August NewsletterPosted on August 21st, 2020.
A few days ago, in conversation with Joel, I recalled one of the most influential moments of my lifetime. I was a high school student at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary kids in Kenya, East Africa.
In chapel one morning, I listened, spellbound, to a short, stout “older” lady speak with a heavy German accent. She told about how she and her sister, Betsy, were in the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbruck during WWII. Their only crime was they loved Jewish people and had hidden many Jewish people in their home. Corrie ten Boom told how her sister Betsy died in that concentration camp. She related how she questioned God and it was difficult for her believe that God had a purpose for this devastating loss. But in 1960 in a chapel service with about 100 missionary kids, long before Corrie became famous, Corrie told us she understood God’s purpose for all she had endured. She was traveling the world telling anyone who would listen, about Jesus and His life-changing power to change lives.
A few years before Corrie died, I was again privileged to meet her. It was 1980 and she was speaking at the Cathedral of Tomorrow, home to Rex and Maude Aimee Humbard.
She was as vibrant as the day I met her twenty years earlier. Corrie said many times during her lifetime that she had learned to hold everything loosely in her hands. One of her aides described Corrie as a person who wore the things of this world as a loose garment to be stepped out of at will. Corrie ten Boom lived a life of surrender. She grasped the truth of what really matters.
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” Mark 8:34-35 NLT
So, the question is “WHAT REALLY MATTERS?” What really matters is that we choose to be unencumbered and not trapped by the lures of this world to freely move forward to do God’s will.
As Joel and I continued to talk we realized that there is nothing holding us back to build the second dormitory at the Northern Bible College. Therefore, we are going forward with courage and trust in God to build the new dormitory at the Northern Bible College.
This is a picture of Northern Bible College taken from Google Maps. In this picture you can see two buildings in the circle. Those two buildings have to be torn down and the ground leveled for the Phase II Dorm. It will sleep 240 students and be three stories. You can see Bruton Dormitory with the dark green roof, sitting next to the two buildings, it sleeps 88 students. Project Manager, William Geter, Jr. & Joel have begun the preliminary work to get this work started. The Structural Engineer has visited the site and will submit his proposal this week.
Today we have $175,000 in the bank. The total building budget is $350,000. We know that God is our source; He will speak to His people and they will respond. Keep praying for this faith project.
Tanzania for Jesus!
Joel & Sally
African Moons Golf Tournament and “Christmas in a Box” are around the corner. It’s not too early to get involved. Enclosed is a pictorial report from last year’s “Christmas in a Box” project.