Xerggyo & Hil. “Hil and I are doing well, continue our language skill, and activities visiting families, for making strong relations with the people. It means many cups of tea per day. Please join us in prayer for: 1 Wisdom to decide which method will use for our resident permit after next Summer. 2 For every local friend we have, because we starting to discuss some important Faith issues. 3 Our health, it is a real challenge from next year for us. 4 Pray for extra energy for the language learning, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.”
How very precious it was to be with all of you just a few weeks ago. I pray for Knox every day!
Here is my request: My brother Bob who lives in California is slowly dying of throat cancer. Today I once again lovingly shared the Gospel with him. Would you pray that the Lord would open his heart and mind to truly receive Jesus as His Savior and Lord.
Thank you for your prayers and support for our ministry at the Aomori Christian Center (ACC). There are so many praises for answered prayer that we could talk about, so many stories, and also so many needs of ours and of others to take to the Lord in prayer.
Today, however, we ask you to pray for a dear young couple that were a tremendous blessing to our whole family and to the ministry of the Aomori Christian Center throughout last year's summer camp season. They came as OMF SERVE Asia workers (SAWs) and, as they move forward with preparations to return to ministry in Japan long term, they are also raising support to serve at ACC again this summer as SAWs. They are, however, faced with a situation that so many in ministry experience . . . a clear sense of calling and many affirmations thereof, but also a seemingly insurmountable obstacle---in this case a looming financial clearance deadline that seems impossible to meet.
Please join us in praying that this will be for them one of those milestone moments when the conviction that "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply" ceases to be theory and becomes solid experience and a foundation for a lifetime of radical trust in God.
If the Lord lays this young couple on your heart in a special way, please let us know and we can share more about them with you or you can visit their Prayer Letter homepage.
I would ask that you continue to pray for my mom and my family at this very difficult time for us.
My mom is fighting an aggressive liver cancer. The Lord knows how long she will cope. We know God can deliver her from this cancer, and so we pray.
I am grateful our daughters came after me to be with their grandmother as well.
It am grateful I am on sabbatical from the Mission so I could come to Brazil for a couple of weeks.
I am very thankful also that Celebration is carrying on ministry. It was very challenging to find pulpit supply for Celebration for the Sundays I am down in Brazil.
About my mom, she was hospitalized on Monday May 6, I got here on Wednesday, May 8th, went straight to the hospital, and came home with her on May 11th. After all the tests, etc., they realized her cancer has reached her lungs; she also developed pneumonia. Her tummy is growing and causing much discomfort, compressing other organs. There is nothing they can do except palliative care.
They released her to go home for mother’s day; she wanted to go home. She’s better at home; we are doing all we can. She eats very little, sleeps most of the time, and is on oxygen.
We have received lots of visits of family and friends, spent much time in singing hymns, Christian music, and praying together.
Despite it all, mom is not suffering any pain, keeps very good humor and is very alert when she’s awake. We remain in prayer.
I have tickets to return on May 29th.
Ruth accomplished much for God’s kingdom. Her linguistic brilliance enabled her to live and work in Brazil, and translate Scripture. Friends of mine who are Brazilian told me how beautifully she spoke Portuguese. Her ability to adapt to the culture and Kayapo way of life in the Amazon jungle, and to learn their language, forming an alphabet, translating Scripture and eventually enabling them to read Scripture on their own was phenomenal and awe-inspiring. She discipled new believers, and helped the Kayapo people in many practical ways. She was adopted as one of them, as a daughter and as a sister. She worked closely with other missionary partners and linguistic experts over the years. More recently, she also worked as a member of a team on narrating the Jesus film in the jungle.
When she was here in Canada, she took time to be interviewed by the media on a number of occasions, and her exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum about the Kayapo culture is very informative. Ruth’s outdoor skills, horseback riding, canoeing, cooking, hiking, dog training for the CNIB, and her love of adventure were part of her life. I have happy memories of Ruth, her mother, and her brother and sister-in-law, and other relatives and friends at the family cottage, as well as visits to her home in Durham, and gatherings among friends in Toronto. Ruth’s faithfulness and enthusiasm, as well as her love for her Lord, her family, the Kayapo people, her many Brazilian, American and Canadian friends and all those associated with her work will always be remembered. We’ll see her again!
-- a friend of Ruth's
Knox has sent me money towards purchasing a newer vehicle. My old one is almost 25 years old and getting parts is more and more difficult.
