Tuesday, March 19
Donna Dong, IVCF, Canada. Pray for energy and wisdom for Donna as she presents Intro to Being Missional to 25 pastors and leaders of the GTA English-speaking Chinese Ministerial Fellowship; as she meets with ON campus staff on Effective ministry in Universities; and leads a 5-day staff training in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in biblical study of God’s purpose for the nations and implications for how we do camp & campus ministry.
It’s very hard to wait, especially for Christmas and…….a lot of other things. We can all look back and remember the waiting times.
While trying to find a home, residence, house, to shelter our teen girls now on the street, it began to look like an unsurmountable effort. But God…….put the ideas and know how and people together to provide the shelter for the girls.
More details on that later:
Right now we have to find the girls! That is no small problem. Let me explain. It happens (in Lebanon) that it’s illegal to contact these young people on the street, when they are let go, by the organization that has held them, or any of its members.
That includes me. There might be penalties and/or denial of license, or expulsion.
A long time fellow worker warned me of this situation and it was his suggestion that lead me to our solution.
Our solution is amazingly perfect for the job, they have the license to do what we are doing, and have the space. For once they are not loaded with ‘clients’. A luncheon with them and some quiet conversation made us all realize that this was coming together. There will be costs, and I’ll let you know what they will be. They have space for four, and are located in Beirut.
Now for the girls. They have Facebook pages, but in Arabic, which I don’t read with any facility yet. No one at our institution will divulge any information if they have it, or help, for the above reasons. I could roam the streets hoping to bump into them…….but my legs don’t like roaming.
But God…..for quite a few years has had a local associate outside of the institution who knows. And that person will find the way to make the necessary contacts. That person has been coming and caring for the children for nearly a decade.
So just wait. If God builds the house, the labour will not be in vain. (That’s British Labor) Keep cool and lets laugh and rejoice a lot. We work for the Owner of the Vineyard. His wages are very fair!
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest and partnership in this ministry to the youth of Central and Eastern Europe!
This year has already seen many opportunities across Canada to make new contacts and connections so that Canadian churches can be engaged with what God is doing in and through the Josiah Venture ministry. Youth groups and young leaders in churches from Barrie, Toronto, Cambridge, and Ottawa will be involved in sharing the love of Jesus this summer through English camps and Fusion (performing arts) ministries. We'd love to see these partnerships spread across the country from coast to coast! If you know of anyone with a special interest in Central and Eastern Europe, whether college students or youth pastors or church missions teams or even a small group or Christian college professor, tell them about Josiah Venture, send them to our website (www.josiahventure.ca), or give them my contact info...I'd love to connect with them!
I have attached here a Year End Report for 2018 that highlights the past 25 years since Josiah Venture began. I'm sure you'll find it interesting!
Jacky is having a rough time. Last night she woke me up at 3 am and was in excruciating pain. I rubbed her legs with the special gel to reduce the pain but even stroking the gel gently on her legs she winched. I gave a her a pain killer and then she tried to go back to sleep. When I went to her room at 7 am she was sitting up and was in tears. So much suffering. It is hard to watch my child in such pain and now she is using 2 crutches to try and get around. It hurts her to put her feet on the floor. She wants to go back to school and is so disappointed that she just can't go. Her feet are still very swollen.
I want to thank everyone so much for praying for her. After she got up and was feeling down, I put her on the couch and she was watching some nice movie which was a good distraction. Later she picked up and was her happy self again. She sent me a silly video clip which she took of her self in negative. It was very funny. Her nice white teeth were black and so was her tongue. She enjoys her tuition very much and the teacher who comes is very good and very relaxed with her. They often laugh and she always has loads of questions which he patiently answers. Very unusual for a Tanzanian teacher. Most don't accept questions and get angry is a student asks anything. It often results in a beating.
Please join us in praising God that
· We are making more meaningful contacts with S1khs at their temple
· Deepak’s music is getting better, and he is growing spiritually
· The TV program in Guyana is now being aired every week (with coverage in most of the country, as well as in parts of Suriname).
