Me and Fuji on the streets of Bunia, Congo, a city that was seized in recent fighting.
Fuji and some street children
Fuji in front of one of the 11 churches that NDI has helped rebuild that was destroyed during the fighting.
New roof with recent bullet holes from recent fighting
A traditional drum that is used in the services
As one of our original musicians, Fuji tries his hand
with the traditional ‘Congo harp’
Fuji stands with our Congo partner, James Byensi, on the site of a pastor’s home that was burned down in the fighting
Fuji, Dr. Jim Seymour and Dr. Mike in the destroyed Surgery Theatre of the Nyankunde Hospital
Me in front of the Nursing School that NDI has helped rebuild for $5,000
Fuji inside of the Nursing School being rebuilt
Fuji standing beside a skeleton – fortunately not mine! He was right at home with this since he taught Gross Anatomy in college for years
The destroyed ‘Nyankunde Hospital Chapel’ that NDI hopes to rebuild for $35,000
Fuji in front of the small MAF plane before our flight from Nyankunde to Aru
Fuji takes time for a little magic with the children before take off
Fuji in front of our ‘African Cottage’ in Aru
Fuji in front of one of the ‘World War 1’ trucks that brought people to the Conference.
It is far worse than the old ND bus!
Some of the hundreds of bicycles that most people rode to the Conference site.
A group shot of the more than 2,000 people who attended the Conference.
Dear ND Alumni,
Here are a few pictures from a time of co-ministry I had with David Horner in Chennai, India, back in October. As many of you know, he is one of the ORIGINAL NDs going back to 1968! And he married another one of our ORIGINAL gals, Kathy Ryder Horner. It has been a blessing to stay in close fellowship and partnership with David and Kathy across the years. Since they live and minister in Raleigh, it has been a bit easier to stay in touch with them than with some of you who live farther away from Burlington and NC.
As many of you know, David was the founding pastor of Providence Baptist Church where he has been the Senior Pastor since the beginning. They just recently celebrated their “30th Anniversary” as a Church. Patt was there to join in the celebration – but I was out of the country. ND Alumni, Joel and Sonia Leath, have now been on staff there for a number of years. So it has been a joy to see these two ND Alumni couples ministering together. We are also thankful for the fact that Providence has been one of our most faithful and generous Partner Churches across the years.
David, Kathy, Patt and I have made a number of Mission trips together across the years. As you look at these few pictures of the recent “All India Conference” we did in Chennai, India, I hope some of you will prayerfully consider partnering with us on a “Kingdom Adventure Mission Safari” sometime in 2009!
Finally, when you receive this ND Alumni update, I will be traveling and ministering in Africa for 3 weeks. This trip I will be in Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Kenya – an in that order. I do covet your prayers for this intense and diverse time of travel and ministry…
PS: Also, be watching for another ND Alumni report coming out with pictures from my time in Kenya and the Congo with Alumni Steve ‘Fuji’ Allen. You will be blessed!
Bishop Ezra Sargunam opens the Conference with his usual joy and passion
David teaching from his book on the basic problems pastors and leaders face in ministry– whether in America or India
It was a great privilege and joy for David and me to teach surrounded by paintings of all of the great missionary patriarchs and statesmen of missions
Me preaching in “Traditional Indian clothing” – much more comfortable than shirt and tie
Teaching on the priority of evangelism
Me preaching away and “sweating for Jesus” as usual
Some of the several hundred Indian pastors and church planters we had the joy of teaching
Here is the current ECI brother who pastors the “Church of the New Directions” that we built for our “25th Anniversary” as a ministry. I will be sending you another report soon on the great growth and mission outreach of this church.