This past week Pastor Aringo travelled to an area outside of Nairobi to visit centres there who are studying our lessons. We look forward to receiving his report of how the Lord is blessing. Joyce is also now planning to visit; once a month; each centre that she is responsible for. This covers Uganda but also the Western Province of Kenya. In Nakuru, we are thankful to have heard from a School Principal who wants his children to resume the lessons after they previously had dropped off from studying.
The Bible Bookshop we are now dealing with in Nairobi have contacted us to say that they have received another shipment of Bibles and they will be back in touch with us to let us know how many they can make available to us. We are negociating now with a young lady who is being very helpful and we are trusting this arrangement will continue to work long term and at last we will have somewhere definite established for the purchase of Bibles.
The purchase of the land in Nairobi has been very much on our minds this week and I had a long telephone conversation with the Pastor of the Church which is selling it to us. We require some further documents and ask you to pray that we will have those soon.
Our flight costs continue to be a matter of urgency and ask you to pray that God will provide all that is needed in the coming days.
The Solicitor's bill of £600 is also due for the work done with the charity registration. Pray that God will provide in His time.
We made some enquiries about the possibility of having a stand at a Christian exhibition but the prices are just way above our heads and to be honest we feel it wouldn't benefit the work enough to justify the cost. There is a less expensive area but it is sold out, however there is the possibility of more space being made available in that area. We feel that even that section is quite expensive, but would ask you to pray that if God wants us there for some reason that He will make it very clear. At the minute we are feeling it won't happen and are at peace with that, so if He wants us there He needs to make it very clear. We are praying however, that we will be successful in obtaining a stand at the Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention in August. We had a stand at it last year for 5 nights and found it beneficial. Pray that God will open this up if it is His will.
We had a quieter weekend at the market, but once again were able to pay the rent and still have money left over so we are still happy. In the past few weeks we have been made aware of people who know about us or have heard of us and, although we dont' know them, we realise that the market has been largely responsible in raising awareness of our work.
Please remember that we continue to be able to accept donated items for our stall. These could be books, household items, toys or unwanted Chrismas presents. We can also take furniture as well as adults or children's clothes, bedding, curtains, shoes or bags. We would also ask you to consider donating any cd's or dvd's which you no longer need. It is not necessary for them to have their original box or cover.
This incoming week we are thankful that we have been asked to share at a missionary prayer meeting. We are looking forward to this. Generally, April - August are the quieter months for meetings with most of our bookings being between September and March, so we thank God for this opportunity of sharing about our December trip to Kenya and of the work in general.
Please continue to pray for us. We realise that we need God each day to give us wisdom for the many decisions we face and to guide us for the days ahead.
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