Dribbling the ball, they moved with amazing agility. Their acceleration was ‘deadly’; defensively, they were quick to catch up to their opponents. These were the young people of SLASC (Single Limb Amputee Sports Club). It was a highlight for our mission team who travelled to Freetown, Sierra Leone in January. Led by Rev. Dr. Daniel Hanafi, the team consists of Ps. Herman Ong from Austin, TX., Ps. Ray Teguh from LA, & John Latuharhary from Washington DC.
The use of amputations as a weapon of fear & intimidation was a common practice during the 10 year Civil war that ended in 2002. One of SLASC’s members was only 2 yrs old when he lost his leg. It is believed that 21% (6,000-10,000) of the world’s amputees now live in Sierra Leone. Nevertheless, these young people found joy in Jesus and soccer instead of succumbing to their ‘unfortunate’ fate. In fact, they use their platform as soccer players to inspire and empower other young Sierra Leoneans to live for Jesus.
West Africa Mission
We kicked off the new year by travelling to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Ghana from Jan. 15 to 25, 2014. Our team visited ‘the other’ Monrovia, Liberia; 3 cities on the shores of Sierra Leone (Freetown, Kono & Bo); and Accra, Ghana. Organized by local IFGF churches. In collaboration with other ministries and IFGF LA, this Mission trip featured 9 days of Crusades reaching more than 30,000 souls. More than 5,000 professions of faith were also recorded.
One of the most memorable Crusade night happened in Kono, when a homeless prostitute made a public declaration of receiving and surrendering her life to Jesus. Two IFGF pastors then came forward to care for her. To Jesus be all the glory!!
IFGF Nepal Team had just returned from a week long mission trip
to Northeast India and East
Nepal, conducting healing and revival crusades in Kathmandu, Khoplang, Nuwakot, Udayapur and Dhankuta. They also dedicated the church building in Udayapur. Through this mission trip: 3000 people were reached and 40 people made profession of faith.
One church was planted in Dhankuta. In addition, 4000 Gospel tracts and 300 New Testament Bibles were distributed. One of our Sunday school girls at IFGF Kathmandu, Rodah, had been collecting coins in a clay pot for 7 months in order to buy a Bible. On Jan 26, she broke the clay pot and bought her very own Bible! She beamed with smile as she proudly showed off her first bible. What a great love for God’s word. May she continue to grow in her knowledge of Christ. Rodah proudly showing off her first bible!
June 4 – 14 : Nepal Mission
June 8 – 14 : South India Harvest Festival
June 20 – July 5 : Indonesia Summer Mission
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