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A DAY OF REJOICING

Godfrey and Concy’s Wedding, December 14, 2019

The Happy Couple with Brother Hubert and Sister Domo

We would like to share a marvelous testimony of the recent marriage of Godfrey and Concy, social workers in the Uganda Reaching Beyond Words NGO. Their story is one of victory. Both Brother Godfrey and Sister Concy know Jesus as their savior and have a heartfelt dedication for helping the children in Uganda.

Their story begins about four years ago when Brother Godfrey joined the fellowship of believers that were meeting at Sister Biri’s house. Brother Godfrey happened to be the only man attending on a regular basis at the time. At first Concy confesses “I did not like him too much “. I year later they began to work together in the Uganda Reaching Beyond Words NGO. Brother Godfrey as an accountant and Sister Concy as the social worker. They kept their relationship quite professional, but Brother Godfrey began to see Sister Concy as the woman God had chosen to be his wife, he kept it to himself and was praying. Sister Concy did not see Brother Godfrey as a potential husband at the time. One day Brother Godfrey confessed his love for her to Sister Concy. Sister Concy said she laughed at him and said do not repeat this to me again. Brother Godfrey had a challenge as he believed God spoke to him, but he also wanted to be sensitive to what Sister Concy told him.

Sister Concy spoke with a special Sister in the Lord that began to pray and counsel her to not let anyone determine her future and not have a closed heart but seek the will of God. With that Sister Concy began to pray and as she was working with Brother Godfrey, she saw his dedication and sincerity, before she knew it, she also saw Brother Godfrey as the man God had for her.

Brother Burt Asbill was there when Brother Godfrey at a little gathering there at the Uganda NGO, surprised Sister Concy and got on his knee and proposed to her. It was a very happy moment. From the beginning of their courtship they knew they needed to let God order their wedding, which was going to be a challenge as the families wanted the traditions of their tribes.

In Africa there are many traditions that involve tribal traditions and ceremonies that are contrary to God’s word.  One is what is called the Bride Price “Depending on many factors, including the family’s tribe, financial situation and the bride’s age, common bride prices range from 2 million Ugandan shillings ($540) to 20 million shillings ($5,400). Ugandan courts have, for the most part, upheld the custom when challenged.

Another challenge was the place the marriage was to be held and again Brother Godfrey and Sister Concy knew they needed to be married in Kampala and not the village. Some faithful brethren began to fast and pray with Brother Godfrey and Sister Concy and as the different challenges came, they would go to prayer. It took many months for things to work out and for the families to agree to no bide price just a few gifts and that the wedding would be in Kampala. PRAISE GOD!!

As per the government of Uganda they had to register their marriage with the office of registry of marriages in Uganda in order to get their marriage registered according to the laws of the land. This was done December 13th, 2019 the morning before their church wedding, then a home marriage for their families that night and their church wedding on the 14th.

I Will!

The church wedding was glorious and yes, they still had challenges right up to the” I Do’s” but praise God the happy couple prevailed.

Mr. and Mrs.

As Sister Concy shared “. I loved my wedding gown it was made especially for me. All went well, people ate at the reception and commented how they loved the simplicity of the wedding. We thank all the brethren who stood with us spiritually, physically and emotionally and financially. God really did wonders both at the home marriage (in Kampala, not the village) and the church wedding.”

Brother Godfrey and Sister Concy continue to work with the Reaching Beyond Words NGO. The children love to come stay with them and in fact a special camp meeting was held where Brother Tomas(from the Czech Republic) and Brother Burt held a teaching seminar for 24 young people. A wonderful time was had by all and the children were strengthened in the Lord.

Brother Tomas teaching the children in Uganda
 
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Posted by on February 20, 2020 in Africa, General News

 

