Pastor Gill's Mission Trips
<p>The children in the Torchin SDA church (Ukraine) performing with the bells that Nettie brought them</p>
The children in the Torchin SDA church (Ukraine) performing with the bells that Nettie brought them
<p>Nettie giving a talk to the youth of the Lutsk Third Church in Ukraine - with Pastor Volodya</p>
Nettie giving a talk to the youth of the Lutsk Third Church in Ukraine - with Pastor Volodya
<p>Kovel Church choir</p>
Kovel Church choir
<p>Lutsk Youth Meeting</p>
Lutsk Youth Meeting
<p>Thanksgiving decorations in the Lutsk Third Church, Ukraine</p>
Thanksgiving decorations in the Lutsk Third Church, Ukraine
<p>Helena and Egor</p>
Helena and Egor
<p>Nathan Greene's painting of the Second Coming of Jesus. This picture stirred up some controversy when one of the members from the Bonn area put poster-size versions of this painting on both sides of a van he was driving to Kazakhstan. Wherever he stopped the van, people turned to look and talk about the pictures. At one point, the police asked him to take down the pictures because they were scaring people. After talking about it for a while, the police said they would be satisfied if he removed the wording at the bottom, which said, &ldquo;Are you ready for His coming?&rdquo;</p>
Nathan Greene's painting of the Second Coming of Jesus. This picture stirred up some controversy when one of the members from the Bonn area put poster-size versions of this painting on both sides of a van he was driving to Kazakhstan. Wherever he stopped the van, people turned to look and talk about the pictures. At one point, the police asked him to take down the pictures because they were scaring people. After talking about it for a while, the police said they would be satisfied if he removed the wording at the bottom, which said, “Are you ready for His coming?”
<p>Ukranian church</p>
Ukranian church
<p>Victor in front of Ukranian church</p>
Victor in front of Ukranian church
<p>Ukraine 2012</p>
Ukraine 2012
<p>Ukraine 2012</p>
Ukraine 2012
<p>Ukraine 2012</p>
Ukraine 2012
<p>Kovel Church choir who sang at the first meeting in the hall -&nbsp;Ukraine 2012</p>
Kovel Church choir who sang at the first meeting in the hall - Ukraine 2012
<p>Church group in Bonn, Germany that attended Revival meetings.&nbsp;2012</p>
Church group in Bonn, Germany that attended Revival meetings. 2012
<p>Sanita and Leonard and family who were at the Bernau Retreat. 2012</p>
Sanita and Leonard and family who were at the Bernau Retreat. 2012
<p>Kovel Church practicing in the hall - Lviv, Ukraine 2012</p>
Kovel Church practicing in the hall - Lviv, Ukraine 2012
<p>Berneau, Germany 2012</p>
Berneau, Germany 2012
<p>Evelyn and Abraham and family at the Bernau Retreat in Germany. 2012</p>
Evelyn and Abraham and family at the Bernau Retreat in Germany. 2012
<p>Bernau Retreat, Germany. 2012</p>
Bernau Retreat, Germany. 2012
<p>old cathedral in Freiburg, Germany. 2012</p>
old cathedral in Freiburg, Germany. 2012
<p>Bonn church group asking Victor questions. 2012</p>
Bonn church group asking Victor questions. 2012
<p>The hall in Lviv, Ukraine where Victor and Nettie had our first 12 meetings. 2012</p>
The hall in Lviv, Ukraine where Victor and Nettie had our first 12 meetings. 2012
<p>house in Palma, Mallorca. 2012</p>
house in Palma, Mallorca. 2012
<p>the house Victor and Nettie stayed at in Spain. 2012</p>
the house Victor and Nettie stayed at in Spain. 2012
<p>another view of the house Victor and Nettie stayed at in Spain. 2012</p>
another view of the house Victor and Nettie stayed at in Spain. 2012
<p>Europe 2012</p>
Europe 2012
<p>Judith and Luis - Victor and Nettie's hosts in Spain. 2012</p>
Judith and Luis - Victor and Nettie's hosts in Spain. 2012
<p>On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain. 2012</p>
On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain. 2012
<p>A mother and daughter who were baptized at Vic's meetings around 16 years ago. 2012</p>
A mother and daughter who were baptized at Vic's meetings around 16 years ago. 2012
<p>Victor with translator, Natasha in Ukraine 2012</p>
Victor with translator, Natasha in Ukraine 2012
<p>Ukraine 2012</p>
Ukraine 2012
<p>Victor and his translator Natasha in Ukraine 2012</p>
Victor and his translator Natasha in Ukraine 2012
<p>Ukraine 2012</p>
Ukraine 2012
<p>Victor at front of church.&nbsp;Ukraine 2012</p>
Victor at front of church. Ukraine 2012
First Baptist Church in Longmont, Colorado. Also home of the Vista SDA Fellowship. 2012 trip
First Baptist Church in Longmont, Colorado. Also home of the Vista SDA Fellowship. 2012 trip
<p>Victor &amp; Nettie Gill</p>
Victor & Nettie Gill
<p>Victor preaching in the second 25-village evangelistic series in the Guntur Conference.</p>
Victor preaching in the second 25-village evangelistic series in the Guntur Conference.
