We are so thankful that rains in Kenya and Uganda have been increasing. This has been such an answer to prayer after many months of drought. Of course, there are still those who are suffering and life is far from normal for many.
The rains have been a cause for rejoicing but they have also brought other challenges. One Pastor who works closely with us distributing lessons etc. has contacted me because of the situation with his Church. When the rains came they washed away one of the walls of the Church. The congregation are now in desperate need; they have done as much as they are able themselves and are now at a standstill. Please pray that they will be able to complete the work. We have told the Pastor that we will share this great need here and we would ask you to prayerfully consider whether you would be in a position to give anything; no matter how small; to this need. The ministry is being greatly affected and the people are keen to be able to meet together again to hear the Word of God and to witness to the children. If God burdens you heart to give, you can do this via this website and we will pass it on. Simply mark your gift "Samuel's Church" or send us an email to say you have donated for this purpose. Failing that, we would ask you mostly to pray. Thank you.
This is just a reminder of the many practical aspects of ministry. Not all service for the Lord is preaching. This past week William and I have been involved in Fire Safety training and Child Protection Training. We have been going through legal papers regarding FML and we have been finalising applications for short term team members. William also organised a demonstration of the Passover Meal at the mission hall we attend and I was the speaker at the Parent's Night of a weekly Children's Meeting. Having recently completed the application process for the Charity Commission for FML, I have been asked by the Committee at the Mission Hall if I would prepare paperwork for them and next week we will have a training session to guide them through the process and what is involved. I appreciate prayer as I prepare the presentation. William and I also have a meeting to speak at on Sunday so appreciate prayer for that.
Our team in Kenya are also involved in some very practical work at the moment and we will share more about that over the coming weeks. Meantime, please do pray for them as they sort everything out. Remember Joyce also as she continues in ministry.
As we approach the Easter weekend, let us remember to give God thanks for the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus, who died in our place and rose again that we may live and have the gift of eternal life.
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