Goodbye Africa – August 2016

by John E Gore on April 28, 2017

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Dear Friends,

It has been a long time since I last wrote to you – November 2015, in fact – but many things have happened since then. On a personal note we spent two and a half months in Vienna doing a housesit, including Christmas, and two months housesitting in southern France. (And in-between, a delightful week in Germany with a dear friend.) It was a very enjoyable time. God has been very good to us.

From a ministry perspective it has been a time of change. Both myself and the Board feel that my ministry in Africa has come to an end. This has been a difficult time for me in that I have developed many good relationships with various leaders in Central and East Africa and to think that I will probably never see them again has been hard. I have been truly blessed to have bonded so deeply with these people. (In the picture above I am wearing a shirt which was a gift from pastors in the Democratic Republic of Congo.)

However, I am pleased to note that I have effectively done myself out of a job. In Rwanda, for example, the man who translated my material into Kinyarwanda is now lecturing in the Friends newly established Theological College and is using my material. I was also told that it has been used by other key people in the denomination to train their pastors. This is in addition to others outside of the Friends who have told me that they have download my material and have used it in their own training ministries. This was my ultimate goal and I praise God that it has come to fruition.

The ministry itself hasn’t come to an end for God has opened more doors for me in Asia. I will be heading to Kathmandu in October. This will be my first time with the Evangelical Friends in Nepal, as I have previously worked with the National Churches Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN) in the Mid-Western Province. I will spend six days teaching on Romans with “a little bit” on Principles of Leadership.

After Kathmandu I will fly to Dhaka and spend a week with the Bangladesh Friends.  Many of their leaders are under death threats from ISIS and some have been temporarily relocated to other cities for their own safety. I am going to teach on Bringing Your Children to FaithMarriage, and other passages from Ephesians. I love being with these people for many reasons. Firstly, they are heavily committed to church planting and concentrate on areas where there is no church. As a result, almost all of their leaders come from either a Hindu or Muslim background: there are only a handful who have a Christian upbringing. It is a fascinating situation. The second reason why I love them is that they have a beautiful balance between the Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit. They also have an emphasis on teaching the Word of God and caring for those in need. They are a delight to be with.

The final piece of good news is that I have accepted an invitation to commence training pastors in Myanmar (Burma).   The first week of training will be near Mandalay in late February 2017 and the second week in the Western side of the country.  They are mostly Baptists, who, like so many in the developing world, believe in and practise all the gifts of the Spirit including speaking in tongues. Yes, the Fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit operating in full measure; that is my idea of what a New Testament church should be.

Thank you for your interest in this ministry. I have included the banking details below if you feel that God is calling you to support it financially.

Every Blessing,
John

 Bank Details:
Account Name:     Leadership Development Ministries Inc.
Westpac Bank:      BSB No. 032505      Account No. 259508

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