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Prayer Letter July 2010

Hello dear praying friends,

Things are moving now! The road is being repaired and they seem to be moving fast, we had over one thousand pineapples ready for picking; Joyce has taken them down to Ndola in the Copper belt; she went on a hired lorry with Gift our son and her brother Rogger, this is cause for praise.

I’ve handed out many NKJ Bibles to English speaking local church elders and deacons, they are very pleased to have these Bibles as the Lunda Bible is very shallow and has neither maps, concordance nor centre reference margin. The Bibles Castlefields Chapel sent are ideal and a true Godsend, they see things more clearly and are able to share with their individual churches, the Bibles help to improver their English too.

I’ve been having some good conversations  with these men on scripture and doctrine, we need good old expository preaching in this area.  All this is cause for praise and thanksgiving. Please pray that this work of the LORD will continue.

It’s also been good to be able to do the secular work, fabricating , welding, teaching youngsters

and having opportunities for biblical conversations. I can truly say “Oh LORD how great thou art!”

We have a good water supply at present and the veggie garden is coming on well.

Please could any one send seeds for root vegetables such as parsnips, swedes, turnips, carrots; we are able to  get cauliflower, broccoli and tomatoes, I want introduce the children to these good root vegetables. We now have access to manure, which is a great advantage as the soil here is very poor.

The children’s work is going very well, I thank the LORD I’m able give a gospel message most evenings, it always includes repentance; and the Lord’s work of salvation, they understand that they cannot save themselves. They are very clear on these major points, I don’t spend a lot time on singing choruses, the gospel message is the focus.

Joyce is going with our Sunday school to the annual camp, this is three days and nights in the bush, teaching and singing, may God bless their time and keep them safe.

So dear friends, there is much to pray for in thanksgiving and supplications: Philippians 4 verse 6, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Thank you all for your support and prayers,

Yours in the LORD JESUS CHRIST,

Bernard and Joyce.

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Update

We will not able to visit U.K. this year.

The road work has started; they have 60, kilometres left to repair before the rains start in late September.

The pineapples have started to grow, a few are nearly ripe but the main harvest is a few months off yet. We have been clearing the parts of the field that have overgrown, as there has been little maintenance over the past couple of years; we have planted new suckers which should produce fruit next. We have a full 10 hectares of plants now.

Yesterday was a day of mixed blessings, the young mum Gladys, young boy Gift and baby Bestina returned home to their village yesterday. They came to us about 4 months ago. Gift was very ill and Gladys was also in a poor state, they are now well. I drove them home late yesterday afternoon. When we got to the village everyone came running and cheering, they all started thanking me and praising God. I gave Gift to his grandmother and gave him a big HUG; I struggled to fight back the tears. He is a very loving five years old lad I did not want him to go, but I have learned not to hold on to the kids, they must get on with their lives; please pray for this little family.

The car is running well please give thanks to the Lord for your prayers answered.

It’s been a busy week.

First the president visited our little town Ikelenge, he flew in by helicopter and stayed for about an hour at the invitation of the chieftainess of Ikelenge.

Peter gave the first speech and made requests for the road to be repaired, help to be given to the small pineapple farmers and for the town to be declared a sub B.O.M.A., which means to have status as an official town with all the infrastructure that is needed, e.g.proper communications, post office modern medical centre etc.

I had a surprise visit from a man named Cephas who came to the Lord at a small church where they had asked me to speak about two years ago. while I was speaking he started weeping and said I am a bad sinner. We met in the pastor’s house after the service and he told us about his past life concerning his marriage and an affair with another woman. He thought he was too sinful to be forgiven. I told him “though your sins be as scarlet Jesus will make them as white as snow,” that no matter what he’d done if he repented the Lord will forgive and so on. Well he is still walking with the Lord, his smile was beaming , he is now a deacon in that little church. What a Saviour!

Sunday night I woke up with a terrible toothache and stayed awake all that night, I phoned the local dentist working at Kalene hospital, who told me to take antibiotic tablets for three days and then she would deal with the problem tooth, which had broken off well up into the upper gum. I suffered for three days and finally I prayed that all would go well as I must say I am a coward concerning DENTISTS!!!!! She was a Zambian lady from Lusaka, my dear friend Maurice took me into the surgery and introduced me, I knew the Lord was upholding me, she did a perfect job and I had no bleeding or long term pain afterwards. The next day I would not have known that I’d had a tooth  removed the day before, What a Saviour!!!

