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December 2023 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters,

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

Jesus Christ Fulfilled All the Messianic Prophecies Made About Him in the Bible!

  • The Messiah would be born of a woman. Genesis 3:15, Matthew 1:20.

  • The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-6.

  • The Messiah would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 2:1, Luke 1:26-31.

  • The Messiah would be from the line of Abraham. Genesis 12:3, Matthew 1:1.

  • The Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10, Luke 3:23.

  • The Messiah would be heir to King David’s throne. Isaiah 9:7, Luke 1:32-33.

  • The Messiah would be called Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23.

  • The Messiah would be declared to be the Son of God. Psalm 2:7, Matthew 3:16-17.

  • The Messiah would be sacrificed for our sin. Isaiah 53:5-12, Romans 5:6-8

  • The Messiah would be raised from the dead. Psalm 49:15, Matthew 28:2-7.

  • The Messiah would return a second time to reign. Daniel 7:13-14, Revelation 19.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kianyaga, Kenya: Mugo reports that in November he concentrated his ministry in the Kirinyaga District at; Kianyaga, Karumandi, and Kavote, and other churches. The Omega churches are doing well and the work of evangelism continues. They are planning a youth conference for this December. In spite of the cost of living increases, they have just collected $1,473.54 in a fund raising towards building a permanent church building at Kianyaga! Praise God that after three years of drought, the rains have returned, even though some have drowned, and a lot of damage has been done from rising flood waters. Mugo is so thankful for support for his ministries, and family.

Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa, Congo: Kamimbi Jeremie, the Head Representative, and Mukumo Jean-Pierre, his assistant, are receiving support. Asende Luhangya, the Tanganyika representative, writes that new pastors have been installed in Kituku, Kabimba, and Mtoa. He is thankful for the support he receives.

Assemblies of God Bible College in Bukavu; Director, Aoci Etungano, reports three students have graduated. There were thirty students in the First Trimester 2023-24.

Kalembelembe Bible Institute in Fizi; Msemakweli Eangano, the new director, reports that the students are praying in the classroom. They are preaching in the local churches. There were twelve students in the First Trimester 2023-24.

Others Receiving Support in the Congo:

  • Ralph & Shirley Hagemeir and Stephanie, Bible Outreach Ministries, International Bible College, Kalemie. More than 1,000 day students are enrolled in their primary and secondary schools. Stephanie also serves food twice a week to the prisoners. Their medical clinic gives free care for pregnant mothers.

  • Masangu Lwanyeke, Church of the Good Shepherd, Lubumbashi, Congo: Masangu reports that he continues to minister in his churches, and taught a seminar. He is thankful for the support he receives.

  • Namugunga Kabunga, Bukavu; retired pastor of Zyoni Pentecostal Church. He asks God to bless us.

  • Njabuka Namwira Polinne, Bukavu; widow of London Nabuherere, Zyoni Church. She is still weak.

  • Christine Endani, Bukavu; widow of Eciba Mboko Lutho. She is in good health.

  • Lulika Kileme, Kalemie; retired pastor of Simfo Church.     

  • Daniel Goheen, Missionary Aviation Fellowship, pilot, Nyankundi, Congo:

  • Richard and Kathy McDonald, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu: Richard and Kathy will be working from the Missionary Village in Bradenton, Florida. Additional national staff have been added in Bukavu.

Others Receiving Support in Kenya:

  • Kennedy Maina, Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, Nairobi: Director of college and distance learning.

  • Pentecostal Free Church, Migori: Dickson Odhiambo Omuga, chairman, John Odhiambo Osira, treasurer, Joshua Otura Omuga, secretary. and  Nelson Odongo, liason, are receiving nominal support.

  • Ruth Scott Kellie, Nanyuki: Ruth is very grateful for the funds she  receives  She blesses us.

  • Samwel Chibini, Molo: Pastor writes he will share his support funds to buy Bibles for his Sunday School teachers. He asks prayers because of the increases in the cost of living.

  • Geoffrey Kimani, Ministry of Sons Fellowship, Nakuru: retired church leader.

  • Christabel Ratanga, widow of founder and pastor, Samwel Ratanga, Pentecostal Free Church, Migori.

  • Lucy Njeru, widow of founder and pastor, Wallace Njeru, New Covenant Ministries, Igoji.

Others Receiving Support:

  • Stephen Pinto, First Assembly of Zion, Bangalore, India: Pastor of church founded by his father and mother, Ken and Barbara Pinto.

  • John and Gloria Tressel, French World Missions, Pfastaff, (Alsace), France: John and Gloria are home on leave just now.

  • El Tabernaculo Church, Suyapa Ramirez, Le Ceba, Honduras: Suyapa is continuing the ministry of the church, and continuing to feed poor children. Her husband, Shane, director; mother and founder, Eleanor Cooper; and sister-in-law, Sandy, secretary, died within three months of each other during the Covid outbreak in Honduras.  

  • Chris Franz, Christ Is the Answer, Lake Mary, Florida: Chris ministers in evangelistic crusades mainly in Ethiopia.

Thank You for Your Prayers and Financial Support: We praise God for providing support to help the ministries above. Thank you for your prayerful support. As we draw to the close of this year of 2023, would you please consider renewing your support for this missionary Bible teaching ministry in 2024. You may send your donations to one of the post box addresses in the letter head above. Designated funds are forwarded entirely. The Lord bless you.

Yours together in His harvest,

Charles Willner


172 North Phillips Road, Harrod, Ohio, U.S.A. 45850

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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