If the answer is YES, then you might be feeling like this tree, all alone, at high tide! Sometimes doing what is right and following the truths outlined in the Bible, can leave you standing all alone. I know for our national brothers and sisters, following Christ and His teachings, can leave them either physically or emotionally alone. Our prayer is that even in the midst of many people, they would feel the sweet presence of the Lord. That they can find encouragement and support through His Word, His people, and others that may come into their life. Our prayer is that they would never feel alone, but stand firmly planted in Christ! “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Swaziland is new territory for our family. My husband was given a new role that includes strategy for reaching the people of Swaziland with the gospel. There are presently NO IMB personnel working among the Swazi. We have made several recent visits to Swaziland to determine God’s plan regarding the spiritual needs of the people living there. We have surveyed the lost and the found. We have met with pastors, churches, and leaders of the Baptist Convention of Swaziland. Here is what we have discovered_
There are 21 Baptist Churches in Swaziland.
There are 12 pastors for the 21 churches.
They are hungry for education in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
There is great confusion spiritually, as a nation.
There are many churches, many faiths, few truths.
People are dying with AIDS, Swazi has the highest HIV rate in the world, and the people are dying without Jesus.
There are orphans being raised in Africa Traditional Religion which does not equate to eternal life with Christ Jesus. Swazi has the highest orphan rate in the world.
We will be holding a church planting conference Nov 26-Dec 4. Will you pray for us as we try to equip the local church?
We are also looking for US churches to partner with national Baptist churches to provide ongoing CP training. Could it be that your church could commit to coming 3-4 times per year to encourage and train a group of Swazi believers?
Currently, we have one US church, Ridgecrest Baptist, MO that has committed to this task. We cannot do it alone, will you PRAY?
The strategy utilized among the Basotho of Lesotho, Africa has not changed…engage US churches to engage Lesotho nationals. It is difficult for IMB missionaries to access the hundreds of mountain villages, and lowlands population without help. God has commissioned HIS church to Go and we are asking you to pray and see if God may be asking you to come and work among this unreached people group. Presently, we have 2 IMB career families on the field. We have 1 SBC Direct family working with the Basotho team. How could we possibly reach the 98% of the almost 2 million that remain unreached? An impossible task, but God…but God has given us the following churches to work alongside of us. God has given them a valley full of villages full of lost, hopeless, and confused people. People that He loved enough to give His only Son to provide eternal life. If only they knew of this gift! Please pray for:
FBC Perryton, TX in the Matsoku Valley
River Oak Church, VA in the Khubelu Valley
FBC Roanoke, VA in the Mabunyaneng Valley
Selmore Baptist/Ridgecrest Baptist, partnering together to reach those living in the Makhoaba/Senqu Valley
Broadview Baptist, TX in the Senqu West Valley
Calvary Baptist, FL partnering with another church to reach the Ntsupe Valley
FBC Griffin, GA and Edgewater Baptist, LA in the Senqunyane Valley
A South African church is coming to Lesotho in December to determine where God would have them serve.
Who will go? Could it be you?
There is a group meeting each week studying stories from the Bible. The goal is for each person in the group to learn the story in order to share it with others. For the past few weeks we’ve been learning the story of the Philippian Jailor. They were nervous about learning a long story compared to Zacchaeus that they had learned previously, but they were excited to try acting it out to help them remember. We assigned parts and had props to help. We decided which buildings would represent the places in the story. We were ready to begin. We walked through the story and had the actors learn their parts. As the teacher, I began narrating to make the story flow. After two times through the story, I asked someone to take my role and a lady began telling the story as the actors would jump in with their lines. Of course they love acting out the part when Paul and Silas are beaten and taken to prison, but the most favorite lines are when the jailor sees that all of the prisoners are accounted for after the earthquake and asks, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas respond, “Believe in Jesus and you will be saved; you and your household.” It was obvious that the group was learning the story. They were excited talking about what they liked, disliked and were learning from the story and would that then they would be able to share it with others because now they know it. Pray for this group to share the stories. Pray for those who hear the stories to commit their lives to Christ and tell the stories to others in hopes that the Gospel will spread exponentially!
In just 5 days a very exciting event is beginning in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Proverbs 27:17 says: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” – and for the next 5 days 70 leaders from all over Africa will gather for a “sharpening” time. During this week we will all participate in what we call a “SWARM”, which is when we all enter an area, walking down the streets of downtown, two by two, sharing “My Story” (our testimonies) and “His Story” the Gospel with those we encounter. Is it any coincidence that there are 70 missionaries due to attend, and in Luke 10:2 it talks about “70”?! This SWARM event is an opportunity for the participants to find God Prepared People (GPP), and Houses of Peace (HOP). Please pray now for this very important meeting, also pray throughout the next month that much fruit would result from this teaching time.
K & F were invited to a wedding in a community where they have been ministering lately. A young man, whom they have been discipling, shared boldly with the H**du guests.
The Lord brought K & F to a sari shop on the east coast of the island in a strong H**du town to start discipleship with a new believer.
A friend of K & F invited them to share with a doctor who was open to spiritual conversation. This meeting turned into weeping repentance as she placed her faith in Jesus.
Will you pray for K & F as they go into spiritually dark areas where the Gospel has yet to go?
- Pray for strength and stamina
- Pray against spiritual opposition
- Pray for them as they enter the last trimester of pregnancy for F
- Pray against discouragement as they encounter obstacles
In 2009, our family moved from the US to Africa soil to begin our career as missionaries. At that time, we were assigned to the Mokhotlong Province of Lesotho. Since that time, we have been working and working and praying and working and praying some more, trying to get relocated to a village called Makhoarane. FINALLY…IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! We have been spending a lot of time on that side of the mountain range recently and there are now more than 40 believers in that village. We are exited, a little afraid, but KNOW that this is part of God’s plan for our family. Will you join us in praying that as logistics work with a builder, the house will be completed, and we can get moved there permanently. Thank you for giving to Lottie Moon so that His plan and our dreams come true!
These young men represent a core group of born again Jesus followers in the country of Swaziland. They recently spent a week in the mountains of Lesotho, learning evangelism tools and discipleship lessons. Their passion for the Word of God is evident, their joy complete in Him! Will you join us in praying for these guys as they teach others to teach others….
“Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” (Samuel Chadwick)
This is the month that a brand new discipleship group begins in a Pretoria home! This group will be training men and women on how to be a disciple who makes disciples! Already much spiritual warfare has been experienced by those preparing for this training. Ephesians 6 tells us clearly that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”. Therefore, we are commanded to put on our spiritual armor each and every day, and to “pray always” (Ephesians 6:18) for each other.
Will you do this now? Satan is working overtime to stop this teaching from beginning. Pray now for this group, that God would strengthen them and establish them for His glory. Pray for their protection from the schemes of Satan. Ask God to use this group to bring much fruit for God’s kingdom.
Praising Him today for His healing power! The young mother sought help for her critically ill son in every place she could think of…government clinics, government hospitals, the witchdoctor, and finally traveled over 2 hours to find the missionary. After explaining to her, the scripture in God’s Word, telling her that God hates charms, she put her trust in Him, cutting charms and strings from her son. She accepted Christ! She accompained her son to the hospital along with the missionary. The doctor confirmed the ruptured appendix and the boy was transfered to the capital for emergency surgery. Prayers were offered from all over the world on his behalf..and God healed Him, without surgery! Her comments when returning to her home village…”God has healed my son, and I have found LIFE!” PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS!