Dominique Goold, IVCF Scarborough U of T. Pray for Dom as she works to reconnect with students in preparation for the fall term.
July 15-19th, I had the privilege to attend TEAM’s Refresh conference as a representative of Knox, who partners with TEAM in the Missions Hub and has previously sent such missionaries as Ken & Sylvia Dresser and Gladys Linthicum through TEAM. During the week, it was encouraging to hear updates from missions areas around the world and join in prayer for workers and their ministries, to get to know more about a missions agency Knox partners with, and to hear that many of the questions our church has been working through about the changing nature and face of missions are many of the same questions that organizations like TEAM are wrestling with. New creative ventures, marketplace ministry, North America as a place increasingly in need of missionary presence, the need for diversity in mission, the importance of collaboration, and the changing realities of global cities were all topics of discussion that were familiar to my experience at Knox and encouraged me that the questions we’re asking as a church are leading us in the right direction to continue to have a meaningful and effective evangelical ministry. One of the highlights for me was conversation around “Member Care” – pastoral care of missionaries – which challenged me to think more deeply on how it is that Knox is not only monetarily supporting and praying for those who we send, but how we are actively seeking their growth, discipleship, and wellbeing – especially when they are with us, but also when they’re in their missions area. Pastoral Care for Knox supported missionaries is certainly a topic I would be very happy to discuss with anybody who has thoughts about it!
Please pray for sunny weather in Moya tomorrow (Saturday, July 20) as it is the only window of opportunity to air out ACC's bedding (over fifty sets) and the only way that the large number of people we are expecting can be meaningfully occupied.
The Occasion: Work Day & BBQ! With our 13 summer staff members plus many Christians from around Aomori Prefecture plus many people who do not know Christ but have accepted the invitation to participate.
Thank you for praying for the door to door visitation yesterday. It was a very meaningful experience for us and an important contribution to Aomori Baptist Church's daily, long term mission of connecting to the local community. A few elderly people accepted our offer to pray God's peace and blessing upon their household. Please pray that God will bring in His harvest.
Some of our staff also had an opportunity to participate in a parent day at Aomori Baptist's kindergarten.
We are having a wonderful time to visit families, praying for them and sharing the good news. Discussing our faith.
- this coming weekend will have the visit of our director and his wife for about two weeks. Pray for us to have a good time together and planing the objectives for the future of the work.
- we need to define the platform of our stay in this country in this month. Pray for the best oportunity. We are working in diferent ways. We need wisdom in our decision.
I am having fun painting too. [also at top of site]
Thank you for praying for our summer camp season here at the Aomori Christian Center.
We believe that God is answering our prayer that He bring the right people at the right time, both campers and staff, and we trust that He will continue to do so right through to the end of Kids' Bible Camp on July 31.
Please be in special prayer for our International Work Camp participants. Tomorrow (Thursday, July 18, 10:00am~12:00 noon) is ministry day. Pastor Kakumoto of Aomori Baptist Church shared with us this evening about sharing the gospel in Aomori and about some of the amazing things he has witnessed the Lord bring about since he came back to his home prefecture three years ago.
Tomorrow we will be joining him for some door to door visitation in the neighborhood of Aomori Baptist Church. We will pray for God's peace and blessing on each house before ringing the door bell and, if anyone answers the door, we will ask if we may pray for them for God's blessing on their household. If they say yes, we will ask permission to (very briefly) share about our experience (of the peace and joy that comes from God). If they say yes, then we will and then ask them if they also desire to know that peace and joy. If they say yes, then we will share how it found in Jesus Christ. Please pray for the team as, for many of them, this is a very new and intimidating experience. Please pray for meaningful encounters, for each step of each conversation.
Please also pray for safety on the afternoon-evening excursions to explore Aomori.
This has been a hectic week as I received the message that my mom was dying. I scrambled to get a special permit to leave and return to Tanzania. (My residents permit as well as my work permit had expired and I could not leave without any permit. I have paid for the permit in May but it still has not come.)
For this special permit I had to get on a bus to Mwanza on Sunday and the next day I went to the AICT headquarters. Our General Secretary called the immigration officer in Mwanza. He agreed to help me! I got a special permit after having to get my flight booked which he stamped as well besides stamping my passport. I did not have to pay any fees! WOW! The whole process took me from morning till mid afternoon. Then I had some lunch and went with a taxi to Ngassa's Secondary school in Mwanza. He had run into some problem and I went to get it resolved. I think all is well now. I then went to get my bus ticket to Tabora. Had leftover pizza for dinner and went to bed. I got the bus early in the morning and arrived in Tabora in time to go and get my flight booked from Tabora to Dar es Salaam.
This afternoon I called the care center where mom is and was told that she had just passed away. My younger brother was there so I asked to speak with him. He was quite confused and wondered how I knew to call to give him my condolences as mom had passed away. He was just in the process of calling the family.
