Greetings to all congregations wanting to support AFLC World Mission during their 2019 Vacation Bible School programs,
Thank you for promoting AFLC World Missions with the Vacation Bible School PowerPoints. These presentations were developed for summer teams to use as they teach VBS. Our AFLBS summer teams are using Group Publishing’s curriculum this year with the theme, “Roar!: Life is Wild- God is Good!” AFLC World missions has made PowerPoint presentations to aid you in teaching the daily Bible verses and some bonus features of the Jore’s life in Uganda.
Even if you are not using the Group Publishing curriculum, you may find the PowerPoints of great value as they feature the Jore children on location in Uganda.
VBS Offering Project This year we are suggesting that a mission offering be taken for one of the following: • The Follow Them Home Project at the Miriam Children’s home in Brazil • Children’s Christmas Boxes for Mexico • The Horeb Children’s Home in India or for purchasing Bibles in India.
The offering can be sent to AFLC World Missions. You can find out more about these ministries, and others appropriate for VBS, on our website at:
Overview of the Presentations – Roar! Life is Wild- God is Good!
- When Life is Unfair
- “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble...” Nahum 1:7
- Bonus Feature: Hannah Jore making yogurt
- When Life is Scary
- “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me...” Psalm 23:4
- Bonus Feature: Jay Jore with his chickens
- When Life Changes
- “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 106:1
- Bonus Feature: Julia Jore growing cucumbers
- When Life is Sad
- “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart...” Psalm 34:18
- Bonus Feature: Judah Jore making mulberry lemonade
- When Life is Good
- “...Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible...” Nehemiah 4:14
- Bonus Feature: Elijah Jore describing the Nile river viewed from his front porch
At the end of each presentation encourage the students to pray for the work in Uganda or the special project you have chosen. The prayer of the children is important!
Thank you so much for telling your VBS about the work of the AFLC World Missions.
Special thanks to Pastor Del Palmer for his dedication to seeing this project through to completion. May God bless you as you minister this summer.
In His service,
Rev. Earl Korhonen, Director AFLC World Missions
May 2019 Newsletter from Paul and Becky Abel
People to People Sharing God's Word: This continues to be our focus as we serve as missionaries in Brazil. We want people to come to know Jesus and learn to live by His Word. Pray for our daily contacts. We have many elderly people and shut-ins in the two churches in which we are involved. Paul enjoys visiting to share the Word and Communion.
Sanderson and Igor: Temporary sons since March we have had two young men living with us. We help them, and they help us. They have been a blessing in ministry, especially with the youth and children. It's fun to have them in our household. Each morning we start the day around the table for breakfast and devotions with the boys and our day workers before everyone gets off to work.
Women's Group: In addition to our weekly women's Bible study we have occasional special events like the local Women's Tea and the women's conference which gathered 170 women.
Family Camp in Campo Mourão: Our people in Bateias joined together to make and sell over 550 pizzas in order to send a busload of people to our Family Camp in Campo Mourão this year. It was a blessed time of fellowship and growth as people from several of our Free Lutheran churches came together for the 4-day camp. Now we are gearing up for a Family Retreat at the ARCA in June. We are also in the process of planning a camp for adolescents in July and a VBS program for the children. Pray for more rentals for the ARCA.
Bible Club for Children: The children in Bateias are learning about missions and collecting coins for the mission in Paraguay. They all love Matthew and Ednay so this is a project that they can identify with. They made banks from plastic pots with a photo of Mafu and Nay and Zoey on the lid.
Encouraging Pastors: We had the privilege of getting all the area pastors and wives together at the ARCA when Pastor Del and Karen Palmer and Pastor Earl and Joan Korhonen came to visit in March. We will have a second encounter this Sunday to encourage one another in ministry. We are thankful for all the wonderful ways Pastor Del has encouraged us and supported us through his years as Mission Director. We look forward to developing a great relationship with Pastor Earl as he takes on the responsibilities of this calling. In June all the Free Lutheran pastors and some of their wives will be together for a couple of days of intensive fellowship and "meeting of the minds." Pray that this event will be used by God to unite and encourage our pastors. Some of our churches have been going through challenging situations, and we have tried to offer wise counsel as we are asked. We have visited the churches in Iguaçu Falls, Campo Mourão, Maringá and Londrina since I last wrote. In June we will travel to Campo Grande for the anniversary of their congregation and to do special meetings.
Easter celebrations: The most important holiday of the year is Easter when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, the One who came to save us and make us new. We worked on special presentations for church, had a fun time with a special Easter devotional with our grandchildren, and a big Easter meal with a houseful of friends and family. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Aleluia!
Studying the Word: Please join us in prayer for a seminary student from Bateias named Jean. He is planning to marry Aneise in September and they hope to serve the Lord together in pastoral ministry. Christ the King Free Lutheran church in Pipestone has supported this couple with their monthly gifts (thank you!) Also pray for João Victor who is preparing to spend a year studying at AFLBS. Pray for his visa to come through and for financial provision. Maybe someone reading this letter would like to help João with his Bible School expenses (hint, hint) for 2019-20.
