Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Florida Church Planting Update May 11, 2021

The Florida Plant continues to move forward and continues to bear fruit by the grace of God. ur annual campaign of "EACH ONE REACH ONE IN 2021" is providing us with a steady flow of visitors which in turn has yielded a steady of number of salvation's and baptisms. Now, the more difficult of work of disciplining these new converts provides the greatest challenge. It Seems people in this day and age who are willing to trust Christ as their personal Savior and to follow Him in scriptural baptism get distracted and sidetracked so easy that it makes it difficult for us to help them grow in their new faith. Bible prophecy teaches us about a time when people will be running to and fro and men's hearts will be failing them from fear and anxiety. Sure looks like the days of Noah again and we need to be more faithful now as we see the day of the return of Christ drawing nigh.


                                        NEW DEACONS ORDAINED
We recently ordained two new Deacons at the Florida Church plant. Bro. Kenny Saltmarsh and Bro. Maynard Saucier have proven them self to be of honest men of good report and full of the Holy Ghost. I'm a firm believer in having a solid leadership team in place to help guide the Church Plant to the next level. These men were great servants of God before they were ordained and are now are serving the Lord as ordained Deacons. We thank Missionary Temple Meek for helping officiate the ordination service. By the way, please pray Bro. Temple as he continues to mourn the lose of His dear Wife Annie who went home to be with the Lord last year. And, as a foreign Missionary for sixteen years in India, He would be an excellent addition to your Faith Promise or Mission Conference this year. You may reach him through our Sending Church at First Baptist Church of East Bay in Riverview Florida.


Youth Ministry and Van Ministry

As you can see from the (below) pictures, our youth ministry has a large part of Sis. Terry and my hearts. We love the children as they will make up the future Church. Fifty percent of our attendance is by youth who attend with their families or are brought in through our van ministry. As Sis. Terry and I transitioned from full time resident foreign Missionaries back to Florida Church planting, we were told that we would not be able to reach people for Christ like we did in Kenya and Uganda. While that statement is true to a certain extent, we purposed in our hearts to reach those who would receive the gospel message. We know from experience that children will receive Christ with soft hearts when many times adults will not. Consequently God has allowed us to bring many children to Christ over the last five years of Church planting as well as a good number of adults. Remember the Words of Jesus, Matt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.



Prison Ministry Update

The Prison Ministry is another area where we regularly see much fruit abound. Our primary growth has been in the Spanish class as we are seeing MS 13 Gang members come to the Bible Study on a regular basis and seeing them place their faith in Christ and allow us to disciple them. God has brought Pastor Quintin Story of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mascotte to teach and preach with me at Cross City Correctional Institute over the last year Together we are able to cover twice as many cells in confinement and are seeing many professions of faith. 

 Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 


 Special Prayer Request

 After five years of renting a building we are reaching the place where we need to think about purchasing a facility for a more permanent place for the Church. Please make this transition a matter of prayer as we look for Gods will with regard to potential properties as well as His provision. We also want to thank our God for the Churches of the American Baptist Association as well as individual friends, family and brethren who partner with Sis. Terry and I in East African and Florida. Please keep us and the Lord's Churches in Prayer as we push towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

In His Service,

Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez

AKA: Missionary Loboduk & Mama Terry

Your Missionaries

Sending Church:

1st Baptist River View

10102 Big Bend Rd. .

River View, Florida 33578

 

Co-Sponsoring Church:

Dean Springs MBC

2106 Dean Springs Rd

Alma, Ark.

Thank You For:










Thursday, March 11, 2021

             COME OVER AND HELP US!

