It is hard to believe 2010 is already here. God is moving in the continent of Africa and big plans are in the works for the coming year. I encourage you to pray for each one and stay in contact often. Here are the latest updates from our missionaries in Africa.
Kevin & Corli Hall – Missionaries to South Africa
God is providing on opportunity to purchase a building for church services and training center. Kevin has raised the funds necessary to purchase the building. Since then, the current owner is asking for $20,000.00 more that what was agreed upon. Kevin and Corli will be heading back to South Africa for there second term on July 19th. Once Kevin gets back, he has a meeting set up with the owner and her attorney to discuss the increase in price. Pray that God will move and turn the heart of the owner to acceptance the agreed upon price. While Brother Kevin has been in the states, a young man named Sipho Bonga. Brother Kevin reports he is doing a great job. During the month of December, many people travel on vacation and as a result, church attendance has been low. Help us pray that Sipho will continue to grow in the Lord and church attendance will be back up and will remain faithfully in attendance and serving the Lord.
Keith & Rebecca Shumaker – Missionaries to Burkina Faso
God is continuing to move greatly in Burkina Faso and using Brother Keith and Rebecca in mighty ways to continue to further the gospel in West Africa. The bible college and training center is doing well with 6 faithful students that Brother Keith continues to train. Another work has started in the capital city of Ouagadougou. This is the fourth church Brother Keith was been involved in starting. Many people are attending and this is just another example of how people in Burkina Faso are starving for the gospel. Brother Austin Gardner and David Lundy will be traveling to be with Brother Keith and Rebecca, leaving on January 18th and returning on January 26th. Pray for traveling mercies and that God will use both to help Brother Keith and the ministry in Burkina Faso. Brother Keith and Rebecca will be returning off the field at the end of April. Pray that everything is in place and God provides guidance so they may return safely back to the states in the very neat future.
C & M – Missionaries to North Africa
God continues to use Brother C and M in a big and might way. In 2009, they were able to baptize 6 new believers! Praise God for the work they are doing. Some of the believers came from the Tribes and other parts of the country. Both C and M were trained in the P Bible College under Brother Austin Gardner. God is planting house churches and they continue to reach out to the people of north Africa that so desperately needs to hear the gospel of Christ. There prayers are to see the amount of people saved in 2009 to double in 2010. They have a passion and heart to reach out to the muslim people, leading them to Christ and disciple them through Godâ€™s word. Brother C & M are a tremendous blessing and asset in North Africa. Continue to pray for there safety and that continues to use them in big and might ways.
Tyler & Gretchen Masters – Missionaries to North Africa
Brother Tyler & Gretchen has been such a blessing to us at Vision. Be much in prayer for there son Judson. He is scheduled to have surgery on January 14th for his cleft lip. Pray that God would bless the surgery and heal him quickly. Brother Tyler and Gretchen will be leaving heading to Northern Africa to start a new work there by Godâ€™s guidance. Right now, they are having a too wait on the Spanish government to approve the filed paper work. As it looks for now, that would be the end of March or first of April. Brother Tyler and Gretchen has a little over 91% of there support raised. While they are waiting on there paper work , pray God would open more doors and have the opportunity to present there ministry and be able to reach 100% of there support raised before heading to North Africa.
A & J B – Missionaries to Northern Africa
Be in prayer for Brother A and J as they will be heading back to Africa February 4th. God has been blessing the PNA ministry through MP3 players and internet. A is also using the internet as a possibility for reaching un-reached people with the gospel. Men and women who have been trained in the P Bible college is there helping and more will be one the way. Pray these missionaries will raise the funds necessary for them to live and work in North Africa. Also pray for the safety of each one as the persecution gets stronger everyday. God is using them in a mighty way reaching people with the gospel that most people think is un-reachable. Pray and see if God would have you to help in PNA reaching the people of North Africa.
Pray that God continues to use each of these missionary families in Africa. There are many trips scheduled through out the year and if you would be interesting in taking a short term trip, let Mark Coffey or David Lundy know. It would be a real blessing to visit our missionaries on the field and the would love to have you.
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