“Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus sends us out just like he sent out the 70 followers to proclaim the peace of God, cast out demons, heal the sick, restore sight to the blind and bring hope to all. When the 70 returned they were pumped up. They were so excited because they saw the Holy Spirit at work in and through them and demons were fleeing from before them. Alleluia!
Jesus then said to them “Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Above all and under all is this one truth. Our names are written in heaven when we place our trust in Jesus as our Savior and our Lord. No matter what else happens to us. No matter what amazingly wonderful things happen or what challenging difficulties we face this one truth remains, our salvation is in Jesus and in Him alone.
Praise the Lord! Alleluia! As we go forth being sent by him we rejoice in this truth!
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday and to hearing our new worship/music leader Nick O'Connor’s testimony of how God has worked in his life.
Blessings and Joy in Jesus, Gerry
"And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.” Luke 9:52-56
Bishop Sospeter Ndenza has been a great blessing to all of us in the Anglican Mission in the Americas by serving on the College of Consultors as one of our Mission Partners. The following update is from Bishop Gerry Schnackenberg who serves as Sospeter’s Bishop Emissary here in the United States. God is doing great things through Sospeter’s work, both here and in Kibdondo and we hope you enjoy hearing a bit about how God is using him to serve thousands with the hope of the Gospel.
The people of the region of Tanzania known to us as the Diocese of Kibondo were in desperate need of hope and salvation, and, to meet that need, God has raised up a dynamic, charismatic, evangelical Bishop named Sospeter Ndenza. He rides the rough and tumble roads into the bush and preaches the Good News of Jesus with enthusiasm. Many are coming to faith, receiving baptism, and being confirmed. New churches are being raised up and existing churches are experiencing revival and renewal. God is glorified daily as the people give praise to Him for their salvation and for the hope He gives.
Bishop Sospeter was well on his way building a hostel to welcome travelers to the diocese when, from across the border with neighboring Burundi, refugees began pouring in. They came with huge needs for food, housing, clothing, spiritual support, and, critically, medical assistance. Seeing the great need, Bishop Sospeter immediately welcomed the United Nations teams and allowed them to build their headquarters on the Diocesan property. He changed the plans for the hostel and began modifying the building, expanding it to become a health clinic. Bishop Sospeter also began to serve Holy Communion to all who would come and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the refugees right in the refugee camps where they live.
Over 150,000 refugees have overwhelmed the small city of Kibondo that before the influx had a population of only 25,000. The health clinic is nearing completion. A missionary doctor from Holland, Andrea Boing, has arrived and is beginning her work. Additionally, a representative from Project C.U.R.E. is traveling to Kibondo to assess the needs for medical equipment, and that equipment—worth half a million dollars—will then be sent over for only $20,000.
Please give thanks and praise to God for all He is doing through our brothers and sisters in Kibondo and through all in the Anglican Mission who support them in prayer. Bishop Sospeter and his clergy pray for the churches and people of the Anglican Mission by name on a routine basis. Alleluia!
This post has been adapted from Bishop Gerry Schnackenberg’s report at the All Saints Dallas blog and originally appeared on the AMiA blog.