July 2023 Newsletter
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for your faithful support of this missionary Bible teaching ministry.
"The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence, and the Violent Take It by Force” (Matthew 11:12):
In this Scripture, Jesus sets forth a principle for those who are called: we are to push our way into the next realm of faith. John the Baptist was the last of the prophets. Jesus’ ministry began the kingdom of heaven. Those who are called can push their way in the kingdom of heaven.
Even so today, we are sensing that there is a change coming: the end of the Church Age, and the beginning of the Tribulation, when God is going to judge the world and bring to an end the rule of man. For those who are called to become overcomers during the Tribulation, it will take a violent courage to maintain our faith and to stand true to the Lord. Let us not fall, or be deceived. Let us press our way into the kingdom of God on earth. The kingdom of God on earth will begin at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kianyaga, Kenya: Mugo reports that in June he officiated at a wedding at the Coast. He used the occasion to minister on the Marriage of Christ and His Church. He also ministered at Karumandi, Kavote, and Kianyaga, in Kirinyaga District. The Omega Churches are doing well. They are trusting God in these troublesome times. Mugo thanks us for our faithful support.
Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa, Congo:
Assemblies of God Bible College, Bukavu: Director Aoci Etungano writes that students have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and groups are evangelizing on the streets. Two of the students have been healed by the Lord.
Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi: Director Mulanda K. Gabriel reports that two students have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, and students are being used in the gifts of the Spirit to prophecy. One student was healed of appendicitis without having an operation. Pray for Mulanda who is having problems with diabetes.
Other Ministries in the Congo: in Bukavu; Christine Endani Samamba, and Njabuka Namwira Polinne are both widows of pastors. Polinne is in hospital in Burundi. Namugunga Kabunga is a retired pastor, who ministers the Word as he is able. in Kalemie; Lulika Kileme is a pastor, and Asende Luhangya. Asende is a regional secretary for C.A.D.A.F.
Ralph and Shirley Hagemeier, and Stephanie, Bible Outreach Ministries, International Bible College, Kalemie, Congo: The Hagemeiers have a primary and a secondary school with more than 1,000 day students, and a medical clinic, with free care for pregnant mothers. Stephanie ministers twice a week in the local prisons, taking food to the prisoners. The International Bible College has about thirty five students. The Hagemeiers appreciate our support.
Masangu Lwanyeke, Church of the Good Shepherd, Lubumbashi, Congo: Masangu is constructing another church in Lubumbashi. He has put up the roof and is believing God for the cement blocks for the walls.
Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, Congo: Rich & Kathy McDonald wrote that the FM radio is all hooked up with a new Lithium battery system. The McDonalds are moving from the house where they have lived since 1996 to a house next door to the property where the radio transmitter is, thus reducing the cost of rent. 1996 was the beginning of civil war in the Congo, and bombs were whizzing by over head as they moved. Pray for Richard as he endures his third bout of Typhoid. They couldn’t keep going without our prayers. The Willners were resident missionaries in Bukavu, Congo from 1993 to ‘94. We fellow-shipped with the McDonalds and other missionaries on Sunday evenings. The McDonalds receive monthly support.
Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, Nairobi, Kenya: There are thirty-nine students enrolled in the Third Trimester 2022-23.They are thankful for the monthly support for four of their teachers.
Ruth Scott Kellie, Nanyuki, Kenya: Ruth are very grateful for the help Pastor Samwel Chibini and she receive each month. Opposition demonstrations against the government are continuing. Pray for peace.
Other Ministries Being Supported in Kenya: Geoffrey Kimani is a retired pastor, and Christabel, is the widow of Samwel Ratanga, the late bishop of the Pentecostal Free Church, in Migori, Kenya,
El Tabernaculo Church, Suyapa Ramirez, Honduras: Suyapa reports the graduation of the brothers who were in Discipleship. On Sundays and Wednesdays there are services in the church. Suyapa has just returned from a retreat for a week, where she sought the Lord with prayer, fasting, and teaching.
Stephen Pinto, First Assemby of Zion, Bangalore, India: Stephen has been very sick with back issues, where he was in bed for two weeks. After recovery, he got a bout of shingles. After recovering, he was admitted to hospital for six days from dengue. Dengue is a debilitating viral disease of the tropics, causing sudden fever and acute pain in the joints. It has been a rough two months. He is home now on complete bed rest. Stephen pastors the beautiful church that his father, Kenneth Pinto built. Ken invited me to minister in several churches there for three weeks in 2006.
John & Gloria Tressel, French World Missions, Pfastaff, France: John’s latest book, After Armageddon, has just been awarded second place – best book of the year. The book simplifies the end times for non-Christians, and there is a strong evangelistic message at the end. You can download the book for free by going to this link: https://indd.adobe.com/view/fa9ab5cb-6410-43ed-82f5-df0b5bb53541
John and Gloria were members of the House of Prayer in Springfield, Missouri during the 1970's. We know these missionaries personally. They have been in France for forty some years.
Lou Pressman and Rick Vargas, Christ Ministerial Fellowship, Sayre, Pennsylvania: Pressman is a pastor in Hallstead, Pennsylvania, and Vargas is a pastor in Port Jefferson Station, New York. They are ministering on a short-term mission in Bolivia, South America, where they have ministered a number of times. By the grace of God many pastors were impacted and people were ministered to. They are thankful for the support sent for travel expenses.
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,
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