Brenda Waterworth and Rachel Eggert are leaving for
Two other MTI students doing an Intership are:
Brenda Waterworth and Rachel Eggert are leaving for
Two other MTI students doing an Intership are:
Saturday was the day for business meetings and elections. The new council elected is composed of men from various churches and cities. The afternoon ended on a sad note, however, as old disagreements were aired and reconciliation was not complete. The time of silent prayer following the meetings prepared the way for the miracle God was working in human hearts.
Our Saturday night service was a blessing with much singing, presentations by the choir and a wonderful message from God’s Word. Yet, many hearts were heavy. Then Sunday morning dawned, a day for new beginnings. Near the beginning of the service pastor Jaime, president of the AFLC in
At the end of the service one of the former council members came to the front and shared from his heart a sincere confession of sin accompanied by several Scripture passages and a heartfelt plea for forgiveness from people he and others and judged hastily in the past. His sharing opened the door for others to follow suit. The tears of sadness I had shed on Saturday were transformed into tears of joy as I witnessed the obvious working of the Holy Spirit bringing His people to repentance and forgiveness and restored unity.
The service Sunday ended with the congregation extending their hands to bless and pray for all the pastors in the front of the church. As we sang the final song men of God who had been estranged from one another came together in godly embraces, signs of forgiveness and reconciliation. It is truly a MIRACLE when stubborn pride is transformed into loving humility.
We are believing that 2007 will be a great year as we look to Jesus and work together for His glory!
Thank you for praying!
Paul and Becky
As far as a car is concerned, we will be looking at several on Thursday. Some of what we have heard seems too good to be true but we will see. It is another issue for continual prayer. When/If God does provide us with a car, our efficiency is going to sky-rocket. Even today as we walked all over Dar and occasionally used public transport, let’s just say we were not getting things done as fast as we could have in the States…we are getting used to that, though.
With all that said, I must also say that we both nevertheless continue to thank God for the chance to be over here and look forward to however he will guide and use us in the future. The theme that has been sticking out to me lately in my reading is the importance of faithfulness. We might not understand why God puts us where he does or why he calls us to what he does but our responsibility is faithfulness. This is our prayer and desire. Pastor Massawe has been so good to release us during this time so we can be sure to work out these things. Pray we can do it is good time as classes are officially starting for the term at Waama today.Ben Jore and Jesse Long
The excuse has been that the fog is too great to fly in or out of the airport, but there is only a slight haze. Two speakers on creation science were also here and they were delayed with extra days in hotels and rebooking their flights. the one was from
Please continue to pray for our travels. For those who can pass this message on to others, please help by doing so. Many thanks.
Genaro and Carmen (picture) continue to make follow up visits to those we've brought to the Lord Jesus in their neighborhood. Last Friday we built a bridge and brought Gabriel to Jesus as his only Savior and Lord. He was a faithful Catholic, yet lacked understanding of the sweet Gospel of grace that leads to assurance of the forgiveness of all sin. He and his wife are baptizing their first child in a couple of weeks. He will be studying and teaching his family from the book of John.
Our Personnel Director Christ Broderson is coming tomorrow for a week of visits. He will sit in on our meeting of local pastors on Saturday. Do pray for that meeting, we need a "manifestation of the mighty power of God."
We are praying about an agenda for visiting many of you and your churches this summer beginning in April. It's hard to believe are home assignment starts April 1, in only 10 weeks. Yikes!
Pray for our Conference February 10, 11 with our missionary brethren. It'll be our first together.
In all these things it's easy to fall back on our own zeal, energy, knowledge and experience. But only the "place of absolute and unceasing dependence on God" will see us through with victory. Bless you all for joining us there in that place, your fellow workers,Darwin, Mary Ann and Gracie Jackson
As Ben and I were in
I was trying to find an excerpt from the book to give you a small taste of what it is all about but I don’t think it is possible. This book is fiction but not fantasy. It is well-written and follows a story line that makes it difficult to put down…just ask Ben. I was pretty much useless for about five days while I was reading it. Beyond just being good reading, however, it is very accurate to things that are actually happening in the world today and expresses attitudes and perspectives that we all are exposed to and may even feel on a virtually daily basis. In the words of the author, “While many things in this book have actually happened in one way or another, I have made up the story. Still, I have attempted to keep it authentic and true to life in as many details as possible. Nearly all my characters are fictitious. Some are composites of several real people.”I don’t know what else I can say. I hope you will make the effort to read and be challenged by this book. It challenged me. It has changed the way I look at where I am, what is happening around me…and where I am going. I think you will find yourself looking at life differently after you finish it, too. I hope it will motivate you to consider how you arrange the priorities of your life and what you value. I hope it will drive you live different than those around you…to leave a valuable heritage when you die, because you will die someday…we all will. How will your life be remembered? Have you accomplished anything truly significant?
