Luke and Yuko Elliot, Japan. Thanks to the wonderful summer camp staff and follow-up team that God sent us. Yuko had to be treated for overwork and heat exhaustion. We are thankful for her quick recovery and for a real sense that our reset buttons have been activated and we are excited to move into the next work season.
Of all the different things I (Susan) have done during our almost 35 years with Wycliffe, the one I can honestly say I have enjoyed the most is the last 13 years of managing the library at CanIL. There are many different aspects of the job that I enjoy. I love being able to show students how to find the resources they need to complete projects and write papers. I love searching for and finding books that our faculty members want for the library and at the most reasonable prices, thus managing my library budget well. I also love getting the library ready for each new term, going book by book through my ‘shelf read’ until every single resource is in the right place on the right shelf. I know some people might find library work boring, but I love the self-managing aspect of the job--being able to set my own deadlines--and never running out of work.... Click below to read more
Dear Partners in Ministry,
One of our summer staff used his incredible skills to put together a video of the first half of the camp season, covering International Work Camp and Kids' English Camp. The English camp was quite small compared to the Bible camps later in the season, but our summer staff did a spectacular job and it was a great camp.
We give thanks for a well attended and much blessed multi-church retreat of the Japan Evangelical Church Association's Tohoku region. With over 70 participants, it was by far the largest event we have hosted at ACC since it reopened in 2016 (most people had to spend the night off site).
We continue to await the return of our van from the repair shop. The repair folks added their voice to the police in telling us that we are lucky that no one was badly injured or killed when our van was hit by a big transport truck.
Luke and Charlie (a SERVE Asia worker with us until the end of August) have begun cutting down the trees on the building site where the multi-purpose refectory will go. Please pray for safety as these are VERY large trees. David Noble of Noble mission will arrive in October with a heavy equipment operator in order to demolish the tool shed and prepare the ground. By God's grace, construction will begin at the beginning of next May.Thanks to very generous donations and pledges pouring in from some of our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong, we hope to complete all of phase 1 by the end of next year.
Luke & Yuko Elliot
Grace (13), Faith (11), Judah, (9), Josiah (7), and Johnny (5)
Today I was teaching on Leviticus. This class is really nice as they are interested and have lots of questions. We have some great discussions.
Since yesterday I have had a Fundi, (mechanic)fixing the wiring in my car. Seems better...tomorrow we are off to Mwanza, pray for safety!
Faraja will need a small procedure to stop his nose bleeds. Jacky and Mfaume and Ngassa are coming. Tomorrow Mahona will join us for dinner. On Monday I have the meeting with the discipline committee at Ngassa's school.
Then I hope we can get to Kahama that day to take Faraja to school.
We will stay overnight there and go back home on Tuesday.
No news on permits...
Hope and pray it will come!
Happy me and kids. Greetings from Naomi!
We are so thankful that we now have our new visa for another year until October 2020.
Actually, there’s a lot going on in Lebanon. Besides street children, there is the interaction with fellow Lebanese Christian church members and leadership. One pastor told me that the big hole in their ministry is the street women. It is difficult for ‘good’ women to deal with them.
Then there is the joy of intellectual activity and study, and a good library at the Near East School of Theology where I pursued two courses in “Islam” and “Christianity and Islam”. As part of that we visited by invitation a couple of mosques and were able to attend Friday prayers.
Then again later we visited with the same Leader, and made the personal connection that I wanted. (More in person).
Then there is a contingent of American women married to Lebanese mostly Christian men and with the concomitant children and family connections. There is good interaction with this group for support for Beit el Hanane: shelter for women and children, which is where I shall be serving on my return to Lebanon.
In every grouping there is opportunity for witness to the amazing good news: Jesus the Messiah has paid the penalty for our sin, and knows us and loves us! Wow! (which is American English for Hallelujah).
I've been wanting to write this note for some time! It was such an encouragement to receive your financial contribution towards my current studies with the Selah Certificate program in Spiritual Direction. In some ways I feel like I've been 'second-hand' studying for years as I've supported our three kids through their grade school years (some of which included homeschooling) and then their college years, and then most recently encouraging Gord through his doctoral degree which he received 5 years ago now. However, it is with great joy that the Lord has led me into this training program, in learning how to better companion people in their spiritual journeys.
