It's been one of those weeks when the change in weather has been affecting the team with colds and flu. I have been off, Pastor Aringo has been unwell and little Joseph has also been given medication by the Doctor. Sniffs and sneezes even exist in Africa!
Unfortunately we were unable to open the stall on Friday as I was unwell and William was very busy trying to pack and load blocks etc. William manned the stall on Saturday and we had some deliveries.
Please continue to pray for all of our team....especially in Kenya and Uganda where medication and treatment can sometimes be very expensive.
Please remember all who will be marking lessons this week. It is hard work.
Remember the school team in Nakuru, Joyce and the team as they put new plans in action in Uganda and the team in the Nairobi office as they adjust to their new surroundings.
Most of all pray for the salvation of boys and girls.
Another week and once more we are seeking God for His guidance and leading in the days to come. Working with FML isn't all about taking meetings and evangelising the children. There are many very practical issues, challenges and decisions which we face on a daily basis. There are times when it is difficult to know whether to take a step or to wait. There are times when there are needs to be met and we have to prioritise the funds. There are times when people want to become involved in the work and we need to know the mind of God. As we plan for our next trip later in the year, there are decisions to be made about where we will visit and there is a programme to prepare. We will soon be working on our next prayer letter too and are thinking about what to include. Please pray that we will know wisdom and guidance as we face many of these issues on a daily basis. We need the Lord to speak very clearly to us and show us what to do. Once again we are watching the pillar of cloud/fire to see when it stops and when it moves.
Preparations are now underway for the children's rally in Nakuru in the middle of April. Pray that many children will come in under the sound of God's Word. Pray that the financial needs will be met for this outreach. Joyce will travel from Uganda and Pastor Aringo will travel from Nairobi to be with Moses and the team there. They will help at the rally. There will also be a worker's meeting which now takes place every few months. The next scheduled meeting will be when William and I return to Africa.
The market was very quiet on Friday....we hardly sold a thing! But God is faithful and Saturday was very busy with quite a number of deliveries to do. As the weather improves the demand for coal and blocks will decrease, so please pray that God will continue to provide through the market with sales of other items.
After the market and doing the deliveries William and I went to Lurgan to meet with a lady who represented an outreach among women. We were privileged to receive a large number of knitted items and teddies to bring out to Africa. We also received a financial gift from the pocket money of the ladies' 5 year old granddaughter. This is to go to help a little child in Africa. We thank God that even the youngest child can do God's work and be a little missionary.
This week we have one less person reading this blog. A dear lady called Vera was a very faithful supporter of FML and always kept up to date with the work by visiting this website and reading this blog. Vera passed away during the week and William and I attended her funeral on Friday. She visited our stall on just a couple of occasions as she did not live local to it. She always showed a great interest in the work we are involved in. Yet another prayer partner is gone....but I wonder who replaces these dear people? Please remember Vera's husband, son, sister, brother and family circle in the coming days.
I spoke to Joyce this week and she is in better spirits but still appreciating your prayers in these days. The work is going on well in Uganda and we were encouraged by all she had to share. She is very excited about our forthcoming wedding and visit to Kenya. We are looking forward to seeing all of our dear friends again.
Moses continues with the ministry in Nakuru and has written this week to say: "For the last month we have been working with teachers Linias, Eukabeth, Philis, Mwangi, Major, Favour and Martha. Lesson time in schools, some 8 to 9am,12.30 to1.30pm,3.10to4.10pm,4..to 5pm,daily we can have 3 or 2 or 4. The smallest number of children is 80, biggest number 1200 with a minimum of 26 schools each week."
Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to move offices in Nairobi and this move was taking place during this past week. We have relocated "across the wall" as it were and the main gated entrance to the office is still the same as before. Please remember the team as they adapt and unpack yet again.
This week saw the end of term and indeed the end of William's first year at his Bible College evening class. He has been blessed as he has studied and his classes will resume again in September.
I had a really encouraging meeting on Thursday evening as I shared with the ladies in another Church which we have never been to before. We thank God for these open doors.
Please continue to remember the whole FML team in prayer. We trust that God will continue to lead and guide in the coming days.
I appreciate all of you who stood by my side when I lost my beloved sister who was more than a sister Doryne, thank you for standing for it's not easy it needs people with heart. Death is painful and when you are alone you can not make it. The team from U.K Pamela, William, and many others that I can't recall their names I say thank you for your support and may my almighty God bless you abandantly. We are looking forward to see that we don't forget about Doryne but go on with life. I know it is not easy but God will help us Thanks From Joyce.
So another week has passed and we thank God once more for His help.
Joyce was able to travel to Kampala in Uganda to visit centres there who are interested in our lessons. We thank the Lord for His continued help to Joyce and her family following the recent passing of her sister. There have also been other developments with the work in Uganda which we will share with you in more detail in the near future.
Moses and the team continue to be busy with the school ministry. A children's rally is proposed for April in this area and we are seeking the Lord's guidance for this.
Mike is now a more permanent member of the Nairobi office team and we thank God for His hand upon his little girl who was very unwell at the weekend.
Pastor Aringo and the office team have been very busy this week as the container which was sent from Northern Ireland at the end of November had arrived and the materials were ready to be transported to the office. They were delighted to receive 300 000 lessons, 100 Bibles and a number of boxes of books. It seems like no time at all since we brought the boxes to the depot here and now they have arrived. We thank God to the Every Home Crusade Team for their help. You can see some photos at the bottom of this blog.
Finally, William and I are very pleased to let you know that we announced our engagement on Saturday 1st March. God willing, our wedding will take place later in the year. We are looking forward to our future together both as husband and wife and as co-workers in the Lord's work. We thank the Lord for His guidance and we look to Him for the days ahead.
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