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Partnering in Interactive Videoconferencing

It is amazing to see our Executive Director, Truitt Adair (standing), and a classroom of students from the Quito School of Biblical Studies in Quito, Ecuador studying at the feet of Armando Alaniz from the Texas Gulf Coast Bible Institute in Houston, Texas!  Brother Alaniz, who taught at Sunset when I was a student in the late '80's teaches Spanish speaking students in the USA, Central America and South America from the classroom in Houston by interactive videoconferencing.  Armando can see the students and the students can see him and even ask questions in real time.  What an incredible way to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus around the world!

Holiday Greetings and Job Transition

I want to wish a Happy Holidays to all of you.  For those who speak a different language, I hope that you can find the appropriate message in the picture to the left.  This has been an incredible year, and I thank God for His blessings and divine providence and for blessing me with you.  You are a special gift from God and I am grateful.

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...

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. 

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.

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.



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