us here only about a week after classes started.  He seems to be doing well and we are grateful for his leadership.

Our classes have also been going well.  As I stand in front of the various classes, I am often impressed with the honor and especially the huge responsibility of helping to shape the understanding of these students with regards to spiritual matters.  I have been reminded of the weight of this responsibility in a special way as I am teaching the book of James this semester which says, “Let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”  (James 3:1)  Please keep us in your prayers – that we would be faithful to the Word of God and accurate in our teaching.

I don’t think I have mentioned in any of my general updates that I have the opportunity again this year to go represent my former employer, LEKTRO, Inc. in Dubai.  Please pray for this trip which will be from November 11th to the 21st.  Pray for safe travel, positive interactions with potential customers, and that Ben would not be too overwhelmed with the extra responsibilities I am leaving to him.  Thankfully, due to the way I have been able to arrange things, he will only need to teach 2 class periods for me.  This is partly because I have arranged for a guest teacher who, in my absence, will teach some special classes to my third-year Evangelism students on “How to Witness to Muslims”.  Pray that these special classes be a blessing to those students.  The 1st and 2nd year classes that I have, I am simply making up for by taking extra class periods – some before I leave and some after I come back – so that I can cover all my material.  Please praise God with me for this opportunity to work again with my good friend, Eric…and to raise some of my own support, which is always a huge blessing!  I am looking forward to the change in pace.

I would also like to ask prayer for our weekend of ‘Spiritual Meetings’ for this first semester that will take place here at the school from November 20th-22nd.  The theme is going to be “Salvation”.  Pray that those days will be a time of special growth, encouragement and blessing for the students and staff alike.

As some of you may know, one of our major projects this year is to help equip local evangelistic teams with solar-powered audio/video sets that would enable the Jesus Film ministry we have been involved with to continue even after we leave.  We have been able to come up with several of these sets but are now in the process of finding local evangelists/pastors who not only have the capability of learning how to run and maintain the equipment but also who are committed enough to this work to come up with a portion of the equipment’s cost.  By the time you receive this email, we anticipate having already met with the first of our contacts to entrust him with a set and train him on its operation.  Please pray for this pastor (who has a real passion for evangelism) as he seeks to establish a national evangelistic team to minister in his region.  Pray that this equipment would continue to operate well for years to come and that there would be much eternal fruit from this particular team’s efforts.

I am going to close here for now.  Thank you so much for your ongoing support in so many ways.  As I have access to a better internet connection in the next couple weeks, I hope to be able to get some new pictures up on our blog –  Stay tuned!

God bless you all!

Love in Christ,

Jesse Long

Mbulu, Tanzania