We were able to speak this week with Joyce and were encouraged with the news from Uganda and also her plans to visit Western province, Kenya where she also oversees a number of centres.
A recent meeting in Uganda proved encouraging as 17 Pastors from different denominations gathered to hear about our ministry and to collect application forms. There was also a great interest in our teacher training and we are now considering a possible seminar during our trip in July. So far, over 100 children have been officially enrolled in Uganda and have started the lessons, however, from the interest shown and the applications taken, Joyce expects the number will reach 2000 in a very short period of time. If these numbers are reached we will very swiftly need markers in Uganda. Please pray for this need.
Pray for us as we try to sort out our programme for July. There is some practical work to be done at the office in Nairobi, a few important meetings to attend and we plan to visit Western province and Uganda. Training will be held in Western, possibly in two areas and those in Uganda are keen for us to hold a seminar there. I have also been asked to provide one or two days training for the children's workers of quite a large Church denomination in Kenya, so we have a lot to try and fit in.
A Bible book shop in Nairobi which we visited in December has emailed me this week regarding Bibles and after some negociation, we think we might have reached a slightly cheaper price than the recent copies I bought here in Northern Ireland. Please pray that God will guide in this matter. KJV Bibles tend to be the more expensive version in Kenya and lack of stock is often an issue. Bookshops don't like to order a small quantity for us, but because of so many committments we often can't purchase very large quantities in one go. This particular bookshop, so far have been very helpful and accommodating and we are praying we can finally reach a long term agreement and avoid the constant searching.
At this time of year our bookings for meetings always go down. Wtih the end of the season of ladies' meetings and most weekly children's meetings. Such gatherings are always a blessed opportunity to share God's work with those who attend. However, realistically, these also help to meet our needs financially. With no meetings over the past few weeks our funds are a little stretched at the minute. There are various needs which must be met including allowances, some printing, the need for Bibles, our flights and the solicitors's bill re: charity status. And of course the work must go on regardless, Pastor Aringo needs to travel to numerous areas, Joyce needs to travel to Western with lessons and Moses in Nakuru is planning to hold a children's rally soon to try and encourage a number of centres who have fallen behind in the lessons, to resume them. We know that God is faithful.
The market was quieter this weekend for most of the stall holders. However, we thank the Lord for His help and praise Him that we were still able to pay the rent and have some left over.
There is so much to be done in the office here in Northern Ireland over the coming weeks. We would ask you to pray that we will know wisdom and guidance. This day week, 1st April, I will be bringing a children's talk at the Easter service of a weekly children's meeting. Pray for me as I prepare over this week.
Finally, we would like to stress that if anyone has received an email, supposedly from myself, requesting urgent funds for an orphanage in Uganda....PLEASE DELETE, DO NOT ANSWER and DO NOT SEND MONEY. The emails are very convincing but THEY ARE NOT from me!!! They have been reported and hopefully that will be an end to them.
We continue to thank you for your prayers and trust that you will remember us in the coming days.
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