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Scripture @ Sunrise 1.26.09

Wow, what a day!  Where do I even start?!  I was once again humbled by the mercies of God, which is always good!  I guess I’ll just give you a little morsel of what I learned today from each message I heard.  Ok, so you know it was a really good day when even have to include the devotion!  :o) 

DEVOTION by Roger Harden on Romans 1
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”  -Romans 1:18-19
His devotion reminded me of some of my newest favorite song lyrics: Before the Throne of God Above.

SUNDAY SCHOOL by Steve Dawson
But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” -John 17:13
Don’t ask me how I picked one verse out of this chapter.  I don’t know.  What stuck out to me in this verse is part of our joy comes from thinking about all the promises of John 17!

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE by Bro. Harold Bratcher, missionary to Brazil
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” -Philippians 2:7 (be sure to read the rest!)
This passage is always breathtaking to me and there is just too much to write about. 

SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE by Wayne Sparks
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  -Hebrews 10:24-25  (Read all the passages Wayne read.)
What an encouragement Bro. Wayne was to me tonight.  He definitely practiced what he preached.  A few of those questions to ask yourself:
*Have you provoked someone? 
*Have you considered someone?  (remember considerate is opposite of inconsiderate)
*Have you considered everyone? 
*Have you exhorted anyone?
*Have you urged anyone in their walk with the Lord?
*Have you forsaken anyone? 

What a great way to start the week, people!  :o)

Isaiah 58 (September 30, 2008)

We were blessed Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at our Isaiah 58 Ministry. Although we had only about half the people we normally have (it’s getting a little chilly outside now!), there was more interaction between our members and neighbors than there has ever been before. We hope the Lord will grow the seeds that were planted and those that were watered. May he always be glorified through our lives.

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Mission Update: The Tates

Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah
Roger, Julie, Emily, Amy, & Josiah

Rain, Cold & Lack of Electricity
We are currently in the rainy and cold season. That’s right, the cold season. I know we are only 100 miles north of the equator, but it’s chilly here at 6,000 feet of altitude. Also, it rains everyday through the months of July and August so the roads are a mess and the electricity goes out just about every day for at least a little while. That being said, the rain, cold and lack of electricity isn’t going to stop us. Our goal is still to bring joy in Christ to the Kenyan people.

Right now, however, there is still so much to try and get set up. I’ve been working hard to get a reliable internet connection and I think I have the most reliable setup I’m going to get for at least a little while. At least it keeps us connected to the rest of the world. Julie’s also working hard to get a homeschool schedule set up for the kids. She wants to start homeschooling the kids August 4th. Right now her biggest challenge in this arena is figuring out how to homeschool three of them without any materials or curriculum. You see, she’s having to do this because our container with all of our homeschool material that we spent months collecting while still in the States is currently stuck in Mombasa (coastal city in Kenya). First, it got delayed because the Port Authority was moving towards using a computerized system and things were not going well. Then it was delayed further because of a railway strike. And right now it is being delayed again because of a strike in the office of the Port Authority. Julie’s doing a great job with alternative options, though. The arrival of our container is probably our number one prayer request right now. Please keep this matter before the Lord.

Involvement in ministry is coming along slowly because of all the other things that we’ve needed to do to get set up.  We’ve been in Kenya for almost two months and have moved four times already.  Even though stability is nonexistent right now, we’ve been getting to know church members, I’ve been meeting with the Pastors and even made my first house visit (that was an experience).  In the month of August, I’ll start teaching in the Bible institute and working more with the Pastors, as well as trying to get a week-long Bible club for kids set up with Amos, the young Kenyan man who works with the youth here.  So, the month of August should prove to be exciting and challenging.  Please also pray for our ministry opportunities and that we would reach many, many Kenyans with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Roger

Updated Contact Information:
Address: P.O. Box 761
Kitale, Kenya 30200

E-mail:
Rojuta [at] gmail.com

Website:
http://www.TatesInAfrica.com

Together for the Gospel 2008

The guys returned from the Together from the Gospel Conference yesterday.  We are having to grab them by their feet and pull them back down to earth! 

Check out some of the incredible messages they heard here or read the blog of an attendee here.  Ladies, if your husband attended the conference, I wish I had posted this on here earlier, but it’s still a good little encouraging read that will give you a different perspective on staying home while your husband was at the conference…here

Check out Nick’s dad’s pictures from the conference here or here
(Here’s one courtesy of Mr. Ring to make you want more!) 

Group from our church that went to T4G 2008 in Louisville.
Pray that the passion for Christ and His Word that was reignited there will only increase and not grow dim.