January-February 2013

Dear Friends,

 

Churches need prayer
It seems that some of the departments of the local government are attempting to make it difficult for the churches that we have started to get proper registration. They are being asked to provide documentation of registration that in the past has only been asked of the various groups of churches in the country. When we arrived in Zambia we were told that we must get registration for our group, the Baptist Bible Fellowship of Zambia, in order to function in the country. We did this and we hold the papers that we were given at that time. We have believed that this was sufficient for government requirements and that there was no need for individual churches to be registered in that fashion. The pastors, however, are being required to present papers of registration by local representatives. We are opposed to this. Please pray that we will be successful and that the registration of our group will be viewed as the sufficient requirement.

Progress
Pastor Nsalange reports that Faith Baptist has changed their visitation day to Wednesday, just before Wednesday services. It seems that this time is working well for them and he reports an increase in souls being saved. This, after all, is the goal of our ministry there, and we’re doing what we can to encourage him in this endeavor.

Pastor’s wife is magistrate judge
Pastor Nsalange’s wife, Evelyn, has always been a dedicated Christian since we first met her several years ago. In addition to being a devoted wife and loving mother of five children, she completed four years of Baptist Bible College of Zambia, taught in the church’s preschool, and has taught children and ladies in Sunday School. Recently it was made known to her that there was an opening for a magistrate judge’s position. She applied and was accepted. She handles traditional cases pertaining to family issues. Her position is similar to that of a modern version of a chief. I guess the moral of her story is: be ready, because you never know how God is going to use you. We are thankful for her spiritual growth and her willingness to do whatever God wants.

Plans
Please pray that we will be able to follow through on our plans to return to Zambia in May. There are still a few medical issues to be resolved, but with God’s help and your prayers we have confidence they will be. Our hearts are very grateful for your interest and commitment to the ministry God has given us in Zambia. May we continue to exalt His name.

Don & Mona Bowles 
Your missionaries to Zambia

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

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