Mission MAGAZINE            A D V E N T I S T YOUTH AND ADULT                        QUARTER 3                            ...
Co   n t e n t s On the Cover: Timothee Ngba is chaplain at Cosendai Adventist University in Cameroon.CAMErOON  4 The Drea...
Dear Sabbath School Leader,   This quarter features the West-        in small villages farm or herd cattleCentral Africa D...
c A M E R O O N                                                                           the Dream WoulDn’t Die          ...
she would agree to enroll at Cosendai        rest.” Myriam didn’t have $200, but she                                      ...
c A M E R O O N                                                                      From harasser to helper              ...
people. I surrendered my life to Christ    learned of my situation, and they raised                                       ...
c A M E R O O N                                                                    a Change oF heart                      ...
he finished, Isaiah felt a strange              again,” Isaiah says. “I want him to                                       ...
c A M E R O O N                                                                      goD’s surprising sChool              ...
campus until the new campus buildings        my sister, who is a lecturer at another                                      ...
c A M E R O O N                                                                      a seConD ChanCe                      ...
As the speaker on the television             Once I would have rebelled against                                           ...
c A M E R O O N                                                                      the troublemaker                     ...
more I spoke to her. “Your ancestors did     her heart,” I prayed, not knowing how                                        ...
G H A N A                                                                      one single book                   Backgr ou...
that this church had the answers I was    in the village, and soon all doubt waslooking for. I met an Adventist man,      ...
G H A N A                                                                      goD’s alone                      Backgr oun...
before long I accepted Jesus as my          Answering God’s CallSavior and was baptized.                       The church ...
G H A N A                                                                     goD is my Father                            ...
me. But how could I keep the Sabbath          “If you really want me to serve you asin a school that held classes and othe...
G H A N A                                                                     the FaithFul sabbathkeeper                  ...
the day at the university so she won’t be    Encouraging Othersasked to break the Sabbath. Her parents         Deborah’s y...
G H A N A                                                                         From everyWhere to everyWhere  Backgr ou...
students into the communities to teach       system and the Internet for the school.the local people. In this way the stud...
misionero adventista tercer trimestre en ingles
misionero adventista tercer trimestre en ingles
misionero adventista tercer trimestre en ingles
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  1. 1. Mission MAGAZINE A D V E N T I S T YOUTH AND ADULT QUARTER 3 2011WE s T- c E N T R A L A f R i c A D ivisiON www.AdventistMission.org featuring: The Troublemaker|one single book 1 www.AdventistMission.org
  2. 2. Co n t e n t s On the Cover: Timothee Ngba is chaplain at Cosendai Adventist University in Cameroon.CAMErOON 4 The Dream Wouldn’t Die | July 2 6 From Harasser to Helper | July 9 8 A Change of Heart | July 16 10 God’s Surprising School | July 23 12 A Second Chance | July 30 14 The Troublemaker | August 6GHANA 16 One Single Book | August 13 18 God’s Alone | August 20 20 God Is My Father | August 27 22 The Faithful Sabbathkeeper | September 3 24 From Everywhere to Everywhere | September 10 26 Blessed Disappointment | September 17rESOurCES 28 Thirteenth Sabbath Program | September 24 30 Your Offerings at Work 31 resources l r i g ht s r e s e r v e d . s® - A l e ntist Adv MD 209 04-6601 32 Map h-d ay ing, spr i on.org er Miss t ilv en tist sev ven s = stories of special interest to teens d e of e, Pik A w. renc ww bia G en e r a l c o n f e 12501 Old colum 4- 800 .648.582 ©2011
  3. 3. Dear Sabbath School Leader, This quarter features the West- in small villages farm or herd cattleCentral Africa Division, which for a livelihood, and many can barelyincludes 22 countries that stretch from feed their families. Life for them is athe west coast of Africa to the border struggle, and they yearn for a betterof Sudan, and from Mauritania, Mali, future for their children.Niger, and Chad in the north to the The people of Africa understandRepublic of Congo in the south. that the secret to a better future lies in More than 863,000 Adventists live in education. If their children can get anthis region, or one Adventist for every education, they have a good chance390 people. They worship in more than to rise above poverty and subsistence7,000 companies and churches scattered living and to reach for their dreams.across western Africa. The Adventist Church in Africa Much of the northern region of works hard to provide schools for everyWest-Central African Division is level so that children have a chancedesert or semi-desert, while thick to learn and grow, and families canjungles span the interior of other better themselves. Adventist teacherscountries. Modern cities, mostly in hundreds of Adventist primary andlocated along the sea, are home to secondary schools in the region bringmillions of people. Millions more live hope and a brighter future to thosein mud-and-thatch huts or simple willing to learn.cement-block houses in sparsely And by the thousands Africanpopulated villages scattered across youth are striving for a universitythe land. Most of the people who live education, stretching both secular and religious institutions’ capacities. Two division-supervised universities in the West-Central Africa Division have seen such growth strain their Opportunities resources. Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will This quarter’s Thirteenth Sabbath help provide needed buildings on Offering will help provide their campuses so that they can  science building at Cosendai a minister to even more students. Adventist University in Cameroon  church to serve Valley View a www.AdventistMission.org University in Ghana and the Yours for the kingdom, neighboring community CHILDREN’S PROJECT: school  supplies for children to give out Charlotte Ishkanian as an evangelistic tool throughout Editor, Mission the division. 3
  4. 4. c A M E R O O N the Dream WoulDn’t Die Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Ton y Oquias July 2 | Myriam and Emily M yriam worked hard to support herself and keep up her studies at a state university in Cameroon. It is wouldn’t die. She wanted to study in an environment in which her faith would be strengthened and she could be difficult for students in Africa to study trained to lead and serve. without financial help, but Myriam was determined to get a degree and make Stumbling Block or Stepping-stone her life count for God. Myriam completed two years of study When she had become an Adventist at the state university before she was just a few years earlier, her life had forced to drop out of school for lack become more difficult. Her father of funds. She worked at whatever jobs wasn’t a Christian, and he objected she could find, and lived frugally so to her new faith. Myriam knew she she could save every possible cent. But couldn’t ask her family for support. Her after one year of hard work she had only hope was God. managed to save only US$80. Every day she had prayed that God would make a A New University way for her to continue her education. From the first time Myriam had heard She knew that she had to trust God of Cosendai [koh-SEN-dai] Adventist to provide a way for her. In spite of University, she dreamed of studying the obstacles, she applied to Cosendai there. The school was just starting; its Adventist University and was accepted. students and teachers were pioneers. Myriam couldn’t wait to tell Emily, heradvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division Classes were held on the campus of best friend. Myriam knew that Emily an Adventist secondary school several wanted to study to become a teacher. But hours’ journey from the capital city she had no money for school fees either, of Cameroon. Myriam wondered and her family couldn’t afford to help how she could ever afford to study her. Myriam wished she could think of there, especially when she couldn’t some way for Emily to go with her to even afford to pay her school fees at Cosendai. In her excitement Myriam the state university. But the dream offered to pay Emily’s enrollment fees if 4
  5. 5. she would agree to enroll at Cosendai rest.” Myriam didn’t have $200, but she C AMEROONwith her. Immediately Emily applied trusted that God would provide.for admission. A few days later some church members gave Myriam some moneyGod Shall Supply they had collected for her. And her Soon Myriam realized that her father gave her a small amount asimpulsive invitation was unwise. She well. Myriam counted the money andhad barely enough money to pay her discovered it was $200. Myriam thankedown enrollment. Where would she get God and begged His forgiveness for everthe money to pay Emily’s fees, too? And doubting Him. Before the girls left forwhere would she ever get the $700 she’d Cosendai, another church member gaveneed for her semester’s tuition? But Myriam an additional $90. Myriam’sMyriam wanted so much for Emily to heart surged with praise.attend school with her. She begged Godto provide the money she would need. Rewarding Faith Emily, too, was concerned about how The girls found places to stay at thethey would pay their tuition. Finally she school and paid their enrollment feesfound the courage to ask Myriam, “How and the first month’s tuition. Their homemuch money do you have for school?” church sent them a small amount each “I have some,” Myriam answered month, and during school holidays theevasively. But Emily was not satisfied girls sold books door-to-door to earnwith Myriam’s answer and asked again. their school fees. Still, they fell behind“We will have $200,” Myriam said in their payments. Then Myriam becamethoughtfully. “And God will provide the sick during school break and couldn’t work for several weeks. But God had blessed her with almost as much in the first weeks of the break as she would have earned in several more weeks.Fast FaCts Myriam took a job cleaning the guest rooms at the college. She sings praises Cameroon lies on the Atlantic Ocean very near the equator. It has a tropical to God as she scrubs floors, cleans climate. bathrooms, and makes beds. “You are my strength and my joy, Jesus,” her Many kinds of wildlife live in the sweet voice sings. And she means it jungles and on the plains of Cameroon, with all her heart. including monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, antelopes, lions, elephants, Myriam recently graduated from her and many species of birds and snakes. nursing course at Cosendai. She knows God has answered her prayers in a www.AdventistMission.org Most people in Cameroon speak a special way. Myriam encourages Emily local dialect, but the official languages to trust God to do the same for her as are English and French. she completes her last year of school.  Watch the Adventist Mission DVD for more information on Cameroon and its Myriam Djia praises God for His goodness as she serves unique challenges and opportunities. Him in southern Cameroon. 5
  6. 6. c A M E R O O N From harasser to helper Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Ton y Oquias July 9 | Jean [Ask a young man to present this first-person report.] M y name is Jean [pronounced John], and I am from Senegal, a small country on the western coast of Africa. My friends stood in the street and called out insults at the people who were entering the church. So I joined them. When I was 15 I saw people setting Several years later I was living up benches in the open area of our with my uncle so I could attend village. I asked a man what was school, and I found myself attending happening, and he told me that some meetings sponsored by the very people people were holding meetings. “They I had insulted as a child. I found the will tell stories about God that you’ve Adventist message compelling. never heard before,” he said. “You should come.” Standing Strong I was curious about the meetings, so School holidays came, and I went I attended. The man was right; I heard home to visit my parents. One day wonderful stories about God and Jesus. I was sitting outside watching some Then I learned that the meetings were young people knocking on doors and sponsored by Seventh-day Adventists. inviting people to meetings. When they saw me, they invited me to attend, Young Hecklers too. You can imagine how surprised I I remember my first encounter with was to learn that they were Seventh-advenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division Adventists. I was 7 years old, and my day Adventists. The young people family lived in another village. One day invited me to join them for Bible I was tagging along with some other studies, and I decided to go with them. boys in the village when they stopped I attended all the meetings, and even in front of a building with a sign out after the evangelistic meetings ended, I front that said “Seventh-day Adventist continued studying the Bible with my Church.” I had no idea what “Seventh- new Adventist friends. I realized that day Adventist” meant. I thought maybe these people whom I had insulted when the church had been built in seven days. I was a little boy were God’s special 6
  7. 7. people. I surrendered my life to Christ learned of my situation, and they raised C AMEROONand asked to be baptized. money to send me to the Adventist My mother was unhappy that I was high school. I was thrilled to continuejoining a different church from the my studies in a school in which Sabbathfamily. And my friends—the same boys was never an issue.who had harassed the Adventists when I completed my secondary schoolwe were younger—said I was crazy. But I studies and decided to study to be ahad made up my mind. I was determined nurse. I had seen a notice about a newto follow Christ and be baptized, even Adventist university called Cosendaiwhen one of the other boys who was [koh-SEN-dai], in the country ofpreparing to be baptized with me Cameroon. I decided to apply to studychanged his mind after his parents there, even though it was really far fromthreatened to kill him if he joined the my home in Senegal. I started makingAdventist Church. plans. I figured it would take me about 10 days’ travel by bus to reach theNew Life and New Challenges school, but I was determined to go. Vacation ended, and I returned to my Again, when the church membersuncle’s home to begin another semester learned of my decision, they supportedof studies. But when I refused to attend me and encouraged me to go to thisSaturday classes, the principal expelled new school. Then a church memberme from the school. I worried about bought me a plane ticket so I could flyhow I would continue my education. to Cameroon in a few hours instead ofThen the