Reaching Rwanda with the Gospel

Imagine a country with sloping mountains and a national park dedicated to volcanos, gorillas, and golden monkeys and you have just a small picture of Rwanda. Nestled between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania, Rwanda has a big reputation for such a small country.

Over the years, this African nation has been the focal point of world news from devastating genocide to its most recent re-election of its president, Paul Kagame. It could be easy to assign Rwanda to only these news stories and ignore the great strides this country has made in the last two decades.

Those strides, in part, are due to a slow and subtle move among its people and has its roots in the Christian church. There are many missionaries and organizations that find work in Rwanda from the United States, providing help and aid. But some of the most powerful stories of hope and change are coming from pastors who call Rwanda home.

Pastors like Pastor Ananie. Read more

Food Relief to South Sudan

Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to supply some relief to our Mobile Messengers and their communities suffering from the food crisis in South Sudan. The food crisis is caused by crops being destroyed through tribal disputes, fighting and people being displaced from their homes. Our partner and Mobile Messengers traveled the treacherous road to Juba to retrieve the supplies and bring them back to their villages for distribution. You can continue to help us provide for these very real physical needs in areas of unrest with your one time or monthly recurring gifts.

 

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2nd Quarter Mobile Messenger Reports

Reports are in! During the 2nd quarter, our Ministry Partners reported over 10,000 professions of faith and 41 new church plants! It is amazing to witness how God is moving through the pastors and churches in East Africa! Thank you for your continuous support of their ministries.

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“The number of believers are increasing as a result of The Jesus Film equipment you assisted us with. In addition the motorbikes and bicycles are helping our Mobile Messengers to speed up the message of Christ to villages.” ~Rwanda Ministry Partner

“We held evangelism in two villages. The people we met were desperate for the Word. We thank the Lord that 60 people got saved! We were able to move extra miles because of the motorcycle and a bicycle we got from WOE. May the Lord keep blessing you mightily.” ~Rwanda Mobile Messenger

“We did door to door evangelism and conducted a public rally. We thank the Lord to have saved 350 people! We formed a discipleship class to help these dear ones grow in the knowledge of Christ and be connected to the church near them. It was not by our own power but the power of Jesus that helped us to experience this harvest.” ~Rwanda Mobile Messenger

“Despite the rainy season hindering travel, the Mobile Messengers have planted 3 new churches! Many there are sick and there is no medicine.” ~ Sudan Ministry Partner

“We are constructing a structure for a newly planted church in March. Mobile Messengers encouraged the new church to build a structure since the area has a strong number of youth, many who have relocated to the area.” ~South Sudan Ministry Partner

“In April, we held a four day conference in the Lozoh area. Mobile Messenger reported the need for bible teaching and prayer in this area due to many people practicing witchcraft. A 72 year old man that had practiced witchcraft his entire life professed his faith in Christ during the conference! We praise God that the Word touches his heart and he gave his life to Christ!” ~South Sudan Ministry Partner

“During these months I traveled a lot for ministry reasons. God has been very faithful to me and taken care of me even in dangerous zones. I remember one day when I got a puncture in a tire after taking a church member to the hospital with my motorbike. It was in the middle of the bush and due to the current drought the animals have moved  close, even to people’s residential areas. I saw an elephant pass by but God closed its eyes just as He closed the lions’ mouths for Daniel in the Bible. It didn’t harm me. I managed to fix the punture and proceeded home. It was very dangerous but I felt an encouraging voice and spirit from within me. I knew I was not alone but that someone, somewhere was uplifting me to God. Thank you With Open Eyes for the Monday prayers for the Mobile Messengers. The prayers have kept me going even at my most risky. My family is well too and I thank God for taking care of them when I am away for ministry. Thanks for praying for our families.” ~Kenya Mobile Messenger

“Our Mobile Messengers have been very busy serving God in the field. Thanks be to God for the motorbikes. They have really accelerated sharing the Gospel and planting more churches.” ~Kenya Ministry Partner

Follow Our Interns

With Open Eyes interns Michael Schuring and Tanner Parks arrived in Kenya Tuesday and have hit the ground running! Follow their path with Mobile Messengers over the next month right here and at their blog Notes From Namanga.

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Above: Arrival in Kenya

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Above: Welcome by Maasai with traditional dancing and warriors giving the interns sticks as a sign of acceptance

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Above: Learning how to make a fire without matches

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Above: Interns visiting church plants and meeting with Mobile Messengers

 

 

Kenyan Green Banana Fries

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Looking for a healthier alternative to french fries? Try this simple and delicious recipe from Kenya.

