Missionary Stories

Begin as You Want to End 2017

South_Africa_-_Jan_2017_IMG_6806.JPGThe new school year of 2017 at Inanda Seminary has begun.  The boarding school campus is buzzing.   The grade 12s who completed their exams at the end of last year have just heard the good news of their results.

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Give Us the Ballot

On December 19th, DR Congo witnessed large protests in several major cities such as Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma, in response to the opposition’s call for demonstrations against President Kabila’s refusal to relinquish power.  Police and military personnel were well-organized and out in force.  The government went so far as to shut down social media throughout the country to slow the opposition’s ability to organize and share information concerning the number of arrests and detainees.

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Thanking God and You!

Kenya_-_Eale__Bosela_Dec_2016_Pic_1.jpgWe would like to thank God and you for your continuous support since we joined the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) as Global Ministries Missionary. The All Africa Conference of Churches is an ecumenical fellowship of churches and institutions working together in their common witness to the Gospel by:

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Thanking the Lord

We take this opportunity to thank the Lord for having seen us through these last six months of this year working with the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).

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Community of Disciples of Christ Celebrate Ordinations

Congo_-_Turner_2016_Ordination_Photo.JPGThe greatness of a team often depends not just on the talent of its starters, but also on the strength of players who occupy the bench.  Momentum can be gained, or lost, when the starters are relieved or cannot finish the course of a game or match.  This is why a strong bench is vital for team success.

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Peace and Good Will in DR Congo

December 19th is the date on everyone’s mind in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  This is the date when the sitting president is constitutionally bound to leave office following elections in November. However, November elections did not occur.  December 19th will be day for peaceful demonstrations throughout the country. The largest demonstration is expected to be in the capital city of Kinshasa. Demonstrators are planning to march holding red cards, a reference to the soccer penalty for ejection, to indicate that the President must go.

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Never Enough!

Lesotho_-_Nov_2016_food_aid_being_off-loaded.jpg“There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’:  the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire…”  (Proverbs 30:15-16)

The land in Lesotho, at least here in the lowlands, never seems to have enough water.  In the Maseru and Morija area we had two days of good rain in mid-October.  But the skies have turned blue again and we’ve already had several days with baking temperatures in the low 90’s.  The landscape looks very thirsty once again.

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World Communion Sunday in Congo

The Community of Disciples of Christ in the Congo share in communion each first day of the week. For Congolese Disciples, the fellowship and breaking of bread has cultural and spiritual significance.  It is foremost an expression of unity in the faith, recalling a shared experience of baptism. Communion also complements the cultural practice of sharing a meal in community, wherein each person is afforded a satisfactory portion.

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A Good Measure

Lesotho_-_Aug_2016_-_offering.jpg“Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  (Luke 6:38)

During my years of teaching at Masitise High School I did much of my shopping a few miles away in the small town of Moyeni.  My last stop before heading back to the school was often a takeaway place where I’d buy a bag of chips (French fries).  The guys behind the counter would scoop up those delicious, thick-cut and somewhat greasy chips, repeatedly shake them down into the bag, press them down a bit with the scoop and then add some more.  By the end of the process there were always a few chips dangling out of the top edge of the bag and still others piled precariously on top.  The horrible thought of some of those tasty morsels tumbling to the floor was never entertained because the far-too-small-bag would be dropped into a plastic bag to contain any and all possible escapees.  I never left that place thinking I’d been short-changed.  To the contrary, I always felt I was getting far more than I deserved!

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Local Disciple Churches in DR Congo Are Ready for Impact

Congo_-_June3_Delegates_assembled_for_the_Bolenge_District_Commission__meeting..JPGNo matter where you are in the world people always seem to prop up the differences between city and rural folk. This is true in DR Congo as well.  The rural areas of Equateur Province are called the “interior”. The interior refers to the seemingly endless swath of forest east of Mbandaka, and farthest from the Congo River.

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