Monday, March 30, 2015

February 2015 Kid Update

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Ashley, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor serving His Kingdom in Eastern Africa.  As God promised Abraham we have been blessed to be a blessing in this season. 
Lillian traveled out to Maasai Land on a Rosslyn Academy CFS (Cultural Field Study) to spend a week serving with Mission:180. They spent the majority of the time working in the orphanage caring for kids birth to four years of age - loving on the kids and providing the care givers some much needed rest and encouragement.  The orphan side of the mission had construction ongoing so they got in some hard labor helping the local builders - though we know the guys likely had to redo the work while the kids slept :) 
Ella Jade has me extra proud this week.  She has been trying to recruit some girls for a early morning Bible study and mentoring group with one of the young ladies from high school.  This morning they had two girls show up for a 7am breakfast.  Considering the time and insane Nairobi traffic I count this a great beginning.  Pray with Ella Jade that more girls will feel called to participate and help each other grow in understanding of The Word.  
Duncan is wrapping up the basketball season this weekend with a tournament at Rift Valley Academy (Boarding school run by Africa Inland Mission).  He has really enjoyed the program and plans to continue to work on skills and get physically stronger to enhance his play at forward in the off season.  Particularly impressive is the emphasis at Rosslyn on personal character development.  Here Coach Sampson is spending time during practice visiting some character building opportunities.  Wonderfully healthy environment for these kids.  
We would love to hear from you.  How are you doing?  What can we be praying with you about?  Just to reconnect.  We are in our seventh year overseas and realize we have dropped the ball on keeping in touch with many of you.  We are hoping this new (to us) system will help us do that better.  Thanks for praying for and encouraging us along the way. 

Proclaiming Christ Crucified in South Sudan

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Ashley, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor serving His Kingdom in Eastern Africa.  As God promised Abraham we have been blessed to be a blessing in this season. 

Proclaiming Christ Crucified 

Is the message that keeps appearing for me recently. Being just back from hosting a team in South Sudan where things are so hard for so many maybe this is my reminder to Keep Things Simple Stupid.  

"And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."
1 Corinthians 2:2-5
Our team was from a church in South Carolina with the intent of previewing the work being done by With Open Eyes, GAIN and EPC Harvesters in order to determine where their church could partner missionaly.  An amazing group of folks willing to bounce around in a small plane, along hard "roads", stay in rough motels and share a ton of encouragement with foreign and indigenous missionaries willing to serve in this daunting environment.  
Africa Inland Mission air wing is such an invaluable ministry in this region.  There just aren't roads like you consider in the West available to get you where you need to be.  
Spending time in worship with a Mobile Messenger church plant outside of Lui.
The team prayed for the congregation and for Pastor Francis as they await planting season and worry about the ongoing civil war. 
The best way for evangelists to reach deeper into the bush in this part of the world. 
Bush motel and field fix for a split tire.  Don't be too jealous of our comforts here.  
This is your typical bush shelter in South Sudan.  This one is a one room school house but you will see them as a community meeting hall, church or crop storage - or all of the above.  

I'm looking forward to seeing some brothers from First Pres in Egypt in just a couple of weeks.  Should be a great time of fellowship with many in His service. Thank you for the five minutes of your time this day after Palm Sunday.    What a wonderful season we are in.
God's Peace upon you all.  

MacGregor