Friday, October 02, 2009

A Jehovah’s Witness Now a New Believer

The challenging project to open a new Church of the Nazarene in the city of Tumaco, Colombia, continues to move forward. After a campaign of showing the Jesus Films three different times, a new group of believers was formed. One of the new believers was a Jehovah’s Witness who lives right in front of where the Jesus Film was presented. Everyone was surprised when she and her extended family attended the showing. Today, she and her family continue to attend this new group. She had major questions and doubts about this new faith, but God continues to work within her life.

A Light in the Midst of Dense Darkness

In the Vallejuelos neighborhood of the city of Medellin, Colombia, various groups outside the law exercise power and control. These groups profoundly influence the youth. The Church of the Nazarene in Margaritas took the Jesus Film to that area. It is a poverty-stricken zone where most people have no fear of God. Nevertheless, many people attended and were receptive to the message of salvation. It was incredible how the youth gathered to watch.

For the Margaritas church it was a total victory. Now ten people are part of a new potential cell group in that place. Without a doubt, the Jesus Film and the Margaritas Church of the Nazarene was a light in the midst of dense darkness. Please pray for this work and for new believers to grow in their faith.

Young People Important Part of Ministry

In this photo, the young people are a part of the Jesus Film team that travels across the district sharing testimonies before the presentation. Manuel, in the middle, shares this testimony:

God has blessed me in allowing me to be part of the Ministry of Evangelism and Jesus Film. I have had the opportunity to grow in my spiritual life and know the goodness of God in the lives of those who accept Jesus as their Savior. I enjoy watching a group of new Christian brothers build a church with their hands as they praise God with their hearts. The best work of my life has been to serve the Lord by means of this great ministry of the Jesus Film. I know that there are many prayer partners for the Jesus Film ministry in North America, and I thank God for all of you.

From the Streets to God’s House

Ines’ mother died when she was a child. Her only memory of this time is that she played with neighbors while the family took her mother to the cemetary. Then, when she was only 10 years old, her father was killed when a car hit him and left the scene. Her world turned upside-down. She quit going to school so that she could cook and clean for her older siblings. Her friends talked her into running away from home, and she lived on the streets until she was 16-years-old. Then, she returned home when she was ready to deliver a child.

Years later, with her husband and children, she moved to a new neighborhood. During Easter week, a church presented the Jesus Film, and she accepted Jesus in her heart. Now she attends and works in the local Church of the Nazarene, and she thanks God for allowing her to know Him and love Him. Praise God for a new life in Christ.

Jesus Brought Me Out of Depression

For two years, a deep, dark depression robbed the life of Mercedes. She wasn’t eating, her mind played tricks on her, and her nerves were shot. She went to doctors but they could not help her. Instead, they told her that if she didn’t come out of the depression, it would kill her.

Mercedes’ husband could no longer watch what was happening to his wife. One day he brought some brothers from a church and they projected the Jesus Film right in front of our house. Mercedes testifies: “That day, I accepted Jesus into my heart and began a new life. Today, a new church plant meets in our house. Glory be to my God.”