 

The (Above) Picture is of a precious couple in the Kerio Valley who belonged to a semi-nomadic tribe called the Pokots. Their name is Baba Loboduk and Mama Loboduk. This is the family name I was given as their honorary American-Pokot Son and how I am known even today in Kenya. Mama Loboduk died a few monthes ago and Baba died last year as well. This above picture is my last memory with both of them together before they went home to be with the Lord. We praise our Lord that they were both saved. The picture is so powerful in that while I'm greeting Baba, Mama Loboduk is listening to the Word of God in the Pokot Language from her newly provided Solar Audio Bible. As resident Missionaries, Sis. Terry and I saw the huge need for Bibles in Kenya and Uganda first hand. We have made providing Bibles one of our top ministry mission priorities over the last twelve years and with the help of our faithful ministry partners we have given out thousands of hardback, paperback and solar audio Bibles.

GOD'S WORD DOES NOT RETURN VOID

 

We have seen the impact God's Word has made in individual lives, families, villages and tribes. Imagine what it would be like if you didn't have God's Word. What if you wanted a copy, but couldn't afford or find one? While we have already provided thousands, there are still thousands who stand in need in the Pokot, Luo, Luhya & Karamojong tribes. The Picture

(right) is of Ugandan soldiers receiving one solar audio Bible for two soldiers to listen to in the Kerio Valley.

                  Running Low


 

The (above) picture was taken last month at a village called Kibuk which is located on Mt. Elgon. Along with the newly reached village called Chalicha where two new Churches have been organized last week. The picture is telling in that hundreds have recently accepted Christ and the evangelist in the picture named Wycliffe is only able to give out the last of five Bibles he had. We are working hard to resupply their needs and we are thankful for those who have recently stepped up to help but we find our supply lacking at this time.

RUNNING LOW

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The cost of the below Ember model through Mega Voice is $22.00 each. Now that both Kenya and Uganda are opening up for travel after the CV-19 Saga, the Evangelist's we are working with are starting to return to remote areas in the Kerio Valley. They have asked for one hundred of these audio Bibles in the Pokot languages and one hundred in the Karamojong Language. With over ninety percent illiteracy rates these Bibles are an invaluable delivery tool for the Word of God.

Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The cost of these Swahili Bibles recently given to these two Muslim converts below is $10.00 each. Our goal at this time is to provide the Evangelist's on Mt. Elgon with three hundred Swahili Bibles over the next three months. The Macedonian call was given to God's Men to physically come over and help them spiritually. We realize that not everyone come over to Kenya and Uganda to help these new converts but we can be a blessing to them by providing God's Word.

Would you prayerfully considering giving one or two or ten? We at the Florida Church plant have set a goal giving of 50 audio Bibles and 100 Swahili Bibles.

Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword

The cost of these Swahili Bibles recently given to these two Muslim converts is $10.00 each. Our goal at this time is to provide the Evangelist's on Mt. Elgon with three hundred Swahili Bibles over the next three months. The Macedonian call was given to God's Men to physically come over and help them spiritually. We realize that not everyone come over to Kenya and Uganda to help these new converts but we can be a blessing to them by providing God's Word.

Would you prayerfully considering giving one or two or ten? We at the Florida Church plant have set a goal giving of 50 audio Bibles and 100 Swahili Bibles. 

Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword.

Special Thanks to First 
Baptist East Bay and Dean Springs MBC!

Sis. Terry and I want to thank our Pastor Dr. Tim Myers and Pastor Tim Johnson of Deans Springs MBC for their many years of encouragement and support. We also want to thank our God for the Churches of the American Baptist Association as well as individual friends, family and brethren who partner with Sis. Terry and I in East African and Florida. Please keep us and the Lord's Churches in Prayer as we push towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

In His Service,

Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez

AKA: Missionary Loboduk & Mama Terry

Your Missionaries

Sending Church:                                                    Co-Sponsoring Church:

1st Baptist River View                                          Dean Springs MBC

10102 Big Bend Rd.                                               2106 Dean Springs Rd.

River View, Florida 33578                                    Alma, Ark.



Saturday, January 16, 2021

KENYA UGANDA CHURCH DEVELOPMENT: A YEAR IN REVIEW

 KENYA UGANDA CHURCH DEVELOPMENT: A YEAR IN REVIEW

While 2020 was an unusual year with great trials and some tribulation, the Great Commission work in Kenya and Uganda continued to bear much fruit. In spite of the difficulties faced by the Churches during the CV-19 Saga as a result of Government mandated shutdown, the Landmark Baptist Evangelists and Pastors continued to do the work of the Lord. They never stopped assembling as a Church. Instead they went to homes gathering groups of ten and held as many as five different worship services each Sunday. They reported that as a result to returning to house Church they saw many men who normally would not enter the Church receive Christ as a result of the church being held in their home.

A perfect example of Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

As the return of the Lord gets closer the Church may continue to experience challenges from ungodly leaders who will persecute the Church. It may do us well to take note of the work ethic, courage and Love of Christ these Men of God exhibited as they continued to worship the Lord Jesus on His day. The foreign Missionary is often reminded that while God calls us to a foreign land to preach the gospel and as we partner with those people to encourage, to teach and disciple, more often than not they become the teachers and we the students. 

New Villages Reached


 

Additionally, 2020 saw our Landmark Baptist Evangelist continue to reach many new villages and regions with the gospel of Jesus Christ to include an unnamed Muslim village in the Mt. Elgon region. In spite of the hardships CV-19 placed on these men of God through travel restrictions, they persevered and reached a dozen new villages with the good news of the gospel.


PROVIDING GOD'S WORD 
While 2020 was a year which Sis. Terry and I or our Ministry Team was unable to travel to Kenya/Uganda due to CV-19 travel restrictions, we were still able to provide Bibles. Through our faithful ministry partners we were able provide solar audio Bibles in the Swahili, Pokot and Karamojong languages. Additionally we provided hundreds of hardback Swahili Bibles along with John and Romans for the Evangelists to use during village evangelism. As you can see from the below photo, many Ugandan Soldiers continue to receive Christ as their Savior in the Kerio Valley.

Over the last year we have done our best to provide tents for newly organized Churches to meet under. Last year we provided five new tents and many replacement tops as the tarps deteriorate.

It is our constant prayer that God will continue to provide the physical needs of these new believers and Churches as well as their spiritual needs.

With the help of our ministry partners we were able to bring to completion the bathrooms and dormitory located at the base of Mt. Elgon. This leaves one classroom left to construct in 2021. Our pray is that we will see the completion of the Landmark Baptist Bible Institute this new year.

Neh. 2:18And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.

Thousands Trust Christ on Mt. Elgon, 

                Kerio Valley and Lake Victoria 


Listed below are the Number of Professions of Faith and Baptisms as reported by the Pastors and Evangelists of the Landmark Baptist Churches we currently partner with in East Africa. While I fully understand that the names do not resinate with you unless you have traveled with me over twelve years. Surely the Souls saved, Baptized and Added to the Churches will give you reason to rejoice. To God be the Glory! Great Things He Hath Done!

 

Ndivisi 74 saved and 25 baptism, Mawetatu 67 saved 15 baptism,Namarambi 89 saved 12 baptism,Soysambu 54 saved 8 baptism,Chelekei 143 saved 69 baptism,Matili 50saved 18 baptism,Kibuk 91 saved 34 saved,Mayanja 99 saved 63baptism,Kibuke 113 saved 10 baptism,Saboti 153 saved 27 baptism,Ianga 96 saved 14 baptism,Chemondi 46saved 14 baptism,Chesokwo 125 saved 37 baptism,Cherwandoi 184 saved 60 baptism,chemta 84 saved 12 baptism,Kamabusi 92 saved 16 baptism,Cheptaburuburu 175 saved 26 baptism,Chepguruguru 141 saved 19 baptism,Huruma 137 saved 35 baptism,Panandeka 188 saved 43 baptism,heptandan 38 saved 8 baptism,kaboriot 115 saved 21 baptism,kipsigon 95 saved 10 baptism,siaya 65 saved 7 baptism,Got 26 saved 3 baptism,Wichloum 60 saved 13 baptism,uwendo 68 saved 9 baptism,Chenjeni 113 saved 18 baptism,Cheptais 156 saved 66 baptism,ikhendu 110 saved 22 baptism,malomonye 156 saved 55 baptism, lunyu 101 saved 29 baptism,nalondo 20 saved 6 baptism,Tuebei 39 saved 11 baptism,Chebei 27 saved 10 baptism, Lutacho 56 saved 10 baptism,Chebosi 90 saved 25 baptism,Mvunje 93 saved 18 baptism,Kopsiro 66 saved 23 baptism,Butiru 80 saved 29 baptism,

Nalondo 112 saved 13 baptism,

Kibisi 49 saved 17 baptism, Cheposibpoi 55 saved, Moriweris 30 Saved,

Kakoron 35 Saved, Kapswam 27 Saved, Tandaposi 20 Saved,

Lukome 12 Saved

 BIBLE STUDIES

Namakhele 93 saved,Chalicha 90saved,Makhonge 77 saved,Sikulu 45 saved, Everclate 49 saved,Kimaeti 133 saved,Namanje 173 saved,Manafwa 103 saved,Bokoli 91 saved,Kapkateny 24 saved,Chebichi 111 saved,Lukhokhwe 18 saved,Matisi 65 saved,Chesamisi 110 saved,Sicheyi 100 saved,Nabuyole 62 saved, Lukusi 30 saved, Chebukwabi 38 saved.

We do not submit these numbers to take credit in any shape or form, but to encourage your faith today in our Lord Jesus Christ. We only glory in the cross of calvary but recognize the importance of what God is doing through a fellowship of Churches in East Africa which is not currently being replicated in many parts of the world today.

We want to thank our God for the Churches of the American Baptist Association as well as individual friends, family and brethren who partner with Sis. Terry and I in East African and Florida. Please keep us and the Lord's Churches in Prayer as we push towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

 

In His Service,

 

Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez

AKA: Missionary Loboduk & Mama Terry

Your Missionaries

 

Sending Church: Co-Sponsoring Church:

1st Baptist River View Dean Springs MBC

10102 Big Bend Rd. 2106 Dean Springs Rd.

River View, Florida 33578 Alma, Ark.

 

While 2020 was a year which Sis. Terry and I or our Ministry Team was unable to travel to Kenya/Uganda due to CV-19 travel restrictions, we were still able to provide Bibles. Through our faithful ministry partners we were able provide solar audio Bibles in the Swahili, Pokot and Karamojong languages. Additionally we provided hundreds of hardback Swahili Bibles along with John and Romans for the Evangelists to use during village evangelism. As you can see from the below photo, many Ugandan Soldiers continue to receive Christ as their Savior in the Kerio Valley.



 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Digging In & Beyond CV-19

 The (above) picture is one of my favorites of 2020.

It's illustrative of our heart to reach children for Jesus Christ and also a reminder that the Florida Church plant is still in its infantile foundational stage of ministry.
His name is Grayson and He is one of my favorite students.

Digging IN

The CV-19 saga continues to produce great challenges for the Lord's Church's world wide.  Jesus warned us that the "gates of hell" would come against His Church but praise the Lord for His promise they would not prevail.     Church planting during what might be considered normal times is difficult at best but we like all ministries have experienced the challenges of the CV-19 crisis.   We have seen the young of faith particularly effected as the devil has used CV-19 as an occasion to buffet, to hinder and frustrate their purpose in life.    Not only has the tempter used it to sift the young of faith but surprisingly many folks who we would consider long in tooth in the faith have been sifted as well.    We've heard the same words that many Churches and Pastors have heard over the several month's.   "We will be coming back when it is safe".  "The Church is too far now", "The Church is too young".  " The Church is not taking this serious enough", etc...   We have heard it all.   With that said, we made a decision very early that as soon as we felt the Lord's leading, we would return in full force to resume our outreach programs.   It was either give in or dig in, we choose the later.    As a young Church plant it was not as much as rebuilding but more like starting over again.  To that end we began to get out in the highways in hedges while everyone was still hunkering down.   The one benefit was that most everyone was at home and we were able to bring the word of God to them and let them see people of faith out in the community not living in fear. 



