Great things are happening, and we need to let you know. Be patient all good things come to those who wait.
Great things are happening, and we need to let you know. Be patient all good things come to those who wait.
One of the recurrent themes of the Word of God is the repeated and dependable faithfulness and kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ. He continues to amaze us in both the practical and ephemeral.
Every day I am learning and growing in the knowledge of the grace and goodness of our God. If I proclaim anything, it is this, that the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ (not physical father but Spiritual Father who existed with Christ from before the foundation of the world and made everything with Him), is good.
His only desire for people is that they be blessed with the union He desires with us (John 17:3). He is willing to do extreme things for this to happen. Allowing the world to create its own disasters that might lead people to call on the name of the Lord and be saved from penalty, power and presence of sin carried out to its extreme end.
There is absolutely no unrighteousness in Him. Do not blame God for the troubles in your life. He is and always will be the answer. He is faithful and true.
Being more specific I will give you an example from our personal lives lately. After returning to the United States after a difficult but absolutely successful mission trip to SW Mali, we experienced an “untimely” flood at our home ruining most of the floors of our house.
For a couple days I was despondent until the Lord opened my eyes. You see we needed new flooring anyway. Although we had a huge deductible, the check we received from ASI Lloyds was able to cover the floors and the uncovered expense of the water heater, which went out the very same day unrelated to the other flood.
We never had a problem with them and the latter state of our house was much better than the former. Yes it was a trial for us, but we quickly saw the hand of the goodness of our God in all of it and now we rejoice.
That was the lesson for the day, and now the goodness of God is being revealed to unreached Muslim villagers all across West Africa. Even some of my closest colleagues in the faith are unaware of what God is doing from Cameroon to Mali.
We have seen significant numbers of believers in Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, the Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire), and now Mali in 2016. I have wanted to break into Mali now for a couple of years but the Holy Spirit prevented it until now.
We saw almost 2,000 make decisions for Jesus and 30-50 miraculous healings this past trip. What is even more encouraging is to see our spiritual children (read African evangelists), be used by God to do mighty exploits in unreached Muslim villages of West Africa. The ethnic group the Holy Spirit seems to be reaching the most is the Fulani, and many different branches of this group of needy people.
The number of responders, in the eight countries where we have seen fruit this year, is well over 45,000, and almost 700 miraculous healings. I suspect by the year’s end the new souls will be more than 50,000.
We replaced damaged A/V equipment and distributed two sets to two new evangelists there. We bought two tricycles for transporting the equipment, and one motorbike. We distributed almost 400 French New Testaments.
We treated over 500 children with life-threatening illnesses. We helped build one church building. We distributed almost one ton of food to the hungry.
The decisions for Jesus are more than the first seven years of Lost But Not Forgotten combined. Jesus said in Luke 8:15, “but the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”
To our team and partners of those who have persevered, well done, and to the King, glory be to your name.
May you join with us in 2017 to bring utter transformation to this previous stronghold of the enemy, and expand the Kingdom further than ever before.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords continues to daze and amaze us as we see Him work in some of the most difficult areas in the 10/40 window of West Africa.
Since I am a bottom line kind of guy, I will just say that our associates have been able to reach, by the grace of God, 9,652 Muslims for Jesus this year alone.
Those numbers come from some very diverse areas — from the extreme north of Cameroon, to the southern border of Niger, to the Manga area of Northern Togo, to the NW part of Burkina Faso, to the SW part of Burkina Faso and the NE region of the Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire).
There, of course, are many villages that have not been reached, but these numbers for the most part are taken from the least reached villages in the areas mentioned. Our men have the vision to go to the worst first and to take back the land and the people of the land for the glory and praise of Jesus, as they are set free to worship the one, true God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The enemy of Christ is paying dearly for some losses the body of Christ has sustained of late.
We lost the daughter of a great missionary in Manila recently to fire. We will keep the name of the individual confidential so their family can continue to reach out in peace. We also lost a brother in arms in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, to a terrorist attack while he was drinking coffee.
The attempts of Satan to dissuade us from our target goals are fruitless. We will go forward with the love of God and the grace of the Lord Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I recall one elder who argued with me about the relevance of “Christianity.” (To me that is a religion, I follow Christ). He was a Muslim in a particular village. When he saw the chief’s brother healed of hearing loss, confusion and pain in his leg, he had the revelation that “Islam cannot do this.” He quickly followed Christ and had us pray for his wife that evening.
And so it is everywhere we/He goes.
The validation of the reality and life and power of Jesus Christ follows with us to touch the Lost But Not Forgotten.
We will leave next week to visit an area of northern Cameroon and to touch an unreached people group in six villages in that area.
I am reluctant to mention who they are for we do not care to have to address reprisals directed against the Lord through our families and associates.
However, the only risk to us is the risk of not completing the work of God in us and through us that He has given us to do.
