March 2018 Newsletter
Dear Friends and Supporter, Thank you for your support of this missionary Bible teaching ministry. The LORD Is Waiting For The Precious Fruit Of The Earth: A careful study of the Scriptures reveals the purpose that God is looking for from this earth. “For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:19-23)
So we see that the whole purpose of this world creation is so that God can get Himself a remnant of sons of God in the image of Jesus Christ. Further, this purpose is going to be achieved. God has complete ability to accomplish His purposes.
Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kenya: Mugo reports that he has finally been able to purchase a newer Toyota Rav4 for his ministry! Funds have been sent to register this vehicle and get insurance. Mugo reports that in March he officiated in two burials, and a wedding. He conducted a fund raiser to help build the Muchatha church. Many people came from other churches to the seminar Mugo conducted at the Mwatate church on the Coast.
Ekyoci Eciba Delphin, Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi, Congo: Eciba came to Bukavu for the Annual Assembly of CADAF. Funds were sent for him to return to Fizi. His hip necessitates that he teach Bible school classes at his home. The head teacher will be coming to Bukavu soon for funds to pay the four teachers, secretary, and guard. Praise God for the training that these students are receiving to strengthen the church ministries of the Assemblies of God in eastern Congo. Ralph & Shirley Hagemeier, and Stephanie, International Bible College, Kalemie, Congo: Ralph writes; About three years ago, I had a dream about building a hexagon shaped building. As in many places, we have seen how many church youth were lost to the church after going to secular universities, and we have seen a need for Christian training beyond high school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This project needed professional engineering input. One day Stephanie showed up with a graduate of our Christian high school –Thibiti– who had returned home from university... with a engineering degree!
"Each wing (will be able to) accommodate about 200 students, plus the hexagonal office space in the middle. The good thing is that one level can be finished at a time and it can be put into use. Then another wing can be started until all 15 halls are built. We have already seen the fruit of our K-12 academic school. Our school is the top school in our region and our graduates are popping up in different positions all over the country. Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support. PS: Shirley and Ralph are being stationed Stateside from now on. Stephanie is “on the ground” in Kalemie, DRC. Richard and Kathy McDonald, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, Congo: Richard reports that the father and mother have been able to go to another African country where she can get treatment for her cancer. However, they had to leave their four children in Bukavu with their aunt. The mother is being treated for serious symptoms, fighting pain, hunger, and fatigue to get through each day’s medical exams and back to their room with a simple cup of tea and quick sandwich to finally collapse in bed. Pray for wisdom to get permissions for their four children to join their parents. D & M write: Our acknowledgments are due to BESI, Radio Kahuzi, prayer warriors and donors. Thank you. And God bless you! How deep are the tears of joy that flow from our hearts. We love you so much! The grace of God is seen through the love and mercy that He put in your hearts for us! You make us feel loved, cared for, and never alone! Samwel Ratanga, Free Pentecostal Church, Migori, Kenya: Ratanga writes that they have a plan to build a larger church building. There are so many people that the church is full. Their old building was built in the ‘70's. Ratanga is presently ministering in Meru district in five Free Pentecostal Churches. Ratanga thanks us for the support we have sent. Ruth Scott Kellie, Molo, Kenya: Ruth writes; Thank you very much for your gift. The cover on my cess pit has fallen in. I will need expert advise how the situation should be handled. With the previous funds sent, I purchased cement, and paid the person responsible for piping and guttering. Thanks for your support.
Masangu Lwanyeke, Church of the Good Shepherd, Kalemie, Congo: Funds have been sent to Masangu for him to return to Kalemie and continue building on his church. Please continue to pray for his wife who has been in hospital in Lubumbashi.
Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, Nairobi, Kenya: Funds are beginning to be sent to this Bible college. When I first went to Africa in 1972, I visited this college when it was under construction. In 1973, when I returned with my family for our first missionary term together in Kenya, we were there for the dedication of this college. In 2014, I taught a seminar on the Gifts of Holy Spirit in their chapel. 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. Designated funds are forwarded entirely. The Lord bless you. Yours together in His harvest, Charles Willner
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