Monday, May 2, 2016

May 2016 Monthly Partner Update

A lot is similar to last month - just keep praying!






 

 

Psalm 37 The Message

1-2 Don’t bother your head with braggarts
    or wish you could succeed like the wicked.
In no time they’ll shrivel like grass clippings
    and wilt like cut flowers in the sun.
3-4 Get insurance with God and do a good deed,
    settle down and stick to your last.
Keep company with God,
    get in on the best.

5-6 Open up before God, keep nothing back;
    he’ll do whatever needs to be done:
He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day
    and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Quiet down before God,
    be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
    who elbow their way to the top.

8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
    cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
    God-investors will soon own the store.

10-11 Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
    you’ll stare at his once famous place and—nothing!
Down-to-earth people will move in and take over,
    relishing a huge bonanza.

12-13 Bad guys have it in for the good guys,
    obsessed with doing them in.
But God isn’t losing any sleep; to him
    they’re a joke with no punch line.

14-15 Bullies brandish their swords,
    pull back on their bows with a flourish.
They’re out to beat up on the harmless,
    or mug that nice man out walking his dog.
A banana peel lands them flat on their faces—
    slapstick figures in a moral circus.

16-17 Less is more and more is less.
    One righteous will outclass fifty wicked,
For the wicked are moral weaklings
    but the righteous are God-strong.

18-19 God keeps track of the decent folk;
    what they do won’t soon be forgotten.
In hard times, they’ll hold their heads high;
    when the shelves are bare, they’ll be full.

20 God-despisers have had it;
    God’s enemies are finished—
Stripped bare like vineyards at harvest time,
    vanished like smoke in thin air.

21-22 Wicked borrows and never returns;
    Righteous gives and gives.
Generous gets it all in the end;
    Stingy is cut off at the pass.

23-24 Stalwart walks in step with God;
    his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
    God has a grip on his hand.

25-26 I once was young, now I’m a graybeard—
    not once have I seen an abandoned believer,
    or his kids out roaming the streets.
Every day he’s out giving and lending,
    his children making him proud.

27-28 Turn your back on evil,
    work for the good and don’t quit.
God loves this kind of thing,
    never turns away from his friends.

28-29 Live this way and you’ve got it made,
    but bad eggs will be tossed out.
The good get planted on good land
    and put down healthy roots.

30-31 Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone,
rolls virtue around on his tongue.
His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins;
    his feet are as sure as a cat’s.

32-33 Wicked sets a watch for Righteous,
he’s out for the kill.
God, alert, is also on watch—
    Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head.

34 Wait passionately for God,
don’t leave the path.
He’ll give you your place in the sun
    while you watch the wicked lose it.

35-36 I saw Wicked bloated like a toad,
croaking pretentious nonsense.
The next time I looked there was nothing—
    a punctured bladder, vapid and limp.

37-38 Keep your eye on the healthy soul,
scrutinize the straight life;
There’s a future
    in strenuous wholeness.
But the willful will soon be discarded;
    insolent souls are on a dead-end street.

39-40 The spacious, free life is from God,
it’s also protected and safe.
God-strengthened, we’re delivered from evil—
    when we run to him, he saves us.

  

Personal

  • Nathan & Abby remaining in the US: work, school, encouragement in a new season.  Abby - NTM Bible school in Jackson, Michigan.   Nathan - Studying online, pursuing music.
  • 3 of us are returning to Kenya in July – Orlando, FL in June and July -  Brad, Camie, Sam. Transitioning back, Sam starting 8th grade.
  • Renewal of our residency/work permit in Kenya. Expires Nov 2016.

On the Ground in Kenya

  • Hatua Community Centre - Pauline as she manages ongoing ministry.  Wisdom as she addresses relief and benevolence concerns.
  • CTC Bible school -Students are starting a new term studying the Old Testament.  Pray for the ongoing application of their knowledge learned.
  • Kids Bible Clubs April 21-23 went very well! 
  • For clarity of the Gospel to be freely understood.  We are always up against blinding spiritual evils, false teaching, animism and prosperity faith.

Ministry Funds Needed by end of June

  • Increasing our personal monthly support. We need to additionally raise $1,500 per month.
  • A 4WD vehicle to help us access muddy roads and rural areas and for better safety on the roads.  $25,000.  More info on this to come soon.
  • Airfare for returning to Kenya, about $3,500.

LET US KNOW YOU ARE PRAYING FOR US!

Bible Clubs April 2016



To each one of you who so generously donated to help make the April Ngando Bible Clubs happen, we want to thank you.


Nearly 400 children heard and felt God’s love in huge ways for a period of 3 days - and we are overwhelmed with gratitude.

The Bible clubs are run by 3 local churches, with all of their own volunteers who cook, teach, lead and run security… We are so privileged to get to come along side them and help to plan, and watch GOD at work. The pastors themselves have told us that this is one of the biggest ways that they as a church get to stand out in the community - "when we care for people’s kids, the community sits up and takes notice…"

During these days, children sang, heard and acted out stories, made some fun wearable crafts, had a great meal each day (which they probably wouldn’t have gotten that day otherwise), received a deworm treatment, and on the last day, enjoyed a huge sports day outside when they all came together as one church. The t-shirts were a huge highlight and we saw kids wearing them over and over throughout the community (even after the Bible clubs).

It is due to your generous help that all of these things took place - I wanted you to see photos and get a glimpse of some of the faces that you impacted.

Thank you!!!