Tomorrow July 10, new believers in the village of Mahamasina will be baptized in a river known for having crocodiles. We aren’t worried about the crocs because locals say if we make a lot of commotion the crocs will go away. The same is true for the enemy of the cross. When we make a lot of spiritual commotion (praying in faith, quoting Scripture), the devil flies. We ask that you pray and make a spiritual co-motion concerning this new church that is starting. Three men and one woman, if not more, should be baptized. These 4 baptized believers will be the 1st members of the Baptist Church in Mahamasina. There are several other new believers but they have yet to commit to make this next step. Pray for these new believers to stand firm in their faith. Pray for a strong, healthy, reproducing church to be planted. Pray that this church will grow numerically as well as spiritually and they will be a lighthouse for Christ Jesus in the heart of a very, spiritually dark area in Northern Madagascar.
The Tanala people live in the rain forest of southeast Madagascar. Missionary apprentice Tim praises the Lord by sharing the good news that a group of Tanala believers baptized five new believers just recently and that this group continues to grow by addition. Tim asks you to pray that this group moves to not only grow by addition but to grow by multiplication by planting new churches.
Monica & Steve from Swaziland share:
The new outreach at Ngowane had their first baptism! Four were scheduled to be baptized, but only one showed up. One was heavily pregnant and unable to be baptized at this service and another was prevented from coming by her husband. These are some of the challenges we face in leading and discipling new believers.
We’re entering volunteer teams/summer missionaries season for the next couple of months….bring on those that desire to serve with us in Swaziland…lives will be changed and God will move in mighty ways!
David, on the Kwa Zulu Natal Team, writes:
The church at Is-lo is moving forward. Over the Christmas holidays, many people “go home” for several weeks, heading out of the towns and cities to return to their family homesteads in the rural areas. For some, this becomes a time of temptation and falling away from spiritual things. Sadly, a number of people in the church seem to have fallen away over the break and they have not yet returned to the church, even though they are back in the community.
Please pray that God will move in their hearts so that they might seek forgiveness from Him and return to a habit of weekly worship.
Otherwise the church is moving forward and they just had a baptism service this last Sunday.
What a great day! We want to share with everyone our joy of seeing a believer choose to follow in obedience and be baptised.
This is a big thing. We are definitely thankful for this event and pray that those who saw and also heard this testimony might be spurred to obedience as well.
“L” came to Christ through the witness of our Adventurers, Cara, Heather, and M. We have heard several great testimonies of how the Holy Spirit is working in her life since she was saved. Over the last few months especially, we have seen great advances in her faith and God’s work in her life.
After hearing a simple reminder that we should all be sharing our faith, L began to share her faith with others. We can see two people that she had shared with, one of which we can confirm has believed and another who is struggling with belief due to her Catholic faith. We are so encouraged with L’s boldness to share her faith. Pray for her as we share more tools for her to use and teach others how to share the Gospel.
Back to the baptism. L has been teetering on the fence for several months, but finally felt she could wait no longer. She chose to be baptized in sight of a village that she wants God to work in. Praise the Lord!
L gave her testimony to the people who came, and I baptized her. Then I gave a short Gospel presentation. One adult lady was all that gave feedback, and she simply confirmed that everyone believed already, and that she was Lutheran. After the presentation, we entered the village and visited with a sick woman for a while and then returned home.
While I miss friends and family on holidays especially, this was truly a blessed Thanksgiving.
Here is L leaping with joy after baptism. She’s exclaiming, “Hallelujah! Jesus is alive!”.
Take your time and EXPLORE the world of the TWO OCEANS CLUSTER! We take seriously the Great Commission of Christ - Go and make disciples of every nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all I have commanded you.
* EXPLORE the expanse of Two Oceans territory by looking at all the teams
* CHOOSE 1 team and people group to learn more about . Enlist others in your small groups to pray.
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* Get CONNECTED with a particular team
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