I have done some research on wish vehicle to buy. I am looking for a smaller vehicle but big and strong enough to handle well on rough roads and seats for up to 7 people. Toyota is my first choice as there are more Toyota's in Tanzania and getting service and parts for newer vehicle is going to be easier than getting another brand. The best car which is affordable is the Toyota Fortuner. I checked it with other vehicles like the Prado and Toyota Kluger. The Prado is more expensive and is going to cost a lot more on import taxes. The Kluger is a very nice vehicle but not suitable for any rough roads. The Fortuner is the better choice as I still have to go over rough roads to get to villages and its size is excellent for my family.
I don't think I need anymore towards this purchase so please do not send any more to AIM for this vehicle project.
The Government is trying to stop the imports of the bigger vehicles like the land cruisers. Many people here want these vehicles to get around the unpaved areas in Tanzania. Therefor I am hopeful that I will be able to sell the car for an amount which helps me buy this vehicle.
I also received a very generous private donation from some very special person which will help towards paying the taxes. Please pray that God's will be done.
This morning I received the official letter to start teaching at the Tabora Bible school. I am very excited to help train people in the Word of God. I am to teach the introduction to the Old and New Testament.
Please pray that these students will be renewed and on fire for the Lord to spread the Gospel in un-reached areas in the Tabora region.
Knox World Mission is so very proud to congratulate three of our full time workers who each received doctoral degrees last week. Such a huge achievement for each one. Congratulations to each one, and may God go before you as you continue to serve Him here at home or abroad.
Paul McLean was honoured by Knox College with an honorary doctorate for lifelong dedicated service and vital contribution to the many indigenous Bible translations in Taiwan.
Geri Rodman obtained her Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. She is currently coaching executive directors with International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.(IFES).
Devanand Bhagwan obtained his Doctor of Ministry at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He feels he is a better missionary, and a more mature person in the faith as a result of these doctoral studies.
My name is Mfaume Juma I'm a Tanzanian, I was attracted to write this story after our beautiful trip to Serengeti national park. I have never gone to any park before therefore, this was my first time.
I remember the day we started the journey from Tabora to Mwanza. To start our trip, we went to get our Kitumbio bus...however we had to change busses. Instead of the Kitumbo bus we were to take the NBS bus. It was a very nice bus except for my friend DON. This was because the seat space between the one seat to the next one was very narrow.
Immediately after getting into Mwanza we saw the tour vehicle and its driver who was there waiting for us. It was very nice because the car was very wide so space between the seats was big enough for my friend, who was very happy.
It was a long but very beautiful trip. I will remember it always; I thank God for choosing me to be one of the people joining this trip. Also, I thank uncle Don, Alvin and Mom and all people who prayed for us for this trip.
It was almost 6:30pm by the time we reached Speke Bay Lodge. It was a very nice hotel. It was my first time to see a hotel like that. It was so amazing. Everything was new to me. The air conditioning was very cool. It was a very quiet place.
This hotel is next to Lake Victoria so the environment surrounding the hotel is looking very green. It makes the hotel look very nice and I totally I liked it!
As you see inside it looked very nice. Also, I remember the time of ordering food was very funny the food menu was so different. It was not like that of other hotels. Their menu was very small. Each kind of food was new to me except for fish, so I ordered fish. My idea was to see a big fish with a big head because the hotel was near to the lake. So, I believed that I was going to get my huge fish! But it turned out differently: the fish was filet and small, but it was very nice food we enjoyed it at all. The hotel is special for tours so their food is mostly for visitors from outside of Tanzania. Eating their food made me feel like I was not in Tanzania.
The second day we woke up early in the morning. Then we ate breakfast and after that everyone was ready to go to the park. So, everyone got into the car. Just before we took off one of the people of that hotel came to us and asked for the key of Don and Alvin's room. Uncle Don had forgotten to return the key so it was very funny. All of us we were very excited because we all desired to see the different wild animals. So, the trip had started to go into the park.
It was almost 40 minutes from the hotel to the main gate of Serengeti National Park. The driver had to take our identifications to the office for the checking and registration. At the entrance we saw the horns and skulls of different animals. There was a there a big board which explained the rules when you are in the park.
After we got into the park at the beginning, we saw some groups of impalas and it looked so nice that we stopped the car to take pictures. Then we continued our journey to the center of the Serengeti where we saw many groups of different wild animals like Buffalo’s, zebra’s, elephants, etc.
