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"THIRTY DAYS HATH SEPTEMBER"

 

And every one of them is a gift from GOD!


A LOOK BACK…

 
Here it is already September.  Summer is over, schools are back in session, and some of us are probably already thinking about Christmas!  But before we glance ahead, we first want to look back, especially at our FM General Conference ’15.  Over 2,200 Free Methodists from the U.S, Canada, and beyond, were in attendance, including a delegation from Africa of over 15.  It was an excellent time to focus in on the 9 strategies of the FMC, to hear from our Bishops, to reconnect with friends and supporters, and develop new relationships. We were especially pleased to interact with several people (couples and individuals) who have expressed interest in serving in Africa. That’s good news to our ears!
Rev. Daniel Shanzuh, ICCM Coordinator, Kenya, Rachelle Schaar, ICCM Ambassador NW, Bishop Rev. Hawkins Muguya, FMC Kenya; Paula Moriarity, ICCM Director Canada; Supt. Rev. Martin Anami; Highlands Conference Supt. FMC Kenya
Rev. Dosseh Takpale, TOGO FMC National Leader, with his new friend, Jakobi Brewer (son of Rev. Rose and Dr. David Brewer, SEED Directors).


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PICTURES…


To be honest, we’re not quite ready to post a picture of the First Day Of (this) School...but we’re moving in that direction! At GC15 we announced an exciting development for our Togo church, and the wider West Africa region.  Plans are underway for the start-up of a missionary training school.  There is a need for well-trained cross-cultural workers, and we are seeing an open door to training them.  More and more African missionaries are going to another culture or even another country.  Almost all of them go as tent-makers.  An integral part of the training program will be to prepare students for this reality, including a possible skill they can use to initiate a tent-maker style of ministry.
 
The school is being located just beyond the outskirts of Togo’s capital, Lome.  Land is less expensive there, but it is easy to get to Lome.  A campus will begin to be developed there.  The land will be $25,000.  There has been $7500 given toward this purchase.  We are actively looking for partners who can help establish this missionary training school.
 
The school will be Wesleyan, of course, in its theology.  Its focus will be very specific; producing well-trained African cross-cultural workers for the expansion of God’s Kingdom.  There will be a careful process followed in custom designing the curriculum for the school.  What is done in North America is not necessarily what is needed in Africa.  The curriculum development process will consider what workers in the West Africa region especially need to learn to be effective in gospel work.
 
Could we talk more with you about this school and explore with you and your church how you can be a partner in this unique missionary venture for West Africa?  We look forward to it!
Rev. Dosseh and daughter Elvira, walk the Missionary Training School property in Togo.


ON THE LOOKOUT...
 

It’s true we’re having some discussions with several people who have already expressed an interest in missions—but it’s also true we’re on the lookout for even more who may be eager to explore some options.  In December, Mike will be an exhibitor at the Urbana Missions Conference specifically looking for additional missionaries.  Can you begin praying now for the Lord’s leading and in divine appointments?


ON THE HOMEFRONT...

 
Even the 90°+ temps couldn’t keep us from enjoying the beautiful wedding of Kyle and Madison (Penwell) Reynen.  It was incredible to see so many family members and friends, from both sides, come to join in on this celebration.  And talk about fun!  We still find ourselves smiling from ear to ear thinking about special moments. If you’re interested in seeing some additional wedding pics, check out this Facebook page: Ready to be a Reynen.

Mr. & Mrs. Kyle and Madison (Maddie) Reynen, August 15, 2015

For these we are thankful:

  •  Free Methodist National Leaders and ICCM Coordinators that we have the privilege of working alongside.
  • The arrival of Whitley Grimes!  Whitley has already started to help out in the ICCM office and  working with the children’s leader from Karinde FMC, to map out exactly how the ORANGE curriculum will be implemented. It will be a new and different Sunday School program..but one that we believe has great potential for true Spiritual formation for these children…and have an impact in their families’ lives as well.
  • God’s consistent provision and protection over us. And our children!
  • And so much more!

For these we request more prayer:

  • For our dear friend, retired missionary Linda Stryker. Linda has recently been diagnosed with abdominal cancer and will be undergoing treatment.
  • For our work permits to be renewed. Once they’ve been renewed, we’ll have resident status again, and be good to go for another three years.
  • For protection in our travels and wisdom as we connect and work with National leaders:
    • Sept:
      • Mike: Togo & Guinea Bissau
      • Vickie & Whitley: Ethiopia
    • October:
      • Mike: U.S., South Africa, Nigeria
      • Vickie: Burundi, Nigeria (and travels within Kenya, too)
Finally:   Imelaa, Asante, Arigatō, Amesegënallô… just a few ways to say THANK YOU….for your prayers, your support, your trust in us to serve the Lord faithfully.
 
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