God is on the move! There are many exciting changes within our ministries. The Lord has opened up a door for our family to partner with Saving Grace World Missions (SGWM), a missionary-sending organization. SGWM helps missionaries to funnel finances, do taxes as well as provide Biblical counseling and ongoing encouragement while on the field. Part of this change means we will have this blog to keep in closer communication with all of you. For future we will no longer be receiving donations through Go Ministries
Those that are not familiar with us, let us introduce ourselves. My husband, Pastor Vincent, grew up as a refugee and a soldier’s son moving around Uganda. God brought him back to Midigo after the war. He since has finished Bible College and become the assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Midigo. I (Melissa Aniku) grew up in Southern California and felt a calling for missions. I went to Midigo, Uganda in 2009 and have now become a permanent resident.
Along with being assistant pastor, Vincent also manages the Calvary Football/Soccer team, which reaches out to the Muslims. He also disciples new believers and converts. Most of my ministry takes place on the family compound with homeschooling and management. I also tend to the many daily guests that come to the compound for prayers and counseling. I’m involved with women’s discipleship and sewing classes. Our family financially and spiritually takes care of 13 children. Vincent and I find small jobs for those in need.
This year God is providing for us to start a football/soccer stadium for outreaches plus a library and community center to teach reading and writing to the adults who are illiterate due to war. This will be the first place of its kind in the west Nile bringing the gospel to Muslims and unifying the Body of Christ.
Over 10,000 people, mostly Muslims, showed up for a football match and heard the gospel.
Fun Fact: The name Aniku literally translates: I Don’t Know. So please as you pray for us, even if you forget our names, just pray for the family “I Don’t Know”.
Prayer Request: Please pray for safety over the compound and continued grace to pour over the Church and land. Pray for the 95% Muslim population. Pray that the LORD be glorified through the new projects, as they are able to give jobs and a safe haven to Muslim converts. Pray for the school fees for all our children. Pray for the South Sudanese Refugees. Pray for our protection, strength and for health especially for our 5-year-old Zachary who has Autism!
A Note From the Director
My name is Pastor Mike Thiemann and I have the privilege of leading Saving Grace World Missions and working directly with our missionaries all over the world.
You are receiving this e-mail because Vincent & Melissa Aniku have added you to their personal e-mail list. Also, If you wish to sign up to receive monthly prayer requests from the Anikus and the rest of our Missionaries, you can do so by CLICKING HERE and filling out the e-mail sign up form.
If you desire to partner with Vincent & Melissa Aniku financially you can do so in a couple of different ways –
1. Electronically (Check or Card) – Either click the button below that says, “Become a Financial Partner” or visit their website at sgwm.com/aniku. That will take you to our donation page where you will find a couple of different options. The main two I would like to highlight is the, “single gift” option and the, “monthly gift “option. The single gift option is there for you if you desire to give a one-time gift and the “monthly gift” option is there if you desire to give on an ongoing basis. If you click that it will ask you what date you would like your gift to be processed (on the 3rd or the 18th). I would highly encourage you to consider the monthly gift option simply because it helps the Anikus manage their budget and know how much is coming in and on what day.
2. Check or Cash – You are welcome to send in a check or cash to – 17451 Bastanchury Rd. Suite 203 Yorba Linda CA, 92886. If you send a check please make it payable to Saving Grace World Missions and in the Memo Line write – “Aniku”.
All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a donation receipt once a year.
Another very practical way you can help SGWM better support the Anikus, as well as all of our missionaries is to “Like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. It is extremely helpful in getting the word out about all the amazing things the Lord is doing around the world if you share our pages with your friends as well as Like and Comment on our posts. You can access our Facebook page by clicking on the links below.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this note and again if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 714-993-4801.
Pastor Mike Thiemann
Saving Grace World Missions