Christ is building HIS church

One of the young believers away at high school returned home to the village for Christmas and her mum said she has grown spiritually and is going ‘deep’. Both the girl and her mother thanked Paul and Susan for all they have done for her but the glory goes to God. The girl was a baby when Paul and Susan moved into the village.
Paul and Susan know a little of what John expresses in his short book – 3 John 1:3-4: “It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
One man who has eye disease has been most mornings for Bible teaching and is almost up to the teaching on the children of Israel. He is already clear that God is pleased with those who believe Him and trust what He says. He can feel his way up to Paul and Susan’s house using a stick. There is a lot of fear with illnesses the people cannot understand and a desire to blame someone for sorcery. Paul and Susan have encouraged this man to fill his mind with good thoughts and not hide in his house worrying. Pray for his salvation. Recently on a Sunday another young man brought him to the meeting with him. Many of them were touched as this man with the eye disease was helped up the steps to the house where they are currently meeting and was then helped to sit down.
Paul and Susan have settled back again but they are not yet in a good routine. There is a nasty flu bug with bad cough and cold going around the village. They do not normally catch things but having just got over jet lag, they both succumbed to this one and Paul had to take antibiotics. Many of the believers have had it too and some of the older ones are in a bad way.
In recent years two mobile phone towers went up in the area and Paul and Susan were able to have email and internet capability right in their house. During their four months away, the service has deteriorated greatly and sometimes it is only on for 24 hours and then they hardly get caught up with email and corresponding with family before it goes off again. Paul and Susan’s communications system is frustrating but when they think of the missionaries of 100 years ago, when sometimes their mail took 18 months to reach, them Paul and Susan know they have no right to complain. We are told to be thankful in all circumstances, for ‘this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus’ as Paul tells the Thessalonians in chapter 5:18, and so they can choose this path of thankfulness.
Pray for health and strength, for wisdom to know what to do day to day and for their future and for co-workers for them. Pray for Paul and Susan’s daughter Laura as she takes a trip to Bosnia.
Also pray about the possibility of doing an outreach to another Gende village, for land and a building to meet in, for those who once walked with the Lord to return to fellowship and for the young people who have remained faithful for many years, even when their parents have not.

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