Archive for December, 2010

Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit with a couple who have encouraged and supported me since I first began my plans to serve in Africa. During my visit with Christin and Craig Haynie of Cables and Kits they shared they would like to do something for me and asked was there anything in particular that I needed. I shared with them the greatest need I had was the need to get our African pastors their own copy of Gods Word, more specifically study bibles.

I shared with them how most of our pastors don’t own a complete bible. They might have a New Testament or a partial piece of a bible, but very few have the complete Old and New Testaments, and none of them have a study bible. The moments that followed were moments of amazement and shock as they shared they would purchase each of our pastors a study Bible! This began a chain of events that can only be described as a God Thing!

Christin and Craig Haynie

Another set of friends….Trevor Cain and Brad Faulkner of Dorks Textbooks told me they would order the Bibles from the publisher for us. Back in the summer my Sunday School class which is Jim Wallaces class at Blackshear Place, along with Trevor and Brad sent me enough study bibles for our teachers at school and through that process I was able to deliver a few extra that had been sent to our key Pastors who are leaders over our churches.

Teachers with their new study bibles

A few days ago I went to pick up the Bibles and when I first walked in the book store I saw all of these cases of Bibles and I rejoiced at the sight of them!

What joy…for Joy to be surrounded with new study bibles for our African pastors

However, those moments of rejoicing intensified greatly as Trevor and Brad shared how they had been encouraged by what Christin and Craig had provided and they also were donating the same number of study bibles, where not only all of our pastors will have one, but also their associate pastors.

Trevor Cain and Brad Faulkner

The associate pastors train under the leadership of the pastor and when a new church plant begins they become pastors in the new church. Now, all of the pastors and associate pastors of our 115 churches will each have a study bible.

It has been a heavy burden this past year to see such a need for Bibles, especially study Bibles. I say a heavy burden because study Bibles are expensive and I knew we needed so many of them that it would be a miracle if we got them. In my mind I had settled on getting a few at a time as I could over there. Yet, God had bigger and greater plans!

Even before I knew about the Bibles, I had planned my 2011 schedule to travel more in the bush and focus on discipleship. Now, I will not only be discipling, but as these new study Bibles are delivered to the pastors I believe I am going to see a major movement of God. I anticipate great and mighty things ahead in 2011 as each and every Sunday the pastors are going to bring new and exciting sermons from where they’ve read, studied and prepared!

All 115 churches scattered throughout Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania will grow stronger in the Word of God. As I shared with Christin, Craig, Trevor and Brad, there is only one of me and I can only accomplish so much. But with what they have done, there will now be 231 of us equipped to share the Word of God!

Imagine with me just for a moment….let’s use a conservative number of believers in each of these churches. If each of these 115 churches has 50 believers, that means that 5,750 believers will sit under the teachings from these new study bibles in 2011. Now, lets take it a step further, if all of the 115 associate pastors are sent out to the new church plants and in each of those new church plants there are 20 believers, that would add an additional 2,300 believers sitting under the teachings from these new Bibles.

Folks, .this is reality, this is not something that might happen, these are conservative numbers I am using. In 2011 it is very likely that 8,050 people will grow in their relationships with the Lord.

Now let’s think about another reality. In each of these churches as these believers grow, they are going to begin sharing what they are learning with non-believers! I don’t believe it will be possible to keep up with how many people will make a decision for Christ and one day join us in heaven.

Can you handle just another moment of imagining with me? Once again let’s use conservative numbers. If in each of these 115 churches, 20 new believers are added in 2011 and in each of the 115 new church plants another 5 are added, what would happen! By year end we would have the original 8,050 who had been discipled and we would add the 2,875 new believers. Are you ready for the total….10, 925 eternally affected by the Word of God thats being brought forth!

Does this make you as excited as it does me? I can hardly wait to get there and begin to see God work! Its going to be an exciting journey, one I know you will be waiting to hear about!

I sure love all of you and am honored to be walking this journey together.

Joy Breedlove

Missionary-East Africa

It is good to give Thanks unto the Lord! That is what this update is all about! Giving thanks for ALL the blessings in the time I’ve been home. Today I shared with a friend that my cup is running over!

Without a doubt in the time I’ve been home I’ve done things that I can’t do in Africa. Things like eating something besides rice and beans, sleeping without a mosquito net, going to bed at night without the sound of an armed guard walking past my window, drinking water from the faucet, having power and water 24 hours a day, washing my clothes in a real washing machine, or simply being able to put toilet paper in the toilet! These are just a few blessings I’ve experience and although they each have their importance it is not these things that are the most important to me.

In Africa I cannot attend a church service with my son and daughter!

Serving the Lord with my son Bryan and daughter Dana

In Africa I cannot find my grandchildren snuggled up together playing!

My grandchildren…Sarah, Caleb, Michael and Sawyer enjoying their morning after a night at Mommaws house

In Africa I cannot watch my granddaughter overcome a fear in her life! (one that I might mention her Mommaw has not yet conquered!)

My granddaughter Emma conquering her fear of snakes…

Or, my grandson being strong and brave!¦

My grandson Stephen holding King Kong…

In Africa I cannot see my grandson just after killing his first buck!

My grandson Eli and his first buck

In Africa I cannot see and hear my grandson laughing!

My grandson Isaac…just being himself….

It is these blessings that are most important to me. Time with my family makes wonderful memories that will carry me over until my next trip home. It will be these memories that keep me strong when I get homesick, or give me a reason to smile when the sad things of life in Africa get me down. Although I only see my family a few weeks out of the year now that I am doing the Lords work in Africa, I consider my life blessed beyond measure. To spend a second, minute, hour or day in time with these that I love most is what I cherish.

Love to all,

Joy Breedlove

Missionary-East Africa