We are really thankful to God for how well the market stall in Portadown, N.Ireland has been doing over these past few weeks. January is normally our worst month as the weather is bad and people are counting their pennies after Christmas. However, not only has the mild weather helped to keep people out, but our sales have been excellent since Christmas, especially on Fridays. A large part of this is down to the blocks, coal, turf and firelighters available, but the items on the table have also been doing well. On Friday we sold quite a lot of African items. As we sell, we remember friends of ours in sell in a few different markets in Nairobi and also those we have met in other areas of Kenya. Please continue to pray that the market will continue to be a blessing to our work....not just in raising funds, but more importantly, raising awareness of our work and being a witness to those who lift the Gospel literature and CDs. A special event to be held at the market, is being planned by the local council for a few weeks time. We will know more about it after we have met with representatives from the council.
We thank God for His continued help for our team in Kenya. Continue to pray on for each child who studies on our lessons. We especially ask you to pray for the need for KJV Bibles as we are now need to obtain a large quantity of these. Enquiries to a few sources haven't made much progress as yet.
We also ask you to pray for us in the UK as we continue to prepare for meetings we have been asked to speak at over the coming weeks. We are thankful for another booking that came in this week.
Thank you for continuing to stand with us. We value your prayers.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We are blessed to have a good team of workers who minister alongside us. We would ask you to pray for them. Below is a little update about each of them. Please also remember a few people in Western area who assist us greatly in a similar way. One lady Joyce was involved in an accident with her child and both were still in hospital when we last had news a few days ago. (Please note, this is NOT the same Joyce whose wedding we attended who has the little girl Blessing. This is a different lady).
Pastor Aringo continues to run our office in Nairobi and is busy at the moment preparing lessons for a new area we are introducing the work to. Pray for Jen his wife and their 3 children. Remembering his home Church in Western as they establish a new school and hope to purchase the land next year.
Pastor Meshack looks after the lessons in the Kisii area. This week he had planned to meet with those who help him mark in the area. Remember his wife and children and a number of orphans they look after.
Moses works in Nakuru and was excited this week as a new centre enrolled 60 children on the course. Moses recently lost a lot of his property in a burglary and would appreciate prayer for that.
Dan assists Moses in Nakuru, but is currently in a rural area. Dan is a teacher and also studies himself, pray he will know help.
Joyce is busy being a mother and a Pastor's wife, but, after the success of our music CD, is already making plans for another form of outreach involving the children. Pray for her husband Pastor Augustus as he leads his congregation and remember Joyce's sister who was very ill. She is now home from hospital and is making progress...but has a long way to go.
Mike is a name we haven't previously mentioned much, but he has been helping Pastor Aringo in the office more regularly lately. Mike and his wfie appreciate prayer.
Cecil continues to be top seller at the market and continues to brave the cold on Fridays and Saturdays. He is grateful that the arthritis in his knees hasn't been too bad this Winter and pain has been much less than last year.
William has been working extremely hard to keep up our supply of coal, firelighters and turf and has been cutting sticks almost on a daily basis. These are selling so well at the minute at the market he can hardly keep up. An advert in the local paper is proving to be more than worthwhile. As he is self-employed, William also continues to appreciate prayer that there will be plenty of work available for him.
Billy and May haven't been able to come to the market over these past weeks as Billy has been unwell. Please pray that he will know God's touch upon him and also that May will know the Lord's blessing.
As for me, work on our prayer letter was put aside a little, so that I could prepare for a children's meeting I was sharing at on Friday evening and also so I could send out our next email assignment. I am a little behind in getting the previous assignment returned due to some email problems, but hopefully I can get up to date this week and get the prayer letter in for printing.
We are looking forward to what the next few months will bring for us all. On Christmas Eve we were able to put down a deposit for flights to return to Kenya in July and already we are beginning to plan for our programme, including very specific training which I have been asked to conduct for a large denomination there.
Please continue to pray that God will bless each and every one of our team and also that God will bless each step that we take in our ministry. We have important decisions to make, problems to overcome, challenges to meet and new ministries to introduce....we need God and much wisdom. Thank you for standing with us.
It has been said that there is a "Fear Not" in the Bible for every day of the year. God is with us each day to help us in every situation we face and to encourage us that there is no need to fear as He will help us.
We ask for His help for the family of a young lady from our Church who was tragically killed a car accident and whose husband was seriously injured. As we have just come from her funeral service and saw her greiving family, we know that they can "fear not" the future if they trust God to go with them.
On Tuesday we will be attending the funeral of a man who loved the Lord. He was my Sunday School teacher as a child. He taught my older brothers and both nephews, one of which was currently in his Sunday School class. He was a man who was straightforward and honest, who has advised us in a number of situations concerning FML and who stood by us in the minstry and personally when others turned their back. Such a gentleman who had an equally lovely wife who passed away a number of years ago. We pray that his family will "fear not" as they take comfort from the fact that he is with the Lord.
What have these deaths got to do with Feed My Lambs? Maybe not very much, except that they remind us of the suddeness of which life can be snatched away and the urgency of bringing the Gospel to the boys and girls. Pray that we will spend and be spent in our labours for the Lord and that we will go forward in God's will and "Fear not" what the future may bring, the trials we may face or the battles we may have to contend with. God is with us and we need "Fear not."
We trust you have had a good beginning to the New Year. We in Feed My Lambs are looking forward to lots of new opportunties to minister both here in Northern Ireland and also in Africa. Looking back over 2011 we realise we had a very exciting year with many open doors....I hope we will be able to say the same at the end of this year.
Please pray for Pastor Aringo as he reopens the office in Nairobi and gets lessons prepared for sending to different areas. Pray for the entire team, that they will know God's blessing.
Pray for a meeting which is planned for tomorrow in relation to a new place for our office. We are trusting God that this will go ahead as planned with no obstacles. Hopefully we will have some more definite news for you soon.
We enjoyed sharing at a meeting on Wednesday night and showing the presentation from our recent trip for the first time. We trust that all who listened were encouraged to hear what God has been doing and challenged to pray for the ministry in the days to come.
The market here in Portadown reopened on Friday and yesterday following the Christmas/New Year break. We were encouraged with sales on both days in what is normally a very quiet month.
This week we hope to start preparing a new prayer letter which we know you will be excited to read as it will share lots of news from our recent trip. If you are not already on our mailing list you can request to be added by emailing me at email@example.com and you can then receive the news by email or post.
Please do continue to pray for the country of Kenya as a whole as it remains on security alert because of threats of a terriost attack. We realise this was the case before we went there, but some media coverage over the past few days seems to have brought it more to the attention of people here in the UK.
We thank God for people around the world who are praying for us. Click on the flag counter at the bottom of our home page to see some of the countries who have visited this site.
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