Uganda: 4th Quarter, 2017

By Waibi Robert

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It is hard to express in words the encouragement the church ministry brings to people. We have shared God’s word, the deep spiritual walk, and the power it brings about.

At Lwanda Church, we regularly fight addictions, loneliness, temptations, and share our spiritual experience. We inspire hope to people who are harshly being tormented with bad habits, diseases, sickness, and demons.

For Super Sunday and the Radio Evangelistic Ministry, I addressed real issues in the lives of faith. The theme of the teaching was ‘Building a godly character.’ The number one step to building a Godly character is humility. Jesus is always the best example for humility; he was gentle and humble (Matthew 11:29).

Some have been rebuked who have become prideful with their gifts that God has given. He informed the congregation that, “man is an instrument in God’s hands and all we have is God–given.’

God’s love for us never changes. Our invitation is open to whomever may be interested to join us morally, spiritually, and financially. Through your gifts, struggling brothers and sisters will be able to receive the encouragement and hope. We will be happy to share these blessings with you.

Cuba: 4th Quarter, 2017

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Due to the recent storms, the power system across the country has been affected by the fall of trees, poles, electrical lines, walls, and the penetration of the sea. Many neighborhoods are without electricity and drinking water.

In Havana, Brother Libernys, preacher of the congregation of Vedado, lives with his family in a 3-story building, and the tanker has been contaminated with seawater. The cistern was wiped, but they have no water and electricity service. Others in the same area are in similar situations. Thank God that they have gas and can cook with that fuel.

On the Hill, our brothers Roberto Betancourt and charity partially lost the roof of their house. They could replace the shingles, but they are different from the other houses in the area. The roof is in very poor condition. Also, our sister Emilia, who is 88-years-old and lives with her disabled daughter, recovered some tiles of the ceiling, but not completely.

In Matanzas, several families were affected; the structures of the houses suffered from landslides and fallen roofs. Similar disasters occurred in the congregations of Versailles, Santa Ana, and Maria Jesús. Crops were affected and they are working to recover what they can. Jorge and Dayami’s house ceiling was affected. Unfortunately, their house is in a very bad state, and by the mercy of God, it resisted the winds of these storms. Other brothers in the area have also been evacuated. Brother Tony has sent us photos that illustrate the situation.

 In Villa Clara, Brother Noel reports to us, who suffered strong winds for nearly 14 hours. Several brothers lost the roofs of their homes, and I have not had communication with some others there.

In Sancti Spíritus, Brother Alexander González informs us that they were 4 days without electricity, and his house in particular had damage to the windows and the rear of the house.

 In Ciego de Ávila, Brother Kadir informed us that there are 3 affected in Ciego de Ávila, but they have not had news of Morón or Guayacanes.

In Camagüey, Brother James reported that they have regained electricity after 3 days. A house of a marriage lost its roof, and a local church in Santa Cruz del Sur sustained roof/wall damage.

I have not received news from other territories, but I wish to unite us all in prayer and hope that recovery arrives as soon as possible.

Blessings,
Roberto

Nepal: 4th Quarter, 2017

By Asee Darla

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In Nepal, one of the students wanted to come to Nellore (India) for further studies, but because of the bad weather conditions, they are afraid to travel to reach Kathmandu. Whenever the weather is clear for their travel, I am waiting to arrange their trip.

We are constantly praying and encouraging to all of our students to continuously spend time praying, thinking, and memorizing the Sermon on the Mount. Sanjay is in constant touch with them in Whatsapp and other media facilities. The students are eagerly waiting for get together for studies and fellowship.

Philippines: 4th Quarter, 2017

By Daniel A. Oliva

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Rains continue and two typhoons just passed by Northern Luzon. Many areas were flooded and experienced landslides. By God’s grace, we are still safe in Baguio City. My wife Minda and her sisters are still in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental to attend the funeral of her mother. Alvin Luther, an American missionary who married a Filipina and put a church and school there, shall give the funeral message.

I have started a new seeker’s class in Munoz, Nueva Ecija, in the house of Minda Barbo. Most of them are young people (high school age) and are eager to learn God’s word and become disciple–makers. Helping me are Jun Abaya and Andy Mabesa (both volunteer workers of Cabanatuan Church), who make use of their private cars and money to help in the Lord’s work. Praise be to God that we have such brethren today.

I recently came from a three day summit meeting of old preachers from Tagaytay City, held at the Christian Development Centre. We reviewed the 21 Ecumenical Councils of both the Western and Eastern churches, the Muslim conquest of Europe and other parts of the world, the Reformation and the Restoration movements, and the essential differences in Churches of Christ with other religious groups. Our purpose is to be able to understand other groups and how to bring them to Christ’s fold in the most effective way. Sponsoring this quarterly meeting is Isidoro Cayton (a Christian businessman based in Tagaytay City).

Soon I shall be going to Cabanatuan City again to continue seeker’s classes in Munoz, Nueva Ecija, and Kalikid Sur, Cabanatuan City. Please include these studies in your prayers. Always, we thank WFR Church, the World Radio people, One Kingdom, and all the benefactors of Word Radio evangelism. God bless you all, brothers and sisters.

