We thank God for the news of another 150 children starting our lessons this week in Western province, Kenya. We pray for the salvation of these children.
We are grateful that someone has offered to give us some teaching materials that they have no need of. We look forward to be able to bring these to Africa.
The market reopened this weekend again after the holidays. It was a quieter weekend than normal as many people are still away, but we thank God for His help.
We give God thanks for His hand upon those we mentioned who have been sick. We were able to enjoy visits to my uncle and to Billy this week and thank God for His continued help. William's grandmother is still in hospital but has made some improvement. Joyce's little girl Blessing was very sick, but God has touched her and Pastor Aringo is delighted that his wife and son are feeling better after being very unwell all week. Please also continue to remember Joyce's sister Dorine. We are conscious that sometimes the devil can use sickness among our loves ones and friends to bring pressure and to distract from the work of God.
Being unwell is a massive pressure for any family, but we especially remember our brothers and sisters in Kenya and Uganda....to be sick there means a huge fianancial burden. Please remember the needs.
Please pray for a Pastor friend of ours from a Church in Kibera slums. He lost his neice on 27th June, but as of a few days ago, the family had still not been able to bury her because of lack of finance. This a huge pressure on the family. We have faced this situation many times with many of our friends and ask you to pray for them.
This past week we have been able to see in a small way, one reason why God has kept us at home at the minute rather than having been in Kenya. We feel that He has been in control of situations that we knew nothing about. Pray that we will continue to know His leading.
We have often been conscious of those who have sought, by dishonest means, to gain money from us or just simply to try and bring the ministry down. Time and time again God has revealed to us what has been going on, and we have again realised this week that some people have been up to no good. Pray that God will continue to give us much wisdom and discernment so that the work of God does not suffer at the hands of sinful men.
I am looking forward to having a few days off this week before we open the stall again on Friday. August will be a busy month as we hope to get stuck in to developing our teaching materials and working alongside the artist from Kenya. Please remember our email course. The latest assignment is due to be submitted now by the students and the next one will be sent out at the beginning of the month.
We are also looking forward to being at the Bangor Missionary Convention during the last week of August and ask for your prayers as we prepare leaflets and information for our stand over the next few weeks.
We also continue to pray for wisdom as we make big decisions and seek God's will regarding the purchase of the land in Kenya. We know that God will not lead us down a wrong path.
Thank you once more for your prayers. We appreciate your support more than words can say.
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