The most common trees at the Serengeti are the Acacias. These trees have small leaves and lots of big thorns. This is the giraffe's favorable food. Also, Elephants like this food. You are not to step on the Elephant’s stool because Elephants eat different kind of plants and a lot of Acacia’s so his stool may contain some sharp thorns because not all of the food can be digested. It was very happy the time when we saw a giraffe eating from the top of a tall tree. It was very funny also the way he was chewing his food. His mouth was shaking like a locomotive. My favourite animal in that day was Giraffe!
Around at 2:30pm, it was lunch time. Everybody had a lunch box that we were given at the hotel. There are different special places for the tours to stay and to enjoy the lunch. It was a very nice place. Also, we saw many different birds at this lunch area which were friendly with the people. It was a very nice trip!!! All in all, I thank God for this opportunity to see the Serengeti.
Thanks so much my friend! This was my story I wanted to share with you. Also, this is my first time to write a story. (I have never written any story about anything). So, this proves how much I enjoyed this trip God bless you and Alvin for making this trip possible.
Our PRAYER LETTER 9.4 is still under production, but we would like to take a moment now to update everyone on our schedule for the coming few weeks. Please pray that the Word will be proclaimed with power, that we will see a blossoming of unity and love among God's children, that the Lord will bless each short term worker and team, and that Christ's name will be glorified in all things and in the presence of those not yet believing. Also, that we won't get worn out before the summer camp season begins in July. We do not want our ministry to degenerate into busyness, but to develop into quality time among people that is both deep and meaningful.
The following lists are longish and sometimes complicated, but for those who follow our schedule for purposes of prayer, please consider bookmarking the following link in your web browser: https://calendar.google.com/calendar?cid=bHVrZWVsbGlvdEBnbWFpbC5jb20
May 19 Luke preaches at the Evangelical Church of Aomori
May 30 Yuko lectures at a 3rd Year Retreat at Hirosaki Gakuin University
June 2 ACC Sunday (sermon & presentation) at Kominato Evangelical Church
June 9 ACC Sunday (sermon & presentation) at Kuroishi Evangelical Church
June 16 Luke preaches at the Evangelical Church of Aomori
June 30 Luke preaches at Aomori United Church's outdoor service at ACC
July 7 Luke preaches at Kuroishi Evangelical Church
Visitors & Short Term Workers/Teams:
May 19 Luke gives Mr N a ride from the mental hospital to Aomori United Church
May 21~?? Luke's "missionary kid" friend visits and helps with grounds work
May 25~27 Mtgs with visiting delegation (delicate issues needing much prayer)
May 26~30 2 OMF Serve Asia workers come to help with grounds work
June 1 Pastors from Misawa tour ACC
June 3 Center visit (to ACC) by new colleagues
June 6~7 Visiting Prayer Team (tentative)
June 7 ~ June 8 Short term worker from supporting church in Hong Kong
June 13 Visit from our OMF Canada personnel managers
June 13~17 Pastors of supporting church in Hong Kong visit (but not staying at) ACC
June 19~21 Church Concert musicians stay at ACC (tentative)
June 21~30 YWAM (Toronto) Short Term Mission Team at ACC
Ministry Related Events:
May 18 Participate in colleague's family outreach English club
May 26 Visit Ajigasawa Evangelical Church (where Luke grew up)
June 8 OMF Tohoku Gathering in Iwate
June 15 Participate in colleague's family outreach English club
June 23 YWAM team does special music at Aomori United Church's morning worship service/attend church concert in afternoon
June 27~28 YWAM team visits Aomori United Church's Hakkoda Log Chapel/special music at Thursday afternoon service
June 30 Aomori United Church's outdoor service at ACC (Luke preach's/YWAM special music or testimonies)
We are also trying to get all our camp flyers designed, ordered, and sent out in a timely manner, and to get ACC's official webpage up and running (please pray that we can do a good job with both these tasks!).
Our recent journey to Toronto is one we shall long remember. It's meaningfulness didn't lie in the beauty and life of the city we dearly love, nor even in the friends who embraced us so warmly, but in the privilege we were given:
• To minister to a church that has supported us for the last 54 years, and counting.
• To speak in the hinge between their past 200 blessed years and the coming 200 that lie just ahead of therm.
• To stand with our fellow missionaries, to give thanks for their support and to bless the new generations and all that God has for them.
And so much more!
If you have time, check out the pictures and details in the letter below!
