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Jacob Achinefu - Answered Prayer

Greetings.

 

Director of NIATS in Nigeria

Dear Brethren,

Update on Tim Burow in Haiti

Tim is still without internet in Haiti, but is working on relief efforts in the tent city in Port au Prince and with Christians there.  He is doing well, but his camera has been broken.  Hopefully he will find someone who will share pictures with him.  Let's continue to pray for Tim as he travels and does the work of God there.  Also pray for David Dirrim and those others who are working diligently to assist and teach those there.

In Him,
Chris Swinford

Update from Tim in Haiti

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Tim made it successfully to Haiti to minister and assist with relief efforts there. His bags even made it with him! So far, he is without internet service, but texted that he is safe and sound. We praise God for the successful completion of this initial phase of this trip and will continue to pray for traveling mercies. I'm sure that when he can, he will communicate reports.

In Him,
Chris

Nicaragua 09

Greetings.  Grace and peace in Christ Jesus. 

What an awesome experience to be here in Nicaragua.  I have been trying to upload pictures to the blog, but have been unsuccessful so far.  I have a new camera and apparently my pictures are now to large to load.  Bummer.  I'm sure that there will be some way to fix the problem later.

Recife, Brazil

It has been great to be here in Brazil for the last few days. I can certainly see why so many people enjoy vacationing here, living here and serving the Kingdom here. I have enjoyed the scenery, the food, and especially the people.  We had an encouraging worship service on Sunday as we gathered with Christians and Missionaries from all over Recife. On Monday, we were encouraged by several speakers in the lectureship and were able to see even more of the city. The Pan-Am lectures are being held in a hotel that overlooks the beach.  The beach stretches out for miles from my 10th floor window.  You can see in the picture the line of hotels along the beach and the reefs that give Recife its name. It can certainly be challenging to travel the world and do mission work!

On The Road Again!

Once again, God is allowing me to travel the globe. I am sitting at the DFW airport about to head to a flight to Miami and from there to Brazil.  This will be my second time attending the Pan-Am lectures and my first trip to Brazil, so I am understandably excited.  Last year, it was held in Quito, Ecuador where SIBI sent a mission team, and this year it is in Recife, Brazil where SIBI sent a mission team.  I am prepared to be amazed at what God is doing through the school, it's graduates and these mission families.  I feel blessed to be able to witness first hand what God has done.  I look forward not only to attending the lectures and talking about what Sunset is doing around the globe, but teaching a couple of days in the school in Recife.  Truitt will be joining me later and we will both be blessed to teach.

Where Were You?

My thoughts immediately go back to our apartment in Donetsk, Ukraine when I see images or hear a song or story about that ominous Sept. 11th when the USA was attacked by terrorists.  On this anniversary, here are a few of my memories:

1. Wondering if it was some sort of horrible reality show idea, or something actually occurring as we watched it unfold on BBC.

2. Feeling more than 6,000 miles away as we thought of our family and friends struggling with this back in the USA.

3. Being awestruck with the expressions of sorrow and the prayers of the Ukrainian Christians who suffered so for us and for our country on that day and the days that followed.

Yet Another Ministry Training School!

It is amazing to see what God is doing in our Sunset International Schools! There is no way that we could have dreamed or imagined how many nations and peoples of the world we would affect or how many lives would be affected by the gospel of Christ through these schools.  The school in Thailand (pictured here) is a school that we value highly.  They are making a great difference for Christ in Thailand, Laos and other surrounding countries.  What a blessing to see this work continue to grow and develop under God's mighty hand!  I hope that you will spread the word.  I would be excited to come and talk about the growth of the kingdom through schools like these in your congregation.  Just set up an appointment and I will come and present the good news we have to share today!  Aren't we all ready for some good news?

Championship

Taking a few moments to celebrate my alma mater winning the NAIA national championship in baseball.  Lubbock Christian won the championship early Saturday morning.  Their last championship was right before I became a student at Lubbock Christian in 1983.  I hope that those in the city of Lubbock and all of those who attend LCC or LCU will celebrate this incredible accomplishment.  Go Chaps!

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