Nabeel Qureshi October 13 Latest health update...click on photo
One week ago below
Bill Fitch October 12
Enjoy your soup Sunday morning with Bill Fitch and Henry Wedende in the reception room. You will be updated on the recent outreaches of Listen to Learn in Kenya and Tanzania.
Ann Chow October 9
‘Life changing.’ These are the words participants used to describe the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in a meeting just a few days ago with their Regional Director.
Over 1,000 younger leaders and mentors from more than 140 countries gathered in Indonesia for YLG2016 in August.
Expectations of these younger leaders were extremely high. And still they were surprised at how the YLG impacted their lives.
‘World changing.’ This is our hope. As one life is changed, the lives of those around them are changed. Churches are changed. Schools are changed. Neighborhoods are changed. Societies are changed.
That can only happen by the power of the Holy Spirit. And we believe we saw his power at work at the YLG and through the lives of people like you whom he led to give and pray for YLG. The results below would not have been possible without you!
82% of YLG participants have already accepted the invitation to continue as part of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation (YLGen), a ten-year commitment to journey with participants as they continue to mature as Christ-like leaders for global mission. More are still signing up.
I want to share a few other incredible figures with you. These numbers are based on surveys before and after YLG2016, completed by more than half of the participants.
- 87% of participants made friends or connections amongst themselves due to the extensive preparatory materials and interaction planned.
- 21% of participants connected with a Lausanne issue network prior to YLG2016, and 59% of participants connected with an issue network for the first time at YLG2016. Combined, that’s 80% who connected with an issue network before or during YLG2016.
As a result of the YLG2016:
- Over 70% of participants have entered into a new partnership.
- Over 79% of participants are developing six or more new significant relationships.
- 84% of participants connected regionally and intend to stay connected.
Across generations at YLG2016:
- Over 53% of participants rated the experience of either connecting with a mentor or seeking wisdom from senior evangelical leaders as among their top three aspects of YLG2016.
- 864 separate one-on-one meetings were scheduled between younger leaders and mentors, and we know countless other one-on-one meetings were scheduled informally using the Connector app. An incredible number of connections between generations!
See a glimpse of some special experiences at YLG2016 through these videos:
We've also started releasing recordings from the main plenary sessions. More will be released in the following weeks, but here are the five Bible expositions which took us through the biblical narrative around the theme of 'United in the Great Story':
And finally, here are some of the people and connections of YLG2016 captured through nearly 400 photos.
We saw God’s power at work at YLG2016. These numbers, videos, and photos are testimonies that declare God’s work. But we know that he has done so much more than we can see or know or count, and we know there will be much more to come.
As part of the Lausanne Movement family, your role was vital in enabling such a gathering to take place. We are blessed to have partnered with one another and with God to make this possible. And I hope your joy will multiply as you continue to hear of the fruit from YLG2016.
I especially want to thank you for your financial giving. So many prayers of thanks and praises went up to God as participants received scholarships, bought airplane tickets, and saw God do through donors like you what they thought was financially impossible. Your generosity has built up the faith of this young generation and has set a model for them to follow.
With much thanks and joy in Christ,
Raquelle Neto October 8
Raquelle is grateful for the prayers and other support of her church family. She is feeling reasonably okay following two operations. She had been passing blood and they have slowed the bleeding and put a stent . She has one more test next week and then will likely be discharged so she can celebrate her 30th birthday with friends. Raquelle is an avid supporter of KWM WORKERS.
Hanneke Cost Budde October 6
In Philippians 4: 19 Paul tells us:” And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
I thank the Lord for meeting my needs as well as the needs of my kids. Also He is the one who has met the needs for the work in Manoleo and now Malumba. I have prayed that He will keep me until the tasks He has given me will be completed. He is the one who continues to guide me and strengthens me as I serve Him (Phil.4:13). All praise be His!
My life seems to be a bit of a whirl wind. So much has happened and so much is happening.
Since my return I have been busy with the work at Manoleo. We are receiving all kinds of sick people with different problems. Many still go to a local medicine man/woman and when things get worse they will come to us for help. Many times the problem has become too severe to be able to help and we need to refer people to one of the big hospitals. Even yesterday we received a woman in her 50’s who has been bleeding for a long time (over 2 years) and finally came to us. Thomas and the nurse at the dispensary think that she probably has cancer of the uterus. She was referred to our government hospital.
This year we have registered about 60 orphans to receive uniforms and school supplies. Before they were given the supplies we had a short talk about Christ’s love for them. God loves them and that is why God called me to come to help people in Tanzania. It is because of God that they could receive their uniforms and school supplies. They were so happy with their new supplies. When they come we also check them physically. A big thank you from the orphans at Manoleo!
