This month has been one for the books! We have not been hindered from ministry at all which has been a huge victory as we have run HARD to push farther into the rural villages of the chiefdom. We completed two back-to-back conferences in my area, reaching over 800 people! These 2-day Farming God’s Way Conferences teach sustainable farming methods while also preaching the Gospel that overturns every curse and power of darkness (Colossians 2:15). We partner both sides to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the people because both are important. You can’t neglect either because you could help their physical needs alone, but then their eternity remains unchanged which is a worse fate! But to love the people in word and deed, their temporary time on earth also needs attention. In this case, empowering the people to be sustainable and have a livelihood by teaching agricultural techniques that produce better crop yields. As people gather to hear the Word of the Lord, we prepare a meal to feed EVERY person that attends, no matter the cost. We feed the people to show love while also feeding their spirits to come to know the Truth of what God declares about being children of God. So this is one way we minister to meet eternal and temporary needs.
This month also marks a major transition as our Discipleship School students complete their 6-month training! We will be graduating them from the program next week which is such a crazy thought! As the course finishes up, we interviewed each student this week for feedback on the program that will help us improve it for future groups and to see the vision God has given each student for their lives. All are desiring to continue in ministry and we will be placing them in assignments alongside us to continue their discipleship training with outgoing ministry. I am excited for gaining two more strong men of God in my team of indigenous disciples to reach Nyakasea chiefdom that spans from the Angola border to the Congo border! It amazes me how Holy Spirit confirms the call to each of us as the students speak and Holy Spirit impresses upon everyone in our team where they fit based on God’s specific will revealed to each of them.
Check out the photos below that were taken during one of the students’ interviews.
Here is a short introduction video of all our student disciples exhibiting how much they’ve grown these last 6 months as they completed Dr. Leon’s Bible Institute courses. Daniel and Cliff will be joining me in serving Nyakasea Chiefdom!