<p>This one-day church is quite run-down.</p>
This one-day church is quite run-down.
<p>A church service in the Ongole Conference. Notice the men and women sit on opposite sides of the church.</p>
A church service in the Ongole Conference. Notice the men and women sit on opposite sides of the church.
<p>Conference office in Guntur Conference with Conference President Veera</p>
Conference office in Guntur Conference with Conference President Veera
<p>In this Adventist church, some of the people bring their tithes and offerings in the form of fruit because that is all they have.</p>
In this Adventist church, some of the people bring their tithes and offerings in the form of fruit because that is all they have.
<p>Victor &amp; Nettie Gill cutting the ribbon at a dedication of a church in Garnepudi in the Guntur Conference.</p>
Victor & Nettie Gill cutting the ribbon at a dedication of a church in Garnepudi in the Guntur Conference.
<p>Pastors eating at lunch during the 6-8 hour long training sessions.</p>
Pastors eating at lunch during the 6-8 hour long training sessions.
<p>Pastors training in the Guntur Conference - here feeding the pastors who came to the sessions. Sessions lasted 6-8 hours a day, with a few non-SDA pastors attending as well.</p>
Pastors training in the Guntur Conference - here feeding the pastors who came to the sessions. Sessions lasted 6-8 hours a day, with a few non-SDA pastors attending as well.
<p>Pastors and wives at the Pastors' training lining up at lunch.</p>
Pastors and wives at the Pastors' training lining up at lunch.
<p>Pastors at the pastors' training session posing for a picture.</p>
Pastors at the pastors' training session posing for a picture.
<p>The public attending the 1st 25-village evangelistic series in Pallamalia in the Ongole region.</p>
The public attending the 1st 25-village evangelistic series in Pallamalia in the Ongole region.
<p>Reuben Lorenson taking a woman's blood pressure.</p>
Reuben Lorenson taking a woman's blood pressure.
<p>During New Years we had a break, and amongst other things, we organized an event to donate saris to widow women in the area.</p>
During New Years we had a break, and amongst other things, we organized an event to donate saris to widow women in the area.
<p>The abandoned church with broken windows.</p>
The abandoned church with broken windows.
<p>This abandoned SDA church has broken windows and damaged doors, a sad reminder that there's more to a church than a building. More well-trained pastors and workers as well as thorough Bible study for members are needed to keep the church alive and functioning in this land of multiple gods.</p>
This abandoned SDA church has broken windows and damaged doors, a sad reminder that there's more to a church than a building. More well-trained pastors and workers as well as thorough Bible study for members are needed to keep the church alive and functioning in this land of multiple gods.
<p>View of inside the abandoned church.</p>
View of inside the abandoned church.
<p>An abandoned SDA church.</p>
An abandoned SDA church.
<p>This Adventist church is not used currently because the people have wavered in their faith and leadership is lacking.</p>
This Adventist church is not used currently because the people have wavered in their faith and leadership is lacking.
<p>Yet another abandoned church. It is so sad to see so many churches that have been built with so much dedication and sacrifice fallen into disrepair and not being used.</p>
Yet another abandoned church. It is so sad to see so many churches that have been built with so much dedication and sacrifice fallen into disrepair and not being used.
