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Prayer Letter September 2014

Sep 24th, 2014 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)
SEPTEMBER 2014
 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)                                            

 

 

“Amen!” shouted a shrill, small voice at the end of the prayer. I glanced up to see who belonged to this tiny voice and saw little Xipi sitting in the middle of the teenagers at the Christian Training Center. When I asked Xipi how old he was, he pounded his fist on his bare chest in Tarzan-like fashion and responded, “I — four years old.” I was immediately intrigued by this little fellow who seemed to have a maturity far beyond his age. As Xipi left the room for a moment, the Director of the Christian Training Center told me his story: “Xipi was abandoned by his parents. They left him here in the river town when they went back to the village. His uncle, Chico, found him crying in an empty house and brought him to live with us here at the Center. Xipi is the first one up in the morning and goes around waking everyone else up, especially when it is time for our Bible Study. He has a tiny Bible that someone gave him and he carries it around with him.” I began to think of the plans that God must have for this young one . . . plans, perhaps, to be a great evangelist among his people.  After the Storying session, I began gathering my things together, when I heard Xipi call out, “Mommy — mommy!” I quickly turned, wanting to see this mother who had abandoned her son — only to find Xipi looking at me. As our eyes met, he gave me a wink . . . and I suddenly felt “adopted” by this little child! “Sing to God, sing praise to his name . . . a father to the fatherless . . . God sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68: 4-6).

 

 

PLEASE PRAY:

 

  1. Please pray for the Directors of the Christian Training Center as they raise little Xipi. Pray that God will give them wisdom and patience to educate him according to Biblical principles. Pray that God will use Xipi to take the Gospel to his own people.

 

  1.  Thank you for praying for Kiko, who was bitten by a snake some months ago. Kiko continues to struggle with the restrictions of the witch doctors. When the medical doctor is allowed to treat the bite, the witch doctors undo the bandage and put their leaves and herbs inside the wound. For this reason, the bite has still not been able to heal properly. Please continue to pray that God would heal Kiko in such a way that the witch doctors and everyone will know that it had to be God’s power at work and nothing that they themselves have done.

 

  1.  Thank the Lord that we have been able to hold Bible Storying Training sessions with several unreached and unevangelized people groups since March of this year. Pray for me as I will be going this next week to hold more Bible Storying Training sessions. Pray that God will give me wisdom to deal with the restrictions of the authorities, courage to continue teaching God’s Word and creativity to communicate the Gospel to those who have never heard.

 

  1. Please continue to pray for the Christian Training Center. This Center houses students from three unreached and unevangelized people groups who are studying in the river town. It is at the Center that they begin to study the Word of God for the first time. However, it is in the river town that they are also exposed to all of the worldly evils: drugs, alcohol and prostitution. Pray that the students would allow God to guide them as they make choices and decisions every day. Pray that God would give them a passion to study His Word and a desire to take the Biblical teachings seriously.

 

  1.  Pray for us as we teach the Biblical Narratives to the students at the Christian Training Center weekly. Pray that God would open their minds to understand His Word. Due to the volatile situation with the restrictions here, we have begun to teach a shortened version of Biblical Narratives — which begins with the Spirit World/Creation and ends with the New Testament Church/Our Task Today — but which only takes from 10-12 minutes to tell. We have challenged the students to learn this version of Biblical Narratives in the national language by the end of October. They will, then, tell the Stories in their own languages. Pray that God will help them understand the national language well enough to tell these Narratives. Pray that through the Biblical Narratives, the students will come to know God and His power to save.

 

  1.  Thank God for what He is doing among the N people. This people group has been plagued by manifestations of the evil one in their villages and much spiritual oppression among those who live in the river town. Now, after working with them for four years, I am beginning to see joy and peace on their faces as they are coming to know God as the “Only True God Who Is All-Powerful and Who Loves Them.” They are beginning to understand that God is much more powerful than the evil one — so, they do not need to live in fear. In our last Storying session two weeks ago, they just wanted to sing and praise God — so that is what we did!

 

  1.  Please pray for my teammates Rita de Cássia Cordeiro and Davi Oh Sung Kwon who are in treatment due to medical problems. Pray that God will bring healing to both of them, so they can continue to serve Him here with our team.

