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Dale’s Devotionals: 2 Cor. 4: 6-9

2/22/2016

 

Dear Partners and Friends of Teamwork Africa,
 

As we continue in our journey of faith, I am reminded of these strong and encouraging words found in 2 Cor. 4:6-9 (NIV): 

    [6] For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. [7] But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. [8] We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; [9] persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 

 

It is very easy to become discouraged or distracted by the difficulties that challenge us on a day to day basis.  One thing we should know by now is that 'life is NOT easy'… and God never promised us it would be!  We face no unrippled seas or smooth pathways.  By now, those of us who have walked with Jesus for any length of time should come to expect the stresses and pressures of life that are placed in front of us in order that we may learn perseverance and demonstrate endurance!  The constant grace evidenced in my life is that it has never been, nor will it ever be 'about me', but rather, it is about making room in my heart for the Light of Christ to illuminate His purposes that I am called to accomplish.
 

So as I look to my day today, I am ready for whatever circumstance comes my way because of this all – surpassing power.  Oh, how I love the fact that God has made provision for us in these times of hardship!  Think about this phrase for a moment:  The great power referred to here was that which was manifested in the ministry of those who labored and strived for the work of the Gospel. It is that power that sustained those who would dare to whole-heartedly trust the Lord in the midst of persecution and trial. It is that all – surpassing power that comes to life in the endeavor of taking the gospel to both domestic and international lands, even in the face of danger, conflict, and yes, even in spite of any and all opposition that men would throw up as deterrents.
 

The idea is that in spite of all of the obstacles thrown in the face of believers who are tracking spiritually with the Lord, the success of our faithfulness in this journey goes well beyond any form of human strength or wisdom.  Take a few moments to read 1 Corinthians 1: 25-31, and you might be encouraged as I am, that God's design is choosing the weak and lowly things of this world to use as His instruments in order that His power might be on display and that whatever is accomplished in our lives was not done in human strength or power.
 

So, friends and partners, the next time an obstacle appears to block the path of your journey with the Lord Jesus and threatens you with distraction or discouragement, be reminded: God's got this because of His all – surpassing power at work in us!
 

In the grip of His grace,
 

Dale
 

Dale McCaulley

Assistant Director – US

Teamwork Africa

 

Living In A Country of Saddened Mid-Night Calls

From Pastor Peter Flomo:

October 7, 2014

Pastor Peter w bucketsImagine if you were awaken by a mid-night calls from voices and people you know from villages/street/places you have been just to hear about deaths and threats of death of beloved ones that you personally know. What could you do? So is with me at around 25 minutes and 24 seconds passed 1:0'clock when my hard-to-stop phone rang just to hear voices of elders andcitizens Boishen/Kokoyah Districts lamenting for help from me, church and organisation to see reason to provide them faucet buckets and food for families that are devastated by the deadly ebola virus disease and to those homes that yet to be touched this this nightmare when ambulances continue to siren the bodies of over 36 potential residents in this district. I can't wait to pass and request the unconditional involvement of all of you that I know and don't know to get involve in a bid to bring Christ Love and Face to these people in need and to assure them that they are still in the mind of Christ despite gruesome deaths from Ebola. Our Miracle Goal for these two districts is 2,000 buckets and bleaches and 1,000 bags of rice to help families that are quarantine and to help stop the spread of this disease. It takes $15.00 to get a faucet buckets, bleaches, and other items to get this set up for use. Together we can make the difference despite distance.
 
I'm not sure any person in American can truly understand the horror of living in Liberia right now. It has been over two months of constant death and sickness. Almost every day you hear word of another person you know dying. Sometimes it's a childhood friend, sometimes a cousin, sometimes your neighbor. Every time you or your family cough, you wonder, "Are we next?" And what do you do when your child is sick? Do you refuse to touch her? Do you refuse to comfort and care? Knowing that if you do, it may cost you your life too. It's horrible to imagine. It's difficult to let your mind go there, what if it was you? It's not you and it's not me. And after weeks of tragic news every day, we may wish it would go away, but it's not going away, in fact, it is getting worse.
 
