Every time I write I try to give us thoughts or messages to encourage and make us think. I try to be a blessing. However, my heart is in a different place today, I feel it is important to share a little information with you.
I would like to inform you of some of the things that have been going on in Africa recently. (This is not to diminish or overlook any other region, nation or continent—all are important in God’s work!)
In the past few months BTI was requested in Kenya, where the people would come together for two classes. We were unable to assist and these schools could not be conducted. (There was one school conducted in this nation earlier.) The need for our brothers and sisters to be trained is vitally important.
In Uganda one orphan died and several were sick from contaminated water. We did assist Bishop Kavuma in having a Boah Hole (well) dug and they now have fresh water. Since then the temporary shelter that housed 100 orphans has collapsed. Thankfully, the children were not sleeping in it and no one was hurt. The churches under Bishop Kavuma are trying to raise $5,000.00 to pay for half of the cost of building a permanent structure. We have been able to assist with $800.00 of the other half.
In Burundi war broke out and people have been slaughtered. One pastor's wife was killed in the escape. Another pastor's child was killed while another child died of exhaustion, to the best of my understanding.
I’m sure you have heard of the University bombing in Kenya earlier in the year. In this bombing one of the students who was killed attended our church in Hola, Kenya.
As many of you know, we have needed to travel to Africa for the past seven years. The past four years we have been asking for the same $6,500.00 – $7,000.00 to be able to go visit, teach and fellowship with our Church family on this continent. Also, during this same time period there have been equipment needs that could fully support the work in west Africa.
Again, this is not to put one above another. Africa, however; is in need of more training, support and BTI schools than in most other areas. (BTI is needed everywhere!)
We have a monumental task in front of us. Needs are everywhere. Sheep are asking for us to come—Liberia and South Africa to name only two—and we do not have the means to go.
Luke 10:2 “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
We need laborers. We need prayer warriors. When we have both of these, we will have the means to go to whosoever will.
The Holy Ghost recently told us at my local church in Cleveland, Tennessee, “Stop looking at the things around you and start looking at the eternal."
In the natural our task is impossible, but if we become willing and completely committed, we will see the “Promises” that God has in store for The Church of God.
May God bless you as you endeavor to take them to the King one prayer, one dollar, one soul at a time.
Cary Ryan, World Mission Coordinator