Sunday, November 30, 2014

Keeping the Saints out of Heaven

             "Love Worth Finding" airing on Radio Kahuzi since 1994.                     
Do you know what the average prayer request is about? Physical healing. Pray for my aunt who is a Christian and she is about to die. Pray for my saved uncle who is having heart surgery. How many prayer meetings have you been to where people asked for prayer for their lost neighbor who is going to hell?

We are, more often than not, interested in keeping the saints out of heaven, than we are in keeping the lost out of hell. It is not a tragedy to die and go to heaven. It is a tragedy to die and go to hell. Friend, it's time we elevated our prayers outside of the physical realm of life into the spiritual realm.

Take a look at your prayer list today--where are the lost who need to be saved? What are you doing to help them find their way?

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10 
                                                                                                    --Adrian Rogers, "First Light"

Barbara, Dr and Mrs. Adrian Rogers, and Harold Smith, President, BESI / Radio Kahuzi since 1986
  A year and eight months after this photo was taken on Feb 15, 2004 Dr. Rogers was with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As Adrian would say, "from my heart to yours" he is still speaking daily to our Radio Kahuzi listeners throughout Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and all of the African Great Lakes region.




                                      BY BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO RWANDA

(Did you know Rwanda's official language is English!) 

Greetings to our, dear, friends and Prayer Partners,

Kathy and I were temporarily relieved knowing that the Congo / Rwanda border closes at precisely 6:00 PM and we had arrived at about 5:20 PM with Mr. National, our faithful taxi-man, who rescued us at the Kigali International Airport after dark, when the hotel bus had left us stranded. Other taxis wanted $50 to take us to our hotel.

We called him, and he came and took us to our hotel for a lot less! Then he agreed to take us to the government bureaus Saturday, but all the ones we needed were closed until Monday, so we asked him to drive us to Bukavu six hours from Kigali, before we broke out in fever from our Yellow Fever shots, that were starting to affect us ...all we need is to be put in quarantine there, or between borders, since Ebola is all the rage these days!

No-man's land Congo / Rwanda
Thankfully, since there was no car there in Cyangugu, to receive us, Mr. National was willing to drive us with all of our baggage across the bridge separating Rwanda from the DRC, but when we got up the hill to the DRC crossing barrier, it was already padlocked shut as of 5:30!

Basadeke, our resourceful friend, told Kathy to stay in the car out of sight, as she seemed to be running a fever, while I ran to the Public Health and Hygiene metal quonset hut in "No-Man's-Land" just outside the access gate into the DRC to present our "Proof of Vaccination" booklets and submit to the laser temperature check. (Last month they arrested a man there for resisting after they pointed the laser thermometer at his head and he knocked it to the ground and broke it!)

The doctor had already left; and when he returned, I greeted him and introduced myself as
Director of Radio Kahuzi coming back to Bukavu with our International Vaccination booklets in order.  He was on his way home, and did not want to bother me with the formalities, as Immigration was closing!

I ran through the door at the side of the barrier and into the Immigration Office, presented our passports; but the officer said go outside the office and get the two forms to complete! They were not about Ebola, as I thought, but the details he needed to have about each emigrant. Finally they followed his order to stamp our passports for "Entry into the DRC," and I sighed a sigh of relief.

Outside in "No-Man's-Land" Kathy and Basadeke were able to hail a taxi from up the road inside the border crossing to come down just to the closed gate where they transferred all the baggage under the locked barrier and into the other taxi. I asked the immigration official if we needed to present our personal effects and baggage to a custom's officer, and he said "no" we don't need to bother you since it's just your personal effects.

So we were in the taxi and out of there as fast as the ancient vehicle could creep. When we got home everyone celebrated our return with flash lights as the block was pitch black, and the electricity had been off all day long! We even noticed up the block from our house,
the electricity cables were dangling into the ditch beside the road, and light poles in various angles with the ground, and half-a-pole ominously pointing horizontally at the entrance into MONUSCO (UN) HQ!

At 1:00 AM the current still has not been reestablished. Not such a tremendous reception after a month on Safari and six or seven hours on the road back home, but our bed feels good and reassuring even before  we get the dust covers off and clean sheets for the next steps of Faith and Adventure into the Greater Great Lakes of Africa.

Good Night!
Keep Looking UP! 
And Keep On Keeping ON!!

In His Love and Care, 
Richard & Kathy McDonald


PS:  We stopped by the new house in Cyangugu, Rwanda to see if it is getting ready for our December 1st entry. Praise the Lord, the owner has put in our new kitchen with window and suspended cabinets and sink, though it has only one basin, but he has truly out done our expectations with the bath tub and deluxe shower head fixtures, off the master bed- room, and the same flexible shower head in the bathroom beside the visitor's bedroom.

He put tile in all the rooms and around the house; plus all three annex rooms in a separate

building behind the house. He seems to have repainted inside and outside with enamel oil based paint, pink in some rooms and outside it is a light brown. I'm not sure why he changed from white to brown? If that's the final coat, we won't be able to call it "The Little White House."! We will have to get used to whatever he has planned and we can hardly wait to begin moving in!

Praise the LORD for His Faithfulness in sending us back with crystal clear eyesight restored, broken teeth repaired, protection from Yellow Fever, and Satan's wiles and schemes, sealed for our Eternal Destination in the Heavenliest Places with our Co-Worker and Co-Heritor --  Christ Jesus, Himself!     


