Sunday, February 26, 2012

Latest News

Dear Friends,

We have some exciting news! We will be flying into LAX on April 7th. We plan to be in Southern California from April 6th – May 6th. After that we will be going up the West Coast. We would love to see as many of you as possible, but need to plan carefully so we don’t miss you. As usual, we are happy to speak at any home groups or churches during this time. We hope to encourage you by bringing good news of what God is doing on this side of the world, and we look forward to hearing your news as well! We are all one big family – it will be great to reconnect and see you again. If any of you have dates that would work to get together, please let us know so we can start making a calendar. We will be speaking at Calvary Chapel Foothill Ranch on Sunday, April 15th and at Calvary Chapel of Mission Viejo on Sunday April 28th.

These next two months before we leave will be busy with seminars – training pastors, district pastors, and Discipleship group leaders from the provinces of Sofala (where we are now), Manica (west of us), and Zambezia (where we were). We've already begun and will continue till we leave. Three new discipleship books have just be completed and are being passed out.

Another three books are almost done. Two of these include instructions and examples of how to understand and teach the Bible. Lorena has begun a 6 week series about Children’s Ministry - how to start and run a simple outdoor program anywhere. The response was more than she expected. After being trained, this large group should be able to split up and start about four children's programs throughout the area. She's using the book she recently wrote, with instructions and lessons from the New Testament. Things are starting to spread and multiply quickly. We've found a Christian missionary couple who print books at cost! So now we are able to reproduce our books by the hundreds. We are excited to be here and thankful for God’s provision in workers and needed resources. We also thank you for your prayers and praise God for His answer to our request for a dependable vehicle - a Toyoya Hilux! Now we can safely travel and train the pastors in the three provinces now put in our care.

At our new center, we have ample space for visitors. If anyone wants to participate in teaching the pastors, women’s groups, children’s groups, visiting the hospital, the prison, or going to the bush for outreaches, you’re more than welcome! Many still have never heard the gospel. Many others have heard, but don't understand it well. They mix Christianity with their traditional beliefs (witchcraft and ancestral worship), and thus don't experience true freedom and victory in Christ. We go out on weekends to show the Jesus film, visit house to house, and pray for the sick. Last Saturday we took a visitor with us on outreach. He was excited to see Jesus heal people for the first time. We love it too. Many chose to follow Jesus that night as well. We hope some of you will visit us some day and a few of you maybe choose to stay a while!

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