church members in town spending nearly two weeks traveling over several countries by bus. Giving Back to God I am studying at Cosendai Adventist University now. It’s a sacrifice, for IMissiOn POst cannot see my family. But my church Cosendai Adventist University is there is helping me with money for located in the heart of Cameroon, school fees. I look forward to returning about four hours from the capital to Senegal to work as a nurse in the city, Yaoundé. Adventist clinic in my village. I want university is new and is The to serve God and give back to my using the campus of an Adventist community, just as Jesus did. secondary school until the This university is new, and the buildings for the university can students share a campus with a high be completed. The church in school. Part of this quarter’s Thirteenth www.AdventistMission.org Cameroon and the university need Sabbath Offering will help to build a our help. Part of our Thirteenth Sabbath Offering this quarter will medical laboratory, where nursing and help the university build a science medical technology students can get building so that students can learn hands-on training in our fields. Thank better and prepare to serve God. you for helping young people in Africa advance their studies to serve God.  7
  8. 8. c A M E R O O N a Change oF heart July 16 | Isaiah Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Ton y Oquias I saiah* tensed at the sound of his parents’ angry voices. They were arguing again. Mother wanted Isaiah television. His sister wasn’t happy with this, but she felt it was best not to force Isaiah to go to church. to attend church with her on Sabbath, Then Isaiah’s older cousin Thierry and Father wanted him to help on the [THEE-ree] came to live with Isaiah’s farm that day. sister and brother-in-law. Isaiah admired To keep peace in the family, Isaiah Thierry and wanted to be like him. One usually attended church with his father day Isaiah saw his cousin leave home on Sunday. This worried his mother with his Bible. “Where are you going?” so much that she decided to send him Isaiah asked. to the Adventist boarding school at Cosendai [koh-SEN-dai], not far “I’m Going With You!” from their home. Isaiah was only 11 “To Bible class,” Thierry answered. and didn’t know what to think about “I’m getting ready to be baptized.” Isaiah being away from home. When his ran after his cousin and walked with mother explained that he would live him to the church. If Thierry enjoyed with his sister and her husband on the studying the Bible, Isaiah wanted to school campus, Isaiah felt relieved. He study, too. He might even enjoy it! “I’m wouldn’t be all alone. going with you!” he said. The pastor welcomed the young Young Rebel people to the class. Isaiah listenedadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division At Cosendai Isaiah discovered that carefully to the discussion and realized nearly everyone, including his sister that he had been wasting a lot of time and brother-in-law, attended church watching television when he could have on Saturday. Isaiah was torn between been learning about God. At the end attending worship services with his of the study the pastor asked Isaiah to family and the threat that his actions pray. Isaiah’s mouth went dry, and he would displease his father. Sometimes swallowed hard. He had never prayed he pretended to go to church but in public before. The words stumbled 8 returned to his sister’s house to watch uncomfortably from his mouth. When
  9. 9. he finished, Isaiah felt a strange again,” Isaiah says. “I want him to C AMEROONhappiness inside him. He’d tasted know that I respect him, even thoughsomething good, and he wanted more I have chosen to follow God in theof it. In fact, he wanted to prepare for Adventist Church.baptism, too. “I want my father to know that I’ve changed a lot since coming to thisWhat About Father? school. No one needs to force me to go Then Isaiah thought of his father. to church on Sabbath. Now I go threeWhat would he say when he learned that times a week. I want to follow God allIsaiah wanted to become an Adventist? the way,” he adds with a smile. “StudyingBut his resolve strengthened; he knew at Cosendai has brought me to knowhe had to take a stand for what he had my Savior. I praise God for what He haslearned was the truth in Jesus, no matter done for me at this school.”what. Isaiah would continue attending This quarter part of the Thirteenththe baptismal classes with his cousin. Sabbath Offering will help build a Isaiah continued taking Bible studies medical laboratory classroom block atwith Thierry, and the day approached the Cosendai Adventist University,when he and his cousin would be which will help strengthen the newbaptized together. As they walked back university’s nursing and medicalhome together, Isaiah felt such a joy in technician program. Thank you forhis heart. Even his father’s objections helping the university to grow strongerwouldn’t deter him! But when he and the young people of Cameroon tostepped into his sister’s home he found receive a God-centered education. his father sitting in the front room. “Is it true that you are going to join the *Isaiah’s name is Esaie [eh-sah-ee], the FrenchAdventist Church?” Isaiah’s father asked. version of Isaiah. It has been changed for ease Isaiah shifted uncomfortably. “Yes,” of presentation.he answered quietly. Father’s chair scraped on the floor as Fast FaCtshe stood. He gathered his things and Most people living outside the  left without a word. larger cities are subsistence farmers; On Sabbath the congregation they eat what they grow. Thecelebrated the large baptism. Isaiah most common foods include maizesmiled, thinking that a few months earlier (corn), cassava (a root vegetablehe wouldn’t have dreamed of this day. that when cooked tastes a lot like potatoes), peanuts (called groundnuts), yams, and plantains (aIsaiah’s Desire form of banana). Isaiah has not seen his father since www.AdventistMission.orghe was baptized. His mother and sister Grains and starchy roots are often  struggle to keep Isaiah, now 15 years cooked and mashed and served with a spicy sauce made fromold, in school. Recently Isaiah received vegetables. Meat and rice are$10 from his father, a sign of hope luxuries that most people living inthat he and his father can mend their villages have only seldom, even ifrelationship. “I want to visit my father they raise cattle or goats. 9
  10. 10. c A M E R O O N goD’s surprising sChool Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Ton y Oquias July 23 | Ama [Ask a young woman to present this first-person report.] I am Ama,* from Cameroon. People in Cameroon speak French or English. I speak French. A New Adventure The journey took us over rough dirt roads and through countryside I’d never I wanted to study nursing, but visited before. Finally, long after dark, we couldn’t find a French-speaking I arrived at Nanga, the city closest to university in Cameroon that has a the university. The school was a short school of nursing. It appeared that I distance from the town, so I found two would have to study in another country. motorcycle taxis to take my baggage and me to the school. They roared down A French-Speaking School the muddy dirt roads and soon arrived Then someone told us about Cosendai on the campus, stopping in front of the [koh-SEN-dai] Adventist University, women’s dormitory. A student on duty four hours outside the capital city of showed me to my room, and I collapsed, Cameroon. The school teaches in French exhausted, onto the thin mattress. and has a school of nursing. Looking around at the aging building, I We knew nothing about Adventists hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed. or what the name means, so we called The next morning I walked around the school to see if the university the campus to see the school in the would accept a student who’s not an daylight. The buildings were old, and I Adventist. The woman who answered had hoped for something nicer. ThenadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division said the school accepts all faiths. I wandered up a dirt road and found I was excited, for at last I could a huge construction site. The sign pursue my dream. I was accepted to indicated that this site would be the study and eagerly waited for school to new university campus. One day this will begin. I packed my bags, said goodbye to be a fine school, I thought to myself. But my family, and with great anticipation I for now, we’ll have to make do with the boarded the bus that would take me to a old campus. I learned that the university new adventure. campus was sharing a secondary school10
  11. 11. campus until the new campus buildings my sister, who is a lecturer at another C AMEROONare completed. university, has asked me to save my old Other things surprised me, too. Sabbath School quarterlies for her. SheClasses start as early as 7:00 in the enjoys studying them.morning, and some go until 10:00 at I’m in my second year at Cosendai,night. And all students on campus are and my life has changed so much. I feelexpected to attend chapel three times that I’m much closer to God than I evera week, on Tuesday, Friday evening, was, and I know more about myself, too. Iand Saturday morning, as well as enjoy learning more about God every day.daily worships in the dormitory. I’m a I live off campus this year, so I’m nomember of a Christian church, but we longer required to attend every chapelseldom go to church. So this was really service. But I don’t want to miss them,different for me. for I learn so much. Someday, when the time is right, I may become an Adventist.Learning to Worship In the meantime, I’m just grateful for I reluctantly went to the first chapel everything that God has given meservice. The music was inspiring, and the through Cosendai Adventist University.speaker’s talk was compelling. I foundmyself looking forward to chapel services. Your mission offerings helpI had come to the school knowing support Adventist education aroundnothing about Adventists, but I quickly the world. This quarter part of thelearned. Someone explained to me that Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will helpGod set aside Saturday—the Sabbath, build the new campus at Cosendaithey call it—as a holy day to spend Adventist University. with the Creator. At first this seemedstrange, but it soon became a beautiful *Ama is short for Amougou and is used here for easeteaching to me. The most important of pronunciation.lesson I learned was that at Cosendaithe Bible is not a decoration on a shelf; MissiOn POstit’s the textbook of life, the road mapto salvation. I began taking my Bible to Cameroon has about 108,400  Adventists. Its population is about 19chapel with me so that I could follow million. That means that one personalong during worship services. out of every 175 is an Adventist. In my year at Cosendai I’ve becomefamiliar with the Bible, something that I That is a good number, but it means  hadn’t expected to learn at university! that a lot of people still need to hear that God loves them and to be shown how to accept Jesus as their Savior.A Changed Life www.AdventistMission.org My mother likes to hear about what  that the believers in Cameroon PrayI’m learning in school, so when I go will share their faith with everyone they know. Pray that the teachers inhome I take my Bible so I can share Adventist schools and universities willwhat I’m learning. Sometimes I find reach out to students and their familiesMom quietly reading my Bible. And who don’t yet know God’s love. 11
  12. 12. c A M E R O O N a seConD ChanCe Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Ton y Oquias July 30 | Crescent Assana [Ask a teenager or young adult man to present this first person story.] M y friends and I staggered from the disco. We were young and rebellious; we thought we were so friends’ bodies lying motionless in the night. I blinked away the images and forced myself to look at the television. cool. We stumbled to the car that my friend had taken without his father’s A Ray of Hope permission. The engine roared to life, On the screen a man was talking— and we squealed away from the disco. It preaching, I realized. What did it was late at night, and we were tired. matter? I sunk lower into the sofa When the car drifted into the and tried to relax my clenched fists. opposite lane, my friend laughed and Somehow, the man’s words pierced the jerked the wheel. Suddenly a blinding darkness that enveloped me. I sat up and crash shattered the night. listened. I don’t know how long I sat there staring at the man, but gradually I Escape From Death realized that my muscles were no longer Stunned, I struggled out of the mangled tied in knots. I felt myself softening. car. I turned to help my friends, but even The pastor on the screen urged in my drunken stupor I realized that they his listeners to give themselves to were dead. My mind went numb, and I God before it was too late. My heart barely remember getting home. quickened. Too late. It was too late foradvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division The house was quiet when I entered, my friends, and almost too late for me. I and I slumped onto the sofa. I turned could have been crumpled inside the car on the television to keep my mind off with my friends. I had come so close. what had happened. I flipped through I remembered my parents’ warnings the channels looking for something to that I was making wrong choices, distract me from the scenes that kept choosing friends who were not a good flashing inside my head: our drunken influence on me. But I had refused to foolishness, the explosive crash and listen. It was too late for my friends, but crumpled metal, and worst of all my it wasn’t too late for me!12
  13. 13. As the speaker on the television Once I would have rebelled against C AMEROONbegan praying, a sudden sob escaped my these rules, but now I understand thatlips. My heart cried out to God, Please they are for my own good and help metake me, change me! focus on my studies and become the person God wants me to be. School never used to be important,Somehow, the man’s words pierced the darkness but now I want to study to show God that enveloped me. I sat up and listened. how thankful I am that He gave me a second chance to live a life worth living. When I return home on vacation, I Morning dawned, but I still couldn’t want to find my old friends and tellshake the realization that I had come so them what God has done for me. I’mclose to death and yet survived. I knew not sure how they will respond, but Imy parents were right, and I decided to want them to know that I’m not thechange. I wanted to stop drinking, stop person they once knew, that God haswasting time and money at discos. made me a new person. I hope they will I told my mother what had happened allow God to change their lives as well.the night before. Then I told her that He is always willing and is all-powerfulI’d given my life to God and wanted and able. My life is proof of this. Him to change me. Relief flooded herface, but I could see the concern. I knew Crescent Assana, 17, is from Central Africanthat my parents knew that I wouldn’t be Republic. He is studying at Cosendai Adventistable to change without God. Secondary School in Cameroon.A Second Chance at Life A few weeks later my mother toldme that she’d met a young man whohad really impressed her. He was from Fast FaCtsan Adventist university in Cameroon,  school at which Crescent Theseveral hours away from my home studies now shares its facilities withand my former friends. “This young Cosendai Adventist University.man told me that the university also Classes often run late into the nighthas a secondary school,” Mother said. to accommodate both the secondary“If you attend that school you will be school and the university.surrounded by Christian influence.”  new campus at Cosendai is TheI knew she was right. I needed to partially completed. But funds aren’tstart over. I agreed to enroll in the available to build all the neededsecondary school at Cosendai [koh- classrooms. Part of this quarter’s www.AdventistMission.orgSEN-dai]. Thirteenth Sabbath Offering will My life changed immediately after I help build a much needed medicalarrived at the school. We have worship lab so that students in the schools of nursing, pharmacology, and otherevery morning, which makes faith grow medical areas will have the properstronger. And we have lots of rules. facilities in which to learn. 13
