2016 SUMMARY REPORT
We want to thank all of you who prayed for the political situation in Congo. By God’s grace Kisangani and the surrounding area was peaceful during the last week and a half and our campus and workers are doing well. Luke and his team arrived back safely to our campus and I’ll be arriving with my family next week. Though there were some protests in the capital city and other places, everything seems to have calmed down. We look forward to a new year of opportunities for service in 2017.
During the time near the end of the year when political tensions were rising our expatriate team members spent time assisting ministries in neighboring countries. Nathan and Starla Rittenour headed to Chad to work with Desert Tree Ministry assisting them with their publishing work among other projects. Luke and Chantee Fisher and their team of 5 student missionaries spent time doing dental training at Kibidula and Eden Valley Foster Care in Tanzania. I took my family to Kenya and Tanzania where we attended meetings at the division office and then visited Kibidula where both Tammy and I have so many fond memories.
We serve a God who loves us to come to him with our requests. Throughout the scriptures we find promises encouraging us to ask for the bounties of heaven. (Zechariah 10:1,6,9,12; Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 2:8, Matt. 7:7-11, Luke 10:1,2; 11:13). These and many other promises assure us that he wants to give us His Spirit, in fact, He wants to give us the very best that Heaven has to offer. Indeed, He inspires, strengthens, and actually works through our hands (Isaiah 26:12). We’ve been privileged to provide clean water through our well drilling and better knowledge of the Bible though our education and evangelistic programs. Our dental team has been busy and our radio station continues to reach thousands of families each day. I always find joy in reviewing the blessings and many answers to prayers.
A blessing related to our well drilling is that our tax exemption finally arrived in October this year. After being delayed for almost a year and a half it was really an answer to prayer. Well drilling demands importation of equipment and materials and without an exemption it would be impossible to function. The exemption also significantly drops our yearly taxes for our radio station. In fact when the inspectors and tax collectors visited our station we were threatened with being shut down and our transmitter confiscated. However after much prayer and negotiating, they gave us time and allowed us to pay a small fine as we waited for the exemption papers to be signed. We also went off air briefly when some of our electronic equipment went out but Pastor Mtenzi made an emergency trip to Kampala to purchase equipment while other elements were able to be fixed locally. Each year dozens of people are baptized through our radio ministry. I’m sure thousands more are touched daily whose stories we may never know until Heaven.
Our classroom has been a busy place all year long. Early in the year our team would congregate there for our strategic planning meetings. Then we held a special pastoral training for all the pastors who are working in areas where we have church plants. This includes two pastors who we trained and they worked as church planters for many years with good success. Now, as the field office is short on trained pastors, they’ve taken these men and given them pastoral districts. Seeing the church leaders putting confidence in these men because of their experience is encouraging to us. We had a wonderful spiritual conference for all these pastors right on our campus focusing on teaching them how to point people to Jesus in every sermon, every visitation, every conversation. Not all of our Bible training was on our home campus. Our spring Bible Training course was held in Bunia by Pastor Mtenzi and the local field leaders. From this training he chose 15 church planters to work in the area around Bunia. Our fall session was held on our campus as usual and we focused on bringing in church elders and leaders from our church plants for Bible training. As it was we trained 69 laymen how to share the everlasting gospel. We baptized 589 precious souls this year and by God’s amazing grace we have 3,802 people meeting in our church plants. Next year we plan to do even more Bible courses in more locations. “Thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart;” Jeremiah. 15:16
The praise goes to God for each of our accomplishments and I praise God for each team member who allowed God to work though them. God’s promise to us is: Ask and it shall be given. (Matt 7:7) His gifts this year have not been small. Our praises shouldn’t be small either. I’ve found that when we pray to the Lord of the Harvest (Luke 10:2) we can plan on him making himself responsible to get the job done.
At the end of another year in these challenging times we earnestly solicit your prayers and financial support in order to continue to spread the Gospel in this war-torn country! Please keep us in your daily prayers and please consider a year-end financial gift for Congo Frontline Missions. Your consistent financial giving is what keeps us moving ahead! God Bless you with His Spirit in 2017!
By Keith Mosier