 

  1.  Thank you for praying for my family. Recently, my sister, Kendra, has had to have a couple of procedures done to help stretch the location of the colon surgery that she had done last year. She is doing well. God continues to give His grace and strength to my mother. It is a joy to talk with her on the telephone.

 

Thank you for praying,
Kathy 

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Prayer Letter August 2013

Sep 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)
AUGUST 2013
 
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
 
He was only 12 years old when a jaguar attacked him as he was cutting manioc in a field near his village. His relatives rescued him, put him in a canoe and his father took him down the river to a small town. He was transferred to another town and then flown to a city, where he received medical treatment for two years. I can remember seeing the television news report seven years ago about the 12 year-old boy who was almost killed by a jaguar. However, what I did not know until recently, was that my 19 year-old friend and student, Chico, is that same little boy. He has the scars to prove it. When Chico survived the jaguar attack, his father had plans for him to become a great witch doctor among his people. But—God had other plans for him. Chico was invited to live at the Christian Training Center so he could study in the river town. He started studying God’s Word with the Directors of the Center and began participating in our Storying Training sessions each week. He has now accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. As Chico reflects on his life, he says: “God gave me another chance to live because He has plans for my life. God saved me twice—He saved me from the jaguar and He saved me from my sins. He wants me to take this message to my people.”
 
PLEASE PRAY:
 
1.    Please pray for Chico. Pray for him as he studies in public school. Pray that he will continue to be a faithful witness to all who meet him. Pray, also, that he will grow in his walk with the Lord.
 
2.    Thank you for praying for Damaris and Mariela as they learn God’s Word. Many relatives came down the river to visit them during the last couple of months. It was very difficult to hold our Storying Training sessions, due to the demands of the relatives. However, we did not stop the sessions. Instead, we invited the relatives to listen and learn from God’s Word. We also decided to show the Jesus Film. We nailed a white sheet to the front of Damaris’ house and borrowed an electrical outlet from her, as well as two extension cords. We also borrowed a DVD player and a sound system from other friends. Over 70 people watched the Jesus Film and heard about God’s plan of salvation for the first time in their lives. Please pray that Damaris, Mariela and their relatives will all come to know God as the only true God and Jesus Christ, His Son, as the Savior of the world.
 
3.    We continue to hold the Storying Training sessions. God has used these sessions to help the participants learn about Him through the Biblical Narratives of His Word. Please pray for our next two Storying Training sessions that will be held on September 9-14 and September 23-28. Pray that God would remove any barriers to having this training that may be brought about by Satan.
 
4.    Please pray for the R people, the T people and the U people. Pray that God would cause these people to seek after Him. God has given us several opportunities recently to have more contact with the R people and the T people. Pray that He would work in the hearts of these people so they would want to learn about Him through our Storying sessions.
 
5.    Please pray for Cristiano, who has had malaria three times this year. Pray that the medication he has taken will rid him of the disease and that he will regain his strength. Pray for us as we try to help him make his house “mosquito proof.” Pray for him as he participates in the Storying Training sessions. Thank the Lord that he takes the Storying Training very seriously and plans to evangelize his people. 
 
6.    Please continue to pray for the Christian Training Center. This Center houses fellows from three unreached and unevangelized people groups, who are studying in the river town. The boys receive initial contact with God’s Word at the Center. Pray for us as we hold Storying sessions with them weekly.
 
7.    Thank you for praying for my mother. Please pray that God will bless her health, so she can continue to be a witness for Him.
 
8.    Thank the Lord for each member of our team. I thank God for watching over my health and I praise Him for the honor of serving Him among the Unreached and Unevangelized peoples where He has placed me. 
 
 
Thank you for praying,
 

Kathy

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Summertime!

May 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

For a while it seemed like winter would never end! Finally as we moved into April the temperatures began to creep up, the days began to lengthen noticeably, and you could really feel spring and summer in the air. That makes those of us at FBC Henryville very excited, so we want to take this opportunity to let you know about some of the things you can expect throughout the summer of 2013.