God's timing is perfect: I will be flying to Holland this Friday and arrive on Saturday. The funeral will be next week and I can attend! I am very grateful to our Almighty, loving Father who answered our prayers.
My last talk with mom was last Saturday. She knew who I was and said that she would love to come to Africa but it is so far... A very nice memory!
Several indigenous people came from small distant villages and isolated PRAY so that these natives assume the responsibility of being light in their villages.
PRAY for the return of the Indians to their villages, one of the cars crashed on their way to the venue.
These are the participants and teachers of the 4th edition of the Biblical Kayapó leadership Training for men in Guarantã, state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. The event is currently underway from July 14 to 20.
I just returned to Nakaale from some meetings in Mbale with the full mission. We talked about concepts from two books: When Helping Hurts and Toxic Charity. The meeting was a good start to re-focus some of our giving so that we can hopefully move away from misguided relief efforts towards rehabilitation and development and also away from the tyranny of the urgent. Please pray as we work through the details of application in our ministries. Hope springs eternal!
Please also pray for some back pain that I have been having over the past month that has been more than usual. This morning was especially bad which may be in part due to taking the bus on alternately bumpy and muddy roads last Thursday. I guess I have to begin doing more back strengthening exercises again.
Here we go again! In Thornbury, Ontario, Canada we’re back in Athens!, and this time we have five days to work through the excellent VBS program. Paul has joined us too, along with Dionysius. My assignment is the spice stall and we have gathered five solid stone mortars and pestles for the grinding of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, cumin, and allspice. It’s great fun, and the aroma wafts through the basement where we host 20 children at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church. Thornbury is a small town near Georgian Bay. Google it.
Baltimore, Ontario is my mailing address, designating my land near a village called Harwood. It comes complete with deer flies, black flies, mosquitoes, and every other variety of creature including deer, black bear, mice, rabbit, and cougar, introduced by the Province to control the deer. The deer don’t need controlling. Don’t go out at night, the cougar…………..
Visiting with our sponsored immigrant meant shopping for all the good Middle Eastern bread, olives and cheeses, to say nothing of a supply of fresh lamb and eggplant. Tea with another family meant playing with the children: there’s a new baby girl who’s just walking. After the VBS at St. Paul’s Pres. it will be fun to reconnect with the M. Ed. classmates at U of Toronto.
At the ‘farm’, my buggy land, we visited with the neighbor next door, Mike, who will water-witch my land and tell me where to put down a well. It was a full three hour visit hearing of how life has challenged him, and how he has heard from God.
Scott, p.m. service sound operator for several years, passed away Saturday morning, July 6, at 9 a.m. Please remember his wife Dori, and their kids.
Happy 100 Margy. Margaret celebrated her 100th birthday in her home with a number of close friends and musicians.
Barb, Jim, David, Gus, Marliese, Sylvia and Norine
Nancy, Eleanor, Angela, Pam and Marg
Don and MJ Scott's son Ben, was married in Barrie on Friday, June 5
Thanks for your prayers. I am having a fantastic time teaching English and French to people from several different countries.
Sensitive material for prayer: One of my English students is from Iran. She is seriously considering converting to Christianity. Her three daughters have already done so after God did a couple of wonderful things for their family – one of them bringing their father out of a coma , allowing him to properly bequeath or transfer his house, etc., in Iran, to his family before falling back into a coma and dying! I also have a French student from S aud i A ra bi a, a young lady. To my delight, she actually accepted a beautiful Children’s Bible Story Book recently. I was thrilled! She had passed by other books, such as an Arabic New Testament, etc. Please pray for these two ladies and other students as we interact. They are most grateful for the classes, and will be sad not to have continued teaching of both English and French in the fall. Please pray for replacement teachers for both of these subjects. Thanks so much.
I just learned last night that I am to be assigned to teach at Nassa Theological Seminary, in Tanzania, leaving sometime in September. I plan, DV, to remain there until sometime around or after Easter, which is on April 12th. Your prayers are much appreciated. Thank you!
Praize God that
• We are able to cultivate meaningful relationships with contacts at the S1kh temple; also with our neighbours
• We will spend 2 days at our friends’ cottage while Deepak will be camping for 2 weeks
Please pr_y for
• Devanand’s back pain while he volunteers at Deepak’s camp
We give thanks to God for the good friendships we have been cultivating as Deepak and I (Devanand) take music lessons at the S1kh temple.
Last week, one of Deepak’s music teachers (an international student) spent a night at our home. It was wonderful to get to know her better as she shared some of her personal struggles. Rani listened for hours to her concerns about not knowing how she will be able to pay the very high student fees for international students. We encouraged her to trust in God, and asked her to read portions of the B1ble in her mother tongue (Punjabi). Please pray for A. – that she can know that God is a God of miracles who can meet all her needs, and save her soul.
