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- Shannon Forsythe
22 November 2010
So obviously coming to a new country and culture I expected to find changes in driving especially the main one which is driving on the opposite side. I love to laugh at the things I learn that I never would have thought of and especially how I learn them.
The first funny experience I had was when I was going to refuel my friend's car at the gas station. I pull up and roll down my window(gas is full service here so not self service, I know nice). The guy walks up and says no gas. I saw another car sitting in the station, not realizing they were having a different service and thought to myself, "No gas? What does that mean?" So I turn to my fellow missionary confused, and asked, "Do you have to belong to a membership for certain gas stations? Or is there something I have to do or sign or say to get gas? What is wrong?" She laughed so hard, because what I thought was something I did wrong was simply not understanding the simple statement. "No Gas." She just said as sweet as possible to my confused person, "Jamie they mean, no gas, as in there is no gas at this station they ran out." Yes, in America even with the gas prices and many cars I had never before found a station that ran out of gas. So remember sometimes it is better to pay for high price gas then find out there is no gas at all.
The second experience I had with cars here that is unusual for me is buying a car. I personally do not enjoy car shopping, shoe shopping I love, car shopping I just endure. I was so blessed to have Wes offer to help me shop for cars, my limited knowledge is obvious to dealers and it was so great to have him be able to really look for a good car. So Wes, Vicky, Natasha, and I went looking for a car that would be suitable for me here in Kenya. I was excited to have their help. So we go on our first test drive of a car. Most importantly in shopping for cars is to make sure air conditioning works, so we are testing that out as well. In Kenya due to robberies a lot of dealers leave very little gas in the cars on the lot. I am sure you know where this is going..... Yes you are correct we ran out of gas on our test drive. So Vicky and I and the cars salesman get out of the car and push from the back to get the car out of the road. I was laughing so hard since here I am in a dress and Vicky in heels pushing this car. That is definitely hands down the most fun I have ever had shopping for a car. Please continue to pray as I have not bought a car yet, but it looks as if God has provided a good one, just pray all the details work out and it would be a blessing to the ministry here.
The most important thing in the mission field and in life is to just be able to laugh at yourself and situations. I am always so happy to just be able to see the humor in things.
It’s been a LONG time since I updated you on what the Lord has been doing in my life…So, here we go…
I had a chance to go to Russia for two weeks and was able to attend the Annual Calvary Chapel Conference and it was a great time of fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ!!! I also got to spend time with my daughter and I am very thankful for your prayers for her…I can see how God’s love is pursuing her. She is in the place where she knows the Gospel and she knows that Jesus is the only Way, Truth and Life but she chooses not to walk in this truth. Please continue to pray for her… Continue to pray for the church in Russia…the warfare is so strong and believers there need to stay strong in the Lord, be on fire for Jesus and preach the Gospel!!!
I am back in Africa now and it is a great time of reunion with the missionary team here…We had another family who was in the stats for three months and now they are back. We also had Wes and Vicky Bentley with us for a couple of days and it was great time of encouragement and fellowship!!! It’s so good to be back at church again and see all the faces…
Now we are entering into a special season of Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! Please continue to pray for wisdom in teaching the ladies; we are studying the gospel of Matthew. Pray for our women’s Christmas Tea, that it would be special event for each lady…
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
The resurrection tells us to be steadfast and immovable. These words tell us to have stability in faith. The resurrection should cause us to remain loyal to Jesus regardless of our circumstances. Corinth was a difficult place to live in, full of pagan worship, temptations, and trials that confronted Christians.
The resurrection tells us to be diligent, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” What is the work of the Lord? It is doing good to others in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus went about doing good . We are to “abound” in His work.
The resurrection tells us to have confidence. “You know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” We need such a reminder that our work is not wasted when we work for Him. It provides hope and steadfastness, and enables us to go on in the face of difficult circumstances.
18 November 2010
Exodus 17: 11-13
12” As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
Shortly after the people of Israel had passed through the Red Sea, the Amalekites came and attached the Israelites. Because of the strength of the Amalekits’ army, the Israelites did not have the power to win. God demonstrated His power by having Moses raise his staff to part the Red Sea, and Moses was to trust God as he lifted his staff in battle.