As Jesus said, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father abiding in me does His works.”
Do your work Lord Jesus and set the captives free. Preaching, teaching and living out the grace of God in West Africa. Going to the unknown, to make Him known.
Let’s take a quick peek back to 2015 before I begin to share what the Spirit of Jesus is already doing in 2016. There were over 20,500 decisions for Jesus last year.
Over 95% of these people were former Muslims among unreached villages in West Africa. People involved were from villages in Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, and Ivory Coast.
This represents a 310% increase over the previous year’s harvest of 5,000. There were many reasons for this but one certainly is the acquisition of young evangelists through our travels to these areas and their empowerment through training, equipment, and money for travel expenses to the villages. This was made possible through your donations. Thank you.
The Spirit of Jesus is not finished. Already this year we have seen more than 300 come to Jesus among Fulani villages near Dedougou. A is there with a small team from his church. Y is covering an area south of Banfora near the border with the Ivory Coast ministering to two unreached people groups, the Khe and also another north of there.
M just returned from southern Niger. Because of the recent threats and homicide bombers near the area, some villages rejected them before they could preach and show the Jesus film.
A has been sending me emails about the recent events near Dedougou. The secretary-general of the village where they ministered gave her life to Jesus. She in turn brought five of her co-workers to the evening crusade, and they all gave their lives to Jesus as well. That first evening (last night), there were 500 present and 330 made decisions for Jesus. Unfortunately they could not finish the Jesus film because of a faulty generator, made inoperable from sabotage from a previous mission. This was a prayer concern before they started.
Sensing the move of the Spirit, I told him not to try to fix the generator but to rent one. I also told them the Spirit would have a job for them along the way so keep your eyes and ears open.
Sure enough, as they were proceeding to Dedougou to rent a generator, they stopped to relieve themselves. As they did, they saw a man preparing to hang himself. Although the details are not available at this time, A and his team led the man to Christ. He wanted to follow them but they sent him on to tell others about Jesus.
He, however, had a friend who had a good generator for rent and the man cut his price in half. Still, it was $25 per day. We will need to replace the one they have. This will cost $600. Because of the unexpected expenses they needed an extra $275 to complete the 10-day mission.
The Lord has opened wide doors for service among these unreached, but it does cost money. They are full time evangelists and ministers of the Gospel and do not have time to work. We have the ability to facilitate their ministry. Let’s do it. The harvest is plentiful and the credit goes to our account.
We believe the Spirit is moving us into northern Ghana and southwest Mali this year. In March several of us from the United States will travel to northern Cameroon to minister to the Fulani in six villages there.
We will be working with local assets providing care to sick children through our medical director’s supervision, feeding the hungry, and also playing the Jesus Film and preaching the Gospel in Fulfulde.
Although we had a good fundraising banquet in November, our donations were significantly down this past Christmas. Yet, because of the opportunities to reach the lost have increased, so has our spending to meet the demand and hunger for Jesus. Please help.
Jesus said, “My Father is working and I myself am working.” Indeed the Lord is working and we are grateful to be a part of that work and to be eyewitnesses of the grace of God in West Africa.
The fall trip to Burkina Faso was exciting for many reasons some of which included dealing with tropical insects like blister bugs, overcoming two cases of malaria and dealing with a country suffering from a military coup the last day of our outreach.
We saw miracles of healing, one example was an older farmer who heard the gospel and watched the Jesus film in a Daagara village in SW Burkina.
After praying for the crowd he came up to give a testimony. He said he could not work because of the significant pain in his body. He was happy (after hearing the message about Jesus), and he felt the power of God touch his body relieving him of all his pain. Hundreds heard his testimony.
We were transported on our way back to the capital of Ouagadougou saving us from a torrential downpour that ended up flooding out a village where we were diverted by roadblocks, fires in the streets and angry mobs of people. We arrived safely at our hotel, but our flight was delayed for three days while we waited for peace in the city and healing from malaria.
About 1,000 Muslims came to Jesus, and about 500 children received help in underserved villages. Praise God!
Shortly after arrival in the states, we conducted a successful fundraising celebration of the ministry of the Gospel through Lost But Not Forgotten. This was our first fund-raising event since we began the ministry seven years ago.
On a final note, Brother Y is ministering in many Jula villages around Bobo, and Evangelist J is headed to the Niger border in SE Burkina to minster to six villages of the Dyerma/Zerma.
Please pray for these and others we send out next month into southern Niger and northern Cote D’Ivoire.
Remember, though, we have the relationships, know the layout of the land, have sought out regional personnel who have a heart for the lost Muslim and have the calling of God to get to these places.
Getting these items to the right people costs money. The average cost per soul for an outreach ranges from $0.55 to $25.
Not a bad price to pay to secure the eternity of a man, woman or child. Jesus of course, paid the ultimate price for all of us.