Africa Mission Trip 2020

Dear Brethren, as most of you are probably aware, I am currently back in Naalya, Kampala at the mission house that the NGO has rented here in Uganda. I would like to share from my trip to Sierra Leone and will share at a later time about, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. My journey back from Sierra Leone to here was a very long and arduous journey, physically speaking; it was however a journey that held no surprises and I arrived here at the Reaching Beyond Words mission House by His Grace, and because many of you were praying and interceding for this visit. The visit for the most part was without any, as Brother Chijioke would say “ DIA”, but I have changed it to DOA; by the way that does not stand for Dead On Arrival, however it would be an  accurate acronym if one were to come to Sierra Leone without the proper unction and support of the Holy Spirit.  What it really means in the spiritual sense is Devil Orchestrated Activity. For me personally Sierra Leone has always been a place when you step off the plane and onto the Terra Firma that is claimed by the devil and is Called Sierra Leone, it is like stepping down into a bit of hell[1]. I have to say that I was a bit puzzled at first, as to the lack of the DOA that I encountered on this trip. The reason for that did not become apparent until a few days into my stay there. I began to sense that something had been developing in and amongst the fellowship of believers there; how to explain the sense of it, it was like a spiritual strength that was of a desire for more of the reality of The Living Adonai. It was a belief that had substance, a cry that generated the clarion call[2] that had prompted the Lord to send me there. I became acutely aware that the substance was indeed that of a spiritual foundation of truth that has been laid down in the hearts of these people, by the brethren and in particular, Brother and Sister Ide as well as their respective family members.  If this were not so then there would have been no strength to bring the strength of The Word that was delivered to them. The foundation must be strong, firm and in right order (for those of you who understand construction it must also be, not only strong but it also must also be ‘square’) to support the weight of the superstructure that is going be laid upon it. If it is not than destruction of the house is imminent as a house that is built upon the sand. When I arrived at Brother and Sister McEwen’s house, where I would be lodging for the entirety of my stay ( their hospitality and fellowship was very much appreciated), I was informed that there would be seven meetings; one on each of the week nights that I was there including the night prior to my departure as well as two meetings on Saturday and Sunday each, a total of seven meetings. I think the term that was used to describe this scheduling was and I quote “no mercy” 😊 I have to say that by His Grace and Mercy, as well as your prayers, I was able and endowed with the strength that was needed to deliver the burden of The Word of The Elohim (אֱלֹהִים ’elôhîym ) [3] that was upon The heart Jehoshua[4]  (I like this rendition of the name for it combines both the natures of The Father and The Son, or at least it seems so to me. The ministry of the word with regards to this trip, seemingly no matter where I have been, is quite frankly, a very basic and fundamental word. It concerns the first two pieces of furniture that one encounters as they enter the tabernacle; The Brazzen Alter and the Brazzen Laver. Somebody said somewhere along the way in regards to the message that I have been sharing, “if it is basic, and we heard about before, and the Holy Spirit again brings it up, it means that we did not hear it the first time!” It is a true assessment of the situation as far as a people who have the revelation of a Holy Place People as it pertains to Sonship. If we hear then we are responsible to put it into practice. Paul in his second letter to Timothy was admonishing the young man as to the spirit of compromise that was working in the end-time-church in his day; a church by the way that had this message of Sonship, in other words; One with the trinity of the God head[5] If we as a people who profess to have the Sonship message, how is it that we would expect to become one with THE Them/US outside of the intercession that the Holy Spirit makes for us with regard to this infirmity of wretchedness; can we expect to receive any help from THE THEM if we are not willing to correct this aspect of our current position of non-compliance. The Scriptures says it won’t happen. [6] In closing I want to again say thank you to all of you who have been praying for me and this great mission endeavor that The Adonai has implemented, sustained and added to up to this time. I am, as well as those that are a visual representation that your prayers are working, as well as the fruit that is being produced by many of those here in Africa that are believing in the reality of this message that they are hearing and their lives are changing.
Sierra Leone Meeting
Kampala Uganda
Nairobi Kenya
I am your Brother in Christ Jesus. Brother Burt Asbill New Hopeenterprizes and Reaching Beyond Words
[1] The word Sierra means “a mountain chain” and Leon means “lion Literal meaning is A lion that is chained to a mountain [2] a strongly expressed demand or request for action. G2424 [3] h0430. אֱלֹהִים ’elôhîym; plural of 433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; [4] Ἰησοῦς        Iēsous ee-ay-sooce’ Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites: – Jesus. H3091 הוֹשֻׁעַ    יְהוֹשׁוּעַ yehôshûa‛    yehôshûa‛ yeh-ho-shoo’-ah, yeh-ho-shoo’-ah From H3068 and H3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (that is, Joshua), the Jewish leader: – Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Compare H1954, H3442. I like this word Jehoshua, for seems to combine the personalities of both the Father as well as the son. [5]John 17:22-23 (KJV) 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me [6] James 1:5-7 (KJV Strong’s) 5 — If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
 
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Posted by on February 20, 2020 in Africa, General News

 

Mission report: Germany April 2017

(in English, please find it in German below)

Dear Brethren,

From the 7th to the 9th of April we were visited by eleven brethren who travelled here from the Czech Republic, the U.S. as well as from different parts of Germany. The nationalities represented were Nigerian, Czech, American and German. The meetings were held in our flat and this fellowship was a great blessing throughout.