We are very grateful that friends have invited us to spend 2 days at their cottage with them. We are excited! Afterward, we head to a Khristian camp where Deepak will be a camper, Rani a kitchen-helper, and I, a “maintenance man”! I especially need your prayers as I sprained my back yesterday. I saw the doctor today and am feeling better but I would like to be quite healthy to assist in ‘maintaining’ the camp! I am still walking in pain but am feeling better.
It has been a good and full week at the Global Workplace Forum. Praise the Lord all came together very well and everyone is now on their way home. When was the last time you heard engineers, environmentalists, artificial intelligence experts, modern day abolitionists and stay at home moms speak at the same conference? The themes were on point and the speakers had much to contribute to the topic of work and faith.
Participants from Nigeria and Pakistan received their visas the week prior to the forum, including dear friends of mine. It was my joy then to see them immediately upon arrival and welcome them personally to the forum. One gentleman received his visa 2 hours before his flight!
Everyone was grouped into tables of 6, to meet those in the same industry from around the world as much as possible. They really bonded & God met them in these groups. They even shared communion around these tables as a symbol of how we serve each other as Christ’s body.
We created a collaborative work space, where people who share the same passion could ideate and build solutions together. Some teams plan on working together after they return home and others plan on replicating what they learned at home.
It was hugely gratifying for me to check in on the teams working hard to pull the event off, it was wonderful to see problem solving and collaboration behind the scenes. A few people said I looked pretty relaxed as the director, but it’s truly because of my trust in the staff and volunteers that they were pulling in the same direction. There was still plenty to do, checking in on the teams and connecting the dots.
I had the fun job of hopping on the stage on the last evening to acknowledge the teams and express our gratitude for their work.
As usual, I learned so much from my brothers and sisters in Christ about the church in their home countries. I’m humbled at the risks they take in following Jesus, and their passion for his kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven.
Loved seeing dear friends and catching up over delicious local foods and bubble tea!
Thank you for your prayers, it was amazing to respond to issues that came up, and watch them miraculously resolve with ease. I had a wonderful assistant onsite too, who had a terrific attitude and jumped in to help however needed. The peace of Christ was with us this past week, I’m grateful to God and the prayer support from Knox.
Please click below for our Prayer Letter with many pictures and few words . . . but with very good news!
Also, thank you for praying for Yuko's lecture at the end of May. Although she herself wishes she had time to prepare better (and also wishes that she had been given correct information--it was 130 students instead of 30, there were several faculty in the audience, and it was required attendance, not an elective). However, since afterward the chaplain who had invited her to speak declared that she should advertise herself as a lecturer, I (Luke) will venture to say that God answered our prayers and that she was able to do well.
We also thank you for praying for the young couple who were struggling to raise enough support, and a special thank you to those who gave toward their summer mission trip. Although I think that they are still a little short of 100% support, they have been able to confirm that they will indeed be able to come and serve with us again this summer.
We do ask for prayer for our summer camps, though, as registrations are very slow for Kids' English Camp and Youth Bible Camp (praise God that quite a few have already signed up for Kids' Bible Camp). Please pray that the Lord will bring the people of his choosing. We have great guest speakers--pray that they will be enabled to proclaim the gospel with power.
Dear Family and Friends,
(Some 'turning 100' thoughts from Margaret....)
You can only do this once...this journey we each are on. Mine has gone so fast...I can hardly believe I am turning 100.
Oh, my word, what comes to mind about my long life? Early childhood friends pop into my mind..some rascals - for example, Bonar MacLeod, who, as a child, always had insects in his pocket and talked to butterflies..and grew up to be a wonderful surgeon. Or Jeannie Little, now a renowned author, who I met when she was just a little baby...and we all took piano lessons from her grandmother, Mrs. Gauld. I could go on and on...but just let me say that my life, our Mackay life, in Tamsui, is still very alive to me...including my Formosan friends: Bi-oan comes to mind.
As a young adult, I took a meandering path...from studying English and History at U.of T. to taking a secretarial course somewhere. After my Mom and I came back to Canada to live permanently, my life just unfolded with my 2 sisters and many friends - both Taiwanese and others.
Then Anna and I had some retirement years together..with Isabel close by.
I have to say that I have really enjoyed my life. It has been so interesting. I never knew what a day would bring.
We have always had such wonderful pets in our lives...and I continue to have Misty, an incomparable, often incorrigible, cat.
Lynda and I watch wonderful movies together (many times over): Chariots of Fire (Eric Liddell - 1924 Olympics); The King's Speech (King George VI - the current Queen's father); Amazing Grace (William Wilberforce and the abolishment of slavery in England); The Darkest Hour (Winston Churchill); The Sound of Music; etc....and I realize that I have lived much of this history - what an extraordinary thing!!!