We can help. We really can. Teamwork Africa through Pastor Peter and his team can bring hope and comfort to one family at a time. Peter is getting continuous calls for hand washing buckets and food. He needs more supplies. $15 can buy a hand washing bucket. $40 can buy a 100lb bag of rice. 
 

Please consider a donation right now.

Together we can make a difference despite the distance.Hand washing bucket

 

Buckets and Beyond Campaign Update

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I am overwhelmed by the goodness of our God to share with you that we have met and passed our "miracle" goal of raising funds for 1000 buckets. We have raised over $16,500 so far and more funds are still coming in.

This Sunday, Mark and I were at Chippewa Valley Bible Church. We told them we had raised about $10,000 so far and needed $5,000 more to meet our goal. The church donated almost $6,700. 
 
We are continuing our "Buckets and Beyond" campaign.
 
Pastor Peter is getting many calls requesting buckets. He says, "The demand is growing. People are calling us for help."
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This Sunday at Eternal Love, Peter "kicked' off the Bucket Campaign by giving about 60 buckets to the families of Eternal Love 
Church, affirming our commitment not to ask our partners to give to others what they don't have for themselves. On Monday, the Eternal Love church members returned to give out additional buckets to many homes in the Lower Johnsonville area and will continue during this week. As I talked to Pastor Peter, he explained that it takes time to visit with each family 

Eternal Love buckets

that receives a bucket. The Eternal Love "distribution" team meets with each family and explains the bucket and how to use it. They go through the ebola information and prays with the family. They have a simple message to share: God has not forgotten you. It's not a "quick" visit. It's about relationship. It's about offering hope to so many that feel completely helpless and afraid.
Also, Pastor Peter was asked to distribute 100-150 buckets to West Point. This invitation brought tears to my eyes. West Point is one of the worst slums in Monrovia. I've been told the smell of that place stings your eyes. I hope to have the courage to visit there myself someday. Ebola will devastate the slums if not contained early. 

Moses with hand washing bucket

As always, Peter's heart is for the rural areas. We hope to bring hundreds of buckets to Bong county. Because of our work, TA will be allowed to travel throughout the restricted areas. He will be able to deliver not only buckets, but food as well to our Starfish Kids in the villages, even as the price of supplies sky rockets. 
 
Additionally, by God's mercy, all of our TA families and villages have been spared so far. However, Pastor David Quinah's brother passed away do to the disease. Please pray for the direct relatives that are currently in isolation and for the family as they grieve their loss. 
 
Pray for courage, faith, trust, strength, and wisdom for our TA pastors during this time. Pray for the staff at Omega Clinic (David Mulbah) and New Life Community Clinic (Oretha Flomo) as they struggle to provide medical care for those that need it while taking precautions to keep themselves safe. 
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We aren't finished yet. Many more people need hand washing buckets and the comfort of knowing they are not forgotten. 
 
 
Click here to donate
 
 
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We can make a difference in the Fight against Ebola

Ebola has been in the international news as this deadly disease continues devastate the lives of hundreds of people in West Africa. The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Because of that, healthcare workers and family members of victims are at great risk.

Teamwork Africa’s mission is to resource churches to meet the vital spiritual, physical and social needs in their communities. Now is time for our Liberian churches to step out and meet those needs. A very simple way to do that is to provide a household with a bucket with a faucet, chorine bleach and soap. Families are encouraged to have everyone wash their hands regularly. Adding just a little bit of bleach kills the Ebola virus quickly. This is part of a larger medical response training that is on going in Monrovia right now. However, $15 for the bucket is a “rich man’s price” for most Liberian families.

Teamwork Africa wants to parnter with our churches to give away as many of these budgets as possible with the love of Jesus during this crisis. Will you help?

  • 1 bucket= $15
  • 5 buckets= $75
  • 10 buckets= $150
  • 100 buckets= $1,500

As of August 7, $9,257 has been raised for 617 buckets.

As of August 15, over $20,000 has been raised for more than 1000 buckets. We met our goal, but the need is still great. Let's keep going.

Our goal is 1000 buckets.

Make you donation today!

http://www.teamworkafrica.org/get-involved/donate/ 

We can make a difference in the fight against Ebola.