The meetings started with a short vision that was shared: It showed a steep huge mountain with a sharp top. The mountain was covered with snow. Then a skier started right under the top and drove down the mountain in accurate curves. Then the face of the skier was shown and it was a woman. Her scarf fluttered in the wind and she had a smile on her face. – The vision was interpreted as to show the church handling every part of her discipleship (especially the “dangerous” ones) with ease, peace and joy as the Lord grants to her safe passage on the basis of His salvation that brought righteousness to us (= snow).

The main topic of the meetings was the basis of salvation connected to God´s desire for sons. One of the main biblical references was the calling of Abraham and the relationship between God and him. From this on Bro. Burt Asbill extended on the tabernacle, especially on the furniture of the outer court. The encouragement that God implemented in these messages was to head for son ship towards God. Thereby we should take our position of heirs in power and fullness as He leads us on individually in the process of being saved. As God developed the message He was targeting at individual healing as well as at the various circumstances and questions of the brethren.

To me it was very edifying to perceive that the Lord gives the power to overcome every obstacle to every individual believer in order to establish the position of divine heir and to become a son of God.

Stephanie and I are very grateful for this weekend of fellowship and for the efforts of the brethren to come and stay overnight here in Berlin. We pray for a prospering of resurrection life both in the individuals and the (international) fellowships.

Guido & Stephanie Lemke

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Missionsbericht: Deutschland April (auf Deutsch, auf Englisch weiter oben zu finden)

Liebe Geschwister,

Vom 7. Bis zum 9. April wurden wir von Geschwistern besucht, die aus Tschechien, den Vereinigten Staaten und aus verschiedenen Teilen Deutschlands anreisten. Die repräsentierten Nationalitäten waren die nigerianische, tschechische, amerikanische und deutsche. Die Versammlungen fanden in unserer Wohnung statt und waren durchweg ein Segen.

Die Treffen begannen mit einer kurzen Vision, die mitgeteilt wurde: In ihr war ein steiler gewaltiger Berg mit einem engen Gipfel zu sehen. Der Berg war mit Schnee bedeckt. Dann startete ein Skifahrer genau unter dem Gipfel und fuhr mit gekonnten Schwüngen den Berg hinab. Dann wurde das Gesicht des Skifahrers gezeigt und es war eine Frau. Ihr Schal flatterte im Fahrtwind und sie hatte ein Lächeln auf dem Gesicht. – Die Vision wurde anschließend so ausgelegt, dass sie die Kirche zeigt, wie sie jeden Teil (besonders die „gefährlichen“) ihrer Nachfolge mit Leichtigkeit, Frieden und Freude meistert, weil der Herr ihr auf der Grundlage seiner Errettung, die unsere Gerechtigkeit (= Schnee) bewirkt hat, eine sichere Fahrt gewährt.

Das Hauptthema der Treffen war die Grundlage der Errettung in Verbindung mit Gottes Sehnen nach Söhnen Gottes. Einer der Hauptbezüge zur Bibel war die Berufung Abrahams und die Beziehung zwischen Gott und ihm. Von dort ausgehend lehrte Br. Burt Asbill über die Stiftshütte, insbesondere über die Möbelstücke des Vorhofs. Die Ermutigung, die Gott in diese Botschaften hineingelegt hat, war sich nach Sohnschaft Gottes auszurichten. Dabei sollten wir unsere Position als Erben in Kraft und Fülle einnehmen, während Er jeden von uns individuell weiter in seine Errettung hineinführt. Während Gott die Botschaft weiter entwickelte, zielte er auch auf individuelle Heilung ab und auch auf die unterschiedlichen Umstände und Fragen der Geschwister.