To sum it all up, I have hundreds and hundreds of reasons to be grateful...and I thank you for joining me in that gratitude. My mind is full of so many memories - past and present...and they are all here right now. Thank you for being part of those memories.
Some unusual closing lines come to me: 'Formosa Forever' comes from somewhere in my heart...and a line from my school song from Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan: 'And the ties that are so near to us.'
Peng-an...Banzai!!!!! May 'the Lord preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.'
Margy (Margaret Lucy Mackay)
p.s. Thanks to my cousin, Kenneth Ko, for the lovely '100th Card' he sent me (attached) and this picture of me was taken in May of this year.
We are halfway through 2019 and we have the joy of sharing with you our second newsletter of the year.
May God continue to bless you and we thank you for your continued interest in the work of Ezra Centre.
Hil's mother fell while shopping in market yesterday. She broke her left ankle but has pain in both ankles. She is a bit better today but will have to stay in a cast for two months at home.
God has blessed us with the friendship of a Nepali family I (Devanand) especially have a nexus with the country of Nepal. I have visited that country scores of times. We keep in touch with pastors in Nepal and continue to pray for that poor country that has followed India in establishing harsh laws against Khris_tian konversion.
We have enjoyed getting to know this family who emigrated a few years ago to Canada from Nepal. We have assisted them with some needed furniture, and they would like Deepak to teach their son how to play the harmonium. They are hungry for relationships. Please pr_y that they may know J__sus, the greatest friend. We are encouraged that Meena and her son attended a movie at the neighbourhood ch_rch last Friday.
Praise God that we continue to build meaningful relationships at the S1kh temple. I (Devanand) have joined Deepak to learn to play the harmonium. We give thanks that one of Deepak’s music teachers (an international student) may be spending 1-2 nights with us. We plan to read about J_sus’ life and share with her what Khrist means to us personally.
This Friday (June 28) would be the last airing of the Jeewan Ki Roti TV program, which has been aired every week for the past few months. We were quite touched when a TV station manager from Guyana called me to express appreciation for the program. This is quite significant as the management of the station is very pro-H1_ndu!
I look forward to the hiatus from the TV program. Many hours of editing were required for each program – not mentioning the time and energy required for the recording in our basement. We are very grateful for Jake, our lone technician who looked after the lighting, sound, and camera work. It also required money to keep the program going…
I had shown a Khris_tian leader from India a sample of the TV program. He was excited with the Hindustani (Indian) genre, and suggested that short videos might be very effective to share the g0spel – possibly reaching several of thousands of people through social media such as Whatsapp. Please pr_y that God would lead in such a plan, as there are so many variables to consider.
We are grateful for your partnership with us through your prayers and financial support. We give thanks to God for your friends who encourage us in different ways. Your friendship means a lot to us!
I am enjoying teaching English & French to immigrants & refugees, helping at a food bank & visiting shut-ins. I have given Bibles & NTs to some. Pray for a young Saudi Arabian woman who received a beautiful Children’s Bible Story Book, and for my mission to Africa this fall.
I hope to visit Knox on August, probably on the 25th and September 1.
Sorry I haven’t been writing much. I’ve been putting off sharing bad news.
The thing is, Recent indications suggest that I am experiencing the early stages of Parkinson’s. I’m going for another brain scan next week at a big university hospital with a major neuro clinic, but it doesn’t look good. Reading the Mayo Clinic info sounds like someone following me around and describing my movements. I tick all the boxes. Anyway I’ll keep you posted on any further developments as I know more.
Family and church here very supportive. God is really really good!
I of course continue to teach. Pray that I can remain effective.
It is good to be back home from the week in Mwanza although not much of a rest with getting the kids ready for school. They all need shoes, sandals, socks, etc. Today I bought materials for pants and skirts for their uniforms. They will need reams of paper, soaps, etc. My house will look more like a store this week!
My old vehicle is becoming somewhat of a soap opera...I returned to the garage hoping they would have gotten the parts....No such luck: One part is to come from Nairobi and the other from Arusha. Without the repairs I won't be able to sell the vehicle so please pray!! Also no news regarding my residents permit...Sigh!
My mom is quite sick and was not able to talk on the phone yesterday.
When we got home last Saturday I was hoping to hit the sack early. That night they were celebrating the opening of the new mosque near our home with lots of noise until 2 am and there was an all night wedding with the loudest disco music...No rest for the wicked! The kids were all helping out today so that was great!
Naomi has to go to Mwanza to see her specialist. I will send her together with Margereth. They probably need to be there for a few days. Pray that the doctor will give her the right medicine to help with her acid re-flex.
Cappuccino Got a big cut on her snout and needed an injection. She looks awful!