William and I really enjoyed the meeting we spoke at in Belfast last week. The group there are always really enthusiastic about the work in Kenya and Uganda and last week was no exception. It was great to see old friends and have fellowship with them.
This evening I will speak at a ladies' meeting a little closer to home. Pray that God will help in every aspect of my time there and that again there will be much interest to pray for the work of Feed my Lambs.
The news from Joyce this morning is that she and her family are back home in Malaba after travelling to her father-in-law's funeral. Pray for them in the coming days that they will continue to know God's peace as they mourn.
Pastor Aringo and Eunice have continued with the office work and from reports sent through to me I can see that many lessons are marked each week from numerous centres. Please pray on.
Over the next few weeks things will start to slow down for the holidays. Pray that each member of the team in Kenya, Uganda and Northern Ireland will know God's help as deadlines are met and work tidied up before having some time off.
Thank you for your prayers over another week. We were blessed at the house meeting on Friday evening and were encouraged by the questions which were asked. There is the strong possibility of another meeting in the same venue before the end of the year.
We were pushed for time in preparing the powerpoint presentation, but we thank God for His help. This evening we look forward to sharing in a ladies' meeting and ask for your prayers for that.
Thank you to those of you who contributed to our recent clothes collection. The lorry arrived on Wednesday and we are now just waiting to hear how much was raised. It is now 4 years since we first began collecting clothes, shoes, bags, curtains, bedding etc. and in that time the amount raised to date; not counting this latest collection; amounts to £2810.75. This makes an enormous difference to the work of FML. Before throwing out those clothes that just don't fit anymore or which you are tired of, please consider contacting us to find out if they can be of use to us. Collecting clothes etc. is an ongoing venture for us so please do not think you cannot help just because this recent load has gone.
Please continue to remember William in his Bible College course and pray he will know help as an essay is due next week.
In the office here in Northern Ireland, I have been putting together some new records and files based on the reports coming in from Nairobi. This is to give me a clearer picture of the progress with the lessons and those who are studying them. It should also help me to see when centres have gone a long time without needing more lessons or returning lessons for marking and therefore it should help us to follow up those who have stopped the lessons for whatever reason. As we get this implemented for Kenya, I will then aim to get the same system running for Uganda. It very much requires those in our offices in Africa to report in the same format and so it is a team effort. As often happens with new ventures like this, there can be teething problems, however, things are settling now and it is starting to come together.
We would ask you to pray very much for Joyce; who is our representative in Uganda; and her husband Pastor Augustus. Pastor Augustus' father in law passed away and the funeral was on Saturday. Joyce and her family travelled to the village for the event. Please continue to remember them in prayer. When we were in Kenya at the end of September, Joyce had to attend the funeral of her Uncle and now they have lost another loved one. Please be with them during these difficult days.
Pastor Aringo and Eunice continue to appreciate prayer for their ongoing work. Pastor Aringo visits many centres and teaches in Churches at the weekend as part of his work with FML. Eunice keeps many records and welcomes those who visit our office. Both are involved in marking the many lessons which pass through the office. Please continue to pray for them both.
There are so many day to day happenings in the work of FML both in Africa and N.Ireland. So many opportunities to serve God and so many tasks which are necessary but very seldom are mentioned in blogs or prayer letters. Please continue to pray and ask God to bless every part of the work.
Time is passing so quickly. William and I are were married 3 months at the weekend. We are enjoying married life and serving God together.
In Feed my Lambs we are planning ahead and looking well into 2015 with a number of meetings booked and different projects in our minds. We value your prayers for the coming months.
Last Wednesday we enjoyed sharing at a ladies' meeting and were very encouraged with the interest shown. There was a promise of some materials for our library in Kenya, some ladies offered to knit some items to send out to Africa and others showed interest in providing Bibles for the children who complete our lessons. Pray that God will continue to work in hearts and keep the interest alive.
Over the course of the next week, William and I will speak at a house meeting and also a ladies' meeting. Because of the nature of the meetings and when we last visited each of them, we will require two new powerpoint presentations to be put together this week and each of us will have to prepare a short message. Please remember us as we prepare.
The "to do" list in the office is quite long this week and we value your prayers for these everyday tasks. Remember William as he continues with his Bible College course.
Please pray for Joyce and the work in Uganda. I have been trying to call her over a number of days and the network has not been good. Hopefully I will be able to speak to her tomorrow.
Remember our students as they finish off their assignments. Pray that they will not run out of steam at the last hurdle!
We are hopeful that new opportunities may be opening up here in Northern Ireland and also concerning new materials. We hope we can update you in more detail as time goes on, but for now we appreciate your prayers for open doors.
Our office in Nairobi now has a new worker called Eunice. She had dealings with her during our recent trip and we appreciate her work very much. Please remember her. Also Pastor Aringo, Moses and others who serve God in the work.
This Wednesday we will have another clothes collection here in Northern Ireland. This is a great way for prayer partners to dispose of things they no longer need and Feed my Lambs is paid cash in return. Please consider helping in this way if you can and do not hesitate to contact us for more details.
We always appreciate prayer for us as we share in meetings regarding the work of FML. Our team in Kenya and Uganda have opportunities to do this and really value your support for them as they introduce others to the ministry. Here in Northern Ireland, William and I also appreciate you holding us up before the Lord as doors are opened for us to share about FML and God's work in Africa. This week we have a booking for a ladies' meeting and another few meetings are in the diary for the month of November. It will be a busy few weeks. We are thankful for bookings that are steadily coming in for next year; with another one today.
Please continue to remember the various aspects of the work. The Bible Lessons which are circulating across Kenya and Uganda among thousands of children. The volunteers who mark these lessons. Those who evangelise and teach the Word of God to the boys and girls. The administration work which takes place in our offices. The writing of training courses. The procedure of coming up with new ideas and initiatives, praying them through and then putting them into practice. The plans for future trips; from the UK to Africa and for the local people on the ground as they travel also. Remembering also our new library facility as it is promoted.
The email course is another ministry and we would ask you to pray for the students currently enrolled as they are at the stage of completing final assignments. We trust certificates will be awarded in January following completion of assignments and marking by the end of the year.
As the school year draws to a close in Kenya in particular, please pray for the young people who are sitting exams in the coming days. Today I have been specifically asked by a School Principal in Nairobi to remember the few individual students in his school who started their final national exams today which will enable them to join High School. Please pray for Caleb, Hosea, two called Kevin and Vivian.
Please also remember the ongoing financial needs of the work. God is faithful in supplying. Pray concerning a few needs which are pressing at the moment including rent for our Nairobi office.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers.
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