Recently, Adam made a trip to the capitol, Antananarivo, to visit the seminary and convention leaders. As he was at the seminary he was able to see a handful of students from the South of Madagascar. As he was reporting back to me on the visit and as I later saw the picture of some of the students I was so encouraged.
Sometimes we forget how the Lord has worked and moved in the lives of the nationals when they go away to pursue theological studies. May we reflect and remember all the Lord has done and may we pray as Paul in Philippians 1:3-6, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” God is doing a mighty work among the people of South Madagascar. Would you remember them in your prayers and agree with me that he who began a good work in each of them will bring it to completion?
Baptist Global Response (BGR) recently provided school supplies for the children’s ministry at Gaborone Baptist Church. Each Friday we meet together after school and the kids get to play, sing songs, learn bible verses, hear a bible story, and do a craft. This ministry has been so vital to this community and we have seen many children come to know the Lord.
We saw the need for kids to have school supplies in this area. One of the kids parents told me that their daughter was using an old notebook from the previous school year and just had a couple of pages left to write in for her school notes this year. She said it was such a blessing to get the notebooks and school supplies for her daughter. The kids will be more confident in who they are by going to school with the proper school supplies. The love of Christ was shown to these children through this project. Please pray that not only the children will come to know the Lord, but also that their parents will start coming to church with them and come to know the Lord.
January 2016…New school uniforms, new school supplies, new teachers…the new school year has begun in Namibia! As Namibian children across the country head back to school, we ask that you join us in praying that Jesus would open their hearts and minds to His great love for them. Also, would you please pray that Jesus would show Himself in new ways to them so that they might come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour? Finally, please ask Jesus to protect these children from Satan’s plans to destroy them in any and in every way that he can.
Thanks to the faithful support of In-Sight Ministries, the orphan caring center in south central Zimbabwe has been looking after older orphans during the school term so they can complete their education. Some of the children have done very well in high school. One young man is now studying at a local university. Two others have just been enrolled in trade schools. We pray that all the orphans who become a part of this “family” will become productive citizens who will in turn help others who are less fortunate. As of the end of last year, all the children staying at the caring center have come to know the LORD and been baptized. When school opens in January there will be four new students joining the “family” as they begin their first year of High School. Pray that these new students will adjust well and begin to feel like they too are truly part of the “family”. Pray that they will also come to know the LORD and be baptized. Pray for the four caretakers at the caring center that they would, “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, . . . and let all that you do be done in love.” (I Corinthians 16:13-14)
The Herero people of Namibia have an approximate population of 250,000 and less than 2% of that population are believers in Jesus Christ. As a people group, they remain heavily steeped in traditional ancestor worship and mystical ceremonies. Recently, Hunga, a 19 year old Herero/Himba man, joined our young adult Training for Trainers (T4T) group. A few weeks into the training, he reported to the group that he had dreamt that he was speaking to his people, the Hereros, about Jesus and was being persecuted because of it.
“But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses–in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.” Acts 1:8
Hunga began to feel a strong urging from the Holy Spirit that he needed to go share Jesus with the Herero from his home town, so during his university break, he headed to Opuwo in northwest Namibia. He was given permission to speak in the local high school and six students asked Jesus to be their Lord and Saviour! Please continue praying for the Herero of Namibia to have receptive hearts to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Also, please ask God to protect Hunga in every way from Satan’s plans to discount him from sharing Jesus with his people.
Missionaries know a lot about travel. Whether packing suitcases always being mindful of taking those special items that can’t be found in your country, filling out travel documents for every family member, or making necessary contacts with local believers to ensure the continuation of ministry – a missionary’s life is full of comings and goings.
Some of our South African Town, Village and Rural missionaries are caught up in transition over the next couple of months. Please be in prayer for the Allens as they have just returned to Swaziland from a Stateside Assignment. Pray for them as they finalize logistics for a volunteer medical team soon to arrive. Pray for their daughter as she settles in school and their small son who is in pre-K.
The Myers have a full schedule as they continue to share what God is doing in Swaziland with churches in Kentucky and North Carolina before their return to Africa in March. Pray for safe travels, fruitful times of fellowship, and new opportunities to share God’s story.
With the end of summer vacations here in South Africa, the Sunday school of Compensation Baptist Church will be starting up in full swing. Pray for R as she steps into the role of the lead teacher for the younger children’s class. We praise the Lord that L has stepped up to help with the older children’s class. Ask the Father to work in the lives of these precious children to bring them to faith in His Son.
We ask that you begin praying now for the teams that will be coming from the States in 2013 to minister. Pray that God will begin to work in the hearts of those whom He desires to come and that the work done would be fruitful.
We thank God for everything that happened this week. Todd taught on the Lord’s Prayer in a local school, and then spent another 30 minutes explaining the part in the prayer which said “and forgive us our trespasses”. He prepared siSwati/English handouts, and told the students he would not collect the papers.
Even still, two of the children went out of their way to show him that they made decisions to follow Christ.
The Masikoro are an impoverished people group both physically as well as spiritually in the southwest of Madagascar. ISC missionary Tessa asks you to pray for Masikoro children. Praise God for a few schools in their area, one of which is a Christian school run by a local church. Pray for children in this school as they learn stories from God’s Word with their other studies. Pray for the light of His Word to transform their lives and families little by little. Pray for health, peace, protection, and love for these children. Pray that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior.