|B.A.S.I.C. NEWSLETTER #186
I Cor.. 16:9 ‘For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.’
February 9, 2011
News from Congo
The CLCC reports that they have new work in the north from Katanga Province on the border of Zambia with new congregations forming there. We pray for the success of the Word that it speeds on and triumphs in the hearts of more and more people.
REPORT ON TRIP TO AFRICA
Larry Hansen, CLC
“All things work together for good, for those who love God.”
Because of Missionary Mayhew’s Aug/Sept 2010 visit to East Africa, instead of the normal November visit, the Lord led me to Africa again, so we, the CLC, could have person to person contact twice this year. It was especially needed with the trouble at Himo, Tanzania. with the seminary building, and a yearning in my heart to visit and support the people there. Also I would be able to visit Pastor Mike Gurath at Mois Bridge. A few days before I left, the Lord made it possible for my son, Loren, to go with me and help me. We were able to separate several times while there to cover more places. He can speak Swahili, which helps greatly in dealing with the local people. Probably our biggest task was the registration of the Church with the Kenyan government, so that the Kinship school at Etago,Kenya could register their school before their 8th grade students graduate In November of 2011.
In Nairobi, Kenya we met with Charles about the registration, and visited the government offices dealing with the registration. Crossing over to Tanzania, in Arusha, we visited two Maasi groups with Pastor Jeremiah. We also spent a day visiting the temporary seminary and training, where Loren presented a paper, “All Glory to God”.
In the Moshi/Himo area we made ourselves available to testify at a court hearing on the seminary building. We brought receipts and other papers from the U.S. dealing with the matter. The case was postponed. On Sunday morning, Loren attended church at Himo, while I went to Machame. What a blessing it was to sit with them and worship our Lord!
Back in Nairobi, we collected the boxes of books, and Kinship cards from Charles that were to go to Etago and Chutaroro. We also checked again with the government office on the registration process.
Arriving back in Kiisi we met with Pastor Mike Gurath, since this was his week to teach at the seminary. We attended one day with Pastor Mike. Loren again presented his paper to the seminary students. Next we went to Etago to gather information. The following day we started distributing the Kinship cards and gifts to pupils and teachers. In the middle of the process, a government representative showed up about the school registration. All the school officials and Loren left to look into the registration, leaving me as the sole audience for the singing and dancing of 173 students. I was worried they would exhaust themselves, as one dance lasted what seemed like a half hour.
Loren and Joshua left again for Nairobi to process the school registration. Mike left for Kiisi, but I had the privilege of staying in Etago with Pastor Enosh’s family. The next day Pastor Enosh and I went to Chutaroro for another day of seminary training.
After this Pastor Mike and I left for Mois Bridge to meet up with Loren. The next day we visited the Sagalas and got a tour of their farm and had a fine meal. The day after we attended church at Mois Bridge. Loren again presented his paper. Afterward we ate at a café with the Sagalas, and got to say goodbye. What a blessing for us to have fellow Christians in Africa!
“O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, and His mercy endures forever.”
Yours in Christ,
This was said by someone else, but it is true as true can be, so I quote it.
“The missionary aspect of the Gospel and its primacy are stated again and again in Scripture. The message at Jesus’ birth was a message for all people (Lk. 2:30-32). Even Christ’s model prayer had a missionary thrust to it: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven(Mt. 6:10). The first convert, Andrew, became a missionary: He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah…He brought him to Jesus.’ (Jn. 1:41-42). The first apostolic sermon, addressed to representatives of all the language groups of that age, had a strong missionary motif: For the promise is…to all that are far off…(Acts 2:39). The Great Commission of the risen Lord… gives expression to His all-embracing concern for all men everywhere (Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 20:21; Lk. 24:45-49).” And it is in Mk. 16:15-16.