Archive for July, 2019

Please pray for LVLE

Please pray urgently for Jean-Paul, Edwige and the team at LVLE in DR Congo. There has been a confirmed case of Ebola in Goma, and Jean-Paul’s church (which adjoins his office) caught fire last week.

Please pray:

  • For protection from Ebola for all the team and their families, and indeed that the disease will be stopped in its tracks in Goma and generally. (You may have seen that two health workers were murdered in North Kivu; such is the suspicion around Ebola.)
  • That God will sovereignly protect the LVLE office and equipment as the windows have been smashed by the fire. Thank God that no-one was harmed in the fire and that the office itself was not destroyed.
  • That God will give his peace and comfort to Jean-Paul and the team, who are due to go out to Masisi as part of their training of church leaders in SCWA’s ‘The Heart of the Matter’ resource.
  • That the church will be enabled to restore their buildings soon and to quickly replace the chairs and the musical and other equipment lost.
Thank you so much for praying with us. These events are alarming but we know our God is sovereign.
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Past, present and future

‘In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 1:4-6)

It was wonderful. Our 20th anniversary celebration last month exuded joy and gratitude to God for all he has done for us and through us. We sang, we laughed, we dreamed, we ate and drank, and we celebrated God’s goodness. Inspired by three beautiful short films, created by our friend Phil Mash, we looked back to how it all began for BCT and remembered how God has nurtured and grown the work, and touched the lives of tens of thousands of children. We also looked to the future and outlined our plans to resource church leaders all over the world to reach marginalised children, in the name of Jesus.

In our experience – and in the Bible – God fulfils his plans for his people and does not rest until those plans are completed. We rejoice at how God has fulfilled his plans for BCT so far, but we are confident that those plans are not yet complete. God is not finished with us yet!

Please continue to pray for BCT; that we will hear God’s voice, follow his leading and obey his commands as we look to the future. May he have his way in us and our project partners, until his plans are completed – for his own glory and for the sake of the countless children who need to know and experience his love.

Above all, we all wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for journeying with us. We are looking forward to the next 20 years with expectation, and we hope you will carry on with us to see God’s plans continue to unfurl.

By the way, I hope the photos in this post will give you a flavour of what was an unforgettable day. And naturally, all three of the films I mentioned are now on our YouTube channel.

 

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