News from India via Jerry Matson

We received a telephone called this morning from Bro. S.J. Rai, telling us of the terrible storm that hit his area two weeks ago.  We had not been aware of this before.  Checking the internet we see it was a cyclone named Hudhud!  Bro. Rai told us that for two weeks they have been shut down, and only now are getting some electric services back, sparingly.  They have been using an old well of a neighbor for their water.  He charged his cell phone with his car battery to call us. There was damage to his house, but he said that could be repaired later. His great concern is for the three branch churches, which have all lost their roofs. (If you received his letter written earlier in the month, notice that he was concerned about replacing these roofs anyway, but had no idea the storm would take them away!)  These roofs shelter the pastor of each church which live in the structure also.  The main church in S. Kota fared okay, but all the trees surrounding it are down.  Bro. Rai is of course buying up the time to preach the Gospel in this situation. Though his body is weak – the Lord is strong!!!

This is an urgent need, and we ask you to pray that the funds for these repairs would be provided.  A permanent concrete roof for the churches will cost $3,000.00 each.  The less permanent, at a cost of between $1,600 and $2,000.  Please also pray for our dear brother’s physical strength to oversee the varied ministry in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.  The Lord brought him to our shore so many years ago as a seafarer, and he has been a precious brother and co-worker in Christ ever since.

In the Love of Christ,

Jerry and Janet Matson

October, 2014 Update from the Matson Family

Dear Ones,

I have copied a note my wife sent along with this month’s prayer letter for us.  I thought you would appreciate it.

On October 4th we received an email from a  young woman who had lived in our neighborhood as a child.  I will quote some of what she wrote.  “I thank God because I used to attend Bible Studies there and would love going.  No one made me, I was simply encouraged to go from a knock on the door from a minister there.  I attended frequently and loved memorizing scripture…I just need to tell you, you planted a seed so deep in me that I didn’t even realize took root…I give all glory to God because it kept me from things I could never have imagined.  I thank your ministry for the love of God that you showed me at such a young and impressionable age.  I am so blessed to have went(sic) to each Bible study I ever attended.  I even went to camp one year, rode a horse, bow and arrow, and slept there over night.  I will never forget those things.  That is where I first learned John 3:16 – my how that saved my life…I want to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing and leading young ones to Christ.  I needed it so badly, and I know that it is still needed even more.  I am now 24, proud to say serving the Lord with every bit of me.  You all taught me what it meant to love as Christ through action.  I thank you so much.  Proverbs 22:6 rings true to me!  I am a testimony… God is so good.  Last night I just hosted my first meeting for a purity program on a college campus here in Tampa, FL and it made me reflect on how God has kept and covered me long before I knew I needed to be protected…Blessing and Love…”    Encouragement to us?  That is an understate-ment!!!!  The Lord indeed is so good!!!!!!!  Janet Matson

October, 2014 Update from Kinyonga Family

Dear Supporters,
We have attached our most recent prayer letter along with some pictures of last weeks service where we had 120 in attendance. Thank you all so much for loving us and supporting us here in Tanzania. I would like to thank you all for praying for me and George. For those of you who were not aware George a young man from our church and myself were in a motorcycle accident last week. I suffered a dislocated shoulder and some torn muscles along with some cuts and bruises, George has a small fracture to his wrist. We are both in a sling for awhile but thank you for your prayers. Please let us know if you ever have an email change we will be sure to update our list.

For His Glory,
Mshama, Martha & Esther Kinyonga



October 28, 2014 Update from the Aholt Family

Greetings from Steve and Sandy Aholt in Papua New Guinea, 28 October 2014

We have seen God slowly closing the door on our missionary aviation ministry here, over the past two terms. At first, we wondered what was going on. However, it became very evident what God was doing.

God has always provided 100% of what we needed. Thank you all for faithfully standing with us through your prayers and sacrificial financial giving.

God provided four families, whom we thought would make up a team of missionary aviation personnel, to carry on the aviation ministry here. Then, one by one, each of those four were redirected to other ministries. God has always provided 100% of our financial needs. Now, He has allowed our financial support to drop by nearly $1500 per month.

We are certain that God called us to Papua New Guinea and into the ministry of missionary aviation, nearly thirty-five years ago. We have this same certainty that God is continuing to show us that it is time for us to leave Papua New Guinea.

Our love and appreciation for you all has grown very much, over these years. We do not know what is ahead, but we do know that God’s Word is a light to our path, for our feet to follow. Just as Moses went out, not knowing where his final destination would be, we also sense God’s direction in what we are doing.

God has given us many special friends whom we love, as family. We will now begin to tell them of God’s plan for us to leave Papua New Guinea and the people we love.

Your prayers for us, during this time, are much appreciated. Our home ministry assignment is just months away (April 2015). We have begun the process of selling our belongings, to move back, to the USA. We plan to arrive in Kansas City, MO, where we will initially set up housing.

We both have some pressing medical needs. This country is very rugged and has taken its toll on both of us over these twenty years. Our medical needs will need to be addressed, before we will be able to make a schedule for reporting to each of our supporting churches. These medical needs may require us to return to the USA before our scheduled departure date.

Therapy is done each day to see if it will help to relieve some of the pain, so that we can have a better quality of life. Steve has been waking up in the night, with a level 8 pain, in his right hand.

In Christ’s love,
Steve and Sandy

Listening for the trump and praying,
Steve and Sandy Aholt