Pray BFF Letter #167
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Countdown Begins Now
Dear Support Team,
We are humbled again to see how God has provided, through your generous gifts, all the money needed for the short term mission trip to Africa. Thank you for being a vital part of this ministry.
What is even more significant? The 'extra' money needed for handouts (not in the original budget) has come in. So Paul has been doing some last minute handout editing. Praise the Lord that even in a down economy, many of you have set your heart on God that He might bless His people. Your commitment excites us!
God's Real Blessings
It is true, money is not the most important part of this trip. Even if we had double what we needed, the real blessing is the work of God in our hearts, and theirs. Your giving is confirmation of God's work. However, we must focus in prayer to secure that blessing.
"... 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts." (Zech 4:6).
May we see the mighty Spirit of God strengthen the African leadership so that they might have a full part in extending the glory of God worldwide! Here is what one of our coordinators said regarding the upcoming "Building a Great Marriage" seminar.
"It is interesting that we have one pastor and wife coming all the way from Tanzania. We thank God, and we are praying for a big breakthrough.
I don't know what God has for us after this seminar, but I feel strongly in my heart that it will be a great revival for the families in Kenya. I have my pastors coming with a lot of expectation from the Lord. This seem to be the first seminar for Pastor and their spouse in Kenya. So keep praying because it seems as if we are pioneering."
I have included my itinerary (below) to help you focus your prayers.
Our first seminar (only one day) will be in Uganda. I will arrive and have a 30 minute radio broadcast. I have spoken before on the radio, but it has been interview rather than straight speaking. Also, I am speaking to a people I have never met.
I need God's grace and wisdom! I can't even see their faces. After a late night ride from the radio studio, we will start early in the morning with the seminar. The road from the airport is being repaired so we are not sure what that night ride will be like.
Further reformatting of the handouts is complete (fit two on one page).
Praise the Lord for providing enough finances to include handouts. The pastors love them and desperately need them.
My computer is back on my desk from repair. Printer is working well.
For my supportive family. Last night one child said, "I'm glad you are going and not." She meant that when I go Linda prepares special bonuses for good behavior. They love those bonuses. It also means no Chinese classes! But they do miss Dad.
Pray for financial provision for another ministry similar to mine that needs $700. He leaves Tuesday for Peru. We work with God's servants around the world to reach His goals!
Paul leaves on Wednesday, March 17th. Pray the flights connect well. God protect the family.
As the pastor said, "I feel strongly in my heart that it will be a great revival for the families in Kenya." Let us pray along this line.
Pray for blessing on the radio show Friday night and the Saturday seminar.
In Christ's Majestic Love,
Rev. Paul J. Bucknell, President and Instructor
Biblical Foundations for Freedom
3276 Bainton St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 USA