Phase 4 06/2018

Solar Mission Philippines

Brian Garnett giving players outThe Solar Mission to distribute 2,000 Solar Players throughout the islands of the Philippines is well underway.  Almost one third of the money has been raised and distributions will take up most of the rest of the year to complete the task. At the same time, we are still getting requests from South America and Africa for additional solar players to help fill the needs there.

Planning and Dreaming

In March, Brian Garnett took 150 players to distribute at a church conference with over 1,500 in attendance. The players were given to church leaders. Brian reported that there were 150 very happy people and 1,350 that were very disappointed. While Brian was on an earlier trip, a congregation contacted Sunset about getting a player to a preacher they knew in Cebu. Brian was able to reach Manuel Daliwa and another preacher at a McDonald’s. Since that time, Manuel has planted two churches in the mountains and baptized many using the solar player to help teach.

Costa Rica

Luis Melendez

Costa Rica is a beautiful country, full of friendly people with a population of about 4.9 million, the official language is Spanish. Costa Rica is well known for producing good coffee, to the point that some will say that Juan Valdez gets there his coffee! This country is located in Central America; border of Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Catholicism is the predominant religion; according to Wikipedia about 76% of the Costa Rican population is Catholic. This beautiful country is in need of the truth.

Change the World of Young People

Jordon Crow with his Youth Group

Recently, we asked Jordon Crow about how well his training at Sunset prepared him to work with teens.  Jordon and his wife Emily both went through AIM and graduated from Sunset with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry in 2013.  He currently serves in Blackwell, Oklahoma.



Her smile is but a reflection of her kind and generous heart.  Born in Kenya, Rosemary Odhiambo made her way with her small children to Greece from her home in Kenya.  Her plan was to join her husband and begin a new life.  Four years had passed since her husband left Kenya to Greece in search of work and a means to provide for his family.  However, their plans and dreams were interrupted.  Within a few weeks of her arrival, her husband passed away leaving her alone with her children in a strange country.  Rosemary did not give up, but instead decided to pursue her dream.  She found work doing laundry, as a nanny or housekeeping, whatever she could to take care of her children and stay in Athens. 

Watch Rosemary's Story Here

Change Your Deaf World

Abbie Wilson has Changed the Deaf World Around Her

Phase III Complete!!

Two years of fund-raising are complete, and 3,000 solar players have been delivered. Thank you to every one of you who made this the largest phase yet in the Solar Mission to Send the Light. Dozens of trips have been made throughout Central & South America and to Spanish-speaking islands in the Caribbean to help the Spanish-speaking churches to grow through their evangelism and their depth of Bible study. Thousands of your brothers and sisters in Christ have been encouraged and emboldened to spread the Kingdom of God with the assistance they now have from the Solar Players.

Going Where No Man Can Go!

Feliciano in Guatemala

The distribution of Solar Players is nearing the end of its third year. Since 2014 over 7,500 players have been distributed in 46 countries and in 4 languages. By God’s grace 3,000 players will have been delivered in the Spanish language by the end of February; Phase III of this mission effort. Our supporters have enabled us to prepare Solar Players in English, Spanish, Amharic (Ethiopian) and most recently in Arabic. Translations are ongoing in Telegu and French.

20th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Bible Insitute

The 20th Anniversary of Ukrainian Bible Institute

Twenty years have passed since Sunset International Bible Institute was invited to partner with others to meet the urgent need for quality ministry training and Bible study in the former Soviet nation of Ukraine.  The fall of the Berlin wall was monumental and ushered in a new era of openness and freedom for the satellite nations of the U.S.S.R.   Many nations began to declare their independence from Russia and the desire for freedom.   In the west, Christians realized that a door had opened and many new opportunities lie ahead.  The gospel message, once forbidden in the Soviet Union, touched the hearts of the Ukrainian people and the response was an unexpected surprise as hundreds came to know Jesus Christ as their savior.

Sylvester Raka Allah

Sylvester Rakah Allah

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. “  Psalms 9:10

Solar Player Deliveries Continue

Each solar report tries to convey the excitement, thanksgiving, and praise that resulted from each delivery trip. This report concentrates on just one of those trips: the journey to El Salvador and Costa Rica made by Luis Melendez and Brandi Kendall. Luis recently returned to the United States from serving as a missionary in Costa Rica. Brandi currently serves as SIBI’s Dean of International Studies for Asia.


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