Hanneke Cost Budde August 31
I am recovering from Malaria, Bronchitis and still cough a lot due to Asthma. Yesterday and today I went to Manoleo. Today 20 sick people. Now I am home waiting for dr.Bucheye the vet. He will help teach a seminar on how to raise chickens together with another teacher. The seminar is for 25 poor women with children.
Nabeel Qureshi August 31
Dear Friends and Family,
This is an announcement that I never expected to make, but God in His infinite and sovereign wisdom has chosen me for this refining, and I pray He will be glorified through my body and my spirit. My family and I have received the news that I have advanced stomach cancer, and the clinical prognosis is quite grim. Nonetheless, we are going to pursue healing aggressively, both medical and miraculous, relying on God and the fact that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
In the past few days my spirits have soared and sank as I pursue the Lord's will and consider what the future might look like, but never once have I doubted this: that Jesus is Lord, His blood has paid my ransom, and by His wounds I am healed. I have firm faith that my soul is saved by the grace and mercy of the Triune God, and not by any accomplishment or merit of my own. I am so thankful that I am a child of the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed in the Spirit. No, in the midst of the storm, I do not have to worry about my salvation, and for that I praise you, God.
Unfortunately this means I am no longer able to engage in traveling ministry for the time being. I am canceling almost all my speaking events, with a few exceptions. From this point on until such a time as the Lord might choose to heal me, I intend to blog or vlog about my journey with cancer, transparently offering my heart, thoughts, and struggles in case they might encourage others and glorify God. I will no longer be with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, though it has been an absolute privilege to be on the team for the past 3 years. My third book, No God But One: Allah or Jesus?, launched today, and I still intend to write my next book, 20 Questions Muslims Ask and the Answers that Convert Them. Beyond that, the Lord knows.
Friends and family, may I ask you to fast and pray fervently for my healing? I do not profess to know the will of the Lord, but many of my close friends and confidants are convinced that this is a trial through which the Lord intends to bring me alive and refined. May His will be done, and may I invite you to seek Him in earnest, on your knees, fasting on my behalf, asking our Yahweh Rapha for healing in Jesus' name.
And as you pray and fast, "I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:18-20)
For His Glory,
Jim Mason August 30
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Hanneke Cost Budde August 30
I just came back from Mwanza where Thomas, my co-worker [above] had a ganglion Cyst removed from his hand. This cyst started after he had a motorcycle accident. Knowing the medical system and the neglect in the medical facilities he was so scared that he did not want to go. I told him I would take him to the doctor at the hospital in Mwanza who had treated Ngassa and Kashinje as well. I told him to first see the doctor and then decide if he wanted the surgery.
Dr. Isodor recognized Thomas's fear and put him right at ease by checking him carefully and discussing the different options he had. Thomass finally did agree that surgery was the best option. He was so pleased with his treatment. They gave him a local anesthetic and while this was given to him dr. Isodor was keeping his mind occupied with many comments and questions so that Thomas did not even realize they had started the procedure. It was quite funny and things went well.
Went to the office at Manoleo dispensary today. No medicine at all except for oral re-hydration salts! The worker..a lab technician- was very discouraged so I told him to examine and test people for Malaria and do stool and urine tests. He then send them on to me. He prescribed Amoxicillin as if it were candy so I had to change some of his prescriptions. By the end of the day I had received a total of 24 sick people. Many children with Malaria and several with Asthma and urinary tract infections. The worker from the dispensary came by to thank me. He felt so bad for the people as many come from 40 to 50 km away and many walk the distance carrying the sick child on their backs.
They have been promised that medicine will come this week...maybe only birth control pills!
Mahona has the flue again. I hope to connect with him on Skype today.
Mahona Pascal August 30
I am sorry, I know that you have missed so much to hearing from me of what these past months has been for me! Well, the past exams at the university are well, and I am thankful for your prayers , encouragements and financial. God has a wonderful reward for you in Heaven!
This is for now! I can hardly looking forward to share how these few past months has looked like.
I am feeling sick and having flu.
Margaret Tilbury August 21
A service to celebrate Margaret's life is planned for Knox Church on Thursday, September 1 at 11 am, followed by a light luncheon.
