Jack & Mary Anne Voelkel. Aug. 16-19 they will visit Mary Anne’s brother, Bob, who is facing a recurrence of throat cancer, with no further treatment. Pray God will open his heart to Jesus. Sept. 2 Jack will give a lesson at their church on “Lessons through Affliction.”
Rosemary will be teaching English to new Korean missionaries in South Korea. She will leave from Montreal on August 16 and then leave Vancouver for Seoul on Aug 28.
I’m just about ready to fly out to BC in the morning for two weeks to visit my brother, uncle, and cousins et al.
For the September prayer bulletin, please ask Knox to pray for the following:
My community health teacher, Naduk, is pregnant and needs to be on complete bed rest due to a very high risk of miscarriage. She has miscarried many times in the past and will find it nearly impossible to stay off her feet as she cares for relatives.
We are not Alice in Wonderland, but in the wonder of God’s control of our world. As human beings, we lose sight of that often. Wars and rumors of wars, the energy of our returned veterans, stock markets and weather. We live in amazing times. Watching God is breathtaking.
So………we get assignments. Mine is to help care for castaway and refugee children of situations that appall us. We would much rather sweep it off our radar, get on with our pleasant and comfortable lives.
But such situations keep approaching us (separation of children from illegal immigrants).
Do the children in Lebanon want to be cared for? No, they want mother and home and belonging, which we cannot supply. Only God can refill the empty aching heart. For that we have the amazing tool of the record of Jesus and what He did for sick, broken and distraught lives: my 12 year old is dying, my servant is paralyzed, my mother-in-law is sick, my only son is on his bier, our brother is dead, and on and on ad infinitum. (John assures us that if all were written, all the books could not contain it.) Our perfect solution is the Resurrection, Eternal Life, (which, incidentally, begins the moment we are born, and was in the mind of God from all eternity). All that is required of us is belief, repentance and request: “Remember me when you come into your Kingdom”. God’s response: Yes, absolutely, today……………
Giving the children the knowledge of Who Jesus is, is my primary, first and only purpose. What Jesus said and did is memorized by me in Arabic so as to impart it to young retentive minds, that it may serve them when God reminds them of His love and care.
My flight to Lebanon is set for September 8, 2018. I shall return to see many of you at Christmas, and go back for the winter term.
Our beloved sister Samia passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of August 2. We continue to lift up in our prayers Albert, Sam, Eva and the whole family. May the comforting peace and living hope of our Risen Saviour Jesus Christ be with the Saif family and all of Samia's friends as we mourn her passing.
Samia and Albert were amazing supporters of all KWM workers and ministries.
Here we are at Baraka's graduation. Waiting for the long festivities to begin. Mfaume, Naomi, Baraka and I.
I just want to update you as to what is happening here- mostly on a personal level as we are facing a number of challenges.
Firstly with regard to health
The mother of our assistant Ada has suffered a severe stroke and is hospitalised with a poor prognosis. Her kidneys are not functioning well and she has high sugar level and cannot eat .
Evelyn who is in charge of fund raising here has been diagnosed with CLL. We are not yet sure of the treatment but she lost her husband in December and has a 13 year old daughter.
Israel, our director has been receiving treatment for his back. He has received treatment for his vertebra and will have to wear a neck collar for 3 months and a corset for 6 months.
Thats the end of the report on the health in the office but we still have other challenges
Stefan and angela have just welcomed into their home a second adopted girl- Fatima - who is 2 1/2 and who is obviously taking time to adapt to her new family and surroundings. Please pray for them.
On the positive side we have seen the Lord blessing the work with 4 Diplomas on the go and with new members of the team helping to teach as well. Both Kevin and Robert are settling in well to the team.
We just came back from our camping trip last night. We had a fun time with John’s family. John is having a job interview at Kamloops today. It is two hours away from Kelowna. He is applying a teaching position at Kamloops Christian School. Please pray for him. May the Lord use him for His purpose.
I am a bit under the weather and today woke up with a headache. Had to go to the office and then took my car in. Two nails in one of my tires and my horn got a laryngitis so it needs to be fixed. Then I left the car at the garage and went home.
Did a bit of work but soon was too tired and went to bed... Woke up 3 hours later and feel much better.
