Gord & Brenda Nickerson, Josiah Venture. Brenda encouraged their 3 kids through grade school, then college, and 5 years ago, Gord in his doctorate. Now it is a joy for her to be able to study with the Selah Certificate program in Spiritual Direction, with residencies in Phoenix. Pray that God will use it both in her life and in those He is calling her to serve, locally and globally.
Just finished and I have a beautiful, almost new vehicle in very good condition. It is dark so no pictures yet.
It is like a sauna here in Dar and I am finally just sitting and dripping. We are going to the vehicle inspection at 5 am and if all is well, we have to get back into the city to pick up the car ownership papers and licence plates.
Now I wish you a very good night…. I am hitting the hay.
Pray for the counseling of hearts and minds to follow Christ. The DMin project progresses in good ways! Agency admin changes advancing--to finalize this month hopefully. Personal housing: my landlady requires that I move out by year end, so I'm looking for a new and affordable roof over my head.
A two man crew from Noble Mission (a church building ministry based out of Ontario, Canada) arrived at ACC over the past couple of nights and the work of preparing the building site for construction next spring has begun in earnest.
We give thanks that God kept Luke and Charlie safe over the past few weeks as they cut down and removed trees in the lead up to this moment. We are also grateful for Luke's dad who was able to sort, relocate and/or sell and dispose of all the many items in the tool shed.
Please pray that God would bless and guide our hands as we set about taking down the tool shed, removing the massive stumps, and leveling the ground. Please pray that the Lord will open every door and smooth every path so that we can find the best deals on renting equipment, the most honest and competent contractors to do the things we can't do ourselves, and that we will be able to get the best value for the precious funds that God has entrusted to us through His people, especially our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong.
What a privilege to help out the needy in their homework:English/French and Arabic in the Cedar Home in Beirut. Thanks for your prayers with blessings.
There is a new blog post about ACC on the OMF Japan website. We had a wonderful time of fellowship in September with Yoshi and Suzanne who feature in this post. May the Lord continue to change people's lives at ACC as we transition to a renewed and expanded vision of year-round ministry.
Still waiting for forms to pay taxes on the vehicle. Once these are paid, I can go to pick up the car...
Mfaume is getting ready to go to his university next week. Today we are paying his fees and for books, equipment, exams, etc.
He needs to find a hostel. None are close to the university so it will cost extra in travelling fees.
He is getting quite excited and has some friends who have been selected for the same university so they will travel together and find a hostel.
Mahona is at home teaching Jacky some of her subjects. I hope the teacher of math, physics and chemistry can also come to teach her but he wanted quite a bit more money. Pray he will compromise on the price. He is very good.
Naomi is doing well. Both Mahona and Mfaume take turns cleaning the house and Jacky was helping cleaning vegetables and rice.
Jacky has a lot of pain in her right arm since last week. Please keep praying that she will get the proper diagnoses and treatment.
We are going to get her tested for filariasis...(elephantiasis.)
Yes, I finally received news this morning that my work permit has been approved!!! First thing I did was get on my knees as it is such an answer to prayer!! I am feeling like a huge weight has lifted!
Right now, I am still in Mwanza with my worker Naomi and Jacky. We have had some other tests done on Jacky. All negative... Wednesday they are checking her veins to see if there is any blockage.
It is an ongoing trial but we will continue to trust our Great Physician!!
My dear worker and friend Naomi, has been having ongoing health problems and yesterday she mentioned that she is not sure how much longer she can help with the house keeping. My kids have been so wonderful and have been doing more of the difficult jobs like cleaning floors and making dog food etc. Right now, most are at school but Mfaume is holding the fort while we are in Mwanza.
Last evening, we had a nice meal together with Mahona who's university is close to the hotel. He has finished and is graduating with all A's!!
Now I still need to sell my old vehicle so I can pay for taxes on my newer vehicle. There are some obstacles in selling it so the vehicle which will be in Tanzania soon may have to stay at the port until I have the money for all the taxes which were raised by another $4000/_ US.
