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Emmanuel writes...

1. A nurse who cared for the sick in a central location close to an open air found his life saved by his decision to come to hear the Word of God explained simply through a SOWERS counselling brochure. Glory to God that this man who did not know he was spiritually sick found healing by accepting Jesus Christ.

2. District IV of Ruashi is famous for the consumption of alcoholic beverages of all kinds. During counseling sessions after the open air, two women who were in a pub came to accept Jesus Christ into their lives, and one of them even admitted that she knew God was looking for her to serve Him.

3. A Muslim who was in constant contact with a Sower has decided to convert to Christianity. He knows the persecution he is on for, but he says he has the joy of Jesus in his life.

4. Finally, a man who attended an open-air presentation and made the decision to follow Jesus did not give up looking for the evangelist who spoke to him of Jesus even though he lived a long way from him.

I am working with three men who desire to work full time with SOWERS. They still need some more training but I am very encouraged with what I am seeing. They will require financial assistance in the future so we have started a "Peanut" income generating project. Yes, we are trialling peanuts and if they give a good return we will plant more and maybe look at other possibilities so we are doing what we can with the little that we have.Working for peanuts?

How about you, how is your Sowing going? Yes, the harvest in the West is different that the one in DRC but as Paul wrote in Romans 10:14 "...

And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" That part remains the same whether in DRC or anywhere...we simply have to go to people with God's message of NEW life. May you be blessed and encouraged as you do so.

Thank you again for your love, support and partnership in the Gospel as we seek to make him known to all. Please keep us in mind as you consider your Mission Budget for 2014.

Emmanuel

During the course of this year 118 new Sowers were trained at L.1 and L.2 in seven seminars.

We held a total of 15 Open Air Meetings and did "Door to Door" evangelism on five occasions.

Through these methods 1140 people were contacted with the Gospel and 640 responded positively. They were followed up and integrated into local churches. A total of nine new churches were planted. While this is encouraging, there is so much more that we can do. I haven't even mentioned the work among the deaf or prisoners in this report nor the translation and printing that needs to be done.

In Luke 8 we read of the parable of the Sower. "Out went the Sower (farmer) to sow his seed." Through your partnership with us and by God's grace, we have had a fruitful year with a "reasonable" harvest but we aren't content with that. We are trusting God for even bigger things next year."

Emmanuel

Worn Out BibleAnother highlight was giving to local evangelists and churches gifts from New Zealand which included Bibles. Do you remember this photo of the old worn out Bible I spoke of as I visited churches in New Zealand—it's pages were worn and torn and it had several books missing? Can you imagine what it would be like to prepare a message from a Bible like that or worse, not having a Bible at all? If you can, then you can imagine the joy that people had as they received their "own" copy. Pastors and Elders receiving their first ever Bible! Now they can read their own and don't have to share one with several other Pastors, in some cases walking long distances just to be able to read one.

New BicyclesHowever, your giving was not restricted to Bibles. By God's grace we were also able to purchase bicycles, new clothes, eye glasses and even a motorcycle. Some expressed their joy with tears while others lacked the words to say what they felt in their hearts. Yes, God is good and faithful !

Emmanuel

New ChurchThe Pygmy churches were not forgotten in our programme. It was my joy to be invited, during my visit to Kongolo, to attend the dedication of the church built with the efforts and contribution of many Christians, including Pygmies. This is really something extraordinary for the churches of DR Congo who still have their hands stretched outward looking to the West to "supply all of their needs". Other churches we visited were much more basic, a simple gathering of God's people under tarpaulins or a tree—anywhere there was shade or shelter.

Emmanuel

In his sermon, the preacher said, "Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle" (Ecc 11:6). And further, says the prophet Isaiah, "How blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your (unfettered) cattle and donkeys range free". (Isaiah 32:20)!

The message of sowing or deliverance from sin is not only the case of the New Testament as we read in the parable of the Sower or through the epistles, but it is the central message of the entire Bible. Ecclesiastes and Isaiah both show the value of the daily work of the Sower sowing ''tirelessly to achieve and freedom to those who were tied like oxen and donkeys.''

To link words into action...

Thank you for your prayers, because since my return to DR Congo, things have changed so much, and the Lord assist us in all our activities of evangelization. The first three months of 2013 were well full with activities: prayers, meetings, trainings and open-airs. Around 700 people converted and abandoned their lives into the hands of the Lord. Emmanuel

 

Dear brothers and sisters

What does the new year hold for us and what will we do with it? In the following lines, I encourage you to follow the advice given to us by the author of these evangelical extracts. I wish you well as you consider these texts!

Evangelism ... according to the New Testament model it is not so much related to the methods that are used or programs that we develop, as a way of life.

Jesus sent his disciples to intersections and along the roads (see Matthew 22:9). When he sent the seventy to prepare...

Puta writes, "I visited Mwera in DR Congo. I travelled 230 km by motorbike on roads that were in very poor shape. There are some long mountain ranges (around 400kms) and rivers with no bridges so it was hard work crossing the rivers and mountains.

"I visited Kamakola, Lukonsolwa and Pweto. The ministry is developing well and in some places was being used in almost every house I visited. The open airs were amazing with 124 people responding to the Good News and 30 people baptised. In July I will return to DRC to teach one Level 1 seminar, five Level 2s and one Level 3." [Puta is a Zambian Sower who does some cross border training in DRC]

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