Ingredients
  • 5 small unripe (green) bananas

  • 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed

  • salt to taste

Directions

  1. Peel the bananas using a knife, as they are not ripe and will not peel like a yellow banana. Slice into long thin wedges or strings to make fries.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy deep skillet over medium-high heat. If you have a deep-fryer, heat the oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place the banana fries into the hot oil, and fry until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oil, and drain on paper towels. Pat off the excess oil, and season with salt. Serve immediately.

 

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com

 

Follow The Adventure – Reports from the Field

On June 16th, a team departed for Kenya to work alongside With Open Eyes Ministry Partners and Mobile Messengers in the field. The team’s focus is on women’s and children’s ministries in remote Mobile Messenger church plants. They took with them clothes, shoes, feminine kits and various other items needed for the women and children.

You can be part of this adventure by praying for the team each day and/or giving a gift to help the team with ministry expenses and the items they brought to the villages. Follow the mission as we post daily reports and pictures from the field.

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(Above: Team ready to depart from Charlotte)

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(Above: First morning briefing and devotion)

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(Above: Team caravan to their first village & stopping for a break to take a group pic)

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(Above: First full day of ministry with Mobile Messengers and our Kenya partners)

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(Above: Mobile Messenger church plant in Ngengeka)

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(Above: Wonderful Sunday celebrating a church dedication, worshiping together, and doing crafts with the children)

 

East African Roast Chicken

Ingredients:

4 -4 1/2 lbs roasting chickens
2 tablespoons butter, softened plus extra
butter, for basting
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced
4 tablespoons thick coconut milk
4 tablespoons medium-dry sherry
1 teaspoon tomato puree
salt, and
chili powder, to taste

Directions:1
Remove the giblets from the chicken, if necessary, rinse out the cavity and pat the skin dry.
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Put the butter and all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix together well to form a thick paste.
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Gently ease the skin of the chicken away from the flesh and rub generously with the herb and butter mixture. Rub more of the mixture over the skin, legs and wings of the chicken and into the neck cavity.
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Place the chicken in a roasting tin, cover loosely with foil and marinate overnight in the fridge.
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Preheat oven to 375F/190°C.
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Cover the chicken with clean foil and roast for 1 hour, then turn the chicken over and baste with the pan juices.
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Cover again with foil and cook for 30 minutes.
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Remove the foil and place the chicken breast-side up. Rub with a little extra butter and roast for a further 10-15 minutes until the meat juices run clear and the skin is golden brown.
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Serve with a rice dish or a salad.
Prep Time: 24 Hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Recipe courtesy of food.com

 

This Father’s Day, Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Father’s Day is just around the corner and what dad doesn’t want a motorcycle. 

This Father’s Day, give the long awaited gift to help fund a motorcycle that will carry a Mobile Messenger carving out new paths to remote villages in areas where Jesus’ name has never been heard or spoken. We currently have 100 pastors on the waiting list for transportation, ready to go out and share the Gospel!

Give a gift today in honor of your dad or husband as the perfect way to express how much you love and admire him. A Father’s Day gift that keeps on giving each day and for years to come.

All for Him,

Drew Harding, Executive Director

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Basboosa – Easy Sudanese Cake Recipe

Basboosa is a Sudanese semolina cake. Here is a quick recipe you can make in minutes.

Prep Time 15 minutes    Bake Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup semolina flour
1 cup yogurt
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 beaten eggs
Syrup
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 lemons or 1/2 lime
1 cinnamon stick
Directions:
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First make the cake:.
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Preheat oven to 350.
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Mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder very well in large bowl.
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Melt butter, add into mixture.
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Add yogurt into the mixture, mix well.
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Add eggs, mix well again.
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Beat mixture for 2 minutes til there are no lumps.
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Pour into 9 X 13 inch baking pan brushed with very little oil.
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Bake in middle rack of oven for 45 minutes.
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While the cake bakes, prepare the syrup:.
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Mix 3 cups sugar & one cup water in a pot, put on stove on high heat.12Add in vanilla and cinnamon stick. Stir well.

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Squeeze half lemon into mixture, drop the lemon itself in there after squeezing.
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Mix well, let boil for 1 minute, remove from heat.
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After cake is a golden color (after about 45 mins), remove from oven, and let cool for about 5 minutes.
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Pour syrup onto the whole cake, let cool. Cut into as many pieces as you like.
Recipe courtesy of food.com
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