Magoye Hope

I preached from Rom 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. NKJV

The word for character is translated as experience, trial and proof with the idea that “cheerful endurance” produces steady character building experience. Making you a person who can be trusted to be what God wants you to be. I had a conversation with our pastor in Magoye. After his first year in Magoye we cut his support back. Offerings were very small, no jobs, mainly subsistent farming. We decided that he should farm a little bit. He grew cotton and made about $200. The next year he made about $400. More important he had two single men in church follow his example and both made over a $100 a piece, more money than they ever had made before. This year the rains were bad and at crucial times in working his field he was busy with family funerals. He will make a small amount of money this year, but it has not defeated him but has rather strengthened him to continue on. 2 Cor 8:2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. NKJV

 We are going to show a film in Monze Friday night. We will have a seminar on raising children Saturday at our house. We are making it open to married couples and single mothers. We will have a tea under the shade of the trees. These events have always been a blessing. Saturday night we will show a film at Ceres farm, a farm near Shimungalu. This will be Shimungalu’s first organized outreach outside of their village. I had to send someone to Monze to check with the police about showing the film tonight. Thursday and Friday have been declared national days of mourning by the president. Apparently all special activities must be cancelled. We will see what the police say. A little different from what we are used to.


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  1. Unknown says:

    Kevin…I am not sure if you recieved the latest e-mail we sent. It definitely looks like you are more then busy but I thought I would just go ahead and send via your blog site.—–Original Message—–From: Baker.Thomas.M Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 7:49 PMTo: \’Kevin Hansston\’Subject: FW: failure deliveryForwarded from Deb to Joan…glad to hear the DVD player is working again.Hi Joan, just now got your e-mail, our computer has been broke and we got itback about one hour ago. I am so excited that Brook made UNR! She is morethan welcome to come and stay with us if she needs to. We have an extrabedroom. I don\’t know what your plans are but we are sure glad to help outwith anything. Just let me know. How is Audra? Tell her hi. I am happy toknow that Luna is doing better for you. There is nothing better than a gooddog. Tom made a movie (Prescott style) of our trip to Zambia. We showed itto the Reno church last night and it was really good. A lot of people gotstirred. I seen your smiling face and missed you. It was a nice surprise toget your letter just when you were so much on my mind. We come home to verycold weather. Today was a nice day it felt like spring, the trees arebudding with new leafs and the flowers are blooming. I am getting anxious toget out in my garden and plant things. How is your new Gardner working out?Your flower arrangements sounded nice. You see the more you do them thebetter they get. Barb wants me to do the big vases in our church and I amwondering what I am going to do with them. It will be fun to figure it allout. I\’ve never done such big arrangements. Lots of tall grasses I think. Ican\’t wait to see you all again. You are all in our prayers. God is so good.The trip to Africa has really changed our eyes and our hearts. I see peopleand things differently now. I don\’t have the words to explain yet, butsomehow I am different. Thank you so much for all your hospitality. It wasan amazing trip and you were an amazing part of it. Wright back soon and letme know how you are all doing…Love Debbie

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