<p>The Church in the Ongole Conference honored us with leis. Conference President Pastor John Victor is on the right.</p>
The Church in the Ongole Conference honored us with leis. Conference President Pastor John Victor is on the right.
<p>Conference President Pastor John Victor translating for Victor at the 1st 25-village evangelistic series in the Ongole Conference</p>
Conference President Pastor John Victor translating for Victor at the 1st 25-village evangelistic series in the Ongole Conference
<p>Another example of an abandoned SDA church that has fallen into dis-use.</p>
Another example of an abandoned SDA church that has fallen into dis-use.
<p>Women and children at the second evangelistic series in Guntur.</p>
Women and children at the second evangelistic series in Guntur.
<p>This is a beautiful school built by Maranatha in the Guntur Conference. The challenge with the Maranatha ministry, however, is that while Maranatha builds great facilities for churches and schools, it is up to the locals to fill these schools with teachers and the churches with pastors, and there is often a major shortage. In the schools, we do not have enough SDA teachers and, as a result, many of the children are being taught by Hindu teachers. These Hindu teachers bring with them their own philosophies, giving the children mixed messages. As I mentioned earlier, we had a Hindu teacher working at the orphanage school with us.</p>
This is a beautiful school built by Maranatha in the Guntur Conference. The challenge with the Maranatha ministry, however, is that while Maranatha builds great facilities for churches and schools, it is up to the locals to fill these schools with teachers and the churches with pastors, and there is often a major shortage. In the schools, we do not have enough SDA teachers and, as a result, many of the children are being taught by Hindu teachers. These Hindu teachers bring with them their own philosophies, giving the children mixed messages. As I mentioned earlier, we had a Hindu teacher working at the orphanage school with us.
<p>A one-day church in the Ongole Conference. Notice the damage to the door. Many of the churches that were built by various teams that came to India to evangelize are now closed. We encouraged the Conference to work longer with the people as we recognized that many had been prematurely baptized without proper discipleship and that is why they are leaving the churches or lowering the standards of the faith to suit their needs.</p>
A one-day church in the Ongole Conference. Notice the damage to the door. Many of the churches that were built by various teams that came to India to evangelize are now closed. We encouraged the Conference to work longer with the people as we recognized that many had been prematurely baptized without proper discipleship and that is why they are leaving the churches or lowering the standards of the faith to suit their needs.
<p>The Conference President, John Victor, presides over the Ongole Conference. He had a burden for training the pastors properly in our message and had even arranged for his pastors to come to a seminar where they were to be trained in our core message. They are building a training center on the grounds of the Conference Office and are planning to give the pastors proper training. Victor&rsquo;s training session lasted four days and again he preached to them between 6-8 hours a day.</p>
The Conference President, John Victor, presides over the Ongole Conference. He had a burden for training the pastors properly in our message and had even arranged for his pastors to come to a seminar where they were to be trained in our core message. They are building a training center on the grounds of the Conference Office and are planning to give the pastors proper training. Victor’s training session lasted four days and again he preached to them between 6-8 hours a day.
<p>Pastors at the Workers' meeting in the Ongole Conference</p>
Pastors at the Workers' meeting in the Ongole Conference
<p>More pastors at the Workers' meeting in the Ongole Conference.</p>
More pastors at the Workers' meeting in the Ongole Conference.
<p>Victor visited one of our abandoned Adventist churches while in the Ongole Conference. These people posed outside with him after they came to see what was going on.</p>
Victor visited one of our abandoned Adventist churches while in the Ongole Conference. These people posed outside with him after they came to see what was going on.
<p>Women and children at the second evangelistic series in Guntur.</p>
Women and children at the second evangelistic series in Guntur.
<p>Victor preaching in the second evangelistic series with translator.</p>
Victor preaching in the second evangelistic series with translator.
<p>This man with the lei in center of picture pastors a church in Garnepudi in the Guntur Conference.</p>
This man with the lei in center of picture pastors a church in Garnepudi in the Guntur Conference.
<p>Reuben Lorenson, a retired missionary, accompanied the Gills to give health talks during the first series.</p>
Reuben Lorenson, a retired missionary, accompanied the Gills to give health talks during the first series.
