Thank you for your prayers for our family over the past two weeks.  Your prayers are precious to Jill and me, and we greatly appreciate you taking the time and care to lift up our needs to our Lord.

I am happy to report that the church floor has been completed!  This Sunday we had our first services back in the church building and on the new floor.  In two weeks we will have to remove everything from off the floor again and clean it exceptionally well so that we can seal the stone floor.  It is necessary to wait this time to allow the moisture in the floor to slowly evaporate and the concrete to cure thoroughly.

This is the finished product of the church floor. It is so nice. We praise the Lord for His wonderful provision to allow our church to have such a nice facility.

Lord willing, the sealing of the floor will go smoothly.  The sealant has been purchased and is in our possession.  The timing is a bit critical because it will be the week before our youth camp takes place.  We have prayed a lot about this.  On one hand, it will be difficult because we are always so busy with camp preparation.  We considered waiting until the week after camp.  On the other hand, camp games and skits can get quite messy and it would be an utter shame to get something on the floor that would stain it.  In the end, Jill and I decided to try to seal the floor before camp.  Please pray with us that this will go according to plan.

Thank you so much for all of your prayer and financial gifts for the church floor of Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola.  We appreciate having a nice facility that makes folks feel welcome and  want to be a part of our church family.

Last week we had 3 first-time visitors at our services.  It was such a blessing.  Each was given a clear presentation of the Gospel and we are praying that the Holy Spirit will move in their hearts and that they will continue to come and learn more and to eventually receive the gift of Salvation.  Please pray with us that the Lord will help us in our soul-winning endeavors, and that we will be able to share the Gospel with as many folks as possible.

Bro. Jonathan preaching today at Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola.

Today in our services we had a guest speaker.  Jonathan Chibuye is a young man who I had the pleasure to lead to the Lord when he was a child, years ago.  His mother and siblings also attend Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola, and Jonathan grew up in our church. He was a bright student in Jill’s Sunday school classes.  He went to college within Zambia, receiving a degree in engineering, and now has his own construction company in the capitol city. He is also taking Bible Institute classes because he feels that the Lord may be calling him into full-time Christian service.  What a blessing to see one of the fruits of the Lord’s ministry (fruit that remains) in the pulpit at Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola!  Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and provision in the life of Brother Jonathan.

15 years ago, Bro. Jonathan (center) with two of his siblings.

In our church we have a lot of young men and women like Brother Jonathan – young people, 20 – 25 years old, who were saved through the ministry of Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola and have grown up in the church.  The sad thing is, that nowadays there are scarcely any opportunities for these youth, and for the youth of Zambia in general.  These youth work diligently to get an education.  Their parents pay dearly.  The youths struggle to get a good education – school closures, lack of materials, unethical school officials, idle teachers and so much more are all hinderances that they must overcome.  When they do finally graduate from Grade 12 there are few opportunities to advance.  College is restrictively expensive and the actual places available in college are few and nepotism is rife.  The job market is over-crowded and again nepotism is a hinderance, as it is all about having a high-ranking relative who can help you, despite your qualifications or skills.  As a result, we see our youth frustrated and angry that there is little future for them.  They end up sitting at home, or getting into trouble.  Will you please pray with us that the Lord will help us to help them and to encourage them in this situation?

Thank you so much for your prayers for our daughter, Allison.  There really is no improvement yet in her condition, but at least there is no decline either.  Allison was seen by a highly experienced gastroenterologist on Thursday.  He spent around 45 minutes interviewing and examining her.  He ordered many lab tests and she is to contact him again on Monday to find the test results and the way forward, either with another appointment or further, more invasive testing.  Allison said that he was one of the most thorough doctors with whom she has met and that he seemed to have a genuine care for her health.  Please continue praying that the Lord will give this doctor wisdom as he diagnoses Allison’s illness.  Please also pray for a miraculous healing for Allison.

The banner for camp that Jill painted. We are asking the Lord to do great things during our youth camp, August 19-23. Please pray with us that the Lord will bless with safety, open hearts and lots of fun.

In closing, please also remember our Youth Camp that will be August 19-23.  Our theme is “Run the Race”, and our guest speaker will be Pastor Adam Rich, a fellow veteran missionary here in Zambia, and pastor of Independent Baptist Church of Kabwe, Zambia.  Please pray for our preparations and that the Lord will use Pastor Rich’s messages to encourage and challenge the youth of Calvary Baptist Church of Ndola.  Pray for the youth to be open to the messages and that through the camp time many will enter into a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior.

As our prayer partners, you have a great impact and influence on the Lord’s work here in Zambia.  We greatly appreciate your partnership.  Many of you have shared with us prayer requests that your church has, or that you have individually.  Please know that Jill and I are praying with you, for your requests, as you are praying for us.  Thank you for your service to our Lord where He has placed you.