Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Growing Village Church

For two years, we have waited for our new pastor and his wife to complete a 4-year Bible School program and graduate. Each year during the summer vacation / planting time, Bernard and his wife lived in our village, met with the believers, built relationships, and planted fields of peanuts and beans.

On May 27th, a graduation ceremony was held and they both graduated with their diplomas. And, the following week, they moved all of their belongs into their newly built house in the village.

Between Bernard's work and the work of Pastor Joel, the church is growing stronger. There are still only a few believers in our village but 12 to 15 believers are coming from neighboring villages, sometimes 10 miles or more away to worship with us.


We praise God for what he is doing in our village. He is drawing the hearts of the people to Himself and opening the doors of evangelism in our surrounding villages and region! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Milk Program

Our Milk Program continues to provide for babies in need. Babies come to us from several surrounding villages, sometimes as far as 25 miles away.
Baby weighing
The need for help may be because mama has died and grandmother is the one caring for the baby. Or, it can be a case where mama is not in good health and is not producing enough milk to sustain her baby. Another need is for twins or even triplets and the mama just cannot feed all of her babies.
Baby Sadia
This past week we were presented with another need of a little 16 month old who is severely malnourished and weighs only 12 pounds. Because there are many children in the family and because it is the beginning of the planting season, the father could not allow his wife to leave the village and go to the malnourished center. But, thanks to the Milk Program we were able to provide an enriched baby cereal for the mother to feed her baby.  
Grandmother caring for her granddaughter
We are so thankful for each one of you who contribute to the milk program and we are thankful to the Lord for the privilege that it is to be here and to be able to help these babies. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Forever Family for Charlie

Once again, Linda and I have had the wonderful privilege to introduce a beautiful family to their new son.

Charlie has waited in an orphanage for many years but his years of waiting are over! He is now a member in full standing of a precious American family.

Although Charlie cannot hear with his ears, his heart heard and felt the love radiating from his mother and father from the first day that they met.

Charlie is now in his forever home, meeting and getting acquainted with his three brothers, two older and one younger.

Adoption is all about FAMILY. Charlie has been chosen and adopted into this family, with the full rights of a son, just as God has chosen us and adopted us into His family, with the full rights of His son or daughter!



Monday, April 10, 2017

Doing Church in Kimini

Our local Pastor graduates from Bible school on April 29th. We are planning a celebration to congratulate him and welcome him and his family to Kimini on a full-time basis.

In his absence Pastor Joel has traveled to Kimini each week to hold a mid-week prayer service for the believers and he has sent one of the leaders of his church each Sunday to hold a service.

On Sunday mornings the church has been running between 15 and 20 people. There are two young men in the church who have started a children's church in the pavilion in our courtyard.


In the picture below a young boy is reading a child appropriate Bible given to us by Operation Christmas Child!

Children's Church in the village

Monday, January 23, 2017

Out of Small Beginnings, God does great things!

Our amazing God gave us an unexpected gift of a trip to visit Linda’s home and friends in Adams, MA this week.  We have been able to connect with many friends and also had opportunities to personally say ‘thank you’ to many of our sponsors and donors.  

One event during our week was a visit to the Haystack Monument at Williams College in Williamsburg, MA.  

The story behind the monument is that in 1806, five Williams College students gathered together for a prayer meeting.  It started raining so they moved under a haystack to continue their prayer time.

Out of this group of 5 students the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was formed and in 1812 they sent their first missionaries to India.  During the 19th century the mission sent missionaries to China, Hawaii, and many nations in southeast Asia, establishing hospitals and schools, translating the Bible into local dialects, and establishing churches.  Out of this mission, thousands of missionaries were sent to Asia.  

This Haystack Prayer Meeting is viewed by many scholars as the seed planting event for the development of Protestant missions in the subsequent decades and century.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Another Forever Family Returns Home

This past week Linda and I had the wonderful privilege of hosting a new adoptive family and introducing them to their little girl!

International adoption is a long and rough road. It is not for the faint of heart, but, for those families with a call of God on their hearts to adopt, it is a joyous journey. There are great highs and there are deep lows but by staying focused on the prize at the end of the journey, the Lord helps each family through the process.

There once was a little girl with a very sad history but her story is now being rewritten by love, affection, joyous interaction, and acceptance.

This little girl who was growing up in an orphanage now has parents, an older sister, and a slightly younger brother to love!


We are rejoicing today because God has placed another of His little ones in a loving family!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Help for a young boy named Barto

A pastor from a neighboring village brought a father and his son to our door asking for help. Barto is 18 yrs old and he is paralyzed from the waist down.

As a young boy, Barto was healthy and attended school. But, as a result of an undiagnosed illness and several days of high fever, Barto's health deteriorated to where he lost the use of his legs. He has also lost most of the use of his arms and hands.

Barto is a bright boy but he comes from a very isolated village with no medical care available, no social services available to help families, and a family without the resources to find help for their son.

We have introduced some very basic physical therapy to the family to help Barto regain the use of his hands and arms. And, we are searching for a handicap center where he can learn a trade to help support himself and even help to support his family.

Please pray for us as we try to find ways to help this boy and his family!

Barto

Fighting for life--

Today we received a call from the hospital asking for help with a tiny little newborn named Fousseny. Fousseny is a two and half month old twin. His brother died shortly after the twins were born.

At two and half months old, Fousseny weighs only 700 grams (about 1 ½ pounds). Fousseny and his mama recently spent 2 weeks in the hospital in the city and when they returned to the village Fousseny weighed a little over 3 pounds. But, in the last three weeks he has lost all of the weight that he had gained while in the hospital.

After teaching Fousseny's mama how to prepare the formula, how to clean and sterilize the bottles, and especially to use only pure water, we enrolled him in our village milk program.

Mama will bring Fousseny to our house each week to be weighed and she will be given more milk as she needs it.


Please pray with us that Fousseny will thrive and very quickly regain the weight that he has lost!