If you don't, please take a moment and praise the Lord with us for His good Word to the congregation, for His Presence in the worship and meetings and for keeping us safe and well!
Yes, we already miss Don! It was also so good to have Alvin here. Him and Ngassa worked together on some electrical/computer projects. That was so encouraging for Ngassa who continued to do more on his own after Alvin left. His leg is healing well. He has again an open wound which needs regular dressing but it is healing well. The specialist told him that the metal can stay for at east half a year, maybe longer.
Jacky is running around like she never had any problem! WOW! God is amazing and this has been an amazing witness of the Lord's healing power in our community.
Mahona is doing great and got some more excellent marks and distinctions!
This week one of our co-workers at our office was robbed of everything while she was doing field work. She came home to an empty room. She is very pregnant and due next month. As she had nowhere else to go I have taken her home for a few weeks as she will be going on maternity leave June 1st. She loves my home and my family and has many questions reg. the kids, my life, my cooking, etc.
This week our leader from AIM came from Kenya to meet with the AIM missionaries and some other missionaries from AVANT to discuss the ministry to the Nyamwezi tribe in Tabora region. They are considered "un-reached" and it is very challenging to work here. I have been asked to join the team and as my work in Malumba will finish this year I see this as another direction God is leading me in. I will be involved in training at the Bible school in our church to train new evangelists.
Next month all the kids will be home for a month!...Lots of fun!
So lots of news and here are my prayer requests:
Thanksgiving for Jacky's complete healing, for Ngassa's leg improving, for Mahona's survival and success in his studies,
Pray for the new challenges regarding my new direction in being a team member to help spread the Gospel and teaching.
This will do for now.
Take care and God bless,
Greetings to all!
Happy me and kids
Thank you to everyone who walked this journey with me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm filled with so much gratitude and love for everyone who helped me on this journey through prayers, support and encouraging messages.
We are overdue for a prayer letter and hope to send out Vol.9.4 in the near future. Meanwhile we would like to share a few matters for praise and prayer:
1. Yuko has been asked to speak at the Graduating Students' Seminar at Hirosaki Gakuin University on May 30. It is to be a 30-40 minute lecture that is informed by the Christian faith and the field of clinical psychology. We just received confirmation today, so she only has less than three weeks to prepare. Although Yuko has been a lecturer for seminars and university courses before, she is very rusty (and busy!) and so this will be very challenging for her.
2. The other day Yuko received a phone call from a graduate school classmate with whom she shared the gospel in the past. Yumi (not her real name) later lived in Australia for over 7 years where she attended various Christian outreach programs. There are, no doubt, devout Christians in Australia who are still praying for her. She is now living in Kobe and, although she is not yet a believer, is hungry for the kind of fellowship she experienced with Yuko and with Christians in Australia. Please pray for her as we connect her to a missionary family we know in Kobe.
3. Some weeks ago Mr Nakata (not his real name), an organic farmer whose preschool child attends the same daycare as Johnny, approached Luke to ask about attending a Protestant church. Apparently his early elementary school age daughter is profoundly drawn to Christianity and church. Mr Nakata would like to accommodate her, but Mrs Nakata wants to wait until Aya (not her real name) is old enough to make informed decisions and find her own way there. We have offered to give Aya a ride to church anytime but Mr Nakata is adamant that, if she is to go, he will take her himself. We believe that that is a very good thing . . . if he actually does it. Please pray that Mrs Nakata's position will soften and that Mr Nakata will begin taking Aya to church, come to faith, and lead his whole family to Christ.
"Bob went home to be with his Saviour that he loved on Saturday, on his 89th birthday. Nel was with him. Countless friends will miss Bob's warmth expressed in his expressive love for others.
"Bob went peacefully. Holly was visiting at the time, and just before she left, she sang a hymn and prayed for/with Bob. It was during that time that he passed away, around 5 o’clock. What better way to go than during a hymn and a prayer. Rho and I were right there of course."
Bob's funeral was held at Knox at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 10. Click here to watch video of service (sound is not good).
Ngassa had the dead tissue removed but as you can see... He is still smiling. At 4pm we will see his surgeon. Now we are at the dentist for Jacky...
