22 May 2015
We had a special blessing a few days ago, when we received the photos of this church dedication in the mountains of Bangladesh. It is hard to describe the significance of this. The church is made of of mostly newly baptized (older) kids in our children's Home and it is built on the land purchased for the home. It is a light in a very, very dark place. It is a place so far up, that though Bangladesh is said to be 98% Muslim, the Muslims do not have a foothold here YET. These are tribal people who probably never hear the Name of Jesus, either. Our children are learning. They are getting an education and also a good foundation in God's Word. Our girls are already past an educational level that few women have obtained in this place. When we launch these kids they will be leaders among their people. Leaders prepared to reach others as no American ever could-- even more than a city Bangla missionary could do. They are tribal people. Some of them will fall away, just as happens in our US churches. But SOME of them, will be strong, growing believers and they will BE this church. They already ARE the church. Praise the Lord. Now another special blessing. This church building is not completed. It still needs the tin for the roof, a toilet, and some other construction things. It also needs overhead fans, musical instruments,.... A pledge came today from a donor who will provide EVERYTHING still needed for this church. He will also fund the dorm building needed to separate boys and girls and enable us to increase the number of kids in the home. This is a huge WOW.
Please keep a careful watch on the news from Burundi. Their elections are scheduled late in June. A recent government takeover was stopped, preventing what our missionary contact felt sure would be the beginning of another long, bloody war. He tells us that he and his family can hear gunshots at night, but they are still able to move about town. He has two tiny little girls and his wife is expecting another baby in the same week as the elections. I think that none of us would blame him if he got his family out of there, but he soldiers on-- doing the work he was called to do, and the Lord is blessing it. Read the words directly from him as he reports to us about the building of church building that we have funded there:
As far as the church plant on the property, that is having to be delayed a little bit, one factor is the political situation (in the current political climate it would be difficult to take large teams up from the city to help with the initial evangelism efforts etc...), The other factor is that the nearby village church that will be helping with the plant is in the middle of its own construction (currently like 30 people sit outside every week cause their building is packed and can only hold about 120). So the local leadership here in the city decided that it would be best for us to help that church finish its expansion project before working on building the building at the new property. They already have a new foundation and are hoping to start building the beginning of July. It would not be good to very quickly build a good sized building for the new church plant on the new property when the mother church is still stuck trying to accommodate the people they have!
Things are always more complicated here in Africa than I would like :) But I guess it is not just Africa.
15 May 2015
07 May 2015
God's people in the US gave generously, allowing us to send five emergency wires to our close partners-- quickly making a difference all over Nepal.