Saturday, September 04, 2010

Timothy Ministries: Important Information about the rest of 2010

Dear Mission Friends and Family,

Please STOP and read this letter. It will give you very important information about the rest of 2010, well into 2011, for those of us who work together in Timothy Ministries here and overseas. It'll help you know how to pray for all of us.

In October, Larry and Sue will leave Beloit, once more, to preach the Word of God and strengthen local churches in Colorado, California, Arizona, and along the Mexican border.  From Autumn through next Spring, they will teach, preach, pastor, and counsel in numerous places as itinerant missionaries in the American Southwest. Between speaking at Church Mission and Bible Conferences and caring for the spiritual needs of hundreds of senior citizens and "snowbirds", they will put on 1000s of miles and keep happily active serving Jesus Christ. Along with the hands-on work, they continue to consult and mentor many Christian pastors and their families in Europe, Africa, and North America. One of the great joys of the mission work is to watch younger Christian pastors, whom they've trained, take their place in local, regional, and national leadership in their countries.

In 2011, following grandchildren's High School graduations and officiating at the wedding of a Christian friend and co-worker, Larry and Sue will begin to plan for one more trip to Europe and Africa to encourage and support the evangelists, pastors, and congregations with whom they've ministered since 1993. It's time to hand over all the overseas work and become their "Cheerleaders!"

One such young man is Israel Kande, pastor of the Emmanuel Church in Capetown, South Africa. Through the years of hard work at Kum Bible College (KBC) with Edmunds and Brenda Flatela, Charles Damse, and Ewart Masondo, we discovered "God's man" for the war refugees from the Congo who were forced to flee their land and settle in Capetown. Pastor Kande is a resourceful, bright, energetic spiritual leader who has established a wonderful ministry to the downtrodden, poor, and homeless. We consider it an honor to have Israel and his wife, Rachel, as our Timothy partners. Soon, he will also return to Kinshasa, Congo to conduct evangelistic meeting there. We are supporting his work and have since his days with us at (KBC).

Larry and Sue continue to teach and counsel young Mexican Christians who are getting their pastoral training on the "border" where life, itself, is a risk. We cannot pray enough for those young men and women who are called to "carry the Light of Christ" in a very, very dark land. We must be like "Aaron and Hur" to them, if we can.

Havalyn Nesler, our "woman in Belgium" is beginning a new and exciting chapter of her missionary life. As our Timothy Worker in French-speaking churches, she has planted "good seed" for the Gospel and is ready to head into the next phase of her work. We'll let her tell you first-hand .....
"After spending a challenging, miraculous, and eye-opening six months working and training in Belgium, I am just back in the USA and hard at work "earning my keep" and continuing the training process that began overseas. During my time spent in Auvelais, Belgium, God showed me a tremendous need for committed church workers and I know I am personally called to help nurture and prepare Belgian Christians for Christian ministry. I will return to Auvelais and the greater Sambreville area in August, 2011 as a long-term missionary, working with the same church where I've been ministering since January, 2010. During this year in America, I will travel with Larry and Sue in the Midwest (and then "solo'?) to raise prayer and financial support. I'll also begin coursework with Moody Bible Institute toward a "Certificate in Biblical Studies" so that I'll be better equipped to minister now and upon my return to Belgium. Please pray for me as I balance all these responsibilities ... a full-time job, school, home and family, and the raising of my support during these next 11 months. God bless you for caring about me. " –Havalyn

Over the years, we've been blessed with wonderful co-workers. We consider Havalyn one of our "torchbearers for Jesus" in Timothy Ministries' future. With people like Havalyn (in Europe), Israel and Rachel and Edmunds and Brenda (in Africa), and Larry and Sue still wandering all over the place (plus our home volunteers) we have high hopes for the simple, quiet mission of the Timothy Ministries family TO GLORIFY GOD, STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH, AND OFFER CHRIST WHEREVER WE GO!

We thank you for
praying ...

–Larry & Sue
2 Timothy 2:2