Dear Praying Friends,
In May, Jill and Allison traveled back to the United States. It is hard for us to believe that the time has come for Allison, our first daughter born in Zambia, to prepare for college. Jill and Allison traveled safely and were successful getting Allison situated in the dormitory where she is roommates with Andrea. They were then able to spend some quality time together. Jill returned to Zambia earlier this month. It is quite a change to have only Anna at home with us now. Please pray with us for our children in the United States and for peace in our hearts as we are separated by thousands of miles.
Almost every Saturday after the men’s prayer meeting I take some of the men and youth from our church out soul-winning with me. During the week I visit as well, but Saturday is set aside for training and practice. Now that the rains are finished it is a good time to be knocking on gates and doors.
I would love to tell you about the many people that we have seen get saved in the past couple of months. There have been a few, but most of these were saved at church. I would love to tell you about the multitude of visitors that have been attending Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola, but that would not be truthful. The truth is, sometimes we hand out hundreds of brochures for our church, knock on countless doors and gates, and pass out thousands of tracts and see little to no results. This is discouraging for us, especially when it is time to give a report to our supporters. We comfort ourselves in Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
We are very excited about our Youth Camp coming up in August. Our special speaker will be our youth pastor from our sending church. Through the special offerings of our supporters we were able to buy a large cage ball with an extra bladder, some jelly balls (think rubber dodgeballs), and some other odds and ends for camp. We were also able to start a project to pour a concrete slab and set up a basketball court. Zambian teens love to play basketball and we hope that this investment will be a continual draw for the youth in our community so that we can reach them with the Gospel. Please pray with us that the Lord will bless our planning and that our Youth Camp will have a great and positive impact.
While Jill was away I was able to help in some of her areas of ministry. One of the biggest blessings I found was teaching some of the adults in our church to read. It saddens me to think that there are adults my age who do not know their alphabet and cannot read. What a blessing it will be for them to someday read God’s Word on their own and share it with their families.
Please pray for our Zambian Christians. So many are going through such huge trials in their lives. Life in a third world environment is very difficult. Also please pray for our family. Sometimes we feel very overwhelmed with burdens and cares. Thank you for your faithfulness to stand with us, to lift us up to our Lord in prayer, and to help supply our needs. Your encouragement is a blessing to our family.
No Turning Back,
“It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”