Jesus taught his disciples to pray to the Father, “…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” As followers of Christ, we long for all people to repent of their sins and trust in Jesus as their only Savior. We long for a world that is to come, as well. A world with no sickness, war, and death. The kingdom of Jesus Christ has not yet been consummated, but it is breaking out in this world through His Church.
Christians are called to bear witness to the gospel, but as we go preaching the good news of Jesus, we must also seek justice and the alleviation of human suffering in this fallen world. The challenges of this sin-sick world often hit home when our loved ones become ill for various reasons.
I have posted this blog to make the members of Bethany Baptist Church of Louisville and others aware of a condition called biliary atresia. According to @BiliaryAtresiaAwareness, “Biliary atresia is a chronic liver disease that affects 1 in every 15,000-20,000 infants in the US.” The realities of this condition have hit home for the O’Holleran family. According to church member Dave O’Holleran, “My grandson, Zeke, suffers from this disease. Not only can it be life threatening, but he’ll eventually need a liver transplant and will have lifelong repercussions.”
All members of Bethany Baptist Church of Louisville are encouraged to pray for Zeke and for others who are suffering from this disease. I want to encourage you to obtain more information about Biliary Atresia and to join a campaign for making others more aware of this condition, too. In order to do this, simply click on the link at the end of this posting. Additionally, pray for the members of the O’Holleran family as they walk through this trial with Zeke.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor of Students and Media
The Niger mission trip is still going very well. Last night we were blessed to hear Ken preach at the Niamey English Worship Service aka NEWS. This is a group of believers that gather every week.
Today we visited the village of Sansa Housa. We broke up into 3 teams of two and went out to share the gospel. Pray for those that we shared with that they will trust in Christ.
Tomorrow we will go to two villages, Balata and BKZ. We will share the Jesus film and stay the night in Balata. On Wednesday we will seek to minister in Balata in the morning and then go back through BKZ that afternoon.
We can tell that the Spirit is working here. Please continue to pray for God to move among this precious people.
Thanks to everyone who has been praying for the Niger Team! Our travel was safe and we have been warmly welcomed by the believers here.
That evening we went to the village Boubon to have supper with an African family. After supper, Ken and Jeff were able to share the word with some of the believers. We camped out that night in Boubon. Here is a picture of our African dinner.
This morning we were able to worship with some of the believers in Boubon. God greatly blessed our time there. Two men who are not believers were there and both of them asked many good questions. Their names are Souley and Idrey. Jodi has strong relationships with both of these men. Pray for the Spirt to awaken their hearts that they might trust in Christ.