I attended the orientation residency in June in Phoenix, have been completing the required reading, papers, and assignments, and will soon leave for the second residency where I will continue learning, meet with my supervisor, and interact with fellow cohort students. I see the Lord's hand in my life as I take part in these studies, now as a 'first-hand' student, rather than from a supporting role. There is a depth to this material which is challenging and yet please pray along with me that God will use it both in my life and in those He is calling me to serve, locally and globally.
I am cautiously optimistic this morning that I am on the mend. The exercises seem to be helping. The physio thought that I injured my back when I took the bus on some bumpy roads and landed badly which jarred my spine; although, some of the epic sneezes that I've been having seem to have contributed in my opinion. The heartburn from last week seems to also be dissipating and at least I can now sleep lying down again instead of in the sitting position. PTL!
One of my symptoms is an apparent indifference to things around me. I can’t seem to care about important issues. At the same time, I’m aware of the indifference and it’s like another part of my mind is trying to take over the duties of caring. It’s a lot of work to summon this up, reminding myself to care regularly. It’s like remembering to swing my arms when I walk, something that should be natural. This all makes me a little depressed. I used to be so enthusiastic about stuff. Pray that this numbness of spirit lifts and I can start my new classes this week with power.
For some weeks, there have been demonstrations in Papua demanding a free vote re independence. There have been riots and a parliament building was burned. The result has been 6000 police and military sent to control the situation. Of more concern are the paramilitary groups that are quite uncontrolled and dangerous. The province is closed to outsiders and the internet was closed down for a week. Pray for Christians to have wisdom and for safety.
Greetings from the BC Ferries somewhere off the coast of Vancouver. We’re crossing the Georgia Straight on our way to go whale watching and visit former students of mine when I was campus staff at UBC with Inter-Varsity.
We just wrapped Food for the Hungry Canada board meetings in paradise (Keats Island). We hosted the Food for the Hungry international board. We had some significant meetings together and strengthened relationships. I had the honour of leading a manuscript bible study of Isaiah 61, for everyone and it was thankfully well received.
Meeting with friends and donors in Vancouver this week, looking forward to seeing supporters who have been with me for the long haul, I’m so grateful!
July 6th Phase II visit in K-W Crossroads Restaurant, Elmira, for over a dozen Phase IIs. Prayer afterwards at Sylvia's was a wonderful, warm and caring time. Our retired missionaries are so grateful for this opportunity to get together and enjoy and encourage each other.
That was a very good meal they served out there. The fellowship and prayer time was so special with everyone and I must admit it was encouraging to see one is not alone in the issues faced with the children and grandchildren. Usually all you hear is how great everything is with others, leaving you feeling so discouraged. It was also great to see Gus after so very many years and meet his wife. Thanks so much again. It was a blessing. Margaret
“Thank you for all the hard work that you put into the get together today. It was a fabulous time. Hope you can recoup a bit before the next big project.” --Gratefully, Barb
“Pass on our heart-felt thanks to all who planned the gathering and made it happen. Special thanks to the fund that covered the wonderful meal. It was inspiring to meet people we already met before and also moving to meet those we had not meet before. There was a foundational unity between all of us.
“We appreciated learning about what is happening in areas where we have worked in the past. There was a commonality between people who shared similar problems, and finding some answers together.” --David and Angela
Aug. 22-23 Bill Fitch, Beth Huddleston, Elaine Esser, Alec McCombie. We travelled to Bracebridge to visit with Bill Fitch and be updated on Listen to Learn. Overnighted at his place and returned to Toronto next day by way of visiting with Beth in Meaford and the others near Owen Sound. Bill is excited about the work God has given him, helping pastors in Africa with quality Christian material in audible format. The ministry continues to explode and Bill plans to spend several months on the ground there soon.
Friends from Beth's church in the Meaford area continue to visit her in the nursing home where she herself once volunteered. Good to include ourselves among the friends of this gracious lady and talk about her experiences.
We met with Alex and Elaine who continue to follow Knox news keenly and are well aware of issues the denomination is working through. They, like all our Phase II's, are people who love Knox and pray.
I am still struggling with back pain. I went to Mbale last week for some tests. The physio diagnosed me with a slipped disc. I'm doing my exercises and will go back in two weeks. I had to stop taking the pain meds because of side effects. Thank you for your prayers. Eventually I'll get better.
