IMPORTANT NEWS FOR PRAYER
| ||Please pray for me (Steve). I went into the emergency 3/12 with difficulty breathing. It turns out I have an infection that has enlarged my heart and function has decreased significantly. Pray for me that this will not be a permanent condition. Thanks|
As relationships grow, our Ministry deepens!
| ||The trip to Nepal in January, was one of our most fruitful trips ever. Our relationships with key leaders in Nepal is deepening and that is leading to more effective teamwork. Our relationships with the Pastors we teach is deepening and that is leading to a greater impact in their lives.|
The trip in January was so encouraging. Mark Avery, the Director of Touch Nepal was able to go with us and together with Beki and Satya
I went to 2 remote locations: Nawalparasi and Sindhupalchowk. These two areas are part of a growing number where we are training Pastors who have NEVER received any formal training. Lord willing, our training will cover 3 years and give these Pastors the equipment to lead their churches, train new leaders and send out church planters to plant new churches throughout Nepal!
Connie joined me as we went to Hetauda to train Bible Students. It was so exciting to see her teaching Biblical Counseling to these young men and women.
We have put together a larger report with some great pictures to give you more
details on what God accomplished in Nepal. It will be a blessing. You can find it in the Ministry Updates section.
In April, I will be returning to Nepal for the second of 4 trips this year. Each trip will be about a month. This is part of the 3 year training ministry to equip Pastors. Please pray for safety as the travel to these areas can be challenging.
I’m also working on expanding the ministry to Africa, I hope to have more details in my next update.
Also, Connie and I will return to Sri Lanka in August/September to continue training Pastors, wives and leaders in that great country.
God has opened up a new field for us!
| || Our trip to Sri Lanka was an answer to prayer as God showed us that this is a place where we can minister for years to come. God used us to encourage the people of Sri Lanka and he used them to encourage us! Pastor Bernard (interpreting for Connie) is an amazing man with an amazing family. Our hearts were knit together as we dreamed together about future ministry. We were overwhelmed with the answers to prayer we saw. Thank you for enabling us to go and serve God in this beautiful country.|
New friendships were forged
God gave us strength & health
The Spirit empowered our teaching
We fell in love with the people of Sri Lanka
God opened the door for many future trips in the years to come.
We are headed to Sri Lanka
| ||Our first trip to Sri Lanka - To equip Pastors, Leaders & Wives|
Connie and I will invest our March in this nation of over 20 million people. Only about 1.3% Bible Believing Christians. We will be training Pastors and Lay leaders equipping them to continue the work of making disciples!
We are praying that this will turn into a long-term ministry site for us to develop a 3 year curriculum for the Pastors, leaders, and their families.
For understanding of the culture and challenges of the Pastors & wives
For physical strength (hot and muggy)
For us to be filled with the Spirit as we teach
That God will knit our hearts together with his people
January was COLD, but blessed in Nepal!
| ||From Connie|
Steve and I just returned from an amazing, God-blessed trip to Nepal. This was the first time in a year that I have traveled with Steve internationally, and I loved being by his side, partnering in ministry.
We did two Pastors, Leaders and Wives conferences where I met with the pastors wives at one of them for two days of teaching and encouraging, and at the other I taught a session to the whole group on Biblical counseling how God has given us the resources through the Word and the Holy Spirit to help one another through the difficult times of life. Amazingly they want me to come back and do more.
Steve also taught a course on how to interpret and teach the Bible at a Bible School in Hetauda. I loved participating in the course and assisting Steve, and we both fell in love with the students, 19-24 year olds.
I saw Gods hand in so many ways during this trip. He gives us both the ability to travel well, enjoy different cultures, adjust to time differences quickly, sleep and love the food. We met some wonderful people who love the Lord, serve Him whole-heartedly and are hungry to be better equipped. I look forward to going back.
I don’t know if you had a chance to pray for us, but God specifically and dramatically answered all our prayer requests! The response to our teaching was amazing and God gave us both strength in an arduous schedule. It was awesome having Connie with me!