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 Edition III Vol. 5 Year 2 

July Edition  

  2020. 

MAGAZINE

Farming God's way: the right way to farm.

By Luiz Sinzker

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When we begin working in a place with a different culture than our own it is extremely important to understand the local cultural context, and then adapt our work according to this context. The African continent still has its economy based on subsistence agriculture, and around 80% of the population still live in rural areas.

So we need to bring new ideas and

Luiz and Juliana Sinzker are agronomists and they had a wonderful experience working in Uganda. They are now preparing to serve in Mozambique. In the next editions we will learn more from their experience.  In this article, you will see what Farming God’s Way means and the impact it can have on the whole community.

procedures to these people that are aturally farmers because they were raised to become farmers. They want better results from their efforts, but most only know the way their fathers farmed. "Farming God's Way" is a method that was started in Zimbabwe, by a servant of God who searched the Bible for answers to the problems he had been facing on his own farm, decreasing crop yields year after year.

The method is based on a tripod: biblical keys, technology, and management

The main point of this methodology is: use what we have at hand to do the best we can. We cannot wait for the perfect conditions and start only after everything is perfect, we have to use what God has already given us and use it wisely to make

our land productive, and along the way we improve and start to looking for better ways to do what we do, it is not about waiting for the best technology but to build the best step by step, little by little.

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Our 80+ students are sponsored by people like you, who want to invest in the expansion of the Kingdom of God and believe that raising strong leaders will bring transformation to their communities. Here at World Nations International we want to develop indigenous leaders that will be effective in communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also will serve with a profession in their communities. The Sustainable Agriculture program is part of our Mission Training Center that is equipping young leaders to change the reality where they live.

Would consider partnering with us by donating monthly to this initiative? Every penny helps.

 

$ 30/ month - you will help pay the tuition and provide the books/school supplies for one student

$ 35/ month - You will help pay for the student dorm, utilities and meals

$ 65/ month - You pay for the student total cost of living at the Theological Seminary/ MTC.

 

To donate, please click in the link below: https://worldnations.givingfuel.com/world-nations-international Click in Wonderful Indonesia / Sumatra Project.

written by:

Mat Mattos

CEO WNI

Faithfully,

A Generation’s movement has started

A couple of years ago a friend of mine reminded me about promises that we give, and how important it is to keep up in the pursuit of accomplishing them. I really appreciated that he reminded me of those dreams I used to mention to him when we were still living in Athens, GA came to life after consistently persisting in them even when circumstances were not showing any progress. Today I really am excited to share 5 major impacts that you are making in this world through your commitment and donations to World Nations International:

1) Rescuing the why

We established a mission based on values that we believe to be very important in the realm of needs among vulnerable peoples in the world.

Every time you invest in one of our projects, you are actively fighting hunger through our programs in sustainable agriculture.

We believe that locals in the countries that we serve should be equipped to do the work so they can support  their own families. We provide seminars, special workshops, professional volunteers, consulting and field trips to add knowledge and experience about producing healthy crops and healthy animal production.

Every time you invest in one of our projects, you are actively fighting hunger through our programs in sustainable agriculture.

2) Alleviating poverty through providing education

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Our goal is to promote sustainability at different levels of our projects, from leadership succession to food production and a skilled workforce trained and ready to create wealth and alleviate poverty. This spring we had a record breaking harvest of cucumbers at our Mission Training Center in Indonesia.

The students were amazed with the fact that applying techniques that they have been learning in the classroom about soil cultivation, crops and gardening care will produce results worthy of their time and attention. It is very rewarding to see how it has affected their efforts in our sustainable agriculture program. The domino effect of this is that technical knowledge is being transferred and empowerment of locals is happening.

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Our goal is to promote sustainability at different levels of our projects, from leadership succession to food production and a skilled workforce trained and ready to create wealth and alleviate poverty.

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3) Developing communities through special projects

Community development is one of the key strategies for opening doors among collectivist cultures. That is the reality in a majority of the countries where people groups were still not reached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The organizational structure of those societies are based upon the common good of the group.

We desire to show that our God can answer their prayers and bring care, hope and love.

