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He Always Taught with Love

One of our long-standing, beloved partners in West Africa, Rene Mbongo, recently passed into Glory to be with our Lord Jesus for eternity. His passing came suddenly due to the rapid onset of COVID-19 and complications associated with the virus. We are grieving his loss and praying for his wife, Faustine, children and grandchildren. Our Lord tells us in Psalm 116:15 (NIV):

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.”

We want to honor and give tribute to this man of peace and man of God who impacted many lives and shared Jesus and the Love of our Savior with so many.

Leveraging Partnerships for Kingdom Impact

Here at Scriptures In Use, we often talk about the need to stay “on task” and “in alignment” to our mission. We want to avoid the dreaded “Mission Drift” of trying to do too many things by ourselves, thus jeopardizing the accomplishment of our vision or causing it to fall by the wayside. One of the ways we do this is by finding ways to leverage the expertise and strengths of like-minded ministries. This maximizes the talent, time and treasure of all the people and organizations involved. The Lord has delivered such an opportunity for Scriptures In Use.

The “Light of the World”: Jesus – Merry Christmas!

Our SIU team recently held a “Celebrate Christmas Together” virtual event over Zoom. We had lots of fun fellowshipping with one another and praising and thanking God because he has sent us a mighty Savior. We were overwhelmed with the presence of the Holy Spirit and His reminder of the many prophecies fulfilled in the coming of our Messiah, the Lord Jesus. One of our Missionary couples memorized the Christmas story (Luke 1.5-2.20) and as they storied it in our fellowship and prayer time, one part, sometimes called Zechariah’s Song, especially spoke to me. . . .

Grateful For Good Gifts and HIS Goodness

As we come through the Thanksgiving season and enter the Christmas season I am overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness and thankfulness for our Lord — our indescribable, loving, faithful God who gave us the greatest gift of all in His son, Jesus Christ, the salvation that comes in believing in Him and the opportunity to spend eternity with Him in his eternal Kingdom…whew…What a gift!!! He is known for His Good Gifts . . .

Unexpected Blessing!

This year has been a series of unexpected events, most of which have been quite difficult and extremely challenging. I would not rank it as one of our best years. Twenty-twenty brought global pandemic resulting in sickness, death, job loss and financial crisis. This year also brought civil and political unrest and increasing numbers of natural disasters. Many peoples of all nations are experiencing pain and suffering on so many fronts. Yet, the Lord continues to give blessings . . .

Trying something new

During this global pandemic, I am attending many video conferences and webinars. A clear message of “be creative” and “try something new” keeps surfacing. SIU was founded on the principle of being creative and trying new things. This time of global pandemic and all the associated restrictions has caused our SIU team and our partners in the field to “try something new” as well.

Our God of ALL Provision

Many are suffering much during this widespread global pandemic, especially those who live in poverty stricken, economically depressed communities. Questions of “Where will our next meal come from?”, “Where will our provision come from, now and for the future?” and “Will we survive?” are at the forefront of many people’s thoughts. In 1 Kings 17:7-16, God’s Word speaks to this through a story from long ago. It is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Let me share this true story from the Living Word of God.

Proclaiming the Good News through Story in Oral Cultures

God’s Word, shared through stories and the Oral Arts (storytelling and dialogue, drama, poetry, song and dance), continues to touch hearts and minds of oral preference learners around the world, even during this global pandemic. See how local leaders are proclaiming the Good News through story in this 90 second SIU 2020 Vision Video.

Love God, Love Your Neighbor

In the midst of this global pandemic we see the body of Christ living out the commands to love God and love our neighbor. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 global pandemic crisis, God continues to work through our SIU partners around the world. Many have been and still are struggling with loss of jobs and lack of food for their families and communities. Even so, they have not given up on serving God or their communities. They continue to share God’s love and Good News with their neighbors through stories and care, sharing what little resources they have to care for one another. We strongly believe that what the enemy intends for evil, our God is using for good.

Adapt, Adjust and Change

Are you willing to try something new? I think I heard that question more than one hundred times over the last couple months during this global pandemic. With all the recent lockdowns and quarantines in place across the globe, I am truly inspired and encouraged to see how many of our partners have adjusted their activities and are finding new ways of helping others during this time of crisis. Some turned their facilities into mask-making manufacturing outlets, some produced standardized mass-distribution food care packages, and some developed unique accelerated delivery methods. Talk about Creative Delivery! They are adjusting to meet needs and continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus, even in these changing and challenging times.