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Friday, July 3, 2009

Love Letters (News): July 2009

View Love Newsletter 2009-07

Above is the link to the newsletter in PDF format for printing and easy reading. You can also download it and print it out from there.

 

Below is a copy of the text from the newsletter:

Everything has slowed down a bit here since most of the visitors from America left during the first part of July. Our family has moved where the Bruingtons used to live before they left. The bigger house has been a great blessing to us now that we have three children. The people who come to the weekly Bible studies are continuing to grow in understanding and love for others.

Kankuwa Church Update

In the last newsletter, I mentioned a man named Gladson. He had been persecuted by his family because of his father Sawanda. Well, about a week after writing the last newsletter, Gladson was physically attacked by his brothers with the support of Sawanda, his father. He escaped by fleeing from his village. Since then, he has been renting a house in a nearby village, while getting ready to build a new house.

Still after being attacked, Gladson has refused to go to the police. He has forgiven his father and brothers and continues to pray that they can change their hearts and come back to God.

Gladson has lost all of his possessions and continues to love those who attacked him. His example has truly been a blessing to the Kankuwa church.

At the same time while building his new house, he has continued to help lead the church. They have completed the new church building, organized a seminar for August, and continue teaching and inviting everybody in the area to learn about Jesus.

In the past three months, they have gone from 8 people to about 40. About 20 people have returned and many visitors are now regularly attending. These people have seen the love of God through Gladson and now they are also following Jesus without fear.

Because everyone has heard what has happened to Gladson, many Christians from the other churches in Mumena want to help him. They have arranged a work day on August 29th where they will be making mud bricks for his house.

All of this has shown how God can turn an evil situation into a blessing for His family.

John 13:35 “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – HCSB

Family News

This month we moved into our new house. In addition to moving, I also have been building some furnishings that were unfinished.   Now we have a place for everything and can organize our house. This really helps us feel at home here. Also, Matthew’s birthday was last month. He was glad to have some of his friends, the Bruces, visit from Solwezi. We played many games like bobbing for apples and musical chairs.

With the campaigners gone, there are four families remaining: Don & Rita Boyd, Brian & Sondra Davis, Phil & Paula Sullivan, and us. Phil & Paula are here for six months to help the team and work with different projects like well drilling and education. More than that, Paula has been a great help for Karen with the children.

We are glad to be a part of this team and can see how God is blessing the Kaonde through our combined efforts.

 

May God bless you and your family,

Rick and Karen Love