That being said, the strategy that we use to advance frontiers and break barriers among those groups begins with community development projects. We have donated water for families during the water crisis, we have donated hygiene kits, baby clothes and tons

of rice for families that lost everything in the earthquake and tsunami. Our doctors have seen and medicated over 500 people in 4 villages without healthcare access. We desire to show that our God can answer their prayers and bring care, hope and love.

4) Creating strategic platforms to provide access to the Gospel

Since we are working to reach those who have never heard about Jesus, or some people groups that have less than 2% of Christian believers, and the few Christians among them are persecuted, we need to seek from God the best strategy to share the Gospel. Is not enough to have good ideas, we need to have God’s ideas. Some strategies that apply for one people group will not work for a different people group.

This strategic platform might be a hospital for a community which does not have healthcare access, or might be a school where there are lack of schools, or might be sustainable agriculture techniques taught to the farmers, so they will reap the best harvest, providing for their family with no harm to the environment. Creating these strategic platforms, always gives us the opportunity that we are looking for to share the Gospel.

Creating these strategic platforms, always gives us the opportunity that we are looking for to share the Gospel.

5) Raising awareness about Unreached people groups, closed and persecuted Christians in vulnerable communities

More than 42% of the whole World has never heard about Jesus! Living in the western part of the World, where churches are everywhere and access to Christian material, books, podcasts, worship songs, preachings, etc are easily available, it is hard to believe that there are people who have never heard about the Gospel

More than 42% of the whole World has never heard about Jesus

We need to know who these unreached people groups are, and where they live. We need to learn how to pray for them. There are people of God working among a few of these groups right now! We need to pray for these missionaries, we need to support their work, and we need to pray that God will send more workers.

Thank you for your faithful support.

Faithfully,

written by:

Mat Mattos

CEO WNI

Resting and trusting, walking in obedience to God

So you too, when you have done everything that has been commanded, must say:‘ We are useless servants; we just did our duty ’". (Luke 17:10)

When we talk about living in a country other than our own, with different culture, customs, food and people, it is natural for people to be extremely worried and anxious about how they will adapt. Added to this, we are talking about a newly married couple; two people at the beginning of their walk side by side, in the midst of this different situation. Perhaps you might be thinking: "oh my gosh, how crazy!". But that was not exactly our reaction when we were going to live in Uganda, in East Africa.

Even before we started dating, we both had in our hearts the understanding of God’s call, that specifically was to work in the cross-cultural mission field through our professions: as agronomists, bringing knowledge of techniques and management to extremely poor rural areas, being facilitators of community development. I (Luiz) had understood this calling a long time before my wife (Juliana), but when we started thinking about dating it was already clear to both of us. I remember many times when I asked her about this certainty, to know if she was only following me instead of trying to fulfill the purpose to which God had also called her, and (thank God) her response was positive.

We considered that all the process of preparation was very important to give more emotional stability to us both as individuals and as a couple. We traveled to live in Uganda just a year after our wedding. We spent that first year in training and serving at the home base of our mission in Brazil, also adapting to married life.

We also considered very important the support we had from the Brazilian family from our organization who had already been living in Uganda for four years. Being in touch with them was essential to facilitate this whole process and avoid emotional trauma.

“When you are in the mission field what matters most is not what we know, how much we learn, but how close we walk with the Master and whether we walk in obedience to Him day after day...”

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The training was important, the adaptation while we were in Brazil was important, being received by a Brazilian family in Uganda was very important, but what we want to highlight here as the most important thing is none of these. The most important, for developing a work that will be stable and durable in the cross-cultural field is the conviction of God’s calling to your life. The challenges and difficulties are immense, no doubt about this, but the feeling that the work that has been done is done solely and exclusively by obedience to the Father's command is what keeps us firm in the purpose that He himself has placed in our hearts.

So, we had no fear of going as “newlyweds”. Our adaptation in the new country was smooth and the training was very important to help us in all of this, but what really made a difference in our lives was the conviction of God's calling to be where we were and do what we were doing. When you are in the mission field what matters most is not what we know, how much we learn, but how close we walk with the Master and whether we walk in obedience to Him day after day, knowing that we are only doing our duty.

Faithfully,

written by:

Luiz Sinzker

Missionary

Arts as a platform to Gospel Access

In our last edition you met S., who is working in a country in Southeast Asia. She shared about her missionary calling and how God led her step by step. Now, you are going to see how God can use your talents to reach out to others.

