Ken Wagler visited the saints in India and recorded some of the work that he witnessed there.
Once again on Jan. 4th the first of two well drilling teams left for Zambia and as usual the unknown lay ahead, but even in those members of the team that were placed there by the Lord it was evident that He was working “all things out for His glory”. The first team consisted of Steve Vandenbrink, Walter Kropf and Mark Lichty to focus on well drilling along with Brian Anderson and myself to focus on saw milling a huge pile of logs into lumber to be used on a building project up at Sakeji mission school and also for various building projects around Chitokoloki. Steve had been on several previous teams and was able to carry on with well drilling as Brian and I spent the majority of our time milling the logs that had been brought in to Chit and were awaiting our arrival. Brian is a service technician with Wodmizer and his help in servicing the sawmill and in milling the lumber proved to be such a blessing. So for the three weeks they were with us Steve, Walter and Mark were able to drill three wells, each one with its own challenges while Brian and I worked away on the sawmill. Brian, Walter and Mark had to return home before the end of Jan. and were replaced by a second team consisting of Dave Wagler, Colin Metzger and Roy Horst. They installed the last of the pumps at Chit before moving to Dipalata mission along with Steve and myself to begin drilling the first of four wells up there. While they worked on the first of the four wells drilled there Steve and I began a building project along with Jeff Speichinger the local missionary, using some of the lumber we had cut for him down at Chit. We also installed a grinding mill for Jeff to make feed for his flock of goats as well as custom grind maze for the local folks, this will be a new ministry opportunity for him to connect with the local people. We also installed a total of 12 more solar panels to his solar installation to give him 24hr. power along with a solar powered pump to pump water for them from a well we had previously drilled. Dave was also able to use the tractor to clear several acre of land for Jeff to begin a small garden/farming project.
This year also gave many opportunities for sharing the gospel. Each village where a well was drilled had a gospel presentation at the well dedication and there were several requests for bible studies in a couple of the villages. Also each Tues. and Thurs. afternoon 15 to 25 young men as well as one lady a local school teacher came to Jeff’s house for a bible study. These proved to be very special times with great interest and many questions. These sessions would last 2 or 3 hrs. with them often having to walk home in the dark, but no one wanted to leave. We also had opportunity to minister in several of the local assemblies and also out at the Katonto assembly conference about 2 hrs. out in the bush from Dipalata. These are unique opportunities and only eternity will reveal all that was accomplished for the Lord, but we trust He was honoured in and through all these many activities this year. Some of us were able to extend our tickets and so we returned home in there different stages on Mar. 4th, 10th and 17th.
We also were made aware again of the pressing need for wells in these remote villages as on Mar.10th the day Colin and I returned home, a young 14 yr, old girl fom Kabambi village where we had just installed our last pump was taken by a croc and a lady from Manoah village where we had just drilled but did not have the pump installed yet was also badly bitten but managed to escape. So we pray for health and strength to be able to carry on this very needy work.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
This video clip is of the well dedication at Endoma village near Dipalata mission station in North West Province of Zambia. The only source of water for these people prior to the well being drilled was the McKondo River which is somewhat polluted with Bilharzia a deadly parasite and crocodiles. In fact just a few days before this dedication one of the ladies from the village was taken by one but managed to escape but lost the calf muscle on the back of one leg. So you can understand the excitement of having good clean water and no more trips to the river for drinking water. This also gave us a great opportunity for a gospel message and we also present the village young people with a soccer ball which is also in the colours of the wordless book which we use to present the gospel to the young people and children which is received with much excitement.
I have been a little slow lately. My computer crashed and I was without it for a week while the mechanic fixed it. Seems to be working okay, for now!!
The Lord is really Blessing HIS work through us as we are having people come to Christ literally every Sunday. This past Sunday I was preaching and was really humbled by how much they were paying attention.
One thing about living here full time is that you really get to know the people there fore you learn ways to properly disciple them. For instance with the mountain people Al, they are all basically farmers with gardens and animals. I was telling them that once you are saved you cannot go back to the way you use to live. You cannot say you are a Christian yet continue to live as you had. To describe this in a manner that they could all understand I told them they cannot be like baby pigs that have just been washed and then return to the mud to get dirty again.
Al it was like a light went on in their head, you should have seen the reaction!!
Another time I was preaching at another church plant we have and I was talking about bearing the mark of Christ, it went right over their head till I described it like this. You know Al when farmers brand their cattle for identification, well the mountain people do the same thing. So when I described to them about bearing the mark of Christ that way they got it. HE knows HIS sheep!!!!
