Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Jesus Story Reaches Into the Jungle...


Kathy and I are thankful for your commitment to the ongoing outreach of Radio Kahuzi and the Lord's work in Central Africa. He will certainly multiply our partnership to His Glory!
Radio Kahuzi Staff on Safari in Manama Jungle Basin
"And the LORD said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges,
and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14: 23.

This week a friend from Manama Province (in the Congo Jungle Basin) came with a report. He saw young listeners attaching their Galcom solar radios onto their bicycle with the antenna looped across their handle bars to form a perfect signal receptor. As they travel around the villages they are sharing Radio Kahuzi's music and programs wherever they go! This is very encouraging!

To give you some perspective, D R Congo is as large as the United States east of the Mississippi! There is a thousand miles of jungle between Bukavu on the Eastern border with Rwanda and Kinshasa, the Capital of DRC on the west. No wonder the eastern half is so difficult to govern so far away.

The Congo Basin region composes the majority of the world's second largest jungle after the Amazon. Because of its size, boat and aircraft are the only way to easily get around when you consider how many sink or crash! Most of the region's inhabitants still live in small villages in the jungle, mountains, or savanna, although millions have as "Internally Displaced Persons" to cities like Kisangani, Kindu, Bunia, and Mbandaka and more than 800,000 to Bukavu alone.

We are receiving 5 over 5 (perfect) signal reports from all directions...distant cities like Kindu to the West, as well as from a friend in Bujumbura, Burundi, right below Rwanda. And yes, we broadcast every day...rain or shine...except during a bad thunder and lightening storm. D. R. Congo has more lightening strikes in a year than any other  country in the world!

Without your prayers and support none of this outreach would be possible.

Thank you.

We had a wonderful blessing, sharing with our neighbor and her daughter who was visiting here from Europe. I have been sharing our Savour's Resurrection Gospel with the Mother, now in her 90s, over these past twenty years.

Recently, the family had their Catholic priest come to deliver her last rites, as they were sure she would die of pneumonia. However, we visited and prayed with them for her recovery, and she did recover. Even before this event her daughter wanted us to counsel her mother and her brother; which we did.

Soon, the daughter had to go back to Europe, and she and her mother asked us to lead them in the sinner's prayer, which the daughter repeated in understandable French and they both prayed to confess Christ as Lord and Savior! Praise the Lord, after all these years of witness God's Word has not retuned void!

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55: 11.

Thank you for praying for Susan. She is the Congolese Christian who built our new studio on her property.

We shared with you several years ago that her German husband was murdered by a militia group wanting to take control of his plantation outside of Bukavu to establish a camp from which to launch attacks. Recently, they caught another of the assassins. He was the one who took her husband from his truck after the ambush at the bridge leading to his plantation. The group mortally beat him with clubs and machetes.

Susan's life has been under threat since that time attempting to bring the assassins to justice over the past two years. The emotional struggle has been taking its toll, but today she came to share with us that she has been reading a booklet that stated many of the things that we were also sharing with her regarding her need to allow the Holy Spirit control of her response to all this mess, and to stop trying to win the fight in the flesh. So that is a real answer to prayer for us, as she verbalized most of the message from the book. We pray she will continue on in the same direction. We also shared a note and Scripture we received from Barbara last night to encourage us, that paralleled the same theme.

Praise the LORD for another spiritual victory!

Keep Looking Up!
We are looking for His Soon Appearing!
Kathy and Richard