I pray you are all enjoying the much cooler weather as fall is in full swing and pumpkins and mums are springing up everywhere! I must admit I will miss the fall season!
God continues to stretch and teach me much about trusting in Him and Him alone in my Pre-field Ministry. He was proved himself faithful, even anticipating and meeting needs before I knew I had them. I know this is a time to learn and trust because if I can not fully rely on Him here, how can I learn to rely on Him in Africa!
I continue to contact and visit churches and now have over 20 meetings scheduled for next year, with at least 4 of those being Missions Conferences. Most church Missionary calendars are full for 2013 so my schedule stretches out into 2014. I am making great contacts and getting great results simply by visiting churches in the area. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance. I am currently at 7% of my support and I am very hopeful for what my upcoming meetings will bring.
My ministry partners at True Faith Missions (TFM) have been busy laying the ground work in Liberia. Pastor Hal Nichols and his daughter Bethany traveled to Liberia for a three month stay. Here are some of the high-lights of their ministry:
· Churches were established at the Eleanor Wuo and Bethlehem Children’s Rescue Ministries. Local Pastors were identified for training and they are serving in those ministries.
· Bible Conferences and meetings were held in local churches, inviting local Christian men to Bible Institute training classes. The response has been good with 152 individuals attending the first True Faith Mission Bible Conference and 35 men signing up for Bible training.
· Three hundred and eighty-two children are registered at the repaired Bethlehem school.
· Two acres of land were purchased by True Faith Missions in Gbarnga City in Bong County. A camp site and eventually a church will be planted on the site. During a visit, Pastor Hal preached and conducted some training classes under a “plum” (mango) tree and 14 locals were saved with 9 of them being soon after baptized.
· A Deaf Ministry approached Pastor Hal and asked him to preach. Thirty deaf men and women are living in a one room house. Pastor typed his message on his computer while one of the men who could read and sign, communicated the message to the others. Twenty of them prayed to receive Christ as Savior. I got to greet them via video conferencing. The joy was palpable!
Many that were saved were baptized, walking 45 minutes to an area where the baptism could be performed. The need is great! The fields are white unto the harvest! Please pray for me as I strive to join them! I will be returning in March 2014 for another short-term trip. Continue to pray for the work in Liberia!