Our most recent prayer letter:
Three weeks ago I had intended to send out this missive after our something-like-annual Bible Quiz tournament on 8 March. Eighteen mostly older teen church members from Elim and Trinity studied our church’s catechism entitled “The Foundation of Christianity” and then competed in a half-dozen games. The earthly accolades went to a team from Paul’s church who mastered the material including one 8 year old girl who answered several questions correctly. Yet as always the real prize goes to all those who learned to love Christ more. Here are a sample of the 135 questions.
- Q: How should you act before you are saved?
- A: Before I am saved, I must strive to enter in at the narrow gate. Luke 13:24
- Q: What tools does Christ give to you so that you might persevere?
- A: Christ gives me three important means of grace: the Bible, the church, and prayer. Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 10:25; Mark 14:38
- Q: What causes poverty?
- A: Poverty is sometimes caused by the sins of others and sometimes by my own sin. Proverbs 13:18; 21:17
THE FALL OF JUST MEN
Over the past 3 months both of our churches have weathered a number of sad storms of church discipline. Some who have been with us for 6 years have fallen and in one case the man has been unwilling to repent. In one case, a woman has shown the fruit of the Holy Spirit by forgiving the offender. It is a great temptation to discouragement for both pastors and people, but we are hopeful that God will use even these setbacks for the furtherance of the gospel. Brethren, pray for our churches that our faith would not fail.
Recognizing that a church is not planted without mature men to lead it, 5 men and I will begin the first Saturday in April a men’s meeting for the purpose of preparing the future leaders of the church. Actually, we’ve tried to have meetings in the past for young men, so this is not really a new step for us, but we are intentionally focusing on local church leadership so that is a new emphasis. The ages of the men involved are 17, 18, 21, 24, and 36. Pray that these men would exemplify godly character and the fruit of the Spirit.
For about 6 months Kulani and Tshifhiwa have been faithful almost every Sunday in worshipping with us even though they are not quite ready to take up the cross and follow Jesus. We are eager for this young husband and wife to join our church.
For the past two months, a few Venda women have been worshipping with us as well. In fact, last week, one took a step of commitment by purchasing a Tsonga Bible from us. Pray that Luambo, Awelani, and Lucy would not only come to worship services, but would come to the wicket gate.
Finally, last Sunday night while we slept a team of young boys led by our neighbor broke into our house and made off with some electronics. But as we are calming down, we are grateful that what we love most cannot be touched, and what we love next most wasn’t touched.
Seth and Amy