  14. 14. c A M E R O O N the troublemaker Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Ton y Oquias August 6 | Desirè Ndibi [Ask a man to present this first-person report.] T he little group of believers sang a song as they walked toward the river just outside the small village in it look festive. How disappointed I was when I returned to the river just before sundown the evening before to western Cameroon. As they neared the find the stones knocked over and the river, a wild-eyed woman ran toward palm fronds and flowers pulled out of them brandishing a cutlass. “Get out of the ground. here!” she shouted. “This place belongs The woman’s shouts brought me back to my ancestors, and you’ll not practice to the present. Was it safe to go ahead your witchcraft here!” She waved the with the baptism? Or would this woman cutlass above her head for emphasis. injure someone as she was threatening to do? I wondered. I scanned the faces Fearful Threats of those who had come to be baptized The group of Adventists stopped, into the Adventist Church. I knew that fearing what the woman might do. I they would be disappointed if we had to stepped in front of the believers and postpone the baptism. walked toward the woman. “The river doesn’t belong to one person,” I told Stepping Forward in Faith her gently. “And we aren’t practicing A crowd was forming to see who witchcraft. We’re here to baptize some was shrieking. In spite of the woman’sadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division new believers.” threats I decided that we must go I realized that this woman must ahead with the baptism. I prayed and have been the one who had destroyed then stepped to the water’s edge. The the baptismal area that I had arranged baptismal candidates lined up on the the day before. I had piled rocks in shore just out of reach of the woman’s the swift-flowing river to provide a cutlass. The singing resumed as the quiet pond in which to perform the woman continued shouting insults at us. baptism. Then I’d covered the path Then she splashed into the water and with palm fronds and flowers to make raised the cutlass above her head. Once14
  15. 15. more I spoke to her. “Your ancestors did her heart,” I prayed, not knowing how C AMEROONnot make this river,” I said. “God made she would react to my prayer. When theit when He created the world. And He prayer ended, we stood, and the pastorhas commanded His children to share holding the woman’s cutlass gave itHis love with everyone.” back to her. An uneasy silence spread The woman stopped shouting and through the crowd. Would the womanlooked at me. I felt God’s power urging again become agitated? Would she try tome to continue with the baptism. As attack us?I stepped into the water, the womandropped her cutlass. I picked it up and Surprising Apologygave it to an elder standing on the “Please forgive me for what I haveshore. The woman stood silent in the done,” she said quietly.water as if she was frozen in place. Surprised at her response, I asked, One by one I baptized the new “May I visit you?”believers as the woman and the villagers “Yes,” she said.watched. When the last one was I learned that the woman’s namebaptized, we all walked up the hill a was Hada. A local elder and I beganshort way. A church elder saw that the visiting Hada, and soon she beganwoman who had threatened us seemed attending the church. One day notto be rooted in the water, so he carefully too long after we first met at the river,helped her out of the river. Hada walked into the same river to When the church members knelt celebrate her own baptism.to pray, the troublemaker knelt too. Hada didn’t go alone that day.“Please be with this woman and change Others with whom she had shared her new faith walked with her. They, too, wanted to join God’s family by baptism. Hada had found God’s love and shared it freely with everyone she met. The church in that little village hasMissiOn POst grown to more than 40 members. They have shared God’s love with people in the 19 million people who live Of a nearby village, where now another in Cameroon, about 108,400 are Seventh-day Adventists. That means company has been started. that one person out of every 175 is an God turned a threat into a Adventist. While this is a good ratio, blessing and a woman’s hard heart some parts of Cameroon have hardly into one softened by His love. Our been touched with the message of mission offerings help establish new Christ’s soon coming. congregations of believers in difficult www.AdventistMission.org evangelists and Global Mission Lay places in Africa and around the world. pioneers serve in isolated areas where Thank you for giving so others can see the Adventist message has not yet God’s hand in their lives.  reached. Pray that God will sustain them and protect them from those who resist Christ’s love. Desirè Ndibi is studying theology at Cosendai Adventist University in Cameroon. 15
  16. 16. G H A N A one single book Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Hect or J os eph L uman g August 13 | Oliver Eshun [Ask a young man to present this first-person report.] I was the troublemaker. I disobeyed my parents and teachers and questioned every authority. My mom feared that understand. But I kept reading. I saw references to the Bible in it, so I found a Bible and looked up each reference. I my behavior would be a negative realized that this book taught the Bible. influence on my siblings. I was smart, but I refused to study and sometimes My Quest for Truth even refused to go to school. My family The book mentioned the Sabbath. I’d wasn’t religious, but my parents had never heard of the Sabbath before, but strict standards. They tried everything I realized it must be important. Then in to make me obey, but nothing worked. school I overheard a boy talking about the Sabbath. When he finished talking, The Man With the Book I asked him, “Do you attend church on One day my mother traveled by bus the Sabbath?” He said he did. “I want to to a far city to buy goods to sell in her attend church with you,” I told him. little shop. A man stood up and began The boy’s church was a charismatic talking about a book he was selling. The church, but I didn’t know the difference. book was The Great Controversy. He said So I joined the church. My parents that this book had changed thousands of might have objected, but they saw me lives. Mother bought the book. It was a changing into the boy they had hopedadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division sacrifice for her, but she was desperate. I’d become. So they said nothing. She wanted that book for me. Then I began finding things in the When she returned home, she gave church that didn’t agree with what I was me the book. I love reading, and the reading in the Bible. I asked the church title made me curious. What’s this great leaders about them, but they didn’t have controversy? I wondered. I went to my good answers. Then one elder accused room and started reading. me of being a Seventh-day Adventist. The book’s ideas were totally new I didn’t know anything about to me, and some things were hard to Seventh-day Adventists, but I sensed16