<p>Nettie with President John Victor's wife</p>
Nettie with President John Victor's wife
<p>Victor &amp; Nettie handing out saris to widow women in the Guntur Conference area.</p>
Victor & Nettie handing out saris to widow women in the Guntur Conference area.
<p>Maranatha school in the Guntur Conference. How I wished that I was 10 or 20 years younger! I would love to be part of the school&rsquo;s development. I thought of the young people in our schools in North America and could envision them working as student missionaries in these villages and schools. What a wonderful work they would be able to do here! How they could cause the work in India to grow and flourish!</p>
Maranatha school in the Guntur Conference. How I wished that I was 10 or 20 years younger! I would love to be part of the school’s development. I thought of the young people in our schools in North America and could envision them working as student missionaries in these villages and schools. What a wonderful work they would be able to do here! How they could cause the work in India to grow and flourish!
<p>The tents where the pastors' meeting was held in the Ongole Conference.</p>
The tents where the pastors' meeting was held in the Ongole Conference.
<p>Trucks bringing people to the 1st evangelistic series in Ongole. Most people don't have transportation, and to ensure people arrived on time, trucks were rented to provide transportation.</p>
Trucks bringing people to the 1st evangelistic series in Ongole. Most people don't have transportation, and to ensure people arrived on time, trucks were rented to provide transportation.
<p>The tent just before the meetings at the 1st evangelistic series of meetings in Pallamalia.</p>
The tent just before the meetings at the 1st evangelistic series of meetings in Pallamalia.
<p>People getting off the trucks arriving at the second evangelistic series in Guntur.</p>
People getting off the trucks arriving at the second evangelistic series in Guntur.
<p>Vic's translator who preaches on TV station. This man told a story about a husband and wife who owned a TV channel with Christian content. SDAs and other Christian denominations had purchased time on the channel, but the other denominations complained about the SDAs and wanted them to withdraw their programs. The owner asked both groups to present reasons why they either keep Saturday or Sunday Sabbath. Only the SDAs could provide Biblical answers for their beliefs, so the owner rewarded them with a 50% discount on their programming.</p>
Vic's translator who preaches on TV station. This man told a story about a husband and wife who owned a TV channel with Christian content. SDAs and other Christian denominations had purchased time on the channel, but the other denominations complained about the SDAs and wanted them to withdraw their programs. The owner asked both groups to present reasons why they either keep Saturday or Sunday Sabbath. Only the SDAs could provide Biblical answers for their beliefs, so the owner rewarded them with a 50% discount on their programming.
<p>Widow women of the Guntur area.</p>
Widow women of the Guntur area.
<p>A special wives meeting for wives of pastors at the Pastors' Training Sessions in the Guntur Conference.</p>
A special wives meeting for wives of pastors at the Pastors' Training Sessions in the Guntur Conference.
<p>Pastor Daniel with one of our first converts at the meetings held at the orphanage. Pastor Daniel pastors several churches the Rajahmundry Conference, and also manages the orphanage.</p>
Pastor Daniel with one of our first converts at the meetings held at the orphanage. Pastor Daniel pastors several churches the Rajahmundry Conference, and also manages the orphanage.
<p>Victor preaching with translator at the first 25-village evangelistic series held in the Ongole Conference.</p>
Victor preaching with translator at the first 25-village evangelistic series held in the Ongole Conference.
<p>This little 3-year-old girl's mother is just 19, and already has another baby. Girls in India are married off as young as 13 and many of them don't survive the first childbirth.</p>
This little 3-year-old girl's mother is just 19, and already has another baby. Girls in India are married off as young as 13 and many of them don't survive the first childbirth.
<p>Some of the girls in the orphanage having a "birthday party" for their new beanie babies.</p>
Some of the girls in the orphanage having a "birthday party" for their new beanie babies.
<p>The back of the school.</p>
The back of the school.
<p>One of the bedrooms where the children sleep. There are no beds yet for the children.</p>
One of the bedrooms where the children sleep. There are no beds yet for the children.
<p>Pastor Daniel standing by one of the blackboards of the school.</p>
Pastor Daniel standing by one of the blackboards of the school.
