Our site was giving us problems, so we’ve not posted since March. I’ve added what was missed in this one posting.
60 Seconds: A message from Christie, 29 May 2014
Tuesday, May 20th, two bombs went off in a marketplace in Jos, Nigeria, staggered by half an hour. Our Nigerian TEN3 colleague, Christie, had driven through that very marketplace in a taxi earlier that very day unharmed. Many others were not so fortunate. An SIM employee was killed, along with her six-month-old baby and her sister. Her husband works at Kent Academy, the school where two of our staff attended while growing up. Many of you know of the abduction of more than 200 girls over a month ago from the school they were attending. But these are just a few incidents in an ongoing, almost daily, onslaught of violence by a terrorist group committed to wipe out Christianity in Nigeria. There have been at least two more bombings in the week since the twin blast in the Jos market. There have been other abductions and wholesale slaughter in numerous villages. Will you pray with us for our Nigerian Christian brothers and sisters in these turbulent, insecure times?
Hear what Christie says in her own words . . .
I want to sincerely express my profound gratitude to all who have prayed and are still praying for us in Nigeria, the Lord has kept us safe. The journey is becoming tougher, but our Lord Jesus is alive and He holds the keys of death and hades, so He is toughest. We were in class doing (TEN3 computer and Bible training) with teachers when the bomb blasted on May 20, 2014, less than a kilometer from the scene. Some of us would have been there if we were not doing the training, but we give thanks to God for sparing our lives. Even though our colleague . . . lost three cousins and some of us our friends and neighbors.
One fact was ascertained on Monday, May 19, 2014 in the training that some of us shed tears. We all saw how the Bible has freed us from bondage of different kinds in Africa and has transformed us to be what and where we are today. We were wondering what would have become of Africa if there was no Bible. (Comments by those taking the training): “During this training I was able to see the impact the Bible has made in the heart of man and in our society especially in our culture and traditions.” “I really love the Bible training a lot. I like the illustrations used for each story; the questions in every Bible passage stimulate the students to really think deep….” “I learnt from the story of Joseph that God prepares His people for greater tasks ahead, although the training might be difficult and painful, but the end is always worth the pain. I also learnt that in unity we can overcome any obstacle.”
And another note from Christie just yesterday, May 28th, at 3:20 PM Nigeria time: “Thank you all for praying for us; the Lord has been protecting us. This afternoon my husband and our children were almost at the scene of another bomb blast, but the culprit was caught and the bomb detonated immediately.
Praise the Lord! Please, pray for us more.”
Thank you for joining us in praising God for His power and sovereignty and for doing battle with us for those who are suffering in Nigeria and other countries.
“Remember . . . those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Heb. 13:3).
60 Seconds: Busy Week, 7 May 2014
Last week was a busy week:
Ken, our Chief Technology Officer and Gilbert, our Zambia Director presented at a conference in Kenya.
Christie, our Nigeria Director traveled to a city hours from her home to do teacher training.
We are grateful for the safe travel each had. We ask that you pray for fruit from these efforts and strength as each travel.
Please pray for Nigeria where the Boko Haram is so active and, in particular, for the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by this group.
Bonnie will be buried on Thursday. Jim asked for focused prayer for Karen as Sunday is Mother’s Day.
Thank you for holding our team up.
60 Seconds: Art Show and Answers, 24 April 2014
Houghton College’s senior art exhibition begins this Friday and runs through mid-May.
We are excited and grateful that our son Anthony’s work is in the exhibition. He’ll be graduating this May.
Anthony made both the table he is setting up in this picture and the ceramic chandelier above the table.
Anthony would appreciate your prayer for his future endeavors.
Thank you for praying for Christie, our Nigeria Director, as she presented to the general church council. The ministry of TEN3 was well received, and there is interest in getting involved with us. You also prayed for the presentation to the youth. Christie reported that good contacts came from this meeting.
60 Seconds: An Answer and An Requests, 9 April 2014
Thank you for praying that one of our staff’s daughter would get the nursing internship. She was accepted this week.
Our TEN3 Nigeria director will be presenting to the church council of a denomination of several million April 10th. This will help the churches know how TEN3 can serve them in educating their people. Please pray that God will open doors, and we can be a benefit to them as we all strive to glorify our Lord. She will also be offering a Mothers & Media workshop on April 19th. Pray that people will learn how to have GUTs (Godly Use of Technology) at this workshop.
Please pray for one of our board members who is having health issues and heavy responsibilities at work