First, summers are for vacations. Vacations are short intentional breaks that are meant to refresh us and recharge us. In some ways the two summer sermon series are like little vacations. On Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings we’ll be spending time in two little vacation spots that will give you a chance to relax, catch your breath, and refocus before we begin two much longer sermon series in September. On Sunday evenings (6:15 pm) during the summer we will be going through a series entitled: Testify: The Sweetness of God in Our Stories of Grace. This series will look at biblical examples of testimonies, talk about how to write and share a testimony with others, and will include opportunities for believers in our church to share their own testimonies with their brothers and sisters in Christ. During our Midweek Worship Services (Wednesdays at 6:30 pm), we will spend time looking at nine key aspects of ministry in the local church in a series entitled Operating Instructions: God’s Work in the Local Church.

In addition to these sermon series, the summer will have a whole lot more to offer! Our Vacation Bible School (Kingdom Chronicles) will be held on June 17-21, and this year we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a Youth VBS along with our regular schedule for children. Picnics in the Park are also great fellowship events that everyone looks forward to, and this year we’re planning to have some of those events spread throughout the summer. We’re going to have a Spring Picnic in the Park on April 21, and then our regular summer Picnics will be held on June 9 and July 21, with an additional Picnic in August that is still to be scheduled. All of this is coming this summer, and this doesn’t even begin to highlight everything the next few months will bring. We’ll have our Honduras Mission Trip, youth events, children’s activities, small group Bible studies, fellowships, and so much more!

This summer will be awesome, and we want to invite you to get involved with FBC Henryville, not just for the summer but for every season of your life!

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Prayer Letter January 2012

Feb 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

JANUARY 2012 

 

“If the Lord had not been on our side . . . the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.  Praise be to the Lord . . . Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”               (Psalm 124: 1, 4-6, 8)

“Help me Daddy! Help me Daddy!” screamed M’s little boy as he went under the water for the second time. M thought he was losing his whole family. Their canoe had rammed into something—maybe a rock—but, with the water’s strong current pushing them from behind, the canoe had actually stood up on one end. They lost everything. Thankfully, M’s older son rescued the younger one—his wife grabbed their little girl. As his wife and children struggled to keep their heads above water, M wrestled with the canoe. He tried to turn it upright; however, the rushing water had quickly begun to fill it up. With strength that was not his own, M flipped the canoe—which dumped the water out and allowed the canoe to return to its normal position. Once back inside the canoe, they grieved their loss . . .  baskets of roasted manioc, bananas and fish—everything they had planned to sell to make money. Yet, they rejoiced in being alive. They arrived in the river town completely exhausted, wet and cold . . . with only the clothes they had on. Our team members helped to provide food, clothing and other items that they had lost. As I talked with M about the accident, he told me, “I accepted Jesus as my Savior two months ago and I know that if it weren’t for God—we would not be here now. God saved me and my family. God gave us another chance to live. Praise God, who gave our lives back to us.”

PLEASE PRAY:

 

1.    Please pray for my mother. She had to have surgery for some fractured vertebrae and remains in the hospital due to further complications. Pray that God would give wisdom to the doctors and His strength to my mother. Pray that He would be praised in this situation.

 

2.    Please pray for M and his family. Pray that they would grow in their walk with the Lord and be faithful witnesses of God’s saving power.

 

3.    Continue to pray for D’s health. Thank the Lord that she is learning God’s Word and is one of our main participants in the Bible Storying Training. Pray also for her daughter who participates in the training sessions with her.

 

4.    Pray for the Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held February 12-18. Pray for those who will be participating— that they will have a serious commitment to the training. Pray that God would give us participants from all four of the groups with whom we are working. Pray for the preparations of the training and for our team members who will be leading.

 

5.    Continue to pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. Pray that God will use us as instruments of His grace in the lives of the young men who live there.

 

6.    Thank the Lord that the second Half-Way house is finished! We had a work day recently to paint the house and many participated. This house will be used by another group of our friends as a place to stay when they come down the river to get supplies. Pray that God will use both Half-Way houses to open doors for the Gospel.

 

7.    Please pray for me as I will be traveling in March. I will be going to visit my mother and having several doctors’ check-ups.