Ebola has been in the international news as this deadly disease continues devastate the lives of hundreds of people in West Africa. The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Because of that, healthcare workers and family members of victims are at great risk.

Teamwork Africa’s mission is to resource churches to meet the vital spiritual, physical and social needs in their communities. Now is time for our Liberian churches to step out and meet those needs. A very simple way to do that is to provide a household with a bucket with a faucet, chorine bleach and soap. Families are encouraged to have everyone wash their hands regularly. Adding just a little bit of bleach kills the Ebola virus quickly. This is part of a larger medical response training that is on going in Monrovia right now. However, $15 for the bucket is a “rich man’s price” for most Liberian families.

Teamwork Africa wants to parnter with our churches to give away as many of these budgets as possible with the love of Jesus during this crisis. Will you help?

  • 1 bucket= $15
  • 5 buckets= $75
  • 10 buckets= $150
  • 100 buckets= $1,500

     

     

As of August 7, $9,257 has been raised for 617 buckets.

Our goal is 1000 buckets.

Make you donation today!

http://www.teamworkafrica.org/get-involved/donate/ 

President of Teamwork Africa, Pastor Peter Flomo, visiting the US

We are so excited to have Pastor Peter visiting from Liberia. Here are a few of the places you can see him:

Sunday June 22

10 am    Fellowship Church,   Micon Cimema Chippewa Falls

6 pm    Calvary Assembly of God, Baldwin

Saturday, June 28

Noon to 10:15 pm   Down to Earth, Cadott

Sunday, June 29

10 am Bible Center Church, Maiden Rock, WI

6 pm Ladysmith Church of Christ

Sunday July 6

8:15 & 10:30 Parkview Church, Black River Falls

Tues July 8

Peter's Birthday Party! 5-9 pm

If you would really like to meet with Pastor Peter or invite him to your home. Please contact us.

 

 

 

3rd Anniversary Celebration!

Nov mission trip: Tues – Thurs Nov. 19-21

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Tues. Nov 19

I slept at Duita and woke up wondering what the day would bring. The men from the Bible School came to the house early for devotions. I joined them as they shared something they were thankful for and something they wanted prayer for. I shared that I was thankful that I had been in Liberia for over a week and I hadn’t heard any reports of someone Idying. It is a very real reality and I was truly thankful. My prayer request was for safety and travel mercies as I hoped to visit many of our well projects over the next two days.

I joined the men at the opening of the Bible School Peter arrived around 10 am. He had met Joseph and Baby Solomon at Phoebe hospital. He is very small for his age, however, he was also born very small. His birth mom was having trouble mixing the formula properly. He returned to Kpeletayama for now, and some of the women there are going to help his mom take care of him. Thank God he is OK.

Peter picked up one of the young men that work with Be Exact construction to help us determine what order to best visit the well sites. We made it to about seven well locations, mostly well repairs. One of the brake drums is making a funny noise.

Part way through the day, Peter commented, “ I wonder what you are going to eat today.” Humm, I wondered. I hadn’t really thought about it. How crazy is that. I’got in a 4 Runner with brake issues without really thinking about what I would eat or even where I would sleep that night. Peter called Matthew Siakor in Gbarnga and asked if he would host me for the night. Of course he was happy to have me. We arrived as the sun was setting and we were welcomed with some spicy cassava leaf soup and rice. Peter needed to take care of some other things so he left and said he’d be back in the morning to pick me up to visit more wells.

I was so thankful to stay with Matthew. He had the generator on so I had light and could charge my netbook. I also had a nice bed to sleep in and a fan to keep me cool. I felt spoiled.

After I settled in, my friend, Evelyna came by to see me. She is one of my favorite people. I loved hearing the update of her two little boys. John Mark (Starfish Kid) and Davin, her son. She is so full of life and enjoying being a mom. I was happy that she had stopped by to see me on the way to choir practice. I have great memories of singing with her in the Youth Choir at Eternal Love. I’m glad she still has time to sing.

Later in the evening, Matthew came home. He is attending some classes for secondary education. We talked about the school, the cold weather coming back in the US and how things are going in our families. His daughter recently had a baby, making him a grandpa. I went to sleep very thankful for God’s provision and His goodness.

