Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Third Quarter Update and Overview

Hi All, please pray for our team and the Gospel Chariots as they travel across the African continent - especially as we work in Liberia and other West African countries where Ebola is rife.  Please pray for this huge problem and that it does not spread across the continent.

We are happy to report there have been baptisms in all the countries we’re involved in. 
Chariot 2 has just finished a month in Kenya and a month in Tanzania.  There have been bombings in the Kenya region and we were concerned for the safety of our workers but the Kenyan brethren were helpful in directing us to the areas that were safest to work in.  

We were blessed with the addition of 50 souls baptised in Kenya during the month of July, in a campaign called "God Bless East Africa".  This chariot then campaigned for a month in Tanzania and 11 souls were baptised there. They are now in Malawi.

Please pray for our Malawian campaign as we usually baptise over a hundred souls every year. The exciting news is as this big gospel chariot leaves Malawi for Mozambique and South Africa, the new mini chariot that was built earlier this year will continue working in Malawi.

Here are the Gospel Chariots we now have:


Chariot 1:   working South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana.
Chariot 2:   working Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique
Chariot 3:   working Ghana

The mini chariots:


Mini Chariot 1:  Liberia
Mini Chariot 2:  Togo
Mini Chariot 3:  Benin
Mini Chariot 4:  Malawi
Mini Chariot 5:  Zimbabwe (White)
Mini Chariot 6:  Venda

The only one not working yet is the Benin mini chariot. TOTAL CHARIOTS 9

LIBERIA
MINI GOSPEL CHARIOT FIGHTING EBOLA IN LIBERIA

Liberia is slowly recovering from civil war only to be hit by a different fight – the Ebola Virus.   As at September 8, 2014 FOX news reports that the death toll stood at 2,000.



Above shows the mini gospel chariot in Liberia being very creative and helping people with the fear of Ebola.  "Bad News, Ebola Kills - Good News, Jesus Saves".  Isaac Daye has been very creative and extremely zealous in spreading the gospel during this trying time.   He has been printing flyers, teaching on the radio, enrolling new WBS students and holding graduations.  He reports:  “Our Ebola radio broadcast draws overwhelming calls from listeners and many are getting to know about the Lord's Church.” 

Some good news is that June saw the deliver of a Risograph to our team in Liberia.



It has been put to good use printing tracts and evangelistic material in the local tribal languages so that people are able to receive something printed in their own language.

Thank you to our brother in California who is helping us put a Risograph High powered printer in all countries where we have Gospel Chariots.  This is wonderful, because now we don't have to wait for tracts from the USA, our brothers can print their own.

There were two WBS graduation held in the month of July.  The first one was hosted on July 5 in Weala (pictured below).  148 students graduated and Isaac reports that most of them were enrolled to WBS during the November 2013 campaign with Ron Pottberg.  Some of them have since been baptized and added to the church at Weala.

  

The second seminar (pictured above) took place at Saint Paul Bridge church of Christ on July 26, Liberia's Independence Day.  35 students graduated that day.

Emmanuel Koon (shown below) is our driver and logistics man in Liberia.  He is doing a good job of driving and setting up our equipment.  The photo below Emmanuel shows the construction of a portable stage that can stand next to the mini chariot.



Below shows workers putting the roofing on to the church building at Jonestown.  Isaac reports that they had a record attendance recently as many people flocked to the church - Ebola is awakening the fear of death in the community and is causing many who did not fear God to now turn to Him for rescue.



KENYA and TANZANIA

KENYA - KISUMU

From July 19 to July 23 the chariot visited 8 churches of Christ, preached at 5 markets, visited with and taught students at 3 schools, baptised 32 people and enrolled 120 new WBS students! 

Julius Ojunga reports that during July the Kenya team facilitated 37 baptisms and enrolled 764 new students to World Bible School. The total baptisms for July and August where 50 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania.



Above shows teaching at Kibolo (Nairobi) and below shows teaching at the school in Kisimu.



Below shows teaching and baptising at Kaira and bottom shows a baptism at Kisimu.



ZIMBABWE

The Zimbabwean team hosted two seminars - one in June and the other in July - and this resulted in two churches being planted - one in Chivhu and another one at Mvuma.  Both pictures below were taken at Mvuma.




On July 12 four students were baptized. Among them was a ninety-two year old man named Job. See the picture below: Bro. Redfan Nyamushamba standing with Job after his baptism in the swimming pool.



