Thank You!

As I stood at the back of our church here in Gabu on New Years Eve and watched the congregation join hands and thank God for the blessings of the last year and pray for His leading in the coming year, I was filled with awe at what God has done over the past 6 years.  We have always shared what is happening here in Guinea Bissau, but this time we
would like to share a little of what is happening elsewhere and how it has affected us here.
We were sent out from a small community church in North East Washington 6 years ago. We came simply to help a Brazilian missionary couple who were doing a great work here.
God had much bigger plans. As the vision grew, we became totally overwhelmed. The work was completely beyond our capabilities. Praise God, it is not beyond His.
In the first 6 years, we have seen Him raise up people all across America to partner with us.
We have a couple in Star Idaho who have provided a cell phone when we were in the U.S. Another couple from Port Orchard, WA provided a car for us. Another couple from Borrego Springs, CA provided several motor cycles for our pastors. We started out with a volunteer accountant but as Servants to Missions grew, the work became too time consuming. This past year, God provided not only a full time accountant in Dewey Arizona, but also someone to fill the role of President of STM in the U.S. God has raised up people in Southern Idaho, Sacramento, CA, Bakersfield, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Palm Desert, CA, Burbank, CA, Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico, Kansas City, Mo, St. Louis, Mo, and Alaska to name just a few places. A gentleman from Farmington, New Mexico partnered with a couple from Palm Desert, CA to provide not one but two vehicles that were very much needed to assist in God’s work. A church in Sacramento, CA that did not even know us, took us in and provided our medical care. Organizations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Temecula, CA, and Burbank, CA have provided freely all types of materials for evangelism. One other organization from Los Angeles, CA has come twice to provide valuable training to our pastors. A business in Twin Falls, Idaho provides all our printing needs. We also have partners in Canada, England, Mexico, Norway, Brazil, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, Senegal and several other countries. And so it goes, on and on with so many more involved that we could ever list here. This work that God allowed a small church in Cedonia, WA to become a part of has become a world wide project to spread the gospel here in Guinea Bissau. When we first moved here in 2002 there was one Christian school and four churches in the Eastern Region of Gabu. There are now 17 churches, 6 schools and 1 Bible School with work beginning in at least 7 additional villages. We are also in the process of starting a Christian radio station.  This has all come about because the people God has raised up in America and around the world have been faithful in partnering with
the people God has raised up in Guinea Bissau. When God’s people unite, nothing is impossible. In this case, a nation is being changed.
From all of us to all of you:
Thank You!
And may God richly bless you in the coming year.
A very special thanks goes to Cedonia Community
Church in Cedonia, WA.
Yours in Christ,
John Hiskey

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