Wherever you are now, make a quick pause and check what are the talents and gifts God has given to you. What are the things you like to do? What is your profession? These all are precious tools that God has given to you to make the difference wherever He has placed you! You are unique and God will use what you have in your hands to reach out to others.

WNI - How has God used art to communicate the gospel and bring out transformation?

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S. - I am not very experienced in the subject, as I have not yet led any group or work in this area. The Christian School and the Training Center will be my first jobs in this new country. However, I participated for a long time in an evangelistic theater and dance group from my church, and on the mission ship of Operation Mobilization (OM) I worked in the pantomime group.

Art is a fantastic communication tool that opens doors and creates a very good connection with people's hearts, which might not be possible otherwise. An artistic presentation can raise awareness and prepare a person's heart to hear the gospel. Many times, I performed a pantomime and right after that, I had the attention of people to give my testimony and communicate the gospel. They listened carefully, because something had happened before.

“Arts and Sports, have their value in the social and personal transformation of each individual (...) this transformation can be for (...) good or evil. If used correctly and for the glory of God, the transformation will not only be social, personal and only for this life, but also spiritual and eternal”.

In the theater group of my church, in the presentations we made back in my hometown, there were always cases of conversions and people who had fallen away, returning to the gospel. It is not art that touches or transforms people, but this is one of the ways in which the gospel is presented and this gospel, which is the power of God, touches and transforms people's lives.

The Arts, as well as Sports, have their value in the social and personal transformation of each individual, however, this transformation can be for both good or evil. If used correctly and for the glory of God, the transformation will not only be social, personal and only for this life, but also spiritual and eternal.

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WNI - Living in Southeast Asia, what are the biggest challenges you have been facing?

1 - Learning to live in a new cultural context, in which, you know nothing, speak nothing and understand nothing, is very hard. When I arrived here, on February 9, I felt literally like a baby, totally dependent on people. Now, I already feel that I am beginning to take the first steps, but still reeling, just like a child, trying to take the first steps. Still not knowing almost anything in the language.

2 - Patient and persevering discipline to learn the language. Learning itself has been very difficult, so it is necessary for me to stay focused on a daily discipline of studies, even after classes with the teacher. And for this discipline, I need to be patient and persevering. Never give up, but always persist on the target, until I can reach it. This is very challenging.

3 - Maintain healthy relationships. Relationship with others is good and important, but it is not easy. I have lost patience a few times, with the way of the local people and their tranquility in dealing with things, especially regarding planning, which is quite different from mine. While I plan to solve my things in advance, they leave to solve on the spot. That's it, it seems that way, I'm still learning about it. Another point about this, is my relationship with my leaders. I am a questioning person and perhaps this may seem like insubordination, so I have to make it very clear that I will respect and follow the decisions of the leadership, always within Christian principles.

4 - Visa instability. In three months in this countryI faced some visa issues three times. This is very complicated and exhausting. In fact, getting a visa is always uncertain. I am learning to rest in the Lord on this. Only He can keep me in this country with whatever visa He wants. At the moment, it is interesting to think that the Lord is keeping me in the country with the Emergency Stay Permit protocol, on account of Covid-19 which caused the Lockdown procedure for this city.

Please take some time to pray for S. right now. Pray for her ministry, for protection, for good relationships with the local people and her leadership. Pray for her visa situation also.

Faithfully,

written by:

Luiz Sinzker

Missionary

Pastoral care in the Middle East during Coronavirus

Have you ever thought about how to be a pastor in the Middle East in this time of the coronavirus?

 

Most countries in the Middle East have taken radical measures in the fight against the virus and the situation is no different in the Kingdom of Jordan.

 

Jordan decreed a State of Emergency, closed airports and borders, schools and universities, stopped all its activities and finally introduced the National Defense Law (Martial Law).

What does that mean? The Government did not allow people to leave their homes at all. In three days of forced quarantine, security forces arrested 880 people[4] and the sentence is up to one year in prison.

 

Going to the pharmacy or supermarket was prohibited and it was only possible to have things delivered. Leaving the house was completely prohibited. After those three days, the government eased restrictions, allowing people to leave the house to shop for essentials between the hours of 10AM and 6PM.

