In December 2010 a friend of mine, Bruce Wickwire, reached the 95 milestone, and wife Adele turned 90! In their Christmas newsletter sent to friends near and far, Bruce writes, “The warranty has expired on some body parts. And we have a few ‘twinges in our hinges.’”
—Charles Tidwell, Sr., Collegedale, Tennessee, United States
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“With God all our ugly challenges become beautiful changes!”
—Isaac Milioti Daka, evangelist and district coordinator in the East Zambia Field, Zambia
MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR
The first time Alexander set foot in the Seventh-day Adventist house church in Tomsk, Siberia, he was there to cause trouble. His wife had started attending regularly, and Alexander was determined to rescue her from what he considered was “a dangerous cult.” To his amazement, Alexander was greeted with a huge outpouring of love, and his troubled heart began to melt.
“I was battling alcohol and despair,” says Alexander. “If my wife and I had not found Christ, I would be dead. I came to this church as an enemy. But God showed me His love through these brothers and sisters.”
Alexander accepted Jesus, was baptized, and is now an elder at the Tomsk house church, one of only two Seventh-day Adventist congregations in this city of a half million people. He shares Jesus’ love with others, but his tiny church is already overflowing. There is no room for new members.
Lack of churches throughout Siberia makes evangelism very challenging. Please pray that the church will be able to provide permanent worship homes for new members so they can continue to grow in Jesus and touch others with His love.