Please pray for:
· Us, as we invite our H1ndu, S1kh, and Musl1m friends to our planned Satsangh on April 20
· Rani: she continues to meet with South Asian women to care for them, and pray with them when possible.
Meeting S1khs in their temple
We spend approximately 2.5 hours on Saturdays and Sundays in a S1kh temple. What do we do go there - and why?
Deepak has been taking (excellent) lessons given at the temple – for a nominal cost, to learn to play the tabla and the harmonium. Praise God he is doing quite well with both. I (Devanand) have also started to learn the harmonium there. We eat at the temple (simple Indian vegetarian food – for free). And we volunteer with the cleaning of dishes; interacting with the others cleaning the dishes is a natural way to get to know people. Consequently, we have been able to build trust and stronger relationships.
Jagdeep and I were chatting while doing the dishes. He was very surprised to learn that I was a Chr1stian – assisting in the clean-up of their temple, and declared, “that’s a good thing you are doing; we need to learn about each other’s religions.” I intend to invite Jagdeep to our Satsangh that we will be having on April 20 in our home.
What is a Satsangh? Literally, it means “truth-gathering” – Hindustani (Indian) style. H1ndus, S1khs, and also Musl1ms, generally enjoy Indian music, and sitting on the floor to listen “truth” being told through music and other expressions. We are capitalizing on the occasion of Easter to invite our friends and neighbours to observe our celebration of this “festival”. We are planning to sing about the truths of God, and worship in the name of Jes_us Chr1st, our Lord and Sav1our. We will serve vegetarian food afterward.
A few weeks ago we landed in Mexico City, on the eve of the 4 day annual retreat for some 50 multi-generational Missionaries of the UWM (United World Mission) serving in many parts of the City and Country.
We spent the day before the retreat talking and praying with the former Mexico Field Director, Jonathan Mikes and his lovely wife Rocio. Together they have planted a thriving Church in Mexico City as well as top-flight Christian elementary School. Jonathan and Rocio graciously shared with us the beauty and culinary delights of the area in which they live.
How did the retreat go? In short, the Lord met us all in so many ways and we are grateful for the prayers of so many of you.
If you would like a few more details and pictures, read on in our current letter which is attached
Today Jacky's feet were worse and very painful. She managed to stay in school but even her teacher wanted to call me to pick her up. However Jacky wanted to stay. She has many friends and they helped me carry her to my car.
Pray for the Uganda mission’s retreat. We will go to Mukono (between Kampala and Jinja) the second week of April. Our mission is in a much different place than last year thankfully. The dynamics are better so I hope we find ways to encourage each other and be refreshed for our work.
Jacky started to have some pain and numbness in her one leg on Saturday but this was a bit better as the day went on. On Sunday we attended church and again her leg started paining. This morning she went to school. She loves this school and eventhough she had quite a bit of pain she insisted on going. At 5 pm I picked her up and both feet were swollen and painful. She was unable to walk properly and had to be helped getting her in the car. She was wearing someones slippers as her feet were to swollen for the sandals. She is a little fighter and right now she is having tuition. The people at her school are very kind and that is a great help. However it is very hard on her.
I know you will keep her in your prayers.
If all goes well I hope to take her to Holland in July.
Pray I will have my residents permit by then and that Jacky will get a visa for Holland.
How many times does it take..............
Today we did 3 x and 4x and 5x. with three of the children that are ten and eleven, but in school at the grade 2 level. Two of them had the excellent experience of Christian schooling for two years thanks to your generosity. Now they are in public school, and they have lost a year of schooling while this new situation was being set up. When asked to help them with their homework, I discovered that they were hopelessly unable to cope with a math quiz on 3x and 4x. Agewise they should be up to this.
Finding suitable accommodation for about five girls out coping on their own has taken more time than I had hoped.
We have looked at two miserable places, and were out bid on another. What worries me is the attitude that it is not their responsibility, and they have actually blocked other volunteers from assisting me who were eager to do so. However, help may come from a Lebanese pastor referred to me, and the American Women's Club members. God knows what He wants to do and how to do it.
We have had more rain/hail and snow this year than last, so it remains cool and invigorating.
