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Taking the Gospel to Tanzania


 

 

SHORT REPORT 7/21

 
Grace and Peace to you friends. As I write, I am sitting in JFK airport awaiting my flight on the way to Tanzania.  As I look forward to being physically back in Africa, I wanted to take this time to share with you some recent highlights from the work.  A good friend of the work, Neil Richey has just returned from a visit to Tanzania, and was kind enough to share some notes on his trip.  We'll start there:     "Every trip to Tanzania continues to be a blessing to my life, and I hope that, in a small way, I’m able to return the favor when I go. This year we conducted a seminar at ACSOP on the intersection of Scripture and Mental Health. This discussion was much needed and appreciated, as evidenced by the feedback. Tanzania is dealing with a mental health crisis. 2.5 million Tanzanians struggle with mental illnesses. Specifically, the areas of concern are depression and anxiety. Attendees at the seminar said we need more material like this to help our congregations and the community.      "In addition to the seminar, I had the opportunity to work with Isaac, the preacher at Arusha. We conducted several Bible studies together and baptized one soul into Christ. Additionally, we set up an opportunity for Isaac to visit a local school each week to teach Bible classes on Wednesdays. There are 1,300 students in this school. The school is a short walk from the Arusha church building.      "It was a joy to reconnect with men like Ahimidiwe, Charles, and Agustine. They continue to do great things with the churches in Kisongo, Kwa Mrombo, and of course, the ACSOP. I was also happy to get to know the Staffords—Noel, Jessica, and their four fine children. I’m excited about their new work in Moshi."We're so glad that Neil was able to shine some light on a needed, but neglected subject.  Here are some thoughts on the event from one the ACSOP directors, Charles Mwanga:

     "'Why are you casting down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.' (Psalms 42:5).      "'Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God' (Psalms 43:5)     "In both of these passages the Psalmist is asking his soul as to why it is deep in anxiety and depression. He is asking his soul to deeply depend and look unto the Lord who is his salvation. Sometimes it is very easy to look down to those who are around us suffering from “mental illness” and think that they are crazy. But that is not the case, as we have learnt this past weekend from our good brother Neil Richey, who is a professional Counselor and great preacher. We were surprised to know that “Mental health issues” can be spoken of everybody. We had examples of people like Jacob, Ibrahim, and even Jesus Himself.     "We are so grateful to brothers like Neil and many others who are constantly coming here and help on sharpening our brains so that we can in turn be great tools for Lord. Every one who attended liked what they heard to the point of asking the school to have these kind of programs regularly.    "The school is out of session but teachers are working hard to prepare themselves to the coming classes and also going out to do more recruiting for the upcoming year.     "We are so thankful to all who are praying and supporting this work, May the Lord continue to bless you every day."

     We also rejoice that our friend and teammate, Noel Stafford, has finally arrived, along with his family.  You can read their latest newsletter here:  Kilimanjaro Missions.  Keep the Staffords in your prayers as they get settled in and adjusted to their new life.  We look forward to the ways that they will be blessing the church in Tanzania.      I am still scheduling visits for the fall and winter.  If your congregation would be interested in hearing more about the Lord's work in Tanzania, then I would love to meet with them!  Just let me know and we'll schedule a presentation.Till all have heard,Daniel GainesMission CoordinatorTanzania Missions

 

 

Weekly Devotional for 6/26/2022 PM


“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.  

 
Go into any store or onto any website that has Christian merchandise and you will see pictures, mugs, t-shirts, or devotional books with this verse on them.  We often use this scripture out-of-context to mean that God has plans for us for our good and our future.  But does it not?  As with any good Bible study, we should see what it means in context first as a passage can never mean what it never meant.  Jeremiah was writing to the exiles about a time when the time for captivity in Babylon were completed and they would be allowed to rebuild Jerusalem once again.  It is they that God would prosper if they would seek Him with their whole hearts.  Does that mean that God won’t work for a Christian’s good (Romans 8:28)?  Of course not, but notice that even in that verse which is often misquoted and misapplied there is an element of seeking and living out of God’s will that is implied.  And, God is not a vending machine to owe you prosperity if you live for Him, but it is out of a loving relationship that He chooses to do so.  
 
Are you in Christ?
 
--
Doug Kashorek
518.645.1509; emailsermonlines.com
 
610 36th Street, Vienna, WV  26105
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Weekly Devotional for 6/26/2022


“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” Acts 2:37.  

This question comes up in various forms throughout the book of Acts.  When someone hears the gospel, God’s deep love for them in sending His Son to die on a cross for their sins and raising Him from the dead for their resurrection and hope of heaven one day and cut to the heart as well, then they want to know what to do about their lost state with God.  Often times, though, we push the solution before the ones we are studying with are convinced of the problem.  Without the conviction in their hearts, they may just be “getting wet” instead of true baptism and then they will drift back into sin and away from the Lord’s church to which God has added them.  When Paul said he didn’t come to baptize but to preach the gospel, he was railing against those who insisted on a form of obedience but not its power.  The form is important as the rest of Acts illustrates, but the focus of 1st century Christians, and so ours, must be on hearts that are cut because of the gospel so we then can tell them what they must do.  
 
Has the gospel cut your heart?  
 
--
Doug Kashorek
518.645.1509; emailsermonlines.com
 
610 36th Street, Vienna, WV  26105
Sun: class 9:30 am; worship 10:30 am, 6:00 pm
Wed: class 7:00 pm; 304.295.9696

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Saturday, July 02, 2022


“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.””(Daily Reading, ESV)