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No Preconceived Ideas

No Preconceived Ideas

The people were all smiling as they came out to greet the missionaries driving into their cactus lined village. The national partner arriving with the missionaries made introductions as they all sat down on the woven mats laid over the dirt. The nationals and missionaries exchanged proper greetings. The missionaries asked, “Do you want to hear about Jesus Christ and sing a song to God?”
“Yes!” the villagers responded.
“What song do you know?”
“We don’t know any songs to sing to God. Teach us.”
The missionaries proceeded to teach them a song along with the gospel. A few people showed interest in following Jesus.
Within a few months, as the national partner continued visiting and sharing with the people, many came to Christ. They were hungry for more stories from the Scriptures and insights into how to follow Jesus.
The missionaries were able to visit every once in a while, but the national partner was key in meeting with the villagers regularly. The time came for the new converts to follow in baptism. In the deserts of South Madagascar water is scarce. Finding a water hole deep enough to baptize is a huge challenge. On this day, the villagers and missionaries walked 10 miles to get to the ocean and back. The lead missionary, along with a few volunteers from Louisiana, stood on the shore surrounded by the new converts and modeled how to baptize. After a little more teaching and verification that the people understood what this step in their faith meant, the leaders of the village took each new convert one by one and baptized them! The people from the village sang praises to God and celebrated with a meal on the beach; rejoicing in this step of obedience in their new found faith.

Teachings continued and the new converts gained more and more understanding of the Scriptures. After some time the missionaries were asked to come back and teach about taking the Lord’s Supper. The people were all smiling again as they came out to greet the missionaries driving into their village. The missionaries had permission to set up a tent and stay for the night. They got the tent up and began fellowshipping with the people. Some women missionaries were cooking with the women in the cooking house. The missionary kids were teaching the village children how to play hop scotch and the men were sitting and beginning to discuss the steps to take the Lord’s Supper, described by the Scriptures. It was an incredible experience to be a part of these milestones in the lives of new Christians who had no preconceived ideas of what these actions should look like. From the time they confessed Christ as their Lord and Savior and learned songs to sing to praise him, to following him in baptism and then learning what it means to remember the Lord through taking the Lord’s Supper, the missionaries were determined to teach them to do everything based upon what the Scriptures say.

Pray the people in the village of Amby will grow in their faith according to the Scriptures. Pray they will weigh every action in light of the Scriptures and that they will be able to stand firm in the midst of persecution and temptation. Pray for the people in the church to grow stronger in their faith and be diligent in sharing the gospel with their neighbors.

Reaching Out

Reaching Out
Learning Tae Kwon Do

Learning Tae Kwon Do

Pray for a special outreach during the first week of October in Jouberton, South Africa.  This is a combined effort of workers from two national churches, university students from Mahikeng, a team from First Baptist Church in Fisherville (U.S.) and IMB missionaries.  Pray for many seeds to be planted in the hearts of children learning stories from creation to the cross.  Ask that many young people will come to know Christ and/or will grow in their faith.  Ask God’s blessing on times of training for church workers.  Pray that these two churches will be strengthened and their communities changed for God’s glory.

Finally, ask that the many parts of this combined effort will communicate well & work together effectively!

Those awkward years

Those awkward years

Eleven, twelve, thirteen Those can be hard years to grow through.  They are children, but also fast becoming youth. Their bodies are changing, sometimes too quickly and sometimes not fast enough. Life and emotions can be bewildering. IMG_1326

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IMG_1186Kids in Soweto, South Africa are no exception.  Could be harder for them.  Strikes against then include; no good role models, no dad in the home, and sometimes no mom as a grandmother or aunt raises them. Add poverty, abuse and fear to produce weary stories. However, God loves them and wants them to grow in wisdom and knowledge of Him.  And they have you praying for them.  Praying they hear and believe Jesus is Good News.  Pray they know the message is for them too.  Praying for their safety. Praying for consistent food, shelter and love.   ***the top two pictures are from one of three different age/sex groups from a four church session on body changes, salvation and abstinence. The bottom pix is of a relay at a Sunday school Easter party.

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise.”

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise.”

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The little kids of Irodo, a village in northern Madagascar, are always the first to gather for worship and Bible study each Tuesday. The adults take a little while longer to show up. Last Tuesday, I had fun spying on this group of little ones before the adults showed up. As I came up, I heard them singing a song that we taught the group a couple of months back. “Lalana tokana mankany an-danitra, Jesosy ny lalana” Translation: “Only one way that goes to heaven, Jesus is the way.” One of the little girls had never been to one of our meetings before but she knew the song just as well as the others. It was obvious that her friends had taught her that song. Several times in the last few months, I’ve met people in the village that have never attended one of our Bible Studies but they sing out portions of the songs we sing. I was always surprised that they knew the song until I figured out what was going on. The kids who come to our Bible Studies are teaching their friends the songs. Then many of the kids go home and sing the songs there, teaching their parents and relatives the songs. My heart overflows with joy when I think about the name of Jesus being praised throughout this village. Six months ago, these kids had never heard of Jesus and the parents knew nothing of the gospel. I am so thankful that light is beginning to penetrate the darkness in this area. Please pray that the group of new believers in this village of Irodo (E-roo-doo) becomes a strong, healthy, reproducing church. And pray that the truth from these songs will penetrate the hearts of these children and their parents and that many more will trust Jesus as the only way.

Jesus is my Superhero!

Jesus is my Superhero!

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Spiderman and Batman have really cool powers, but in the real world they’re just make-believe. The Gospel of Mark showed one group of kids that the only real power was in Jesus Christ. After several weeks, I shared the story of Christ’s love and his plan for salvation with them and offered them the opportunity to learn more if they wanted.  That afternoon, 6 children prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord! 

Please pray for these new young believers, who live in a society closed to Christianity. It will be a sensitive issue for some.

 

Pray for Home Schooling Moms and Home Schooling Kids in the Indian Ocean Islands

Pray for Home Schooling Moms and Home Schooling Kids in the Indian Ocean Islands

Home schooling is a challenge for mom’s in America. The challenge seems even greater when home schooling is in isolated locations without a home schooling network of support. Please pray for the home schooling moms and kids in Madagascar and the other Indian Ocean islands. Pray for them to have wisdom, perseverance and joy in their work. Pray that the moms would receive encouragement from the Lord and the students would enjoy learning.