As long as Moses held up his staff the Israelites were winning, but when he lowered it, the Amalekites were winning. Because Moses was physically too tired to keep his hands up on his own; Aaron and Hur held his hands up! Because of this, Israel won the battle.
There are times in our lives when we need our arms lifted in battle. Maybe by having others pray for us, or encourage us. I know being a missionary on the front lines in Sudan, Africa; you can feel greatly outnumbered and prone to grow weary! That is why I’m encouraged by those who are blessed by the ministry, send letters or cards confirming that we’re on the right path.
Many times pastors, leaders and missionaries may seem to be strong, but they grow tired or weary and need their arms lifted in battle, by being reassured or blessed in a certain way. May we be that support for someone who needs their arms lifted!
17 November 2010
3. Then the Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.
The answer from God through Moses is that enough bread will rain down from heaven each day as to fill the people. Each day the people had to gather enough food to fill them for that day. It is important to note that God provided for each day, except for the Sabbath, they were to gather enough bread for two days, obviously so that they need not work on the Sabbath. The Lord wanted to test them as to whether they will trust Him, and whether they would serve Him.
God wanted the people to trust that He would provide each day their needs. He wanted the people to 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.' If people miss their weekly appointment with God because they have something else going, then they are missing the opportunity to remain free, squandering the time that God has given to mankind to help them to enter His Kingdom. The Sabbath is a wonderful gift He has given to us.
As in the Lord’s Prayer, let us ask for our “daily bread.”
16 November 2010
12 For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God’s Word tells us we are to build our lives upon the unwavering standard of His Word. His Word is truth and holds the answer to every problem we have ever confronted and every problem we may face in the future. If we search for answers and prayerfully reflect on the truth of God’s Word, if we consider His Word as absolute and unchanging and apply it directly into our life, then we find the solutions to our problems have been available all along in His Word!
Our Heavenly Father is a skilled surgeon who can make our heart new and prepared to yield to His Spirit. The solution to our most complex problems is always found in His presence; and He has given His Word to show us how to draw near. Let's allow our heart to be cut by the truth and to be exposed and purified by the Living Word.
15 November 2010
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us?
Yet, God is for us! In original intention, in redemption, in intercession and in Love, God is for us! While in our hopeless and helpless state, Christ came and gave His life willingly on our behalf. (Romans 5:8) God extended His mercy towards us. He did not overlook or excuse our sin. He provided for it in full through Christ Jesus. He does not force His mercy and grace upon us. We can resist it and refuse it. But for those in Christ Jesus, "there is no condemnation!"
12 November 2010
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net."
Simon Peter had been a fisherman his whole life and now Jesus is asking Simon to let down his nets for a catch after they had toiled all night and caught nothing. Simon probably thought he knew better than the Lord, but at His request he would do as Jesus asked.
I’m sure at times we all feel we know better than the Lord when He asks us to take a step of faith. This is when our faith is really tested. Are we willing to say, “Yes, Lord” not my will, but yours.
11 November 2010
1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
The Psalmist is saying he will not trust in his own strength or power, but his trust is in the one he loved. He knew the Lord would be his rock and fortress and would deliver him in time of trouble! David looks to the Lord to be his rock, buckler, salvation and high tower.
This was a natural thing for David to do and he expressed his love by exercising his trust in the Lord. Are we willing to say, "Lord, we put ALL our trust in you today!"
Are we willing to put our trust into action like David did? Can we praise the Lord in the presence of our enemies?
10 November 2010
Chris Stark with TCT from Saginaw, MI recently interviewed Wes Bentley. If you would like to see the interview with Wes he said it would be on television tomorrow evening (Thursday, November 11th) at 10:30 p.m. and the following day at 10:30 am. If you have Direct TV it will be on Channel 37. You can also view the interview on the Internet here, click on "TCT Channel 1".
Blessings in Jesus’ name!
