Dear Poured Out Followers of Messiah Jesus,
Once again I am looking back at a year that has seemingly passed by overnight. The Bible teaches that our lives on this earth are like a vapor, as from a teapot or hot plate (James 4:14). So, as we briefly do a “look back” at 2017, I am thankful for the fruitful work the Lord’s grace has provided for us. Since time is moving so quickly, let’s move forward in 2018 with intentionality.
THE GOSPEL OF MESSIAH JESUS!
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30
This past year we have had so many gospel opportunities in the nations! I will mention two primary examples in which we saw approximately 400 precious souls pray to receive Messiah Jesus in the churches. Additionally, there are many who heard and received the word, but we did not publicly see their hearts converted from darkness to light.
I traveled to Africa twice this year. One trip was to Uganda with Dee Warren, “Mama Dee” as they call her, and the other trip with Ken Merrill—both from the States. What a powerful time of gospel sharing in the churches—and what joy in heaven to see about two hundred souls prayerfully repent and receive Messiah Jesus as Savior and Lord! Much more to share about this Kingdom adventure when we get to the orphans and discipleship snap shots.
Regarding the other gospel trip—I went to Nigeria for the first time in 2017. Pastor Ray Jensen, from Calvary Chapel Beth Shalom in Texas, met me there to join in the work. We were hosted by two special and very anointed men of God—Pastor Innocent and Rex Ajenifuja. In Nigeria, we also saw approximately two hundred precious souls pray to receive Messiah Jesus. A new opened door sits before us—huge churches in many Nigerian cities and towns. I was told that the city of Lagos has about 22,000,000 people. What an opportunity to reach souls for the Lord!
Of course we have our gospel partners Zaphania Makori in Kenya and others whom we support. Pastor Zaphania is winning so many to Messiah Jesus in Kenya, Rwanda, and the Congo. We prayerfully and financially support him monthly. Also at different times through the year we support our West African partner Lassina. He has translated books of the Bible into the language of his Muslim people group—they are getting saved by King Jesus!