Posts Tagged "Africa"

Analyzing Africa

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

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In a nutshell, our trip to Africa was life changing. We’ve been back
for over two weeks now and I’m still analyzing what the Lord taught us
along the way and how that impacts future ministry. As much as we
struggled with the timing and cost of the trip, I believe it was
specially ordered by the Lord to teach us some valuable lessons.
Here’s a quick summary:

Principles
1. Scripture is sufficient – Let the Word of God explain itself;
understand every word; commit to simple obedience
2. Keep it reproducible – Limit your methods in order to multiply the message
3. Reach out to households – Look for Men of peace: those that show
Interest and have Influence to Impact others (Luke 10)

Practice
1. Daily Bible Studies – It was a joy to have multiple studies every
day, and I was surprised to learn many similarities between African
and Asian culture in the area of relationships and decision making.
2. Asking Questions – Lead others to discover what the Bible is teaching them
3. Examining every word – Instead of flooding a study with
cross-references, try to dig deep into a single passage and thoroughly
understand what God is saying in the immediate context.

Plan
God gave us some great instruction as we gleaned from the experience
and insights of our missionaries. We learned some keys to developing
an entry plan for Thailand and I am excited about reaching out to some
people from Burma here in the US, while we prepare a strategy for
Thailand and Burma. Our next major step is deputation (presenting our
vision for ministry to churches across America). We’re praying for the
Lord lead in the timing of being sent forth from our home church and
wisdom for the many decisions ahead. Missionary Kent Gossmeyer
preached a great message last evening about stepping out into the deep
(Psalm 107:23-24), and I’m confident that we will again see the
marvelous hand of the Lord as we trust him for the unknown.

Nat

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Safe and Sound in Amsterdam

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Anne and I survived the first leg of our return flight and are waiting at the gate for our ride to Detroit.

I’m feeling a little better, but totally drained of strength. I was finally able to keep a little food down for breakfast, and got some good sleep on the flight.

Next stop – USA!

Nat

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Returning Home

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Praise the Lord for a great time in Africa! Anne and I are ready to return home and appreciate your prayers for the long journey. We leave at 11:20, from Jo-burg, fly 11hrs to Amsterdam, 9.5hrs to Detroit and then another 2 hrs to Allentown. I’m fighting a virus which has robbed me of all strength, but the Lord is my healer and I’m confident that He will get us through.

Nat

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Learning from the Wilhite’s

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

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It was a real joy to spend our last few days in Africa with the Wilhite family, and to see their ministry in action.

We tagged along for a few Bible studies, gave our testimonies, I preached Sunday afternoon, and passed out tracts outside of two schools. Gospel literature is readily received here and it was a joy to see entire van loads of students reading the tracts.

We also enjoyed some good times of fellowship along the way, asking questions and receiving good advice for deputation. Bro. Jerry is always a challenge to me to cheerfully greet and witness to every creature.

Nat

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God’s Window

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

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South Africa is a beautiful land and the Wilhite’s took us on a scenic drive down to visit the Kuzel family in Nelspruit.

Along the way, we stopped at the Blyde River Canyon (3rd largest canyon in he world) and saw stunning evidence to the Genesis flood in the rock formations.

The highlight of the drive was a scenic overlook called, “God’s Window.” You can see for hundreds of kilometers and on a clear day can view Kruger Park and the edge of Mozambique. It was amazing to say the least, an quite difficult to capture in pictures. Oh, well, you’ll just have to come and experience it yourself. :-)

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