I called Jacky's school and tehy said that her pain is much improved with the exercise routine
Thomas had an accident and is healing well. A man had loaded long pieces of wood on a bike that swung unto the road. The guy took off and Thomas was on the road with his pikipiki. He was quite shook up and he went to the hospital for some first aid....No help there... so I went over with bandages and fresh honey to cover his wounds that are healing well.
Today we went to the clinic and had quite a few cliets. One of them was MamaPeter, the mother of the albino boy we placed in an orphanage for his safety. Now she has a beautiful albino sister for Peter and the father does not acknowledge this child. It is so difficult for this mother. I gave her advice and some special sunscreen.
I just left Bolivia where we had a wonderful 8 day long conference for students. There were about 90 students coming from Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. It was a wonderful time on the Word of God, worship and prayer. It was very intense. We heard many testimonies of what God has been doing in the university students ministry in Latin America since its pioneer days. Jack and Mary Ann Voekel were remembered with much love and gratitude. Other Canadian names like Dr. John White, Stacey Woods were also remembered. This is the 60th anniversary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Latin America
It has been over three months since the people of Nicaragua found themselves in a period of extreme civil unrest. It is heartbreaking to read the stories, and to hear them from our staff team on the ground.
We would like to highlight the most recent newsletter and blogs on our website, and request that you pass particular prayer requests on to your prayer teams:
• for peaceful resolution to the current conflict in Nicaragua which has taken far too many lives, and drastically altered the lives of many, many more
• for safety, provision and hope for our Nicaraguan family - those that continue to work at the Skylark Centre in order to support their families, and the members of the local community
• for God's support for, and protection of, the Evangelical and Catholic leaders in the country - that they would be sustained as they in turn sustain
We thank God for the generous donors who have provided for the Skylark Centre staff in Nicaragua during this difficult time, and pray that the support continues as we wait for violence to cease and normal operations to resume. We thank you, as well, for your wonderful support in all of its forms as well.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Please find attached our prayer letter for July 2018. We have been enjoying a wonderful week with our whole family in July, and have a few more weeks in North America before returning to Singapore (via Australia, for some meetings) at the beginning of September.
We have treasured our time in Ottawa with our St. Paul's church family, and now our time in the US with Anne and Coleman and family.
Thank you for your continuing partnership with us!
After several months convalescing from several health challenges, Jim passed away unexpectedly on Tuessday, July 17. Jim and Reima were sacrificial supporters of the work of KWM for so many years.
Click below for Queen's University bio of Jim
Thanks so much for your prayers and encouragements for Jacky.
Today we saw the specialists.
Jacky has a cyst on one of her ovaries of 4cm. The doctor told us that it is benign. Praise God! She will have to come back for a check up.
Then we saw the orthopedic surgeon who explained that her spine is very straight and that this is most likely the source of her pain. Tomorrow morning we will see the physio therapist. She will get some exercises that she will have to do.
So all in all good news so we praise God.
I hope to take her back to school in Kahama after seeing the physio therapist.
I am so glad that I got back safely and that Jacky got the proper treatment!! Praise God for His goodness!
On the way we met with 2 separate accidents which involved trucks. One had rolled into a ditch just before we got there. I saw some police further down the road and warned them. I don't know about injuries. One hour later we saw a second one lying on its side. Several times we had to slow down as other drivers were passing while there was oncoming traffic.
Now I am back in Tabora. In September I have to do this trip all over again as both Faraja and Jacky need to see the specialists. Jacky needs a check up regarding her ovarian cyst and to check the progress on her back problem. Faraja need to see the urologist.
At Malumba things have been quiet due to several funerals. When there is a funeral the whole community attends and we won't see any clients for a few days.
This weekend we are starting to get bricks made for the house of the kids. The deal of the Tabora house where we live in at the moment looks like it has fallen through.... unfortunately. The cost of building the house will be about 30,000/- dollars. We will start with the foundation and wall and gate. Then we will have to bring in soil to heighten the land a bit. Once all that has been done we will start on the house. Without a wall and gate all building materials will get stolen so we do the security first. We get the bricks made at our house so we can make sure that the ratio of cement will be correct.
I have given this job to Mr. Kasanka, our previous neighbour whose family I have helped several times. His wife had a malnourished baby who now is a healthy boy and cute as can be. Her daughter and grandchild both live with HIV. The baby of her daughter died. Then Mrs. Kansanka's oldest boy died of cancer...He was never given proper treatment. They have another daughter who needs heart surgery. So much suffering within one family!
