We are happy to share that we were able to come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas and celebrate with our family. It has been a wonderful time. We still have a trip to Denver to enjoy with Doug’s sister and family and Doug’s mom. This has been our 50th wedding anniversary year and we are enjoying and remembering so many milestones.
Back in Zambia: Reports are coming in from the Boot Camps. One great report came in from the first Monday night Boot Camp rally in Ndola. One hundred eleven teens came forward to give their lives to Jesus! We give God the glory! Boot Camps were also running in Mansa and in Solwezi. Teens were impacted at all three Boot Camps. Reports came in of people giving their lives to the Lord during travel to the team project sites and during their projects. There were over 700 saved by the Lord during the travel of the Lusaka Team on the train. Passengers are a captive audience who listened to their program and heard the Gospel.
I would also like to share a story from one of the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) Circuit Riders who minister the Gospel as they travel around on their motorcycles. This ministry is carried out by four staff men. There are two Circuits with two Riders on each Circuit. They go on trails where there are no roads and are in what we call the “deep bush”. Some of the people they teach have never heard the name of Jesus before the Circuit Riders came to their villages. The traditions are sometimes difficult to “break through”, but God’s Spirit and His Word does shine through the darkness. Here is one report from a day in the life of Circuit Rider, Steve Kasoma.
The Funeral and “Bury the baby! That’s final!”
It was Saturday the 11th when there was a funeral in Kuluula’s village. One young lady, by the name of Pauir, passed away. She left six children. The youngest is four months old. At the funeral, there was total confusion at the grave site. The family decided to refuse to keep the baby of the late lady. Both sides of the family refused. One elderly drunk lady stood up shouting that they were going to bury the baby with the mother. Then she pronounced, “What I say is final.” Some of the relatives agreed with her and I (Steve) was surprised to hear that and failed to believe my ears. So I asked some family members, “Why and what are you trying to do?” They said that they cannot manage to buy milk for the baby. This family is in deep poverty. Then I (the Circuit Rider) said to them to sit down because this is against the law. “All of you will be jailed. And again, it is a sin. Just sit down as a family and make a good decision and God is going to help you.” The following day, I went there with two church members and the sub chief. After much discussion, I shared the Word of God with them and 10 people gave their lives to the Lord, including the sub chief. They promised to keep the baby and thanked us for what God is doing in their midst. Amen! Pray for the fear of the Lord to be among the people here. Pray for God’s guidance and His provision for this baby and all of their needs.
As we heard this account, we thought about what would have happened if the MSSM ministry had not been at this village that day. God is so good to meet the needs of people who are in darkness when believers are willing to say that they will “go”.
We want to thank you for your support of all of the various aspects of this work which includes: the Boot Camps, the MSSM ministry, AIDS Orphans & Street Children (AOSC) Rescue Units and the Bible School. As you support us and pray for us, it is our privilege to be in Zambia and oversee this work. We have many wonderful staff who are also working tirelessly with us. We praise God for them and for you. We say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you. You have been faithful to the Lord and He has been faithful to us. May God continue to bless you.
Thank you for joining your hands with ours as we labor together.
In His Harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen
“And every day, in the temple and from
house to house they kept right on teaching
and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
(Let’s keep right on!)