 

 

Thank you for praying,

 

Kathy

 

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Prayer Letter October/November

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God . . .” (2 Cor. 10: 3-5a)

I knew that things had not been going as I had hoped, but I didn’t perceive the extent to which Satan was behind the problems until the end of last week. We have held monthly Bible Storying Training Sessions since July of this year. Each time, we had some problems with the participants—either forgetting to come to the sessions or not coming to the sessions due to other commitments, etc. However, this past week of Storying Training was much more difficult. The week began with a new participant who seemed excited about the training. But, due to the fact that she is expecting a baby—she became very ill in the first session and couldn’t participate the rest of the week. I was disappointed, but considered this normal. Then, on two different days, I waited for several other participants to come to the training sessions—only to find out that they were participating in a march to get rid of the authorities in town. By this time, I was becoming discouraged. I marked a session with D (from our last story) for the final day of the training week. But, Satan was at work the evening before, turning the night’s events into what could be compared to “the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.” Around midnight, some of D’s relatives threw a party in which there was a lot of drinking and carousing. After several fellows had gotten drunk, they decided to have their way with D’s brother-in-law who was there. He ran from them, but they caught him and . . . killed him. Everyone in town was shocked at this act of perversion and brutality. The next day, we visited D’s family to offer support and pray with them. Please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY that God would tear down the strongholds that Satan has among these people. Pray that God would strengthen us so that we can faithfully proclaim His Word.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Please continue to pray for D’s family. D and her daughter have been very involved in our Bible Storying Training classes, but have not made firm commitments to the Lord, yet. Pray for us as we minister to the family after this tragedy.

2. Thank you for praying for the last week of Bible Storying Training Classes that were held. Please pray that God would bind Satan and his activities from these training sessions. Pray that God will bring people to us who should participate in future training sessions. Pray, also, that the participants will have a serious commitment to the training and faithfully attend the sessions. Pray that God will give our team members strength, wisdom and patience to lead the training. Pray for us as we schedule several different sessions of the training per day in order to work around classes and other responsibilities of the participants. Pray for the next Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held December 11-17.

3. Pray for a river trip that our team is planning to take in January. Pray that we will receive permission to make the trip, that we will be able to teach basic hygiene measures to the people in the village and that we will have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

4. Pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. These fellows come down the river to study in the public schools. The Center will provide housing, a place to study and a place for them to learn about God and His Word. Pray for us as we are already working with some of these fellows. Pray that they will have a desire to know God and obey His Word. Pray that God will use us as instruments of His grace in the lives of these young men.

5. Pray for another Half-Way house that our team is helping to build. This house will be used by another group of our friends as a place to stay when they come down the river to get supplies. Thank the Lord for the first Half-Way house that was built and the way that God has used the house to open doors for the Gospel.

6. Please pray for our team members. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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Prayer Letter September 2011

Nov 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

Letter

SEPTEMBER 2011

” . . . be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6: 10-12)

“I almost didn’t come back to the Bible Storying Training today,” said D as we talked. “Why?” I asked her. “Well, I had a dream last night,” she replied, “and in the dream a dark figure told me to not come back here because what you are teaching is not the truth.” I listened intently as she continued. “But, then I remembered what I learned in the Bible Training: that God is the only, true God and that His Word does not lie—His Word only tells the truth. I know that it was Satan in my dream telling me to not come back to the Bible Training. Satan doesn’t want me to learn about God. But, I came anyway. . . . . . I don’t want to listen to Satan.” Pray that God will strengthen D as she takes a stand against the devil’s schemes.

Please pray:

1. Thank you for praying for the Bible Storying Training Classes that were held September 4-10, as well as the Classes that were held October 2-8. Please pray that God will bring people to us who should participate in future training sessions. Pray, also, that the participants will have a serious commitment to the training and faithfully attend the sessions. Pray that God will give our team members wisdom and patience to lead the training. Pray for us as we schedule several different sessions of the training per day in order to work around classes and other responsibilities of the participants. Pray for the Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held October 30-November 5.

2. Please pray for the work in this region as we struggle with spiritual warfare. Satan is very astute as he tries to get us to focus on the problems that we encounter, instead of the One who can solve the problems.