09 November 2010
Flavia is a 16 year old Ugandan girl whom our missionary, Suzanne Scott, has gotten to know over the past few months. She converted from Islam to Christianity in January of this year. Her entire family is still Muslim and they recently found out that she's a Christian. She lives with over 40 relatives. We first heard that she was in trouble and that they were planning to send her away and at least beat her. She was harassed and beaten for several days. We had been praying for the return of her grandmother to aid her. This is the most recent update we received from Uganda.
Flavia is doing better now. It was 5 of her Aunts who were causing her to be beaten and caned. Thankfully, she was never beaten too severely and never needed hospitalization. Her Uncle, who is also Muslim, has stepped in and told her Aunts to stop beating Flavia. He recently left for the village for 2 weeks, but said that if her Aunts laid a finger on Flavia they would be in big trouble. Also, Flavia's grandmother has made it home. She wasn't supposed to return until December, but I firmly believe it is an answer to your prayers that she's back. She told Flavia that it's her decision to believe in what she wants to. Praise God, things are getting better. I don't know if everything is sorted out, yet, but if you can remember her in prayer, she can always use it.
Thank you so much!
02 November 2010
Please keep Wes and Vicky in prayer as they leave the country this week! First they will be flying out to Russia and visiting with Lydia. Then they will be going down to Africa for another few weeks to continue their ministry there.
Please pray that their travels are safe, pray that their words are the Holy Spirit’s, pray that their bodies and resources are wholly surrendered to God for His good and perfect will, and pray that the Lord will refresh them through the divine appointments they have while they are away.
Be blessed in Jesus’ mighty name!
25 October 2010
• From Twinkle Zavala:
This morning, The security guards that guard our compound, pulled aside construction workers that were coming to work at a nearby house and interrogated them. One of them said he knew the guy who broke into our house and that he knew where the lap top was and he returned the lap top back to Dave. Praise the Lord! the lap top was still in good condition.
The police detained one of 2 suspects,( they are still looking for one of the guys). the police searched the suspects' homes but weren't able to find any of the other stuff that was stolen. Again, if you wish to donate to help cover some of the costs of the stolen items at the Zavala’s please click here.
Last night, we were still hearing noises on our roof, (since there is no 911 hot line here) Dave climbed up into the Attic around midnight to check if someone was still hiding there and a piece of the ceiling board broke ( 2by 4s he was stepping on gave way) and Dave fell onto the stairs below. He sustained some cuts, bruises & joint pains . Please pray that God would heal him & would give him the strength and peace to teach on Sunday morning.
Please pray that if the Lord wills, the other stolen items would be found.
Thanks for your prayers.
- Dave and Twinkle Zavala
• From Eric (about Lucy):
Thanks to all who have prayed for Lucy. We sent her to a better hospital several hours away, and they found out that she has Malaria. She's improving a lot and will be discharged tomorrow. Thanks again, God bless u all!
Thank you again for your diligence to pray. Please continue to labor with us.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities , against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph. 6:12
- Erica Fye
22 October 2010
07 October 2010
29 September 2010
Faithful Prayer Warriors,
Please lift Gifti before the throne of grace. She is carrying all of the teaching for the women’s ministry while Vicky is away, and she is sick with both malaria and typhoid. Ask our Great Physician to strengthen and heal her body.
27 September 2010
Dear friends and family,
We have been back to our “normal”, if you can use this word on a mission field, routineJ. We have four Women’s Bible studies a week; we also enjoy fellowship and tea. Jamie stated to teach the book of Exodus…so now we are studying Genesis, Exodus, Romans and Philippians…Please pray that the ladies will grow in their relationship with Jesus and also, they would be open to ask questions, to share their struggles so we can pray for them.
We started another semester in our Bible College. We have probably 25 students and it’s great to see them cleaning the church during a dayJ I also was very encouraged by a guy who came from Mombasa, from the church where we had a conference, and the Lord provided for him to be in the Bible College!!! Pretty amazing how God works!!!
In this update, I want you to show a few pictures of the new guest house…We moved at the end of July but we had two teams after that, so sorry for the delay…We are living very close to the Nairobi National Park, so close, that you can see animals from your windowJ. We have our own compound inside another compound. It’s a house with four bedrooms, a BIG living room and five bathrooms. For those who was here, we fixed the pump and now I don't have to take care of airlocks... The Lord also blessed us with a bigger kitchen!!! We also have a little back yard…Please pray for our neighbors, that we would build relationships with them and also have an opportunity to share the love of Christ!!!