Monday, November 10, 2014

In Loving Memory

Saying goodbye to Jill until we meet again in Glory...As Christians and believers in the resurrection this is our Blessed Hope...that we shall see Him face to face.

Still smiling and surrounded by family and friends, Jill made her exit from this life Friday, November 7th into the presence of Almighty God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." II Corinthians 5: 8.

Always seeking the Lord's will for her life Jill surrendered her soul and spirit into His care and keeping and is now resting in His arms of love.

She is also renewing her mother / daughter relationship as earlier this year on May 28, 2014, dear Phyllis entered into His Presence. Their labor in this world is completed and they can now hear His well done!

On behalf of our BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors, we extend our love, prayers and condolences to Jill's husband, Wayne, three sons and their wives, Cory and Kim,  Joel and Amy,  Brian and Hannah. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, two bothers, Mark and Wayne, and father, Wayne Schoonover our devoted friend and BESI Board member.

BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board:

Bill Bunch
Traynor (Frosty) Hansen
Pastor Calvin Lowder
Denny Prough
Wayne Schoonover
Harold and Barbara Smith
Darlene and Duane Wriglesworth

Friday, November 7, 2014

Once I was blind...



"For His name's sake they went forth." John 3:7

Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. "Lovest thou Me?" "Feed My sheep"--identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify Me with your interests in other people. First Corinthians 13: 4-8 gives the character of this love, it is the love of God expressing itself. The test of my love for Jesus is the pratical one, all the rest is sentimental jargon.
---from "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers 

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

Greetings to our Fellow Workers and Joint-heirs with Christ Jesus in His Ministry!

We arrived in the States with a dead computer and phone, but the Lord helped us get to the operating room before the now mandatory "21 day quarantine" for all travelers coming from certain countries where Ebola exists.

Later, we went to a dentist in Florida where they said they could not serve us for 21 days. Two men saw our passports and heard the word "EBOLA" and immediately got up and RAN out of the clinic!

After a long journey, we can share that the Lord used our eye problem to advance the future planning of BESI in Central Africa, and that the laser surgery was successful! Praise Him!
We arrived in Washington on the 8th; on the 9th we arrived at Dr. Nancy Thomas' office, and right away, she saw the secondary cataract had grown behind the lens. She explained it as trying to look through wax paper. It is called a "false cataract."

Rich went into surgery where she cut a cross and about ten minutes later, his vision was crystal clear in the right eye.  What a miracle!!  Dr. Thomas found that Richard's left eye was beginning to have the same problem. So, the next day, our dear friend, Wayne Van Andel drove us back for the second laser surgery. She found his retinas are perfectly well, which was of concern. The doctor in Bukavu said the reason for the blindness was that Richard's "rods and cones were dying"! 

After two nights at Best Western, Dulles Int. Airport and  three trips to Dr. Thomas, Pastor Cal, a BESI board member from Virginia, came to pick us up and took us back to their home in Stephens City where we shared our long-range vision for BESI's outreach in the African Great Lakes. 

We returned to Dr. Thomas for the last evaluation, then on to an  Evangelism Conference in Cumberland, MD, where we met  Pastor Jordan for the first time. We shared our short presentation during the conference and the next day they took everyone on a train ride through the beautiful fall, colored Cumberland mountains and did street evangelism distributing Gospel tracts.

Next, we went by car from Maryland to Grand Rapids with Pastor Cal and Judy Lowder to visit our dear friend, Jill, Wayne Schoonover's daughter.

Then we went on down to Elkhart with board members, Bill and Mary Bunch and Wayne Schoonover. The recently renamed HCJB
Engineering Center, now known as "Son Set Solutions"  agreed to work directly with us. HCJB Global has also been renamed "Reach Beyond." They have given "Son Set Solutions" autonomy, which allows for more flexibility in our technical relationship. We had dinner with senior technician, Mike Axman, our good friend, supporter, and tech support since 1992.

The next day Mary Bunch and Debbie Meier drove us to Chicago and Moody Church at the invitation of Dr. Erwin Lutzer for a meeting over lunch with Yvonne
Carlson, Directress of Moody Church Media; and Michael Pitts, Head of Operations and Media at Moody Broadcasting. They also indicated their interest in our future plans for the Great Lakes Region. We have been broadcasting Dr. Erwin Lutzer's "Running to Win" on Radio Kahuzi for the past six months.

Later, Mary Bunch and Debbie took us to Chicago to catch a plane to Florida. Before we left, we stopped off at Moody Bible Institute for a visit as Richard and I have never been there. What a surprise we had when Richard asked the secretary if there was a way to check the archives for a graduate alumni, Fred and Milley BAHLER. She found it right away and showed us a Moody Yearbook for 1945 and found my
Daddy's picture and my Mom's name, as they are both Moody alumni  of 1945! In the hall we found their names on a memorial list along with hundreds of other students!! What great  memories that brought back!

We flew into Tampa on Oct 15 and have been enjoying our own little house for R and R and preparing for our BESI board meeting, and a visit to Grace Bible Fellowship in Nokomis, FL; however, the non-stop activity has finally taken its toll and we are taking the "cure" for malaria and trying to remain still and quiet. This is hard to do when there is so much to do before our Lord's soon return.

We spent Sunday the 19th at Palma Sola Community Church in Bradenton, FL, which included a beautiful tribute to Pastor Richard Erickson for his years of dedicated ministry to the Lord.

We appreciate your prayers for renewed strength to complete our journey back to D R Congo and Rwanda, our new home by December 1. Amazing!

Keep Looking Up!
Richard and Kathy McDonald