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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

 

“Step by Step He Leads Me”

Dear Brethren,

We wanted to bring you all up-to-date concerning circumstances involving Nancy and myself.  This past year we have been seeking the Lord for His direction concerning what it is that He would have us to do and where it is that He would have us to be.  Through a series of events, the Lord has been so very gracious and kind to lead us each step of the way.  This present moment is not something that has been spontaneous or a reactionary decision, but it is a decision that goes back to its beginning in July 2008 when a word from God came to Nancy and me that we were to go with a particular message into many different parts of the world. It is a message that declares, in many respects, the coming of Jesus Christ.  As we have worked diligently to fulfill the burden of that word that the Lord has given, God has been and is expanding the vision, as well as the scope of what it is that would eventually determine the circumstances that we find ourselves in today.

At the beginning of this last year the Lord put it upon our hearts to begin thinking about the possibility of moving out of our house.  As we began to meditate and pray concerning it, it became more and more evident to us that it was indeed what the Lord was saying to us.  It was at that point that we said to the Lord that He would need to give us a direct word. It needed to be a word concerning this particular road that He was evidently laying out before us; a word that would have the power to minister that peace and give us the assurance, the release, to give up our house and move with the Lord.  It was during this past July 4th conference that God gave us that word through Brother Campbell who used the exact wording that I had spoken to God in my times of prayer and meditation.  We knew from that point that the mission of moving from our existing house was on go.  It, however, did not become reality till this past November, December. Nancy and I had just returned from Europe the first part of November and we were immediately involved with conferences, traveling both to Dubuque, IA, as well as Schuyler, NE.  So, unfortunately that did not leave us much time to pack and organize for a move that particular month.  I might add here that we were scheduled to travel to Ethiopia on the 31st of December and arriving in Addis Ababa on the 1st of January.  Needless to say, the pressure was on. It is very difficult to determine what to pack and what to put into storage after being in one place for seventeen years! This has been as the song says, “Step by Step He leads me”; the conclusion to that is that “I will follow Him all of my days”.  It is in our hearts to follow Him as He leads and confirms to us His will for our lives.

I have to say that it was a big push for us to get it accomplished; a very big push.  You do not often know the limitations that come from growing older… not until you are put into a situation that wants to push you mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  We had to deal with all four levels of that limitation on many different occasions, and often at the same time.  You know if you could just put life as it is around you on hold for the short space of time, in these trying times of extreme pressure it would help immensely, but unfortunately that is too often not the case as it was in ours. So having to deal with the move and with life around us, and those responsibilities of ministry, life and coping with it was often times at a critical point.  I am encouraged to know that as hard and as pressured as it may seem and as pressed as I may be in the spirit, I have yet to achieve the level that is spoken about by Paul. II Corinthians 11:26, In journeying’s often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.  This is a level of that high calling that I want to attain.  If one desires to be in that level of fellowship with God, there has to be a revelation, there has to be that reality of God that will give one the confidence that in spite of the circumstances God is a greater reality.  It is that reality that I want for me and my house.

One just does not know the ‘stuff’ that one has until they begin to pull it out of the cracks and crannies where it was all stored.  I found so many things that I thought that I had lost and now instead of having just one, I may have two or even three and I now have to decide what to do with them. It is amazing how often I found myself repenting; there was however, something in the spirit the Lord was saying to Nancy and me. There were so many things in the natural that happened to us that can have a spiritual emphasis; as the scripture says, be a Word from God that is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  I personally want to cultivate that hearing hear and that seeing eye that we might not miss those opportunities.  I do not want it to be said of me that I did not hear, I did not see, I did not obey.

I need to say here that by the Grace of a Living God, we succeeded in what to me seemed to be an impossible task to accomplish in the time frame given to us to do what needed to be done.  I also want to thank the many of you that helped us in the different ways to facilitate the move through trucks, cars, and bodies. The willingness to do and to give of your time was extremely helpful and a very, very great blessing to Nancy and myself.

Since we would be flying out of Indianapolis the afternoon of the 31st, we had decided to travel to Indianapolis the afternoon of the 30th that we might be able to have a ‘little’ rest.  Well, the poet said as he was plowing his field and he inadvertently plowed over the house of a small field mouse, “the plans of mice and men oft go awry.”  As we walked out of the door of the house that we had been living in for the past sixteen plus years, a house that had seen much in the way of life and living, a house where many from different places in and around the world had come to stay and live for a season, the clock said half past six; so much for a chance of being able to have a bit of time to rest.  In the Jewish economy the new day begins at 6 o’clock in the evening.  There was something very prophetic about it.  A door, or better said a chapter of our progression, our journey into God.  As the Prophetic Word that was given to us, a road was now open and stretching out before us and the opportunities to see the moving of God in our circumstances are limitless.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in General News

 

Latest Audio Update

Please visit our audio page at https://new-hope-intl.org/audio-messages/audio-by-date/ for the latest updates. We very much recommend Christ, the End of the Law by Burt Asbill – 64 minutes (November 11, 2012, Mahomet, IL).

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in General News

 

New Audio Messages Available

We are pleased to let our readers know that we have recently added new audio messages to this site (see https://new-hope-intl.org/audio-messages/audio-by-date/). May the Lord bless you as you listen to the word that God is releasing in this hour.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in General News