Today at Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola we had a great day of services. We had a full house for our Sunday School class and for the morning preaching service.
In Sunday School I am teaching through the book of Exodus and God’s plan of redemption. I am excited to be able to cover the 10 plagues and God’s great miracles. Those are always “fun” lessons.
In the morning service I preached on “Is Jesus Jehovah?” Although this is a simple concept to those of us who have been saved for some time, for the newly saved it can be a difficult concept to fully understand. Two of our recent converts have grown up in families that are strong Jehovah’s Witnesses and so this topic is especially difficult for them. Any teaching that has been believed since childhood is very difficult to change. Please pray for our congregation and especially for these converts who are seeking the truth. Pray that I will have wisdom to adequately answer their questions and set them correctly on the path of faith in the deity of Jesus.
Again, it was another beautiful day in Zambia – sunny, scattered clouds with temperatures in the mid 70’s. This last week we went the whole week without any electricity outages. I was amazed. Normally we lose power for 4 hours each day. On Wednesday I met our treasurer at the bank our church uses to withdraw the down payment funds for the church floor. He explained to me that since the Zambian president was in town this week to open an international trade fair, the electricity outages had been suspended for the week. In any case, it was very nice to have the electricity on all day and night.
Withdrawing the church funds from our bank account made me appreciate my relationship with my bank in the United States. It took almost an hour, and we were the first customers in the bank. I am not complaining, this is just how business is done here in Zambia, but it does have the effect of making me thankful. It also gave me the opportunity to witness to some of the tellers, and read my Bible.
This week the work on replacing the church floor will begin. Today after services the men of the church removed all the benches and church furniture in preparation of the floor removal that starts tomorrow. We will be having our church services in the Sunday school rooms or out on the grass for a few weeks. Please pray with us that the floor will go in without any difficulties and that we will be able to find the proper sealer to seal the completed floor.
When we recently had our baptism service there was a near tragedy. Our baptismal tank is outside and we fill it before the church service. After the church service we all go outside for the baptism. This time during the service a little 2 year old boy who escaped from the one watching him climbed the steps and fell into the baptismal tank that was full of water. Thankfully, another child saw it happen and alerted an adult. We praise the Lord for the way that He protected that child.
Please continue in prayer for our children. We miss them greatly, but it is a comfort to us to know that they are each pursuing the Lord’s Will in their lives.
Please continue to pray for the health of Anna and Allison. Anna still has mononucleosis, and at times her spleen is so swollen that she can feel it. This is very concerning to us. She also struggles with fatigue. Our prayer is that she will be fully recovered by the time school begins in the fall.
Allison still has severe stomach pains. She has been on medicine for a few months now but it does not seem to be affecting her. This week she has a follow-up doctor’s appointment and hopefully he will be able to find what is wrong and adjust her medicine. Please pray that the Lord will give the doctor wisdom and that Allison can get back on the path to good health.
Thank you very much for your prayers for our family and for the Lord’s Work here in Zambia. It is an honor to be able to represent you and our Savior as we minister where He has called us.