Africa12 Update 11/14/2012

Africa Mission Team Update

11/14/12, 8:45 AM (5:45 PM Local)

Our Concordia Mission Team in Africa is doing GREAT!  They were able to see another 189 people today.  That brings their total to 267 people they have served and with whom they have shared the Gospel.  God is hearing and answering our prayers to use our faithful people to touch hearts and change lives for eternity!

It is hard to believe that they are more than halfway done with their week of eye clinic.  They have finished their third day (Wednesday) of work and are heading back to their camp.  By the way, while the roads are not dangerous, they are terrible and BUMPY!  It takes 45-60 minutes to move from where they are staying to the eye clinic.  The distance, as best as I can determine is about 20 miles (as the crow flies).

As you might imagine, the lines of communication in this remote region are VERY poor.  The satellite phone is not working well, so the information I have is incomplete.  The team didn’t have Wi-Fi today because the driver’s battery was dead!  Hopefully he’ll charge it and we’ll get better communication and maybe even some pictures.

That being said, I did hear a few of the stores over a VERY bad connection.  One was of a boy who had a growth on his eye that will be surgically removed.  He would have lost his vision very soon because of this growth, but as a result of the clinic, he will receive surgery and his sight WILL be saved.  They also saw a baby at the clinic today that has congenital cataracts and would have lost her vision completely before she was 5 years old.  However, because it was diagnosed, she will be able to have surgery now and her vision will be saved, as well.  You may be interested to know that the cost of the surgery is $60 per eye … a fortune to the people of this area, but thanks to the generosity of our Beloved Concordia, many will receive the care they need and receive/regain the ability to see.  Thank you.

Our team continues to see the Holy Spirit move in the hearts of the people who come for eye care.  There are many who have professed faith in Jesus and desire to have a local pastor follow-up for Baptism.  Remember, this area is a brand new mission field.  There is NO church.  The ELCK (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya) pastor who is with the team is an “Evangelist” and hopes to plant a congregation in this area.  There have been more than 60 people who have indicated a desire to become part of a local church and learn to know Jesus!

One Muslim man that the team spoke with removed his hat in respect and said he would like to follow Jesus.  Because he cannot read, his only concern was about who would teach him about Jesus after the Mission Team left.  This story make me thing of the passage in Romans 10 …

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  Romans 1014, 15

It will be important that pastor/evangelist continue the work that begins this week.  Julie reports that this man seems to be very faithful and passionate about the work of sharing the Gospel and making disciples.  As some point, he will need to build a church building for worship services.  I hope we (Concordia) are able to include budget dollars for 2013 to help with the building of a church in this area.

To give you an idea, a church building, with concrete floors, costs $15,000.  We need to wait to receive a complete report from our folks, but it sounds like a great opportunity.  In the meantime, we need to pray for the local pastor and his continued work to “batter down the gates of hell” in this place.

Please continue to pray for the team.  Tomorrow is “market day” in Kinango and they expect to be swamped with people.  Let’s cover them with prayers for protection, health and energy, and the words to speak that the Holy Spirit will use to accomplish God’s will!

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