  17. 17. that this church had the answers I was in the village, and soon all doubt waslooking for. I met an Adventist man, gone. I wanted to be baptized.and I peppered him with questions. My parents were surprised at myHe answered them all from the Bible, decision to become an Adventist,and I began visiting him often. We had but they had seen my life change andsome long and heated discussions as we didn’t disapprove. My younger brotherdug into the Bible together. He knew began attending church and became anthat the only authority I would accept Adventist too.was the Bible. I wasn’t interested in I taught school for two years but GhANAattending any church until I knew the never received my government salary.truth from the Bible first. I think my I didn’t understand why God wasn’tfriend understood this, and he didn’t helping me go to college. But when Iurge me to attend church. quit teaching to enter college, my salary came through. With help I graduatedGod’s Master Plan with a teaching degree. I finished high school and took After graduation I did a year ofa job teaching elementary school required civil service by working atin a small village to save money for Valley View University, the Adventistcollege. When I arrived in the village, university in Ghana. This helpedI discovered that the school I was to cement my faith.teach at was an Adventist school! Ibegan attending the Adventist church That One Book I shudder when I think of where I would be if my mother hadn’t given me that book when I was a teen. I was on the wrong track and headed for trouble.Fast FaCts But God used a book—one simple Ghana lies on the Atlantic Ocean book—to turn my life around and set between Côte d’Ivoire (coht duh- me on the path of life. Before I read the VWAH, or Ivory Coast) and Togo. book, I was a nuisance to my family. Ghana was the first country in Africa After I discovered the truth in this book, to gain independence from colonial I became so excited about my faith that I rule. The country led other nations in became a different kind of “nuisance.” It’s their fight for independence. still my mission to tell my family about people of Ghana belong to more The God’s great plan of salvation. than 100 different ethnic people and The Adventist Church has a huge language groups. The people have publishing work around the world. www.AdventistMission.org worked hard to live together in peace. Our mission offerings help support the Watch the Adventist Mission DVD publishing work so that people such for more information on the special as I can experience God’s love. Thank challenges and opportunities for you for your offerings. Thank God for sharing God’s love in Ghana. His salvation!  17
  18. 18. G H A N A goD’s alone Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Hect or J os eph L uman g August 20 | Samuel Dorgbetor [Ask a young man to present this first-person report.] I grew up in a pagan home and a pagan village in Ghana. Everyone I knew worshipped idols and sacrificed animals because I believed as because I didn’t like being different from the other children. I thought of running off on to the gods to ask for protection and Sabbaths to attend church, but my to honor them when we harvested our parents made us work with them in the crops. We feared that if we didn’t do garden on the weekends. these things, the gods would be angry I watched the kids at school. and cause sickness or trouble for us. Not all of them were Christians, or We assumed that any bad thing that even Adventists. I noticed that the happened to us—even a headache— Adventist children were honest and was because we had offended a god. kind. But even more important to me was that not a single Adventist child The New School died while attending that school. That The nearest school was several seemed extraordinary to me, for many miles from my home, so I couldn’t children died in my idol-worshipping attend. Then when I was 10 years village. In my mind it was Jesus who old, an Adventist school opened in kept the Christian children from dying. a village nearby. At last I was able to I began listening more carefully in go to school! I quickly learned to read Bible class. The more I learned about Jesus, the less interested I was in theadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division and write, and soon I became a leader among my peers. But most important, I idols my parents worshipped. was learning about Jesus. The school required students to A Change of Allegiance attend church, but my parents wouldn’t When I started junior high school allow me to go because they feared I went to live in the village where that something bad would happen to the school was located. At last I the family if the gods became angry. I could go to church! I had forsaken wanted to go to church, not so much the idols my parents worshipped, and18
  19. 19. before long I accepted Jesus as my Answering God’s CallSavior and was baptized. The church gave me opportunities I didn’t tell my parents, for I feared to learn leadership skills, and whenwhat they would say. I didn’t want to I graduated from high school I wasgo home and have to explain why I church treasurer and had become a laywouldn’t work on Sabbaths. So I made preacher. I love sharing God’s love withexcuses to stay at school. But my parents others and know that God has called meurged me to return home. Finally I could to be a pastor.avoid it no longer; I went home. That’s I’m now studying theology at GhANAwhen I learned that my parents knew Valley View University, the Adventistthat I had become a Christian. university in southern Ghana. My My father told me that if I didn’t parents can’t help me pay my tuitionwork on the farm on weekends I because there are many other childrencouldn’t take food back to school with in the family who need to go tome. But my mother brought me food school. God has provided help throughwhen she came to the market. When scholarships and a job on campus. Imy father refused to pay my school fees, know that He has called me to do HisI took jobs to pay my own fees. By God’s work and will see me through.help I managed to finish school. Although my parents haven’t become Adventists, they respect my faith. They know that the education I have received in Adventist schools has made me who I am. But only Jesus has made me whose I am—I am His alone.MissiOn POst Please pray with me that my family will experience a salvation through People of Ghana belong to many Christ and a loving relationship with different religions. About 24 percent, or one person in four, follows God such as I now enjoy. God has traditional beliefs that may include blessed me so abundantly in sending me ancestor worship and witchcraft. to Adventist schools. I want to serve About 20 percent, or one person in Him the rest of my life and teach others five, follows the Muslim religion, that they, too, can have the blessings He and almost as many are Protestant has given to me. I’m eager to go to work Christians. Some Christian churches among my people and teach those who mix faith in God with faith in traditional religions. live in darkness about the wonderful light of God’s love, Jesus. Almost 350,000 Seventh-day Your mission offerings have helped www.AdventistMission.org Adventists live in Ghana. That’s establish many schools in Ghana. one Adventist for every 69 people. This quarter part of your Thirteenth Pray that Adventists in Ghana will be able to help their friends Sabbath Offering will help Valley View and neighbors understand that it’s University build a church where all can important to worship only God and come to learn about Christ and worship not idols or ancestors. Him. Thank you.  19
