September 30, 2022
Dear Friends and Partners,
Thank you for your faithful support of this missionary Bible teaching ministry.
Zion Shall Be the Joy of the Whole Earth: "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great Kind.” (Psalms 48:2)
“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in your hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.... And his feet shall stand in the day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, ... And the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with you. ... And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” (Zechariah 13:6; 14:4; 9)
Homecoming 2022, Zion Bible Institute: Psalms 48:2 was chosen for Zion Bible Institute. In that way, Z.B.I. became, “The joy of the world”. Graduates have gone around the world to preach the Gospel. Z.B.I. was formerly in East Providence, Rhode Island. It is now, Northpoint Bible College, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. On September 14 to 16, Gloria and I went for my Sixtieth Class Reunion. There were two other class-mates who were able to come. We had a blessed time of fellowship as we remembered our times together. Zion was where I was filled with the Holy Spirit. It was where I received my missionary call. Praise God for leading me to Zion, and for the way that the Lord has blessed so many as they have been drawn closer to God there and found a precious ministry. In the picture, I am passing the baton to another student who has a missionary call.
Joseph Mugo, Omega Pentecostal Churches, Kianyaga, Kenya: Mugo reports, he held a pastors’ seminar in Mwate on the Coast. People are hungry for the Word. He praises God that Kenya is relatively peaceful now that the new government has been sworn in. God answered prayer as Christians prayed. He thanks us profusely for our support. Mugo ministered with us among the Kenya Revival Center churches in Meru, from 1973-74. He continues to be a faithful servant of the Lord.
Community of the Assemblies of God in Africa (C.A.D.A.F.), Congo:
Assemblies of God Bible College, Bukavu: Director Aoci Ebongya reports that seven students will be graduating in 2022. There are twenty eight students who have enrolled for the First Trimester 2022-23.
Kalembelembe Bible Institute, Fizi: Director Mulanda K. Gabriel reports that only one student qualified to graduate in 2022. Fourteen students are enrolled for the First Trimester 2022-23.
Ralph and Shirley Hagemeier, and Stephanie, Bible Outreach Ministries, International Bible College, Kalemie, Congo: Stephanie writes, The funds sent for I.B.C. helps students who frequently are late paying (their tuition). I.B.C. has about sixteen students. Thibiti Schools have about 1,150 day students in the primary and secondary schools. God’s goodness has brought great victory. Of all the 106 students sent for state testing, only one did not pass! Stephanie has used sent for her to purchase a sack of milk for the orphan babies. (One sack lasts about three weeks.) Or those funds can buy a 140 kg sack of corn to help feed the prisoners. In the last two weeks, six to eight prisoners have been lost from hunger and sickness. Stephanie, writes, My eyes are sleepy. It has been a very long day.
Masangu Lwanyeke, Church of the Good Shepherd, Kalemie, Congo: Masangu writes, These days, we have difficulties in traveling to Nyunzu, Manono, Kongolo and so on. There are no trains. People are traveling on top of trucks loaded with goods. One of the trucks from Kongolo had an accident, and seventeen people died, and two children of our pastor were killed. Masangu was the assistant pastor in Kalemie when the Willners were resident missionaries from 1981-84.
Pentecostal Free Church, Samwel Ratanga, Migori, Kenya: Pastor Samwel writes that on July 24, he visited the congregation at Suna West. From September 19 to 25, a convention was held at the Migori mission. Ratanga came from Migori to Nairobi in 1972 to ask the Willners to come to minister in his church. He thanks us for support.
Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College, Nairobi, Kenya: Kennedy Maina writes, It takes a heart of love and trust to support. I appreciate the support that comes as a stream of water through a dry land. It always refreshes and encourages so much. The college has resumed. In November we will have our graduation. The church ministry is growing well by the grace of God. We are intending to expand the sanctuary as the Lord has increased the harvest. We are now in the process of raising one million shillings ($8,350.00). Keep us in prayers. When I visited N.P.B.C. in 1972, when I came with the Zion Bible Institute choir, the college was being built by the British Assemblies of God.
Ruth Scott Kellie, Nanyuki, Kenya: Kellie writes, the funds sent for her are much appreciated. She explains that the original title for her farm disappeared in 1979. Since then she has been trying to get a title in her name. Until she receives this title, she is anxious that Pastor Samuel and Charles and some twenty others will be unable to receive individual titles to the land she has given to them Please pray that this important matter will be resolved. I first met Ruth Kellie at Harvest Fields Bible School in about 1973.
Daniel Goheen, Missionary Aviation Fellowship, Bunia, Congo: From the M.A.F. Flight Watch magazine, Sheryl Strietzel shared from the retreat of the Internally Displaced People (of the Congo), The group was reminded that, though life may not be fair and just, God is just. He sees, and He will vindicate. They absorbed the truth that cycles of retaliation can only be stopped when we see perpetrators of evil as victims held captive by Satan’s lies, and that only knowing the Truth (Jesus) can set them free.
Daniel writes, he spent April and May sharpening his piloting skills to receive his Flight Standardization certificate. Daniel also writes, with the continued dangers on the roads and in smaller villages caused by militias in their region, their team are continuing to settle in their new home in Bunia, Congo. For the next year, Daniel will be studying French in Albertville, France.
Daniel is the son of the M.A.F. pilot who was in Bukavu, Congo, when the Willners were resident missionaries there in 1993-94.
Gospel Crusade Ministry, Suyapa Ramirez, LeCeiba, Honduras: Ramirez writes, We had a wonderful month. We have been in discipleship training with the brothers of the church on Wednesdays. Diplomas will be given when they graduate. She thanks us for our support. Suyapa’s husband, Shane, and his mother, Eleanor Cooper have visited us in American several times. Shane, Eleanor, and Shane’s sister died of Covid.
Junior Ramos, Rally Point, Youth for Christ, Lima, Ohio: City Life’s mission is to provide teens with a safe, positive and drug-free environment for Lima teens. City Life targets middle and high school students between the grades of 6 - 12 (ages 11 - 19). They also offer classes that teach students life skills, and college and career readiness opportunities. Junior Ramos is the new director of Rally Point. We meet together every Monday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 to pray for Rally Point.
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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