Anyway Brother it has been a Blessing to see how GOD is moving amongst the mountain people.
Today we are delivering our last batch of coffee plants to some of the families I have been working with.
Construction on the radio station should start again next week, the road is almost finished.
Al please Thank everyone for their Prayers and support.
PS: Last Sunday we were able to hand out some food to the entire congregation
Report # 12 From: Tony Jones – Haiti
Sorry for the delay in letting you know how our 3 day outreach went I had a cold mixed with a little Asama while I was up there and the cold damp mountains sure didn’t help.
Needless to say say we had such a Blessed time and will now be going back up there on a regular basis. The first day Franz drove Enoc and Edward up to where we were holding our outreach, they preached that night in a school we were using. They told me that about 20 people showed up the first night as many did not know we were coming.
The next day Franz came down to get me while Enoc and Edward preached over the loud speaker during the day telling everyone to come out. So that night was movie night (The Jesus film) and it was standing room only. We had about 70 people crammed into this room, most told us they heard Enoc and Edward that day over the loud speaker so they came out. There was a man there I had helped about a year ago while travelling through his area, his name is “Example” in English. He had brought 6 people with him from his community, they walked 2 1/2 hours one way to come see us. As before when I have showed this film many people were moved and once the film was finished Edward preached for about 15 minutes. During that time we had 6 people receive Christ and about 50 raised their hands who were interested to hear more. So we told them to come to Church in the morning.
During the showing of the Jesus film there was a leader from the Catholic Church in attendance, it is the only church up there. He apparently went to some of his congregation and told them about us. Sunday attending our service was about half of that Catholic Church, it was a full house.
It was truly a Blessing for me to see Enoc and Edward preaching the truth with such confidence and authority, they really got to these people. After the service was over none of them left but asked question after question after question. While they were asking their questions we had prepared a hot meal for them all and fed them.
Also there on Sunday was Example again, this time he brought more from his community. Before we left about 60 in attendance begged us to please come back so beginning in January we will be going up there every Sunday to minister to these people.
Now after we got back the next day Example shows up at my door, he had traveled 9 hours to come see me. He is the main government leader in his community and a solid Christian. That is me with my arm around him. He told me he had been trying for years to have someone come to his community to preach the Gospel, nobody wanted to come up. He knew I was the only one working in the mountains and he literally begged me and Enoc to please come and minister to his community. His area is another 2 1/2 hour donkey ride from where we held our outreach. He said “Brother Tony” I am willing to build a road all the way to our community just so it will be easier for you to come preach the Gospel to my people. Instantly GOD put on my heart to say “Yes we will come” I said “Example it would be a Blessing to come to your community, of course we will come. He started to tear-up which of course made me tear-up, it was a Blessed time.
Starting the first week of January 80 men from his area will start building a 7klm road to reach his community. After they are done they will then go another 5 klm to another area where I have been helping so that we can reach those people with the Gospel. For their efforts I will be supplying the food to keep them going.
In 2008 when I started working in the mountains the mountain people in that area did the same thing, they built a road to make it easier for me to reach them. It then took me 5 hours to reach them but now that the road is built it takes me only 2 hours, this is where I am building the radio station.
Brothers and Sisters the Lord is moving amongst the mountains in Haiti.
Thank you so much for your Prayers and support …..GOD is good.
Haite Report #11 – December 12, 2016
As most of you know my heart has been with the mountain people that live above Grand Goave. With a total population of around 115,000 only 7% actually live in the town, the remaining 93% live in the mountains.
In the town of Grand Goave we have 22 Missions, 7 radio stations, 10 orphanages, 1 hospital, 6 clinics and approximately 25 schools. All of these are servicing 7% of the population, in the mountains where the remaining 93% live there are schools which the mountain people have built and nothing else.
Since the hurricane I have never seen such suffering in the mountains as I have during these last couple of months. I’m not sure if it’s the extra hardships they are facing since the hurricane or a move of God but I feel something spiritually is changing up there. I have been working in some of the mountain areas for the last 8 years. The first time I witnessed fruits from our labor was about 1 1/2 years into disciplining the men,woman and children.
We are now leading 3 mountain church’s and have seen some remarkable spiritual growth during the last 8 months. But just in the last couple of weeks I am seeing things that just don,t add up. Since the hurricane we have been going into the mountains just about every day taking the people food etc. In my coming up to 10 years here I have never seen such hopelessness in the peoples eyes. Mountain people are really really tough and very rarely cry but during these last couple of months I have seen many tears. 4 weeks ago we delivered food into an area I hadn’t visited before, to give you an idea if you were to walk there it would take you 8 hours
Like always after unloading the Gator and before loading the donkeys so the men can return to their community we sit down with them and begin a conversation. If we only meet their physical needs we are just another charity, as a Christian we must address their spiritual hunger also. I usually start by asking them how their families are, what are their greatest needs and if there is anything we can Pray about for them.
After some conversation we then begin to witness to them as most of the people up there are involved in voodoo. During this conversation I noticed that one of the leaders was really interested in what we were saying, he listened intensely. His name is Victory in English and seemed to be really moved by our conversation. As we finished up he invited us back again in which we relied “No problem we will come see you again”
Well last week he contacted Enoc whom was with me and asked if we could come up to do a 3 day revival in his area. Now Brothers and Sisters this has never happened before, most leaders up in the mountains are usually asking witch doctors to come see them. So I want to ask your Prayers during Dec 23rd, 24th and 25th as we are going up there to do a 3 day revival. I will also be showing them the Jesus film in their native language Creole, no one up there has ever seen a movie or even knows what one is. I truly believe the breath of GOD is going the breath on these souls.
Thanks so much for your Prayers and support.
Lord Bless Tony
DNS RELIEF FELLOWSHIP
Distributing to the Needs of Saints Romans 12:13
Sent forth with the hope that someone will feel the nudge to
keep praying, keep trusting & keep going
Haiti has not recovered from the disastrous 2010 earthquake which caused absolute devastation. On October 4, 2016 it experienced the full impact of Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, and as a result 1,600 lives were lost. Some of the poor living in remote mountainous areas have lost everything including crops that were their only source of income. Galatians 2:10 reminds us of the priority of sharing the gospel in word and deed in a time of need. “They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.”
Relief efforts have been ongoing in the most difficult to reach places. Tony Jones, from Ontario, has been assisting many from his home base in Grand Goave, Haiti and wrote, “We have been in the mountains just about every day for the last 3 weeks. We are taking up food, Cholera medicine, water treatment additives and tarps and then bringing anyone that is sick down to the hospital. I will begin to purchase animals, seeds for planting, coffee trees, roof sheeting, building supplies, clothes and other essentials that the mountain people need for survival. Last Sunday in one of the areas where I work, we were able to hold our first meeting of the church since the hurricane. I’m also buying bibles and songbooks that were lost during the storm and a horse so some of the Haitians working with me can get around up there.” Updates are posted on the DNS website www.dnsrelief.com
The generosity of the saints from Canada is blessing the work among the unreached parts of India where most of the people are branded as ‘Tribals’.
In the summer of 2015 DNS, in association with Chris Samuel Ministries, initiated a well drilling program to provide access to clean drinking water in remote mountain villages. The wells became an opening for the gospel. In August 2016 one particular village saw 8 new believers come forward to testify for the Lord in baptism. An assembly has started to function there for the first time in the history of this area. A children’s program, bible training and regular outreach is still going on to bless this beginning. A young man from this group has dedicated a half acre of his land for the purpose of establishing a new assembly building. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance.
In the summer of 2016, we drilled another 12 wells in remote mountain villages to bless the people with drinking water. It soon became evident that a few of these villages were hearing the gospel for the first time in their history. We are hoping to see many more assemblies established in these villages through this drinking water project. Please remember our local workers in this outreach as they continue to visit these villages, preaching the gospel, and teaching the new believers.
Sakeji Mission School, Zambia
Sakeji Mission School has a small workshop and Mark Ronald, the school headmaster, uses it to teach industrial arts (“shop”) to students at the school. Douglas Hanna and a brother in Markham have a vision of enlarging the workshop and equipping it with good tools and equipment in order that the students can learn a variety of life skills and develop a Biblical work ethic. The building expansion has begun on the workshop which will house woodworking equipment including a band saw, lathes, a shaper, thickness planer, a jointer, dust collector, compressor, table saws, sanders and assorted hand tools and work benches. Since electrical equipment that is used in Zambia must meet British standards, a table saw, jointer, bobbin sander, and dust collector have been purchased in England and are on their way to Sakeji. Please pray that the Lord will use this equipment to His glory.
DNS Relief Fellowship was established to help ease the poverty in Third World countries. The name was chosen from Rom.12:13 – Distributing to the Needs of Saints. DNS is governed by a Board of Directors (see www.dnsrelief.org ) and is registered as Charitable Organization No.8881- 23573-R0001.
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