India Monthly Report - July, 2021
Anil conducted several Seed of Truth Discipleship Multiplication training sessions in July. They were well attended by preachers from the surrounding area.
In addition to reinforcing the teaching of sound Biblical doctrine, Anil had attendees practice the effective use of white boards and Streamyard - a video streaming service similar to Zoom.
In mid-July, Anil traveled to meet with Next Generation Ministries to discuss post-covid mission efforts & opportunities for evangelism.
On the way home he had a close call. Here is his description of what happened:
“Yesterday it happened to me while moved with regular Evangelism mood at the meeting Venue, Annavaram which is a Hindu Religious Sacred Place. I saw few people on the Railway platform sitting and felt of giving them WBS tracts to encourage them to study Word of God. Almost reached them with handful tracts and my spirit hooked and dragged me back saying Hey Anil where are you now. I halted a while and recalled that I'm on a Hindu Platform and came back. Observed some Temple auto drivers starring at me. Wooooo. I shared with the hosting preacher who came to receive me to the Railway Station and he was almost shocked if I gave the tracts to them. He felt comfortable after hearing No from me. If I did that I would have been on Indian News Channel by this time viralled upto the Antichristian Government Prime Minister as a Sensational Antireligious Man of India. Praise God if He saved me and I appeal Gods Pardon if I missed the opportunity of Giving them Jesus. Thankyou all as I'm surrounded with your prayers.”
July 18, marked the one year anniversary of the death of Baby’s father. As is the custom in India, they commemorated his death with a memorial. During his memorial they fed 350 of the poor and sent food packets to the starving. They also presented condolence clothes to the extended family members.
On July 21 Anil and Baby were visited by the two children who stayed with them last year while their parents were recovering from COVID. Anil wrote:
"Hope you all remember the two cute girls who stayed with us for a month when their parents got infected. Yesterday it happened for me to meet them again in anniversary meeting. The small kid Joy rush towards me as soon as she saw me and my wife. I asked her how are they doing. She answered me with her sizzling vibrant voice "I AM PRAYING FOR YOU AND BIGMOM" she was asking God said her dad "GOD REDUCE SUGAR FROM BIGDADDY, DONT WANT EVEN LITTLE". Praise God they learnt to know asking God in our absence and their parents are happy......How sweet she touched our hearts. I don't know how many if these like little children from our local congregation and from Oregon City but sure they pray. Love you all children. I can't go a step with the cross without your Prayers."
The youth group is continuing to participate in leadership classes and learning to be, “Different, like Jesus.” One of their number, Bhanush, recently broke his leg and the rest of the group visited him to offer comfort and prayers. Praise God for their caring hearts!
- Oregon City Church of Christ posted an announcement
Women's Retreat“Exploring Encouragement” is the theme of this year’s Women’s Retreat at Camp Yamhill. The registration will be online this year at campyamhill.org. The cost of the entire retreat is $95 (includes overnights, meals and all the activities). The day price for Saturday only is $40 (for all meals and activities). The check-in time on Friday, Sept 10, is 5:00 PM. The check- out on Sunday, Sept 12, is 11:30 AM.
There are many longing for a lasting relationship. One that won’t disappoint or hurt them. Life is easier when you’re not alone. Struggles that are shared are more bearable. For some, previous heartaches hold them back. Here are three things that everyone needs and wants.
First, someone who cares. Someone who knows all about us, all our faults and all our failures, but loves us anyway. It must be someone who loves us unconditionally. One who is consumed with our wellbeing. Someone willing to forgive us of all our pettiness, faultfinding and irritability. We struggle, yes, we fail to be this person, but it’s who we need.
Then, we need someone we can trust. Someone we can believe in. It should be someone we can always call on and know they’ll give us what we need. Someone who won’t give up or run but will lift us up when we’re struggling. Someone willing to lift us above our problems. Someone who is strong when we’re weak.
Finally, it needs to be someone who knows what they’re doing. They know where they’re going. They know what to do next. They have a plan. They’re able to give you direction. You know your future is secure. You might make some wrong turns, but they’ll put you back on the right track.
Do you recognize these three things? Love, faith, and hope. The triad of Christian virtues. Don’t underestimate their power. Don’t dismiss our great desire and need for these. Faith, hope and love. There’s One who wants a relationship with you and will never let you down or desert you. Not only are we looking for these, we must embrace them in ourselves.
June 2021 Mission Report from Nhamo
July 6, 2021
Grace and peace be to you all. Its our prayer that this report finds you all in good health.
June was the most extremely cold month with lots of rain showers experienced in most part of the country. However, we thank our Lord for enabling us to withstand such cold weather without anyone in our family fell sick.
On first week of June,2021, I was so busy preparing our backyard gardening. I made three long raised beds and planted rape, covo, cabbage and some king onion. This will help us as a family to cut off some of our food expenses as well as providing vegetables to our poor members who have no back yard gardens due to water problem.
