WEEKLY NEWS, DECEMBER 8, 2019

WE ARE THINKING ABOUT . . .
. . . . and have in our prayers Madison Stone, granddaughter of Troy and Leana Futrell, as she left for Kasempa, Zambia, on Thursday, Dec. 5th. She will be there for 2 years, teaching the children of the medical missionaries and taking part in other activities. We pray God’s richest blessings on her!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
A large group enjoyed good food and excellent fellowship at the Millers‘ Open House. Appreciation is extended to the hosts and hostesses
Norma Bryan
Pat DeVore
Ken & Gail Darnell
Bob & Doris Foster
Don & Paula Welch
Cary & Brenda Miller

HELPING HANDS PANTRY
Needs – Plastic bags, shampoo, tooth brushes & paste
Thank you!

OUR SPECIAL HOLIDAY FELLOWSHIP . . .
. . . takes place today, Sunday, December 8th after our morning worship assembly. All the stuffed animals, with no button eyes, have been waiting for this day, so that they can go to Seton Care-AVan and bring comfort to some boy or girl undergoing a medical trauma.
But we, the congregation, have been looking forward to this fellowship, very much too, because it is a very special one, having Doug & Diane Wheeler once more in our midst! Doug has his final and energetic report about his former work in Nigeria in Bible class, and he will also preach for us. Thanks for coming, Doug & Diane!

MORE CALENDAR NEWS FOR DECEMBER
• Monday, 16th — Elders Meeting @ 9:00 AM
• Wednesday, 18th — Soup Luncheon @ 11:30 AM in the fellowship room.
• Wednesday, 18th — Visitation team meets in the library @ 6:30 PM.
• Sunday, 22nd — Marvin Whitt, from Cherokee Home, guest speaker.
• Tuesday, 24th, — NO FOOD PANTRY!
• Wednesday, 25th — No classes, it is Christmas Day.
• Tuesday, 31st — last day of 2019, NEW YEARS EVE!

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

Nigerian Evangelism – Mike Udam Report

This is a report from one of the Nigerian evangelists we help support. Please keep Mike Udam and the brethren in Nigeria in your prayers. For the elders, Ken D

I greet you in the name of the Lord. Our God has been faithful in guiding and providing for me to work in his vineyard. I sincerely thank you and your congregation for supporting my work out here.

In 2019, my evangelism yielded 8 baptisms, 5 restorations and the strengthening of the church at Ukpe planted by the church at Ukpagada, where I serve as the minister. In the year under review, I made 12 trips across the length and breadth of the country to speak at lectureships and seminars covering several kilometers on road. I also traveled outside the country to Kenya and spent 10 days building capacity in the church leaders there. In my WBS team, we recorded a slight growth from last year. We enrolled additional 300 students this year and we have been following up on the students. As a team, we preached thrice at Ukpe, and thrice at different locations within Ogoja area.

For 2020, it is my desire to share with you my work plan.
Lord willing, as a church, we intend to focus on another nearby village and see to the planting of a congregation there like we did to Ukpe and today, to the glory of God, the church has stood and doing well. As a church, I intend to lead them to complete the mission house we started last year. One importance of the mission house is to cut down our expenses during our annual lectureship that has assumed a national status. Because of the bad road that I thread often, the wear and tear on my car bought 5 years ago has increased my expenditure on car maintenance. Therefore I desire a new one and I shall need $4000 for it. I have done some savings and will be able raise $1500. Your support will go a long way in strengthening my work as I go about teaching God’s word around the country. My mission team is also planning a mission trip to Kenya and Tanzania in March 2020 to build capacity in the church leaders there. Our first trip to Kenya this year exposed us to congregations that liberal in nature – women leading in songs, dancing during worship, hand clapping during worship, taking of tithe and very weak evangelism strategies. So we intend to go spend two weeks with the leadership of over a hundred congregations too, in Nairobi, Mombassa in Kenya and Arusha in Tanzania. As a person,
$1000 will be able to take care of my ticket to and fro Kenya. I covet your prayers and support in this regard.

Lastly, in conjunction with other preachers around the country, we shall be pushing the gospel to the North east state of Taraba with WBS seminars. Three seminars are being proposed depending on the funds available. A seminar will require $500. This is to cover the transportation and accommodation of the speakers and the feeding of the participants.

I am consoled by the words of the wise one in Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works unto the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.” These are my plans as a person, but again it only depends on the approval of the almighty and the availability of funds and good health to make it a reality.
God bless you. Mike Udam – The saved must be well taught to stay saved

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