May 2011 – Newsletter

by John E Gore on November 25, 2011

Dear friend, “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 2). I like this greeting from the apostle John and I send it to you.

I have more good news for you. You may recall from my previous email that I had recently received a generous anonymous donation towards printing additional training material. Well praise God, I have just received another generous donation towards the ministry. This will enable me to proceed with the two visits that I have scheduled to Africa later this year and publish still more books. I arranged my 2011 schedule back in November last year without any guarantee that the money would be forthcoming but this is a faith ministry and we believe that God will meet our needs when we step out in faith in response to his call. Praise God, he has done it again; the money has come. Hudson Taylor said, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s resources.”

In the last couple of weeks I have been able to place two orders with a printer in Kampala Uganda. The first was to have 800 copies of Principles of Leadership (Amahame y’Ubuyobozi Bwiza) printed in Kinyarwanda for Rwanda and Burundi and the second to have 800 copies of Maranatha! printed in the Kirundi language for Burundi and Rwanda. (Maranatha deals with eschatology; the second coming, heaven, hell etc.) I am expecting the final corrected Swahili version of Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Barua Ya Paulo Kwa Warumi) any day now and will email that to Kampala straight away so that they can commence printing. The latter books will be for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

These books have two major advantages. Firstly, they give the pastors something in their own language; a luxury few can afford even if there were books available in Kinyarwanda and Kirundi. One pastor shared with me how he had used my book on Romans as the basis for his teaching to the year 12 (final year) students in the High School associated with the denomination.

The second main advantage is that it allows me to expand my influence without the need for face to face conferences. I have mentioned in previous newsletters that I have neither the money nor the time to meet all the requests that I have from denominational leaders to train their pastors. Printing my training material allows me to disseminate my books to pastors in other denominations. I asked one Burundi denominational leader recently how many copies of Paul’s Letter to the Romans he would like in Swahili for his pastors and key leaders in Congo, since I didn’t have the finances to conduct the training conferences he had requested. His reply was, “200 please”. Thinking that this was rather excessive I then wrote and asked him how many churches he had in Eastern Congo – his reply was 95 churches.  I will send him 200 copies.

I then sent electronic copies of my material to a mutual friend who forwarded it to another Legal Representative (top man) in Burundi. The latter’s reply was, “I have just skimmed the attached documents and I sincerely find the content great. If I was to be informed on where to go to find these books I would not hesitate.” I find his reply both encouraging and humbling. Apparently this Legal Representative is a very “switched on” well educated young man. He is a graduate of All Nations Christian College in the U.K. and holds a B.A.(Hon) degree in Biblical and Intercultural Studies and a M.A. degree in Aspects of Christian Missiology. As I said, it is very encouraging but also humbling at the same time. God is good!

Allow me to finish but referring to the second couple who made a substantial donation to the ministry; actually they made it to God via the ministry. They wrote in their email to me, “[we] have indeed been blessed and we want to pass that blessing on.” That’s the work it works in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Make sure that you use a “big measure” as you go through life here on earth. You only get one shot at it.

Every blessing

John

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