To be honest, if I did not have these other responsibilities of “life”, I would just love to do it all over again. The 92 hours of Bible reading were totally amazing. Except for a few hours when the power was out or sound system not in place, it all went through outdoor loud speakers and into the surrounding community.
It was interesting that none of us thought of sitting down while reading (even though a bench was available just behind the podium). I personally read for close to 5 hours several different days . . . and always wished I could continue longer! Thank you for many who sponsored one, two, ten or even more hours!! The total amount raised for missionaries of DOVE Africa (DMA) was $1,490 and the door for donations is still open. We thank you and thank the Lord.
DMA missionaries serve in high-risk, ‘hardship’ areas in order to share God’s love and extend His Kingdom. We are proud of them.
Tremendous transformation has taken place in the communities as a result of their work. Schools, clinics, farms, youth projects, vocational training and churches are available where they did not exist before. Through the missionaries’ hard work and commitment, children have access to education, patients walk a shorter distance to get medical attention, and all these are offered with a heart of love. Local communities have been confident enough to allow DMA missionaries to become recognized leaders, even in Islamic communities!
DMA missionaries face harsh weather, unfamiliar and unappealing food, new cultures, loneliness, opposition and even danger, but continue to serve enthusiastically, trusting God not only for protection but also for daily provision. The Read-A-Thon was a “double win”; we are excited for the funds for DMA and the impact of God’s Word.
“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching” (I Tim 4:13). Interesting… I never really ‘noticed’ that verse before. But in a semi-literate society where many do not have Bibles of their own, we sense that was just a beginning of public reading of the Word to be incorporated into our church life and also in the Africa Center for Transformation (Prayer Center).
Yes, the Word of God is alive, active and at work!