Petersen Post – Fall 2009
Greetings in Jesus’ Name.
You may wonder why we have chosen this verse, but on the personal front, we sense we are in some spiritual storm clouds. We are thankful to remember that Jesus is Lord of the storms in life. We take courage from the Word of God and know that in Him we have the victory at all times, even if we sense spiritual storm clouds brewing around us. We are grateful that we can build our house on the Rock and not on sand, and that we have an anchor that will hold in times of storm. We may feel overwhelmed with various pressures, but the verse says, “Lead me to a rock that is higher than I.” Actually, we are also reminded in Ephesians that we are seated in the heavenlies with Jesus, far above the storms of life.
Our winter is now past and it is now springtime here. We have an orange-red lily that annually pops out of pure dry ground at this time and always gives us a new message of hope along with a sign of God’s total faithfulness. Soon the rainy season will begin.
Summer Teams: The two motorcycle teams were real troopers. They followed the Motorcycle Sunday School Circuit on their bikes, over the rough roads, getting covered with red dust and kept smiling all of the way. As they ministered to children, adults and villagers, the team saw many hear the Gospel and receive Jesus as their Savior. The third team was a Foot Washing team. They washed the feet of orphans and gave them new shoes and socks, blessing them with their love and friendship. These are rough teams and the team members and leaders were excellent. To God be the Glory. Thank you for a job well done.
We want to include a couple of reports in this letter and trust that you will join us in giving thanks to our Heavenly Father who sees and cares for people everywhere.
Report from our Luswishi Rescue Unit and MSSM
Written by Kelvin Kazhinga
“We (Facilitators Mike and Queen and Kelvin) had the opportunity to go for visitation and evangelism. We visited three villages. At the second village we had found four little kids, the oldest of which is Mercy, 13 years old, who are kept by their vulnerable grandmother. None of them go to school except one who comes to the community school. We entered into a very small thatched house where they sleep. It was a pity to find that there was only a piece of old blanket. They use fire to warm themselves at night for them to sleep. Both their parents died four years ago. They drowned in the river. The grandmother explained that it was really hard for her to provide all their needs. She said she only managed to feed them once a day. Sometimes they even have nothing other than to drink water.”
Comment: An adult team is coming to make a bridge (Lord willing) at this very place where these parents drowned. Also, a team member left money for a couple of blankets. We bought blankets and they went to this family. Jesus sees and cares.
“Targeted to do evangelism, door to door, despite distances, but at least by the grace of God we visited this village where we found Mr. and Mrs Lwinya. The wife was very sick. We prayed a prayer of faith and miraculously God healed the lady in His mighty way. Mr. Lwinya said this was their first time to see how God can work and that he will begin to worship God for his entire life.”
Bible, Missionary & Work Training Center (BMW) Outreach: Prison ministry: It has been a great burden and a call to visit those in prison. We’ve always been thrilled with gratitude and compassion whenever we think of our precious friends behind bars.
Sunday September 6, 2009, was another Sunday we reached out to the inmates. The Chaplain has noticed our influence to those jailed for many years, with no hope. Our jail is called “penal block”. It consists of dangerous criminals and some who are on death row.
Lackson (a BMW student) was the one shining in the chapel like a shelter within the cell. He preached on hope and how Christ brings hope to our hopeless hearts and becomes the beacon of light in a dark tunnel where we can’t see clearly. Seven gave their lives to the Lord in an audience of 20. There was also much gratitude by the wardens and inmates as we gave out clothes and sugar and razor blades contributed by the BMW students.
Many were also prayed for in the ladies’ section where our lady students dedicated the prisoners’ babies to the Lord. Mothers who are sentenced and have no one to care for their babies and toddlers, bring them with them to live in prison. The mothers were very blessed by the ministry to them and their children.
One big frustration is that my (Barb) computer crashed. It looks like we have lost all data on it. It is the one that we used for email, too, and all of our addresses are lost. If you would please send your address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would appreciate it. At the moment our email@example.com is not working, but it may be up and running soon.
A huge blessing: Our granddaughter Courtney Codding is here visiting for two and 1/2 months. We are enjoying her so much. It is hard to believe that she is really here. She is a sweetheart! It is a bit of a gap year for her before she starts college. She is 17, having just completed her senior year.
SPECIAL thanks again to all of you for your faithfulness. We came to Teen Missions in September of 1984 so this marks a special year for us. God has used all of you in our lives to encourage, pray, and give so that we might keep on going. It is a tremendous privilege to be able to be a part of His Kingdom.
Jesus is worthy!
Thank you for joining your hands with ours as we labor together.
In His Harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen
PO Box 71969