Saturday, January 12, 2013

leadership Training Seminar Report

I know many of you had expressed interest in the seminars we did in Peyi-Pouri. So I just wanted to post an update on how things went. Looking back we can really see God’s hand at work from the beginning to the end. We saw God both open and shut doors to make things happen that we in ourselves could never have done.

·         The first seminar was held in Robia at Legliz La Ville Dór the 17th-20th .

o    We had an attendance of 89 leaders.

o    63 literate and 26 illiterate, which is a 29% illiteracy rate.

o   There were a total of 12 congregations represented.

o   The participation of the community was exceptional I think it really spoke of there receptiveness. Several mornings I woke up and there were pastors already waiting outside the church. The cooking of the meals and preparing accommodations went so smooth I could honestly not have asked it to be better.

·         The second seminar was held in Badi at Lekòl Salem the 26th-29th.

o   We had an attendance of 90 leaders.

o   54 literate and 36 illiterate, which is a 40% illiteracy rate.

o   There were a total of 14 congregations present.

o   The community in this seminar was much more spread out, some coming from as far four hours away and staying the week.

 Both seminars were four full days of teaching with the same subjects taught.

·         Andy Eversole: Basic Christian Theology

·         Ric Gullman: Effective Christian  Leadership

·         Mike Martin: Matthew 5-7

·         Emanuel Shrock: Salvation and Justification

As far as expenses, here is an itemized list:

·         Literature - $ 461.19

·         Translators - $ 595.24

·         Food - $ 894.50

·         Mule Transportation - $ 33.33  

I trust this brief report helps give you all a better look at what we did and how it has effected and ministered to our brothers in Christ. 

God Bless, Shea

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Newsletter Link

I uploaded the latest newsletter (December 2012) to the mission website. Some of you have already seen it, but for those of you that didn't, here is the link. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Look at baby Jenny almost 2 weeks and 2 pounds later!

Look at baby Jenny almost 2 weeks and 2 pounds later! I am so thankful to God for allowing me the privilege again of being part of a miracle! The first night I was wondering if she was going to survive because her skin was so tight it was starting to crack open. Her whole body was stiff and hard and she was so weak she could barely cry. Now she is soft and cuddly and full of giggles!!! Praise God!!

by Mary Ann

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Leadership Training Seminar (Badi)

The 26th -29th was our second leadership Training Seminar in Peyi-Pouri

The northern sky from Badi

Registration the first day left us unprepared. Of the 65 applicants who applied, we had 90 who came to register, 39% of which were illiterate  We praise God for the hunger He has placed in the hearts of His children for His word.

After praise and worship the mornings started off with Mike teaching out of Matthew 5-7

After Mike's session was morning coffee.

Andy and Wismith teaching Basic Christian Theology.

Here Ric is adding to his illustration for the days lesson. His teaching on Christian Leadership revolved around the illustration of a tree planted by rivers of living water (Psalm 1)

We owe a huge thank you to all the ladies who sacrificed many hours preparing food. 
And more food.

And then dishes.

Emanuel and James wrapped up each day teaching the simplistic elements of salvation.

Hiking and visiting in the community. Here we are visiting Bro. Edmond's carrot gardens.

Presenting a small thank you to the cooks on the last day.

And certificates to the leaders.

All 90 attendees and teachers/translators

The southern sky
We want to say thank you to all of you that were praying for us over these last few weeks. We know that God's hand was at work in orchestrating these seminars. And we continue to pray for the seeds that were planted, that they may grow to glorify our Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ.