Greetings Fellow Workers;
We continue to pray on your behalf, thank our God for all you mean to His work here in Tanzania.
The following e-mail was received last week from our brother Julius Gasper:
Gasper Called To Court!
“Hello brother Cy, last friday I received a call from the court that I was needed there with the bible. When I arrive there, I find a lot of people waiting for me. The judge ask me, ‘are you a preacher?’, I answer yes, Which church? I answered, church of christ. She ask me where are your sheep? I answered, you and all who are here. She kept quiet and then she started to say, ‘we called you here and we want to improve according to the bible, is there any place in the book that agrees with the marriage of 2 wives?’ I said NO, she ask me again is there any place in bible that allows man to give His wife a divorce for ANY reason?” I said NO, except for fornication. Then she took those 2 certificates of the married and ask me which is the right married among these, 2?’ I told Her the first ONE is the true marriage. Then she said; ‘thank you”.
Then she gave a chance to the man, who had said you can receive divorce for any reason, and you can marry 2 wives according to the bible, (Deut 24:1). He said here we see GOD allowed any one to send his wife IF she was displeasing. I was told to answer him, then I told them when Jesus came He made correction on this statement according,“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery (Mathew 5:31-32)....(Mat 19:1-9). Then Lameck to have 2 wives is Not the plan of God since the beginning. The judge said; ‘preacher you are free to go and continue to do the work of God, they are disturbing you.’ She told the opposer to sign all 3 places where he was wrong, and the opposer was told to pay 5 million shillings to our sister in Christ. Thank for your prayer about this case for long time. May God bless you all who pray for us. Your servant, Gasper”
Oh that other countries would heed God’s Word!
Elly, Jimmy, Sean and myself just returned from a journey that took us to Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya, Dodoma, Singida and through Babati back to Arusha. Our purpose, to meet and greet evangelist in these locations as well as promoting the Andrew Connally School of Preaching. We met with over 30 different evangelist in the locations.
It was truly an amazing experience. It was a joy meeting with these men of God who give so much. We shared our trials, joys and challenges. We spoke of the work before us and how we might work together in our service to our God and our fellow man.
Stephanie, Anita and several other Christian ladies conducted a ladies seminar, hosted by the Mearani congregation (yes ladies, this is where all the Tanzanite comes from). The only “jewel” was one new sister in Christ! Thank you ladies for a job WELL done!
We hope and we pray you have a blessed week in the Lord. Please remember our upcoming Tanzania Leadership Conference coming up October 11-14. We will be blessed by a host of speakers from the States and are expecting over 100 participants.
In Him, Cy, Stephanie & Granny