Kenya: 4th Quarter, 2017

By Charles Cheriyot

 

We are getting rain in most areas, but a few regions are still in need of food. The rain is not sufficient, and the crops they have planted have yet to mature. We have implemented training for farmers on how to produce short–season crops. We are still needing to reach out to families in the northern regions such as Eldoret, where the rain is bad.

In Nakuru, the crops fail due to lack of enough rain, and the people there still need relief. We have exhausted the relief we got from the good people in your ministry. We are also wanting to set up a training facility in Nakuru or Eldoret. 

The election here is over, but tension and challenges linger. We are waiting for the courts to make a ruling soon. More reports coming soon.

India: 4th Quarter, 2017

By Asee Darla

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In India, we are continuously encouraging our regular students to learn more about the Kingdom. Last month, we received 39 new responses and 47 previous responses. I traveled to Nagarjuna Sagar for a two-day Bible seminar and personal studies with two families that are preparing to get baptized. 

My daughter, Sowjanya, and John Lee were so happy to have me in their ministry. We have problems continuously with our government, and there are indications that we will have more problems in the future. I am grateful Brother Ben is making efforts to bring Sanjay to the U.S., and I pray we will receive help.

I am eagerly waiting to meet our family there and be with you to encourage each other by our faith. If every thing goes well, we will meet soon. We love you and feel very comforted whenever we think about you.

Mission Update: Russia

The following is from an update letter we received from Dennis and Natasha Podryachikov, two Russian Christians who live and work in Yekaterinburg with their two daughters, Arina and Karolina.

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Dear friends and supporters,

Update About Sasha
Recently, we sent out an urgent prayer request about Sasha, one of the guys from our study group in Degtyarsk. Sasha is Anya’s husband, who got into a terrible car accident. He has already lost his right arm, and the doctors have put him into an induced coma.

Anya later sent both of us a message saying, “Dennis, good afternoon! I have to share the wonderful news. I called the hospital, and Sasha’s consciousness is still weak and he is confused, but he has begun breathing independently!”

On Saturday, the doctors permitted Anya to spend most of the day with Sasha. He is now conscious, but still very weak. Natasha and Anya have been checking in daily, and Natasha noticed that Anya is excited about so many Christians all over the world praying for her, and grateful for God working in her Sasha’s and lives.

We are thankful for each of you, our prayer warriors! Thank you very much for lifting this family up in your prayers! May God’s will be done for them.

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Other Updates
Dennis continues to meet with Tolik and Dima. Tolik looks for ways to expand God’s Kingdom in the nearby town of Polevskoy. Dima requests prayer support, as his girlfriend and he are looking for dates to get married.

Sasha and Sashulya invited Dennis to counsel them on questions about family planning, since they are deciding on the next steps in their lives. Sasha is not a Christian, and it was a big step for him to allow Sashulya to invite Dennis for counseling.

Oksana asks prayers as Sitthora has decided to move to Moscow. As a mother, Oksana is very worried but Sitthora is 18 and decides what to do with her life. They have agreed to keep in touch by phone on regular basis.

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News from Natasha
I have some wonderful news. We finally started Bible classes for toddlers this summer. I cannot express all the enthusiasm that the church had from these classes. To be honest, we did not even expect God to use these classes in this way.

But, let me start from the beginning. I have been wanting to have these classes for a very long time. When we lived in America, I was going to Bible classes with my children like all the other moms. I had never seen anything like this before in Russia.

Even today, we still do not have any classes for toddlers. When I was learning how to teach children at a Bible school here, they did not cover toddlers, starting only with three-year-olds. I cannot stop being delighted with how God is using our experience in America to bless children and their parents in Russia. Preparation for these classes took a long time—even though we had all the materials, it seemed

that we had difficulties with everyone’s schedules. Each child and their family had their own busy lives, and sometimes they had to deal with tough situations. After I asked you to pray, our first class happened. The kids loved it from the start. The mothers told me that their children sang the songs we had learned in class throughout the week.

My goal was to not only conduct these bible classes by myself, but also to teach the other mothers to do the same. To my joy, this idea excited the mothers, and they have already started to conduct the classes themselves. 

On the last class, we had a mother and her child join us from Syktyvkar. At that time, they were visiting their family in Degtyarsk. I encouraged them to start a ministry such as this at their church. I am looking forward to seeing what God can do through such ministry. 

Last month, we had also renewed the Women’s Bible classes. The main idea was to learn how to obey the Lord and to know how kind He is to us, as well as to understand His plans for us. I wanted to encourage them to follow Jesus. In my opinion, they needed to do this so badly right now. Many of the women said that they needed emotional, spiritual, and physical support.

I was especially happy to see that Tatyana had returned home from being absent for a while. Tatyana and I are excited to work for Jesus together. Please pray that God will bring fruit through our work. I would also like to ask you to pray for the kids in our church, that God will keep them pure and holy.

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Family News
Our daughter Karolina turned 14. She is now taller than her older sister and her mom, but not as tall as her dad. Karolina now can get her citizenship passport in Russia.

Dennis’s parents came for a short visit. They took Karolina with them, while Natasha and I will take Arina to college. She will go to Lipscomb, and Natasha and I will accompany her there and help with settling down.

With love,
Dennis & Natasha