<p>Girls from the orphanage happy with their beanie babies.</p>
Girls from the orphanage happy with their beanie babies.
<p>Children from the school singing at the meetings we held for the community.</p>
Children from the school singing at the meetings we held for the community.
<p>Victor dedicating a church in the Rajahmundry Conference.</p>
Victor dedicating a church in the Rajahmundry Conference.
<p>Cooking for the workers at the workers' meeting in the Ongole Conference.</p>
Cooking for the workers at the workers' meeting in the Ongole Conference.
<p>A dedication prayer in one of the classrooms of the school.</p>
A dedication prayer in one of the classrooms of the school.
<p>The Healing Balm of Gilead Refuge Home, for orphans and semi-orphans.</p>
The Healing Balm of Gilead Refuge Home, for orphans and semi-orphans.
<p>The Untouchables are the lowest caste in the social caste system of India. Their only job is to sift through garbage and find things that can be recycled for money, such as plastic, pop cans and paper.</p>
The Untouchables are the lowest caste in the social caste system of India. Their only job is to sift through garbage and find things that can be recycled for money, such as plastic, pop cans and paper.
<p>An Adventist church in the Ongole Conference padlocked shut because there are no leaders and the church members have fallen away.</p>
An Adventist church in the Ongole Conference padlocked shut because there are no leaders and the church members have fallen away.
<p>Another of the many gods of the Hindus.</p>
Another of the many gods of the Hindus.
<p>Women working in a garden.</p>
Women working in a garden.
<p>Fishermen at the sea. It reminded us of the way the disciples might have fished on the Sea of Galilee.</p>
Fishermen at the sea. It reminded us of the way the disciples might have fished on the Sea of Galilee.
<p>Boys at the beach.</p>
Boys at the beach.
<p>A home of a family of "Untouchables" in the Ongole Conference. Their homes are made of plastic tarps, garbage bags and sticks. They do not know how to read or write, and their children have no future other than to sift through garbage as their parents do. They do not know about Jesus and His love for even the poorest and most destitute. They do not have the life-giving ennobling gospel that teaches that there is neither "Jew nor Greek" and that God is not a respecter of persons.</p>
A home of a family of "Untouchables" in the Ongole Conference. Their homes are made of plastic tarps, garbage bags and sticks. They do not know how to read or write, and their children have no future other than to sift through garbage as their parents do. They do not know about Jesus and His love for even the poorest and most destitute. They do not have the life-giving ennobling gospel that teaches that there is neither "Jew nor Greek" and that God is not a respecter of persons.
<p>Fishermen drying their catch on the sand, just as the disciples may have done so many years ago.</p>
Fishermen drying their catch on the sand, just as the disciples may have done so many years ago.
<p>Fishermen mending nets on the beach.</p>
Fishermen mending nets on the beach.
<p>Little child playing with empty boxes on the beach. Notice the garbage around her.</p>
Little child playing with empty boxes on the beach. Notice the garbage around her.
<p>Traffic.</p>
Traffic.
<p>Cows are sacred in India. They are allowed to roam freely. The Hindu religion teaches that if you have lived many good lives, the ultimate form you can be reincarnated into is a cow.</p>
Cows are sacred in India. They are allowed to roam freely. The Hindu religion teaches that if you have lived many good lives, the ultimate form you can be reincarnated into is a cow.
<p>One of the many gods of the Hindu religion.</p>
One of the many gods of the Hindu religion.
<p>People in India.</p>
People in India.
<p>Children eating at the orphanage. The orphanage is still needing furniture such as tables. Poor people eat on the floor in India.</p>
Children eating at the orphanage. The orphanage is still needing furniture such as tables. Poor people eat on the floor in India.
<p>A big load for a small tractor!</p>
A big load for a small tractor!
<p>This young lady is collecting water to drink from a tiny pipe in a ditch on the side of the road. Clean water is hard to find in India.</p>
This young lady is collecting water to drink from a tiny pipe in a ditch on the side of the road. Clean water is hard to find in India.
<p>I'm imagining the children at the school learning and improving their future. I'm wishing I was younger and could be more help.</p>
I'm imagining the children at the school learning and improving their future. I'm wishing I was younger and could be more help.
