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.

AIMers in Port Elizabeth

I can't wait to get back to the USA, download my pictures and let you see a good picture of our Port Elizabeth, South Africa AIMers! What a thrill to visit them and see the incredible things that they are doing in the Kingdom!  They are working with school children, working in congregations, and so much more.  But look at the picture (I'll give you a second to look)... Does this look like the mission field to you??? Seriously. What a beautiful place.  They have great beaches, restaurants, and you can even get multiple English channels on TV! Of course, our AIMers get dirty feeding the hungry, serving orphans, assisting widows, teaching classes, working in the congregations, etc. It is still mission work and we should all be proud of them. Beautiful places are just as stained by sin as any other place and have just as many hidden dangers and trials.

In South Africa

Greetings!  I have a good internet connection! I am in South Africa in a flat located in the Southern Africa Bible College building in Johannesburg. I now have internet, but no monkeys racing around in the trees above my head. I guess it's a fair trade off. I am taking good pictures and will share some with you upon my return. Tomorrow I head to Port Elizabeth to see our AIMers and then will be off to Botswana. What a blessing to be able to serve God this way!

The future for Malawi looks promising. I forsee an army of evangelistic Christian soldiers taking the region by storm. We witnessed baptisms, Bible studies, bicycles that were ridden to other nations on mission trips, and so much more!  It was an evangelistic thrill!  It revives my soul to see such a spirit of evangelism present in the local church. We have much to teach. We have much to learn.

Still Alive in Malawi

Greetings.

In Malawi

Greetings. Just wanted everyone to know that Mark and I made it safely. I am having some internet issues – it keeps cutting out, so I hope that you receive this email. I haven't been able to read any that I have been sent yet, but hope to find a good connection soon. It might take a few days. We had a scheduling issue (our itinerary didn't match times on ticket) that cut short our time in Johannesburg, but we made the flight and are spending the night in Lilongwe before driving 6-7 hours tomorrow to the Lakeshore area in the far North.

On The Road Again

It's that time again.  Time for another excursion to witness the great things that God is doing around the world and to participate as God opens doors.  It is amazing to see what Sunset is doing on the African continent.  It is such a blessing to serve at the Sunset International Bible Institute in the International Studies Division through our 57 ministry training schools.  Mark Samsill and I will be visiting preachers, teachers and ministry trainers in Malawi, Botswana and South Africa. Normally, this trip would also include Zambia, but I was able to meet with David French of the Mapepe Bible College while he was in Lubbock.  It should be a great opportunity.

Back at LCU

Thanks to my good friends from college on facebook, I am getting to see some pictures of my days as an undergraduate at Lubbock Christian. Pictured here are the men of the social club Alpha Chi Delta.  I am on the 2nd row, just above the "a" in Delta, surrounded by close friends from college days.  What a blessing it was to be at LCC (I was in the last class of LCC before it became LCU).

Now our two sons walk the same campus that Brenda and I walked years ago.  Alan and Daniel are both students at LCU and we are, of course, proud of them.  What's even more amazing is that there are famiy members of other students in this picture that are walking the campus as well.

The Glamour of Mission Work

Truman Scott, pictured here teaching our faculty and staff at a SIBI retreat, has one of the great mission hearts of our generation. While not able to travel as he would like, from his computer he keeps in contact with the world and his leadership and expertise still affect the nations today. As my "forefather" in the International Division, Truman is precious to me and has provided the foundation for any of the good works God has done through my hands. More than that, Truman is a great scholar, author and thinker. He wrote a bulletin article and I thought it would be great to share it with all of you.  He has entitled the article, "The Glamour of Mission Work". 
 

 

 

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