At this time of year across North America, university students and their families and friends gather to celebrate graduation. For students it is the end of a long journey of hard work, and they anticipate a new stage in their lives as they begin their careers. Their teachers have worked hard to complete grading all their course assignments, and it is with a deep sense of accomplishment and pride that they see their students graduate. I (Dave) have a strange mix of both of these feelings--accomplishment and anticipation. A week ago I submitted the final grades for the course I taught through the spring. What a relief! But, like some of my students, I have also graduated in that I am now officially retired from teaching. The reason for my retirement is, of course, the steadily increasing impact of ALS on my body. Yet, like other life transitions such as graduation, I find myself looking forward to what retirement will bring. I’m experiencing a strong sense of accomplishment and anticipation, a bit like Paul’s words to Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me...” (2 Tim 4:7-8).
In Spring 2019 I taught my last class for CanIL, the Language Programs Design and Management course. I had a group of 14 amazing students and two wonderful teaching colleagues and we had a great time together.
While I have no further work commitments, Susan is planning to continue half-time as CanIL librarian for the foreseeable future. Through the spring term she continued to improve the CanIL library, further polishing what must already be the best-organized collection of books in the entire province! She is expecting an influx of books at the end of this summer--a donation from one of our sister programs in the US that is unfortunately having to close down. This closure will not only mean new books for our library, but also new students for our courses.
Teaching just one class this spring meant I had some extra time and I used that time to work on two writing projects. The first was a paper on miracles and healing (more on that in a minute). The second was a presentation for this year’s meeting of the Evangelical Missionary Society, Canada Region. My paper focused on ‘displaced language projects’, translation projects that because of tensions in the language homeland are operated from some distant location. Such projects have unique challenges and my paper was an attempt to suggest guidelines for them. Many of the languages around the world that still need Bible translations are found in environments that are difficult for traditional mission activities. So displaced language projects will continue to be one of the ways Bible translation organizations tackle these languages in the future.
A final note: effective May 1st I am officially on long term disability leave with Wycliffe Canada. Susan is on part-time leave for compassionate care (while continuing as part-time CanIL librarian). As such, we are able to continue to receive donations for the next twelve months.
After a relatively quiet winter, spring led to an onslaught of visitors. We spent a total of 15 days in April with at least one overnight guest. Fun! We first welcomed my brother and sister-in-law, then a friend and elder from Susan’s home church in Toronto, and finally our niece and her boyfriend from St. Catharines. Although I'm not up to sightseeing with our guests anymore, I'm still rather good at being an armchair tour guide! Spring has also allowed Susan to put her green thumb to good use in the garden, and both our front and back yards are looking gorgeous.
As I mentioned earlier, my ALS-related symptoms continue to worsen. I am increasingly unsteady on my feet, so used a walker through the winter. Then in mid-April I switched to a wheelchair when outside the house. A while ago I said to a friend, “I’ve gone from two wheels (my bike) to three wheels (my trike), then to four wheels (my walker) and now six wheels (my power wheelchair).” His answer was, “Soon you’ll be driving an eighteen-wheeler!” Not too likely as I don’t drive anymore! We are grateful that my weight has stabilized since Christmas and that I am still able to eat regular meals and communicate normally. However, my weakened breathing has led to an increasing sensation of ‘air hunger’, a feeling of breathlessness that leads to anxiety. After some waiting to get into the Fraser Home Health palliative program, I am now on medication that is proving helpful.
As I mentioned earlier, I have written a paper on miracles and healing. The paper looks at the question: What is God’s normal response to prayers for healing? My answer: the overwhelming experience of God’s people over the centuries demonstrates that He almost never miraculously removes the sickness or trial they are facing. Rather He gives His children grace to endure while medical treatment and our body’s natural defenses deal with the illness, if they are able. He gives them abundant strength, peace and even joy despite their circumstances. God’s strong preference is to give grace and we should celebrate this and not be disappointed when miracles don’t happen. If you’re interested in reading my paper, let us know and I'll send you a digital copy of it.
● Pray for our graduates as they head home, in some cases to get married and, for quite a number, to start or continue preparations for a career overseas with Wycliffe or another Bible translation organization. Whatever their circumstances, may they sense the Lord’s presence and enabling for what lies ahead.
● Pray for various students heading overseas on 'vision trips' and internships to visit countries the Lord has laid on their hearts—that they will get a clear sense of whether they are being called to serve there.
● Summer Term at CanIL begins on June 10th. Currently, enrollment stands at around 65 students. Many of these students will be new to CanIL and to linguistics. Pray that their summer studies will clearly show them if they are cut out for a ministry in translation or another of the related areas for service.
