Greetings Faithful Supporters,
"Cathedral thinking" was explained at both the Global Assembly in Chile and at the Missionary Gathering in Bulgaria. This term means that we should all be actively participating in an unfinished work, which will benefit the generations to come. This teaching, from Bishop Talmadge Gardner, is stimulating my thoughts and strategies for effectiveness as a mentor.
What is the unfinished work, project, or building? I wish I could drone above the earth and highlight all the actual buildings on earth where God's people worship, pray, and learn God's word. This way, I could know more of the history. Then, I think about what we cannot see: God's Kingdom, His sons and daughters being built. We need to grasp eternal opportunities. For example, in India, the Christians feel forced to deny faith in Jesus Christ and take on the Hindu faith so that they will not have their homes destroyed. These people have not been rooted in deep understanding and conviction of the eternal opportunities that are in God's Kingdom. Therefore, they have no knowledge their roles as kings, priests, and prophets. This lack of understanding makes room for fear, and it rules over their faith as Christians.
What are these eternal opportunities? What do we need to teach to remain triumphant eternal kingdom builders, and to reflect God's majesty while mentoring the next generation?
After living our lives in spiritual battles and overcoming them, our experience can be used to mentor the coming generations of God’s family. This mentoring is now our lifestyle wherever God takes us, being sent by Him with a desire that all will repent, be baptized, and be led by His Holy Spirit. Then, to hold fast so that no one may take their crown. It must be taught to stand strong, endure to the end, keep the faith, grow in grace and knowledge, and love one another. Our life purpose is to be a living sacrifice, acceptable to God, as His servant leaders who guide and direct people on earth to the kingdom of light. Then, with a sense of urgency, we must teach the Bible, which is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. How well do we know and practice God’s way of being triumphant kingdom builders? If we are faithful in our lives now, we will be granted the eternal opportunity to be faithful with much more in our eternal lives.
Faithful ones, thank you for receiving me in your conferences, churches, and homes. The six-month furlough period blessed my heart, and you have touched my heart with your renewed and new faith commitments, love, care, and generosity. Pray as I go to each nation to encourage, empower, and equip those arriving in the fullness of the blessings of the gospel of Christ! (Romans 15:29)
I arrived in Mauritius, after leaving the U.S. on August 20, to present to the church some possible training programs to plan out for the future, and to train them on "How to Share the Gospel with Kids." The church members were excited and are making their plans to reach kids in Mauritius. Our goal - His will - is for not one to perish (Matt. 18:14)
From the airport in Mauritius, arriving on the west coast where Gaby, my daughter, now lives, I walked into the arms of my two grandsons, Trian and Christian! I was so grateful for the timing and opportunity to support Gaby while she settled the boys at their new school and in their exciting afternoon activities. I look forward to seeing them grow into great witnesses among their new friends. Remain in prayer for the protection of our families and for their hearts to remain steadfast in the faith.
It sure was flight after flight from the U.S, to South Africa, to Mauritius, to Bulgaria, and back to South Africa. Soon, I will fly to Malawi. This is the first week of October, and I am writing this letter from the IPHC Southern Africa offices in Krugersdorp. Some administration and accounting needs to be done, as well as planning in order for the ministry work ahead to be effective.
The Sharon PHC Memorial Church was rebuilt over the past 10 years. Now it is roofed. It will represent the history of the missionary work in Malawi. Thank you to all those who responded to help, and to those at the mission meals in North Carolina who have helped us complete this roofing project. Pray as the next generation of leaders are prepared to lead from the knowledge of where God has taken them, to evangelizing to the ends of the earth. In order to honor the seed sowers there, in Malawi, plaques will be posted with the title, “Great Commissioners." If you know of a seed sower who has impacted Malawi, email me their name and information along with a scripture reference that relates at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guthrie Bible Training Centre's wall was completed after gabs were left for access to the river for water resources to build the double highway nearest to the school and the road into the city of Blantyre. The gabs are built and the gate is now installed. A property signpost now needs to be completed, locks are needed for the gates, and a concrete driveway is needed to lead to the gate.
Thank you again for your support and prayers as we serve the nations,