Für mich war es sehr auferbauend zu erkennen, dass der Herr jedem einzelnen Gläubigen die Kraft gibt, jedes Hindernis zu überwinden, um die Position des göttlichen Erben zu stärken und ein Sohn Gottes zu werden.

Stephanie und ich sind sehr dankbar für dieses Wochenende der Gemeinschaft und für die Anstrengungen, die die Geschwister auf sich genommen haben hierher zu kommen und in Berlin zu übernachten. Wir beten für ein zunehmendes Leben in der Auferstehung sowohl in den Einzelnen als auch in den (internationalen) Gemeinschaften.

Guido & Stephanie Lemke

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2017 in Europe

 

Report of Lomé

Brethren,

It seems expedient that I take this time that I have, this particular moment to put down a few thoughts concerning this particular trip to Lomé, Togo. As you may or may not know, we have been coming to Togo now for the last four years, plus or minus a year in that computation. We have been meeting in Sister Felicia’s home being it was by her gracious invitation that we could come and have a place to hold meetings as well as have the accommodations and board that is required for a stay of any length of time. It is always very humbling how the Father has children who carry the burden of the populace of their respective countries, and are willing to do what is needed whether it is natural coordination of space and time or to give the finances required to create the opportunity from which this word may go forth. We come and we go, but they must stand; they must abide, dealing with not only the repercussions of the financial burden that our coming imposes upon them, but having to also stand during the spiritual attack, holding the banner of this word as a standard of righteousness to the peril of the kingdom of darkness. They are the unsung heroes of faith, and for that sacrifice of service and dedication I say may the Father Jehovah bless them abundantly.

With this visit there was a visiting team of five persons, including myself. There were four members of the Port Harcourt, MIS fellowship that would arrive here by car on Friday afternoon, a journey of no less than 7 hours as far as the driving is concerned, plus the journey from Port Harcourt to Lagos by flight, from which they would begin their drive to Togo. Brother Chijioke, Brother Yaguo Ide, his wife Sister Lucy, as well as Brother Boma Odumah. Their willingness to sacrifice their time and life energy for the sake of this Kingdom message is very humbling. What they have contributed to this mission effort is immeasurable as far as this word is concerned. I trust that what they have shared and by the fact of their presence, will produce the desired fruit of righteousness in them and in this place as well.

It is evident that through the time of ministry that has been given to Togo overall, it is beginning to bear fruit. When we first arrived, concerning the start of the mission, there were many who were coming and getting blessed, saved, baptized; many were also filled with the Holy Spirit. But as time went on and the Word of God was coming with the power and anointing, laying down the principles of the death to self message, as well as establishing the relevant truth of the life of trials, tribulation, as well as resurrection, the number of those who were genuinely interested began to dwindle down. Whereas in the beginning we had sometimes 30 up to 50 people who would be in attendance, we now have at the most, 12 to 15 people. Out of the group there is maybe 5 to 6 who are catching the reality of truth that is in the message of life and hope that we are bringing. It may not seem to many a story of success, but then if one has that perspective, then one can see or sense that it is that remnant on which the Father depends and will use to bring His Kingdom into being.

The rebelliousness of church and the pastoral control that is put over the people is a very big obstacle, not to mention the witchcraft that those who hear this word and are quickened by the Spirit of God as to its truth must overcome/press through. But despite the devil’s attempts to detract, derail, as well as disregard the relevant truth of this word, there are those who are getting a hold of the truth and beginning to run with it. They are now having meetings on Sunday morning, which is a very big step for this fellowship; possibly you might say no big thing, but I can tell you that that is not the case. IT IS A VERY BIG THING!!!.

We have had six meetings over the course of the last four days. The first meeting being held on Friday evening, setting the tone of the meetings/word that would be coming over the next 3 days. The theme of the message was resurrection and its power of life. The scripture out of John 11 concerning the story of Lazarus and how it was related, an allegory, as to the Holy Place church of our day. I am not really going to go into the details as to messages and such. For those of you who are interested they will be made available online very soon, and you will be notified as to where to go to find them. What I would like to tell you is that the last session we had on Monday evening with the core group, was on traditional marriage and the bride price. It was a breakthrough as well as a fundamental truth that needed to be discussed and set down. That meeting went from 4PM to 9PM.

