Mary Jane Fandrich, Lebanon. Pray for good preparation for Christmas for children of Home of Hope, and safe travel for MJ as she returns for Christmas. Your prayers have kept her going through a very challenging fall. Thank you!
The two months that I have been back in Nakaale have gone fairly well. It has been an answer to prayer actually that some things have improved. I don’t know that the problems on the mission team have been solved, but I’m grateful that God has given me peace about them and reminded me to trust in what he is doing in this place even though I can’t always see it. God is continually refining me. Some meeting dynamics have improved since I returned from furlough. Praise God!
I am also very thankful to God for his mercy to Naduk. She is on my community health team and has had many complications in multiple pregnancies over the past ten years. She gave birth in Mbale Hospital to a baby girl in the very early morning of December first without extra medical intervention. She returned to Karamoja by bus the next day and is recovering well. I was able to visit her along with others from the community health team to rejoice with er and celebrate the gift of new life. She named her baby Immanuela Night Hope. When I tell people that my other name is Hopp, it sounds to them like Hope, so some people here call me Hope. So God was with her pregnancy and gave her hope with this new life. Alakara Akuj! Thanks be to God! She is also thankful for your many prayers.
Funeral service at Knox on Thursday December 20th at 1PM.
This is from the IJM weekend, I realize it’s late but still awesome! :)
We heard in the news yesterday that the early snowfall we have been experiencing these past two weeks has been seven times the normal volume for this time of year in Aomori City. This has been posing serious physical challenges to our daily routines, and has forced us to reinvent the planned Living English snow camp (Dec. 27-29) into a "leadership in training camp" to which we will only accept a limited number of select campers and have them share in the work load of shoveling snow, helping in the kitchen, and grooming the tube run etc. This way, we will all work together to prepare for a one day Living English Christmas Camp (Dec 29) to which we will invite kids from the general public. Please pray that the Lord will bring together the people of His choosing for these camps and that the seed will be planted in good soil and that the children from Christian homes will experience God's calling to a life of faithfulness and obedience up close and personal.
Some of you will remember from our PowerPoint presentations on our home assignment in Canada last year that we have been planning for a very long time to begin an English language Sunday evening worship service. We will have our first such service tomorrow evening (Dec 16). This first service will be attended by many short term workers and we will be praying for the future of this ministry. Initially we will have these services once a month and, when we can manage to do so, weekly. There are a surprisingly large number of expatriates in Aomori City for whom Japanese is not their first language (we have heard that there are about 600 Filipino people alone, and many, many others from Southeast Asia). There are also many Japanese people who are not comfortable visiting a Japanese church, but are willing and even eager to attend international services.
Please especially pray for "Mrs F" who, about 20 years ago, made a very, very significant donation to ACC that made possible the rebuilding of a significant portion of the decaying original building. Personal circumstances have distanced her from church, but she still attends many English related events. Please pray that if this English worship service would be right for her, that the Holy Spirit will move her to come. Please also pray for "Miss K" who lives in Moya Village a few hundred meters down the road. She used to attend English camps before she finished school. We have heard that she once made a profession of faith while attending an open house program related to the American airbase a couple of hours away, but she has never been connected to a church or to other believers. Please pray that if this worship service would be right for her, that the Holy Spirit will move her to start coming.
We are now in island in G. Our plan is to apply for an e-visa tomorrow to return to T and then apply for a student visa. This place is so beautiful and we had a great train ride from home.
We are all contemplating the Christmas season from many perspectives. This time, rather than staying in Lebanon, it has been efficient to double back to my son, David's home in Dallas and enjoy his (now grown) sons, and my Christian's (grown) daughters for the joy and celebration of the COMING. Where is HE who is born KING of the JEWS?
That question set the whole political system of Jerusalem on edge.
And it still sets the whole world on edge. Don't you know what is really going on?
It gives me the prickles. We sing "Our God reigns" and then go out to buy the pickles and whatever for Christmas dinner.
For me, it's trying to find the ingredients for Stollen, that favorite of son Eric. Tom Thumb doesn't carry it, nor Central Market anymore. Maybe Trader Joe?, or World Market. Sorry, some of you aren't in Dallas.