"I remember sitting with Margaret drinking tea in her kitchen some years ago. She loved visitors and we talked about her love for cats. She did not think she could have one so she enjoyed Les and Myrna's cat instead. I can still see her with the cat in her arms loving every moment of holding it. I think her life was not easy and I enjoyed her positive attitude. She trusted God. I am glad she is at rest.--Hanneke
Leah Hopp August 28
Remember Leah as she travels back to Ugana
Luke and Yuko Elliot August 26
Thank you so much for praying for our mini-van, and for our holiday. Although our van is still at the dealers waiting to be fixed (we hope!), the dealer has temporarily provided us with an SUV at no cost. The space is a little tight, but it allowed us to go to the coast of Miyagi for our holiday and the dealer has said it is okay for us to use it on our ministry trip to Hokkaido next week. Please continue to pray for our van.
We continue to give thanks for the Lord's blessing on the Bible camps that were held at ACC in July and August. It is our prayer that photos and testimonies from these camps will inspire other churches and Christian parents to encourage their children to attend--and to invite there friends! If you haven't already, we invite you to take a moment to enjoy some photos of these camps at https://www.facebook.com/acc.moya/
At the same time, we are sad that the teen camp had to be cancelled for lack of participants. Also, a local church that was going to use ACC this weekend for a three day youth camp also cancelled because too many of their youth pulled out due to school exams. Please pray for this very hard to reach demographic, that ways can be found to draw them out of their all-consuming routines to a place where they will come face to face with Christ.
Please pray for the College & Career bbq being held here tomorrow (Saturday), that all 20 or so will make it and that the iffy weather won't detract from the quality of their time spent together before the Lord.
Please also pray for Luke as he does an ACC Sunday at Goshogawara Evangelical Church this Sunday (sermon and presentation on ACC ministry), and for Yuko who will take the kids to our regular place of worship.
Please especially pray for our ministry trip to Hokkaido next week, and for Luke as he works to finish preparing his two messages on time. On the Saturday, he will be speaking to a pre-evangelism quilting group at a quilt exhibition hosted by Sakae Evangelical Church (where we did our training designation) and will preach the following day at the Autumn Special Evangelism worship service. We will also do a presentation on the ministry at ACC.
May the Lord bless and keep each of you as transition out of summer.
Scott and Beth Hurd August 23
We are all breathing slightly easier this evening. Thank you for the persistent prayers for Anne's sustaining and welfare through these latest complications.
Thanks to all for the persistent prayers. Please continue to pray for healing of the infection and strength and stamina as Anne recovers both from the surgery (now, one month ago) and this latest round of complications.
Hanneke Cost Budde August 22
The graduation was wonderful! There must have been over 1000 people. It is a huge event with lots of soda's, bottled water and at the end a huge meal for all which was catered. Jacky was so happy to see us and came running over to give us a big hug. Both Kiri and Baraka were part of the guards. Poor Faraja was not allowed to see us. He was in the dorm with all the other younger kids. I gave Kiri a note for him. The feats started at 7.30 am and finished by 5 pm!
We gave Jacky a phone for when she gets to her Secondary school and a nice watch. She was thrilled!
When we were leaving she gave me a note to read at home. Once again I was moved to rears when I read it. Wow! I have such wonderful kids!! I am including this in my email as well as some pictures of the kids. Kiri is wearing the read uniform and poses with one of her friends. Baraka was wearing green. He looks a bit unhappy as he knows that I am not pleased with his latest antics. I reassured him that I love him but do not love his behavior when he causes harm.
They will all come home for a short break in September.
Photo: Naomi, Jackie and Hanneke.
Jackie and freind
Baraka and Jackie
Jackie's letters to Hanneke
Mahona Pascal August 20
Dave and Susan Jeffery August 20
Thanks so much to everyone who prayed regarding wedding prep for Leanne and Jonathan’s big day on Aug. 13th. All the necessary preparations got made on time. Leanne got a bit emotional late on Friday evening tying off loose ends…even with our help, but slept well and was her delightful self for her wedding day.
