“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!
*Burt and *Belinda have been working full-time in Kingdom work for the past twelve months. They are leaders in the work on the island. They have baptized numerous people, and they are currently leading two house churches. They disciple 10 people regularly and have participated in most of our SWARMS. We have loved seeing God change their hearts to be busy in broken and lost communities. They are faithful to share the Gospel to their family, neighbors and in communities where many people will not go because of the crime and drugs.
They have found creative ways to maintain their livelihood, while at the same time dedicating much time in the Kingdom work on the island. One of the creative businesses they run from their home is “Nature’s Creation”. They make natural, orgainc soap in their living room. *Belinda grows and uses plants, flowers and herbs from her garden (and sometimes ours) and she and her husband use all natural ingredients to make this incredible soap.
*Belinda is also an amazing cook and we regularly order food from her when we have fellowships, CORE meetings and leadership trainings.
They have been a blessing to us in ministry! Will you pray for them?
- Pray for setbacks as they work in many broken communities and have experienced personal hurts while helping people whom they are ministering.
- Pray for their livelihood. Pray that God would continue to sustain them and provide for them so that they can continue in the Four Fields work on the island.
- Pray that they would continue to trust in Him and walk through each door He opens, trusting that God will be honored and glorified in all that they do.
- Pray that they would remain faithful, fruitful & obedient!
Every rut, every rock, every turn made my brain feel like it was bouncing inside my skull. At the end of the longest day, my whole body felt out of sorts and I wasn’t sure if my head would stop hurting. I never felt like I was in such bad condition that I needed medical attention, but a few times I wondered, “What in the world are we doing!” You see, a few weeks ago our family spent two weeks traveling around the Southern part of Madagascar visiting national partners, new churches, teammates and taking care of a few errands. We we’re on the road anywhere from 4-11 hours in a single day with some days interspersed of little to no travel. The saying rang true for us that the people are “unreached for a reason.” The roads are terrible! There are a few nice stretches but others were nearly impassable. As you pray for the people of South Madagascar today, ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers from the fields. Pray more nationals would continue to evangelize and make disciples. We’re seeing the beginnings of a movement, but it won’t come without resistance from the enemy. Pray these national believers will be able to stand firm as each and their respective families are persecuted and face spiritual warfare like never before.
Faucet? Well? Bucket? An old used vegetable oil container, called a jerry can? Lately, we’ve been getting our water during the day from jerry cans, just like the ones in this picture. As we gather water from our faucet each night, when we have running water, I’m reminded of those that have to gather at the local community water pump each morning to fill their jerry cans and buckets. They use this time to visit. catch up, some are even washing clothes. Sometimes they just leave their buckets in line and come back later to pick them up. I started thinking about our “living water” and the source. Do we put our buckets in His line and decide to come back later to pick them up? Or do we decide to stop and stay at the Source each day to visit and spend time with Him. There are many in our community who are dry, not only because its the dry season and the water source is low, but there are many who are spiritually dry. Many are gathering at wells that don’t offer any source of “living water”, they are hoping to get nourished, but coming up empty. Please join us in praying for the peoples of northern Madagascar to seek the true source of “living water.” “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water i give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
4 young men from Swaziland attended the Church Planting Boot Camp in Lesotho, June 23-29. The 2 Kingdom evangelism tool was taught, rehearsed, and then taken to the mountain villages of Lesotho. 52 people accepted Christ! Looking forward to Swazi Youth Camp in August, when Basotho team will teach Swazi youth the 2 Kingdoms and church planting strategies. Will you join us in PRAYING that the youth of Swazi reach the youth of Swazi?
This month a church planting boot camp was held in the mountains of Lesotho, with particpants from South Africa, the highlands and lowlands of Leostho, Swaziland, and the US attending. More than 220 were present, participating in small groups learning an evangelism tool, 10 discipleshp lessons, Acts Study, Persecution study, and team building activities. Today, two days after the boot camp was completed, a group of 4 young men from the capital of Lesotho, took what they had learned to the streets. 2 accepted Christ! Praising Him for His faithfulness and asking you to PRAY that the young people who attended continue to GO and TELL!
Sarah* is a 31 year old Muslim lady! She loves life, loves family, but longs to be a mother. She has tried over and over to have a child, but every time miscarries and has lost hope. An IMB missionary woman met her in 2012 and they soon became good friends. Since then many have heard about Sarah* and have prayed for her to know the true God, Jesus Christ, and for her to conceive and have a child. Sarah* has been given an Urdu Bible (Urdu is her heart language), and has begun to read it for herself.
This is the month of Ramadan and Sarah* is devoted to seeking Allah for his blessing and favor on her. Will you join others in praying that Sarah* would have an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ during this time? Many Muslims have dreams or visions during this season. Will you join in and pray for her to have a dream or encounter with the ‘Man in white’, and for her to realize that Jesus is the one true God. Pray also for the miracle of conception; that if God chooses to bless Sarah* with a child that she would then turn to Him for salvation.
Have you ever looked out amongst your city or the place where you live and wondered, “If everyone needs a chance to hear the Gospel, where do I start?” It can be a daunting task. One of our national partners, whom we are walking side by side in church planting here in in Antananarivo, came and asked the same question. “Where do I start?”
My husband asked him, “Where is your Jerusalem?” In other words, where do you go every day and who do you see? After some thought, our national partner begin to list his daily routine. One of those routines included taking his children to school each morning. When he thought further, he realized that he talked to the security guard at that school every day.
“That’s your Jerusalem!” said my husband. With a smile on his face, our national partner said he understood. The next day he shared Christ with with that very security guard and the guard was ready to accept Christ as his Savior. Our national partner was so excited.
He called us and said, “It worked! Now I’m ready to disciple him.” We are now working with our national partner giving him ‘just in time’ training so he can disciple his new brother in Christ.
Where is your Jerusalem? Where do you go everyday? Who do you talk to? Matthew 28:19 instructs us to “go”, but that verb actually mean ‘as you are going’. As you are going to work… As you are going to school… As you are taking kids to practices… As you are going to the bank… As you are going to the grocery store. As you are going, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. That’s your Jerusalem!
Frank: The Taxi Driver/Disciple-Maker
Frank* makes a living for his family driving a taxi. He starts early and finishes late but shares Jesus with his clients on a daily basis. He and his family have led neighbors to Christ, planted a church in their home and are planting a second church in his sister-in-laws neighborhood. They also care for a 3 year-old whom they rescued from the street (literally).
One astounding fact is that a car here costs the same or more than the equivalent car in the west, yet a taxi fare is a fraction of the cost that it would be there. The math does not add up. When you visit, you notice immediately the great number of taxis and buses and that adds a lot of competition to Frank’s* already demanding and underpaid career.
Please pray for Frank* as he works out how to create a unique point of difference in his service, that makes him different to the competition. On a spiritual front, pray for Frank* to find a healthy balance between work, family and ministry. Pray that Frank* would continue to be a faithful and bold disciple of Jesus and use his work as his platform to share Christ!