Dear Supporters, Family, and Friends,
"BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER" (John 13:35). We had a great example concerning this principle this morning. Last year, a Christian at Kisongo named Rubin, committed suicide. Rubin's father attended services this morning and invited the "leaders" of the church to come to his house to study with him. He told one of the men that "because of the love that was shown to his family (during their time of grief) that he wanted to learn about this Christianity." Several of the denominational churches had invited him to be a part of them but he refused. His statement should be a real "wake-up" call to Christians. People are watching us to see if we practice what we preach.
Jimmy's study on Saturday (with Lembris and Rosemary) had to be cancelled due to the fact that the translator was out-of-town. However, Rosemary attended Trina’s Child-Training class that day. The attendance was down some but there is a great "core-group" of women who are dedicated to learning how to "train up their children in the way they should go."
On Friday, Katherine and Therasia were both present for our on-going study of how we got the Bible. When I announced that we had completed our study (on the subject at hand), Katherine became concerned because she thought it was our very LAST study. When asked their opinion as to the subject matter or choice of Scripture they wanted to study next week they replied, "It doesn't matter as long as we are learning from God's Word."
More terrific news: Agness attended Bible class and worship services this morning. Our last two scheduled studies did not work out due to different reasons. Our translator talked with Agness after services to soon re-schedule the study.
Recently, we learned that an older Maasi woman who faithfully attends services, is not yet a Christian. Since she understands her Maasi language better than Swahili, it seemed better to ask one of our Maasi Christians (one of our guards, Loshea) to teach her instead of myself and a Swahili translator. We will keep you updated on that.
In the Ladies' Bible class, we found many good lessons and applications in Genesis chapter 8: "Then God remembered Noah." Going through Genesis is helping these ladies build a foundation.
While studying through this book of beginnings, there were a few chapters that have not been discussed in class. We asked them to simply read them at home (for example, chapter 5 which lists the genealogy of Adam).
It is so encouraging to know that so many of you are praying for these new Christians and non-Christians who are seeking the truth. We all should know how powerful prayer is. Thank you for all you do to make the work here possible.
Jimmy and Family