Thursday, March 20, 2014

News from the Persons

Again the Persons have been off line way too long! Not sure we will be number one bloggers.

This past year has been packed with many miles of travel, changes and decisions. The biggest change was, which most of you know, we retired on August 31, 2013 from the General Board of Global Ministries as full time missionaries. We completed 35 years in Congo.

Here's what's been happening over the past year...

January – March 2013

We travelled and visited many of you on the West Coast and Hawaii starting in Washington. During our stay in Seattle, David officiated the wedding for Andrew and Judy. The event took place on a beautiful old ferry boat. It was great to celebrate with the whole family. We were glad to visit so many of our churches and spend time with you. Also to enjoy the beauty of the west coast and Hawaii.

April – May

We travelled east to Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and a meeting with the Board in New York.

June – July

At the end of our travels, Lori came down pneumonia which delayed our return to Congo until the end of July.  One huge bonus in the delay was being present for our second grandchild, Cora, of proud parents Jeff and Michelle.


We were able to arrive in Congo in time to celebrate the Seminary’s graduation for 18 pastors and their wives. As always, it is a miracle to have these students complete their studies.

In August, the Seminary welcomed the Kafakumba Pastors School. We had 123 pastors plus wives and children. This is a yearly program like the Conference Course of Study bringing in lay pastors for 4-6 weeks a year.  These men and women mostly serve in rural areas. This always entails a big cooking effort -- like 460 wood oven backed rolls every day and a lot of meals over charcoal! Many of our Seminary staff were faculty for this program as are also the directors of the Kafakumba Pastors School who are past graduates of our institution! 

It's such a blessing to see them continue to fulfil their calls in ministry. Thirty-eight pastors graduated this year from the program and will be ordained by their Annual Conferences. One of the graduates has taken 15 years to complete the 8-year program.  His determination and commitment to completing this through trials of the war in Congo and problems of travel was so inspiring. His call to be a pastor was something he would not give up!

September – November

Mulungwishi also hosted two Volunteer in Mission teams from the States. We were excited by the vision and project to use e-readers for the schools of Mulungwishi. They started with elementary and secondary school teachers to have a Kindle. Now, we are working towards our seminar students having a theological library on a Kindle.  The Second team was involved in drilling water well, working with downs syndrome children and consulting

At the same time, the new academic year for the Seminary started and we continued teaching our courses, then returned to the States in mid-December. Since then...

Mid-December – January 2014

Celebrated Christmas with the family and did some settling in our home in Lakewood, CO. It was so special to have this time with the grandkids!

February – mid-March

Travels again to churches in the east and mid-west in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, New Mexico and Texas. After much prayer and sharing with our Congo Bishop and the church, we will be returning to Congo as Volunteers in Mission for several months each year. With this change, we attended the VIM training on St. Simons Island early in February. It was a great experience and good fellowship.

Bless you for continued Seminary support

We remain so thankful to you who have continued to support the Seminary. It is still important to stand with the Church in Congo and help develop the leadership.  We plan to return to Congo the last week of April. We covet your prayers for us as we prepare to return.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

December Prayer Focus: Complete Grace

Thank the Lord for His complete grace in holding His world and His people together throughout this year.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

The blog's "More" link

The Blogger "More" menu
This blog now has a "More" link in the left side of the bar at the top of the page. Click on that to get some "sharing" options. This replaces the "AddThis" links that used to appear above David and Lori's photo.

We have removed the AddThis link collection to help speed up page display.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

November Prayer Focus: Church Life

Pray for:

  • Pastors
  • Teachers
  • Lay leaders.
Pray for:
  • The outreach ministry of the church
  • Church schools
  • Medical care and water projects around the region.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Visit map stats

Sample data for visits from cities in a country.
The world map in the right sidebar links to some interesting information. Try this:
  1. Click on the map
  2. Click on the "twirlie" to the right of a country flag
  3. See how many visits came from what places in that country
The ClustrMap also lists the 10 most recent visits, in chronological order.

And last, but not least, if you click on a region in the large map, you get a close-up view of that region.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

October Prayer Focus: Faces of the future

Please pray for the faces of the future -- the children and the young people of the DR Congo. Over 50% of the population is under the age of 18.

These are the ones the Lord will use to change the country.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Prayer focus: The Nutrition Program

During September, please pray for the Nutrition Program, as it provides food and nutrition for preschool children on he station and malnourished children from the nearby community.

The program touches some 200 children!