<p>Children trying out the new furniture in the classroom.</p>
Children trying out the new furniture in the classroom.
<p>Touring the classrooms.</p>
Touring the classrooms.
<p>Boys and girls at the school in uniform.</p>
Boys and girls at the school in uniform.
<p>This is the kitchen of the orphanage.</p>
This is the kitchen of the orphanage.
<p>The little boy that always ran away, and me (Nettie).</p>
The little boy that always ran away, and me (Nettie).
<p>This little boy kept running away from the orphanage. Every time he did, the principal and teachers went in search of him, found him, and brought him back. Each time they told him that God loves him and that they loved him, and that he doesn&rsquo;t need to run away. After several times, he finally decided he liked it at the orphanage, and that the people cared for him, and has decided to stay.</p>
This little boy kept running away from the orphanage. Every time he did, the principal and teachers went in search of him, found him, and brought him back. Each time they told him that God loves him and that they loved him, and that he doesn’t need to run away. After several times, he finally decided he liked it at the orphanage, and that the people cared for him, and has decided to stay.
<p>The little boys at the school. A delegation of boys came to me (Nettie) at night crying that I was leaving. Their little hearts are hungry for love and attention.</p>
The little boys at the school. A delegation of boys came to me (Nettie) at night crying that I was leaving. Their little hearts are hungry for love and attention.
<p>This little girl was just sitting on the side of the road with no adults nearby.</p>
This little girl was just sitting on the side of the road with no adults nearby.
<p>This little girl was sitting by the side of the road alone. We gave the little girl some crackers to eat, but we couldn't find out where her parents were.</p>
This little girl was sitting by the side of the road alone. We gave the little girl some crackers to eat, but we couldn't find out where her parents were.
<p>Meetings at the orphanage for the community.</p>
Meetings at the orphanage for the community.
<p>Offerings in the form of food brought to the Adventist Church in Rajahmundry.</p>
Offerings in the form of food brought to the Adventist Church in Rajahmundry.
<p>Nettie speaking to 300 pastors in the Rajahmundry Conference.</p>
Nettie speaking to 300 pastors in the Rajahmundry Conference.
<p>The orphanage and school share an entrance.</p>
The orphanage and school share an entrance.
<p>Pastor Daniel baptizing a convert in the Rajahmundry Conference.</p>
Pastor Daniel baptizing a convert in the Rajahmundry Conference.
<p>Elder Paaka with his wife.</p>
Elder Paaka with his wife.
<p>Playing games and singing with the kids in the courtyard one evening.</p>
Playing games and singing with the kids in the courtyard one evening.
<p>Elder Paaka, second from left, heads the Rajahmundry Conference.</p>
Elder Paaka, second from left, heads the Rajahmundry Conference.
<p>The man on the right is the principal of the school. He is a very caring man that takes good care of the children. His son is on the left.</p>
The man on the right is the principal of the school. He is a very caring man that takes good care of the children. His son is on the left.
<p>A deserted rundown church in the Rajahmundry Conference.</p>
A deserted rundown church in the Rajahmundry Conference.
<p>Sabbath morning service at the school.</p>
Sabbath morning service at the school.
<p>Close-up of the school and its classrooms.</p>
Close-up of the school and its classrooms.
<p>Victor cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the school.</p>
Victor cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the school.
<p>The school (on the left) on the grounds of the Healing Balm of Gilead Refuge Home was just recently completed. It has room for 200 children and serves children from the orphanage and from the community.</p>
The school (on the left) on the grounds of the Healing Balm of Gilead Refuge Home was just recently completed. It has room for 200 children and serves children from the orphanage and from the community.
<p>A classroom in the new school.</p>
A classroom in the new school.
<p>The boy in the middle and his sister on the right are twins that came to live at the orphanage. They have no parents.</p>
The boy in the middle and his sister on the right are twins that came to live at the orphanage. They have no parents.
<p>A woman in India selling food items. She is a vendor on the beach at the sea of Bengal</p>
A woman in India selling food items. She is a vendor on the beach at the sea of Bengal
<p>Another god of the Hindus outside a temple.</p>
Another god of the Hindus outside a temple.
<p>The street on which the orphanage and school are located. This is the view from the school.</p>
The street on which the orphanage and school are located. This is the view from the school.
<p>Workers' meeting at the Rajahmundry Conference.</p>
Workers' meeting at the Rajahmundry Conference.
<p>Some of the women who came to the meetings at the orphanage.</p>
Some of the women who came to the meetings at the orphanage.
<p>Victor preaching with Pastor Daniel as translator at the Rajahmundry workers' meeting.</p>
Victor preaching with Pastor Daniel as translator at the Rajahmundry workers' meeting.
<p>Mark Kiefiuk and Victor Gill visited cities in India: Bapatla, Ponnuru, Vinukonda, Telegu, Hyderabad and Rajahmundry</p>
Mark Kiefiuk and Victor Gill visited cities in India: Bapatla, Ponnuru, Vinukonda, Telegu, Hyderabad and Rajahmundry
<p>Two men are baptized by immersion at an Adventist campmeeting in the Ukraine.</p>
Two men are baptized by immersion at an Adventist campmeeting in the Ukraine.
<p>church members in Bonn, Germany. 2012</p>
church members in Bonn, Germany. 2012
<p>The boy in the white shirt is named Amos. Amos&rsquo; father died around the time Amos was born, leaving him and his older brother alone with their mother. His mother chose a Biblical name for him even though she wasn&rsquo;t a Christian. She heard that the name was Biblical, and decided her boy would be taught about Christianity. His older brother had not been given a Christian name, and had been educated in a government school. She decided to send Amos to the Balm of Gilead school at the orphanage to get a proper education. Shortly after Amos enrolled in the school, his mother was hit by a car and killed, leaving Amos an orphan. Ironically, he was already in the orphanage, and getting a Christian education just as his mother had wished. Amos still grieves for his mother, and is coming to terms with his loss. What a miracle that this mother&rsquo;s foresight placed this young boy in the right place at the right time.</p>
The boy in the white shirt is named Amos. Amos’ father died around the time Amos was born, leaving him and his older brother alone with their mother. His mother chose a Biblical name for him even though she wasn’t a Christian. She heard that the name was Biblical, and decided her boy would be taught about Christianity. His older brother had not been given a Christian name, and had been educated in a government school. She decided to send Amos to the Balm of Gilead school at the orphanage to get a proper education. Shortly after Amos enrolled in the school, his mother was hit by a car and killed, leaving Amos an orphan. Ironically, he was already in the orphanage, and getting a Christian education just as his mother had wished. Amos still grieves for his mother, and is coming to terms with his loss. What a miracle that this mother’s foresight placed this young boy in the right place at the right time.
<p>One of the Adventist teachers at the orphanage school.</p>
One of the Adventist teachers at the orphanage school.
<p>Reuben Lorenson and Nettie listening to people's concerns in the Ongole Conference.</p>
Reuben Lorenson and Nettie listening to people's concerns in the Ongole Conference.
<p>People who came to see what we were doing at the abandoned Church. Pastor Gill encouraged them to return to the truth and not to give up.</p>
People who came to see what we were doing at the abandoned Church. Pastor Gill encouraged them to return to the truth and not to give up.
<p>Children wearing paper crowns made during the children's program in the second evangelistic series in Guntur.</p>
Children wearing paper crowns made during the children's program in the second evangelistic series in Guntur.
<p>The man on the left is a chief of a local village near Garnepudi in the Guntur Conference. His wife and well-educated daughter are both Adventists. They became Adventists several years back, as did others in the chief's village. But while the others allowed their faith to dwindle and many returned to their old ways, the chief's wife and daughter remained strong, and kept the faith alive, always praying for their husband to also find the truth. We had the great joy of seeing him accept the truth while we were in India. He now is a Seventh-day Adventist and the entire family can be a light to the other villagers.</p>
The man on the left is a chief of a local village near Garnepudi in the Guntur Conference. His wife and well-educated daughter are both Adventists. They became Adventists several years back, as did others in the chief's village. But while the others allowed their faith to dwindle and many returned to their old ways, the chief's wife and daughter remained strong, and kept the faith alive, always praying for their husband to also find the truth. We had the great joy of seeing him accept the truth while we were in India. He now is a Seventh-day Adventist and the entire family can be a light to the other villagers.