March 16-24, 2009
*Please pray for God to build up and prepare our teams going to Kenya
and Rwanda this summer.
*Pray for our partners: Alfred, Bishop Lewa; Martin, Mbusa, Dieudonne,
Joe Entwi, and Timothy.
*Pray for the strengthening of the churches in Africa.
Coming May 2:|
Pray for the raising of funds for the purchase of
Bibles for churches and leaders in Africa.
Report from Kenya |
Recently we have been testing the Bridges training materials (from Crescent Project) on a few pastors from Kenya. These materials teach
Christians how to
"build bridges" in sharing Christ with Muslims. We are looking forward to
future possibilities for churches in Kenya using these materials.
Visit our Website
*New resources under
*Spanish edition of the Quick Reference
Worldview Discipleship Teaching Manual.
*Revision of the English edition of the
Worldview Discipleship Teaching Manual.
*Cabécar edition of Worldview Discipleship Pictures book.
KinRwandan Worldview Discipleship materials too be added soon.
Pray for the Costa Rica
Mission this Month
- Pray for our team members: Joe and Tammie Friberg; Joel,
Michael, and Jessica Friberg; Nathan Benke; and Paul Dawkins.
- Pray for God to give us insight as we prepare to teach
indigenous Cabécar church leaders discipleship materials for use in their
- Pray for our ministry partners, Timothy Jones and his
family, who will also serve translators.
- Pray for safety and good health as we will be traveling in
Costa Rica and hiking/camping in the rain-forest mountains.
- Pray that God will strengthen the church through this
Biblical study in the coming months, and bring
down the spiritual strongholds of false religion and false teachings throughout the Indian
- Pray for the Jones as they work to finish the Cabécar
Translation of the New Testament.
Overview of the trip:
Perhaps the best networking of churches we have ever seen
is in the rainforest mountains of Costa Rica. Families live scattered across
miles of treacherous rivers, steep mountains, beautiful thick rainforests,
and exotic volcanoes, yet about once a month church leaders from indigenous churches
travel many mountain miles to meet for Bible study and encouragement. Bible Translators, Timothy Jones, Philip Jones, and David Jones teach them
from newly translated Scriptures in the Cabécar language. Then these
indigenous leaders take the teachings back to their congregations.
Some of these pastors were once in training to be witchdoctors.
Today, they are feeding the body of Christ as born again believers!
Our ministry team has the privilege of working
together with our brothers and sisters in this equipping ministry. On
Thursday we will be hiking into the mountains down to the village of Ñari
for the conference, then on Monday we will be hiking out. We
will be teaching the Worldview Discipleship Series. A Bible study on
the book of John will also be taught by the Joneses. We may also be
leading children's Bible Study and activities, and distributing the newly
published book of John as well as the most recent draft of the New Testament.
Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10 am or 12 noon
Starting and Finish Line:
Elm Grove Pavilion at
River Legacy Parks, Arlington, TX
Equip Disciples is sponsoring a BikeRunWalk to raise money for Bibles for
Africa. Participants will choose to bike, run, or walk either a 3, 7, or 14 mile
at 10 am or 12 noon.
raised through registration and sponsorship
will be used to purchase Bibles for
war torn and impoverished areas in Africa, where both pastors and
congregations have few or no Bibles. The cost to enter the event is $15. A
family may enter for $25 total. In addition, Participants are encouraged to
enlist sponsors to provide funds for additional Bibles starting at $5 for
1/2 a Bible. The top 3 individuals and the top 3 families raising funds for the most Bibles
will win a
prize. You may register at the event (no t-shirt included for late
registrations). Go to the Equip Disciples website to register.
Click for complete details
Download Registration form
See you at the Park!
Pray for the Refugees in DR Congo.
Directly across the world
from Costa Rica, almost in line with the equator, Congolese churches have come together to minister to people who have
fled their homes because of rebel attacks over the past 6 months. Many
refugees have lost their families, suffered rape, and their faces testify to
unspeakable trauma. From recent reports within Congo, many of the rebel
movements are now in the process of being dismantled. The
situation seems to be moving in a very positive direction. We praise the Lord for
this news and pray for continued peace and healing. God is answering the
prayers of many. Let's keep on praying....
Thanks to some special gifts to our ministry for hunger relief, Equip
Disciples has joined with Congolese Baptists, Beyond the Bridge Ministries,
and Discipleship and
Counseling Ministries to provide kitchen supplies,
plastic dishes, potatoes, beans and flour, clothes for women, soap, and salt.
These have been distributed through ministering churches
to families, pregnant and nursing mothers, and marginalized
tribes (pygmies), all who have fled rebel fighting in North Kivu, DR Congo.
Some of the funds have also been used to enable some families to return to their villages far away.
Every person who has been helped physically has also been taught from the Word of God as evangelism and discipleship
opportunities have emerged. In all, around 300 families were helped through
Pray for the peace in Congo.
- Pray for our brothers and sisters there who are ministering and who are
among the victims.
- Pray for healing that only Jesus can bring.
- Please pray for our partner ministries there as they share with the
refugees in their midst. There are many discipleship and evangelistic
opportunities in the midst of crises.
- Pray for many to come into God's Kingdom.
- Pray for the refugees to be able to return to their homes safely.
Pray for the Former
Child Soldiers Who Made Decision For Christ Last Summer.
Last summer we had the privilege of ministering to 41 ex-child soldiers in DR Congo. These 41 youths gave their lives over
to the Lord Jesus during our time there. Since that time, a few of them
were returned to their homes. Sadly, a couple were captured again by rebel troops.
But 12 of the youth are being supported through Equip Disciples in
partnership with Beyond
the Bridge Ministries. These youth had no where to go. With your gifts, we have been able
to provide shelter for them, food, education, clothing, and vocational
training. These youth have been baptized, and attend church each week. They are also being discipled and cared for by our partner ministry there in
Goma, Beyond the Bridge Ministries. There is still a need for monthly
support for these boys to help with their basic needs and education.
Here are the names, ages, and training these youth
are going through right now. Please remember to pray for each of these
youth by name.
- 17 years old. Training in electricity.||
Akili Basesa Antoine - 17 years old.
Haba Bitegetse Steve
- 17 years old. Training in masonry.
Muipenzi Bahati Bejamin
- 16 years old. Training in Masonry.
Djimmy Muhindo - 18 years old.
Fadhili Kazira Augustin - 17 years old.
Habimana Bwiruke - 16 years old.
Baraka John - 16 years old.
Sadiki Nshimiye Pascal - 18 years old. Training in woodwork.
- 16 years old.
We still have openings for volunteers for upcoming missions. Please pray
and consider the following opportunities. You are welcome to attend
the next trip meeting. If you don't live near Arlington, TX, we are
putting together a video series for training. Contact us if you sense
that God is calling you to use your gifts for Him in this ministry.
Kilifi, Kenya 2008
Next Trip Meeting: Sunday April 5 at 6 pm
1010 Loch Lomond Dr., Arlington, TX 76012. You can also contact
Church Leadership Conferences this year:
- Kenya, East Africa- Adult Training Conference (July 16-27, 2009)
[NEED: Stewardship Teacher; Discipleship Teachers; Computer PowerPoint and
Bible Software E-Sword Teacher]
- Rwanda, East Africa-Adult and Youth Conferences (July
26-Aug.4, 2009) [NEED: Youth workers; Sports Coach; Bible Study
Teachers; Stewardship Teacher]
- DR Congo, Central Africa- Visit Former Child Soldiers (July 2009)
- Ghana, West Africa- Adult Training Conference (Oct./Nov., 2009)
Personnel needed: Seasoned Bible
teachers; HIV/AIDS awareness teachers; computer PowerPoint & Bible
Software teachers (in Kenya); other special topic teachers; Youth
workers (in Rwanda--including sports coaches, Bible study leaders).
Requirements: immunizations; preparation meetings; travel insurance;
Volunteer Cost: estimated at $3,000
Basic Information: Conferences last from 8 to 5 each day, and in
the evenings we pray and share together from the Word of God and the
days experiences. We typically stay in a hotel or guest house in a large
city. We pay careful attention to security issues in each country.
Volunteers must be active in their local church and have gifts in the
area of service where they want to serve.
The Wide-Open Spaces
of the Freedom of God
by Joe Friberg
“To be delivered into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
“He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the
blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
“It’s for freedom that Christ set us free.”
this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through
love.” (Gal 5.13)
“Don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil.”
What a powerful concept Christian freedom is! At once it both
liberates us and calls us to responsible service. We are set free from
sin and death—and set free for God. You can’t have the one without the
other, for a life lived in sinful corruption is not lived in freedom at
all. And a life lived solely for one’s self hasn’t found true meaning in
The love that sets us free must remain unencumbered so as to engender
in us the very attitude of service that brought Jesus to this earth and
took him all the way to the cross (Phil 2.5-8). This is the love that
conquers death and sin and hell and brings us freedom indeed!
A few years ago when working with the Holman Old Testament
translation, in our committee discussions I came to a new understanding
of a certain Hebrew metaphor for freedom built on the root that simply
means “wide” or “broad”.1 In
Psalm 18.19 the King James translates
simply: “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me,”
while the New American Standard uses “a broad place,” either of which
leaves the concept pretty obscure.
The Holman committee settled on “He brought me out to a wide-open
place.” You can almost hear echoes of that poignant cowboy song, “Let me ride
through the wide open country that I love, Don't fence me in.” While the
cowboy free-spirit doesn’t exactly mirror the yearning of the Psalmist,
it at least gives us a peg to hang our thoughts on.
More specifically, the Psalmist has in mind a contrast between mortal
danger and serene safety. You can picture a path running through a
narrow, rocky canyon. There are a hiding places for robbers at every
turn—the sort of route from Jerusalem down to Jericho where robbers
jumped the man whom the Good Samaritan later helped. There are
overhanging crags and boulders that could make for a fearful assault
from an enemy. A lion could be lurking just up ahead. Even the footing
at every step is treacherous.
You might relate to this picture with times in your own life where
you’ve felt hemmed in on every side—oppressed with the stresses of
everyday life or unexpected attacks—or where weighty concerns and
predicaments leave you feeling like you’re between a rock and a hard
Then suddenly the constricted way opens out into a broad valley.
There’s a verdant meadow and a bubbling stream with broad cool pools of
clear water. What a place to build a house and cultivate a farm! It
could be the place the Good Shepherd brings his sheep to water. It’s the
kind of place one could lead a quiet life in service to God and family
and community beyond.
“Indeed, He lured you from the jaws of distress to a spacious and unconfined
place. Your table was spread with choice food.” (Job 36.16)
This last year, Equip Disciples has been just such a place—a place to live out
God’s calling to serve him through discipleship missions. It's a place
to serve God, strengthening churches through teaching, promoting Bible
translation work. A place to put one’s gifts to use to
further God’s kingship in the lives of people. I pray that each of you
find yourselves in such a place just now, or that you will very soon. For this is God’s design for freedom.
I especially pray that our friends in Congo will find this place of
rest. I pray for stability and peace in the countryside so that they may
till the ground—both physical and spiritual—and bring forth the fruit of
their labor. That their churches will have a chance to grow strong and
minister to the community. And that their churches will keep growing and
become a grand mission sending base to regions beyond. Pray with me, for
they need the opportunity—the broad, spacious valley of deliverance and
freedom to be able to cultivate and grow into all that God has for them.
1 The root is
RHB and is found in several forms such as rahab (Job
36.16), marhab (Ps
18.19), and Rehoboth (Gen
So the churches were strengthened in the faith
increased in number daily.
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