Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand,
Repent and believe in the gospel.”
Mark 1:14 & 15
Greetings to all of our friends and family,
Once again we are so thankful for all of our faithful supporters who give throughout the long summer months. You are so appreciated. The work in Zambia has gone on full speed ahead. We are blessed to be a part of what God is doing. Here are a few of the highlights.
Two containers have come in since we came back in February. The second one had the drilling rig. Tom and Linda Maher arrive on Monday for the next three weeks. They will be training people how to use the rig by drilling a well. We pray that all goes well with understanding this so that others can be blessed with good clean water in the future.
Most of you know this stands for Bible, Missionary, & Work Training Center. Both Doug and I have been teaching this past term. We love this part of the ministry. The testimonies of the students tell what God has done in their lives. Most come from difficult backgrounds, such as losing both parents at an early age and moving from place to place with different caretakers. Others have come off the streets after being into drinking and stealing, but God has picked them up out of a horrible pit and set their feet on solid ground as the Psalmist has said.
We were blessed to have the company of Peter Salisbury and his son, Branden, from Australia. Peter was born in Zambia and had the heart and desire to get TMI going in Zambia. We praise God that the work was started and that God put us here to carry on with the Boot Camp and the BMW school in 1998, one year after it began. So next year will be our 20th year in Zambia since we left Zimbabwe.
The next ones to visit us has been a team of 46 nurses who are boarding here while doing interning at Central Hospital. They have filled up our accommodations. A medical team of 14 is also visiting for one week. They are from the USA and Argentina. They are staying at the new hotel (Protea-Marriott) that is just down the road from us. Their specialties are dental, eye (cataract surgery) and surgery. Some are stationed at the Central Hospital and some are at our Chiwala Rescue Unit. We visited them yesterday and hundreds of patients are seeking their help.
Motorcycle Sunday School Mission is going well. Young people continue to get saved and impact their families. I will share a story or two below. I, Barb, am the one who types their reports. I am blessed to see how the Lord uses this part of the ministry.
Once again we watched to see if we would survive another hurricane in FL. Praise God our house made it through with no damage. We watched as this storm moved from coast to coast and it seemed it was right near to being a Category One when it got to us. But God is so good. Steve’s family boarded up both his home and ours and then went to TMI to wait it out. The power was out for four days. Strangely, it so happens that as I am writing this we have been without power, also, all day and my phone needs charging. Life is always unpredictable.
Coming to the US: We plan to come to FL around the 20th of Oct. We both will have some medical and dental checkups. Also, we will go to Denver for a week to celebrate with our home church as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. This church, Redeemer Temple, has been a part of our lives since 1970. They have been faithfully behind us all of these years. We love that part of our family and pray that all goes well with them. We will return to Zambia in the beginning of January.
Stories from MSSM ministry:
There is a 15 year old girl by the name of Loveness Bwalya who has been very committed to coming every week for classes. We didn’t know that the Word of God is sinking into the hearts of the children in a very serious way. It was July 7th when we went to teach Sunday school and after teaching, a boy told us that this girl is very sick and has sent a message that we go to visit her. We did not hesitate to go and we went to her house. We found the girl laying on a mat outside. She was very happy to see us. She called her parents outside to meet us. When the parents came out they shouted at us saying, “What have you come to do here? You have confused our child with your teaching. Who told you that taking a sick person to witch doctors is a bad thing? Witch doctors are sent by God to help people by healing sickness. You have made this girl refuse to be taken to a witch doctor and she has been sick for 3 weeks. We think that she is bewitched but she has been denying and is telling us that it is a sin to go to the witch doctor. Where in the Bible is it written that it is a sin?” We called the parents and told them to sit and hear from us. We opened our Bibles and started sharing the Word of God with them. We thank God they humbly accepted the Word and gave their lives to Jesus. We prayed for the girl and the Lord immediately healed her. The family was very happy. They escorted us on our way. We are now like angels to this family. They receive us happily and they want us to be visiting them every week.
One man by the name of Joe was a drunkard, insulting people with all types of insults. One evening he was drunk and went home, ate and went to sleep. He woke up. All the body was very weak, nothing was moving apart from his eyes. He can’t talk. He can’t eat. Everyone in the village was waiting for him to die. I was on visitation and I passed by his place. Most of the adults in the village were there. He was in the open shelter on a bed. We prayed and when the time for us to go we were shaking the hands with people who were sitting beside his bed. He also lifted his hand. We shook his hand without noticing that he had lifted the hand. No one saw that except one woman. She said, “He lifted his hand!” I put his hand down and he said, “Thank you, Uncle.” I was surprised to hear his voice. I left the place the following morning and a group of adults came and one woman was in tears. Something came into my mind, “Joe is dead.” I thought. I looked again and I saw Joe kneeling down with a smile and part of the group followed suit and surrendered to Jesus Christ. They received Jesus as their Savior and Joe is free indeed.
There is a children’s song that we sing (The more we are together the happier we will be). This song is encouraging a young girl, aged 14, by the name of Omba. She loves this song and sings it every day. This song helped her parents to stop fighting and quarreling. This is according to what her father said one day. They were quarreling all day and all the kids went to school. When their daughter came she was singing the same song. He said he was touched while he was sitting down thinking. He said that he cried tears and he called her to come. “She asked me what was wrong. I said that I am choking on dust, bring me some water. (I lied to her.) She came with some water. Now I was choking for real and had trouble to breathe. She called her mum and she was beating my chest while she was holding me and I became ok.” And that was the beginning of my changed life. I received Christ as my Lord and Savior and my family is fine. I really love that song, too. I am appreciating the teachers who are teaching our kids in our village. This song is uplifting to me.
In His harvest,
Doug and Barb Petersen
Matthew 6:33 and Galatians 2: 20