The children in Home of Hope know exactly what the Angels said. They have memorized it in Arabic, and relate well to the shepherds environment. They have also memorized many other verses such as John 15:12 and Romans 5:8. Those verses were selected by miss In'am their Lebanese teacher.
Every three months I have to leave Lebanon as only a three month visitor's visa is granted based on my age (!) Don't ask.
Because I live with the children (literally) noise, accidental bottoms and all, my costs in Lebanon are quite low. However, my income is also very low: about $900 a month which doesn't cover travel and incidental activities within Lebanon. 33% of that number is self funded from my SS.
This is a call for help. There is so much more to do, such as finding a way to open a halfway home for the girls when they have to leave us at age 18. They end up on the street.
If you go to the EastWest website
$25-50 per month would go a long way and there are about 100 of you individual and groups who receive this. $10/mo would be very good too!
Pray for the children at Home of Hope, for Rita our wonderful secretary, Ragheda our wonderful director (new a year ago) Tagheda, and Nabila and Leila, our warm and Christian girls' caretakers, and all the men who herd the boys to bed at ten or eleven every night.
May the fantastic blessing of Christmas invade your lives this year, and awaken you to what is really going on.
Diana has arrived home this evening after a week in hosptial recovering from her hip replacement. She is grateful for prayers.
Greetings to amigos today.
Please pray for us.
The doctor asking for an MRI of Hil to observe if the are some
problem on her back.
This past month was very hard, to attend class the all day, then attend the person who for her exploring journey for the work plus all the activities for the visa thing.
Yesterday Hil she attend an old lady who suffer pain in her leg because she fell down.
Now we must leave the country to secue our new temp visa from outside.
This is just to let you know that David was denied his student visa. He was enrolled at Toronto Baptist Seminary and his classes were to commence in January. His faith is strong and he is trusting the Lord that He knows best and this isn’t the time for him to come to Canada. But nevertheless it was a crushing blow to both of us. But life goes on and I hope to return to Brazil by the end of this month. I hope by that time some side effects of the accident, when I fell asleep at the wheel and the car got all torn up, will have diminished.
Below is from my assistant in Brazil that KWM helps to support.
Yesterday David and I received a crushing blow: his student visa was denied. We don’t know how to proceed from here, but we trust in the Lord and know His plans are for the best. David’s faith is strong and he loves the Lord Jesus with all his heart. Thank you for all your prayers on our behalf. I know that these prayers are not wasted and the Lord will turn this into good.
Pray for my niece Emme who finds some of her university courses very hard. Pray she will persevere and do her best. Thanks. She excels at gymnastics and spends a lot on time with team activities.
As I prepare to leave Munich in a couple of hours for a two month home service in Canada, please let me leave with you some significant praise and prayer items--and my itinerary (finally!)!
Thank you so much for your faithful support!
Warmest greetings in Christ and God's richest blessings during this wonderful season celebrating the first coming of Christ, and speeding on His Second Coming together with you,
Happy birthday celebration from Tabora...Kiri [Christine], Mfaume, Baraka, Jackie, Margareth and Faraja
“The interview was good but with Not good news.
They didn't give us the permission of student visa.
Now we need to move in other direction. We have ten days to leave the country.”
There is a chance to apply again for an extension for the tourist visa when we come back into the country.
We are leaving our home from Tuesday night by train. Travel all night, then by bus, finally we take the ferry to cross to Greece.
Diana’s hip operation went very smoothly and she came out of recovery smiling and talking yesterday afternoon. She appreciates the prayer support of so many.
We have been so aware of the loving and supportive prayers of so many of you as we hosted an Open House for our new neighbors this past Sunday. We are full of thanksgiving and praise to God both for your prayers and His answers! Thank you!
In summary, the Open House went very well! 26 neighbors came and stayed on to talk and get to know us and each other. An added blessing was the tremendous help of our grown children who live in Tucson: Alan, Lisa and her husband, Juan Gabriel.
If you have a couple of minutes, please open the attachment, check out the pictures and read the details.
We would like to invite you to join the LAM staff for our Christmas lunch and prayers for our missionary family on December 13th, at 12:30-2:30 PM, at the LAM office on 500 Coldstream Avenue.
We will have our Christmas lunch at 12:30pm, followed by a time of prayer. Please invite other LAM folks or people interested in our ministry and or connected to the LAM family to join us for lunch and prayer. Please let me know your plans so we can prepare food accordingly.
