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?
Many students from South Africa and other African countries study at the Baptist Theological College in Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa. Students come to the college for classes, but a large number are distance learners, that is, they study at home and post or email papers and tests in to the college. It is our prayer that as students study and become more familiar and knowledgeable of the God and His word that these BTC students also continue to grow in their love for God.
As American missionaries working in Madagascar, opportunities for sharing the gospel in our heart language are relatively few. But every once in a while, something happens to change that. Several ESL students recently approached Tim Norton, asking him to help them continue their English studies since their previous teacher had returned to the States. While this is obviously not the primary reason for living in Madagascar, Tim agreed to teach on the condition that the Bible serve as the curriculum. According to the Nortons, the goal with these students is “to expose them to the Gospel, teach them how to study the Bible at home, and complete a brief discipleship lesson set.” (http://nortons2mada.com/blog).
Please pray for these English/Bible students to hear and believe the gospel, and for them to be diligent in their assignments, part of which includes them teaching others what they have learned.
“More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and conisder them filth, so that I may gain Christ…” Phil. 3:8 HCSB
Exciting days have come to the Garden Route! A group of 55 students/leaders from the US and South Africa have descended upon the farming community of Oudtshoorn (Oats-who-rn) from June 29 – July 08. These International World Changers have taken the theme of ‘Dangerous Prayers’ to the streets of Bongolethu (Bongo-le-two), home to the Xhosa people and those of the Coloured Community. This particular IWC project has focused primarily on students/young people (ages 15-24) sharing Christ with other students and young people of the same age.
You may ask, “What are Dangerous Prayers?” They are prayers lifted up to God our Father by believers who count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus their Lord, including feeling tied to the culture, possessions, fame, relationships, suffering and even martyrdom. For 5 weeks, IWCers have been looking at how this theme has been reflected through the lives of various Bible personalities – Jesus as the ultimate model.
Saturday, July 07: Sixth day of ministry! Focus on Youth Rally!!
- Pray for entire IWC team as they participate in the Youth Rally tonight at the Community Hall.
- Dangerous Prayers – Pray many young people will attend the Rally and will respond as the Gospel is shared!
- Dangerous Prayers – Pray IWC team will encourage new believers in their walk with Christ.
- Dangerous Prayers – Pray for good counseling to take place with new believers.
Counting all things as loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
Jeff and Lynne
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord,”they are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 Journeymen Sarah and Michal put this verse to music with motions when they first arrived in Cape Town to help Xhosa students they work with in the township schools remember God’s promise. As they look back on the past 2 years, they have been reminded that God has had a good plan for their lives in Cape Town as He has given a future and a hope to many students they have shared Christ with. For example at Linge, the learners in the after school leadership club are flourishing – acting out Bible stories, singing worship songs and learning from the Bible. Pray that the enthusiasm of these learners and their desire to learn more about God continues to grow after Sarah and Michal leave in July. Pray that Sarah and Michal will have sweet goodbyes and continue to put their hope in God’s good plans for their future.