Dear Friends, Fall 2017
This summer was a busy time with some blessings and some health challenges. Either during or shortly after my July trip to Nepal, I contracted an intestinal infection called clostridium difficile or C diff which caused some serious symptoms. Although I have recovered from the worst of the infection, I am still having some intestinal issues. A bright side to our summer was moving across town to a home that we love where we can enjoy peaceful surroundings and the beauty of God’s creation.
DCMi proclaimed the gospel and developed church leaders in Nepal in July and in Ethiopia and Uganda in September. Each time we see Christians and church leaders of unreached areas commit their lives to evangelism and leadership development, God reconfirms our mission of transforming leaders so that they will transform cities and nations. Of all the touching stories of this summer, I would love to share this one with you.
One of the attendees of our September Uganda Pastors’ Conference was a pastor named Marcellin Mudacumura from Rwanda. He testified to the pastors at the conference about how hard it was to pastor a church without knowing the Bible himself. While he was struggling, he had the opportunity to attend a DCMi pastor’s conference in Rwanda. He said that God answered his prayer through this conference and he finally began to learn the word of God and basic principles of pastoral leadership. After DCMi wrapped up its ministry in Rwanda, he began to travel to countryside of Rwanda to teach other pastors the Bible as he learned it through DCMi.
When Marcellin learned that DCMi was coming to the neighboring country of Uganda, he rode buses and motorbikes for 13 hours and then walked an additional 7 hours to come to DCMi’s conference in Lira, Uganda. What is even more amazing is that he had no idea where the conference was being held! As he traveled, he prayed that God would lead him to the right person who would know the details of the conference. Marcellin “happened” to stop at the home of a family who knew the conference coordinator. This family served him dinner and had him spend the night there. He came to the conference the next day and told the conference attendees that they were going to learn the word of God in a powerful way. Everybody cheered as he wiped tears from his eyes.
Marcellin embodies what DCMi is all about – transforming leaders who will then invest in transforming their cities and nations. Our ministry would not be possible without your financial and spiritual support. I am truly grateful to you for your partnership. Please pray for my total recovery from C diff, especially as I prepare to travel to Nepal for ministry in November. Please come to see us in our new house. The Lord gave us a house in a beautiful location. We will always keep a nice guestroom for your use.
With Much Gratitude,