● Thank you for praying for a teaching job for Bitsy. She started working for the Abbotsford School Board right after completing her courses last December, teaching kindergarten in a school not far from where she and Robby live. In August she will be job-hunting once again, preferably for a permanent position this time around.
● Pray for daily grace for Susan and me, that we will serve God well in this next phase of our lives.
This month marks 35 years of marriage and 34 years with Wycliffe. Thanks to all of you who have been part of some or all of this journey with us!
This past Tuesday I was officially called to minister and serve the congregation of Grace West Hill Presbyterian Church! I will be ordained and inducted on Sunday June 2, 2pm.
In every challenge there is a gift. A gift for me was to survive from an attack.
My university invited me to attend an international conference in Mombasa, Kenya where I was to present topics on social change in Africa: “Creating an environment with zero discrimination for children with special needs and with disabilities.” Living with a disability does not mean inability. We must find ways for accommodation through education and love from people and God.
My trip to Kenya began on April 24th. There were challenges even before we left. Our departure was scheduled for 2:00 pm but the engine of our bus broke down, so we had to wait until it was fixed. We finally pulled out of Mwanza at 5:00 p.m., due to arrive in Kenya at 10:30 pm.
Honestly, I had no idea about what was about to happen in Kenya. When the bus arrived at the Kenyan border, we needed to go through immigration and then return to our bus. After clearing immigration, while the six of us headed back to our waiting bus the power went off and the area was plunged into total blackness. Out of nowhere a group of possibly twelve rough men attacked us. I noticed at least one had a machete. They forced a pikipiki helmet on my head so that I could not see what they were doing. Why cover the eyes of an albino man who has poor eyesight anyway? They forced me to my knees and took my backpack containing my money, phone, Listen to Learn MP3 device, bank cards, keys etc. and one of my shoes! Thankfully, I had hidden my passport in my underwear.
One of them jumped on my legs so that I could not run to follow them. I became confused and heartbroken. I was in shock. They threw me on the ground and I swallowed dust. The men took off into the night.
When it felt safer, we looked for someone to help. I cried out asking God to help us. This experience taught me that not everyone cares about what you are going through. I wondered how many people would think of me at this moment and I was surprised to read later that so many of you were praying for me during this darkness. I didn’t think that I would ever see the light of another day again because of the hard time I was in.
I had no safe place to spend the night. This is a very dangerous area, especially for people with albinism. I just sat on the chair at the Tanzanian immigration office, terrified until the sun came up.
Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ that this wasn’t the end for me. He was fighting for me all along when I could no longer fight for myself. He sent many of you to fight with me through prayer. I was happy to be given a chance to return home. “If it were not for you Lord, where would I be?”
After returning to my university dorm, without keys, I stayed in a friend’s room. I picked up his Bible and this verse jumped out at me. ‘He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9. So that you would make known his glorious wonders throughout the world.
As I visualized and meditated on this verse, I immediately I found strength, true joy and the utmost appreciation for my Lord and Savior who has never left my side. I still desire to go where He calls me to go. "Thank you, God, I saw Your light."
During this time, I have learned that disasters and problems grab our attention more quickly than the profound beauty all around us. I consider the life of Job and take notice of the wonders God has done and continues to do. I don’t allow a mindset of fear to overcome. There is joy in the journey with Jesus when I think of all what God has done. “Never get tired of God, never stop doing what is right, never stop being a voice for the voiceless, never give up.’’
It’s my hope that when I die and someone asks what they remember about me, they will say that I loved people, because my degrees are temporary, but my investment in people goes beyond this lifetime.
Through His love and protection, I won’t quit promoting social change and contributing positively in our communities through education. Most of us really don’t do great things. but we can all do small things with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. Let us continue working together to ensure that no one is left behind and to advance happiness and peace.
I want others to be able to experience the freedom that I have stepped into. I would never want to keep quiet about the miraculous actions that the Lord has taken in my life and in my heart.
Please feel free to contact me, I would love to chat!!! Thank you so much for your prayers and support. [edited by Hanneke and Don]
Hil and I we are doing well, continue our language skill, and activities visiting
families, for making strong relations with the local. It is mean a many cup of Tea
Could you please join us by prayer for?
1 Wisdom to decide which method will use for our resident permit after next Summer.
2 We are asking for special pray for every local friend we have, because we starting to discuss some important Faith issues.
