Dear Family and Friends, Happy New Year! We trust that you will truly be blessed in 2010! Jesus is Lord! These words of Scripture were a blessing recently. First of all, in II Chronicles (10, 11, 12, 26) I was reading how the kings who sought the Lord were blessed and the ones who didn’t were not. (“as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him.” II Chron. 26:5) I was challenged again with the importance of actively seeking the Lord this coming year in my quiet times. Then I also read: “Draw near to God and He WILL draw near to you.” This is a promise that God will come close if we seek Him and draw near to Him daily. We in Zambia certainly need Him to plan our plans and direct our paths more than ever before in the days ahead. We have accepted 19 new students to give us a total of 27 students expected for the new term. The encouragement that came with these new students is that again we have a good number of our own orphans coming as students. This started two intakes ago and is continuing. I really have some high expectations for some of our new interns. Smart, Hendricks and Gabriel are our own orphans who have finished our two year program and are beginning the internship year. Hendricks spent some time telling me how thankful he was to Teen Missions for rescuing him. He said that he lost his mother and father and all his siblings. He was left alone. When Hendricks came to Lufwanyama, he was absolutely alone and without hope – no way to even go to school. But Oscar shared the Gospel with him and led him to Jesus. He also helped with his school fees. Hendricks managed to finish school and wanted to come to the BIBLE, MISSIONARY AND WORK Training Center. He was accepted and now he says he wants to help hundreds like Oscar helped him. Then he said this, “I no longer consider myself an orphan, I have my Teen Missions family”. I am looking forward to his ministry out at Lufwanyama in place of Oscar. That is what discipleship is all about.
We are grateful that our granddaughter, Courtney Elaine Codding, Rob and Sarah’s eldest, was able to be with us for almost three months. What a joy to our hearts to spend quality time with her. She was very busy while here, working literally wherever there was a need. She adapted easily to the base and to the “bush”. She is now home applying to different colleges. We are grateful, too, for Bud Wellman, a dear friend from Merritt Island, who came and laid tile, along with some helpers. They pushed that job and it is now done. We are grateful to Teen Missions and faithful supporters for a new “used” truck and bus that will be put into service in Zambia. We have long needed a bus as the police don’t always approve of our moving people in the trucks, especially on long runs or in and around Lusaka. Not to mention that this is much more comfortable for the passengers! We have so much to be thankful for as we look back over the past year. There were many challenges (I think this is the new word for “problems”) over the year, but God has seen us through them all. Also, we are extremely thankful for the many lives whom He has touched, saved, delivered, healed and used in His own special way. Above all, we are thankful to belong to the Kingdom of Heaven knowing that in these troubled times there is more to life than what we see and hear around us. We praise God that anyone who wishes may come to God through receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He will make their heart new. I saw on Facebook the other day someone quoting from the old song, “I wish we’d all been ready…” Maybe you remember that song also. How true that is. “To God be the Glory for the things He has done!”
We thank our heavenly Father for all that He has done and for using you in a special way to help with the work here. We so appreciate each one of you. If you have not heard personally from us, we lost some of our email addresses and physical addresses when our computer went down. We are up and running again, thanks to many who made it possible for a new computer to be brought in for us in December. Thank you for joining your hands with ours as we labor together,
In His Harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen
Matt. 6:33 & Gal. 2:20