Monday, July 28, 2008

Pray for Upcoming Seminar

Greetings, friends! I promised I would start "blogging" with regularity. So, here is the first attempt. As many of you know, I've just returned to Malawi. The trip was uneventful. It was so nice to see family and friends, especially my wife, mkazi wanga, Leanne. I resumed preaching this week at the Njewa prayer house, a village church about 5 kilometers from campus. This Saturday, I am scheduled to participate in a seminar at the Kanin'ga CCAP (Pres.) church on "Christ-Centered Preaching." It's an event one of my friends and fellow ABC'ites Jay Stoms set up. My role will be lecturing on "Christ, The Center of Scripture." Do pray for this event and the subsequent events to follow. Kanin'ga, like many churches, preaches texts with a moralistic emphasis, rarely citing and exposing the direct links to the gospel from the texts. This is our small attempt to help educate toward a Christ-centered end. They are excited and so are we. Pray for a big attendance (Kanin'ga is the largest church in the central region of Malawi and the most influential) and a gracious response. Our aim is certainly not to demonstrate what we know, but to elevate the importance of presenting the gospel from all of Scripture. Praise God that this church even wants to pursue these types of endeavours. That's rarely the case in African churches. So, please pray for this opportunity and its success that we hope will root for years to come.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Update

I want to thank everyone who has sent emails telling us you are praying daily for our family. That means so much to us because if it weren’t for those prayers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing.

Sam took Mrs. Louise to a neurologist last Monday (June 30) and they ran some more tests. He found out that the meningioma is calcified. He said it has probably been there for a while. Thank you God that it is not growing. They went back Wednesday (July 2) for some more tests. They haven’t received the results of those tests yet. Please pray that they will show everything will be fine. Continue to pray for peace and comfort through this for all of us. It’s hard to live so far away when a loved one has health problems.

Sam and Molly Grace are planning on returning to Malawi July 13, so please pray for safe travels. Pray also that they will be able to get some rest, that all their luggage arrives when they do, that immigration and customs will go smoothly, etc.

Please continue to pray for Amber Elizabeth, Sarah Rose, and me as we are anxious to have the rest of our family with us. This is the longest we have ever been apart from each other. We miss them terribly.

Thank you again and we love y’all,
LeAnne (for all 5 of us)
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