Today at church we had great services! In Sunday School I continued on my series of lessons touching this week on the Judgement Seat of Christ. I was able to review about the Rapture and remind our members about the study through Revelation that we did a couple of years ago. There were a lot of questions, which is encouraging to me as a teacher.

In the morning service we had 4 first-time visitors, and two returning visitors. It is great to see our church members welcoming them and making them feel at home. Please pray for me this week as I follow up with them in their homes.

The preaching service went well. I preached on how we need to teach our heart to follow Jesus instead of our heart leading in our decisions and choices. Although I was preaching, I was personally blessed by the sermon because it spoke to me in some struggles that I have recently had in my own life. After the service one of our teens came forward to receive Jesus as her Savior! The Lord really blessed us today!

Please be in prayer for Andrea, our daughter, at college at Pensacola Christian College. On Wednesday she will have surgery to have three wisdom teeth removed. Of course, it is difficult for us, because we will not be able to be there with her. My father’s heart, and Jill’s mother’s heart yearns to be near to our children in such situations but we trust Andrea and we trust the Lord to protect and provide in this situation. Please join us in our prayers for her safety in surgery and a quick recovery and return to classes.

On Monday there was a great tragedy. Eight Zambians were killed and 28 severely injured in a stampede. A church group in the capitol was giving out free maize meal (white corn meal – the staple food here in Zambia) and 35,000 people showed up, some camping out from the previous night. A rush started, people fell and were crushed, like I said, a tragedy. The government has now banned this church group and has promised to invoke stronger rules and regulations on churches throughout the country. Please pray for the injured as well as the families of those who were killed.

This week we should be mailing out our latest Praiseletter. We are excited for you to read about Kevin who was led to the Lord in a horrible rainstorm. There will also be an informational paragraph about “practical” orphans, and we also will be sharing a need and prayer requests for our August Youth Camp. Please look for our latest Praiseletter in your inbox and mailbox later this week!

Thank you very much for your faithful prayers for our family and for the Lord’s Work here in Zambia. Your prayers are so necessary and vital in our ministry. The struggles we face are very real and many of them are too discouraging to write about, but God knows and your prayers and His Divine grace give us the power to endure. Thank you.