Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kathy enjoying fellowship with her African friends under Pastor Mutangi's  BEOBAB tree. Kathy was born in Bujumbura, Burundi and has spent nearly all her life in Congo. Kathy reads and writes in French and is fluent in Swahili.

Just sat down to write you, and the lights went out.  Good thing the Apple computer that Mark Neil gave us last year has back-lite keys! 

It's evening here, we had a good day of broadcasting the Word and played good Christian music, so folks were fed in the inner man. There are many new cults that have invaded Bukavu, so we're thankful that we can give out the Word, Rightly Divided!!

When we get down to the lowest point  (no water, no gas, no moving, etc.) in this moving thing, then, the Lord shows us that He's finding a way for us to keep on keeping on!!  Your standing with us in prayer and finances keeps us moving ahead.

We have another load of chairs, boxes of dishes, blankets, bed frames, etc., to take over to the Cyangugu, Rwanda house, and we're sooo thankful that we have this alternative, as the water and electricity just keep getting worse and worse in Bukavu. There are just too many people that have moved in from the jungle areas, as they want security from the different rebel groups, and they are willing to live in the city even in the rough, instead of facing the dangers every night in the jungle.

The Range Rover is working out really well now, to haul the boxes because it's wider than the Toyota, and the Toyota's tailgate window won't open. Also, the Rover rides much better. Rich even got his bed frames in, so that was good as he has been sleeping in a hammock at the house in Rwanda.

We're concentrating on packing the most important goods into
boxes and getting them over to the new place, so if there's trouble here with the "mansion" built on our antenna site next door, we can move off for a while, until the two "landlords / owners" get their act together, or fight it out in the courts. It was sold and later the children of the family decided they didn't want to sell the lot. In the meantime, the company who "thought they had bought it" is being sued to tear down the "mansion" and vacate the property. So, you can see why we felt we had no choice but to build the new studio and find another place to live.

Yesterday, I bought angle iron and cut, drilled and  prepared some new bed frames for our house in Rwanda, as Kathy would not let me take the bed apart yet. I think I'll show some of our Radio Clubs these collapsible support rails, to put under a bed or box springs. Maybe they could produce and sell them locally to develop a small industry, as they are unknown and unavailable here. Lambert, and the welder, agreed he could teach them with a hack saw, a drill and a few bolts.
Friday, I was at the MONUSCO Communications office with John-Marie, one of their Comm. Techs., who is helping repair our FM Transmitter.  He went on line to HCJB Broadcasting / Engineering where our FM was made, and looked inside, to agree on what we needed to repair, because I did not want to order the whole RF Finals Module as I have several other times, as it would be about $800 plus, air freight, and a long delay from the States! I was sure of the one piece that needed to be replaced. Then he opened it up and unsoldered the RF Finals Transistor to replace it, after we tested it and isolated the problem.

He was surprised when I shared that I used to have to repair this part myself, regularly, because the original, prototype FM transmitter would overheated. He was able to find the piece locally with
another tech that regularly imports and provides parts for local radio and TV stations. He wants $350 for the piece and it is his last on hand, but that is better than being off the air too long for the repairs!

Your prayers and support are so humbling and help us continue on the air and reaching out to the youth of Bukavu. Young people continue to listen to Radio Kahuzi for spiritual strength to face their many daily hardships.

These two young girls came by to pick up radios and deliver bananas their mother finds long distances from home to sell to those who can buy.

The Lord continues to Super Abound in Grace to us, as Ephesians promises and we are learning about the "Power of The Resurrection" as we see the Holy Spirit coming along side when we need His intervention.

Ephesians 1: 8 - 10 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"

Rejoice with us as we celebrate 30 years of BESI ministry in Africa. We could not have completed these many years without your partnership in the Gospel.

With Grateful Hearts,