Things are pretty chaotic around here as we are trying to get everything done to move Saturday morning. Susan is doing most of the work and I must say with 28 years worth of living in this house tucked in every room it is difficult for me to downsize to a small apartment. I sure hope I am ready. Susan was working at the apartment today putting dishes and supplies in the cupboard and the shelf had not been installed correctly. Suddenly it gave away and everything came crashing down on top of her . This is after falling on the ice the other day so she is pretty sore and banged up but still trying to pack up stuff. She is a real help and blessing.
I appreciated greatly the prayers about moving. I am having a hard time with it but I do know this is the right decision. My last doctor appointment was not as good as I was hoping so this might help.
Hil's grandmother recovered very well after suffer a stroke. Thanks for your prayers. She is on her land again collecting vegetables.
Raquelle passed into Jesus' presence on February 28, at Humber Memorial Hospital following a recent short stay. She was a strong supporter of KWM workers.
Dom Gould, recently arrived in South Africa. She received news that her father passed away the day she arrived. Please pray for Dom as she will remain in South Africa at this time.
I am having eye trouble. Glad the word is getting around as I need prayer.
The doctor tells me that my sight may come back but right now I am blind. My history of Knox Church is on hold until things improve. I'd hope it would be ready by September.
The China Mishkid book is selling well thanks to Amazon and is actually showing a profit.
This trip is a 10 day exposure trip in Taiwan, ideally for people who haven’t done any missions out of their own “cultural comfort zone”. The town which the whole trip is taking place is called Tongluo, population of 13,000, with only 3 churches and 3% evangelized.
During the trip, the participants will be going to local schools and homes, county prisons and the 3 churches, to share the gospel with a Christmas theme.
The person who is organizing it is Solomon Tong, who works in OM Community Transformation Ministry Centre Tongluo. He is friendly and fun and he was on Logos Hope, the biggest mobile bookstore (on a ship!) run by a nonprofit.
Greetings from YVR where we just finished our Food for the Hungry board meetings. Still such an inspiring group to be a part of. We are partnering with City Movement and touring the country to talk about Insights to Impact, how churches can work more effectively in our cities.
I’m leaving for Manila now, hitting the beach for some rest and relaxation first. I’m joining an Ultimate frisbee team from Dubai to play in Boracay, Philippines. I’ll work from there for the week and then head to Manila for planning meetings for the Global Workplace Forum happening this June. Meeting our host church, producer from India and our worship leader from Taiwan to coordinate our plans. Please pray that we work well together and get a lot done.
I’ve recently been invited to plan another event in Bangkok for May 2020, and so I’ll head to Thailand after Manila to begin working together. We’ll also do a site visit in Pattaya, just south of Bangkok.
After that, I’ll visit Tokyo for a couple of days in hopes of catching the cherry blossoms! They predict an early spring, so I’m hopeful.
Thanks for your prayers as always, I’ll be back in Toronto on March 20.
Thank you for praying for us in this time of snow. We have had a delightful respite over the last week as a considerable thaw has set in and a great deal of snow has melted.
Please pray for wisdom for us as we navigate some important decisions regarding the vehicles that we rely on for life and ministry. We have been truly blessed by the donation from a supporting church last year of a passenger vehicle for camp ministry. Without it we would not be able to transport the short term mission teams that come to ACC, nor give people rides to church events.
However, the much older vehicle that we have been using as a family car since 2014 has come to another crossroad. We can either invest $1,500 in it now and a further $2,000 (or, more, depending on whether other things go wrong with it) next year in order to keep it on the road until 2022, or let it go and trust God for funds to replace it in early 2020. Please pray that we would be able to discern the most efficient option and that the Lord will provide accordingly.
In other news, we have two interesting/important videos from colleagues that we would like to share. One is about the Hokkaido Bible Institute (which ACC hopes to partner with even more closely in the future) and the other is about a sports outreach ministry that one of our colleagues is developing in the northern island of Hokkaido (we would love to see something similar developed in Aomori).
My colleague Chris made this video for his furlough presentation which I thought you would be interested to view and pass on to others. We live in Karamoja, Uganda, and work with the OPC mission there. This is an overview of the mission's work as it stands at the end of 2018.