  20. 20. G H A N A goD is my Father Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Hect or J os eph L uman g August 27 | Foday Sellu [Ask a young man to present this first-person report.] F oday,” my school counselor said, “your mother is dead.” The news stunned me. What will happen to us now? The next morning when the school secretary gave me the forms to fill out to take my exams, I realized that someone I wondered. My stepfather wasn’t a had paid my exam fees. I took the exams Christian, and I knew that he wouldn’t and scored high. Maybe there’s still hope help us to continue our studies. that I can go to university, I thought. I would soon graduate from high Then war broke out in my country, school and was looking forward to going and once more it seemed that I wouldn’t on to study in a university. Suddenly my be able to continue my education. I hopes for the future were dead as well. gave God my dream and trusted Him to I returned to work in the school garden work things out. as tears burned my eyes. The agriculture I was asked to be Sabbath School teacher saw that I was crying. “What’s superintendent and help the teachers wrong?” he asked. prepare their weekly lessons. The assignment drove me to study my Experiencing God’s Care Bible more deeply and spend more I told him that my mother had died time with God. I also discovered and that I had no money to pay the a love for teaching. When at last fees to take my final exams so I could I began my university studies, I majored in education. Soon I’d beadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division graduate. “Go see the school principal,” he suggested. “He can help you.” The able to help my brothers and sisters teacher’s words gave me hope. But this with their education. wasn’t an Adventist school, and I was an Adventist. I went to see the principal God Leads and found the school chaplain with I finished university and prayed for him. I explained my problem. a job. I felt God calling me to teach at “Come back tomorrow,” the principal the parochial school I had attended, to said. give back to the school that had helped20
  21. 21. me. But how could I keep the Sabbath “If you really want me to serve you asin a school that held classes and other a pastor, let the church mission inviteactivities that day? I asked God to help me to study to become a pastor.” Ame know what to do. short while later the mission president I was able to schedule my classes so I’d called to offer me a scholarship to studybe free on Sabbaths. Then I learned that theology at Valley View University.the school’s parent-teacher conferences After praying with my fiancé aboutwere scheduled for Sabbath. I went to it, we decided to marry and enroll inthe principal and asked to be excused classes at Valley View. GhANAfrom the parent-teacher program on But even with financial help toSabbath. To my surprise, he readily pay my tuition it’s difficult to earnagreed to allow me to go to church enough to pay my wife’s tuition, buyinstead of the teacher’s meetings. What books and food, and pay rent. We’vean answer to prayer! From that time on learned to place all these needsno activity in which I was involved was before God’s throne, and He’s blessedscheduled on Sabbath. us. We rarely know where the help will come from, but we know thatGod Always Provides God will send it. I felt God calling me to pastoralministry. At first I resisted the idea, but Serving God Back Homethe thought kept ringing in my ears. Recently five of us traveled backFinally, I knelt down and asked God, to Sierra Leone to hold evangelistic meetings in three towns. My wife and I went to my hometown, Bo, where we preached, prayed, and visited with people.MissiOn POst In the two months our team was in Sierra Leone, 530 people became Seventh-day Almost 350,000 Adventists live and Adventists. And we were privileged to worship in Ghana. That’s about one establish a new church in Bo. Adventist for every 69 people. The As we’ve seen how God has led church supports many elementary schools, some high schools, and us in the past, we have no fear for a large university—Valley View the future. We know that God will University, located just outside of the reveal His plans for our lives each capital city, Accra. step of the way. And we thank God for providing Valley View University university has grown rapidly in The the past few years. Everywhere on where we have received a solid campus new buildings are going up to Christian preparation for a lifetime www.AdventistMission.org house classrooms, dormitories, a new of service. Your offerings help make cafeteria, and offices. The one building this school and its ministry possible. that’s missing on campus is a church. Thank you!  of this quarter’s Thirteenth Part When Foday and his wife complete their studies at Sabbath Offering will help build a Valley View University, they will return to Sierra church in the heart of the campus. Leone to serve God. 21
  22. 22. G H A N A the FaithFul sabbathkeeper Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Hect or J os eph L uman g September 3 | Deborah Odai D eborah cringed as her father’s voice grew louder. “If you join that church, there will be no more money school, but warned her not to let Adventists sway her faith. Deborah was sure that she would find answers for your school fees!” She’d expected to her questions about God and the him to be unhappy with her decision Sabbath at this school. to become an Adventist, but it was Deborah attended prayer and worship still difficult to hear her beloved father services on campus. During a Week of speak harshly to her. Spiritual Emphasis, Deborah felt God calling her to stand up for what she Deborah had always been curious knew was right. She hesitated, for she about spiritual things and loved reading wanted to study more before taking such her Bible to learn what God had to a stand. say to her. Then one day a young man But she felt no peace. “I knew that I moved into one of the rooms Deborah’s had to make a choice,” Deborah said, family rents to people. He offered “even if my father disowned me.” After Deborah some Bible study guides. As reading the story of Daniel, Deborah she read them, she learned about the spoke with the university president Sabbath. She asked her father why they about her situation. He agreed to talk worship on Sunday. He explained that with her father. Christians worship on Sunday to honor Father agreed to continue paying Jesus’ resurrection. Deborah wasn’t so Deborah’s school fees. But whenadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division sure, and she continued searching the Deborah was baptized, her father Bible for answers. changed his mind and refused to continue supporting her. Deborah’s New School After high school Deborah’s parents Faithful in Spite of Challenges sent her to study at Valley View Deborah remains faithful to her University, a Seventh-day Adventist commitment to God. She leaves home school. They were impressed with early on Sabbath morning to attend22 the high Christian standards of the worship services and spends the rest of