I have many happy memories of my month of home service in Ontario in August, and was privileged to join in worship at Lake of Bays Missionary Church, Cheyne Church (Stoney Creek), Knox Church (Toronto) and Day of Pentecost Last Call Church (brother Dave’s church). It was a special blessing to spend some time with two of my brothers, Blake and David, as well as Roxieanne and other friends and relatives as well. Thanks to all for welcoming me so warmly and praying for me, safety in travel, and this next assignment at Nassa Theological College.
I got back to Montreal on Wednesday afternoon for my flight out the next evening. Dita Poenaru, my successor as Quebec Mobiliser for Africa Inland Mission, and four other sisters in Christ graciously came over to send me off with love and prayer in the afternoon. Then Susie Frey drove me to the airport and stayed to see me through my check-in. All went fine, except that I had to transfer a pair of sandals from one bag to another to bring the weight of the one bag down about a pound. KLM graciously allowed me a third bag, so I was able to take a good number of textbooks and several Christian books with me, including a New King James Study Bible and The Old Testament and the Apocrypha of The Jerusalem Bible with many notes and explanatory notes for the library here. With the aid of Chuck Pinkerton, our AIM computer man, I was able to procure and bring along a lovely new computer for the school, using funds that had been contributed to my support.
After an hour’s delay, I was off on KLM from Montreal to Amsterdam, then to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, where I spent Friday night at a lovely lodge about three to five minutes from the airport. Yesterday morning, I flew on to Mwanza, where I was met by Abram Kidd and his wife Ashby. We had lunch in town, picked up some groceries and some shillings (with a debit card), then drove about two hours to Nassa. Nassa is a small village, near some mountains (high hills?). Everyone has been very welcoming, and I’m almost settled in my own little two-bedroom apartment, next door to a lovely American lady who is also going to be teaching at the college. Natasha is from Virginia.
So, many thanks for your prayers for the Lord’s help in getting away and for safe arrival here! Please pray for some English students to show up. Nobody had arrived for this course yet as of this morning! If no one does sign up for this preparatory course, they will find me something else to do. For now, I am content to be here, getting caught up on sleep and enjoying the Kidd family. Abram and Ashby have three little boys of their own and another darling whose mother died in childbirth at home; the eldest, David, is to start in kindergarten tomorrow morning, with his mother as his teacher. Tomorrow, I am to see the Academic Dean after the opening chapel service at ten a. m.
Although Nassa is growing, we are really out in the country. The internet connection is sketchy, and we had a power outage this afternoon. On the other hand, it is a lovely area, and there is a high, rock-covered hill a short distance behind the missionaries’ homes. Today, especially this morning, I have been enjoying an orchestra of birds singing; one makes a loud, guttural tapping sound. I also saw a very large, beautiful bird (very like a great blue heron) outside the Kidds’ home.
Last evening, Abram was putting in lightbulbs for me last evening, when a scorpion showed up in a sink. He graciously killed it and put it outside for me, as it was too big to go down the drain.) This morning, I surprised a fairly good-sized spider on the bathroom floor; but when I returned with a heavy shoe to smash it it had disappeared. Happily, it hasn’t appeared again. All day, and especially in the morning, I am hearing roosters and a great variety of birds singing. I should have brought a pair of binoculars, but have managed to see some of the orchestra members. One looked like a robin, but a rather snappier version of the same.
This morning I was too slow to make it to the eight a. m. one-hour English service at the nearby Africa Inland Church, but managed about one and a half hours at the four-hour Swahili service that followed from nine a. m. to about one p. m. There was a nice time of prayer with three or four leading, followed by several choral presentations. Still pretty tired, I gave up at about 10:30 when the fourth or fifth group started to sing their second number. Now, after a refreshing Sunday afternoon nap, I should be able to stay awake long enough to enjoy supper with Natasha in the near-by home of the accountant and librarian of the school this evening. People came by, welcomed Natasha and me, and introduced themselves. Both in the lodge at Kilimanjaro and in Nassa, the people have been extremely gracious, welcoming and courteous and helpful.
I am still under the weather. Had an asthma attack and am using my inhaler. I have no voice so don't try and call me...it would be a one sided conversation!