I would ask each one of you that is reading this report to please pray for these brethren and the work in Togo. It is not a matter of just changing your church affiliation, it is a matter of coming against the princes of darkness as well.

In His Service; I am in Christ Jesus your
Brother Burt

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Frères,

Il me semble opportun que je prenne ce temps que j’ai, ce moment particulier pour faire quelques réflexions concernant ce voyage particulier à Lomé, au Togo. Comme vous pouvez ou ne pas savoir, nous venons au Togo maintenant pour les quatre dernières années, plus ou moins une année dans ce calcul. Nous nous rencontrons dans la maison de sœur Félicia étant que cela a été par son invitation gracieuse que nous pourrions venir et avoir un endroit pour tenir des réunions aussi bien que pour avoir le logement et le conseil qui est exigé pour un séjour de n’importe quelle durée de temps. Il est toujours très humble de voir comment le Père a des enfants qui portent le fardeau de la population de leurs pays respectifs, et sont prêts à faire ce qui est nécessaire si elle est la coordination naturelle de l’espace et du temps ou donner les finances nécessaires pour créer la plate-forme d’opportunité de que cette parole puisse être partager. Nous venons et nous partons, mais ils doivent se tenir debout, ils doivent respecter, non seulement les répercussions du fardeau financier que notre venue leur impose, mais aussi de se tenir debout pendant l’attaque spirituelle, tenant la bannière de cette parole comme La norme de la justice au péril du royaume des ténèbres. Ce sont les héros méconnus de la foi, et pour ce sacrifice de service et de dévouement je dis que le Père Jéhovah les bénira abondamment.

Pour cette visite il y avait une équipe de visite de cinq personnes, y compris moi-même. Il y avait quatre membres de la communauté de Port Harcourt, MIS qui arrivaient ici en voiture le vendredi après-midi un voyage d’au moins 7 heures en ce qui concerne la conduite, plus le voyage de Port Harcourt à Lagos en vol, d’où ils commenceront leur route vers le Togo. Frère Chijioke, frère Yaguo Ide son épouse Sœur Lucy ainsi que frère Boma Odumah. Leur volonté de sacrifier leur temps et leur énergie de vie pour le bien de ce message du Royaume est très humble. Ce qu’ils ont contribué à cet effort missionnaire est incommensurable en ce qui concerne cette parole. J’espère que ce qu’ils ont partagé et par le fait de leur présence produira le fruit désiré de la justice en eux et dans ce lieu aussi.

Il est évident qu’au cours du temps du ministère qui a été donné au Togo dans son ensemble, il commence à porter ses fruits. Quand nous sommes arrivés, au début de la mission, il y avait beaucoup de gens qui venaient pour être bénis, sauvés, baptisés; Beaucoup étaient aussi remplis du Saint-Esprit. Mais, avec le temps, la Parole de Dieu venait avec la puissance et l’onction qui fixaient les principes et du message de la mort de l’ego ainsi que l’établissement de la vérité pertinente de la vie de l’épreuve, de la tribulation et de la résurrection; Le nombre de ceux qui étaient véritablement intéressés a commencé à diminuer. Alors qu’au début nous avions parfois 30 à 50 personnes qui étaient présentes, nous avons au maximum 12 à 15 personnes. Hors du groupe il y a peut-être 5 à 6 qui ont saisi la réalité de la vérité qui est dans le message de la vie et l’espoir que nous apportons. Il peut ne pas sembler à beaucoup une histoire de succès, mais alors si on a cette perspective, alors on peut voir ou sentir que c’est ce reste sur lequel le Père dépend et utilisera pour apporter son Royaume à l’existence.

La rébellion de l’église et le contrôle pastoral qui est mis sur le peuple est un obstacle très important, sans parler de la sorcellerie que ceux qui entendent cette parole et qui sont vivifiés par l’Esprit de Dieu quant à sa vérité doivent surmonter / presser. Mais malgré les tentatives du diable pour diminuer, dérailler ainsi que de ne pas tenir compte de cette vérité pertinente de ce message, il y a ceux qui obtiennent une prise de la vérité et de commencer à courir avec elle. Ils ont maintenant des réunions le dimanche matin, ce qui est un grand pas pour cette communauté; Peut-être pourriez-vous dire pas grand-chose, mais je peux vous dire que, ce n’est pas le cas. C’EST UNE CHOSE TRÈS GRANDE !!!.

