God’s Doings in Africa in just One year
The story begins with the step of faith that Pastor Phil Duncan took as a response to God’s calling him to join him at work in Africa where God joined him with the Masha’s family and other faithful ministers of the living God.
It is now one year since God called Pastor Phil to Africa and he has used him to change the ugly face of the church of Christ, encourage the young ministers who work full-time in Africa, facilitate the reaching ministry, to answer many individual and church prayers, show Christ’s love to the community among other doings. For that reason I have listed some of God’s doings with pictures so that you can also see what God is doing through His minister.
The precious rear 4 restrooms for both church and school ladies
I know it takes a great commitment and sacrifice for one to be used by God for such doings to happen but at long last we can see its outcome. These doings are not only surprising the whole community but also build great faith to the believers and gives great honor and glory to the lord.
I would therefore on behalf of the African community take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all the brothers and sisters who joined hands with pastor Phil to make all these doings happen such as Mary Hampson,Sam and Sharon Koon,James Koon,Alan and Melinda Cornwall, Mary Louise Mowrey,David and Tera Myhal,John and Barb Ravotti, Brenda Bates, and Kim McDonald, Bill and Matsue Toney, Don and Hannah Gardner, Jim and Carol Wells, Jerry and Linda Craft, Hal and Trudy Peiper, and Dave and Beth Loveday.
May you all see these doings and be assured that you are all lifted in our daily prayers.
Bye for now,
God’s Doings in Africa two years latter
The story continues with a great commitment that Pastor Phil made to C.B.E.M – AFRICA During his visit. The commitment was to support the C.B.E.M – AFRICA financially after every three months, a commitment that he made with tears.
The great question to this Man of God was, would he be faithful to God to fulfill what he promised Him to do for His Kingdom?
This commitment needed a special reminder
Miss Terri joined him as a special witness of the commitment
May you join me in this walk as we trace his steps to see how faithful he has been to build the Kingdom of God for the second year, so that we may glorify God together with him.
Let us first begin the journey by examining his faith in God, so that we can know whether he can be trusted to fulfill this great and life commitment he made to God and before many witnesses.
Let us read part of his email he wrote to the C.B.E.M – AFRICA Coordinator as a response of a request of acquiring a strong ministry van (Land rover Defender) as a great facility for the ministry. This was a step of faith taken by C.B.E.M pastors, his fellow ministers serving with him in Africa, after seeing a great need of the second mission van and after long prayers.
Listen to him:
Dear Pastor Fredrick,
Our God is faithful in meeting the needs of His people. This year I will focus more on the book of Philippians than ever before. The verses that ring out to me today are Philippians 4:19 and 20: And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
God knows the mission we have in reaching the unreached people groups in remote parts of Africa. He knows of our need to get the Land Rover Defender to accommodate that need as He placed it on your heart.
This gives me confidence that He will make provision for meeting our needs.
In approximately 35 days, the first week in March, I will be sending an offering. God has given me several opportunities to share with people and I’m hopeful that the Holy Spirit will place a burden on their hearts to help. I still have never asked for help but just spoke of what God is doing through our churches of CBEM. I believe that God is challenging all of our members of CBEM also. It’s up to the Holy Spirit to impress upon all our hearts what He wants to do.
Hope all is well with all our pastors and their families. Is Phil doing OK?
God is at work.
Until He Comes,
This email revealed two things about him, the first thing is that he is not a rich man, but a humble God fearing man who has a burden to the people of Africa and who is ready to be used by God and trusts God for His provision for the great needs of Africa.
The second thing we learned about him is his great trust he has to the C.B.E.M pastors who are his fellow pastors working with him in the field.
Because of his trust to God and being in one heart and one soul with the C.B.E.M pastors and through prayers of the brothers and sisters in our churches, God has used him not only to facilitate his Kingdom with the strong ministry van but also be able to complete the Theological training center the lentil level phase and the upstairs steps support.
Again he has been used by God to be a great blessing to the missionary wife serving as a missionary teacher among other personal and family blessings by applying the American saying he left behind with us that goes, “How do you eat an elephant? The answer, one bite at a time.”
The ministry van
The ministry van is a very special and precious facility for the reaching ministry; we refer it as the feet of our ministry since it facilitates the “going business”. This is because it is made special for the rough roads of Africa. This enables missionaries and evangelists to spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ across Africa in the remote areas. This van also enables teams from our churches who visit the new churches from time to time for equipping and for fellowship. The van will also help the pastors ferry the new believers to the ocean for baptism. The van will again save the visiting missionaries funds for God’s work since they use a lot of money for hiring a transfer van or if there is need for going to Safari among other uses.
We interpret the ministry van as Pastor Phil’s evangelistic gift extended by God to Africa but at this time he will be spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in Africa as he has been doing in America and in other parts of the world through this van.
May you have a glance:
Beatrice, Pastor Fredrick and Pastor Gohu taking a step of faith for acquiring the ministry van
Michael George and his team launch the van on Pastor Phil’s behalf
The dedication of the van
The C.B.E.M churches receive the ministry van with great thanks giving to God
How great it looks
Excellent for safaris for our visiting teams
The two vans having sent a team of about twenty members for fellowship at Chongonjeni church
The van waiting outside Chongonjeni Church
The van waiting outside Sendemke Church as C.B.E.M pastors and wives visit the new
Churches for equipping
Believers from our new churches gathered in Sendemke Church for equipping
The two vans waiting outside the church as pastors and their families visit Mshongoleni
Church for fellowship
The Theological Training Center
The Theological training Center like the ministry van is very special and a very precious facility of our ministry, if the ministry van is referred as the feet of the ministry, the Theological training center is referred as the heart of the ministry since it facilitates the Discipleship need of the new believers, and the equipping need of the young pastors and young ministers of both our old and young churches so that our churches can grow both spiritually and numerically.
We interpret the Theological Training Center as Pastor Phil’s Discipleship and Mentorship gifts extended by God to Africa but at this time he will be discipling the new believers and equipping the young ministers in Africa as he has been doing in America through this Theological training Center.
May you have a glance:
The Theological training center in progress
The lentil level phase complete
The Theological training center lentil and upstairs steps support completed
The Fruits of the labor
As a reaching ministry, despite all the facilitation we may have, our great joy is completed when we see souls saved, Baptized and churched. For that reason, I am glad to report that for the two years, the Gospel has reached many and seed planted but at least 80 souls saved, 55 members baptized in several churches and 215 are now churched in our four young churches as follows: 70 members in Chanjalo church, 65 members in Sendemke church, 50 members in Chongonjeni church and 30 in Katsanga Katune church.
May you have a glance:
The members of our four churches gathered at Sendemke church
The Chongonjeni church new believers on first service
Among the first believers of Katsanga Katune church who attended the first service
The Chanjalo Baptism
The Chongonjeni baptism
Chafisi Baptist baptism just after Pastor Phil’s departure including Franco the mason one of the converts led to Christ by Pastor Phil
It is my sincere hope that as you have joined me in this second year walk of tracing his steps, I believe you have proved how he has been faithful for these two years, and we have every reason to glorify God.
I know this has not been easy for him and it will not be easy for any one, any time since the devil always stands to oppose God’s work and God’s ministers but we are praising God for His faithfulness in standing with His ministers. What we need to do is just to trust Him.
Pastor Phil’s faithfulness in accomplishing his great commitment does not just encourage us as we feel supported in the ministry but also teaches us as young Pastors how faithful to God we should be.
I would like to express once again my sincere appreciation to the brothers and sisters who have contributed over the past two years: first to Mum and Dad, Polly and Kevin Waldron who are not just Pastor Phil’s supporters but serve as a great encouragement to him since they have been used by God for this ministry to be born in Africa as well as great motivators of the other brothers and sisters who have also caught the vision and ready to sacrifice, Mary Hampson,Sam and Sharon Koon,James Koon,Alan and Melinda Cornwall, Mary Louise Mowrey,David and Tera Myhal,John and Barb Ravotti, Brenda Bates, and Kim McDonald, Bill and Matsue Toney, Don and Hannah Gardner, Jim and Carol Wells, Jerry and Linda Craft, Hal and Trudy Peiper, and Dave and Beth Loveday, John and Jan Hays, and Brian and Terri Bagley.
Be assured that you are all appreciated and we continue to pray for you and your families.
Bye for now,