Please pray for Baraka, Mfaume, Ngassa and Jacky who are doing states exams.
Also pray for Mfaume's [photo at top of KWM web] brother who has been in jail for about 5 years. An old man in his village was killed and the police picked up several people and put them in jail. Once in a while they are taken to court but then they are just taken back. (This is a very common procedure here.) Mfaume finally told me about his brother as he probably was ashamed to tell me. He told me that his brother is doing bee keeping and did not even know this old man. Now I am having to find a lawyer who may be able to help him.
Taco night with Ngassa and Mfaume.
Here is a thank you note from David at the orphanage. He is so grateful for the support. The young girl is displaying their ground nut [peanut] harvest.
My last day on the job with Christian Direction in Montreal was July 31st. Thank God with me for the many students who have come for help with English and French since February and for my opportunity to help out on Fridays at the food bank in St-Laurent, meeting many from Syria and Lebanon, etc. May many good seeds sown bear fruit, and Bibles given out in French, English and Arabic be read! Pray for others to carry on and extend this outreach ministry. I look forward to being with you at Knox on Sunday, August 12th, and saying farewell before leaving from Montreal for Korea on the 16th! Thanks to all for your continued faithful support and for your prayers!
We gratefully report a successful conclusion to a much blessed International Work Camp (July 16-21). Although poor weather posed serious challenges early in the week we were blessed by special times of worship, intercession, and testimonies and, later in the week, were able to accomplish much in preparing the grounds for the camps to follow.
We especially note a surprise divine appointment on the day off when Yuko took the 5 member YoungNak (Toronto, Canada) on a church and campus tour of Aomori City. When parked in front of Aomori Baptist Church the retired pastor happened to walk by and invited them in to join an evangelism seminar being held by a group of pastors not associated with the Aomori Christian Center but with whom we have been working to build bridges. Both sides were deeply blessed by the surprise time of joined prayer that followed.
On the Saturday work day we were joined by local believers and a large contingent of Serve Asia Workers from our OMF Tohoku headquarters, swelling our numbers to over 50. The leading elder of the Evangelical Church of Aomori, a member of our ACC steering committee, noted that he could not remember there ever being such a large turn out for a Word Day in all his 50 years of being involved with ACC. Much was accomplished in the beautiful weather. Our 5 member team from Galilee Church in Singapore made a delicious Singaporean meal to crown our potluck bbq, and we were blessed by a meaningful time of prayer and fellowship before resuming work in the afternoon.
Please pray for the English Camp #1 in progress now (July 22-24). We ended up cancelling English Camp #2 (July 26-28) and, in order to increase numbers for English Camp #1, offered a couple of pastors' families an 80% discount (discovering in the process that our suspicions were actually true--pastors with families simply cannot afford to send their kids to camp). One family could not take us up on this offer because they recently gave birth to their 4th child and could not drive their children to camp. The pastor of Aomori Baptist and his wife, however, have joined us with their four children. Praise God for the time together He is giving us!
Please pray for the kids' Bible Camp next week (July 29-31). We are overbooked but are going to try to make everyone fit. Please pray for good weather and safety!
Sandy and Carol are faithful supporters of the work of KWM.
Sandy celebrated his eightieth birthday with friends, family, neighbours and golf buddies today.
August 16th through 19, we will be visiting Mary Anne's brother, Bob,
who is facing a recurrence of cancer of the throat, with no other
treatment possibilities. Once again we are going to share Jesus with
Bob. Please pray with us that God would open his heart and prepare
him for eternity. Jack will be preparing a message on "Lessons
through Affliction" to be given in our church on September 2nd.
This coming Sunday, July 22, marks the sixth year that CanIL has organized a summer cycling fundraiser. This year it is called CanIL Ride 2018 and, for the second year running, it's part of a much larger local event called the Valley GranFondo. Because generous sponsors are covering the costs of the event, 100 per cent of all donations will go to the CanIL Scholarship & Bursary Fund. For more information, you can find the Ride website below.
In previous years I (Dave) have been heavily involved in organizing this event as well as actually riding in it. But even the shortest distance of 50km is too much for me these days. So this year Susan and I will be volunteering as Course Marshalls, directing cyclists and cheering them on. In the past I have benefited from people helping me stay on course, so this year it is my turn to return the favour.
While we did not sign up to do fundraising ourselves, we still want you to know that the Ride is happening and how you can donate. Check below to learn more:
You can either click on the Donate button and give to the event in general, or look down the list of participants and choose one or more of them to donate to.
