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From Jo-burg to Choma

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Sorry it has been so long since I last posted but we didn't have Internet.  Praise God we are back on line.  We had our seminar on Saturday at the Hillbrow BIC Church in Johonnesburg, South Africa.  We had 70 leaders who came together for the seminar.  It was great to connect with these men and women of God who have a deep desire to grow in their own spiritual lives and become more effective Kingdom builders.  They really engaged with one another during the discussion times, and it was obvious they appreciated and identified with the material we were presenting.  While we were in Johannesburg each couple in our team was hosted by different families from the local Johannesburg congregations.  As a token of appreciation the whole team took all the host families out for dinner on Saturday night.  We were glad to find a restaurant - the Copprer Canyon Spur - that was able to accommodate our group of 32.  The next morning we said our farewells and then headed off to the airport for our…
Praise God for good services this evening.  Even though one congregation had to meet by candle light  because their  electricity was out.  Everyone on the team is doing really well.
Thank you to everyone who prayed for us.  We had a safe trip to Johannesburg, South Africa and all is going well.  Last night each couple was taken to a different home for the night and we have not seen each other since then, but we hear all are doing well.  Tonight the four men will be preaching in different BIC churches.  Please keep them in your prayers.  We should have Internet service the reat of the trip and should be able to keep the blog updated.  It was quite chilli hear last night and we had to sleep under heavy blankets since there is no heat in the houses.  Things are going well and we praise God for that!

Leader to Leader Trip

We made it safely to the airport and we are now sitting on the plane waiting to take off.  The next time you hear from us we should be in South Africa.  Thanks to Matt Heck for taking time out of his busy schedule to drive us to the airport!

Leader to Leader Training, South Africa & Zambia

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Tomorrow is the big day.  We will be leaving at 1:00 PM to head to Dulles International Airport for our flight to South Africa.  Please keep us in your prayers as we set out on this amazing journey.  Pray for safety and also that God will prepare each of our hearts for what He has in store for each of us.  We will do our best to keep you updated on how things are going.  Our plane actually takes off from Dulles at 5:40 tomorrow afternoon.  We will be flying South African Air and arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa at 11:30 AM Thursday morning your time. Below you will find the schedules for the actual seminars we will be doing.  Thanks in advance for all your prayers.




The Tide Leader to Leader Seminar Johannesburg August 16 – 17, 2013
Schedule Saturday, August 17 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Devotions 9:15 – 10:30 The Basics of Christian Leadership (Don) 10:30 – 11:00 TEA BREAK 11:00 – 12:30 Intentional Discipleship – Part 1 (Ken) 12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH BREAK 1:30 – 2:30 Intentional Discip…

Leader to Leader Trip South Africa & Zambia

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I can hardly believe we are only 5 days away from leaving on our trip to South Africa and Zambia.  The team consist of Ken & Raina Hepner, Steve & Gina Reinford, Merv & Phyllis Yoder and Don & Becky Shenk.  We are all excited to see what God has in store for us as we go and serve our brothers and sisters in South Africa and Zambia. The following is a copy of our itinerary so that you will know where we are and how you can be praying for us.


Wednesday, August 14 - Depart USA Thursday, August 15   - Arrive late PM in Johannesburg, SA Friday, August 16-  Evening Services with Joburg congregations Saturday, August 17 -All day LTL seminar with South African church leaders Sunday, August 18-Travel to Choma, Zambia via Livingstone Monday, August 19-LTL Seminar Tuesday, August 20-LTL Seminar Wednesday, August 21-LTL Seminar (AM) General Conference session (PM) Thursday, August 22-Tour mission facilities (AM) General Conference session (PM)(Merv Yoder speaking at 2:00 PM, Ken…

Making Progress in Nepal

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Thanks to the prayers and support of people like you, the plan to expand The Tide© radio ministry into Nepal became a reality in 2004. Since October 2004, The Tide’s studio in India has been busy producing and distributing a weekly Christian radio program in the Nepali language, which airs on an FM station in Biratnagar, a large urban center of Nepal.
In June of 2013, The Tide began airing a radio program in a second language of Nepal. The Tide Tharu Language radio program now airs once a week on an FM station. With less than 0.5% Tharu speakers professing Christianity and no major Christian broadcasting ministries producing programs in this language, the need for outreach in this language is great! The Tide Tharu Language program is named “Anmol Jindgi,” which means “Precious Life.”

During the last week of June, a team of four Tharu Christians traveled from Nepal to The Tide studio in India to record messages and music for the next few months of broadcasts.  During thei…