 Highways & Hedges

 As you can see from the above pics,  we do what we do best an that is get out in the highways and hedges compelling anyone and everyone to come to the Lord's house while preaching the good news of the gospel.     Our plan for 2020 was to make over one thousand visits this year.  I'm not sure we are going to make our goal due to the CV-19 pause, but we have been faithful to return to reaching our community for Christ since July.   The Lord said GO, and we love getting out in the community on a weekly basis.    Last week we had ten servants go out into the community with Sis. Terry and I to compel them to come in from the fields of sin.  

Luke 14:23  And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.   

 
Little by Little the Cup is Filled 

 One by One we have seen our youth returning to the house of God.   It has also been a blessing to see new adult faces come through the doors of the Church as well.   We have seen a steady flow of both youth and adults making professions of faith in the Lord again.   It's been said that God blesses faithfulness because faithfulness blesses God.  We don’t claim to be the best or brightest Missionaries but we sure love the Lord and will continue to be faithful to obey His Great Commission to preach the good news of the gospel, no matter the circumstances.    The Preacher and Evangelist Jonathon Edwards once said I live by two rules.  #1.  I will serve God.  #2.  If nobody else will serve God, I will serve God.    We too want to be found that faithful in our most high calling.

Not only is the cup filled little by little but as you can see from the (below) pics, the vans have been filled little by little.  

1Cor. 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  

 

Baptisms 

 The Lord has been faithful in adding to His Church.  We recently had the opportunity to baptize two adults who had been saved and followed the Lord in scriptural baptism.    We continue to pray that God will help us produce solid disciples who will in turn bring others to Christ.  It has done our hearts good to see folks coming to Jesus and their lives being transformed by their relationship with Him and through learning His Word.    Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  

Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 
2 Timothy 4:2...Preach the Word: be instant in season,  reprove, rebuke, 

exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Reaching Teens    

As you can see from the (above) pictures, one of the areas were we have experience recent growth as a result of our outreach efforts has been in the teens department.   For years have been able to reach elementary and middle school children but now the Lord has given increase with regard to teenagers.    We know the challenges they are facing in their lives at this age and we thank God for the honor and privilege he is giving us to invest in their live before adulthood.   Pray for us as we  teach them the word of God which is able to build them up and transform them into mature Christians who will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.    Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference:   Jude 1:23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.                                       

 Bibles/Biblia

We are thankful for our ministry partners who provide Bibles for our ministry.   Many have given towards the audio Bibles for Kenya and Uganda but we are also reminded that not everyone in America has a Bible.  In fact we are finding it more common place that many people do not have Bibles.    We will not let anyone leave the Church plant without the Word of God and we continue to give out English KJV Bibles as well as Spanish & English combined as you can see from the (above) picture.     Sis. Terry reached the lady (above) during door knocking.  We affectionately call her Abuela= Grandmother as she would come with her two grandchildren.         

 Thank you for the opportunity to share our journey of faith and for every prayer and every dollar given which enables us to do all that we do for the glory of God.   We also ask those of you who take time to read these journal entries/blogs but do not currently partner with us to prayerfully consider partnering with us and be a part of this great work God is doing through His servants.        

In His Service,

Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Twoedged Sword Distribution & Evangelism