Many have fungus and are malnourished. One of the kids had an enlarged spleen and we asked if the care giver, an elderly grandmother could come to see us. Up till now this has not happened.
We have waited for quite some time to get the road to Malumba fixed. Finally the new District Commissioner pushed the people to level the road so we could bring the Lorries with sand and rocks, etc to the building site. This has finally happened! We have started to build!!
In September we held a seminar for poor women in the Itonjanda ward on how to raise chickens. Before we started the seminar I spoke with them about how God knows their needs and I gave a short testimony as to why I am working in Tanzania. We had two local experts who did a great job in teaching these women. Only 7 out of 28 could read and write! Most homesteads have one or more chickens roaming around but the people just leave them to fend for themselves and do not give them any meds or food. We explained the value of doing a good job in raising chickens as one local chicken now sells for about $7/- each! Every year almost all chickens in the villages die as they do not get vaccinated. They were taught about how to raise them properly and how much the cost would be. If they organize themselves into groups of about 10 women they can get a small loan from the government to start setting up a local project to raise chickens. Now we hope to do a follow up seminar and teach them also how to run their project. The seminar was well received and we are encouraged that at least some of them will do better at raising their chickens and have some extra income to meet the needs of their children. We also hope that some of these women will organize themselves into groups so they can apply for the loans.
During August we dealt with a deserted baby. The mother was mentally unstable, gave birth to the baby in the hut where she lived with her grandmother of 80+ years old. After giving birth she disappeared. The grandmother found the baby and tried to feed it some milk. She asked for help from her elderly brother whose legs are becoming paralyzed and he and his wife have already several orphans to take care of. I had to get some people from the Social Services in town to help me move the baby to an orphanage and I am happy to say that baby, Samweli, is thriving.
I also saw Masanja, the child with HIV who has improved so much and is now attending school. He is so happy and even speaks some English now.
Peter, the Albino child who is in another orphanage is doing well and the family has visited him and he even went home for a few days.
My kids are doing very well and I am so proud of them! Mahona has finished his studies and the graduation will be in November. He is waiting for his first job assignment. Jacky graduated from her primary school at the end of August and it was a great celebration at her school. Together with a Tanzanian family who are friends of us and who also had 3 kids graduate this year, we planned a party at their home for the 5 graduates. It was wonderful and we had an amazing time.
Mfaume finally has been assigned to a college for Pharmaceutical training. He is so relieved and happy after waiting for a whole year to finally get accepted! During our Bible studies it is usually he who asks the best questions. During our last Bible study I explained why we pray in the name of Jesus. We prayed for him and for the Lord to open the way for him to enter a college for further studies. The next morning he received his paper with joining instructions!
Ngassa has had some difficulties and I had to be very strict with him. Now it looks as if he has turned a corner and has improved greatly! Kashinje is now walking without crutches but has pain in her knee. I will have to take her for a checkup when I get back from my trip to Holland this month.
My mom is not doing well and this week she had a bad fall and broke her leg. She is still in the hospital but she is improving and they think she will be moved to her care facility by the end of this week. I am hoping to leave for Holland on October 19th and return to Tanzania on November 8th. We hope to celebrate my mom’s 93th birthday on Nov. 3rd.
I want to thank all of you once again for your prayers and financial support. I do not take these for granted and I pray that the Lord may bless each of you!
Nabeel Qureshi October 6
Click photo above to learn the most recent news about Nabeel.
Ruth Thomson October 5
Click the photo above to learn more about the orphanage in Kusumi, Kenya where Ruth's son David assists. [9:55 minute YouTube video]
Mission Hub October 5
On Oct 25th, approximately 50 young people gathered together at Knox Church for 'Why commit your life to Christian Mission?' The event included a panel of 5 young missionaries who shared aspects of their testimonies and ministies with the audience. The event aimed to address some of the main concerns young people have about going into mission / ministry full time. It was a very special evening- thank God.
Hanneke Cost Budde October 5
My mom had a bad fall and is in the hospital with a broken leg, just below her hip. They have operated on her and put a pin in. So far she is OK but quite weak.
I have booked my flight to Holland and hope to get there on the 20st.
Thanks for your prayers!
This evening we had a good Bible study with Mfaume, Mahona and Jacky.It was on John 3 verses 1 to 16 and we read numbers 21,verse 4.. Mfaume was very thoughtful and had again some good questions. Keep praying!
The construction at Malumba will start tomorrow!!!!
Scott and Beth Hurd October 4
I'd like to provide a brief update on Anne's situation, since we now have some additional news.
We've been chatting with Anne and Coleman, Samuel and Eleanor pretty regularly over the past couple of weeks.
For several days leading up to September 26, Anne and Coleman left the little ones with grandparents and traveled to New Orleans, USA to a NET cancer conference, where they were able to meet with hundreds of others facing similar challenges from the same disease (NET cancer) and to hear a whole host of world-class medical experts discussing the latest trends, research and progress in treating NET cancer. Anne's own primary doctor was a speaker at the conference.
