International Ministry Reflections 2015

“It is indeed more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:3

It’s been said that we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

Your giving is helping to transform lives, make beauty out of the ashes of sin, and bring hope to many who find themselves in seemingly hopeless conditions. The 2015 mission teams were privileged to work alongside our Ugandan brothers and sisters in the prisons, refugee camps medical clinics, children’s ministry, discipleship seminars and construction project.
In the January mission we had the privilege of sharing the gospel and giving a bar of soap to 2,700 prisoners. Many prayed to receive Jesus Christ. I could not imagine seeing over 2,000 receiving medicine, blankets, mosquito nets and cups. “If we are to serve God we have to allow God to bend us so low to reach those who are low.” -Pastor Billy Semperezza
During 2015 several thousand Bibles were distributed to villagers and prisoners (many Muslims) in Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya. Among those receiving Bibles during the five missions in Uganda were 1,400 school students (many Muslims). My heart was touched to witness the joy of Christians receiving their first and very own Bible. Some were first generation Christians. Medicine was provided to approximately 3,000 refugees and villagers and sponsorship for 38 surgeries throughout 2015.There was joy in Heaven as hundreds of the medical clinic attendees and many of the 2,000 prisoners prayed to receive Jesus Christ. I like to remind the recipients that we are giving on behalf of benevolent donors in America.

Ministering at a children’s orthopedic hospital was a heartbreaking experience. Some have severe burns and several have hands or feet amputated, but oh the joy and smiles when they’re given a toy car or doll and a sucker. I believe our Lord’s heart is moved over these sick and disabled children and their families. One of the greatest needs is caring for physically and emotionally challenged children from the refugee camps and nearby villages. We renovated a few rooms to care for eight children and hope to build a more suitable Compassion House in 2016.

Daily Monitor – Uganda Africa October 21 Newspaper:
Sango Bay refugees On The Brink Of Starvation As Food Runs Out

Severe drought, followed by unusually heavy rains, has caused a food shortage in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the Sudan. Ugandan news media reported a number of men taking their life because they could not endure the hunger cries of their children. In October—November supporters opened their hearts of compassion making it possible to send our Ugandan Pastors to the camp with 8-10 days’ supply of maize, flour and beans for all 4,500 refugees at the camp. All head of households heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and many became born again—praise the Lord!
Kenya, Africa Mission January 2015
Another glory story…a substantial love gift from a donor with some additional support gave the Dave Miller family a three week mission opportunity in two locations in Kenya, beginning with a community crusade in Eldoret where the attendance grew to over 2,000 the final evening. Many souls were saved and families were deeply challenged to witness the Gospel presentation through an entire family, working together. Their singing, drama and preaching ministry carried the same impact as they conducted services in five Thika prison areas during the day and another crusade setting in the evenings.
Our greatest honor is to be labourers together with God in the fields that are ripe unto harvest. Thank you so kindly for your heart of compassion “unto the least of these.”

Because of Jesus,
Nelson Coblentz
Executive Director / Founder
Gospel Express Ministries