September - October 2013

Dear Friends,

Celebration
         
Our children planned and executed a family celebration for us on July 20. They called it “50-60-80.” Don has been in the ministry for 50 years, we experienced our 60th wedding anniversary, and Don celebrated his 80th birthday. There were children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren present; 40 people in all. They presented us with a family tree and each family member gave a personal testimony or a favorite memory they had of us. The next day on Sunday we all worshipped together at the church our son-in-law started. Our grandson preached and another grandson led the music service. We won’t soon forget the blessing of being together at such a special time.

Finally!!
          
After waiting for a few months we finally arrived in Zambia August 22!! Our son and family picked us up in the capitol and after a 5 hour drive we arrived in Luanshya, the place that has been our home and area of ministry for 21 years. It felt good to be sleeping in our own bed. There have been many opportunities for me to preach, and on September 6 we attended the alumni banquet of the Baptist Bible College of Zambia. Our hearts were touched as pastors and former students expressed their sincere appreciation for what we had taught them in the last sixteen years in preparation for the ministry and serving God.
          Several testimonies really encouraged us and should encourage you also since you have been co-laborers with us in our ministry here in Zambia. One pastor reported that his church was in the process of starting two other churches. Another pastor was very appreciative of what he had learned that had helped him in the ministry and assured us of his prayers for the prosperity of the Baptist Bible College. Still another former student thanked us for teaching him how to win souls. After all, winning souls and establishing churches is the work that thrills the heart of a missionary. Thank you sincerely for your part in helping to “Train these Trainers.”

Government registration
         
The Zambian government has been trying to get existing churches in the country to officially register according to various affiliations for over ten years. We were blessed by the Lord to receive official exemption from registration for the Baptist Bible Fellowship of Zambia in 1992, at our inception. The Lord willing, this month our Executive Council will begin registration with six churches. In the future all individual churches in Zambia will fall under the Independent Churches of Zambia Leadership Board, or simply be deregistered. Please pray for the Executive Council, as this is a tedious and necessary assignment.

Don & Mona Bowles 
Your missionaries to Zambia

P.O. Box 90920
Luanshya, Zambia
donbosr@yahoo.com 

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