Mission Australia Newsletter

Dear Mission Partners Attached is our November Newsletter. This has been a very eventful month. Sadly, between economic woes and other issues, many of you have been through quite a lot. Know we have you in our hearts and prayers … always giving thanks for you and tell so many of your hardships and the blessings you are to us. We look forward to seeing many of you in a couple of weeks. We also hope to see many of you at “the wedding”. Thank you again for your support. We truly could not be here without your support and encouragement. We love you!! Craig

A Great Experience So Far!

Greetings, Truitt and I have had a great time teaching seminars at the school in Quito, Ecuador and being a first hand witness to the amazing job of ministry training being done here. I look forward to reporting more in the school and ministry efforts here, but I could not be more impressed with the administration (Kent and Sharla Marcum have been here for 20 years doing in amazing job!), faculty, students and graduates of the school here in Quito. There are already several arriving for the Pan American lectures and I anticipate a great experience. Wish you were here! More later...

Memorial - Billie W. Lemons

Billie LemonsBillie Lemons, '82 graduate and preacher at 20th and Birch in Lubbock, died Saturday night in Midland.

Billie Wayne Lemons

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Story last updated at 10/16/2008 - 2:29 am

Billie Wayne Lemons, 53, of Lubbock, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008. He was born in Tyler. His hometown is Pampa, where he graduated from Pampa High School in 1973. His attended Texas A&M University from 1973-1977, studied Psychology and Sociology, received football scholarship; made 2nd team All-Southwest Conference, two years Honorable Mention All-American, Southwestern Conference Champions 1976 and played professional football for the Cleveland Browns in 1977.

Africa Mission Report 3 - The Lakeshore of Malawi

We have been working with 4 gospel preachers in the Lakeshore area of Malawi.  If you are looking at a map of the country, you will find the Lakeshore area to be the far northern area of the country near Lake Malawi, around the city of Karonga. While this area is poorer than most other areas of Malawi, it is beautiful and pleasant and the people are very friendly and considerate. I am always happy to visit our brothers and sisters in this area of Malawi. 

G'Day - Craig and Tomya Peters

Thank you for your prayers concerning this rash of Hurricanes in our Mission/family/friend’s home base. One super storm in a lifetime is more than enough. But for many in this area it was the 2nd major storm in three years! And the 5th hurricane in that period of time to impact them!!

Read more the attached PDF

Africa Mission Report 2 - Mark Samsill and College Hill in Malawi

Mark Samsill and I traveled to Malawi five years ago to visit native preachers supported by the College Hill congregation in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mark (pictured here preaching in Malawi with Brother Malik Ghambi interpreting for him) was one of the mission deacons at College Hill at the time, and is now one of the Shepherds there. We were so excited to see the work of the preachers in the Lakeshore area of Northern Malawi and in the city of Mzimba. They were faithfully preaching the Word of God in multiple congregations, planting new congregations, and were so evangelistic.  We encouraged them and were blessed to teach them. The only problem we saw was that these preachers were spread out among multiple congregations and doing all that was possible for them to do, and there was no one trained to assist them and no one being trained to take their place.

News From the Brumfields

Greetings from Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. We hope and pray that all of you are well and joyfully serving the Lord together. We are still being blessed by our Lord and by you. Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers and for your sacrificial support for our work here. I certainly don’t consider myself worthy of the opportunity to impact the world from here at Sunset but I can rejoice with you in it and continue to do my best by multiplying multipliers. That is actually the opportunity you are giving me here. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!


Fireproof the Movie

Those who know me well, know that I hesitate to do things like this, but I would encourage every teenager, single young adult, and married couple to go to see the movie "Fireproof".  Brad and Kay Pruitt joined Brenda and I on a "date night" to see the movie and found it to be inspiring and beneficial.  As someone who does more than a little marriage counseling, I recommend it wholeheartedly.  I would also recommend the movies "Facing the Giants" and "Flywheel" by the same folks.  It was encouraging to see so many people sitting in a movie theater watching something that exalted Christ, marriage and commitment. 

Africa Mission Report 1 - Jerry Hogg

This begins a series of several articles reporting on my recent trip to Southern Africa.  I look forward to reporting on the efforts of Sunset in Malawi, Botswana and South Africa.  Before discussing these mission points, I want to first introduce you to a long-term missionary to South Africa named Jerry Hogg.

Back From Botswana

Jerry Hogg and I just returned from our excursion to Botswana (pictured here - what a tough life I have!). The travel back and forth is exhausting, but the blessings of meeting with Dennis Malepa (Dean of ACTS - the African Center for Theological Studies), the ACTS Board, and the students in Botswana are tremendous. Rather than asking the churches in America for money, the Board of ACTS has purchased, with funds donated by Christians in Botswana an area for a farm (to allow our students to work and learn skills to be self-supporting and autonomous), a site in Botswana for the permanent school and they have even begun doing some building and improvements!  How refreshing it is to see our African Brethren stepping forward in faith this way!  They are also considering sending a graduate of ACTS named Ananias Moses to SIBI in Lubbock to begin preparations for him teaching at the school and ultimately leading ACTS.



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