As we enter the Holiday seasons of Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas, in some ways, we feel very much in the holiday spirit, and in some ways, it seems so foreign. As our friends and family sent pictures of the first snow back home, our temperatures are climbing. By December, we expect to be well into 100 degree temperatures, so it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas as we’ve known it. Yet, as this is a season of thankfulness, our hearts are truly overflowing with what God has done. At the holidays, we really miss our family, but we are very thankful for technology that allows us to connect across the ocean; generations of missionaries didn’t have this luxury. When Grandpa Noah’s brother died during his missions training in California, he didn’t even get word of it in Angola for months. From the simple provisions like this to the larger miracles, we truly have much to be thankful for this season!Another reason we are very thankful is seeing what God is doing here and getting to be a part of it. For example, last week, Jonathan was asked by a mother to go to her child’s school to pray for her child. He and another pastor went, and while praying for the child, they were told that children were beginning to line up outside the door for prayer and healing. They had time to pray for a few but not all of the children that needed it. The headmaster of this partially government funded school, who is a Muslim, asked that they come back often to pray for the children as there is many who are sick and in need there. Later, Jonathan was informed by the other pastor that they had been praying for a way into the schools for this type of ministry, but had not found an open door until now. This was truly an exciting God moment that opened doors that for years have been closed.Ministry is beginning to pick up a bit. We continue to work with the local village church plant and the Masai church plant. Both continue to grow and we continue to push the vision out to the leaders so that they can be the ones affecting their communities. A few weeks ago, Jonathan had the privilege to lead 10 plus Masai children and adults in a prayer of commitment to serve the Lord and to ask Him into their hearts. As we visit the Masai on most Sundays in the month, we are able to follow up more with these individuals and help them grow deeper in the knowledge of our Lord and savior. The children’s church in the village is going well also; the children have been learning the names of God and now about who He is. The children are beginning to grow as they are introduced to these truths of God.April also recently had the opportunity to do a training in one of the local schools that went very well. Jonathan has been asked to begin to develop a training program for those who want to go deeper in the word and for those who are or will be leaders in the church. We are hoping to record these teachings and eventually publish them to YouTube so that those who have missed the class can catch up on the basics as we push on further in teaching. This will also allow the pastors in Kenya and Uganda whom Jonathan is and will be mentoring through communications, to receive the same teaching without involving as much travel.Jonathan also has been asked to put together and structure an English speaking church service that will occur once a month. The goal is to involve other ministries and build a community atmosphere for all believers, as well as to reach out to College aged youth. As these are in the development stages, he will be working to lay a strong foundation to build on and hope to launch both by the mid January to February time frame.
We also continue to learn the language and culture. We have hired a language tutor to come to our home and help us to continue to learn vocabulary and the speaking use of the language. We have found this to be so important as there are many here who do not speak English and communication is so important to building connections and relationships through which we can minister.
In order to be able to stay here in Africa and to effect the lives of leaders young and old, we need an increase in monthly partnerships. We can walk in obedience to what He has called us here to do because our partners walk in surrendered obedience in their giving. It is because of this that doors are opening that have been shut for many years. Our partnerships range in giving: some partner at $5 a month; others commit to $200 or more a month. Every partnership is of great value to what God is doing here in Eastern Africa. We can even accept partnerships made as a one time amount yearly that we then break into monthly amounts. At the end of December we have found that many of our partners like to make a year end gift before January 1st. We will be talking more about this through social media beginning in December so please stay tuned for updates. We are currently seeking out businesses to match some of those partnerships as they come in. If you want to join in partnering with us monthly or know of a business who might be interested in matching partnerships, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love, The Noahs
About Jonathan & April Noah
Our vision is to Empower, Equip, Exhort, and Encourage the local people and ministries of Eastern Africa. So, as to become self-sustaining in order to further the kingdom of God, our heart is to see people be radically changed by the power of the gospel.