3. Pray for a river trip that our team is planning to take to a village. We have received authorization from one of the officials in charge. However, there are new officials who will also have to approve the trip. Pray that we will receive permission to make the trip, that we will be able to teach basic hygiene measures to the people and that we will have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

4. Pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. These fellows come down the river to study in the public schools. The Center will provide housing, a place to study and a place for them to learn about God and His Word. Pray for us as we are already working with some of these fellows. Pray that they will have a desire to know God and obey His Word. Pray that God will use us as instruments of His grace in the lives of these young men.

5. Please pray for our team members. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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Prayer Letter: August 2011

Aug 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

Letter

AUGUST 2011

“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4: 29)

“What do you think you are doing?!” demanded a recently-elected official. He continued, “You know that you shouldn’t be teaching the Bible to these people!” I said nothing in reply. We had been visiting people in town and inviting them to come to the Bible Storying Training that would soon begin. Without knowing it, we happened to invite the mother of this new official. When she told her son about the training, he was outraged. After several minutes of silence, I spoke up, “But sir, we aren’t doing anything to harm the people—we are teaching the Bible.” “That is exactly what we don’t want you to do,” he argued, “because it will end up changing their culture and traditions.” Again, I remained quiet . . . while inside of me, my mind was racing: “Well, if it changes their culture, then that is God transforming them. But, I can’t help but tell them about Jesus.” After more silence, the official finally declared, “Well, since we are here in town, I can’t prohibit you from teaching the Bible. But, you can’t force the people to go to the Bible Training. Plus, anything that you are teaching here should never reach the villages!”

As I walked out the door, I thought to myself, “He is just a mere man—but, my God is the All-Powerful Creator of the Universe. We will hold the training anyway.” And we did—God blessed.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Pray for our Team as we continue to deal with the authorities concerning our work. God already has a strategy for reaching all the people in this region with His Word. Pray that He will open doors for the work and that we will keep our focus on Him.

2. Please pray for the Bible Storying Training Classes that will be held September 4-10. Pray that God will bring the people to us who should participate in this training. Pray that the participants will have a serious commitment to the training and faithfully attend the sessions. Pray that God will give our team members wisdom and strength to lead this training.

3. Pray for a river trip that our team is planning to take to a village. We have received an invitation from the village leaders to go there, but we are awaiting authorization from the officials in charge. Pray that we will receive permission to make this trip, that we will be able to teach basic hygiene measures to the people and that we will have an opportunity to share the Gospel.

4. Pray for a Training Center that is being constructed to reach young men of six people groups in this region. These fellows come down the river to study in the public schools. The Center will provide housing, a place to study and a place for them to learn about God and His Word.

5. Thank you for praying for the Half-Way House that our team helped to build. It is almost finished and already has people living in it. The people will stay in the house when they come down the river to get supplies. Pray that God will use the Half-Way House to reach those leaders and people who have not wanted to hear His Word.

6. Please pray for the work in this region as we struggle with spiritual warfare. The forces of evil are very strong here, but God is stronger. Pray that our team members will remain faithful in prayer, steadfast in the Word and united in God’s strength. Pray that we will have the courage to speak out and stand our ground against Satan’s schemes.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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PRAYER LETTER: December 2010

Dec 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

Letter

” . . . then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”   (John 8:32)

“Hey! There are some people in a big, yellow boat down at the dock and they are trying to get us to do some strange things!” exclaimed our friends. “Like what?” we asked. “Well, they want to give us pills for intelligence and they are trying to give us a type of massage to take the bad-energy out of our bodies.” “Plus,” they continued, “they want to stamp our hands with the ‘sign of the beast’ and they said that if we didn’t get stamped — we couldn’t buy or sell anything here in town! So, we were afraid and came to you to find out the truth. What should we do?!” “Don’t let them do anything to you!” I said, “this is not of God. The Bible says that in the end time false prophets will appear to try to deceive us — these people are false prophets.” “But,” I continued, “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.’ Continue to study the Bible with us and you will come to know Jesus — you will come to know Truth.”  May we all celebrate Truth this blessed season — Truth that will set us free — Truth that was born in a manger.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Please continue to pray for my mother. She is still in the Rehabilitation Center and hopes to return home at the beginning of the new year. Pray for her as she continues to recuperate. Pray for my family as we prepare to care for her at home.

