January 2013 Newsletter
Dear friends of this ministry,
"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; ... I tell you the that (the judge) will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:1,8)
Even though it seems like our Christian experience is having little affect on the world, the Word of God encourages us to have faith and keep on praying to our Just Judge for righteousness in the world.
C.E.L.P.A. Hospital, Bukavu, Dem. Rep. of Congo:
Dr. Sosthene Birhange gave me a tour of this hospital while I was in Bukavu last June. He is the husband of one of the daughters of the late Pas. London Nabukerere, who has been helped by O.W.M. Birhange is the medical director of the hospital sponsored by the (Norwegian) Community of the Free Pentecostal Churches in Africa (C.E.L.P.A.)
This hospital consists of three commercial buildings in downtown Bukavu, purchased with help from Norway. It has departments in gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, internal surgery, orthopedics, trauma counseling, HIV/AIDS counseling and testing, physio-therapy, laboratory, pharmacy, ultra-sound, and diabetics. The hospital treats two hundred patients per month. It is staffed by seven doctors, twenty-four nurses, five mid-wives, seven administrators, and eleven house-keepers.
Dr. Birhange states that the hospital has four major needs. First is for purchasing medications. Second is the supplementation of staff salaries as the amount paid by patients is not sufficient to maintain the operation of the hospital. Third is the need to pay for those who cannot afford their medical treatment. Finally, the x-ray machine is broken and needs to be replaced. Praise the Lord that $1,000 has been donated through O.W.M. to instal emergency solar-powered lighting as there are often interruptions in electricity.
Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi, Dem. Rep. of Congo:
Eciba Ekyochi has received $1,055 sent for support for the salaries of four teachers, and a guard for the First Trimester of 2012-13. There were five students in the first trimester. Eciba asks for prayers for more students, and for healing of his hip joints.
Joseph Mugo, Kianyaga, Kenya:
Mugo writes that 230 youth attended the one week rally in his Omega Church in Kamuru, Nairobi last month. The emphasis was on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. More that twenty accepted the Savior in their lives, and a host were filled with the Spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time. Mugo receives $350 a month for his ministry and personal expenses.
Ruth Scott Kellie, Molo, Kenya:
$50 a month is sent to Kellie for her personal needs in her retirement. She has given her life for handicapped children.
Ralph & Shirley Hagemeier, and Stephanie, Kalemie, Dem. Rep. of Congo:
$50 a month is being sent.for their ministry.
Praise God for your faithful prayer and financial support for this missionary Bible teaching ministry. If you would like to donate to one of the projects mentioned above, please send your gift to one of the post box addresses below.
172 North Phillips Road, Harrod, Ohio, U.S.A. 45850
home phone: 419 649-6022
Open Word Ministries:
P.O. Box 625, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6V5
P.O. Box 5001, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. 65801