Dear Supporters, Family and Friends,
We have watched with amazement the damage being done by the flooding of the Mississippi River and very sorry for all the losses. It seems that the destruction continues throughout the southeast. But, "we know Whom we have believed and we are convinced that He is able to guard what we have entrusted to Him until that day." May God comfort and help those who have lost so much.
Jimmy continues his Bible study class on the Gospel of John and Trina teaches the Ladies class (continuing with Genesis). Our last two classes were cancelled due to the rain (the classroom is almost finished but still lacking a roof). It is Trina’s intention to encourage a few of the ladies to begin teaching short lessons within hers’ until they are comfortable doing the entire lesson. It is time that some (who have been in the church for 3-7 years) become teachers.
There has been disappointment in that many things have prevented Agatha and Trina from studying this past week. Lord willing, our next study will be on Thursday to continue reading scriptures on the church. Katherine, who was baptized about 3 months ago, has been discouraged lately (due to economic reasons I believe). Please pray for both her and Agatha. Agness and her baby are doing fine. However, the culture here says that a mother should stay home about 3 months before getting out with her newborn. While that may be difficult for us to understand, most people here walk to church or take a crowded dala-dalas (public transportation). We are assuming that maybe the doctors here have advised them not to get the baby out to reduce the chance of germs, sickness, etc. Of course, in our minds, three months is too long to miss worship.
On Saturday, the unmarried girls (ages 12-25) enjoyed a full-day seminar at Stephanie Stafford's house, listening to four different speakers which included visitor Jessica Galloway. We are very thankful that she has traveled such a long way to help spread the good news of Jesus and look forward to getting to know her better.
The Kisongo congregation is gearing up for the up-coming campaign this summer. A group from Hoover, AL will be here in June. Then a group from Elk City, OK will be here in July. Several others will come as individuals or two or three. This would include Jimmy's father, James W. Gee, as well as Jimmy's nephew, Steven Akin. Lord willing they will arrive this Friday, May 20. We are eagerly awaiting their arrival. They will be staying a whole month. Please pray for their safe travel.
Thank you for your continuing support, prayers and concern for this work and for us. We are truly grateful and thank God for you.
In Christian Love,
The Jimmy Gee family