take up his cross and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Matthew 16:24, 25
Dear Family and Friends,
Much has happened since our last letter. We have had many blessings and a few trials. I will briefly mention these starting with the blessings.
Visitors: We have had men volunteer to help at the base in the areas of mechanics and construction. These are the ones who came: Dave Gilbert, Denver CO; Jim Paisley, San Antonio, TX; James Moden, OH, along with his team led by Eric Kabwata. (They went out to the Rescue Units to do a medical mission.) Kathy Vanderpool came to visit the Motorcycle Sunday School Mission Circuits. It was quite challenging for her to go with the guys on the two circuits, visiting 14 Sunday Schools in all. We had a Refresher with our facilitators and matrons from the Rescue Units while Kathy was here. This place was packed with people, over 80, I remember for one of the meals. Mark Welton and his two daughters also stopped by one week as they were visiting several ministries. Next we have a medical doctor and three others who are from NY. They are arriving this Friday. They will be blessing people in the Lufwanyama area.
Trials: During much of this time, Doug was dealing with physical issues. It started with a broken ankle. He was to be off of it for at least four weeks. It is not easy to keep him down though! Then after he was pretty much back on his feet, he had what seemed like a gallbladder attack. The doctor thought it was that, and he was in the hospital on an IV for three days, plus medicines. He got better and came home. A few days later he had abdominal bleeding. We went back to the hospital, beginning at ER in the nighttime. He was admitted that night, staying for five days. The tests showed it was diverticulosis. God has touched him and he is back working hard to get caught up. During that time we received word that my only sibling, brother Paul, had died quite unexpectedly. We were his only family. His church in Minnesota was able to locate Steve, our son, who got word to us and he and Sarah, our daughter, were able to represent us at the funeral. It was a miracle (to me) the way everything came together for his service and for our children to get to Minnesota in time. During these trials, the Thomas Kabwatas were on a US team. The Yoders were also in the US. Doug was “out of commission” and Oscar Chama and I were busy “keeping our heads above water.” God got us through! We thank Him.
Blessings: Of course, the visitors have left many blessings here. We thank them for all they have done and all that they have given. Recently we received another big answer to prayer. We were able to get a used car that is dependable. During Doug’s illnesses I was getting around in a car that would barely run. I won’t bother with details, just to say I couldn’t get around safely. It was literally a stop and go vehicle, usually stopping in the wrong places! We prayed for a car and even though we didn’t even have time to look or to order one online, God brought one to our base one day. We drove it, and we bought it. It is a Teen Missions vehicle, but it replaces the one Doug and I have driven for over 15 years. We are so thankful.
Plans: We are not teaching this semester. We plan to fly to the States when the doctor and his team finish their time here. We leave September 29 and will be there until November 30. That will put us back here in time for the Zambian Boot Camp. We don’t know all the plans yet for our time in the US, but we would love to see and meet with as many as possible.
I will add one story from the MSSM guys this month. They see many people who are accepting Jesus. May the story of this one man bless you as you read it.
Testimony by Chansa, 35 years old, father of four. My life was full of difficulties and troubles. Since I was born, I grew up in a broken home full of drunkards and prostitutes. I was changing places but nothing helped me and my family. Sometimes we used to eat once a day. Sometimes we would eat only mushrooms (wild) throughout the whole week. Then when I did go to church my mind was “outside” thinking about my problems. I thank God that today my life is changing every day because I know Jesus Christ and I received Him. One day I attended a full program of MSSM (Motorcycle Sunday School Mission). Before that I used to come late when they had already done the Bible study. I think it was the devil that was doing that. But one day I went early and the Word came to me. They were teaching that the Word is our foundation and that Word became MY Word. It was my day. After this they prayed for me. I received Christ. That was March 2015. Since then my life is completely changed. Things we were failing to do, now we are doing them. We were able to grow a big vegetable garden. Also, 20 members of my family are now born again. We thank God for Teen Missions.
We are so thankful for all of you, our dear supporters. You are faithful. We pray that MUCH fruit is abounding to your account in heaven. God has just been so good and He has used you. May He bless you in ways you have not even thought of. You are precious to us.
Thank you for joining your hands with ours as we labor together!
In His Harvest,
Doug and Barb
Matthew 6:22 and Galatians 2:20
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