Thursday, May 29, 2008

Greetings from Tchincombe!

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Thanks for praying for the meetings at Imbondwe! There was a good crowd on Saturday night – but it was COLD watching a movie out of doors! On Sunday morning there were about 60 people. A few older people so that’s nice. Please CONTINUE to PRAY that God’s Word and His Spirit would work and that folk would ponder all that they hear and CHOOSE life!

Pray for Kambwela and Fatima – they are a married couple here at Tchincombe – neither believers – they are having major marital issues. Seems that mothers-in-law on both sides don’t like the match so it’s more than just their personal issues – pray for wisdom and discernment.

Pray too for Kandendele and Tualele – they too are having marital problems. He’s a Believer. She is not.
Pray as we counsel with these two couples.

Pray for new churches and supporters for the Fox family!

Pray for SLC 2008 (June 23-27) which is here at Tchincombe – we will be at least 50 people – pray for refreshment and renewal.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated!!



Friday, May 23, 2008

Last week as Stirling said gives new meaning to ‘a wretched night’.

Greetings from Tchincombe!

We are basically doing well. A little tired! Last week as Stirling said gives new meaning to ‘a wretched night’. The 12-24 hour ‘run to the loo’ flu ran through all of us during the course of the week! It seems that the 12 or 24 depended on age! The young folk got the 12 hour but Stir and I had the 24 hour. Always starting at around 11 PM – Meghan was first Sun night, Stirling Thurs to Fri, Jeff and Matt Fri night, and yours truly Sat to Sun – no fun! But we have all been healthy this week just a little tired.

Wanted to remind you that this is the last weekend in the month – tomorrow we go to Imbondwe. Brent will be heading up games and skits with young people in the afternoon, Jesus film in the evening and then church on Sunday morning. Please pray. Kandendele’s parents recovered from their illnesses – thanks for praying!!!

As we show the Jesus film we will be stopping periodically to explain things and see if there are any questions. The film is in Portuguese and most people speak only Olungambwe. We have been in touch with the Jesus film people about getting it translated. Please pray for Peter Ritchie (Canadian SIMer who’s on home assignment) as he interacts with the Jesus film organization about this translation.

Stirling and the UIEA church leadership have been filling out loan applications to get a loan for the fencing. It seems like such a big step. Pray!

Ongoing Requests:

  • for the extra funds for the transport on the vehicle
  • support, outgoing expenses for Fox family – and also for their encouragement! (Lawrence, Cynthia, Dylan, Megan, Garrett, and Melanie)
  • Verhoefs are soon on their way to Portugal for a year before coming to Angola – they will do language and Bible school

THANK YOU so much standing with us!



Thursday, May 8, 2008

What happens when you start to harvest, wash & wax car, and want to cut hay??


What happens when you start to harvest, wash & wax car, and want to cut hay?? It RAINS! Yikes!

On returning from Namibia we found the usual May weather - dry season – clear, dry and cool! But yesterday it got hot, clouded up and rained! We are hoping to be able to dry out the millet that’s already been harvested!

Stirling makes a day trip to Lubango today – pray for stamina and patience! Somewhere along the line Stirling has wrenched his shoulder. Pray for patience to endure the pain and to use it carefully.

PRAISE – Soma is feeling much better – it was touch and go for a day or two but he’s on the mend. Of course, Steve Collins is very relieved!

Please pray for Sheila Fabiano – the importation of her vehicle has been one unexpected hassle after the other – it’s been in port since end of March and still has not been released!

Remember to pray for the visa of Dagmar Henchoz our field leader who has not been able to be in the country since last year!


Donna for all of us!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

We rolled in at 8:00 AM this morning

Hi from Tchincombe! We rolled in at 8:00 AM this morning – we got across border yesterday at 4 PM Friday and were ready to get here! One part of the road we hadn’t traveled before and we kept thinking it would get better as we came along but it didn’t! From the border to Tchincombe it’s only 170 km (+/- 110 miles) but it took 14 hours - For most of the night we averaged about 9km/hour! We did stop and snooze from 1-3AM. Anyway we are home and tired but happy to be here! Love, Donna for all of us!

PS Please pray for a Saint Bernard pup named SOMA, he’s the pet of our colleague, Dr. Steve Collins. Dr. Collins is single and nearing retirement age and Soma is his buddy – travels with him to clinics – right now Steve’s been in Quito doing cataract surgeries and they are now on their way to Huambo. Soma is very sick. We’ve consulted by radio this morning and Steve’s started treatments. THANKS!