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.
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