May 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

Greetings from Ndola, Zambia! As we reflect on God’s goodness to us over the past month we remember and give thanks for each and every one who has been faithful in praying for our family and ministry, and for those who have given gifts to support us here. We know that God is watching over us and is concerned for our needs (Exodus 2:25), so we pray that through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God (2 Corinthians 9:11).

News From TCCA

The new term began this week. This term has been divided into modules, so this week and next week I am teaching Exodus to Deuteronomy, and the following two weeks I will be teaching Old Testament Exegesis.

Exodus to Deuteronomy is a great course since it contains so many inspiring stories and themes from long ago. Yesterday I lead the class in a Christian version of the Passover Seder (service), followed by a lengthy discussion of the significance of the Passover and the connection between Passover, Jesus, and the Lord’s Supper.

One of the most amazing symbols in the Seder is the afikomen, the second of three pieces of matzah (unleavened bread) eaten during the Seder. During the Seder the afikomen is broken, with one part eaten together by the family and the other part wrapped and hidden for the children to find. This reminded us of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

Last night the students met at our house to watch a movie on the life of Moses.

Other topics we will consider include the Mosaic Covenant, the Tabernacle, Holiness, Sacrifices, Clean and Unclean Foods, and the Promised Land. The course will conclude next Friday afternoon with a (friendly) debate in which the students will discuss several of the more controversial aspects of the Pentateuch before an audience of other faculty members.

Please pray that God will draw my students closer to Himself as they study these wonderful ancient texts.

Prayer Requests

A few weeks ago we received an unexpected e-mail from the pastor of our home church, Ndola Baptist. Pastor Singogo informed us that he had resigned and is moving to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. Pastor Singogo has been a great blessing to us during our time in Ndola and we will miss him dearly. Please pray for Ndola Baptist Church during this period of transition.

We also ask that you remember our family in prayer, especially for Kristina as she manages the household and teaches Sarah and Katie. Pray for Anna as she makes choices concerning her future vocation, and for John as he continues his work term at Memorial University in St. John’s.

Blessings in Christ,

Tim & Kristina Churchill