2. Continue to pray, also, for the half-way house that our team is helping to build. We are cooperating with some of our friends in this project so that they will have a decent place to stay when they come down the river. Pray for us as we do our part — and pray that our friends will be faithful to do their part. Please pray that God will use this house to bring many people to Him.

3. Please pray for the U people. Most of these semi-nomadic people live in isolation. There are two communities of U people that have become civilized in recent years. Pray that God will use other peoples who have come to know Him to reach this group. Pray that He will give us the opportunity to begin work with these people.

4. Pray for the members of our church planting team. Pray that different conflicts between team members will be resolved so that God can continue to use us. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

5. Pray also for the Y people. Historically, most families of Y people have practiced polygamy — with one man having several wives. Pray for our team as we continue to work with these people. Thank God that they have been learning the Biblical Narratives. Pray for them as they take God’s Word in oral form back to their villages in the heart language of their people.

6. Please pray for me as I am on furlough now in Indiana. Pray for the speaking engagements that I will be involved in . . . that God will use what is said for His glory. Pray for travel safety. Pray for me, also, as I help to care for my mother.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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Kathy is Coming Home for Furlough!

Nov 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2010

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. . . ”                (Rev. 22: 1)

“It’s too dangerous to travel now. The river is too low. Some of our relatives were coming down the river and their canoe hit some rocks and fell apart.” This was the advice that we received from one of our friends as we prepared to travel again. So, we decided to wait. While we waited, we were able to hold two different Storying Training weeks, as well as cooperate with the people in town in a couple of Community Development projects. The river is the life of the people. It provides water for cooking, drinking, washing clothes and taking baths. It provides food in the form of fish, turtles and alligators. The river is used for personal latrine purposes and for recreational purposes—such as swimming. The river is the source of many legends that exist among the people. The river provides water for transportation—it is the only “road” that exists to travel to and from the villages. When the river is low, sandbars and rocks cause accidents and riverbanks dry out and cave in. When the river is high, flooding can occur and manioc crops that are not harvested in time are ruined. Life revolves around the river.

Jesus said, “. . .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: 14) How grateful we are that the river of the water of life is never too low. How grateful we are that Jesus is our Living Water. How grateful we are that through Him we can have eternal life. Please pray for our team as God leads us to take Jesus to those who have never heard.

Many of you know that my mother has been quite ill. She had to have colon surgery due to a problem with severe Diverticulitis. I am thankful that I was able to go home to be with her for a couple of weeks. She is now in a Rehabilitation Center trying to get strong enough to walk again. Please continue to pray for her, as well as my family, as she recuperates.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Thank the Lord for the Bible Storying Training Classes that were held August 30 – September 4, as well as the Classes that were held October 4 – 9. We had good participation in both training events and we were glad that people sought us out with questions about God and what His Word says about different subjects. We had good participation, as well, in the worship services on the town square at night. . . as friends sang and praised God with scripture. Thank God that our friends have started coming to us during the day asking if we are going to have the worship service at night. Then, they arrive early, wait for the service to begin and stay after the service is over because they don’t want to leave!

2. Thank the Lord also for the donation of clothing that we received from a friend. We were able to meet with the leaders of 20 different villages to decide how to distribute the clothing. God was very present in the meeting as we made sure that we were deciding everything justly and fairly. We were also able to give some of the clothing to friends who live in town or were visiting town due to illness. Please pray that this opportunity will help to open the door for our team to enter some villages in which the leaders have not wanted to work with us.

3. Thank the Lord for another meeting that we were able to hold with some of the leaders, concerning the construction of a house. When our friends come down the river, there is no place for them to stay while they are getting supplies or seeing the doctor. They usually stay for several weeks in their canoes or on a boat-dock that is falling apart. So, our team has decided to cooperate with some of our friends to build a type of half-way house, so they will have a decent place to stay. We will do our part and they are to do their part. Please pray for this project. Pray that God will use this house to bring many people to Him.

4. Please pray for the U people. Most of these semi-nomadic people live in isolation. There are two communities of U people that have become civilized in recent years.  Pray that God will use other peoples who have come to know Him to reach this group. Pray that He will give us the opportunity to begin work with these people.