So, pray I will be able to overcome the obstacles and sell the old car.
Jacky is doing fine right now but just a short while back she couldn't walk and her feet were very swollen. On Wednesday they are testing her veins to see if there is some blockage causing these swollen feet.
Yes, Mahona's graduation will be great. It is on the 21st of December...Might change of course.
The most recent report has now been posted on our website. Please spend a few minutes to bring yourself up to speed on what has been happening in the various programs over the past few months. You continue to help make these great things possible!
You have invested in the ministry of Listen to Learn, and it's been a good investment. 450 students have already received 2 years/450 hours of great Bible training, and are now evangelizing, discipling others and leading and planting churches, as the church continues to explode in East Africa! And another 600 are nearing graduation! Thank you for helping us get this far.
But there is much work to do, and with hundreds of students anxiously waiting to begin their training, I'm inviting you to help us raise the funds to get them into the classroom.
It costs 200 dollars to provide a full two-year L2L training program for one student, and in the October 5th Ride for Refuge, we're looking to raise enough funds to train 125 more students!
The Ride is a cycling/walk fundraiser that takes place across Canada. Last year I had to stop riding after just a few kilometres, as the pain in my knee was too much. But with a pair of new knees now, I'm hoping to do better in 2019. Will you consider encouraging me along the way with some support? Here's the link below to my personal fundraising page.
Thank you for your partnership in God's work, I'm thankful for you and your help in helping spread the good news of the gospel through East Africa.
The picture of Sylvan was taken just before service yesterday at his church plant, the Tokyo International Presbyterian Church. They were very welcoming. About 40 attendees, many with young children.
I have been in the village of Bulima, Nassa, Tanzania for 15 days now, and am already feeling at home. The heat in the afternoon does make me want to nod off, but I shall survive. Everyone else does. Today, I had a good old-fashioned Sunday afternoon nap for about ¾ of an hour, and that helped. Evenings get pleasantly cool, I guess because we live near a big hill and just two km. from Lake Victoria. The birds continue to surprise and delight me!
On Monday, September 9th, we had our opening chapel service at Nassa Theological College (NTC). The students were surprised and pleased that I was able to introduce myself in Swahili. I’m thrilled at how much Swahili is coming back. Everyone is patient and helping me do better.
Last Sunday, September 15th, with the backing of both the school and the local Africa Inland Church, Natasha and I had our first Bible class, in my home, from 9:30 to 11 a. m. With ten students (six from NTC and four from the church), we had a great time studying Genesis, chapter one. This morning, we were introduced in church as teachers of this new class. The church secretary must have recruited for the class, as he informed me yesterday that five other people plan to be with us next Sunday. Praise the Lord with us for this development. The church has no other Bible classes as such right now, & it seems to be of great interest to some.
Friday is mostly given for free study, so this last Friday, September 20th, our missionary team leader, Dr. Abram Kidd, drove his wife Ashby, their two-year-old son (who needed a passport photo), Natasha, another missionary lady, the lady’s adopted African son and me to the big city of Mwanza, where we could get some money from a bank machine and buy some groceries. I was also grateful to be able to pick up things like hand lotion, baby oil, a small purse for my new cell phone, a few items for the kitchen, and Jix (like Javex), etc. (I wanted the Jix to help me discourage the tiny ants that seem to appear like magic to clean up crumbs the moment one or two fall on the floor.) It was a treat to have lunch in town and enjoy a change of scene. Mwanza is about a two-hour drive from here, basically following the coastline west.
I’ve enjoyed teaching touch-typing and giving extra help in English until now. As of tomorrow morning at eight o’clock, the new English course is to begin with five students. Each week, I’m to have three English classes and two touch-typing courses in the morning, and three English classes and two touch-typing courses for any students in the school who wish to attend in the afternoon. These should keep me out of trouble for now.
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!