Life in the Tropics: We love living and ministering in Brazil. It's a bonus to have fresh fruits growing in our own yard. Right outside our front door we have a palm tree that yields a fruit called "butiá" which makes a delicious, refreshing juice. Sustained by the prayers of many we hope to give lots of fruit for the Kingdom while we have life and energy. Thanks for praying for us and for supporting us financially. You are like a lifeline keeping us alive on the mission field. Love, Paul and Becky
AFLC World Missions 3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55441
Hello Friends and Family! from Mafu and Ednay Abel in Brazil and Paraguay May 2019
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our inquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon HIm; and with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
Isaiah 52-53 is one of the great testimonies about Jesus; the suffering-servant Messiah, who withstood immeasurable suffering and grief on our behalf. In this passage we see that Christ had to suffer for us. In 1 Peter 2:24 we read, "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead t sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." In addition, this section in Isaiah reveals God's mission to include people from all nations into the family of God, and it mentions the Messiah's death and burial with sinners. What a powerful series of fulfillment in the amazing passage!
We are glad to be plugged into the local church. Both Ednay and I have one-on-one discipleship opportunities and are on the youth group leadership team. Ednay has begun teaching and leading sons for the Children's church on Sundays. I, Mafu, am teaching a class on the Old Testament on Saturdays. The Church is offering a Bible school for its leadership and I have been invited to teach.
A Wycliffe Associates team came from Puerto Rico to help with the acceleration of a translation project. During these intensive acceleration projects the Bible translation advances in bounds. 35 Native translators (Ache first nationals) from several reservations came to bhe LETRA mission base. Full-time volunteers from Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay, and Brazil (Mafu Abel) facilitated the translation, managed groups and were consulters for the translation difficulties. Local volunteers who could help part time transcribed the manuscipts. While the language experts worked with spelling and grammar.
It was a lot of work during two weeks of long days, but the rough draft of Isaiah and Ezekiel was completed! Each of the native translators took printed copy of the drafts home. The final celebration was joyful and emotional as people shared testimony and praise. Esteban said he was very happy that Isaiah now speaks Ache. The New Testament in the Ache language has already been completed, but the New Testament gains perspective and credibility as the Old Testament is translated. The book of Isaiah, for example, prophesies about the suffering servant. Isaiah's message proves that the Jesus from the Gospels is the Messiah.
Prayer and Praise requests:
- Pray for the Ache Bible translation. Pray also for its application in the communities.
- Praise the Lord for such a great teamwork and His blessing on the recent translations.
- Pray for our language acquisition process.
- Praise the Lord for the many partners in missions whom we have met.
- Pray for unity on the Mission front.
- Praise God for His faithfulness in bringing me, Mafu, through seminary.
- Pray that above all we might be faithful as we serve in Paraguay.
World Mission March Devotional March 25, 2019 by Carol Knapp
“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, but the greatest of these is charity.” I Corinthians 13:11-13.
This past year, I took on the task of teaching Confirmation with our lack of a full time pastor in our church. I have trembled greatly at the task and have enjoyed it immensely at the same time–we teach the 7th and 8th graders. These kids are in the transition that Paul speaks of–and yet, they often don’t realize the transition is occurring. Isn’t it interesting how Paul bookends this transition period with the concept of love. Over the past year, we have studied the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Communion, the confessions, and structure of the church. As I said, I have trembled greatly. How do you describe the intimacy of God as He allows us to refer to Him as ‘Our Father’? How do you impress upon these minds the presence of God in the sacrament of Baptism or Communion. How do you establish in minds that are full of schoolwork, basketball, baseball, football, and yes, that mysterious other sex, the idea that our ancestors cared enough about sharing the message of grace through faith in Jesus that they established churches, built schools, and hospitals and even arranged for Confirmation classes for those who follow after! I remind them that the Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness absorbing that first confirmation session. Jesus compressed the time with his disciples to only 3 years–24 hours a day, 7days a week. We do the classes in two abbreviated years. I, like probably every other confirmation teacher, try to impress upon them that this class is only a beginning–there is so much more to a life in Christ than we could possibly cover in this class. Several years ago, our son, Dave, while with the Marines had a government sponsored trip to Babylon–or should I say the ruins of Babylon. For the great, majestic, bustling city that was so terrible is now a tourist stop. The mighty have fallen, but ‘love never ends.’ We live in a world that is doomed to end–all of the appointments, all of the busyness, even time itself will come to an end, yet ‘love never ends.’ The challenge of switching thought processes from those of a child to those of a man (or woman) is a daunting process especially considering that the lies of the Devil, the vanity of the world, and the pride of self are so active in their opposition to the change. Always in the conflict, we must remember that ‘love never ends!’ Every class time, I enter that room with an organized class plan, yet I know that even my insight is only a dim view of the reality of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Yet, that dim view is so exciting to me and I hope I can impart some of that to the kids, because in it I see that ‘love never ends!’ Whatever you’re facing today, my prayer is that you enjoy the day, for as we move through this Lenten season of the Church, as we approach again the celebration of the empty tomb of Easter Sunday–again the message reverberates: ‘LOVE NEVER ENDS!’
~ Lyle Mattson
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To watch the most recent video about the AFLC Missions in Brazil please follow the link to the AFLC homepage:
This video is available at https://www.aflcworldmissions.org