We have so much to be thankful for all the ministries our missionaries have been engaged in the course of the year! God has provided resources, vision, energy and enthusiasm!
I just came back (Nov. 28-30th) from a conference in Colombia with leaders (men and women) who have been fully engaged in the battlefront of the process of peace and reconciliation in very remote areas of Colombia, areas of much violence and where massacres have occurred. There were also other guests from Guatemala and Honduras, people who have been ministering to those who are victims of violence, physical and sexual abuse in the context of violence. There is also so much to be done! The conference was organized by the Doulos Foundation, under the leadership of the Bravos family (juniors and seniors), with the support of a couple of other organizations. They have exercised exemplary leadership! God is raising and strengthening his people for the challenging times. I was very blessed and honoured to be able to join them and share bible messages of comfort to those who comfort. Also, Arthur and David Longworth have just returned from an exploratory trip to Venezuela. May God bless us and lead us into further ministry to the people of Venezuela.
I am looking forward to seeing you soon so we can once again renew our commitment to the work God has called us to!
January 19-27, we will all meet in Armenia, Colombia, for vision 2020. More updates to come!
Our service is coming soon to the end, just 15 more teaching days and every one will be going on holidays. I enjoyed every single day.
I got a call last week to say there had been a cancellation so I could have my knee replaced Dec. 14. I am scrambling to accomplish all the things they want me to fill out, go to 2 pre-op appts, etc. I'd appreciate prayer that all will go well.
Ruth was in a car accident on December 1, 2018 when her car went off the highway and ended up in a snow filled, very shallow ditch near her home (Durham, ON).
Fortunately she was not hurt and some local people where able to assist her in getting her car back onto the highway.
The front end of the car was damaged but Ruth was able to drive it home where it will remain until repaired.
Good news about Faraja, he won't need surgery! Praise the lord!
Sayi will be taken to the hospital for preparing him for his spinal surgery. On Monday there will be a team of American doctors who will do the surgery if his MRI shows that he can be helped... PRAY!!
Faraja will see the ENT doctor as he probably has adenoids.
At his Final school exam he got 94 average! Smart kid!
Mfaume and Kiri are also with me .
Tomorrow we will visit Mahona. I have bought him a new phone as his keeps giving him problems..
Ngassa is at the orphanage where Sayi is and I expect to see him as well.
Our lives like your own are full of changes and this fall has brought major ones for both of us: we have reason to gratefully count our blessings as we move in to a new home and a new mission. The enclosed letter tells about both with pictures!
We have also attached a letter of invitation that we have sent to 24 of our new neighbors (couples or singles) to an open house this coming Sunday (Dec 2) from 4 to 6. Would you take just a moment and pray that many would come and that we might have the privilege of knowing them and loving on them in meaningful ways.
I trust you find this interesting as CEG M.D. reports on the different aspects of Challenge Outreach
Right now I am boarding a plane to go to Colombia where I will be speaking to at a pastors conference, to people ministering to those who have been abused or suffered abuse with the violence over the last few years in Colombia. Please pray for me for wisdom for courage for clarity in the presentation of the Gospel. I will be back Saturday, December 1. Pray the gospel will bear fruit - a living faith and hope in Christ as we embrace suffering..
Good & hard news: some great breakthroughs in counseling; a significant dispute in the leadership in my church. Members are confused and grieving, myself included (as both leadership/member).I leave for my home service on the 11th--resting until January.
Warm greetings from Tabora!
I just arrived, together with my worker, Naomi and Jacky from an 8-hour drive with 5 police checks, many speed bumps and other obstacles. We were all very tired.
Now I am staying in a hotel in Tabora as they have a wedding next door and with the speakers full blast…even my furniture is shaking…never mind our heads! So, I made diner and Jacky and I left after the meal. Also, the crazy church is at it again...a war zone! Jacky and I have moved to a hotel in Tabora to get some sleep!
Now I have some time to write about Jacky, Naomi and our trip to the hospital.
On Tuesday, after picking up Jacky we went to Mwanza. On the way we picked up Margreth in Shinyanga. When we were about 25 km out of town my vehicle refused to go faster then 15 km per hour! We prayed our way to Mwanza and I made it to a gas station where there was a real mechanic who took care of the problem. It took him 2 days! While I was at the gas station, Naomi, Margreth and Jacky walked over to the hospital which is across the road from the guest house. Thank God, she was able to see her specialist that evening and I was there in time to meet him.
I am very sad that the diagnosis is not very good. Jacky has apparently a very rare illness which is called: Erythromelalgia. It causes her the pain and swelling in her limbs and at times she loses all sensation in her legs and is unable to stand. This happens on and off and can be triggered by stress. At this point there is no cure and the medicine she is to use is a cream for when her legs swell and she has pain…. Guess what: This medicine is not available in Tanzania. The Neurologist told me to check if it is possible for me to get it or he can get it from India although he told me that the cream from India misses some ingredients...
Jacky is quite positive and trusts the Lord. Even as I write this she is singing away happily.
I don’t know what the future will hold for her but we continue to put our trust in Jesus who has shown His power in healing many people. As He is alive, we can ask Him to do this for Jacky as well. One of the concerns is her schooling and we will have to look at a school in Tabora.
Naomi saw her specialist and was given some extra medicine as she has trouble with her acid reflux which causes her quite a bit of pain at times. Pray that these meds will help her in giving her some relief!
Now regarding the third patient: My poor vehicle was in the “hospital” for 2 days and they needed to replace a part in the gearbox. The mechanic also fixed some of the wiring connected with the fuel injector pump. He told me that I probably will have to replace the gear box in another year, maybe two.
So, this is another item for prayer as I really need the vehicle, which is now 23 years old, to do my work and travel to the schools for the kids and hospitals...
I have been given a paper on Jacky’s condition which explains the problem quite clearly. I will scan it next week and send it as an attachment.
While in Mwanza we had a nice visit with Mahona who sends his greetings. He is doing well but has again some spots on his skin which need treatment. He will come home next month and we will treat him then.
Thanks for all your prayers and may God bless you all!
Both Jacky and Naomi send their greetings and thanks and so do I!!!
Attached please find my latest ramblings. The schedule here continues to be very full; but we do have weekends off, and I have less homework to correct this term.
This week was the first of our second term. The semester ends on January 25th. I am now facilitating one Bible study class in Acts, teaching one writing class and tutoring three teenaged children of our students (all four days a week) and three spouses of our students three times a week. It is a great privilege indeed.
Fridays are special, with chapel, community prayer, Bible story-telling, recitation of memory verses, a testimony and a a report on one country. Today we learned about the tiny country of Montenegro, as per the book by Patrick Johnstone, Operation World, http://www.operationworld.org/prayer-videos.
It’s going okay. I’m overworked these days. One full time job plus two part time jobs, but that should ease off in a few weeks. Yuriko found out yesterday she passed a qualification exam she’d been studying for for months, so now she plans on getting a job in IT security.
The church plant is growing in all sorts of ways. I’ll attach a photo. We’re about to get approved by the presbytery and be an official church soon. [Blur intended]
This morning we left for Kahama to pick up Jacky. I went with Naomi who has also something wrong with her. At her shoulders she gets swellings that are painful.
On the way we were stopped by the police who told me I had been speeding... They give you a road sign to let you drive 100km.per hour... Then, in the middle of nowhere there is a zebra crossing without any warning. They take a picture and then you have to pay a fine. My good friends, the Maganga 's drove behind me and Mrs. Maganga came to my car to help me out. This time the officer said he would let me go if I would give him "water" This really meant he wanted money. I pretended not to understand so I gave him a small bottle of water. He tried to make me understand that he wanted money but failed to say it outright. So, I played dumb and proceeded to show him that the bottle was unopened and still had a seal on it. He didn't know what to do and I was allowed to continue the journey.
At Jacky's school we met up and they told me that they had had a good laugh. When they realized I had put one over on the officer they really laughed.
After that I drove to Shinyanga and we had a nice visit with Margret's mom. Margret came with us to be with Naomi.
We continued our journey to Mwanza... About 30km before getting there my car refused to go faster then 10km. per hour. I prayed my way to Mwanza and drove to a gas station across from the hospital. Praise God. They have a real mechanic who will fix it tomorrow. Apparently, it is not a major repair.
So, we made it even to the hospital and right now we are waiting for the Specialist.
Baraka, Ngassa and Mfaume are at home and will cook and take care of themselves and the house.