I also came across a commercial featuring some karimojong which was totally unexpected. Enjoy!
Ngassa slept well. His wound is bleeding quite a bit but that's OK. Mfaume stayed with him during the night.
Now I have taken his place and he has gone to bed.
Ngassa has some metal pins put in which will be removed in about 3weeks.
Jacky's MRI revealed nothing... Which is good... However, they cannot figure out what is causing Jacky's problem so now they think it is psychological. (you can have your feet swell due to a psychological problem? This happens when she loses her ability to walk and it comes with a lot of pain. They didn't believe she vomited blood and had ulcers until they did the Endoscopy!)
Anyhow, today she is seeing the psychiatrist... After that I hope to get a full report and the neurologist told me that there are 2 other tests which cannot be done in Africa. He will write out the names of these tests.
It looks like I will have to take her to Europe.
With Ngassa 's leg they cut off a piece of bone which was sticking out and then straightened the leg as much as possible and pinned it to keep it in the right position. It was a bit of a long surgery. At least 2 and1/2 hours.
He is on anti inflammatory drugs and pain killers.
Today they took an X-ray and tomorrow they will change the bloody bandages.... Looks pretty gross!
Jacky went to see the psychiatrist and I think it was good for her. He didn't think that her physical problems were related but she will benefit by having some extra therapy as she has had a very rough start. First being deserted by her mother and family. Then the terrible things which happened with that family who were going to adopt her and their rejection... A second blow in her short life. Tomorrow she will have a 2-hour session with him. Then on Tuesday we will see the neurologist again.
Our patient. it looks like the doctors did a great job. His leg looks more straight. God is good! He sends you his greetings!
Greetings from Vancouver, where I am spending a few days with my brother Paul and his wife Bernace. I arrived last Monday, February 18th, and will, God willing, be returning to work with Christian Direction, Montreal, in March.
Thanks for your prayers during my mission in Korea! It was a challenge, a privilege and a pleasure to serve Africa Inland Mission there from last September until the 25th of January.
Following Bill's knee replacement surgery, he reports. "Everything seems to be proceeding well, so I'm very grateful. Still a ways to go before I climb Kiliminjaro, tho.
"Appreciate your concern & your prayers."
After almost 4weeks Jacky is walking again. She is quite happy.
We are now in Mwanza.
Dr. Isidore arranged for Jacky's MRI, which will be done tomorrow morning. Ngassa had his X-ray taken and blood work done. He is good to go for the corrective surgery on his leg. This will be done on Saturday morning.
If anything shows up on Jacky's MRI Dr Yusuph, the neurologist will make a special trip to come to the hospital on his day off to do an EEG.
The Consultation and treatment for Jacky will be about $300/-
For Ngassa it will be just over $1000/-
Pray that his surgery will be a success and that he can walk better.
Pray that a solution to Jacky's problem will be found and for God's healing.
I included a picture I took of her today.
Norma D'Cruz, a faithful Knox member and KWM supporter, grandadaughter, Laya, co-stars in a fun commerical.
Thursday I am taking the bunch to Mwanza. We will register at the hospital for Jacky and Ngassa. Jacky's MRI will be about $200/- and Ngassa I don't know yet but I expect it to be about $500/- (am waiting for a message from Dr. Isodore.)
Ngassa’s surgery will be on Saturday. Pray for him as he is still traumatized from all the previous surgeries and is scared of having to go through all the pain again. At least he lets me know how he feels so we can all pray for him knowing what to pray for.
Hope that he will have recovered by the time you come and that a solution to Jacky's medical condition will be found.
Please join with me in thanking God for the good working relationship that Tinah and I have. We have been meeting together on Tuesday afternoons to strategize about community health. She has also been coming to the villages with the community health team on Wednesday and Friday mornings. I appreciate her insight and feedback.
Thank you for the spiritual support and many prayers!
Naduk and baby Immanuela are doing well. I saw them on Friday. Naduk's mom is living with them for now as her maternity leave is finished. Her mom takes care of the baby while Naduk walks to the villages to teach health.