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January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for your support of this missionary Bible teaching ministry. Jesus Christ Is Our Intercessor:

“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” (Hebrews 5:7-9)

Here is the example of making intercession, for ourselves and for others. Our Savior first offered up supplications for Him to become our Savior, and then that He would learn what it would mean for us to persevere to maturity in Christ so that He would become the author of salvation for us who obey Him. “Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)

Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kianyaga, Kenya:

Mugo writes that they had a successful leaders meeting which was well attended by almost all of their pastors and leaders. They are happy with the funds that are being raised for the purchase of a plot of land for their head quarters church in Kiangaga. They promised to keep on raising more funds towards this project. So far, a total of $6,134.28 has been raised towards our goal of $8,000. Please pray about contributing towards this project to establish the Omega Church. Also would you pray about contributing towards repairs for this 1992 Toyota Tercel station wagon that Mugo needs for his ministry. Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi, Congo:

Director Ekyoci Eciba has written that seventeen students finished the First Trimester 2015/16. Student Rev. Makanoja wrote that he began to know Jesus while at home in Sunday School. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit. He began his ministry teaching Sunday School. Then he became the pastor of a church. Then he was ordained as a Reverend of Katenga Station, which has seven churches. Eciba wrote to say thank you for the food supplements that he has finally received to relieve him from the pain in his hips that he has been experiencing. Thank you for your prayerful support for this ministry training the next generation of preachers. KBI has been receiving support since 1993. Ralph & Shirley Hagemeier and Stephanie, Kalemie, Congo:

When I sent Happy Birthday greetings to Ralph Hagemeier, You are a faithful servant of the Lord. Thanks for your example and steadfastness. Keep up the amazing work that you are doing for our Lord, he replied, Thank you for your kind words. We like more birthday celebrations. The discovery was made some time ago that birthdays are good for your health... "the more you have, the longer you live." We are hoping to get together when Ralph and Shirley come home for furlough. Masangu Lwenyeke, Church of the God Shepherd, Kalemie, Congo:

Masangu has served the Lord faithfully for more than thirty-five years. He was assistant pastor at the Kituku CADAF church. He oversaw the Cranford Memorial Health Clinic. When he was removed because of tribalism, he started the Church of the Good Shepherd at Kisebwe’s market near the Lukuga River bridge. They have finally paid for a good sized plot from Kisebwe and renovated a building for the church. Now they are beginning construction on a permanent building. They will need thousands of dollars to complete this project. Will you give your most generous offering to help them? Ruth Scott Kellie, founder Matumaini Children’s Center, Molo, Kenya:

Please continue to pray for the health of Ruth Scott Kellie. They have to go back to court to obtain a title deed for the land Kellie is donating to Pas. Samuel and Charles, farm manager. We first met Kellie in 1973. Wallace Njeru Kirigia, Sonship Ministry Church, Igoji, Kenya:

Wallace was one of the students at our Overcomer Teaching Center in Meru town in 1973. Now he has a fellowship of about thirty churches, several with permanent buildings. He has enrolled in Bible school for a Diploma in Theology and Counseling at Embu. $100 has been sent to pay for his tuition for this year. He is worthy of your support. Thank You for Your Prayers and Financial Support:

May the Lord bless you as you prayerfully support this missionary Bible teaching ministry. Please know that all of these national ministries are known personally to be faithful over many years. They are worthy of your support. Also, we nothing is deducted from the support they receive for administration. Administrative costs are covered by non-designated funds. Please send your donations to one of the post office box addresses in the signature block below. Thank you. Yours together in His harvest,

Charles Willner

_______________________________ Open Word Ministries: P.O. Box 625, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2E 6V5 P.O. Box 5001, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. 65801

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