Mahona Pascal August 17
My project is going very well would bring to the university soon! I hope after the coming week!
Rosemary Walker August 16
Hi from Muskoka, where I'm beginning to unwind after a busy summer - well, a busy year. My brother Dave and two friends were here to welcome me at the family cottage, but left on Thursday. I hope to visit Montreal, then report in for work at Stoney Creek in early September. My assignment there is from September through December.
I'd like to express my deep appreciation to all of you who have encouraged and helped out with this summerr's international Bible class and special events. It has been a great joy for me to team-teach with you, Diana, Elaine, Rudo and Emi and to be able to share God's love and Word with such wonderful students from China, Japan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Korea, Viet Nam and Iran with you, Diana, Elaine, Emi, Margery, Nancy, Maureen, Sandy, Carol, Mary Beth, Ken, Adel and Magda - whether in the class, at Centre Island, High Park, Niagara Falls or at Nancy's home or at Maureen's home. Wow, what a privilege! I was also most grateful for the help of our drivers for different events - Nancy, Diana and Daniel, Sandy and Carol, Mary Beth, Ken and Adel and Magda.
I was also encouraged by the interest shown in the summer Bible studies. Most of our students were Chinese, and some of them were visiting scholars who seemed to have never had a Bible or attended church or a Bible class. Last Sunday, four teachers and 17 students were present, including some from the Monday ESL class, 4-5 newcomers and those who gave their testimony. During the service, I believe that Henry was in the nursery for the first time, Ray and Kathy's little boy played outside with their mothers near-by and Jack attended Junior Church for the first time. This was the first time in their life for Julian and Jack to come to a Christian worship service. We had lots of drivers for the buffet at Maureen's, and quite a few Chinese conversations were going on in the garden and inside! Thanks so much to all who contributed to the delicious buffet, and to you, Maureen, for opening your door once again to the international students of Knox Church. What a lovely way to end off the summer international ministry.
I'll be praying for you and the team, Samantha, as you pick up the ministry again in the fall. May the good seeds sown over the past year spring up into eternal life for a good number of our dear students. (By the way, Eric, Donna and little Henry will be returning to China in October, and Justin in March - I believe). May they go with God. I know that Eric and Donna have an English Bible, but am not sure if Justin received one on Sunday.
On Sunday, Dr. Ling was asking about the date the Monday classes will begin again, and I didn't know. Sorry, I found this date in an email from you, Sam, this past week. So, if any of you see any of our students, please tell them that the Monday classes are to begin again on September 19th. Also, if you see an of them at the Sunday morning service please welcome them warmly and encourage them to stay for the coffee hour.
It has been a privilege to work with you all, and I will miss you, the international students and Knox Church terribly! I may show up at the morning service on Sunday, September 4th, if I don't need to be at Cheyne Presbyterian Church, Stoney Creek, by then. Your prayers for the new international ministry starting up at Cheyne would be much appreciated, of course, as for my next assignment. Our AIM personnel director, Rev. Murray Schmidt, is looking into a two-year assignment for me in French Africa, to begin in mid-January. Of course, my first desire would be to return to the DR Congo, but other possible countries are Comoro Islands, Madagascar or Chad, as they are the main French-speaking countries where AIM is presently working. (If you don't receive my prayer up-dates and would like to do so, please just let me know.)
John Vissers August 15
If you would like to hear John Vissers at Knox on August 15, you can click here.
Scott and Beth Hurd August 13
Herewith a brief update on Anne's health after our return to Singapore last Friday.
Round Lake Bible Camp August 13
Knox folk, Izad, Alvin Sim and Don Nicol were cousellors and chapel speaker at Round Lake Bible Camp, on the north shore of Round Table Lake one hour south of Thunder Bay is the venue for seven weeks of camp each summer. Campers arrive from a variety of home situations and for some of the campers; this is their spiritual week for the year.
Daily campfires, fishing, boating, organized games, ropes, chapel, swimming and tuck, keep the kids busy well beyond lights out. Excellent counsellors demonstrate Spiritual stability and encourage kids in their relationship with Jesus. The evening campfire camp song, “Round Lake Bible Camp, This is Round Lake Bible Camp….Day is done, Gone the sun, from the lake, from the hills, from the sky….God is nigh,” ushers the kids to their cabins for the night.