I will close with a quote from page 347:
“…a good follower of Jesus is like the ox – ready either for the plow or the altar, for service or sacrifice. I do not know what lies ahead on this earth. I do know something greater waits us beyond it. That is what I choose to live for.”
Please read it. Take it to heart. Be challenged. I don’t ever want to be the same…I hope you won’t either.
The book of Nehemiah is so powerful, exiting and practical to us these days. It seems every word speaks exactly to our situation. The work of missions is great indeed. Our churches here in
We know if the Lord can convince our brothers and sisters to "rally" together consistently, "our God will fight for us." That is the reason for these letters as well, a sounding of the trumpet to pray, "our God will fight for us."
Thank you all for rallying together with us to make sure God's Church is built up here in
Darwin, Mary Ann and Gracie Jackson
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
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It was a great blessing to have Ben (my brother) and
Thank you all so much for your continued prayer support. The Lord is so good. Our transition is going very well. The boys have adapted very well and each day that goes by feels like we are more at home. It is true that the Christmas season did bring back some homesick feelings, especially for Rhoda who longed to wear a sweater and sit by the fireplace with her Mom. We know we are meant to be here and the Lord has given us great joy in this calling.
We would ask for your prayers as we will be beginning language study this month. Our hope is to find a good tutor who will come to our home and work with us three days a week. We have been getting by very well in English, but it is very evident that we would be able to reach many more people if we could speak the local language.
Please pray for Rhoda's and my personal spiritual walks. We have both seen our need to wake up earlier and spend the first minutes of the day with the Lord. As the psalmist says, "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer to you, and will look up" (Psalm 5:3).
One last one… Would you pray for patience and consistency as we seek to train up our boys? Elijah especially seems to be at a stage where he needs a lot of love in the form of the rod of discipline. We are so grateful for all of you and your love for our family.
May the Almighty God richly bless you all,
Nate (for Rhoda, Elijah & Judah too)
Happy New Year!! It's crazy to think that it is already 2007! But with another new year comes the ever-present realization comes again that there is a LOT of work to be done. May God grant us grace to be faithful to the calling that He has given to each one of us.
Time here at Nate and Rhoda's has been great! Getting to know my nephews a bit better, relaxing, rafting the Nile, seeing some of the work that is being done in Uganda, and helping with some projects around the house has been the name of the game for the past couple of weeks. Praise God for this "down time" and a chance to recharge and get ready for another semester back at Waama. I will be leaving on the bus this afternoon and will meet up with Jesse who is already back in Tanzania. We will stay in Arusha for a couple days and then return to Waama in anticipation of classes starting again on Monday.
Thank God for:
Please pray for:
Thank you so much for your partnership in the Gospel! May God richly bless you,Ben
I had prayed that the Lord would pick us up off the ground in Mpls. and hold us in the palm of His hand, gently placing us down again in
We had a wonderful trip, arriving in
We enjoyed sleeping in our own bed again and waking up to the birds singing and the breeze blowing through our open windows in the morning. Saturday we had visitors in and out the whole day. At lunch time we enjoyed the traditional “churrasco” (barbeque) and beans and rice in our picnic area with a bunch of people who spent the weekend at the ARCA. That sure was a treat after being away for seven months! In the afternoon Joanna and Silvio and Deborah along with several other family friends gathered at our place. Granddaughter Deborah is cuter than we could have imagined. She is having a little trouble realizing that we are more than a picture on the refrigerator, but soon we will be an integral part of each other’s lives. In the evening we had yet another party (fish fry) with all the young people and several couples from our Bateias church. Our Brazilian friends have been so warm and welcoming and it’s wonderful to be back home again!
Sunday we were in church almost all day. Andrew really enjoyed playing drums in the morning service and guitar in the evening service. The boys are happy to be reunited with their friends. The traditional New Year’s Eve gathering was held at the ARCA Sunday night with much praise and worship, several testimonies and special presentations, prayer and a meaningful Communion service. We are trying to unpack and get settled, but so far we have mostly been entertaining visitors. It’s a holiday so that’s a perfect reason for taking a drive to the ARCA to visit friends. Andrew went frog-hunting tonight and Matthew has been in bed all day with a terrible stomach flu.
Tomorrow we hope to get more settled before church services at night. Then Wednesday VBS starts in both churches – Bateias in the mornings and Campo Largo in the afternoons. Our people are to be congratulated for their dedication and perseverance in ministry. It’s fun to witness people taking on new challenges and doing a great job! I’ll try to write more later to fill you in on life in
May the Lord continue to bless us and use us for His glory as we begin another year of life lived in His presence! Happy New Year !
Love in Jesus,
Paul and Becky