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AIMers in Napier, New Zealand

Greetings from chilly, yet extremely cool, Napier! The AIMers in Napier have dealt with some adversity regarding coordinators and other things, but are serving God mightily and doing great things for the Kingdom in Napier. Pictured here (from left to right) are Michael, Michael, Daniel, Rashawn, and Smokey (bottom). They are innovative and diligent and we should all be proud of their efforts. As you can see, when it is summer up there, it is winter 'down under'. Brrr!

Dwight and I left Napier and are now safely with the church planting team in Auckland. We will worship with them this morning and enjoy two and a half days together. Last night, we watched New Zealand and South Africa play Rugby on TV together (congratulations to Jerry Hogg and the other South Africa fans) - bit of a downer here.

Missao Aracaju

It’s “winter” here again and the winds and the rains have picked up. Some evenings the wind is blowing so hard that the rain just comes in horizontally. (It’s a lot like spring in Lubbock – except it’s a blinding rain and not red New Mexico sand. I always get a kick out of seeing the Brazilians huddled together for warmth at the bus stops with their down jackets and umbrellas. It gives me some secret pleasure to be able to wear shorts and a t-shirt. I mean come on, its 72 degrees!

Read more in the attached PDF.

Wednesday Morning Report - 7/9/08

Greetings in the Lord this hot summer day.

Yep, this morning here in Athens we woke up to another hot summer day. It was 88 degrees already in Athens this morning and is expected to break 100 degrees this afternoon. It is hot. We hope it’s not as hot where you are.

It’s been another good week in the school here in Athens. We all seem a bit lonely this term, without the six of our students who graduated last month. The place seems kind of empty. Yet we are still diligent in our studies. We move towards our last final exams for this school year this upcoming week. I know the students always enjoy those. They really like the memory work.

This term we have really been enjoying our study in Biblical Leadership in the church. We have been taking an in-depth study of the qualifications of and the qualities needed for a man to be an elder in the church today. This is a study that I have been working on for several years and feel it is very needed in many of our churches today. We need to be developing good sound biblical leaders with the qualities and characteristics we see in Christ.

The South African Report - May-June 2008

Attached is our 2-month SANewsletter report in a .pdf file with some details about our work in South Africa at the Bible College and in other areas of the Kingdom.

We are having some rather cold nights here now. But, we're half-way through our Winter season, so Spring isn't far away. We get news of flooding and high temperatures in the States with a lot of problems for folks all over. Our prayer is that weather conditions improve, both here and there.

Keep us in your prayers.

Jerry & Ann Hogg

AIMers in Tauranga, New Zealand

Greetings from New Zealand where you can enjoy the beach all winter long! Here I am pictured with our Tauranga AIMers: Jana, Kristi, Ashtin and Kayla (in that order - left to right). As you can see, the water is blue, the trees are green and this quartet of young ladies are very happy to be on the AIM field in New Zealand. They are doing a great job of contacting and conversing with non-Christians, getting to know and minister to their church family, getting settled in their new home, and becoming an active part of the local congregation. Dwight and I have both been very pleased with the comments that we have heard regarding these young Christian ladies and it's obvious that the congregation here is being very responsive to them. I feel confident that their time in new Zealand will go well.

Bouncing Around The Globe

Greetings from New Zealand. I am including a picture of Katie Samsill feeding a kangaroo in Adelaide for the "Ahh" factor it will generate. I have pictures of penguins, wombats, wallabies, etc. as well as pictures of our meetings with local leaders, Bible study groups and times in the assembly I will include in later postings. We had a good seminar in Adelaide and then Dwight and I took off for New Zealand. It is an amazing thing to see the Lord's Church in places like Australia and New Zealand! I am abundantly blessed... as well as a little tired.

Lima Report May and June 2008

“…we proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ…”,(Colossians 1:28).

Brazil Update from Danny Bratcher

May 2008
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to start this letter with an apology. As you can see, this is my May newsletter. I have become a victim of “the work” here. I have been extremely busy, and I have not taken the time to keep you informed. For that, I am truly sorry!

The month of May started out with a road trip! Randy, Lee, and I went to two different cities to encourage the churches and their work. The first was the city of Delmiro Gouveia, which is several hours southwest of Recife. There is an elderly Brazilian couple there, who have planted a church in their own house. I met this couple on our bus to the seminar in Sao Paulo this year, so it was nice to see them and encourage them.

A Creative God

There are few places I have been where God's creativity is more evident than in Australia (though South Africa is certainly in the running - I will see the giraffes, zebras and baboons again this fall). Going to see some of the sites with the Samsill family, I have seen koala bears, kangaroos, wallabies, a duck billed platipus, little penguins (their actual name), sharks, sting rays, crocodiles, and other "odd" creations. I have pictures of all of these, and will show them to you if you want. Our God certainly is creative and loves variety. God certainly has created a diverse and beautiful world for us to behold. As I was thinking of how He made these unique and different animals, it reminded me of how much He loves us. Only a loving Father would go to such trouble to create a wonderful world like the one we live in.

Partnership

It is always exciting to visit one of our ministry training schools and to preach and teach in local congregations, but it is even more exciting to do it with a dedicated mission partner. Mark Samsill (pictured left) is a member of the Sunset Council, an elder of the College Hill congregation in Fort Worth (my sponsoring congregation) and a good friend and mission worker. With his family, he came to Australia to bless the Christians here and see this important work.  Mark and I have taught side by side in Malawi, Tanzania, Ukraine, Australia, Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota and probably a few plaves I am forgetting. He has spoken in worship services, classes, seminars and chapel services around the world in Sunset's International Schools and the congregations that support them. We will be returning to Malawi later this year together to continue in the efforts of Sunset and College Hill.

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