Here in Canada, we also observed Labour Day, a day to recognize workers. The idea of honouring labour, and labourers, is a biblical notion. At creation God worked, and it was good. Jesus’ parables contained stories about workers, and about the investment of resources. He appreciates good and faithful servants. Jesus instructed his disciples, and us, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38). Let’s keep praying.
Your prayers are needed. Lee and I accepted an invitation to teach at a pastor’s conference in December. Our long-time partner, Kale Heywet (Word of Life) Church in Ethiopia, is hosting a gathering in Wolaita where we’ve been before. We are eager to serve our African brothers and sisters, in person. Please pray with us, and for us. Pray that Covid will not get in the way, and that there will be no travel restrictions or difficulties. Lee and I are pictured below with one of our Ethiopian friends.
Speaking of the Kale Heywet Church, the printing projects that we’ve helped to fund are being realized. The process is lengthy, requiring translation first and then graphic design and printing. Here is a recent picture of Alex and Peteros, displaying some of the books you helped to provide.
“God gave us ways to translate this book in critical times. Thank you for your concern and prayers for us.” – Pastor Alex, Kale Heywet Church
Founded by SIM missionaries 100 years ago, the Kale Heywet Church has a rich and godly heritage. 10 million members fill nearly 10 thousand local churches every Sunday. This Ethiopian church is now led by nationals, and their vision to reach other countries on the African continent. Esayas Ersabo (Director, African Strategic Discipleship Movement) has plans for a spring gathering of church planters and has invited BrookLink’s participation.
Our hearts grieve over the recent news out of Afghanistan. Its neighboring countries are not immune from the effects. One of our dear partners from that region is coming to Wisconsin – Pastor Tariq Waris. He is preaching at Meadowbrook Church on Sunday, September 26th. I will be there, Lord willing, and would love to have you join us if you live nearby. He is scheduled to preach at 8:45 am and at 10:30 am on Colossians 1:15-23, “The Preeminence of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.”
Imagine serving as gospel workers in a country where the Christian population is less than 3% and lives on the margins of society. It is this reality where Reverend Tariq Waris and his family share the good news of God’s love, train local believers for ministry and uplift poverty-stricken Christians through education. Prior to fulfilling God’s call to serve in this region, Tariq studied theology in the UK. He is an active Bible teacher, preacher and writer. His wife Angelina, originally from Pennsylvania, serves alongside him and directs an education ministry that supports Christian primary schools for extremely poor children. They have two children and are expecting their third in December this year.
Thank you again for your partnership in this ministry to the Global Church. Your prayers and your gifts mean so much to us. Thank you.
Stay tuned – we’re hosting another Zoom prayer gathering on Saturday morning, October 23rd. Details to follow!