After the conference, (which was very positive, and at which they made many new and helpful contacts), Anne and Coleman met with her (now) primary doctor in Pennsylvania to discuss where things stand and the various symptoms that Anne has continued to experience.
Her doctor expressed real concern regarding these symptoms, validating her sense that things are definitely not "all behind us" following her surgery. She has been having numerous episodes of arrythymia (non-rythymic beating of the heart), tachycardia (very fast bursts of heartbeats) and (very) low blood pressure, along with a number of the usual symptoms associated with carcinoid syndrome (flushing, diarrhea, etc.). At this stage the feeling is that her surgery has done what it was intended to do, but she has had numerous complications (as we've shared previously). It has also highlighted the likelihood that there are still micro-tumours in her system not currently detectable with any of the scans being done, and that these are the most likely culprits contributing to the carcinoid syndrome symptoms. It does look as though the infections are under control for the time being, and for that we're very thankful. Despite her doctor's concern, his message was clear: that they have a plan, and will be very deeply involved in Anne's care and monitoring going forward. He is recommending some immediate treatment, and a systematic regimen of monitoring and testing going forward.
The first step is to start her on lanreotide (a specific drug used in treating NET cancer) immediately, to address the carcinoid symptoms. We are hoping that with a few months of this treatment her symptoms will improve, and hopefully she can return to a somewhat more normal routine. She's doing physiotherapy, but has lost a lot of weight and strength, and because of her low blood pressure she cannot be left alone, since she is at risk of falling / fainting.
We are so very thankful for the location and circumstances surrounding her care -- she is with loving family ("Thank You" doesn't even begin to express it, Hilary and Michael!), a wonderful husband (yay, Coleman!), and as far as we are able to assess, is receiving the best medical care available at this point. We continue to have confidence that God is at work (in a whole variety of ways -- some very subtle, and others quite obvious), and we pray that He will be glorified through these circumstances surrounding Anne's illness.
This new assessment does mean that they have been forced to cancel their plans to move to Canada in November. They will be remaining in Pennsylvania for the foreseeable future, as they work to understand the best treatment options and longer-term prognosis. This also brings with it some other significant questions about longer-term housing and living circumstances, schooling for the children, etc.
Anne's and Coleman's spirits are good, their confidence is in the right Place, and Anne has had a number of really good days recently. But, to be honest, there have been some real struggles and challenges as well, both for them and for us. We fully understand that it is not (and may never be) ours to understand this circumstance fully, and we can accept that, but it is very hard to see a loved one (especially a child) suffer when, particularly as parents, we'd trade places in an instant. The toughest moments come with the separation of distance, the significant uncertainty and all the unanswered questions, and the feeling of personal helplessness to do anything to improve the situation. It is in those moments that we have no other choice but to lean on God's strength and comfort, and treasure deeply the love and support of the community surrounding us.
We offer our sincere thanksgiving for each of you, personally, for your care and support, and for being part of our worldwide family that is praying for Anne & family and for us - we are profoundly grateful. Please continue to pray for Anne's healing and restoration, for God's hand to be evident throughout this time of challenge, and for Anne and Coleman to know His special sense of peace and comfort in the midst of turmoil.
Mission Hub October 4
We would like to extend a warm invitation for you to join us for a Social Media Workshop & Fellowship lunch on Thursday, Nov. 3rd from 11am - 2:45pm. This free day of training is part of the Missions Hub Engage! Series, which aims to equip and support Missions workers. Please see the registration details at the end of this message.
The morning workshop will be a refresher on the Twitter training that the Missions Hub facilitated in 2015. The afternoon workshop on Facebook will be the main focus of the day. The Facebook workshop will be led by Darren Lung and Matt Brodie from Power to Change National Communications Team.
Nov. 3rd Schedule:
10:30 - 11: Arrival and Coffee
11-11:15: Welcome and Opening Devotional
11:15 - 12: Twitter Refresher (Martin Lamb; New Tribes Mission)
12-12:45: Lunch and Fellowship (A lunch of Nicaraguan food will be provided)
12:45 - 2:30: Facebook Training (Darren Lung, Matt Brodie; Power to Change)
2:30 - Closing Prayer and Departure
If possible, come with a Twitter account and Facebook page already set-up.
Facilitated by Darren Lung and Matt Brodie, P2C
Facebook is an essential tool for connecting with people today. Together, we will explore strategies for using Facebook to build awareness and engagement in missions. Learn how to cut through all the noise on Facebook and tell a story that really matters. Participants may come with questions.
