Praise God for:
Praise God Isaac's trip to Gambia went well and we have the beginnings of a DMM there. We have a national leader who is reporting on several streams of generational discipleship groups functioning as house churches.
Moses, along with a man from his Buipe Disciple Making Movement (DMM) and whose home country is Benin, traveled to Benin for the second time where they have several streams of 3rd and 4th generational discipleship groups. Moses also traveled to Burkina Faso also for the second time where they also have several streams of 3rd and 4th generational discipleship groups. PTL!
Countries to pray for:
Ghana - the year of financial sustainability
Zimbabwe - Isaac and Comfort are there now
Mali - plans to visit in 2020
Mauritania - plans to visit in 2020
Guinea - Isaac and Moses travel to in 2020
The African bush fires are beginning to consume.
Praise God that the Odle family. Jared continues to work on Business As Missions ventures while Anna distributes school books and tutoring in a Tamale school. Jared has returned to the US to raise additional support. Please keep them in your prayers.
Praise God the Graham family. Mandy and the children are still in the US providing care for Mandy's mom who had a lung transplant and bi-pass surgery. The recovery process is very long as well as Mandy's father also is having medical issues as well. Bobby is back is Ghana continue to oversee the work at the Perm Center as well as oversee three young DMMers. Today he traveled to the Wa area to meet with some of his DMMers. He very much misses his family and as soon as he gets some immigration issues worked out he will return to the US to attend his oldest daughters graduation and then bring the rest of his family back to Ghana. Lots of things to pray about there.
Thanks to the generous donation of a long time friend the improvements on the video studio that the trainer from Good News Productions in Nairobi, Kenya recommended have been mostly completed. We have one more shipment of barrels full of more supplies and equipment and things will be set for another training from Good News Production. The studio has proven to be a very strategic part of what we do because of the high percentage of people that cannot read and write. The ability to record tools in mother-tongue languages gives many access to the gospel for the very first time. The studio has been making scripture apps that marry the audio recording of scripture with the print translation in mother-tongue languages. Also we will be taking a class as a team entitled Media to Movements in February.
We have been following up on those that are implementing. It is always exciting witnessing the launch of new groups - https://zume.training
Please pray as the groups begin giving one free offering every month that the Buipe movement will begin financially sustaining itself and expanding to other countries in Africa.
BigLife, another DMM organization is sending a trainer and paying for Isaac and Comfort come and blend sports outreach training with DMMs. Isaac and Comfort are in the air between Ethiopia and Zimbabwe as I write.
We got to help prepare for our son Jonathan's wedding, attend and then help him and his new bride get packed up and then help sell left over belongings and send them to California for a new job a new beginning together. They are very happy.
We also had some very key visits with family and supporters and arrived back the first part of December.
Many issues to address when we returned home but the movement kept multiplying like crazy while we were gone for which we are very happy.
Empowering Isaac and Moses along with others from the networks of DMM to travel to many places and equip others to do what God has enable them to do (DMMs) would not be possible if senders like you had not given sacrificially to make it happen. We love you and thank you.
A special thanks to the generosity of two of our supporting churches and very special friends who helped us replace our truck while we were gone. Someone borrowed it while we were gone and totaled it. Thanks to everyones generosity the movements have been expanding in ways that can only be explained by the hand of God. We love you all.
December 2019 New Groups
December 2019 Baptisms (New)
New 2019 Groups (YTD)
2019 Total Baptisms (New)
Total Tribes (YTD)
Please pray for those that will multiply disciples. The Buipe Disciple Making Movement (DMM) is multiplying very rapidly. Pray that this continues to accelerate. This year we will be have leaders in all 12 Gonjaland segments.
We have two country leaders in Cote d'Ivoire. One of the leader was hit by a car but praise God has healed from a broken leg and is back working with the movement there.
Please pray especially for the three country leaders there. I just got word from one of the leaders that 4 Fulani DMMers were kidnapped and are being held for ransom. There are so many needless killings by Boko Haram. Pray for God's deliverance and protection and the salvation of the Fulani people. I have reports of many streams of 4th and 5th generational growth.
Moses has been to Benin twice now and praise God already is seeing multiple streams some up to the 9th generational growth. PTL!
Moses has been to Burkina Faso a couple of times is reporting streams of 4th and 5th generational growth. Of course Burkina Faso is also attacked regularly by Boko Haram. So please pray for the DMMers as they share the Lord and bring transformation to Burkina Faso.
Savelegu is a village north of Tamale where Moses did DMM training last year. It is good to see other areas of Ghana being reached outside Gonjaland. Also all 12 segments of Gonjaland now has DMM workers active. P.T.L.!
Leaders have been recruited and trained. Financial sustainability plan has been clarified. Quarterly offering goals have been set for 2020. One free-will offering will be collected a month through mobile money. Pray that the team overseeing the mobile money account will make sure the offerings given for the expansion of the Buipe movement are used for that alone and not reallocated for other things.
Praise God for Whats App, phones, tablets and email that make it possible to keep in touch with those from other countries. Pray for DMM leaders as they juggle their time following up and coaching those under their care while traveling to many African countries.
Isaac is in Zimbabwe first part of February.
Isaac and Moses travel to Guinea for research trip with and unengaged people group the second half of February.
Moses will be going to Togo as well as continue coaching DMMers in Benin and Burkina Faso and Mali.
Isaac has plans to travel to Mauritania later in the year to coach workers there and continue coaching DMMers in Cote d'Ivoire.
Implementers from our Gambia training shows signs of several streams of multigenerational growth.
Our Nigerian team is planning a trip to Niger.
Additional leaders have been mentored to have DMM workers in all 12 Gonjaland segments in Ghana.
Please pray for God's protection for the DMMers as they ride on their motorcycles to various remote areas. Pray against discouragement. The guys are all volunteers, we only help by providing a motorbike, gas, maintenance and daily food expenses. I love their dedication, but I'm sure Satan tempts them in a variety of ways.
Also pray for our overall health.
Please pray for the Odle family as they work in Business As Missions, encourage local schools with books and tutoring and for Jared as he made another trip back to the states to raise additional ministry funds.
Please pray for Bobby and Mandy as they help with DMM groups and lead community development ideas. Especially pray for Obed, Joshua and Bright, DMM leaders they work with. Joshua is making his second attempt at going to Togo to work among the Chokossi, his family tribe. They are a very unreached with the gospel. Bobby is here in Ghana for a couple of months while Mandy keeps providing care for her mom as she heals from the lung transplant surgery. Bobby will be returning soon to help Mandy, attend their daughter's graduation, update supporters and bring his family back to Ghana. A lot to pray about.
There is some implementation going on from our Tamale Zume training last year. Please pray for multiplication of generational discipleship groups. https://Zume.training/app
When we returned from the US we discovered that a trusted friend, overseeing the construction of the homes for Isaac and Moses, decided to go to school and while the job slowed down some bags of cement and building supplies were stolen. We have taken over the construction process to get an inventory of what it will take to make it so they can move in even though it will not be finished. It seems like whenever we go home we spend quite a bit of time problem solving upon our return. We are embarrassed that it is not finished as were had planned by the time we got back.