Nous avons eu six réunions au cours des quatre derniers jours. La première réunion se tiendra le vendredi soir, donnant le ton des réunions / message qui viendrait dans les 3 prochains jours. Le thème du message était la résurrection et son pouvoir de vie. L’Écriture de Jean 11: concernant l’histoire de Lazare et comment elle était racontée, une allégorie, quant à l’église du Lieu Saint de nos jours. Je ne vais pas vraiment entrer dans les détails sur les messages et autres. Pour ceux d’entre vous qui sont intéressés, ils seront rendus disponibles en ligne très bientôt, et vous serez avisés de l’endroit où aller pour les trouver. Ce que j’aimerais vous dire, c’est que la dernière séance que nous avons eue lundi soir avec le groupe de base a été consacrée au mariage traditionnel et à la dot. C’était une percée aussi bien qu’une vérité fondamentale qu’il fallait discuter et établir. Cette réunion est passée de 16 heures à 21 heures. Je demande à chacun de vous, qui lit ce rapport, de prier pour ces frères et le travail au Togo. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de changer votre appartenance à l’église, c’est aussi une question de venir contre les princes des ténèbres et la horde démoniaque qui règne sur cette terre.

En son service, je suis en Jésus-Christ,
votre Frère Burt

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Africa

 

September 2016 Africa Trip

By Brother Jim Cassell

Dear Brethren,

I would like to share a few thoughts on this past trip to Africa of which I felt very privileged to be a part. All went very well with regard to travel, connections, and journey strength. The prayers of the saints were felt and so appreciated. PTL!

Togo: The word was very direct and cutting. “You Must Come Out Now!” All along the way in each stop the word God spoke to me was “Come Out Of Her My People.” It is one thing to say to those that still belong and go back to their churches, “come out,” but the word goes beyond that. We, all of us, me first and foremost, need to still come out. We need to come out of the City of Religion and religious actions that deny God our whole hearts, which is what He is after. We need to come out of the world; the world is still in our hearts, still dictates our lifestyle and character attitudes. We need to come out of self. I can attest, self is still very much alive and making demands that supersede walking in and obeying the Spirit. Prime example; go to any country in the world and as soon as the meeting is over, everyone, young and old, are tethered to our media devices, phones, tablets, etc. No discussing the word or fellowship, just media.

Addis: My feeling is a nucleus has formed and a good foundation laid, now is time to build upon that which is set forth. Brethren are beginning to respond to the word, children are responding. I did notice more men in the meetings and they were responsive. In one meeting we asked those who desired to come forward and receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit and all stood up. There was a powerful move of the Spirit and many received, including our widows. Glory to God. Please pray for this people, life is very hard there but they are most enduring and content with so little.

Kampala: “Show the house to the house.” The house of religion was addressed in each session. It is so entwined with our family, our culture and our nationality, our lifestyle. A very good response in the last meeting when Brother Burt ministered on the “Two Houses!” It really expanded on what these 2 houses mean to each of us. “Good Bye, World,” is more than a song, it is a choice, a decision, a destiny in God. We are all in the “Valley Of Decision!” God is offering us so very much and all He is asking for is our whole heart.

Thank you all for your prayers.
Brother Jim Cassell

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia: Praise Report of a Recent Mission Trip

By Brother Fikresillassie Tsega

Hello Everyone,

I would like to give a praise report of a recent mission trip we took.

Early in the morning on Friday, July 22, 2016, Brother Jemal, Mr. Tadesse and I, Brother Fikre, left Addis Ababa on a bus to a city called Hossana, which is about 300 kilometers from the capital city of Addis Ababa. The city Hossana was a transition to our final destination. It is the winter season in Ethiopia and the day was very cold and rainy. We had to spend the night in Hossana in order to catch the early morning bus to another town. Brother Jemal and I rented an affordable one room to share and Mr. Tadesse stayed on his own.