**Darren Lung currently serves as the Global Missions Director with Power to Change. Darren graduated from Carleton University with a Public Affairs and Policy Management degree in 2007 and joined staff with Power to Change (P2C) that year. After moving to Calgary, he realized that he left the girl of his dreams behind in Montreal, and quickly remedied that by asking her out and 10 months later, they were married! After leading the ministry at the U of C (Calgary) for a few years, Darren and Tara decided to follow God’s leading to Western Europe where they spent two years in Glasgow. They returned to Canada with their kids Sebastian and Ophelia, where they re-launched the Queen’s P2C ministry. Darren is passionate about; traveling the world, photography, eating & making delicious food, and working up a sweat at the gym.
***Matt Brodie graduated from University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration in 2015. He serves as a social media coordinator for Power to Change - Students (P2C or P2C-S) out of their national office in Guelph. He married Jen in May 2016. She is also working for P2C-S on campus in Guelph, and together they enjoy playing board games, making and eating great food, and exploring cities.
To register, visit this form: https://goo.gl/forms/hfqmRYBhZmZt6u1Q2 Space is limited, so please do register. If you have any trouble, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hanneke Cost Budde September 30
I am in Mwanza now and hope to get to Tabora tomorrow. Just booked my flight to Holland, got Mahona's laptop fixed, went for some shopping to the new mall where Jacky went for the first time in her life into an elevator, went to visit Ngassa and Kashinje (Ngassa is doing better!), went out to the Sizzler with Shinae, Phil, Jeanette and Jacky. All in one day!
I did some emailing and it looks like we finally have success in getting a well drilling company to come to Tabora. I will let you know if and when for sure. It looks very hopeful!
Martha Kennedy September 29
Just a fun update! As you may or may not know, I was in Costa Rica for a week (just got back a week ago!). I assisted in teaching dance through OM Arts (or course, same organization I did the Incarnate Arts Program with in Italy this passed spring).
Anyway, click here for a video from the weekend, sharing the teaching of art in mission, and the power in worship through the arts! Hope you enjoy (you may spot me a few times!!).
Happy birthday Dr. Owen! September 30
Hanneke Cost Budde September 29
The bricks are transported as of tomorrow. Next week we hope that the building will start.
I took the 3 little ones to school in Kahama last Friday. Mfaume is still waiting to see what college he will get into. It is such a long wait here. Mahona is at home waiting for his first job assignment. Pray for him as he had several spots again on his skin which needed treatment. Dr. Kathrin had given me special cream for him to kill cancer cells. The treatment is for 3 days and causes inflammation first which is quite painful. Pray for him!
Jacky is at home and we are giving her some cooking lessons. She learned to make chapatis (flat breads) and yesterday she made banana cake.
This Friday we will go to Mwanza as I have to see Ngassa and Kashinje. Ngassa is doing better and Kashinje is now walking without crutches! Praise the Lord.
Jim Mason September 29
Please click here for my October prayer opportunities.
Xerggyo and Hil September 28
Amigo, our resident permit is ready,
thank you for every one, who made possible this real challenge for us:
financially, faithfully, for the encourage, prayer, the logistic area, and friendship.
We have one year resident permit.
Hanneke Cost Budde September 27
The road is improved a bit now, so we are starting to move the bricks from in town to the clinic site, probably tomorrow.
Mfaume is going into town each day to see if he has been accepted in a college. Pray he won't get discouraged and that in all this he may learn to trust Jesus.
Mahona Pascal September 26
Today I have a very bad day I am having a big pain on my head and chest! I hope there's a need to have surgeries on my head and chest again! There's some development of lesions! Tonight there's some bleeding on the lesion on my chest and some fluids on my head!
Hope and pray God will easy the pain I feel!
Xerggyo and Hil September 26
They had an appointment with the embassy on the 24, but their papers for their visa was not complete. They need to visit the M embassy in the capital city to secure further paperwork. They appreciate your prayer on their behalf.
Bill Fitch September 25
Some of you already know that Henry Wedende, my chief of staff in L2L Kenya, is here in Canada for a few weeks. But you didn't know that I was planning to put him on a bike for next week's Ride for Refuge! We're riding to raise funds in support of L2L's growing work with refugees in both Kenya & Tanzania - and Henry will not only get to put the money to good use over there, but also to help raise it here with the sweat of his brow.
There's a problem, though: he doesn't know many people over here, and his East African friends are unlikely to get involved in a 'thon'. So I thought of our L2L donors: if many of you put in just a small amount, his funding goal would be easily met. Would you consider this? By clicking on the link below you'll be taken to his personal fundraising page, and it's easy from there. All gifts are welcome, no matter how small - I'm thinking of many people each giving $5 or $10 (though the threshhold for receiving a tax receipt is $20).
This will be the first active fundraiser of his life - let's show him the power of many small acts of generosity. Thanks!Here's the link to his personal page: