January Newsletter


Mugo and Charles

Dear Friends and Supporters, Thank you for your support of this missionary Bible teaching ministry.

Becoming the Glory of God Throughout the Ages: The Christian is to be filled with the glory of God throughout the ages. “And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:19-21) “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27)

Joseph Mugo

Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kenya: During the month of December, Mugo ministered in the youth convention at Kamulu, Nairobi. Then he ministered in his home village, Kavote, the first place he and I preached in 1972. Then he installed Pastor Kawira in Mukuuni, Chuka. There were so many people that one wall of the church was torn out so that the ceremony could be seen. Then he returned to Kavote where his brother joined the church. Then he ministered in Kiangombe, Kirinyaga. The Kirinyaga church has yet to be moved to the new plot, until funds and a contractor are being arranged.Mugo thanks us profusely for our consistent monthly support.

Samwel Ratanga, Free Pentecostal Church, Migori, Kenya: Two offices and a baptismal tank are being built inside their new building. They are continuing to raise funds. Their next fund raising will be in March, for funds to build the roof. Ratanga thanks us for our support.

Chris & Simone Franz, Christ Is the Answer Ministries, Lake Mary, Florida: "We have laid our energies and resources on the line and it’s been worth it all! In our last six campaigns alone, we recorded more than 80,000 decisions for Christ! Hundreds have received healing and tens of thousand have been at the alter to commit themselves to serve God as missionaries. We thank God with all our hearts." Their three daughters, Melissa, Melody, and Mikaela, are working with them in ministry. Chris and my son, Jeff, graduated together from Rift Valley Academy, in Kijabe, Kenya. Chris and Simone stayed in our home on their honey-moon when they visited Niagara Falls.

Mukumo Jean-Pierre, Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa, Bukavu, Congo: Concerning the work that I have done in 2018, I have visited twice in Shabunda, South Kivu; the hills of Maniema, Kivu; Goma, North Kivu; Baraka, Fizi, and Lulimba, South Kivu; and Uvira at least three times. We have visited a new church with Bibles and “Songs of Salvation”, in Bambuti, Kalehe, South Kivu. We have opened a church in Burhinyi with Bibles in Mwenga, South Kivu. Praise the Lord for how Mukumo has become our collaborator with CADAF. He has made many ministry trips into the interior for the gospel. Mulumo thanks us for his support. Ralph and Shirley Hagemeier, and Stephanie, Bible Outreach Ministries, Kalemie, Congo: Ralph writes that a new pickup truck will be sent to Stephanie. Ralph is thankful for the support in ministry over fifty five years. They have built two Bible schools, and helped to build dozens of churches. Most of all, he is thankful to our Father God and he asks Him to bless them today and every day. Kennedy Maini Maturi, Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, Nairobi, Kenya: Kennedy writes the Lord has been gracious to us, and indeed great is His faithfulness. Classes have begun with the theme, stewardship. The funds we have sent will be used to help needy Bible school students. Ruth Scott Kellie, Molo, Kenya: Ruth writes that her health is improving. Pray that the titles will be released for the land Ruth wants to give to Pastor Samwel and Charles, her farm manager. This has been an ongoing struggle for years. Ruth and Samwel are thankful for the support sent to them. Richard and Kathy McDonald, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, Congo: We first want to thank you for your prayers and gifts that you send to us. Sometimes, it’s “touch and go”, and your gifts always come just when we needed them. We just had another huge wind storm with lightning that burned our grounding systems all over town! Thankfully new ground connectors had been paid for so that our studio was spared. Election day is over! Now we have a new government. Eciba Mboko Lutho, Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa, Bukavu, Congo: Thank you for the help you sent to me to purchase test strips and medicines for my diabetes. My wife, Christine, and I are very grateful. December was very hard for me because of blood sugar instability, stomach pain and great fatigue. This was after I made two trips to Minembwe and Lulimba visiting old retired pastors and widows suffering from diabetes and/or blood pressure along with other problems facing aged persons. I also met forty-two very poor children and orphans because their mothers were raped. They are treated as foreigners because they were born from Rwandan and Burundi Hutu militiamen. Thank You for Your Prayers and Financial Support: Thank you for your prayerful 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 PS: My daughter, Mina Willner Dragovic, and I have spent a lot of time updating the OWM web site. In order to find out more about OWM, please go to; www.openwordministries.com

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