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February 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Jesus Is Your True Valentine: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Just think how much that God loved us that He gave his only begotten Son. There was no other “begotten son”, yet He gave him for us. Even though God gave His Son for all of the world, still it is necessary for each of us to believe in this sacrifice for our sins if we are going to appropriate His forgiveness. One thing we must realize is that whether we receive this gift of salvation or not, we are going to live somewhere for eternity; having everlasting life with Jesus, or perishing in hell with Satan. Each of us must make that decision. No one else can make that decision for us. Truly, when Jesus went to the cross to be crucified, He sent each of us a valentine, with an arrow of the Roman soldier right through His heart.

Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kenya: Mugo writes that the Omega church in Kavote has grown after the youth convention. Mugo was able to hold a pastor’s seminar in Chuka district, and he officiated at three marriages. After their youth convention in December, both Mugo and his wife fell sick for almost the whole month from spending all day in Kavote. They are continuing to pray that God will provide the right and proper land for the headquarters church. Mugo is so thankful. Words may not be enough to explain, but he and his people are so thankful for us here.

Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi, Congo: Ekyoci Eciba reports that fifteen students finished the First Trimester of 2016/17. Eciba stated that there will be another eight students who will graduate with a three year diploma at the end July. Would you pray that God will provide a gift Bible for each graduate and funds for a graduation banquet for the students and their friends. Praise God for all that He has done for this Bible school. Would you also pray for provision for the salaries of teachers, and supplies for the Bible school.

Ralph & Shirley Hagemeier and Stephanie, Kalemie, Congo: Ralph writes, Theologians see seven as God’s number, somehow special and complete. God knows us from before our birth. If God knew Cyrus who was named by Isaiah the prophet more than 1,000 years before his birth, He also knew us from before our birth. Somehow Ralph believes that God still has more of His unknown plan that He will fulfill through us. But encourage yourself as David did that God knew you before your birth and has great things ahead for you. Radio Kahuzi, Richard McDonald, Bukavu, Congo: Rich states, Two of our friends and partners at Son Set Solutions have masterfully designed two short wave antennas for two new sites for our long distance broadcasting from the city of Bukavu. The Lord is good, in that our outreach coverage area actually doubled into Rwanda and Uganda and Tanzania. Masangu Lwenyke, Church of the Good Shepherd, Kalemie, Congo: Pas. Masangu writes that the balcony has been poured for their permanent church building. Now the second storey is ready for construction. Masangu wrote that he is opening a new church in Bujumbura, Burundi. Thank you for supporting this worthy minister, and providing the funds the church. Thank You for Your Prayers and Financial Support: Thank you for your prayerfully support this missionary Bible teaching ministry. The Lord bless you. Please send donations to one of the post box addresses in the signature block below. 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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