God's Teaching in Swahili Video
Most of this week’s activities revolved around preparation for our upcoming furlough/deputation. We actually fly out next week but when you’re leaving for ten month’s there are a lot of items that must be attended to before we leave. It is not as easy as just getting on the plane. We have licenses and permits that needed to be renewed before we leave and we have to put other items like phones and internet on temporary hold so we do not lose these type of services. Someone once asked me why we call our return to the USA furlough/deputation together instead of just furlough. From my understanding, furlough implies; rest, rejuvenation and even revival. We do have four months of actual furlough planned where we will be in Florida attending our home church and attending Churches in our home state. However, we will also be on the road dragging back and forth across our great nation for six months visiting supporting churches to thank them for their faithful support over the years as well as visiting new Churches which are interesting in partnering with us. There are some churches that we have not visited with since our original deputation in 2007-08 and we want to stay connected to them. Living on the road and out of a suitcase is hardly considered rest, rejuvenation and revival. This is the life of the Missionary and his help met. After reviewing our upcoming schedule over the next few months we know we have a lot of traveling ahead of us and we will need God to give us the strength to be able to minister to those whom we visit along the deputation trail. In all honesty, we probably needed to take this break months ago as we are totally spent and depleted, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Please pray for us brethren. One of the things that we know rejuvenates us like nothing else is seeing our family again. Word’s cannot describe how much anticipation we have in this regard, not only to see our children but we also have two new grand kids that I have not met yet and grandpa needs to hold them and play with them. For our final service on this side of the world until next year, we visited the Landmark Baptist Church of Namarambi which is located near the base of Mt. Elgon.
We continue to be blessed by the young folks we see coming up through the churches as well as those faithful few that help us start these new works.
Young People Sing at Watato
The body says that there is much relief after the service and the long trip to Mt. Elgon but there will always be a longing in our hearts to worship with the people whom we love dearly and who have become such a big part of our lives. Furlough also brings a season for the church to continue to move forward without any foreign involvement which is essential to their growth. Sunday School Teacher Praying
We were taught a long time ago that the test of all teaching is practice and that the permanence of the church depends on the members and not the missionary. Missionaries will come and go but the church should remain and move forward for the cause of Christ without him. This is our goal, this is our hearts prayer and this is the ultimate test of the years of mentoring and teaching. After a final review of these thirteen young churches we find that the Pastor’s and leadership in place while very young, are in unity and capable of leading these local congregations who have coveted together to keep the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the many benefits of creating a strong team of Pastor’s in an associated fellowship is that they also have each other to rely on during times of struggles. We believe that we have given them necessary tools and training to continue the great work that God is doing in their lives and churches. While we all have room for improvement we trust God’s people to stay totally dependent on Him alone for grace, wisdom and His leadership. This gives us great peace as we walk away from the work that so captured our lives over the last four years.
Please continue to pray for the local New Testament Churches and us as we travel the world.