July 31, 2019
Moving Forward with Leadership
May was a month of important meetings for the development of leadership both in our women’s ministries and in the leading of the Sunday worship services. It is always encouraging when the Lord allows us to see tangible progress. Notably, two men have been added to the existing pool of three for preparing and leading Sunday worship.
On the first Sunday in June, Jamel Attar, pastor and former Muslim, shared his testimony and encouraged us in our witness to the Muslim community. God’s hand was evident when a certain young man with whom we had previous contact showed up without prior knowledge of the event. Pray for this young man!
There were around 50 at the annual end of the year barbecue for the Bible Club, affording another wonderful occasion for the Gospel. Do pray for Stéphane and Carolina who host this club at their home in a nearby village. This young family is a tremendous blessing to the work here and elsewhere. Stéphane, a member of our church council and a teacher of the Portuguese language, just spent 10 days preaching throughout Angola in connection with a Bible Correspondence School.
At the annual Sunday School picnic, held at a popular swimming lake, our children witnessed the near drowning of an eight-year-old girl. Yet, God’s hand was again evident in allowing one of our men who is a medical professional to help with the rescue. This later opened a door for him to have further contact with the family. They are Syrian refugees. Pray them!
Our own folks began the work with several intense days of demolishing and trips to the dump which saved us at least 1000.00€. Contractors are now continuing the work. We are excited about the results. Two medium sized classrooms are beginning to take shape along with a larger multifunctional room and a hallway. More adequate insulation is being installed, more efficient lighting is going in soon; and we get new windows in the Fall! Finishing work must wait until September, when our folks return from their vacations. Please pray for wisdom as we work through this one step at a time, and especially for Alexis as he heads up the project.