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND THANK THE LORD FOR

ANSWERING AS HE DID

Every blessing, Bernard and Joyce.

Prayer Letter-April

Mid April 2010

Dear friends,

We thank you all for your prayers, we rely on them so much, and they were answered in many ways.

I had to go down to Lusaka three weeks ago to collect my work permit; I sat around for just over a week, enquiring every day, it took me three days to get down to the capital, due to the state of the roads. I was away for over two weeks and there was no hope of getting back home as the road to Ikelenge was cut off due to continued heavy rains. I obtained my work permit at 3pm on the Thursday and a dear Christian offered me a lift back to Ikelenge in his plane, I got home in 2 1/4 hours, praise the Lord.

All the children are well, the feeding program seems to be working very well. We put soya in every meal that’s three meals a day. We want to introduce soya to the women in the villages. We took in a young single mum called Gladys who has two boys. one year old the other five years old. The five year old’s name is Gift, he was very ill his breathing was very fast and he had a high temperature and was unconscious, his face and stomach were very bloated. I was alone, I gave him liquid Panadol which he responded to after a while and after two weeks he was as fit as a fiddle. He is still with us until we think he can go back to his village.

We hope the road will be repaired as soon as the rains stop. We are told the president will be flying out to Ikelenge on Wednesday , it’s unusual because it’s only a very small village in the bush, let’s pray that the Lord lays it on his heart to get the road repaired soon!

The ladies’ bible study is still well attended, there two new-comers. Joyce has to attend a seminar for Sunday school teachers as all teachers have to hold a certificate now as law and must be registered.

Please pray. Giving thanks for prayers answered and pray for God’s continued blessing on His work.

Every blessing to all our praying friends, yours in HIM

Bernard and Joyce.

Update

As  most of you know, Bernard visited the U.K. from January to February. The prayer letters/ e.mails update regularly. It’s interesting to follow the progress of the work.

When the work began, Bernard envisaged having livestock. It’s clear from the letters and from talking to Bernard that livestock farming was economically unsustainable so the Pineapple farm is the most recent venture.

January- February 2010

Dear Friends,

We have combined two months prayer requests as I have been in the U.K. for four weeks.

My return was somewhat hazardous for the last 65 kilometres, Joyce was with me, the road has had no maintenance over the last year or so and we are in the middle of the rain season. We were bogged down for two hours in a pouring rain storm; the car was loaded and leaning sideways 45 degrees. I thought we were really in the mire and going deeper with the heavy rain. It was getting dark and we were in the middle of the bush. Seven guys got us out after 2 hours; it took us 6 hours to get through that last 65 kilometres.

We thank you for your prayers as we know people were praying for us that week. We thank you for all your prayers.

All our children are safe and healthy, the health and welfare of our children is always paramount here. The chapel is finished and we held the first two meetings on Sunday at 10am and 2pm, all went very well.
Joyce had a good attendance at the ladies Bible study and prayer meeting. The nursery is going well.

The Maize is growing very well; but bad news about the pineapples, most of the crop for this month has been lost, the fruit is rotting in the field because no lorries have come to collect the harvest. It is important that the pineapple farm is a success as it would make the mission self sustaining and we could feed more malnourished families. We feed over 30 children and there are many that could be reached with food, clothing and most importantly the Gospel because they all go together.

In the villages they need things like soap and repairs to their simple dwellings, we in the west take all these things for granted we don’t realise the daily needs until we are without them.

We are asking friends to pray for the Lord to provide a lorry, a 3 to 4 tonner so we can take our own goods to markets in the Congo and elsewhere. We can’t afford more losses like those of the past few weeks.

Please pray for the:
• Continued planting of new suckers for next season’s harvest.
• The continuing work the Gospel with the children.
• The continued good health of the children.

Thank you all for your support please feel free to e-mail it good to hear from you.

Every blessing Bernie and Joyce.

Travel

Joyce is travelling from Ikelenge to Lusaka over the next few days. She travelled to the Copperbelt as a motor-bike passenger. Bernard asks for prayer for her safety as she has at least a further eight hours travelling before arriving in Lusaka.

Bernard returns to Zambia this Wednesday 1oth February, please pray for a safe journey for him too.