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Recent Stories from Africa

Blossoming of a Student on the Mission Field

What makes a student blossom?

This question makes me pause to think, because it is the dry season here in Kenya. In spite of the dryness, there are flowers blossoming, including some that have never bloomed in my garden before, like the ones pictured here. Surely, the sun causes them to burst forth in splendor.

God’s Call

What about students? What makes them blossom? I’m thinking about Aaron’s rod, which not only budded, but also blossomed and produced almonds. In Numbers 17, it was God’s choice, His anointing that caused Aaron’s rod to undergo such remarkable changes. Certainly God’s call is important in causing a student to flourish and the warmth of God’s love is a key factor for growth.

Trust In God

But, the dryness itself seems to be a factor. There are students who blossom even though they experience difficulties, though the soil seems not to be conducive for flourishing. I remember Marvin, a student at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries in Manila, Philippines. He never was sure if he would have tuition from one term to the next, yet he graduated. He commented he had noticed that students who had their way completely paid didn’t finish, but he had. He said, “I had to trust God all the way.” And God had not failed him.

The Soil Matters.

I’ve seen students struggle to survive, because they had sent themselves. There was no supporting community to say, “Yes, we see God’s hand upon this life.” God made sure the whole community saw that Aaron’s rod had blossomed: those alive at that time, and also those who would follow afterwards had seen the rod in the Ark of the Covenant that declared that Aaron was a chosen instrument of the Lord.

Watering the Plant

Certainly watering is an important factor. When the rains stop, plants still need water. After a period of dryness, grass will revive once water is applied, but other plants will die. I think students are like that. They cannot be ignored. They must be watered well with the Word. An institution must have qualified, God-centered faculty to make sure that happens. Not only are classes important, but also chapel, worship, and prayer times are vital to water the plant. For example, at Discipleship College, one of the people who makes a large difference in the growth of our students is the campus pastor or Dean of Students. He represents students in the administration and takes a personal interest in each student. He looks for their gifting and talents and nurtures them in chapel. We at Discipleship College recognize that mentoring is a key factor in enabling a student to blossom.

Community

The growing environment is very important. If plants are squeezed together and weeds are allowed to encroach, plants will not produce beautiful blossoms. At Discipleship College, students meet together to discuss important issues in Community of Faith, enjoy sports competitions, and have opportunities to minister at neighboring churches. We believe these contacts with other students and neighboring churches enrich their lives and ministries.

Lack of Peace

In Africa, one of the destabilizing factors is lack of peace. How can a student flourish when at home friends and family are being killed? Yet, these same countries desperately need to have quality ministers being prepared to communicate the gospel to a war-torn people. They definitely need scholarship help and your prayers to make it possible for them to bloom.

Lack of Resource

One of the weeds that can choke a student’s ability to blossom is lack of finances. While total reliance on a sponsor is often not healthy, many need a helping hand if they are to reach the goal in terms of education. You can help lighten that load with your giving.

Thank you for helping educate young Christian leaders!

Dr. Marcia Anderson spends her time passionately sharing the Living Water that is a fountain in her heart! She serves as a missionary and currently teaches at Discipleship College in Eldoret, Kenya.

 

To partner with Dr. Anderson click here: Project 060-0054

AFRICA DAY OF PRAYER

Peter Thomas, field director for the Church of God in Africa, recently joined Christopher Sabale, prayer coordinator for Africa, along with other leaders in the nation of Botswana for the first-ever All Africa Day of Prayer.

The call to prayer rose from a decision made by the African Council and national leaders at a Continental Congress last year. Thomas noted, “In light of the challenge before us, the battle for the continent of Africa, the massive need for evangelism and church-planting, we must pray—and we must pray as never before!”

Last year, in Zambia and Togo, national overseers and prayer leaders gathered for prayer mobilization and training. Fifty nations across Africa were involved in the All Africa Day of Prayer effort. Churches, prayer leaders, and intercessors in the United States and around the world are encouraged to continue praying for Africa.

No one realized when the initial date was set that it fell on Easter Sunday 2017. Thomas reflected: “For us, it was a good day—we prayed for a kind of spiritual resurrection across Africa, that the forgotten continent will be visited by God with a mighty spiritual awakening!”

Teaching and Preaching in Kenya

Missionary Evangelist Charles Thornton recently visited Kenya, Africa. Taking two other individuals with him, they were in Kenya for two weekends.

Under the supervision of National Overseer Bishop David Bwire, the same ministry was presented in two different districts. In Africa, the Church of God is known as the New Testament Church of God.

The team taught pastors, church leaders, and church members. On Saturdays, they conducted a community outreach geared toward the children. Preaching in the local churches was the venue on Sundays.

Approximately 180 to 190 children and two adults received Jesus for the first time. Participating Sunday school teachers were greatly encouraged, and have already contacted Bishop Bwire in favor of providing the community outreach twice a year.

Project Number 065-0879

RWANDA PASTORS AND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Missionary Evangelist Charles Thornton frequently conducts conferences for pastors and leadership training, and recent efforts were held in Kigali, Rwanda.

A Lifestyle Foreign to Us

Charles stated: “Life there is hard. Imagine you had to go and fetch every drop of water you would need for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and bathing—every day!

The majority living there face that on a continual basis. In residential sections, one sees people everywhere with large, 5-gallon, yellow plastic jugs obtaining water to take home. You’ll find individuals beside the road, down in the ditches, filling the jugs from any source of water they can find. Then, the water is carried back to their homes on their heads, by hand, or bicycle.”

Rainy Season Was Not Rainy

While in Rwanda, Charles was fortunate to stay in a home that had city water. However, at the time, the area was in a drought during what was supposed to be their rainy season. The last two days he was there, no city water was available and they had to fetch water like everyone else.

Training Will Affect 3,000 People

The host pastor, Steven Turikunkiko, has a vision for his region that extends beyond his own church, which is in a rural, poor area. He realizes his fellow pastors lack knowledge and need training, both biblically and in leadership. His church hosted the conference (which was free), and of the 120 invited, 110 attended. Those hungry for the training walked, some from great distances, over hilly terrain and on dirt roads. The combined membership of the churches represented amounted to approximately 3,000 people.

Far Richer In Spirit

The praise and worship was boisterous and glad! The people may seem poor in comparison to those in America, but they are far richer in the Spirit. They exhibit more spiritual hunger and determination than most. God is

To Partner in ministry with Charles and Mavis Thornton click here. Project Number: 065-0897

BIBLES FOR AFRICA

“Sending light to a dark world” … that’s the goal of One Fold/One Shepherd Ministries.

TAKING THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL

One Fold/One Shepherd Ministries was inspired by the scripture reference in Matthew 28:19 when Jesus told His disciples to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Guided by the Holy Spirit after visiting family in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Solomon Macauley, saw the great need for the Word of God, experiencing firsthand how people in poorer nations are fleeced and indoctrinated with incorrect, traditional teaching about the Gospel. As director of OFOS, Macauley strives to take the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poorest and darkest parts of the world where technology is not prevalent. OFOS wants to put a Bible in the hands of every believer.

TEACHING SCRIPTURAL MEANING

Through discipleship evangelism, OFOS trains individuals who have not been exposed to God’s Word, even in areas where they may have heard it, but have not been taught the Scriptures’ meaning.

OTHER SHEEP

John 10:16 says: “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” OFOS is going after the other sheep … the less fortunate who do not have the privilege to hear the true gospel, many who do not own personal Bibles. OFOS provides local people with Bibles and materials, and trains them to go to remote areas of their villages and surrounding places to shepherd and gather these sheep into the fold. OFOS is fulfilling Christ’s command by taking discipleship evangelism to the far reaches of the world, preaching repentance and the remission of sins (Luke 24:47).

Once known in earlier missions efforts as the “Dark Continent,” Africa is now receiving the Light that drives out the darkness!

Click here to give to Project number 102-9455

TWO BOOKS TO SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS

Christmas is vastly different in Kenya, Africa, where Missionary Marcia Anderson teaches at Discipleship College. No Christmas trees, no Christmas music, no lights to show it’s a different season.

Yet, it is a special time when young people marry, churches have youth camps, and streets are crowded with people shopping for Christmas clothes for their children. Families travel home to their villages to visit family for Christmas and eat “kuku” (chicken) and “chapatis (unleavened bread) which everyone loves.

For Marcia, it was a time to rest and she was able to finish two books: her autobiography The Shepherd’s Network, and Tea Without Sugar: Chastened for a Destiny. Any profits from these books will help bring scholarship students to Discipleship College.

At the close of last year, there was a constructive alumni meeting, a festive graduation, and an excellent faculty training and staff retreat. Some of their colleagues from other institutions in the missionary fellowship helped them.

Marcia looks forward to teaching Hebrew again and Old Testament Survey at the diploma level. The approval has not yet come for the school to become a constituent college of the Asian Seminary for Christian Ministry. Please pray an important paper that ASCM needs will arrive quickly so they can begin, as they are believing for increased enrollment.

Marcia Anderson: Project 060-0054 (click here to partner online).

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