5. Pray for the members of our church planting team. Pray that different conflicts between team members will be resolved so that God can continue to use us. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

6. Please pray for me as I will begin furlough in mid-November. Pray that I will be able to finish my reports and other work here in order to be gone for several months. Pray for the speaking engagements that I will have in the states—that God will use what is said for His Glory.

7. Pray also for a river trip that two pastors of our team are planning for November. They will continue the work of our team in my absence. Ask God to bless their health and their families. Pray that He will use them to continue taking His love to the villages.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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I Praise God For His Work Through Kathy!!

Jun 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)

MAY 2010

“But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men  to myself.” (John 12:32)

We thought that we were going on the river trip just to dedicate a church building in a village—but, God had other plans. After a day and a half of traveling in our canoe, we reached the village in which we had Storied last year. Since our last visit, the village people had built a church and then sent word for us to go to dedicate the building. God allowed our team to dedicate the church building, as well as baptize seven people, see four more people accept Christ as Savior and consecrate two of the men who were baptized as leaders of this new congregation. We had taken a lot of medications with us, so we were also able to treat the village people for simple health problems. As our four-day visit was drawing to a close, we thought that our work was finished—-God knew that, in fact, our work on this trip was just beginning. T, who was from another village on up the river, had just joined our team. All of a sudden he spoke up, “I have Jesus in my heart, but I have never been baptized—and I want to be baptized!” So, one of the pastors on our team baptized him. I then asked T, “How many Christians are there in your village?” He replied, “Counting me—there are four. But, more people want to know about Jesus, so when I return to my village I am going to tell them. Then, we will build a church and when we are finished we will invite the team to come and dedicate our church building!” Everyone was elated. The following morning, we left the village and started back down the river to come home. Around 11:30 a.m. everyone on our team began to get thirsty. We were almost passing by a village, when we decided to go back to see if they had any soft-drinks to sell. When we arrived, we found that they had one soft-drink, so we bought it and divided it among our team members. We then asked the village people, “Do you have a church in your village?” They said, “No we don’t—but, who are you all?” As soon as we told them that we were missionaries and pastors—-everyone jumped for joy!  “Come and visit in our homes—we all need to hear about Jesus!” they exclaimed. “We will open up the school-house,” they continued, “and invite the whole village to come, so that you can tell us about Jesus! Then we will prepare lunch for you!” We were experiencing the hand of God working around us. We told them about God and Jesus, we read Scripture and prayed with them and we even gave out the rest of our medications. Then, suddenly, one of our team members came running up to me and declared, “There is a fellow over here who wants to know what he needs to do to be saved!” I went over to talk with the man, I explained to him God’s plan of salvation and then I prayed with him as he asked Jesus to come into his heart. While I was talking with this man, the village leader took two of our team members to see a piece of land that overlooked the river. “We have been saving this piece of land to build a church on,” he said—“but, until today we haven’t had anyone come by who could explain the Bible to us.” He continued, “If we build a church here, will you come back to teach us more about the Bible and to train some of us to be leaders?” We agreed to help in whatever way we could. Please pray with us about what God is doing in this village. Pray with us about what God is doing all along the river. Pray with us about what He is doing to draw all people to Himself.

PLEASE PRAY:

1. Thank you  for praying for the Bible Storying Training Classes that were held May 30 – June 5. Many people participated in the Training, as well as the worship services on the town square at night. Pray that we can begin to have more Training time with a group of young fellows who seem to have interest in what God is doing in their lives.

2. Thank you for praying for the special meetings that have been held in regard to our work. We were given approval for our river trip in May and God continues to open doors.  Please pray that the possibility of working with Medical Teams in the villages will also be approved.

3. For the U people. Pray that God will give us the opportunity to begin work with these people this year. Pray that our team will be allowed to visit them and that God will prepare their hearts to hear and understand His Word.

4. For another river trip that our team will take—possibly in July this year. Pray that God will work out the details and that we will receive approval for this trip.

5. For the members of our church planting team. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what God has called us to do.

6. For A—a malnourished little girl that we met on our river trip. A is 1 1/2 years old and only weighs 9 lbs. She cannot even sit up by herself. We are trying to get her family to bring her down the river so she can receive treatment. Please pray for this situation and for the doctor who will treat her.

Thank you for praying,

Kathy

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