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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Bruington Questions and Answers

What you are presently doing?
Stacey and I had been assigned work at three preaching points and one existing church.

Monday afternoons we are teaching at the Mblungu School Area:
One hour with the students. This has just started last week.
We will begin adult bible study with the parents next week.
We pray this preaching point will be blessed by God and develope in to a new church plant.

Tuesday afternoons we are teaching at the preaching point called Sawanda Village:
With twenty to thirty adults attending. This has just started last week, I will report in my monthly update.

I teach the men.
Stacey teaches the women.
Savannah teaches the children.
We pray this preaching point will be blessed by God and develope in to a new church plant.
We had been teaching at the existing church Mutanda. The men of this church are assisting as we teach at the preaching points.

Wednesday afternoons we are at the new church plant Mushingashi:
This was a preaching point that began after the Medical Mission left and the local people asked for continued teaching.

Myself, Douglas, and Kasongo (two Zambian Brothers) had been teaching twelve to sixteen adults.
Savannah and Stacey have been teaching eighty plus kids.

As we taught some have been convicted. We have now over the past two months baptized sixteen individuals.

These baptisms have now changed our effort in this way:
I teach the men of this new church plant about thier own development and growth as children of God in His kingdom the Church.
We are teaching the elements and organization of Christ's New Testament Church.
We are teaching if I may humbly state what will take a lifetime of understanding spiritually and intellectually ". . . to observe all that Jesus commanded" (Matthew 28:20).

It is our intent that God will grant genuine understanding that these men and women will continue until we/they all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulliness of Christ.

Stacey is teaching these foundations to the women of the church. As Savannah continues to teach the children.
Douglas and Kasongo go out to individual houses to continue individual bible studies with the people of this area.

As they receive the word and as they are baptized into the church they come together with the church each Sunday for worship and continued study with myself and Stacey. On Sunday we average twenty adults and twenty children at the worship service.

Thursday afternoons we are at the new church plant Kambazhi:
This preaching point that began after the Medical Mission left and again the local people asked for continued teaching.

Myself, Douglas, and Kasongo (two Zambian Brothers) had been teaching twenty to thirty adults.
Savannah and Stacey have been teaching twenty plus kids.

As we taught some have been convicted. We have now over the past two months baptized twenty-eight individuals.
With these baptisms we have continued as above. On Sunday at worship we are averaging fifty adults and fourty children.

Fridays are our family day . . .
Myself, Stacey, Savannah, Lane, and True: we go do fun things together as a family.

Saturdays are for team meetings, catch-up on certain projects, and when possible rest (and this Saturday . . . answering your questions).


What plans you have for 2008 in church planting and training?

Until these churches and preaching points are firmly established, we will continue with them. I feel the men of Kambazhi will be ready to continue on thier own within the next two months. They have started with different men each week leading in prayer, leading in singing, administering over the breaking of bread, preaching, and teaching. We have had studies in each of these areas and we continue teaching these things of the church.

Sunday I have continued with the bible study, as we work weekly with each man's responsibility in serving the church so that on Sunday they are prepared for thier part in the worship service. There is somthing most amazing to set in the back of the church on Sunday and observe as the men: pray, sing, peach, and serve the Lord's Supper to fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

To think two months ago in this place was only confusion (many mixed religions) and darkness . . . and today . . . there is light, truth, and hope! PRAISE GOD!!!

As each area develops we will move on to our next assigned preaching points . . . only God knows our future plans, but for this man, my wife, and for our children we will continue to serve our God in this place . . . in this way . . . God's Way . . .

"Looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith" . . . let us all consider Him.

Bart

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