April 2013 Newsletter
Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings in the name of the Lord! We give thanks to God for sustaining us and providing for our needs over the past month, and we deeply appreciate your prayers and gifts in support of our ministry. Life has been quite busy for us recently, and especially now as the term draws to a close. This past term at the Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA) has been quite busy, as I’ve been teaching courses on Genesis, Galatians, and New Testament Exegesis (or, how to draw the meaning from a passage). I’ve noticed that the students have been more engaged this term, and have been working harder outside class. It’s so encouraging to watch my students grow and mature as they prepare for ministry, knowing that many of them will soon be leaders in their churches and denominations.
Kristina has also been busy helping teach English as part of the TCCA students’ wives program, and also homeschooling our daughters. The girls have been quite involved at TCCA as well, helping the TCCA kids prepare for the Easter program (a video from the Easter program should be posted on our website soon).
In Other News…
Next week we will be traveling to Lusaka to attend Spiritual Life Conference, SIM Zambia’s annual retreat. We will meet some of our colleagues serving in other parts of Zambia for the first time, while renewing friendships with others.
But the most exciting news is that John will be traveling to Zambia in May to spend several months with us. John is currently finishing his second year at Memorial University in St. John’s. This summer is his last chance to spend an extended time with us in Zambia, since the final three years of his program will alternate between classes and work terms.
We are continually thankful for the support we receive, knowing that God uses your gifts to enable us to minister here in Zambia! After nearly a year most of our setup charges have finally made their way back to SIM Canada, and we are now able to calculate the status of our SIM account. Our ongoing support is close to 100%. However, there is a deficit in our SIM account.
- For our family’s health and protection
- For TCCA’s students as they write papers and prepare for exams
- For me as I prepare to preach at Ndola Baptist Church this coming Sunday
- For our family’s safety as we travel SIM Zambia’s SLC next week
- For John as he writes exams and prepares to travel to Zambia
- That God will provide for the need in our SIM account
We close with a benediction from the book of Hebrews: Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessings in Christ,
Tim & Kristina Churchill