Greetings Fellow Servants,
We thank you and we thank God for you, your prayers, love and passion for winning souls to Christ. God continues to have His way here in Tanzania and throughout East Africa. The Gospel of Christ is being preached to a people truly desiring to know His Will. The Lord’s Church continues to grow as God would have it.
Update: Last week we shared with you, our friends and partners in the Gospel, our “stepping out in faith” challenge, as we strive to enroll an additional 15 new students for a total intake of 30 in our upcoming Ki-Swahili stream. You have answered our prayers and God’s desire. We have commitments for 10 of the 15 needed already. Now we need to maintain our current supporters and find funding for 5 more.
Highlight of the week: This has been a busy week within the TZ2000 mission effort. Jerry Bates concluded his Masters classes. The Arusha area wide evangelist met to plan and execute our 20/20 mission plan for the church in Arusha (five new church plants by 2020 (with White Rose being the first this year). Preparations for the classes to begin Monday for the undergraduates are underway. Follow-up evangelism at the four areas where we conducted Safari for Souls campaigns continues with many obeying the Gospel this week. My personal Highlight was standing before 19 (mostly new converts and others still studying God’s Word, not yet in Christ), and teaching them what it means to be a faithful New Testament Christian. When the class ended, two sweet ladies obeyed the saving message of God’s Word and put Christ on in baptism.
Coming to America! It is always a blessing when I have the opportunity to share God’s wonderful mission work here in Tanzania with others. If the Lord wills, I plan on being in the States the whole month of October for the purposes of reporting and sharing the Tanzania 2000 Mission Effort (a work of the Bear Valley church of Christ & the Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver) and all of our friends and supporters, with as many congregations, Elders, mission committees, and individual Christians as possible.
I will be traveling alone this trip, Stephanie and Granny will remain in Tanzania. I have begun making appointments and need your help. We have much to do and with your co-operation, prayers and continued support the Gospel will be heard throughout all of East Africa and yes, into all the world. If you would like an update, please let me know.
My immediate need is to raise the travel funds needed. This initial need for air fare and travel to the States is $3,000. If you, your congregation or anyone you might know can help, it would be greatly appreciated. During the month in the States I will also need an additional $2,500 for travel, lodging, meals, etc. The more we can raise for this need, the less of a negative impact it will have on the over all mission budget.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. We hope and pray your week in His service is productive to the saving of some lost soul.
Cy, Stephanie and Granny