Chris and his wife, Evelyn, also visited an orphanage named Mustard Seed and they were allowed to preach to all the orphans there.  Many of the orphans at this home were WBS students and some of them attended the WBS seminar on June 21.



The Zimbabwe chariot has "hit the ground running" - the sound system and generator were delivered the day before the Chariot was due to start it's work and then it was go, go, go!  It started out at Caldonia, just outside Harare, from August 7 - 10.  They had 9 people from Avondale attend the first gathering.  The Lord added 17 souls to His body and many more were recruited to study with World Bible School.  Below and bottom shows some of those baptised at Mvuma.





VENDA


God works in mysterious ways!  We never had a mini gospel chariot planned for Venda this year, but the way things worked out - they got one.

We built two in South Africa to be exported to Malawi and Zimbabwe and when we were doing all the paperwork we found out that Zimbabwe wanted $8,000 import duty.  We really did not want to pay that and spoke to the elders in Zimbabwe and we decided to purchase a truck in Zimbabwe and bypass the import duty, but we would be sitting with an extra mini chariot and not enough funds. During the month of July I was traveling with an American brother from Tulsa who helps support our Venda short term school and I explained the predicament and he said he would try find the funds for that mini chariot, but on one condition, that we make it available to Venda.

I am so excited about this, because we got the dream, we have the team in Venda and now we have the mini chariot to do mission work like never before!  They will be crossing over into Zimbabwe that is only 1 hour to the North and also crossing into Mozambique to the East of them.  Then they will be pushing down South towards the Nelspruit area where we planted a Downtown Church of Christ some years back.  It’s all coming together!  Thank You God.

I have just received their proposed plans for the mini chariot through year end. It looks mighty impressive. The Venda short term school finished its semester this month and our leadership is already getting calls to come help plant new congregations. There were 19 baptisms in Venda during our month long campaign in July.

TOGO and BENIN

TOGO

In June Willie managed to collect all the equipment needed for the chariot and travelled back from Accra to Kpalime, Togo.

The technician also came in and put everything together, trained the brethren on how to use the system and they then tried everything out one night to make sure they knew how everything worked.



The chariot was used at Kpalime for a campaign in the first week of July.

We are awaiting news on this Togo mini chariot.  We also managed to ship a container with bibles and French speaking material from the USA for them.  Willie will be transporting it across the border from Ghana.  Togo and Benin are French speaking counties.  We are very excited about getting involved in some of the French speaking countries as well!

BENIN

Funds have been sent to Benin and our brother George Akpabli is busy getting the mini chariot built.  This is the only mini chariot not up and running yet.  

George is a well know brother in Africa and we are excited to work with him.  One thing about Gospel Chariot Missions is that we are working with some of the best leaders you can get.  That’s what makes this work so powerful.  

Please pray for all these great leaders of faith as we fight the good fight in Africa.

ZAMBIA

Lyman reports that 5 people were baptized while the chariot was in Masaga in June.  He also needed to have the generator repaired there before moving on to Lusaka.



They worked the Lusaka area for the month of June and report 43 baptisms and 805 WBS enrolments.





They then crossed into  Malawi and headed all the way up to Kenya where they participated in the "God Bless East Africa" Campaign.  50 souls were baptised there.

GHANA

We managed to share a container with the water drilling ministry out of the US.  We shipped tons of literature for West Africa, but that is not all.  God is Good.  There will be 31,000 Bibles arriving in Accra for distribution in West Africa!  



I am a little saddened that I will not be visiting West Africa this year, but one needs to be careful with the Ebola problem, and our South African government is warning us to not travel.

The chariot has worked in both the Volta and Greater Accra Regions in Ghana.  Below shows a newly baptised group in Volta and then below that you'll see the crowd coming out to listen to the lessons as the Chariot works at night in the Volta region.





Evans reports that despite some setbacks – some of the workers fell ill with malaria, vehicle faults, public address system breakdowns and rains setting in during night preaching program - the trips made by the workers were fruitful.

The chariot worked in thirty-five major towns in the Volta region and by the end of the trip the records show that a total of 79 souls were added and 743 were enrolled for WBS correspondence courses.

SWAZILAND

Bongani, on Chariot 1, reports that they had a successful week in Swaziland and that the evening services were well attended even though it was very cold.   He had a lot of help from the Manzini Bible School and every evening service during the week they sent students to help with preaching and on the weekend they join us for the outreach program.

The churches we visited are very excited and encouraged by our coming to the areas. We have been visiting Swaziland for over 10 years now and we appreciate them working with us.  Many of their students are from countries up north and when they leave, who do they contact to ask for help?  You bet, Gospel Chariot Missions!  It’s wonderful as we network and work with brethren.  We love to say, “We don’t compete with ministries, we complete ministries”.

4 people were baptised.




SOUTH AFRICA

Things are going great in South Africa. I am here at this time and will do a short report on my return from here and Malawi.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

July 2014

Hi everyone, God is working and we give Him the Glory...Amen
There have been a number of baptisms this quarter taking place in all areas of the ministry and we give God the Glory. We now head into the most receptive months of the year. Please pray for the GCM Team and those being taught.

NAMIBIA

CHARIOT TWO

We held a leadership seminar in Windhoek before the church planting with the campaigners.  Below left shows our GCM leadership seminar taking place in Windhoek.  Key leaders attended from Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Rundu and Tsumeb.  Namibia has been neglected over the years and missionaries are not given working visas, making it a country that still has so much pioneering work to do.  Please pray for us as God opens doors and as we take Namibians and teach them to reach their own country. 



There was food and fellowship aplenty (above right).  I am so impressed as the group grows and the same faithful leaders come in every year to be taught and encouraged.  All these congregations have been planted using the Gospel Chariot and American campaigners and when they leave, GCM works alongside the locals to make sure the newly planted churches continue.  It's tough, but exciting.  One sees the hand of God year after year.

Below right shows Mike Knappier teaching a soul and his wife Diane (in the background) teaching the children and on the left shows myself baptizing a receptive lady.

 

CAMPAIGN AND CHURCH PLANTING IN ONDANGWA, NAMIBIA

We managed to get a small outbuilding erected for Sunday worship and there were 45 in attendance on the first Sunday.  Anton Ngabwe (below, left) will be helping as the missionary in the area.



Anton has been studying for the last 5 years at a University in Windhoek.  At the same time he has helped us preach at the Wanaheda Church of Christ near Windhoek which we planted some years back.  He has done a wonderful job and we believe God is calling him to be the missionary in Namibia.  He will assist the young congregation in the North, with another young brother called Bernard.  Between the two of them they will encourage all other congregations in the country.  It's easy planting congregations, but how do we keep them going?  I believe God has a plan. 

Some other news we need to share is that the Gospel Chariot, after campaigning in Ondangwa, Namibia, hit a cow on the way to Zambia.  Layman and Robert were not hurt, Amen.  It was repaired in Rundu and they then travelled on to Kalomo in Zambia.

ZAMBIA

Chariot Two crossed over into Zambia from Namibia and while they were in Kalomo (in the South) they enrolled 303 students to World Bible School, had 30 restorations and 35 baptisms. God is good! They then headed on to Chisekese about 165kms from Kalomo.

We have had our fair share of problems with having to replace a gear box and then hitting a cow on the road near Rundu on the way to Zambia, then we also had a tiny problem in that the projector was not working because of a burnt out bulb. We eventually bought a new projector.


All the photos below were taken at Kalomo. Preaching, teaching, loving and encouraging as the gospel chariot travels from country to country.







SOUTH AFRICA

CHARIOT ONE

Chariot 1 started out the year in the Eastern Cape - first up was Port Elizabeth (Missionvale) where we had 5 baptisms and then the Chariot moved on to Dimbaza, near King Williams Town, where 2 more baptisms were reported. After this they went on to Nthabankulu, about 200km from Umtata, and then planned on heading North into the Free State for two weeks. The brethren in the Free State unfortunately cancelled their gospel meeting - which actually worked out well for the churches in the Pretoria area because they were then able to put the Chariot to good use at Lotus Gardens, an area near Atteridgeville.

After the time in Lotus Gardens they then moved on to Zeerust to make their way up to Botswana for the yearly Lectureship that moves from region to region.

Church planting in Lydenburg:  Chariot One travelled to Lydenburg at the end of April with the intention of planting a church in the area.  The trip resulted in four baptisms (three new Christians pictured below right).  The chief in the area also provided land for the church to use (which is where the Chariot worked - below left) and a small corrugated iron structure was erected to use as a place of worship. 


 

Chariot One will then be going over to Venda on June 9 for an 8 week campaign. I will be joining them there and will do a leadership seminar.

PRETORIA

Twelve students were enrolled for our most recent intake at the Short Term School in Pretoria. By the fourth week 9 of the students had been baptised - at the church in Atteridgeville - and we are happy to report that by the last week of school all of the students had been baptised - some of them in the rain even!




The students were involved in some practical work in and around the Pretoria churches and also helped out during the time the Chariot was in the Lotus Gardens area.
 
Here are some of the students on their first day getting ready to go do some "door knocking" and also helping out pitching the tent. The students were so excited to be involved in the outreach program and for them to see the bigger picture of how Gospel Chariot Missions and the churches work together to teach the gospel.   





The gospel meeting at Lotus Gardens was well attended by the community and on our first day there were almost 80 people who attended. The attendance grew every day.   They went about from house to house and distributed tracts around the area with the students. They were warmly welcomed and encouraged by the church and the community.  Tebogo helped with the gospel meeting as well as with some of the preaching.  They worked and taught both day and night.





The Lord added 5 souls (some of them seen above) to their number and 8 people were restored to the Lord.

DURBAN

The Durban office hosted a WBS seminar in March which was well attended by students and their families and friends.

Paulus reports that the Saturday WBS classes are being well attended and he has seen an increase in students and more regular attendance at classes as they are becoming more familiar with the office.



Classes are also being held in Kwa-Makhutha on Saturdays and Leslie has been helped by Wiseman Mbatha, a WBS student who was baptised last year, who has been helping open doors in that area. Wiseman has been teaching his family and friends and has been able to invite them to the Saturday classes, which in turn has led to an evangelism campaign in the area and there are many doors opening there.


PLETTENBERG BAY/WESTERN CAPE


Lazarus and our team at Kwanokhutula headed out on a short round trip from Plettenberg Bay and back again. The trip started in Thembalethu (in George) for four days, then on to Mossel Bay for two days and then ended in Oudtshoorn before heading back home to Plettenberg Bay. They were doing open air preaching, recruiting almost 150 new WBS students and trying to make contact with and visit some WBS students in the area.






During the visit in Thembalethu they discovered a brother, Samuel Oseyi and his wife, from Kumasi Church of Christ in Ghana and they have introduced them to the church in Thembalethu.

Lazarus also spent some time preaching and teaching in Knysna and has reported he will be heading that way for fortnightly Bible studies as there are many doors opening there.


We have also had a door opening in Kranshoek (when the Gospel Chariot was in the area in March) and Lazarus has been following up with these contacts - as a result there are 5 people we are studying with in the area.  Lazarus and his wife Busi will be travelling out to Kranshoek every Sunday afternoon to help with the worship service there (below).  Busi has also been helping the work and has been studying and praying with some of the women.



Wow, look at this! Zonge, Gladman and Lazarus (L - R pictured below) on mountain bikes and all rigged out to cycle. As you know, I love exercise and when working that region, I get out early in the morning and cycle. I then heard about this development academy program for township youth. When I heard that, I immediately signed my 3 guys up and so they now help work with this program. Its good for them, but it also helps them connect with all the young talented youth in the township. Who knows where this program will end and how many will be invited to follow Jesus.


PORTABLE BAPTISTERIES

Below left shows 10 portable baptisteries we've had made for our outreach in different areas. Some 10 years ago we made 15 and they have been used and used to the point that they are no longer fit for use!


Below you can see Lazarus Munetsi, one of our key leaders, holding one. They just fold up and can be put into a small bag making them easily portable.



They will also be put to good use on the mini chariots and can be filled up as and when necessary if there is no body of water nearby.


PLEASE pray that many, many, many souls will hear the word and be baptised in these portable pools.

VENDA

There are currently 14 students enrolled at the Short Term School in Venda.  Brother O.T. Malindi (below - top) has been doing a great job overseeing the school and other mission projects for us.



DeVilliers (below) and Bro. Tshimomola (bottom), one of the former Short Term School students, held a seminar teaching a group of people from various denominations. It was very successful and they are hoping it will become a regular monthly teaching appointment as the group thanked them and asked them to come back and teach them as they realized there was still a lot they did not know and understand about the bible. Their theme is going to be "Searching the Scriptures" and they are going to base the lessons on II Timothy 2:15.



All of the seminar attendees signed up to study with WBS and one of them has joined us at the Short Term School, with two others wanting to study part time. I will be meeting Don Noles from Tulsa early next month and we will be travelling together to Venda. Don and the congregation in Tulsa have helped us help the Venda brethren teach, reach and cross borders doing mission work.

MINI CHARIOTS

Liberia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Togo and Benin

Just a quick update on the mini chariots.  The mini chariot in Liberia is up and running and has baptized over 50 souls recently.  The Zimbabwean, Togo and Malawian mini chariots are also now up and running.

The Benin mini chariot was not in our plans for this year, but we can inform you that it is in the process of being built. Amen and Amen. Brother George Akpabli will be overseeing that mini chariot. He is an amazing leader and we so excited to be working with him, but also the other brothers, Liberia, Isaac Daye, Togo, Willie Gley, Zimbabwe, Washington Mhlanga, Venda, Obrien Malindi......Wow, these are great leaders. Thank you God. Please pray for them.

As you can see, these mini chariots are much smaller, but are just as effective.  They will travel around preaching and educating congregations on how to do World Bible School follow up.  They will also preach in prisons and plant churches and at the same time also be used to help mature those young congregations.  We are hoping to have 20 of these in years to come.  "Seeking and Saving the Lost".





Above shows the speaker horns we got put on for open air meeting and seminars.  This way they can have a number of meetings in one day as they travel from village to village.

ZIMBABWE

Chris Magudu has been travelling and planning ahead for the arrival of the mini chariot to Zimbabwe.  He has planned WBS seminars in Masvingo (17 - 20 July at Rujeko Community Hall) and Gweru (November 20 - 23) which will run concurrently with the chariot being in those towns.  He is also trying to find suitable venues in Beitbridge, Chiredzi, Zvishavane, Mvuma, Chivhu, Kamativi and Binga.

This is going to be fantastic.  Gospel Chariot Missions has a dream and Africa has the team.  This is truly "Africans taking Africa for Jesus" - PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THIS, Thank you Lord.

BOTSWANA

Chariot One travelled up to Botswana to help out at the annual Lectureship on April 18 and 19. The tent was used for classes and also as a meeting place for those who wanted to study the word in smaller groups or one-on-one. We praise God that four people decided to be baptised during this time.



Dimpo and Bongani also travelled to Botswana to attend the lectureship and to help promote the work of the Gospel Chariots.   They also helped with handing out tracts and one-on-one Bible studies held under the chariot tent. They were also both speakers at the lectureship. The wonderful thing about the lectureship is that we get to network with all the Churches of Christ and the more we network, the more effective we become as a ministry.

GHANA

Evans Larty travelled to the northern region of Ghana to meet with the churches there. They were very excited and are looking forward to using the Gospel Chariot to help them spread the word and strengthen the church in their region.





The Ghana Gospel Chariot has been working with and among the brethren in the Volta region of Ghana from January until mid March. Within this period a total of eleven towns were evangelized and work in each town lasted between three to five days. 778 people were enrolled to study with World Bible School and 30 people were baptized.





The Chariot continues in the Volta region and there have been a number of baptisms and restorations reported - we are still waiting for the numbers to be confirmed.  This chariot will now be moving on to the North.

LIBERIA

MARGIBI COUNTY

Isaac Daye working on the mini chariot in Liberia spent two days in Margibi county, specifically in 27 Division on the Firestone rubber plantation, and reports that the results were beyond his expectations. 15 souls were baptised and added to the 27 Division Firestone congregation and the attendance on Sunday April 6 was 197 (in a bamboo structure!) - Isaac says it was crowded!


PAYNESVILLE

The Gospel Chariot helped at the G.S.A. Road church of Christ in Paynesville in a three day campaign. It yielded five baptisms. Isaac shared hundreds of tracts with the community, conducted nightly preaching and showing of The Passion of the Christ.  

Isaac also reports that one of the older brethren told him that, as a child, he remembered attending denominational churches mobile cinemas and never thought the church of Christ could do that kind of massive outreach, but now, with hundreds coming out to watch The Passion of the Christ, and for him to see the mini Gospel Chariot travelling across the city of Monrovia and around the nation, it is an answer to prayer and a dream come true for him.


KAKATA

The mini Gospel chariot has been put to work and has already helped with a WBS campaign to Kakata which yielded 21 baptisms and 62 new WBS enrolments. For three days Isaac was hosted by the Kakata Church of Christ where they went preaching from door to door and showed The Passion of the Christ nightly to huge crowds.


Isaac has left a box of 700 WBS Introduction lessons with the church for additional enrolment and also managed to enrol 130 school students in Weala - they will be using the WBS courses as text book material for religious educational studies.

The next port of call for Isaac and his mini Gospel Chariot is Logan town.
WOW!  Can you imagine when all mini chariots are up and running?   

PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL INVOLVED.