My vehicle is getting shipped this week. I still have to sell my old vehicle..ran into obstacles to pay for the duty on this old car. Hope to get it finalized tomorrow. Then one part is to be put in...yes it only took over 2 months to get a used one.
Still no word on my residency permit... Pray!!!
Ngassa is causing some stress again and is on his way home.
Will keep you posted.
Jacky is improving and is walking better.
I was accepted at the University.
They told me there is no problem to apply for student visa. Will see.
The migration they said different things sometimes.
On Monday I will register, after that will have news for the visa.
I continue to make some acrylic paintings...see above.
Good morning from St Augustine University of Tanzania.
I hope to write a blog about the trip in Uganda.
Now as I am so busy with my supervisor doing the final editing of my thesis. The final bound version will be signed on 7th October. (We were told yesterday)
I will go home to Tabora for some days next week.
Yes, pray for Jacky: things are more difficult as Jacky is suffering from this mysterious illness. She is still walking with crutches and has weaknesses in her right arm and leg. Both legs are painful from below the knee. At times her feet swell. She is also more tired.
Yesterday afternoon she was happily singing away but, in the evening, she had a lot of pain in the right shoulder and it was swollen and had a hard lump...felt like a muscle spasm. This morning it had disappeared. I took her for some more blood tests, which I had to send packed in an ice pack, to Mwanza... (no special tests in Tabora)
She had eaten breakfast and her BP was 99 over 56. Far to low.
I have sent all this info to the DR in Moshi and I will send the results of the blood tests once I receive these. I have to make sure all the kids are back in school before I take her to the hospital in Moshi.
Thank you for your prayer for our family holiday following the summer camp season. Thanks to our growing experience and, especially, the wonderful summer staff and follow-up team that God sent us, we did not experience burn out this year. However, we were very exhausted and on our way to Takayama (a missionary summer retreat near Sendai) the temperature sometimes hit 39C and, to make a long story short, Yuko had to be treated for overwork and heat exhaustion. We are thankful for her quick recovery and for a real sense that our reset buttons have been activated and we are excited to move into the next work season.
Today we are especially giving thanks for our safe arrival home. About an hour before our expected arrival home, Luke's work truck lost power (probably a ruined alternator). This is an old truck picked up second hand for use in tsunami relief work following the 2011 tsunami and so it is not entirely unexpected that problems should arise with it from time to time.
Yuko, who was driving the van and most of the children, also pulled over to the side of the expressway some ways down the road and turned the hazard lights on. Seconds later the van was clipped by a very large, fast moving truck that swerved onto the shoulder (inattentive driving). We are grateful for that split second and those few centimeters that meant the difference between a severe grazing and full rear impact. Although shaken, everyone is unhurt, for which we give thanks.
Please pray for wisdom as we work out details tomorrow for transportation to our many different venues. It is especially important that Luke is able to make it to the 11am funeral of Mr. Itoh, an elder of Goshogawara Evangelical Church who features in Steve Metcalf's "In Japan the Crickets Cry." We hope to write more of that later.
Here we have some new development reg. Jacky. When we went to her school to pick up her final items I saw a student walking between two other girls. It was more of a shuffle and I was told she has similar symptoms as Jacky. Then the students who greeted us told me that there are about 5 more with these symptoms. Also at the school where Baraka and Kiri go are some boys that Baraka mentioned. I contacted the headmaster who confirmed this.
I sent an e-mail to the Dr in Moshi who gave me some tests to be done as her problem may relate to the food and lack of protein in the meals. If this is the case all the students who are having these problems can be helped.
Pray that this is the answer to Jacky's problem... I am hopefully that it is curable!!
Next Friday everyone will come home for their short break. 16 days of fun!
Jacky has become more withdrawn so I wrote her a card to ensure her of my love and let her know it is OK to feel sad and angry but it would be good for her to talk with Naomi, myself or Margreth who is coming for a few days. Afterwards getting the card she had a better day.
Yesterday I found another teacher for her to help her with biology. She has one for math, physics and chemistry.
On Wednesdays we have our fellowship and Bible study. It is custom to visit any personnel who has lost a love one. So, they came to comfort me for the death of my mom. There were 29 people and we had a lovely service. I have attached a picture.
Now I am getting ready to go to the office. Have a great day and God bless!