 Covid 19 Challenges  
The Covid 19  saga continue to provide challenges for Churches and ministries worldwide.   We are seeing our share of challenges in America.  The Landmark Baptist Churches of Kenya/Uganda were government mandated to close until August.   They were allowed to start meeting again under the conditions that they must have a Doctor with a thermogun to take the temperature of each member as they entered.    Most of the Churches could not afford to pay a Doctor and or purchase the expensive thermometer.   Our ministry helped purchase (30)  thermoguns but there were and still are (30) more Churches without them.   Consequently,  six Pastors have been arrested and jailed.    We have help four of them get released and the other two have been helped by neighboring Landmark Baptist Churches.   Regardless of our opinions about the severity or dangers of CV-19,  the devil has used it as an occasion to hinder, frustrate and buffet  God's people and His Churches.   We thank our Lord for His promise to His New Testament Churches that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it and we know that what man means for evil God can and will use for good.   Please lift these young Pastors, Churches and Congregations up to the Lord in prayer.
Muslim Village Update
Perhaps you remember our last report in which the Landmark Baptist Evangelist's had reached an unnamed Muslim village (for their safety)  and the request for (240) Bibles.
I'm happy to report that the discipleship process has started and the new converts have received their own personal Bibles to help them grow in their new faith in Jesus Christ.   Very much a reminder of the servants of God in the book of Acts who hazarded their lives for the preaching of the gospel.    Act 15:25  It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,    Act 15:26  Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   
The two pictures below are the most compelling photos taken this year.   The first one (below) is of the two Muslim women in full black burkas gladly receiving the plan of salvation through the Word of God.    The second picture (below) is of the same two women without their burkas studying the Word of God.   1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.    Thank you to our faithful ministry partners for providing those much needed Bibles for these new converts to grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.   


Same Women as above studying the Word of God.
As you can also see from the (below) photo,  these two formerly Muslim men from the same village who trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior have also received a brand new Bible to be built up in their faith and grow in truth and grace.    Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.   Praise our Lord they have been set free to walk in the newness of Life in Christ.  John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
 +Karamajong Tribe Receives Twoedged Sword
In addition to the Hardback Swahili Bibles provided to the Mt. Elgon region, we have
 also provided Karamjong tribal language solar audio Bibles for new converts 
in Uganda.    
Due to a 14 day quarantine and travel restrictions, it does not look like we will be able
 to travel to Kenya/Uganda this year.   With that said, our personal trips afford us the
 opportunity to hand carry those audio Bibles.   We are going to attempt to mail small
 quantities at a time to keep from raising too many red flags as we attempt to
 get this most valuable resources in the hands of these new converts.  
 Your prayers over each audio Bible are coveted.   None of this would be possible
 without your prayers and financial support.  Those of you who support this mission
work are laying up treasures and we know that much fruit will abound to your account.
Phip 4:17  Not because I desire a gift: 
but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.  
Lake Victoria Evangelism
Last week two of our Mt. Elgon Landmark Baptist Evangelist's visited Lake Victoria to
encourage our Churches there as well as do village evangelism at Uwendo and Siaya.   
They saw nine residents from the fishing village of Uwendo trust Christ as their personal
Lord and Savior as well as seven from Siaya who were saved.   
Our prayer is that Uwendo will be organized into a Local New Testament Church
by the end of the year and that we will be able to partner with Landmark Baptist Church 
at Siaya to help them build a sanctuary.
 Please pray for this need and if you or your Church is looking for a Mission project, 
drop me a line and I will be more than happy to provide you with the detail.    

 Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach

           the gospel of peace,
                   and bring glad tidings of good things!"

New Converts of Siaya
Thank you for the opportunity to share this great news of what God is doing
through His faithful servants, even during perilous days.
To God be the glory!
Great things He hath done!

In His Service,
Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Plant 

Thank You For:

 
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First Baptist Church of East Bay 
10102 Old Big Bend Rd. 
Riverview, Florida 33578
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Chuck & Terry Fernandez +++ Kenya/Uganda/USA Coronavirus Update