Refugees in Jordan are still living in bad conditions. The coldest months are from December to March and most of the refugees don't have resources to buy blankets and appropriate heating systems to warm up their houses. So how is the heart of a pastor in the face of so many needs that his sheep have during this time? We interviewed two ministers in Jordan who are supported by VOM [5]. Please, follow the interview and pray with us for the comfort and wisdom of the Holy Spirit for such a time as this.

We asked what it is like to be a pastor and a Christian in this Jordanian context under curfew and coronavirus. Our ministers answered: "The difficulty lies in not being able to fulfill others' needs as you are locked in without the possibility of moving freely. We tried to get permission to be able to go out and meet the needs of so many, but we’re rejected! Also, I’m not being able to do the services properly. Not everyone follows the online service for we are not prepared as people to do so. We cannot reach out to the families. We try to do our best in whatever means we have, but sometimes it is not enough."

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According to our pastors in Jordan, there is no problem against Christians and religious persecution in Jordan because of the coronavirus. The Government imposed the same restrictions on all religions in the same way.

However, the Government recognized more the traditional churches, like Catholic and Orthodox in comparison with the Protestants and gave them more permissions to move and help the needy.

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I do have a dream which is to see the church growing and the people rising and all coming to worship and listen to the word of God.

"The word “Christian” is used here to describe people from different Christian denominations. So, the true Christians were treated differently. You may find a church priest moving around and not being questioned, and a pastor not allowed to move freely outside his house. In answer to questions about how God has been providing wisdom in how to encourage church disciples and to administer the teaching of God's Word during the coronavirus crisis, the pastors responded:

"The church has leaders and pastors that are meeting together daily through Whatsapp (communication app on their phones), discussing the needs of the people and even with the limitations, how it is possible to act and help our disciples. For example, Whatsapp groups, the Facebook page of the church and broadcasting the services are some ways that we are continuing to encourage people. Also, we are in touch with them by phone to see how they are doing. During the quarantine, people seem closer to God and they feel more in need of the church's support. They are showing an awesome interaction with the discipleship."

Concerning how the ministry has suffered after the coronavirus, our ministers shared that the church lost donors and partners who had been providing funds that were vital to the ministry's ability to provide food to our refugee families. Due to current travel restrictions, we will not be able to receive volunteers for the time being, which considerably decreases the ministry’s budget.

Finally, we asked if the pastors have dreams of new prospects for the church's performance after this crisis and what has God been placing on their hearts. They hope that people will draw closer to God and will realize how short their lives are. They believe that people will become more committed to the church and that this is a good opportunity for the church to grow because Jesus is the only hope and light for this darkness. One of our pastors answered:

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"I think it is a must! We need to pray and plan well after we come back. God has put into my heart to do lots of worship, for we miss singing to the Lord as a group of people. I might say that I do have a dream which is to see the church growing and the people rising and all coming to worship and listen to the word of God. The true family must get reunited and restart the great commission that the Lord has commanded us to do."

Please continue to pray for our ministry in Jordan, for our pastors and for provision for the refugee families. Let's pray for the light of Jesus to be more visible in this dark time[5].

MAIS which stands for Mission in Support of the Suffering Church [2] and Aziz Family[3] are organizations that support Christians living in the midst of war, natural disasters or persecution. Their focus is on humanitarian aid, community development, training, and welcoming refugees. They serve Christians in the context of suffering in a way that helps them to reach autonomy and have everything they need to fulfill their vocation in society.

Faithfully,

written by:

Laise Sindra

Lawyer Missionary

[1] The interview was conducted by Laise Sindra Ribeiro, a Lawyer in Jordan (https://www.instagram.com/lyse_pv.31_8.9/).

[2] For more details, please check at: https://www.instagram.com/missaomais/ and www.maisnomundo.org.

[3] For more details, please check at: https://www.instagram.com/familiaaziz/ and https://www.facebook.com/familiaaziz/.

[4] "JAF: 880 Curfew Violations Recorded During The Last 24 Hours". 2020. En.Royanews.Tv. http://en.royanews.tv/news/20387/2020-03-23.

[5] A specific project sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs Australia provided relief for the refugees that suffered persecution and now are in Jordan waiting to be resettled in another country. With the support of VOM, the jordanian church provided food distribution, Bibles and school kits for refugee families in February 2020.

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