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    1. Getting Old

      Ron Writes


      Have you ever really wanted something only to find out after you got it that it wasn’t that great? Getting old is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Aging is not for sissies. I’m glad that my wife is older than me so I can know what I have to look forward to. Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work anyway. We think of an old person as someone over 65, but statistics show that things begin to slow down after 30. Your immune system begins to lose its punch, muscles shrink, the joints stiffen, skin begins to sag, and your hormone levels drop.


      Solomon tells us to enjoy life while we can because problems come with aging. He refers to aging as “days of darkness” (Eccl. 11:8) and in Ecclesiastes 12:1 he calls aging “evil days” (NASV), “days of trouble” (NIV), “days of adversity” (HCSB), or “time of affliction.” He continues to poetically describe old age with figures of a coming storm (dark, overcast, cloudy day) and compares it to an old house that has seen better days. Things aren’t as satisfying as they once were – whether things to see, things to eat, things to hear, or things to do. When old people get together it can sound like a medical convention where we’re describing all the things that can go wrong with our bodies.


      What do we do? Be thankful. Stop complaining. Every day is a gift from God. Solomon isn’t a total pessimist. He encourages us to remember God in the “days” of our youth. Rejoice in each new day. Make the most of what you’ve been given. Enjoy the days of sunshine and happiness.


      When our kids used to complain, we’d respond that “life is hard.” Solomon concludes that all is vanity, it’s all a waste. He observes a large spectrum of life and his report is discouraging. He says life is hard, death is unavoidable, life is filled with many injustices, riches are futile, hard work is often not appreciated and unless God is in the picture you are going to realize that it’s all a waste. A life lived without God produces a bitter, discouraged, and lonely old person.


      Paul says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16, NIV). You don’t have to grow old on the inside. Sometimes I wonder who’s the old guy in the mirror because in my mind I still feel young. Eternity is far longer than our life on earth. True satisfaction comes from knowing God and pleasing Him. 


      1. May 2022 Report from Nhamo and Esther

        Dear Brethren,


        Hope this report finds you all in good health. We want to thank the Lord for enabling us to sail through the month of May 2022. The effects of global inflation on food and drought are still with us. We thank God that we are managing through the providence of God.


        CHURCH PLANNING SESSION

        On the 20th of May 2022 our small congregation went into a planning session for the whole day at one of our member’s home. We also did this last year. We really need this time so that we can reflect on success and challenges we might be facing as the church as we plan for the future. We will never stop planning despite the scarcity of resources available


        VISITORS

        We had three visitors during the month of May 2022. The first visitor we had was a couple from Mhembwe Church of Christ a congregation we once worked with for the past six years. Then the last visitor was the chairman of community Mr. Mafetuka also a member of the Lord, s church.                                     


        DOOR TO DOOR KNOCKING

        Our evangelism work is mainly on door to door knocking. In many houses we knocked the door, the welcome was good. We even saw some inviting their neighbors and friends to come and listen to our Bible teaching lessons. Some promised to revisit us to come to our worship services.


        DEATH AND MEMORIAL SERVICE 

        On the 13th of May 2022 I was invited to go and preach at the funeral of one of the couple in our community who were being murdered in a cold blood by six robbers after pounced in their house. It is so said that this couple were one of our prospects whom we were studying with, God’s work. They left behind three young children. May you please pray for the kids Tim, Grace, and Tracy.


        BIBLE STUDIES

        We meet for our Friday Bible studies throughout the entire months. The turn out was bit low due to cold weather. We had been studying the book of Philippians 4 and we are now through.


        BACKYARD GARDEN

        We had resumed our backyard gardening.  Am happy to that say we are busy making some raised beds. We are expecting to plant cabbages, carrots, tomatoes, and vegetables.


        CHURCH ATTENDANCE

        Our attendance for the whole of May 2022 averaged from 15-20. I preached throughout the entire month. Our giving was US $35, 00. Our giving is still low because most of our members do not go for work.


        PRAYER REQUESTS

        • Pray for our country. Next year there is going to be Presidential elections. In many parts of the country, we are already seeing campaigns being carried out. We are praying for peace.  
        • Pray for my children.
        • Pray for my family we are having accommodation problems. We are in need of our own permanent accommodations.  
        • Pray also for my wife. She is sick and her health is deteriorating.     

                                         

        Lastly, I would like to thank you brethren for your unwavering support and prayers for the mission work here in Zimbabwe. May God bless you all.


        In Christ.

        Nhamo Mumba

        1.  — Edited

          May 2022 Report from Gondo

          Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


          We are in the winter season, this year the cold is much more than the years back. We received more rain this month the third week. The first week together with the church at Bazel we visited Nyakunu church of Christ. The second week l visited Br. Taylor Mukono in his home, we extend our walk to the funeral of Mr. Harmon Ratohwa. The third week l attended a meeting at Dangamvura church of Christ. The fourth week l was doing personal evangelism visiting the sick. The fifth week together with my family we were brought down by a serious flu.


          After we had an exchange program with Bro. Marunga of Nyakunu church of Christ in March, he invited us to witness his welcome together with his wife. On the 8th, 25 members at Bazel hired a truck and moved 50km to and from East of Bazel. I preached about 'Do not Fear'. My first sermon l preached there in 2009, was 'Robe in the blood.' Br. Tawanda presided at the Lord's table and Br. Takunda was the song leader. People who attended were 52 and the giving was $8. We gave our gift of mug cups to the preacher and the church received some sweet potato cuts as seedlings. All church members were happy with this exchange program and we had lunch after the service.


          On the 11th, l visited Br. Mukono as he called me to visit him. His advice was to train and teach me the Lord's work. l like the way he expresses himself toward the work. l learned a lot from him and we extended our journey five kilometers away from his home to a funeral of an old man who was buried. Mr. Harmon Ratohwa was 85 years old as he was ill for a long time. His wife and daughter had neglected him since he was HIV and AIDS. He was a member of the African Zion Church. They wear big robes with all the colors both sex they beat a drum with two hands and they like dancing with a lot of dust. People were more than 800 who attended.


          The third week l attended a Manicaland gospel meeting held at Dangamvura church of Christ. This was the first time after two years to hold a meeting. The former chairperson, Br. Gwinya, resigned and Br. Magadaire took over. The gospel meeting will be postponed for next year April and this year it was too close for preparations. Our major objectives were to allocate the food to different congregations and money to purchase the tent.


          The fourth week l followed the families who were not feeling well. I went to Masere to see how she's recovering thank God she was healed as she came to church and confessed how l moved to see her. l visited sister Mutsoni who was attacked by a strong flu, l visited Mrs. Masunungure not a member of the Lord's church. She had some ulcers which threatened her to an extent of dying as she express herself it was hard to bear we prayed together.


          The fifth week we were attacked also by a strong flu, the whole house, thank God we are living.


          On the 22nd it was raining such that many people were not expecting much rain and they decided to stay at home. The whole day was very cold it was a great moment worshipping God in such a weather.

          I want to thank you Brothers and sisters for the support you gave us may the Lord bless you all.




          Yours ln Christ


          Simbarashe Gondo


          Gondo

          1. In the Hand of God

            Ron Writes


            Moses received the good news (Ex. 3). God had seen the affliction of His people, heard their cry and was ready to rescue them from Egypt. What a thrill! Nothing could be more exciting. Then God dropped the big news. Moses, I’m sending you to do this. What? Wait a minute. Who am I? Who shall I say sent me? What if they don’t believe (Ex. 4)? Moses, what’s in your hand? A staff. If Moses was the typical shepherd that repurposed branch was part of his daily wardrobe. Shepherds were notorious for hanging on to the same staff. It was part of him. Throw it down! It became a serpent and Moses did what you and I would do, he ran. Grab it by the tail. He did. It returned to a staff in his hand. Moses kept up with the excuses, but God was clear – you’re going to take in your hand this staff, with which you will perform signs.


            So, Moses went to Egypt. The Bible says, “Moses also took the staff of God in his hand.” Did you notice that? It’s subtle. The staff was no longer the staff of Moses, it was now the “staff of God”. That staff went through a transformation. With this staff Moses would perform miracle after miracle. He would use it to lead God’s people out of Egypt and he would use it in the wilderness. It’s amazing what God was able to do through Moses and that stick of wood. Consider what God was able to do when Moses gave up his staff to God.


            The story continues. Jesus proposes to His disciples that they feed the multitude, a crowd of around 5,000 men plus women and children. Phillip let Jesus know that this was impossible. This would cost over a half a year’s wages. But there was a boy there with his small lunch of 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. In the hands of Jesus that small lunch was turned into a feast. Everyone ate with 12 baskets of leftovers. In the hands of God, there is never too little. In the hands of God, the impossible becomes possible. 


            This idea is repeated so many times and in so many ways and in so many lives. When we turn our lives over to God. When we put ourselves into His hands - When we trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. God can use us in ways we never dreamed possible. He can transform our lives.