I recently had the inspiration to occasionally include information on other ministries that we become acquainted with here in
Needless to say, we have been very challenged and encouraged by the dedication of these two Norwegian women. They have also been overjoyed to hear of our work not only showing the Jesus Film all around this region (in Iraqw!) but also providing Bibles free of charge to those that need them (both in Iraqw and Swahili). It is just a good reminder that God is accomplishing His work…even in obscure places and often through unassuming people. What is your role?
As far as news with regards to Waama, it has recently been decided by the church leaders that, with the goal of making more use of the Bible School campus, a number of short courses will be offered in addition to the normal courses this year, especially for people who either are not able to commit to a whole year of study or who may have interest in a specific area. As a result, this past Wednesday marked the completion of the first of such courses for the year - Child Evangelism Fellowship, Level 1. As will be the case with most of these short courses, special instructors were brought in for the 2-week period. We were so excited to see this training being offered here in
By way of another praise, after church this past Sunday, the dean of Waama, Pastor Massawe, shared some exciting news with Ben and me. Let me back up to say that, as Ben and I have served here, we have come to believe that many of the challenges that this school faces (financially and otherwise) are not so much because the church here does not have means to support the school but rather because the leaders of the church have not put a high enough priority on the work of Waama to give it any significant place within the church’s structure or even within its annual budget. So, the good news that the dean shared with us is that letters were recently sent out by the head office to all the districts within the diocese stating two main points.
- All districts are now being asked to allocate funds within their budgets for the training (at Waama) of their own church leaders (pastors and evangelists).
- Seminary level courses will begin to be offered here at Waama as soon as January!
As far as we are concerned, both of these points are direct answers to prayer (both yours and ours). Basically, it is evidence that the church here is finally beginning to see the importance of the role of Waama for the church and, as a result, is beginning to give their much needed support. Furthermore, with regards to the offering of seminary courses, not only will this save the church the exorbitant expense of sending their up-and-coming pastors to outside, expensive and sometimes foreign institutions, but it will also guarantee that these men will be trained in a conservative, Bible-believing environment.
Keep the prayers coming! These changes will not take place without some degree of growing pains. Furthermore, as you pray for Ben and me, pray also for the other ministries (like ILCT) with which, even sometimes unknowingly, we are working in concert. Please continue to also pray for the students who are now starting this new school year as well as for all the staff. This past Tuesday, we had our teachers’ meeting to determine the start and finish dates for each of this year’s terms, class schedule, individual responsibilities of each teacher, graduation date, etc. Many students have arrived and we have begun to get acquainted with them as they get settled in and prepare for classes to officially start today (10/29).
We have also begun our weekend ministry schedule. We visited the
I could keep going but I will save it for my next update. I have already gone too long. Thanks to all who are still reading. I cannot even tell you how grateful I am for your faithful prayers, support, and encouragement in so many ways. I wish I had time to communicate with each of you more personally. This will have to do for now. God bless each of you richly. You are in my prayers.