Africa 2011 Report
Tuesday June 21, 2011
Warm greetings, dear one in the Lord Jesus. Hope you are OK. I've had some problem with dizziness (pills help some), even had a cat scan of my head to see if they can find out what is causing this. Rebekah is to take me Thursday to Greenville for a coumadin check and report on the cat scan.
I am sorry I have not been able to send you a MAM mission update on the African mission work. The truth is we don't often hear from Africa. I will tell you all I know. MAM (Malawi African Missions) a couple months ago sent Linda $4000 to pay for a printing bill. Reason: The pastors have used some of our 65 major Bible teachings so many times for sermons they have worn them out, hence the need for new copies. We have also sent money to Linda for the mission vehicle repair.
Linda is a very valuable contact person between us and the two Boards, but also in her own right. She has established Women's Groups in the churches and teaches them to read, do good deeds (like carrying water for the infirm or thatching their roofs ). She helps with the 10 orphanages in the churches. (Because there is so much AIDS there are many orphans). She also pays 2 church men to farm the ~3 acres at the Women's Center. The corn has now been harvested and she uses it to help feed the orphans. She has also bought two new treadle-type sewing machines to teach the women how to sew and help their family income. She is well-schooled and the women who now can read are so happy and eager to show off their new ability. They read the Maggie book to their families (each church has one). This is the book about the little girl (who is Linda's daughter, Takonda) who asks her mother (Linda) questions about the coming Kingdom of God and Jesus. This is another way the Gospel gets before the families. Linda is also one of our main translators. She learned the truth by translating our major Bible teachings and hearing us preach, and last summer she requested baptism. Joe and Anthony baptized her.
As you know, a mission team goes to Africa each year. This year it will be Joe and Rebekah Martin going over for three weeks after General Conference which is July 5-8. Their trip will be July 14-August 4. ~ One week of that will be travel, so they will have two weeks there. This year the goal will be a little different. They plan to do some teaching in the churches, but the main thing they want to do is visit personally as many of our 258 pastors as is possible. We don't know all our pastors very well, and they feel this will be an encouragement to them as they talk with them one on one, find out their individual concerns and joys, pray with them, and get to know them better. They would also like to take pictures of as many of our churches as possible that MAM and LHI has helped to build. Gas prices have gone up and that has affected the cost of air fare as well as many other things. Their trip this year is estimated to cost ~ $5,000 each. Please pray for them each day as they are gone on this mission trip.
Thank you all for your continued prayers for the African work. We will update you more when we have more information.