Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have arrived in the States TODAY, to begin another saga of traveling, reporting, and raising funds. This intense part of the work carries two big benefits: One is getting to see so many of our brothers, sisters, friends, and loved ones, people we have known for many years. It is truly a blessing to visit with those who have supported us and prayed for us for a long time. Another benefit is, I get to Fish! That is the one American activity I really miss when I am in Africa. So please get your ponds ready for me; I will have my license, and· my equipmenris always in the car! Seriously, we will be starting out on 2nd September and will already be in 10 different states, just in the first month! So we will be busy, flying, driving, reporting, and visiting with brothers and sisters. We hope you are along our trail, and that we will have a chance to see you also. Read more
WONDERFUL NEWS! In so many ways, the Lord is showing that HE is in charge of the Universe! So many great things have happened in the last 6 months, it is impossible to give them all in one page. However, there are two that are Greater than others: First, today, May 23rd, we are resuming our Annual Scholarship Lectureship at Kumbo Christian Bible School, Nso'. This bas been funded by a congregation in Memphis, and they have made it possible for us to plan to have it every year. We are expecting over 500 people to arrive, for 3-1/2 days of meatier lessons. This is not an evangelistic lectureship like the annual one held in a different place every November, but is in between them and should have representatives from more than half of the congregations in the country. Lots of plans and work have gone into getting ready for printed matter, housing, speaker systems, eating, transportation, etc. Read more
We have just come back from the Annual National Bible Lectureship, this time hosted by the congregation at Banga Bakundu, in the South West Region. Forty-nine of us went from Bui Division, including all our Staff and students from the Bible School. It is a 10 to 11 hour trip, but my small car had a couple of breakdowns, including a blown radiator, so it took much longer! That is not far from Kumba,.where I lived for 7 years (dating back to 1967), an area in the rain forest. How I ever lived in that hot, humid area is a mystery now! Much better here, where the temperature range is 45 to 85.
Since our former co-worker, Tsiffo Pierre, is living there, and was the Program Director, we supported the "Lectureship" as much as possible. We took Bibles, hymnbooks, tracts, mattresses, loud speakers, 2 pick-ups, a generator, etc. to help with the logistics. Most of the Christians from here were in the 3 vans we hired, so their trip was from 6:00 a.m. Thursday to mid-night Sunday, a long 4 days. The attendance Sunday morning was 348, from 393 registered. The food support from people and congregations was about $1,800, with Sunday giving about $800, and 114 congregations were represented. There were at least 2 restorations, and 9 baptisms in this evangelistic campaign. Read more