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 September 2023 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Supporters,           

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

We as Christians Need to Stand Strong as the Worldly Culture Tries to Invade the Church:

“Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)

The Church and the family are being attacked on so many fronts. There is the identity crisis.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

The authority of parental rights is being taken away by the state. “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6)

Unborn children are being murdered and mutilated in their mother’s womb. “My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being (unformed): and in your book all my members were written, which (the days were fashioned for me), when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalms 139:15-16)

May God help us to stand for truth even when many around us are compromising the word of God.

Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kianyaga, Kenya: Mugo reports that 500 people came for the Omega Pentecostal Churches convention for August 14 to 21. Five people came from Tanzania. They conducted evangelism in a nearby market. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit for the first time. Mugo thanks us for our support.


Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa, Congo:  

Aoci Etungano, director of the Assemblies of God Bible College in Bukavu, reports that three of the twenty eight students have qualified to graduate.

Mulanda K. Gabriel, Director of the Kalembelembe Bible Institute in Fizi, reports that one of the ten students qualified to graduate. Mulanda has been suffering from diabetes for some time. His blood sugar levels were checked at the hospital in Fizi. Help was offered for him to go to Bukavu for testing and treatment, where there are several good hospitals. However he has decided to resign from being director of K.B.I. and return to his home area in Kilembwe, 180 miles from Fizi.

Asende Luangya, the regional secretary in Kalemie laments that his daughter, Zaina Luhangya had been sick since June. Although he and his wife took her to Burundi for specialized treatment, unfortunately for them God wanted to take her and she left them on July 20. She died at the age of twenty-seven. She was in her third year at university in Kalemie. So given their heavy pain and grief they have incurred, they need time to deal with the mourning. Benevolence is being sent for funeral expenses.

In addition, funeral expenses are being sent for a pastor who was murdered in Moba.

Ralph and Shirley Hagemeier, and Stephanie, Bible Outreach Ministries, International Bible College, Kalemie, Congo: The Hagemeiers have been back on the field since 2019. This has been the longest time that they have been outside of the U.S.A. since they first came to Africa in 1967. They are happy and contented with God’s plan for their lives. Living on campus, Ralph can check on work, and he delights to minister and preach God’s Word! They experience, “workers together with God”.

Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, Congo: Rich & Kathy McDonald write that their Christian FM radio station was off of the air for a few months while the city of Bukavu decided to install new transformers. Then a “big” person tried to take over their radio frequency, but the Lord would have none of that! Then something burned out, so they had to order new parts costing $700.00. Then they were back on the air again. But after testing, they found that the antenna needed to be raised for better coverage. The McDonalds thank us for our prayers and support. Richard had three sessions with what was thought to be typhoid. Lots of pain! Then malaria and flu. Their suitcases are packed to come home to Bradenton, Florida in September. It will be a privilege to have some time out, with thanksgiving in their hearts and praised to the Lord!

Other Ministries Receiving Support in the Congo:

Namugunga Kabunga, Bukavu; is the retired pastor of Zayoni Pentecostal Church, the largest church in Bukavu. He asks for our prayers for healing.

Njabuka Namwira Polinne, Bukavu; She is the widow of London Nabuherere, the late assistant pastor of Zayoni Pentecostal Church. She is in hospital in Bujumbura. (pictured)

Christine Endani, Bukavu; She is the widow of Lutho Mboko, the former head of C.A.D.A.F.

Kennedy Maina, Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, Nairobi, Kenya: Students are being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Students are interning in local churches on the weekends. There are 3,500 students who are studying be extension. The majority of these extension students are already in the ministry in their own churches. Kennedy confirms that our support for college lectures is being received with a lot of appreciation.

Other Ministries Being Supported in Kenya:

Ruth Scott Kellie, Nanyuki: Ruth thanks us for the funds received. She is very grateful. Ruth was the director of the Matumaini Children’s Center in Molo.

Pastor Samwel Chibini, Molo: writes the cost of everything is too high. One of his pastors is having eye troubles. He is looking for help to go to the mission hospital. Pray for the youth in their churches who are caught up in crimes because life is becoming so difficult. There are no jobs for graduates.

Geoffrey Kimani, Nakuru: is a minister of the Ministry of Sons Fellowship. He has had an operation on his eyes, and is recovering slowly because of diabetes.

Christabel, is the widow of Samwel Ratanga, the late bishop of the Pentecostal Free Church, in Migori,

- Pray for harmony between the political parties of Kenya. The opposition demonstrations against the government are only aggravating inflation and increasing the cost of living.

El Tabernaculo Church, Suyapa Ramirez, Le Ceba, Honduras: Suyapa reports they are forwarding the Work of the Gospel. A whole family of ten members has had to leave the city and move to another place with less danger. They were leaders within the congregation. It has been difficult for her since their departure. But the church continuing to take the sacrament (communion) and she is trying to bring the Word of the Lord in all areas. Please pray for Suyapa as she endeavors to continue in ministry with the increase as drug gangs threaten anyone they think has money they can extort.

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


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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