3 We need a cover in prayer because our health, it is a real challenge from next year for us.
4 Pray for extra energy for the language learning, we started from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
I've just opened my laptop for the first time since arriving home exactly a week ago, and still had windows opened from boarding passes and layover details. I've made it home, but have in mind the poetic phrase "every step an arrival," as our hearts are always set on pilgrimage. How appropriate that it's Holy Week.
What a privilege to be sent by you.
What a privilege to have been praying with you. Your prayers, our prayers, have helped shape the M world. Some prayers He answered in real time, others are gaining interest. Our Conqueror is still healing, anointing, resurrecting, and saving today.
Thank you for praying for us as participants too. We encountered each other, and our Bridegroom. The communion was so sweet, and often wordless. Things can go unspoken when you're weeping together over the same peoples and nations.
The three goals for the Gathering:
1. Prayer for the Cousin world
2. Equipping in prayer that will be taken across the Cousin world
3. Fellowshipping and growing in friendship with kindred spirits who love the presence of God and love Cousins
My personal and shareable take aways:
Prayer can be specific, joyful, expectant, sing-songy, and a little pushy all at once. Isn't that how children petition their fathers?
By my estimation, we worshipped in song maybe 70% of the time, and verbally prayed 30% of the time. I think we were praying 100% of the time.
Case in point, each day ended with two hours of "no-strings-attached" worship, or praising without asking for anything. I think that heart of delight is exactly what shapes, reorients, and emboldens our Big Asking Prayers.
Quote: Prayer is leadership, and leadership is prayer. A leader cannot outsource prayer (ie to trusty supporters and prayer teams), when modelled prayer is what gets others to pray.
Quote: Presence is power, and power is Presence. It's not about us, but Him who overcomes who dwells in us. In that case we can expect the supernatural.
Quote: Read the gospels and notice that Jesus did not use many metrics - but note one that he did use: "Could you not stay awake with me for even an hour?"
Quote: Read the gospels and notice how concisely Jesus prayed in public. Notice the power and brevity of prayers to cast out demons. Yet, notice how much time he devoted in solitude for prayer.
Lastly, thank you for praying for me personally. I came poor in spirit, planning to claim future blessedness, and found that He really does meet our felt needs in real time.
In the crushing, in the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil I now surrender
You are breaking new ground.
New Wine, Hillsong
He breaks new ground in the soil of our lives, just like he broke new ground at the stake of the Cross.
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May the peace and joy of Christ rest on us all as we rejoice in His resurrection, this Easter of 2019!
So much has happened. We miss Ruth
Thompson, David Evans, Ruth McCurdy—they rejoice to see Christ face to face now.
As well as the greetings following below, I was
asked in person to pass along Gladys Linthicum's blessings to all of us at Knox and I updated her as much as possible on some of your doings when I was out
on a visit to family in Alberta / BC last week.
I was also able to spend time with Dave and Susan Jeffery in Abbotsford. Dave's ALS has progressed to the point that he was to give his last lecture at CanIl later that day. He uses an oxygen mask part of the time now, but can still walk short distances. He would be glad for healing, of course, but also affirms that usually God gives us grace to handle the hard things and He is exalted in how that grace shows up best in us weak people. Please do pray for Dave and Susan as they walk through this time with Christ.
Whom have I in Heaven but You?
And I desire no one on earth as much as You.
My health fails, my spirits droop,
yet God remains.
He is the strength of my heart.
He is mine forever.
Ps. 23:25-26 (Living Translation)
In Christ for KWM,
Fern & Glenn Byerly
(1st e-mail) Thank you! Just had a cataract removed and next month the other one will be removed. Hopefully by Easter I will be adjusted to them.
You are well ahead of the game. It is so wonderful to be able to count on the Lord's faithfulness no matter what we have to go through. He is with us all the way.
(2nd e-mail) Today I read Ps. 91 which talks about the Lord's protection. We are warned about the bad weather coming today. It was comforting to remember that He is in control.
Praise the Lord for the two successful cataract surgeries. Now I can see so much better. The doctor is pleased with her work. She is watching me because there was some pressure in the left eye before the surgery and has me going back for a check. As we grow older we realize how much the Lord helps us and it prepares us for our home going. We look forward to that.
Keep looking Up
Hi Norine, Beth has just read your e-mail.
Beth would like to send everyone at Knox Toronto warm Easter wishes from her. I am doing well considering the big picture. I make the best of each day because of who I trust in and believe in. Appreciation of your news sharing is enjoyed.