May the Lord bless you,
23 September 2010
As we talked about how it is not the vessel, but the power of God that allows for us to be used mightily I encouraged them to look in the Bible for other women God used. This season of Rabuna Fi we had a church that donated necklaces, bibles, women’s devotionals, and bible bookmarks to us. So we are encouraging the women to learn verses and study the bible and give points for those who memorize their verses or answer an assignment from the Bible. That week offer them a chance to earn point if they could find a woman in the Bible that was used by God and tell me how they were used, and how their story encourages them or what they learned from that woman of God.
I did not know how many women of the study would actually complete the assignment or if they would even be interested in it. I told them that all the Rabuna Fi Women’s teachers would be available to sit and read to them a story or help them study if they wanted it. Some women came up to me for help in finding a particular woman of the Bible, or just to help them read the Bible. When last week arrived I did not know what to expect, or how many would be involved but I was surprised to see that a third of the class answered it. Not only had they found a woman, but many of them came to me and shared personal struggles they were having and how that woman of the Bible encouraged them. It was great to see these women open up and have the opportunity to not only get to know them, but see how God is speaking to them.
The huge blessing to me was that there was one woman who came to me and told me the woman of the Bible that related to her, and then this week gave me another one. When I was talking to her and hearing her insight into what God had shown her while she studied that woman I was so impressed. Then when I told her I appreciated her answer, but I was only giving point the first week and she already earned them she paused for a second. I could she was hoping for points, but then she asked me if she could talk with me each week about a different woman of the Bible. She asked if we could discuss each week a way God ministered to her through the story of a woman of the Bible!!!! How amazing is our God!! A simple one-time assignment touched her so much that she wanted to continue to study the Word if I would just take the time to talk with her about what she learned and also study with her! I was so blown away, at this response and it encouraged me so much since, here God uses these women still to touch us and help us learn more about His great love and character. God used these women of the past to touch the women of the Rabuna Fi ministry. And He is using this one assignment to start a relationship and discipleship opportunity for my sister and I here!
Please continue to pray for me as I study Exodus and teach these ladies. Pray that God would just speak through all of us leaders and use us as vessels for His love. Already He is blessing me so much through the relationships I am forming with each lady here.
Thank you for your prayers!
In Him, Jamie McKinley
22 September 2010
21 September 2010
Please pray for our team in the Nuba Mountains right now. James Olal, FRM’s Project Director for Sudan, called to report the first group of new candidates for class eight are boarding for their flight to Nimule. Absalom, the FRM chaplain running our operations in the Nuba Mountains has been discipling a group of about 25 men from the Darfur region over the last year. These men are so excited to be trained in the Word of God. Their home is 100% Muslim and they are ready to carry the light of the gospel back no matter what the cost. We believe God has great things in store for this next group of chaplains, please keep them in prayer!
James also informed is that the tensions in the Nuba Mountains are continuing to rise. We have personally experienced the anti-Christian sentiment. The Muslim government of Northern Sudan encroached upon our land to build an Islamic school. Absalom has been fighting daily to keep them from taking more of our land to build a Muslim clinic. President Omar Al-Bashir appointed as governor of the region the Darfurian leader of the Jinjaweed rebels. This man is a KNOWN criminal and has a warrant out for his arrest by the International Criminal Court. The oppression our Christians brothers and sisters are facing in this area of Sudan is extreme. Please intercede for them and ask God to deliver them. Elections are set for November 2010. Pray that all marginalized areas will be fairly represented, that no fixing of the vote will occur, that there will be no violence, and PLEASE ask for God to give them freedom.
I have been praying for this region of Sudan for over 10 years, please join me in asking God to open the way for me to go there to serve. Today two women came to James and asked, “Please, we know Vicky is training women in the South, can you please take us to train us as leaders? We want to help our women here and we need this training in the Bible.” My heart is aching to help these women. Please pray with me!
17 September 2010
Far Reaching Ministries has a BRAND NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
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