There is never a dull moment. God continues to be at work here in Spain. In our last update, we told you that we had studied John 3:16 with the Chinese students. I happened to find this on the table last week. I found it interesting because she wrote in English and in Chinese. We teach them to put their names in John 3:16 and then we also looked at Rev 3:20 to see that repentance comes before Salvation. Last week, Ryan told Hermi that he was so happy that I was teaching them the Bible, because he had never under- stood it before. The battle is fierce for their souls and the enemy is at work. Let me explain.
God is accomplishing great things in us, around us, and through us in this new ministry. Jim has been traveling every other week to the Bible schools in Uganda and Lodwar, Kenya. Sue will join him in Lodwar starting in July. We thank God for every opportunity he gives us to minister together. In the meantime, Sue is revising the curriculum into proper outline format and editing grammar. Soon enough, we will be presenting the material to the Kenya government for full accreditation so that we may also offer a university level degree program.
As I look back on 2017 I see a year of big change for our family. In the beginning of the year we started to downsize, sell and give away most of our stuff. The challenge before us: fitting our entire life into 7 suitcases plus carry-ons. I don’t know how many times we made piles of maybes that later were put on the not so important list. In the end it turned into one big game of Tetris, trying to maximize our space. Thankfully my husband is a master packer and he rose up to the challenge.
Oh how time flies. We are one moment closer to eternity with each beat of the clock and the message that we share is critical to the people that we meet in Spain. Today, Maria Jesus and I were talking about hell. She said that Chris’ devotional on Luke 16, on Lazarus and the rich man, really touched her life, last week at the mission. She said that for the first time- she felt that she understood the “fear of God” and that was very good. It seems that most people today, even Christians, rarely understand this and yet, the “fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”
What impact does God’s kindness through us, have over time? One of the men from the residential “welcome house” that Mission Urbana ran several years ago (we both worked there during that period), came by the Mission last week to visit. I’ll call him Bali, who is from Mali. He came to tell us that he is a proud papa of a one old month baby. He came to Spain for a better life, but, his is a meager existence here, dependent greatly on the goodness extended by only a few. He gained employment a few years back, through the connection of a Spanish Christian friend.
Thank you for your partnership! As a family we feel compelled to continue to reach and train the next generation of leaders in Africa. I wish it were possible to fully express how thankful we are for all of our ministry partners. We hope you have a blessed holiday season and a great start to 2018!
We have been packing our house in preparation to move on January 4th. We have found a comfortable house in a safe neighborhood in Eldoret. It is centrally located 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from town and church.
Thank you for your love and prayers for us. We look forward to seeing what God will do in and through us this new year and how HE will work in the lives of others. We are thrilled to see Him working in the lives of our students and how the faces of the Chinese students light up when they learn something new about WHO GOD is and how much He loves them. But none of that matters unless, we make a decision to believe & receive Him in our hearts and lives and then to commit to following Him. Pray for these people know Him & to make a commitment to the Lord.
May God bless you all at Christmas and always. May He heal broken hearts and lives and bring peace, hope and physical healing in this new year. We love you,
Can you believe that we are in the middle of November already! Our time is going by so quickly.
At KKV we are preparing for the end of the school term program, the graduation of 9 of our kids from high school, and Christmas. Not to mention all the church outings and camps and music programs.