Beth Huddleston (via her friend Helen)
When a friend or acquaintance who knows the Lord, passes on to Glory I always feel and say: another saint has gone home. It is a joy to have known them and to know something of where they laboured – Ruth Thomson, David Evans and Ruth McCurdy – a friend of Knox missionaries.
Easter is a wonderful time of year when I remember that Christ did for me, and I recall that his death for me was determined in heaven, before the world was established. This great love is demonstrated in so many ways for me and all you love and trust Christ. It is a joy and deep contentment to be part of God’s forever family.
I am happy to hear that Margaret Roth has moved to a retirement home where she is happy and is far nicer than she was thinking it would be – a blessing from God!
Feeling I needed something to fill my time, I have volunteered with the K/W Multicultural Centre, where having done the mandatory police check, I will soon be teamed with someone who wants to better handle English in pronunciation, idioms etc. I will spend 2 hours weekly with one individual who could be across the range of ages – from teenager to older. If I like it, it is possible to have a second person on another day. We can meet at Tim Horton’s, a library, or in a park - but not in winter.
I still walk in Conestoga Mall 5-6 days a week and on three days also to the gym for time on some of the machines. I enjoy health and strength for which I praise the Lord. Have just last week begun again my hamburger parties with usually 6 in attendance, but sometimes up to 10 -12.
(1st e-mail) Greetings
My move went well into the apartment. I was without internet for a week and have been busy going back to the house to help sort and get rid of things. What a job. Fortunately Susan has been an incredible help.
She has arranged fora thrift store pick up, as well as trades to do some work for getting the house ready to put on the market. Unfortunately, it will not be as soon as we had hoped as we could not get the trade appointments as quickly as hoped. Hopefully it will sell quickly.
Still trying to get adjusted here. Biggest problem is meals. They had assured me they could accommodate my diet but that has not been the case. I am trying not to feel frustrated but I do like eating and tonight was a total wipe-out in this area.
Have found a Bible study to attend as well as a good Sunday service. Have also joined a group of women who are working on some charity needs here in the city. My hands do not allow me to do as much as I used to do but I still enjoy what I do get done.
I do appreciate the prayers offered for this move. I think I have become soft and spoiled living back in Canada so long. Change has become more difficult. Good job happiness and contentment are choices we can make
Remembering Easter is coming and the great sacrifice Jesus made for me because He loves me....... and each of you
(2nd e-mail) Woke up today to a dreary, dull and rainy Good Friday. It seems so appropriate for today when you think of the brutal crucifixion of Christ for our (my) sins. The best part is Sunday is coming. Hallelujah. May you all have a very blessed Easter.
Oh, dear, what can I write? I haven't died. I haven't moved. Oh, well, I'll try.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
I guess my last communication was before Christmas and before my knee replacement. That went well and I was home after 2 days and staggering around. My children rallied around to get me home and took turns being here for a day or 2 at a time. I got to our family Christmas gathering just 8 days later. Jean picked me up here and drove me to London. Then she taught me how to climb a few steps into the house. I enjoyed it, even though I was somewhat doped. I was walking without aids by about 7 or 8 weeks, and the new knee feels better than the old one. Next is shoulder replacement.
My church history project continues slowly. Recently I've had a problem because I have written about a certain period and then found letters with information I hadn't included so I have to go back and include a few significant things that I had missed.
In May there is to be a reunion of Irian Jaya missionaries and kids in Orlando that I hope to attend. Jean will make the arrangements and go with me.
And again I say Rejoice! He is risen!
Wishing everyone a blessed Easter time, as we celebrate our Lord's victory over sin and death.
I have had a good winter, in spite of the snow and cold, but at the moment I am suffering from a cold. I don't often get colds, so had forgotten how miserable they make you feel. Also as we age, it is not as easy to care for oneself, but with God's help, I am managing. I'm hoping to be well enough to attend the WMS Synodical in Goderich next week. I missed it last year because I was in the hospital. I have a ride, so that is good.
OMF is printing a new prayer booklet on North Korea. Since it is a "hot spot" of the world and most worthy of prayer warriors, please join us in praying for that needy Communist country. Thank you.
May Good Friday be a day of reflection on the tremendous sacrifice that Jesus paid for us.
John and Deborah Bowen
Deborah and I are doing well. If retirement is a time for doing more of what you love and less of . . . the other stuff, then God has gifted us richly: Deborah continues to teach; I continue to teach, preach, mentor (especially young people in pioneering ministries), and write. Grandchildren (four of them) are also a joy.