Susan and I would be very pleased if you would consider donating to CanIL Ride 2018. Scholarship funds make getting trained at CanIL possible for quite a number of our students. The training CanIL offers, in turn, prepares them to be part of the next generation of Bible translators and literacy workers to join the Bible translation movement worldwide.
God’s Word is for all peoples, but they really can't access it until it is translated into a language they fully understand.
This morning I took Jacky to the hospital and explained about her back pain. It is at her spine. (I had to pick her up from Kahama yesterday after the hospital there was not able to do any testing.)
So I asked for a full blood picture, an X-ray and ultra sound. The person in charge of X-ray had left the job and they were in the process of getting another person....
The machine to give the full blood picture was out of order.
I asked for an ultra sound of kidneys and gall bladder. The doctor doing the ultrasound advised to do a pelvic ultrasound first.
The ultrasound showed a very small cyst. She told me that this can cause the pain and told me to take her answer to the doctor who was to prescribe some hormone treatment....
When I went to his office he prescribed some strong antibiotics! I asked him the reason for this prescription. She has no fever, no signs of infection. I asked about the hormone treatment and he had no idea what I was talking about. So I left.
Dr. Kathrin, my German doctor freind, had been in touch with me throughout the process and agreed that she should not get antibiotics. She also let me know that the severe back pains Jacky has cannot be caused by such a small cyst.
When I came home I called the doctor at the Kamanga Hospital in Mwanza. This is a reliable hospital with real doctors, specialists and equipment that works.
This morning I started at the Diocese office and then went to Malumba where I had a few clients who needed help. One of them is one of our HIV clients and she was so pale that I had to give her a referral for the hospital as I think she will need a blood transfusion. Then the mama from Kilino came who's husband died of AIDs and she was so sick that she no longer could take care of her youngest child who is still at the Kazima orphanage. He also has the virus and is now almost 4 but looks like a 2 year old.
She was so happy to see me and she gave me a big hug and she really has improved so much that she looked quite healthy. She wants to visit her child this coming week.
Around 11 am I received a call that Jacky had been taken to the hospital with severe lower back pains on Thursday. Kahama has a referral hospital....all they did was look at her from behind a desk and do a urine test. Then she was send back to school. At the school she was given one tablet of Ampiclox and some Ibuprofen on Monday when the pain had started and one more tablet of Ampiclox yesterday....(the medical care is terrible!)
Today the pain became worse so they called me to pick her up. I had just finished with the last client and I closed the doors at Malumba and drove to Tabora. I made an appointment for her tomorrow morning and she will get an ultrasound done. Then I got into the car together with Mfaume and drove to Kahama. We left Tabora at 12.40 pm and arrive at her school at 4 pm. I had brought a pain killer for her and she was so relieved to see me that she cried. We made it home by 8 pm and Naomi and Ngassa had prepared our dinner. Now I can relax a bit and will hit the hay early.
Pray that nothing serious will be found but that they will know what the problem is.
We have certainly been following and trying to adjust to the new challenges in Nicaragua. The situation is quite volatile, changing every day it seems. The Skylark Centre is in Carazo province which has been a scene of major upheaval. We praise God that our staff and centre are safe. The needs are many.
Xerggyo and Hil arrived in Toronto yesterday after some fairly long airport layovers. They will be in Toronto area until early August and hope to meet with many friends. They will be introduced at Knox on Sunday the 22nd.
Carluci & Christina Dos Santos, Latin America Mission, Toronto.
I am off to Bolivia tomorrow, July 19, to speak at a university student conference, ECUA, which gathers university students from the Andean region, July 21-30. Also, I will be visiting with missionaries in Bolivia. I return to Toronto on August 3rd.
Please pray for the outcome of this conference that the Word that will be planted in their hearts in the course of the conference will bear much fruit as each student returns to their home country. I will speaking on the theme of the Kingdom of God.
Please pray for me also as I return and prepare to teach an eight week course in the fall, on Old Testament history and theology at the Spanish Bible Institute, IFM, in Toronto.
Pray for the kids who will do their exams in September.
At Malumba we still need the official license but we continue to work under the verbal agreement from the local authorities. We receive many new clients who used to only go to witch doctors. Many need referrals as their problems are too big for any dispensary to deal with.
Thanks praying for my mom's health.