  23. 23. the day at the university so she won’t be Encouraging Othersasked to break the Sabbath. Her parents Deborah’s younger sister is also anhave agreed to support her education Adventist, but she struggles to remainif she gives up her new beliefs. But faithful to her commitment in the faceDeborah refuses to give in. “I must be of her parents’ objections. Deborahfaithful to what God has shown me,” quietly encourages her sister to stayshe insists. strong in Jesus. “If our father is home on Rather than create additional Sabbath morning, my sister stays homeproblems by asking her mother to from church just to keep from upsetting GhANAprepare only clean food, Deborah him. I pray that someday she will realizeoften goes hungry. “It’s a small thing the importance of standing up for whatcompared to what God has done for she believes,” Deborah says.me,” she says quietly. Deborah continues her studies toward And in a difficult moment, God gave a degree in international developmentDeborah a dream that has encouraged at Valley View University. She worksher to remain true to her convictions when she can to help pay her schoolin spite of difficulties. In the dream she fees. But it’s difficult to find work thatwas walking in the dark. Suddenly she doesn’t require working on Sabbaths. Sosaw a bright light and heard a voice when she’s able, she works as a literatureurging her to stay faithful to God and evangelist. “I can share my faith withHis truths. Remembering this dream has others and keep the Sabbath at thehelped Deborah to remain faithful and same time,” she says.to patiently endure the tests of her faiththat she faces at home every day. Appeal Our mission offerings help support schools of all sizes around the world, and this quarter part of our ThirteenthFast FaCts Sabbath Offering will help build a church on the campus of Valley View Ghana has about 24 million people and University. Currently students and staff is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. About half of the worship in several congregations spread people in Ghana farm for a living. out across the campus. They meet in lecture halls, classrooms, and the official language of Ghana is The cafeteria. A church will help unite the English, but most of Ghana’s people student body and enable students and also speak an African language. The most widely spoken African language in staff to invite their friends to worship Ghana is Akan, which is spoken by the in a setting they are accustomed www.AdventistMission.org Ashanti people of central Ghana. to. Students and staff members are passionate about introducing others to Ashanti people are known for The the precious Jesus they love and the their carving ability and the beautifully woven kente cloth, which is made on faith they hold dear. Let’s help make looms and features bright golden yellow, this possible with a large offering on brown, dark red, and black. Thirteenth Sabbath.  23
  24. 24. G H A N A From everyWhere to everyWhere Backgr oun d©iS t ockph ot o.com/Hect or J os eph L uman g September 10 | Phillip and Grace Maiyo [Ask three people to present this interview-style report.] Narrator: Missionaries don’t come from When I quit attending Sunday just one country or even one continent. School some people were angry. But one They come from everywhere and go family wanted to know why I had left. I everywhere. Like a giant spiderweb, explained the Sabbath to them and gave God’s servants criss-cross the world them the Bible verses I had learned. In taking their talents and education time they joined the Adventist Church. where they are needed the most. These were my first converts, and I Dr. Phillip and Grace Maiyo [MAY- became excited about sharing my faith yoh] are from Kenya, in eastern Africa. with others. They’ve been called to serve at Valley Phillip is a lifelong Adventist. We View University in western Africa. Dr. married and went to college. We had no Maiyo is the university’s information idea how God would use our skills, but technology director and teaches business we trusted His leading. and computer science. Grace teaches health and nutrition. The couple has Phillip: We’ve served God at Valley three children who are studying in the View University for six years now. We Philippines and in Kenya. both teach, and we both have several Grace, please tell us a bit about what other assignments that keep us really brought you to this place in your life. busy. But we make time to minister to those on campus as well. Lots ofadvenTisT mission Euro-Asia Division Grace: I didn’t grow up Adventist. Then students have personal or financial I met two sisters in school who were problems. We can’t solve all their Adventists. They talked about God and problems, but we can listen and pray showed me in the Bible that the Sabbath with them. We want them to know that is God’s plan. I became interested and we care and that God cares. We see wanted to attend their church. But there each student as our mission field. was no Adventist church in our little Our work at Valley View has many town, so I joined them for worship on facets. Grace teaches health and24 Sabbaths in their home. nutrition classes. Then she takes her
  25. 25. students into the communities to teach system and the Internet for the school.the local people. In this way the students He and his team are developing softwareare learning to serve God and improve for the school’s academic programs,people’s lives through better health and and he’s leading a team to set up onlinenutrition. Grace even gets the church classrooms and training teachers howelders to go with her to translate and to use these systems. We are doing allfacilitate health demonstrations. She we can to help bring the university intohas done so many things to increase the twenty-first century. He’s savedawareness of the importance of health the university thousands of dollars byand nutrition in our lives. overseeing much of the work himself. It GhANA keeps him busy, but that’s our ministry.Grace: Besides teaching computer and We also have a radio studio onbusiness courses, Phillip is busy managing campus, and Phillip makes presentationsthe computer services at the school. for broadcasts.That’s a huge challenge, for some of theequipment is old, and our Internet is Phillip: Missionaries are used toquite limited for a school of more than working hard, and sometimes we are3,000 students. But he’s doing the best he overwhelmed with the work thatcan to help the university grow through presents itself to us. It’s important work,technology in ways they’re just beginning and it advances the university and itsto understand. ministry. I’m so occupied with keeping Phillip has installed the fiber-optic the computer systems running and with teaching faculty members how to use the systems that I seldom get outside the campus to minister in the community. So I focus my ministry on helping othersMissiOn POst make the most of their ministries. Missionaries do many different types When we finished our education, we of work. Some are administrators, weren’t sure what the Lord wanted us teachers, or specialists in technical to do. But He has led us to serve Him fields. Others are medical personnel— here at Valley View University. My doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, dentists, ophthalmologists. They take parents dedicated me to God as a child, their experience and training to regions and God has used me to serve Him in of the world where it is needed most. unexpected ways. Missionaries work hard! They do Narrator: Your mission offerings help far more than their job description indicates. support missionaries who come from everywhere and go everywhere. Teachers, www.AdventistMission.org Adventist Church has about 1,000 The medical professionals, administrators, missionaries scattered around the world. and frontline workers benefit from the They come from dozens of countries mission offerings you give every week in and do scores of different jobs. But they all have a passion to see God’s work Sabbath School. Thank you and God finished soon so they can go home to be bless you as you continue to give so that with Jesus. others may go.  25