The world as we have known it has gone about a drastic change in the past couple of weeks with the corona virus threat. Life changes daily and we don’t know how much worse things will become and how long this will last.
However, the things that we do know is that God is in control, Jesus is building his church and Christians should be beacons of light in the darkness. We need to take this situation in which we find ourselves to offer people Hope in the midst of their fear and uncertainty.
Tim and I have been self-isolating this past week and will continue even through this next week; we had possible exposure to the virus and my health issues put me at a high risk to contract the virus. Do we have faith in God’s protection for us? Yes! However, we want to use wisdom and not be so uncaring that we put those we love and other innocent people at risk. We will act with love and compassion to those around us. Jesus instructed us to love others as we love ourselves; and so we will.
Stay safe everyone. Stay calm and rest in the peace that passes all understanding. Be prepared to be used by God to light the darkness and bring Hope. It is what we are here to do.
At the end of February, Tim traveled to Kenya, East Africa to assist with the APTEA (Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa) conference. There were 20 countries represented plus a number from both the U.S and Canada. This meeting is held tri-annually to plan and strategize for the next three years in our on-going efforts to bring Biblically-based education to pastors and leaders across the continent.
Africa’s Hope is committed to the education of pastors and leaders in our 360+ Bible Schools and training centers across Africa. We believe that Biblically trained, Spirit – filled leaders are the hope of Africa. They can go where we can not, they can reach people to whom we have no access.
Tim with some of our Tanzania friends who attended the conference; all wonderful godly men.
2019 was a year of travel; it was our itineration cycle. Unfortunately, Tim traveled to most of our scheduled services alone. Travel is hard for me so the Michigan trips Tim made alone; usually leaving on Saturday morning early and returning very late in the night on Sundays. Occasionally, he would need to leave out on Friday or return on Monday.
I was usually able to accompany Tim on those trips that were made to Southern Missouri churches. Travel is tiring, especially when you continue to work at your assigned ministry Monday – Friday.
However, God gave us strength to finish well. The bright spots were the many wonderful people we spent time with; pastors, church leaders, church congregations, happy children, God put us in contact with so many kind, gracious and generous people; people who love God, missions and missionaries. We spent time with friends and long-time ministry partners and made new friends and partners along the way.
We were able to share the good news of what God is doing across Africa and the work that we are privileged to be a part of. We were able to encourage others to participate in the Great Commission through giving, going and praying.
People – they make the travel easier, the journey better, the burdens lighter and the task less difficult. Thanks to all of you we met along the way or were re-acquainted with – you have blessed us.