DOOR TO DOOR KNOCKING
On the 2nd week of June, we were busy with our door to door knocking. We reached several households and shared the gospel with them. Some were very open to ask us some questions and were able to answer them. Many of these people we met requested us to revisit them again. We also managed to distribute several tracts.
VISIT TO OLD PEOPLE'S HOME
On third week, my son and i visited the old people's home and donated some used clothing and 10kg of rice. We used to visit this old people's home before the coronavirus to preach the gospel. One of the former staff there Fadzai Duri a single mom with one child is our strong member.
LOCKDOWN BACK AGAIN
Since the beginning of June we had several provincial lockdowns where coronavirus has been said to be on hot spot. On the 27th of June, our President announced on Ztv about national lockdown. This is another great hinderance to our Sunday worship. Travelling is going to be also difficult since all buses operators were told to stop operating. So do pray for us especially for our school children.Some are due to sit for their final exams.
OUR FAMILY PROFILE
I was born in 1968, 30th of December at Alaska Doromite Mine and did my primary and secondary school in Harare before joining Rusitu Bible College and finally Mutare School Of Preaching from 2001 -2003. My wife Esther was born on the 31st of December ,1977.
The Lord has blessed our family with three boys. Providence 18 November ,1997, Prosper 14 August,2008 and Peace 17 Nov,2014. Unfortunately our 2nd son Promise went to be with the Lord on the 6th of March, 2012 and he was 11.
- Pray for my wife Esther.She had a minor stroke in the second week of June, 2021. She is struggling to walk . She is currently going for physiothrapy.
- Pray for our son and the needs for his school fees at the university.
- Finally pray for us, the mission work and the current situation in our country.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We also keep you in our prayers every day in our family devotions.
Nhamo and Esther Mumba
Update July 17:
Hello Brother Dale,
Calvary greetings to you, your family , brothers and sisters at Oregon City.
Thank you for your prayers for my wife Esther. She is greatly improving. Pray also for us and our nation as Covid-19 cases continue rising up with some death records in every province. This Covid-19 has had also affected all school children. Some are expected to sit for their final exams in September and November. We just continue praying knowing that our God is in control. Wish you a wonderful Sunday worship tomorrow.
June 2021 Mission Report from Simba Gondo
Grace mercy and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
The year's winter season exceeded years ago. June was very cold this year the maximum and minimum temperatures were 12', 5'C respectively. The beginning of the month schools break. The first week l went to town to collect the chicks for the two groups. The second week l was doing personal evangelism. The third week we were fortunate to receive Samaritan purses for the kids. The fourth week l attended funeral of an old businessman from the royal family. Finally we extended our gratitude for the support we received the end of the month for July Aug and Sept.
The first day of the month l went to town to collect the chicks for the two groups. The church members are very excited about the project since their time is not wasted in nothing. The other two remaining groups are eager and waiting patiently for their time to come and they see it working as we are in the second round. Our challenge so far are buyers when the chicken is ready and to buy extra feeds since we do not have electricity to store them in the fridge. The strategy so far is that we agreed each church member to buy a chicken to promote the project. I am benefiting a lot in this project as most of my fertilizers are from the project especially dried. I planted potatoes in bags, tomatoes, rape, onion, carrots, peas and vegetables. Together with my family we are struggling for the project our profit is not much but we are managing.
After the school break on the 4th together with my wife we did our personal evangelism. We managed to teach six people but two people accepted our teaching sisters Gambe and Masunungure. They are residents in Bazel community. They were members of the Evangelical church and the assembly dissolved as members are scattered away like sheep without a shepherd. l have five family members who followed the group because of instruments. This month l am happy that sisters Mukahanana and Pfumbirai returned back to the true church. My task is to follow sisters Kuwaza and Mapindu to come back.
The lock down restrictions was announced the third week as the new cases were raising everyday. The church send three representatives sisters Mandianike, Chiwedere and l to collect some gifts for the kids. We collected them on the 17th and distributed on Sunday at our house as we gathered for a service. It's not the first time to distribute these purses. Two teachers are doing a great job in teaching the kids every Sunday and Saturdays. Sometimes church members left kids behind during services but we encourage to bring them always, kids who received their boxes were 45.
I attended funeral of Mr. Rishon Masiyakurima aged 88 a local businessman who owned a butcher. He was a member of the Methodist church and the royal chiefhood. I climbed up to the mountain 200m high where he was laid to rest in a curve, people were more than a thousand. This honor is for the royal family not any one. Village people appreciated my present as l saw most of our church members there.
The end of the month together with my wife we went to town to collect the support for July Aug and Sept. We want to thank you brothers and sisters for your care and love may God bless you all.
June Attendance and Giving
Yours ln Christ
Simbarashe Gondo Mumba