Yoder, Robert & Dorah Newsletter (Winter 2017)

News from the Yoders

Serving the Lord in Zambia

Dear Family and Friends,

Compliments of the season to all of you in Jesus’ name. We hope you had a great year in 2016, and we are believing God for a successful 2017 by His grace.

2016 was okay, despite my wife having malaria two times in a short amount of time. She was pregnant at the time so the doctor put her on some drugs that would not hurt the baby. The drugs had bad side effects, but by the grace of God she was healed.

In July we had the privilege as a family to go with the US summer team which was an eyeglass team. It was the first time we could go as a family as we are now home schooling our children . It was a blessing to be able to do this as a family. While we were with the team my wife assisted Miss Eden, the head leader in the kitchen and also helped with the Grubby to Grace class, the medical & eye glass ministry and worked as an interpreter. She did a great job! She was also 5 to 6 months pregnant at the time. Esther and Ethan also did well for us. They ran around and played with the orphans and the teens on the team. I had a good time also assisting Mr. Ed, the head leader with some of the duties with the team. I also did the driving for the team. We had a great time with the team and many people were helped with eyeglasses. 

In September, Teen Missions Zambia had a group from Teen Missions Australia that came to do sewing at Wongibisha, one of the AIDS Orphan Rescue Units. I had the privilege of driving them to their project and staying with them for 10 days. It was a fun experience. I learned a few stitches, but spent most of the time clearing land for a field there.


In October, there were doctors who came from the US and Argentina to do medical missions here in Zambia. I had the privilege of driving Dr. Alfredo who is from Argentina. He is a specialist in cataract surgery. He also came with his personal assistant. I thank God for the privilege of working with him. It was also the first time I have ever worked in the Operating Room in the hospital. The doctor was able to do 14 surgeries and all the patients could see after their surgery. Praise the Lord!

In November, Teen Missions Zambia was busy planting fields of maize and also preparing for Boot Camp. It was also a time of preparing our home for a new addition. Elisha Joel Yoder was born on November 29th to the glory of God. He weighed 3.2 kgs. I want to thank you all for praying for us. There were no complications.

December was busy for us as a family. I was away from home quite a bit. I helped with Boot Camp here in Ndola and also assisted in taking the leaders to Solwezi and picking the children up for that Boot Camp. It has been a busy year and I want to thank God for the safety He has provided for us. I also want to thank each one of you who pray and support us. May God bless you.

Prayer Requests

  1. Good health
  2. God’s provision
  3. Wisdom as we homeschool
  4. Hospital ministry
  5. Teen church ministry
  6. TMI ministry

May God Bless You,

Robert, Dorah, Esther, Ethan, Elisha

Is 41:10

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