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February 2016 Newsletter

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for your support for this missionary Bible teaching ministry.

The Purposes of God for Israel:

“For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. ... Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtained mercy. (Romans 11:25-29,31)

"...For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the received of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15)

Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kianyaga, Kenya:

Mugo has sent the names, their positions on the national and regional boards, and the names of the churches that they pastor in Omega Pentecostal Church. He has also sent a financial report of the funds for the purchase of the Kianyaga church land. They have raised a total of the equivalent of $2,787.86. When this is added to what has been raised in Canada and America, the total is $7,470.19. That leaves only $529.81 to be raised to reach our goal of $8,000. Thank you for your prayers for the establishment of 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. In his report, he sent the Disbursement Form which shows how the funds were used to pay the instructors and staff, the Class Lists which lists the students in each class, the list of the notes which the secretary has made, the spiritual life of the students in chapel and ministry, the Bulletins showing which subjects each class was taught, and the pictures shown in these newsletters. Ralph & Shirley Hagemeier and Stephanie, Kalemie, Congo:

Ralph writes, “When you pass through the waters. ... rivers ..., they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched.” (Isaiah 43:2) In our almost fifty years in Africa, we have experienced some of these fires and floods, and through the years God has taken us even higher ... in Him. Today, some of those hard times of the past we can (and do) actually rejoice in as we see how God turned it out even better than it was before. We are bathing in constant reports of happenings of years gone by and the fruit that remain. Former students of Stephanie have actually written with thanks and with Scripture to encourage her, “Our work is not in vain in the Lord.” 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? Fifty dollars has been sent for personal support. Kilume Lulika, Kalemie, Congo:

Kilume was the pastor of the C.A.D.A.C. Sympho church. He showed amazing faith to begin construction of a church that holds more than 500 people. He was helped by a team of builders from a church in Florida. He was the pastor who was arrested for harboring rebels against the government. He served time in jail and was released. Because of this he was removed as pastor of the Sympho church. But I respect him, so I have sent fifty dollars for personal support. 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. He is shown preaching in the new permanent church he has built at Mutunguru. 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. That is 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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