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Highlights of South Africa

This October, we took our first trip to South Africa and spent time with ladies from two locations: Pretoria and Nellmapius. The two places are only about 20 minutes away from each other by car, but are worlds apart by physical appearance: Pretoria is a bustling city with modern malls and fast food restaurants, and Nellmapius is a rural township with government housing and dirt roads. We were delighted to discover that despite the difference in physical appearance, the ladies from these two locations had something in common: their hunger for the Word. 

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East Meets South

October marked the second annual East meets South women’s conference in Zambia. Ladies traveled from Uganda to Zambia to speak and encourage the women in Zambia. We had an incredible time. This was the second and the best, and we really sensed “though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase (Job 8:7)." It was great to see the women in Zambia really begin to see their value before God and begin to see that He has a purpose for them beyond their homes and beyond their normal daily domestic activities. We will be posting the messages and will let the excerpts speak for themselves but a few different instances really blessed us so that we felt that we had to share it with you.

AgnesExactly one year ago, we gave a precious lady, Agnes, an audio recording of the Bible in her own local language, Bemba, on what is known as a "Proclaimer" which we obtained by www.faithcomesbyhearing.com. When we gave it to her, just the way that she held it was such a reminder of what God had always intended His Word to be to us, precious in our eyes. It was just so edifying, and one of the benefits, one of the great benefits, of sharing Christ with people was to see that the value that she had for it a year ago had not diminished, but only increased. She described it as a child, and we were so blessed that she told us her favorite chapter was Hebrews 11 because it told us how much she had been listening to it. She does not read or write – her language or the English language – so this is her only means of knowing God’s Word; and such a great retention she has! Faith truly comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

She shared at the conference and it was so beautiful to hear scripture coming out of her. We were instantly reminded of the time that she asked us to pray for her because she had no means of knowing the Word of God, and she had such a hunger to do so. God has indeed answered her prayer. Her husband tells us that she carries this Proclaimer around with her everywhere. She often invites the women of the neighborhood to listen with her. We were also told that she had to make a long trip to the village where she is from, and took her Proclaimer with her. When she got on the bus that would take her to the village many hours away, she turned the Proclaimer on full blast and told everyone to listen to the Word of God. When she finished playing a part, she then preached the gospel to the entire bus. The Word of God has given her a very holy boldness. This Proclaimer has been the answer for many women for us as women meet in small groups and listen to the Bible in their local language.

Also, it was rewarding to see how the Zambian women responded to the sacrifice of the Ugandan women. After the Ugandan women spoke during the conference, they were in such awe. One woman said to us that she didn’t know that an African women could have so much “content” – could really know the Bible and God’s heart in such a deep way. This is definitely our dream and we are seeing it bit by bit. That African women would, regardless of country, encourage and be a light to other African women that God can be known by them… That the Word of God can be understood by them… And that they, indeed, have a personal call from God. So we will take our time, we will sow this seed – this precious seed, because this is the only lasting kind of harvest, and this is the only kind of harvest that will reproduce itself. Pray for these ladies, pray for these countries: Uganda, Zambia, South Africa – pray for this continent.

 
Prayer Requests for the Month of October

In the month of October we will be having our second annual women’s conference in Zambia.

Prior to the conference, we will spend a week in South Africa encouraging the women there. We will then make all make our way to Zambia for the conference. Please keep this time in South Africa in your prayers, that it would be a great time of investment, fellowship, and richness in the Word.

Also joining us for the Zambian conference are our Ugandan sisters - who will be traveling by bus. Please keep them in your prayers as the journey will take 3-4 days. We are praying for their safety on the road and when crossing all the different borders, that they will have no difficulties or complications with visas.

The conference will be from the 17th to the 20th of October. Please keep us in your prayers, as we will be feeding all the women that attend the conference, where we will probably have on average 50-60 women each day.

We pray that all would be encouraged in the Word, that those from South Africa would exchange pearls with their sisters who traveled from Uganda and Europe, that those from America would exchange pearls with their Zambian sisters and so on and so forth.

After the conference in Zambia we will return to South Africa on the 27th-30th of October to spend some more time with the Church and our sisters in South Africa.

Overall we pray that the month of October would be a fruitful time where we will all be deeply encouraged and stirred in our hearts at the possibilities of what God will do, as His aim is always to do the impossible.

May God Bless You and Keep You

Sophie

 
Our First Clinic!

My experience in Uganda was amazing!!! I had been praying for years for such an opportunity to arise, and once again, God was faithful.

I spent some of my time in Uganda running clinics. One clinic was held in Nansana, a town near the capital, and another one in Mityana, a town in a more remote part of the country. Initially, the goal was to provide check-ups and appropriate treatment for the children of the orphanages. The needs and demands, however, extended to Ugandans from local communities. We were blessed with donations of funds and supplies and were thus able to tend to the majority of people that came seeking help. In the two days that the clinics were held, over 150 patients were seen. With the help of very knowledgeable Ugandan nurses we addressed cases, of malaria, stomach worms, head, body and feet fungal infections, malnutrition, anemia, diabetes and hypertension to name a few. It was a miracle indeed to have been able to tend to all those needs.

The vision for Uganda is to eventually have a mobile clinic of sorts. This “clinic on wheels” would help address issues of unavailable health care, the distance needed to travel to acquire health care, and of course the unaffordable cost of health care to the patients. Great strides were made on this trip as all the orphans and numerous people were seen, ailments were identified and addressed, and long term care plans were put in place. There was also an abundant amount of supplies that were made available for both orphanages to last several months. Measures have also been taken to provide for health care providers to go out to both Nansana and Mityana at least once a month. The vision for Uganda is very much alive. Continue to pray for God’s perfect will to be done in Uganda.

Thanks for your prayers and God bless,

Dr. Bella Ahanogbe

 
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