Africa 04-17-17

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Rev 12:11)
Although war has broken out again in South Sudan and over 150 people were killed in one day, the church is working to start doing outreaches again. The roof and walls of the church building that was vacated 10 months ago are still down, but recently a Muslim neighbor has agreed to provide 50 sack s of cement for the rebuilding of the walls. All of this at the same time we mourn the loss of Pr. John Light, the Harvest Vision South Sudan coordinator. 
Burundi has planted now 32 churches in 10 of the provinces with over 13,000 members and is preparing to establish churches in two more of the provinces this year. All of this while our coordinator doesn’t have any transportation and is living with his family in their partly rebuilt home that was destroyed in the war in 1995. 
Pr. Simon, our N. Kenya coordinator’s father, was stolen as a child by one of the 8 warring tribes. He was raised by them and later married and Simon was born. Simon now has pastors from these different warring tribes working together and knows all 8 of their languages. 
Prossy, who served as our N. Uganda coordinator until getting married last month in Kenya, used the money that was given for the decorations for her wedding ceremony to support a crusade that she was in prior to coming to our coordinator’s conference. 
Christopher, who is our coordinator in NW Uganda, belongs to a tribe whose land is in both Uganda and the DRCongo and because of that is able to evangelize and plant church families in both countries.
Pr. Isaac from the DRCongo who was forced to leave that country with his family to Uganda because of his gospel work there has recently had his two boys expelled from their school because they began to preach the gospel and over 100 students were born again before the headmaster expelled them. 
In Kayunga, Uganda, Muslim women accepted Jesus and when they went home and told their husbands they were forbidden to go back. The next night they came and after returning home, were beaten and all their clothes and belongings burned. As usual, they become the responsibility of Pr. Charles, our coordinator, who lives in a single room with his wife and 4 children.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)