As many of you know, for many years I have traveled to central Africa to support and teach the pastors there. Now, however, in the providence of God my health no longer allows me to make this trip myself. That being said, God has risen up one to take my place. Just as he did last year, my son Jacob will be traveling to Africa to carry on the ministry I began.
I hope you'll take the time to read his support letter below and to prayerfully consider hitting the donate button at the bottom of the page.
Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
As many of you know, I had the opportunity to go on my first Africa mission trip (to Burundi) last summer. It was a very eye-opening trip. Although I had planned to do a Pastors’ Conference during my time there, a last minute change of plans (due to visa complications) found me doing daily “crusade meetings” instead. Several hundred Burundians heard the Gospel message! God used me albeit in a different setting than I was expecting.
I was struck by the hunger the Burundians had for the Word of God. They were eager to learn and grow so they could share with others. Their passion within the worship service was also inspiring. Their excitement and energy and love for the Lord was almost palpable.
This summer I have the opportunity to go back and teach a Pastors’ Conference. My father has done these trips for several years, and now that I have one under my belt, I feel even more equipped and excited to go.
The ministry I am coming alongside is called REMAC (a French acronym for Missionary Churches of Christ). This denomination was birthed after missionaries fled this and other war-torn countries within Africa. It is led by a godly pastor named Flory Kazingufu who I had the pleasure of meeting and working with last summer. He was my chauffer, tour guide and translator as well.
This year, I will be teaching “How to Interpret the Bible.” While this may seem basic to some, many of the Africans rely soley on what their pastors teach them without reading the Bible themselves. Though the pastors wish for the congregants to be “self-feeders,” they don’t know how to teach this. I am excited to use my gifts to serve God by teaching these people.
Please pray for me! I desperately desire your continued prayers. Here are some specific requests:
- That my visa would come through correctly so I can teach the Pastors’ Conference this year as planned.
- That God would prepare the pastors’ hearts for the messages they will hear.
- That God would provide the $4,000 necessary for plane tickets, food, lodging and various needs within the body of Christ in Africa.
- Please commit to praying for me before and during this trip as this is my biggest need. But if God is calling you to support financially, I would be greatly apprecitive of this as well. Without the support of God’s people, God’s plan won’t be thwarted, but it will be much more difficult.
If you feel called to to support this trip financially, please give online at BecomingMature.Org/Africa or send a check made out to Becoming Mature with “Africa” in the memo.
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Thank you in advance for your prayers.
How are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” ~Romans 10:14-15