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February 2018 Newsletter

Interior Good Shepherd Church

Dear Friends and Supporters, Thank you for your support of this missionary Bible teaching ministry. God Is Looking For His Seed In The Earth: The Scripture that Fern and I chose to engrave on the inside of our wedding bands was;

“Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb in his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate..” (Psalm 17:1,3-5)

It was amazing, in Kalemie, Zaire, how our children were not afraid to go anywhere even though there were soldiers all around, and they were the only white children in town. In fact, the soldiers and other strangers would tell us where are children had gone.

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.” (Malachi2:14,15) Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kenya: Mugo had a good reunion with most of the Omega pastors. They were so happy with the report of buying the land for the headquarters church in Kianyaga. Mugo ministered in Muchatha, Nairobi, Kiangombe, Kianyaga, and Kavote. He will minister again in Nairobi and the Coast. Mugo has received the funds from OWM to purchase a newer vehicle. Mugo writes, The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has sworn himself in as president of Kenya when he lost the run-off election. Now the country appears to have two presidents. We know and believe that God is in control of the affairs of men. The country is gong to be safe. Buulu Msembwa Andre, Assemblies of God, Kalemie, Congo: The body of Buulu was taken by twenty-four hour boat ride from Bujumbura, Burundi, to Kalemie, Congo. The mourning lasted for a week and a half. He was buried near his church office at Kituku. Buulu was my faithful interpreter in 1981-2. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15) Ekyoci Eciba Delphin, Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi, Congo: Eciba reports that the funds for the First Trimester 2017-18 have been received safely in Fizi, two days journey each way. This was the pay for four teachers, a secretary, and a guard. A new computer was purchased. Pray for the health of Eciba, both for his hip joint, and for cataracts. KBI is hoping to connect with the government electricity.

Aoci Etungano Ebongya, Assemblies of God Bible College, Bukavu, Congo: We are still working on establishing a relationship to support AGBC. Sixteen students were reported to have finished the First Trimester 2017-18. A computer, a printer/scanner, and a generator have been purchased for the offices of AGBC and the Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa CADAF. Please pray that a Bible college can be established for students who are called to the ministry, and teachers who can impart their knowledge and experience to them in worship and prayer.

Samwel Ratanga, Pentecostal Free Church, Migori, Kenya: Ratanga thanks us abundantly for the support sent to him last month. From February 16 to 18, they will have a crusade at Onyalo. He is planning various gatherings this year. He is inviting me to come to minister in his church again. Ruth Scott Kellie, Matumaini Children’s Center, Molo, Kenya: Kellie writes, Thank you very much for your kind help. It is much appreciated, It came just at the right time. The chimney of my house was almost to collapse. So I had not sufficient funds to complete payment. So I am grateful to have the funds to do so. Richard and Kathy McDonald, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, Congo: Richard reports that the family of their staff who fled from Kinshasa have been visited by execution teams. The husband has lost much weight since being beaten by elite troops last May. Thankfully after a week of treatments, his strength and color have been restored. Also pray for Dr. Mukwegi, the famous surgeon who has treated thousands of battered and raped women by sewing them back together, and helping these women find refuge. Pray that God will protected him. Pray that electricity will be connected to the new studio which is ready to begin operation. Please lift up Richard and Kathy in pray for the Lord’s protection. Masangu Lwanyeke, Church of the Good Shepherd, Kalemie, Congo: Masangu thanks us for the funds sent to continue building on his church in Kisebwe. Now the Christians are meeting in the new church. Masangu also thanks us for the funds sent to treat his wife’s heart condition. Masangu is visiting his wife in the hospital in Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga Province. This is about eight hundred miles away from Kalemie. Thank You for Your Prayers and Financial Support: Thank you for your prayerfully support for this missionary Bible teaching ministry. You may send your donations to one of the post box addresses in the signature block below. The Lord bless you. Yours together in His harvest, Charles Willner

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