Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Last week on Wednesday, September 29, the 1000th Kingdom Hall was completed. This represents a real milestone in the theocratic story of Jehovah's people here in Malawi.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Monday, December 7, 2009
“Do not ask to walk smooth paths,
nor bear an easy load.
But pray for strength and fortitude,
to walk the rock strewn road.
May Jehovah give you courage,
remember you are not alone.
And transform every stumbling block,
into a stepping-stone.”
I was thinking about this quote as I visited this week with 2 elderly sisters. Their lives have been very different. One had a life focused on full-time service as a pioneer, and traveling with her husband in the Circuit work. The other served faithfully as a congregation publisher while raising a family with her husband.
The life choices that they made may be very different, but their faithful endurance is the same. Each has built up a record of faithful, whole-hearted service to Jehovah, are deeply loved and appreciated by their brothers and sisters and continues to be a source of strength and encouragement to everyone privileged to know them.
The word endurance takes on concrete meaning for me as I look at their lives. Each one is now dealing with the vagaries of old age… gracefully and uncomplainingly.
The “rock strewn road” is a little easier for me to travel with them leading the way.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Got an email from my nephew serving in Africa.It was so encouraging to me,I thought it might encourage you too. :-)
Sorry that we haven't written much email lately. We had some problems with our Internet. It was out for over a month. Well, now we got it hooked up again, so here is a general email to let you all know what is
going on here in Togo.
This past Saturday (September 26) marked our 10 year anniversary. Yep,10 years ago we got off our plane wide eyed, with knees wobbling and hearts pounding, not so sure what we were getting ourselves into. Well,looking back it's been the best 10 years of our life, filled with blessings. But, what is unusual is it's also been the toughest 10 years
of our life.
We've seen first hand how Jehovah provides what we need. Materially, we have what we need, we have enough. We've learned and relearned how to be
content with what we have. (We don't really need much to be happy.) Spiritually, on the other hand, we have an abundance. We are often reassured that Jehovah is with us, helping us to endure. Facing the
difficulties of everyday life we rely on God more than if our life was
Here in Togo, life in general these past 10 years has gotten worse. It's difficult to watch that, day after day. Somehow you think that things will get better (roads, economy, sickness, poverty, etc). It's a normal desire to want to see things improve, even in this system of things. However, things haven't improved. But, the problems that surround us
daily help us to focus on the real solution for mankind woes, God's heavenly government. Man is lost. This is Satan's world and this world is going down fast. Any indications to the contrary are illusions.
We spent 18 months working at the Branch. This was a real privilege. For he past couple of months we have been back in the field, trying to readjust to preaching in the heat and dust. Has this transition been difficult? Yes, honestly it has. But, it's made us refocused on why we need to proclaim the good news. This is the most important work we could
be doing right now. It's a blessing to share the truth with others. It's also a responsibility.
10 years ago there was around 10,500 publishers here in Togo. Now there is over 15,000. That growth is nice to meditate on. But, even if this increase hadn't happened. We know that preaching and teaching the good news is what Jehovah wants us to do. It helps us to stay strong and focused in our service to Jehovah.
Here in Togo, at the ends of the earth, we notice that, more and more, people are making a choice. Most people have been contacted in some way by the Kingdom message. And like the Watchtower recently said, the good news divides people. Some like our message. Others reject it. And still others are opposed. Lines are being drawn. The end is near.
We often talk about how Africa will be in the new world paradise. No more famine. No more oppressive rulers. No more sickness that often takes lives. Yes, no more death. Africa will be a beautiful place filled with beautiful people that serve Jehovah.
So, that is what's been going on here. We hope to hear from you. Pray for us as we pray for you.
Martin and Quincey
Thursday, November 19, 2009