Idle

Idle (definition): not turned to normal or appropriate use, lack of activity.

We have NOT been idle during this pandemic even though all travel has been curtailed for several months now.  Tim will probably not be traveling to Africa until January of 2021.

He is definitely behind schedule in his travels, prior to the pandemic he was scheduled to make 5-6 trips to various countries in Africa.  The goal was to set up Print On Demand (POD) systems in key locations across the continent.  These small efficient printing presses will give the Bible Schools and Distribution Centers the ability to print their own materials.  This will save both time involved in shipping and printing costs.

Tim and his team have not been idle, they are taking full advantage of this time to procure curriculum and print and reprint Africa’s Hope Bible School curriculum. They are preparing materials that will be shipped out in containers as soon as ports in Africa begin to open up again.

There are national churches, Bible schools and students who are eagerly waiting for their shipments to arrive.  Tim is making sure that all is ready to go on this end.

Thanks to all of you who are partners with us in seeing that pastors and leaders across Africa are fully equipped to do the work of the ministry.

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“Piling up”

According to one dictionary, the term “Piling up” means to increase in quantity or amount, in a way that is difficult to manage.

For Tim, the inability to travel to African countries because of the Covid 19 virus means that his work is “piling up” overseas.

There are plans for Africa’s Hope to provide over a dozen “Print On Demand Systems” (PODS) across the continent of Africa in 12 strategic locations.  These small printing presses will allow the Bible Schools in that region to print their own curriculum at extremely reduced costs and save on the shipping costs and wait time when the materials are sent from the states.

Currently, Tim has materials ready to ship in a container to Togo but he must wait for the port to open again.  He has two PODS sitting in crates in two locations that are waiting for him to travel there and assemble them and train local people to operate and maintain them properly.  In addition, he has five other locations that are ready and waiting to receive their PODS once the ports are open again and it is safe for him to travel.

Please pray that the Corona virus will soon run it’s course and countries will be open again for travel.  Meanwhile, the work continues to “pile up” while the Bible Schools wait for their PODS to arrive and be installed.

Tim is not idle, by any means, the presses at Africa’s Hope are reprinting many of their books to replenish their depleted supplies of curriculum as well as printing new books as they are finished.  They want to have plenty of material on hand and ready when they are once again able to ship containers.

Thanks to all of you for your continued prayers and support. We appreciate all of those who partner with us to train leaders and pastors across Africa.

Committed

Missionaries, by nature, are generally a very committed group of people.  It takes a great deal of commitment for foreign missionaries to leave their country, home, families and all that is part of their known world to travel overseas to a totally new and different culture and land.

During this Coronavirus pandemic, I have observed another level of their commitment.  The majority of our AGWM missionaries have remained where they were serving when this virus began to spread.  They are staying and serving where God called them to be, trusting in Him to take care of them as they find new and creative ways to continue to share the Gospel.

Tim and I, as we are assigned here in the states to work with Africa’s Hope see the same type of commitment here.  Africa’s Hope continues to procure materials, write, edit, translate and print curriculum and prepare the materials to be shipped.  We trust that some day soon, Tim will receive the word to start loading shipping containers full of curriculum for our 360+ Bible schools and training centers.  The warehouse is being filled, and when the go ahead is given that ports are opening, container after container will be shipped to eager teachers and students who are anticipating their arrival.