Bearing Fruit

 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing.  Colossians 1:3-6

Everything in nature reproduces when it becomes mature. We see it in the animal and the plant kingdoms. We are also seeing spiritual reproduction within the Orality Institute.

Those that were trained in Malawi have started many more classes to the extent that we just printed 100 more teacher’s manuals which have been distributed to those who will be leading classes. Ernest is one of the teachers in Malawi and he has been pleading for support so that he can bring this training to his friends in neighboring Zambia.

In Pakistan, 15 master trainers each have their own class with a total of 137 students between them. The church that we trained in South Sudan received an introductory course and immediately started three classes in their church. The training zones in Uganda continue to expand. The above picture is a Teacher’s Workshop from one of the nine zones. In January, we will celebrate the first graduation in the Dominican Republic. They have studied for two years and now these students can start their own classes.

This oral strategy is expanding within the United States through the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. The Free Lutheran Schools have held classes for the seminary, and it has been included within a Bible college class. It is being used as an evangelism and discipleship tool in four churches. A man in one congregation plans to reach out to Veterans, another is planning on using it in his Taekwondo gym.

All of this is evidence of the work of God and the fruit of the Spirit through the Word of God.

Giving Thanks

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.  Psalm 79:13

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can increase our happiness, improve our physical health, give us better mental well-being, higher self-esteem, and greater life satisfaction. Giving thanks is also a celebration of all that the Lord has given us and His promise to provide in the future as well.

We are grateful for the privilege of being ambassadors of Christ among so many people groups. It is an honor to be trusted by people from so many countries, languages, and strata of society. In these last few months, we have printed books in Malawi, and translated curriculum into Hindi, Luganda, and Urdu. This week we received a new invitation to bring training to another people group in another part of the world.

We praise the Lord for the enthusiastic response people have toward the study and memory of God’s Word. We see the transformation of individuals, marriages, families, and communities as they apply His Word to their lives. Pastor Paul Kigosi, from South Sudan, said the training helped his marriage.

We are grateful for your partnership in this ministry which makes it possible to share God’s Word around the world. This ministry began in January of 2018 and it has continued for seven years on the support of faithful friends who believe that it is possible reach people around the world with this unique style of education. We praise the Lord for your generosity toward the 2023 Hike and Bike. We raised $14,277 above our regular monthly pledges. That will sustain our monthly budget and allow us the ability to expand into new areas.

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