At one junior boys (10-12) campfire, golden clouds with red splashes bathe the hills, while the firelight highlights the kid’s’ faces. One 9 year old boy clutches his Teddy bear, tears run down his young face, as he recounts the hardships he is facing. His grandmother is very sick and he is asking God to preserve her life since his mother has already passed away.
Please pray for the young lives touched in so many ways during this vital summer ministry.
Luke and Yuko Elliot August 5
Just a reminder that regular photo updates of what is happening here at the Aomori Christian Center are available at https://www.facebook.com/acc.moya/ which is now in English as well as Japanese.
We also give thanks that their are already a few bookings for the fall.
Hanneke Cost Budde August 4
Click here for my prayer letter. [Photo, my mother and I]
Hi again. I am at the garage as they need to fix my steering. I left my car there and walked to town to get the orders in for 42 uniforms for the orphans in Manoleo. There have been many deaths...even yesterday 2 people in a nearby village were brutally murdered. Now we have again more orphans. There is so much darkness in this area. I also went to buy a phone for Jacky's graduation present. She will need it when she goes to Sec.school. I bought one that has internet as well. It is white so she will love it. After shopping I had some lunch at a 'hoteli' Rice with beans, cabbage, Chinese greens and some tomato sauce and a small piece of watermelon, together with a soda for $1.50! As I was eating a beggar stood watching and after I finished he came with a small plastic bag and took my leftover rice
and went by all the tables to collect leftovers for his lunch. It is such a common but pathetic picture. Now I am back at the garage. The 'fundi's' went out for lunch and so I am waiting.....
So it gives me time to write a long email. Thomas needs some surgery on his hand. I will take him to Ndalla hospital where dr. Isodori, the dr. who operated on Ngassa, will come for 3 days to help in surgeries. Mahona is now in Mwanza and I am so thankful for the extra support for him as he is in need of quite a bit of money for this project research. These are the latest for now. Take care and God bless,
Leah Hopp August 3
Leah will be at Knox on Sunday, August 7. She is enjoying time in Canada with family, including her twin.
Jacob and Natasha Chandler August 3
Introducing KWM workers, the Chandler family, MoveIn.
Natasha and Jacob live in a strategic neighbourhood in Toronto for reaching the nations where they pray regularly for their neighbours and seek opportunities to share Christ. They both grew up in Oakville, Ontario, but first met while studying at the University of Waterloo. They were married in 2014, and now have one son named Tobias, born in 2016.
Mahona Pascal August 2
Tomorrow! I am going to Mwanza! Pray for me and for strengthen
I am very tired with right now!
Luke and Yuko Elliot August 1
Kids' Bible Camp is almost upon us (Aug. 3-5)! We are now down to last minute preparations. The older kids, a couple of their cousins, Yuko's parents, and our two short term workers have begun living in the cabins in order to smooth the way for the campers, kitchen workers, counselors, and guest speaker who will be arriving Wednesday--making sure the bedding is in order, the curtains properly hung, finding out where the mice are getting in and then sealing off those openings with steal wool, cleaning the bath and making sure the shower works . . . . Praise, the Lord, everything is in order or on the way to being in order. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will work in each of the campers and staff, that those who don't know the Lord will put their faith in Him, and that those who do will grow in their faith.
After a year of having our Aomori Christian Center FaceBook page in Japanese only, we have finally made the leap and turned it bilingual. It is a great source for up-to-date photos of the work here. The link is https://www.facebook.com/acc.moya/ . The "acc" in the address stands for Aomori Christian Center, and "Moya" is a place name. ACC sits about half-way between Moya Peak on the northern fringe of the Hakkoda mountain range and Moya Village on the southern outskirts of Aomori City. ACC's nickname is Moya Camp.
We are grateful that most of the family remains well this week. Josiah had a high fever again today, and Luke has broken out in painful hives from head to toe because of an allergic reaction to the antibiotics he took for his throat infection last week, but we are still functional. Please pray for health and protection for all during Bible camp.