 Kenya/Uganda Corona Virus Update
              NEW BIBLE STUDIES=BIBLES NEEDED
          Greetings Brethren,
 Hope this update finds you safe and abiding in Christ during these trials which the winds of change have brought in through the Corona Virus.   Sis. Terry and I are doing fine, the Florida Plant is surviving and ready to resume our outreach and evangelism efforts again.   Additionally, our Kenya and Uganda brethren have also been affected by the world wide Corona Virus scare.   The one thing we know about Kenyans and Ugandans is that they are survivors.   They work hard, they love the Lord and they know how to live life with little to no resources.   The government placed restrictions have brought hardships and in some cases suffering but they are surviving.   Thankfully there have not been any cases on Mt. Elgon or the Kerio Valley.   I believe that their constant battle with malaria and taking malaria medicines on a regular basis has help stem the tide of the virus.   With the Churches under Government mandate not to meet, the Pastors have worked hard at keeping God's people focused on the Lord.    They have been meeting in small groups in Church members homes, as many as ten small services each Sunday.   The Landmark Baptist churches of Kenya and Uganda are mostly women but this trial has given the Pastors the opportunity to preach to entire families and many of the Husbands have been saved since the services have been brought to their homes.    All things do work together for good for those that love the Lord. 


   

The above Picture is of the Bible study at the village of Makhonge which is located at the base of Mt. Elgon.    We have purchased a tent (below) for them through our ministry partners at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Enterprise, Texas which will be delivered as soon as travel restrictions open up.   Thank you Pastor Brian Sellers for leading this effort.    We have also recently purchased three more tents for the outreaches at Chebosi, the Church at Chelikei and a Church in Uganda at Karamoja. 

 

There are currently five other new outreach preaching points that have been started this year.   As a result of these new outreach efforts hundreds have been saved and are awaiting baptism.    We have received a very specific request for (240) hardback Swahili Bibles to help these new converts grow in their faith in Christ.   I have been reluctant in sharing our needs with our ministry partners for a couple of reasons.   #1.  Our ministry presence in Kenya and Uganda is so extensive  that we can hardly keep up with the growth and constant needs that come as a result of that growth.   It often becomes overwhelming at times but we know God always provides for His work done His way.   #2.  During this time of economic downturn we fully realize that God's people are going to experience financial difficulties which directly affect God's Churches which in turn affects Missions.   However we are also reminded in 2 Corinthians chapter 8 of the Churches of Macedonia which were blessed to give during times of great trials and deep poverty.    

  2Co 8:1  Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;
2Co 8:2  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
2Co 8:3  For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves.    

 The Great Commission has not changed and so we will continue to let our needs be known.   If you or your Church feels  led to give towards this need, the Swahili Bibles currently run around $10.00 each.    We have also received great news that the Audio Bibles we use have come down in price from $40.00 each to $22.00 each.    The audio Bibles are distributed to the indigenous people of the differing tribes in Kenya and Uganda are a very valuable part of the ministries there. People that cannot read or write can hear the Word of God in a language that they understand and are transformed thereby. People are being saved and scripturally educated through these devices. The audio Bibles aide our national pastors immensely in the great work that God is doing among these people. 

These durable Bibles are solar powered for remote interior regions without electricity.  They are water proof and they now contain the Word of God in the Pokot, Lou and Karimajong tribal language.  

 

Can you imagine hearing the Word of God in your own language for the first time??  We have seen the reaction first hand and the power of the spoken word as faces light up when God speaks to them through this amazing tool.   All they have to do is place the solar panel towards the sun and then the Word of God points them to the SON, (Of God). One Bible is often used to form a Bible Study in which as many as ten villagers gather at their neighbors house to listen to God's word at the same time.  

 

2 Tim. 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We ask you to prayerfully consider the need for audio Bibles along with the (240) hardback Bibles.  
 2Ti 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

 Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments.  How will they keep His commandments if they do not have the word of God?

 

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 While our goal is 100 Audio Bibles and 240 Hardback Bibles, one, two or ten will be a great blessing to these new and young converts.   Please continue to pray for us and if God so leads you to give to this worthy cause, designate: Bibles to First Baptist Church of East Bay at the address below. Sis. Terry and I are praying for you and we thank you for traveling this journey of faith with us.  Tuko Pamoja Ndanye Christo= We are together in Christ. 

 

 

 

In His Service,

Chuck & Terry Fernandez

Bro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/Florida Pla
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