The next day we met at the bus station and took a mini bus that goes to a small town called Soda, which is located southwest of Addis Ababa, in the river Gibe region. Gibe is a tributary of one of the largest rivers in Ethiopia called OMO. The road was manageable until a small town called Morsito. Too much rain and the muddy road made the remaining trip so very difficult. Many times we had to get out of the bus and walk to make the load of the bus lighter. We kept moving forward even though we were struggling, but the road in front of us was blocked by a bus which was stuck in the mud. The passengers began to dig with shovels and other tools to unstick the bus. Although it took several hours, we were finally able to reach the last station of the mini bus, the town Soda. Praise the Lord!

The next challenge was to get to our final destination as soon as we could. This time there was no transportation so we had to walk an hour-and-a-half to get to the brethren. We headed to a village called Omo Chora, by the river Gibe region and arrived to the small village Totanik where the brethren live. The brethren received us with warm affection and made us rest for a little while. We then prayed and gave thanks to the Lord together. The day happened to be a market day for the village so the brethren asked us to visit the market with them. This gave us a relaxed walk and good fresh air before the evening meeting.

In the evening, the elders of the church and others gathered together in the church for a time of fellowship and worship. Mr. Tadesse began by giving his testimony and then Brother Jemal and I shared from the Pattern book by Brother duCille. We continued until midnight and the people were very pleased and encouraged. The fellowship was uplifting and we felt the presence of the Lord. These brethren are very hungry for the word and on fire for the things of God.

After the meeting was over, dinner was served in the church. It was a banquet, a very delicious meal which we all enjoyed. We can only say “God bless them.” We also spent the night in the church where they had prepared a sleeping area for us as well as some of the brethren who also spent the night with us.

The following day we started with an early morning prayer meeting followed by breakfast. We then started the meeting with uplifting songs and prayers. The brethren asked us to introduce ourselves to the congregation. We introduced ourselves and each one of us prayed – it was a time of exhortation and fellowship. The Spirit of the Lord was moving and we felt the presence of the Lord in the meeting.

I would like to mention some facts about the brethren’s background as they are a people who are isolated by society because of their heritage and trade. Many people in Ethiopia are not aware of this, but it has become an acceptable thing to isolate such ones and these people live in their own community doing only business with other communities. Their origin is believed to be Jewish. They are artisan by trade and very good people. We saw the hand of the Lord in a people who are despised by society. We gave praise to God. From what we learned no one goes to fellowship with them in their church. The goodness of the Lord is amazing and we saw and heard their testimony which gave us remarkable encouragement. Their love and compassion for us was Godly. May the almighty God bless them and keep them we pray, Amen.

Sunday was our last day. After we finished our mission, we exchanged a heart-felt good bye with our dear brethren and left in the afternoon. The brethren advised us to change our route to get to Addis. This time we traveled by renting a motorcycle taxi to take us to a place where we could catch a bus to another town and eventually to Addis. However, due to the heavy rain, the motorcycle drivers told us they could not proceed since it would be a dangerous drive. It was a bit shocking that in the middle of nowhere, the only option was to walk in the mud and rain for two-and-a-half hours to get to the next town where we could find transportation which would take us to another town to spend the night. Initially our plan with the new route was to get to Addis on the same day. We were exhausted and soaked with rain and mud when we got to a town called Wolkete. Brother Jemal’s feet were badly hurt and he didn’t feel well. We found a room for the night which Brother Jemal and I shared. Due to the water shortage, we were not able to take a shower. The following morning we arrived home safely around 11 AM. We thank God for His protection and love.

Your Brother in the Lord,
Fikresillassie Tsega

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2016 in Africa, Ethiopia

 

UK Summer Camp 2016

This year’s summer camp of Zion Christian Academy C.i.C took place in Towyn, Abergele, North Wales area. A total of 19 children between the ages of 3 to 14, accompanied by 9 adults took part in this year’s group holiday tour that was situated along the sea coast bordering Wales in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Lyons Winkups Holiday Park provided an ideal venue for residential activities due to excellent self-catering accommodation including an on-site secure play area and swimming facilities; with convenient stores and supermarkets readily available nearby.

We started our Tuesday with a time for some ‘Zion songs’ and prayer. A brief discuss was given by Sister Bola Aganna, of what to expect and look forward to and who to contact if in need for help and support. The morning continued with a short exhortation form Brother Burt, titled, ‘Being a Responsible Child’. Prayers were made and the session closed for lunch.

[To read the full report and view pictures, please follow this link.]

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2016 in Europe