Wed. Nov.20

I was awaken very early by the sound of rain, a downpour. My heart sank. How could we travel on the muddy jungle roads with all this rain. I was also concerned about how things had gone for Peter the night before and if he was really going to pick me up early, as we had planned. I had left my cell phone in Duita with Jason because none of the guys there had one and I planned to use Peter’s if I needed to, which didn’t help any If I needed to call Peter. As I was deciding how I would approach my day, I read a little from a book I had borrow edfrom Peter called the Power of Positive Thinking. It’s a funny little book but it has some pretty simple and profound ideas. I read a section about Happiness. It basically said each day we choose to be happy or unhappy.  I decided to choose happiness. I had no control over how the day would go, I could only make the best of what comes. I packed my things, so if Peter came early, I would be ready and then I got some paperwork to do in case he came late. I sang and prayed that the rain would stop and began my day with joy. A short time later, Peter arrived and we were on our way.

One of our first stops was to a town across a river. Peter called for the man to take us across on the raft. It was so fun. Not many Liberian can swim, as is the case with Pastor Peter, so I teased him that if we fell in, I would be find but I doubted I could rescue him. The village on the other side was so thankful for the well. The river really limited them because it is so challenging to close. Several nearby villages come to draw water from the new pump. They asked if the other villages could also receive a well. Peter was really touched by their thoughtfulness of those around them. He shared with them the idea of planning a big cassava field and using the coming TA truck to haul the harvest to market. I pray the truck gets here safely, runs smoothly and accomplishes the goal for which it was sent.

We traveled so many villages! God was clearly with us. I was sure the truck was being held together by angels. By the end of the day, we had made it to all but two of the well sites. One of them we actually drove past because it was too dark to take good pictures and the other was so far away we didn’t want to take the time to get there.

Some of the other highlights of the day were visiting a village where a severe massacre occurred during the war. Peter and Oretha had been at that village earlier on the day of the attack. A friend there had invited them to stay to get some cassava but they declined and decided to make there way to another village. Even as they were leaving, the rebels were setting up an ambush. Three hours after Peter and Oretha left, the killing began. No one that was in the town survived. There was weeping and wailing for weeks as friends and family members that had been away from the town returned to find their dead loved ones. This town was one of the most grateful and gracious villages I visited. I think the tragedy they had suffered had something to do with it.

We also made the inscription in the “Well of Hope” at Tamateeta. It was so fun to do some video there explaining who Hope is and how an eight year old girl helped change a small corner of the world. I watched some women making garyee. It is grated, dried, pondered and roasted cassava. They gave me a small handful. I loved it, especially still warm. I asked a little about the process and what they did with it. A few minutes later, one of the women handed me a bag full as a gift. I was so touched by their generosity. I had a few necklaces with me and I gave one to each woman. I am careful when giving out gifts. I don’t want people to make the assumption that white people come to always give gifts. But, these women had given to me first and was moved to respond.

Right after I made the inscription for the Well of Hope, we went to Vahn. A brand new well was installed there by the senior’s group at Peace Lutheran. I wrote “Living Water from Peace”. So, from a small girl to a Senior’s group. God is using people to change the world. Vahn was a village that had a cholera outbreak and several children died. Vahn was on our list for new wells, but we just hadn’t had the funds to get there yet. It was so heart breaking. However, it was with great joy that we celebrated the clean water together. I can’t wait to bring back the pictures of this well to Peace Lutheran.

I have to mention again the condition of the “roads” we traveled these days. We would not consider them real roads at all and the 4 Runner, although having 4 wheel drive, is not the ideal vehicle for travel here. The terrain is very hard on vehicles. One “bridge” we came to was particularly interesting. As we approached it on the way to Vahn, Peter stopped and asked the young men with us to adjust the sticks and splintered boards. We safely crossed with the spinning of tires and the cracking of wood. On the way back, as we approached the bridge, I wondered what remained of it since our previous crossing. I glanced at Peter, he smiled at me and hit the gas. I’m sure we soared over the pile of sticks. I’m not sure I held my breath, but I may have. I must have given Peter a quizzical look because he explained to me that in crossing difficult places, hesitation will trap you. Just go and you will make it.  He also added, don’t worry about how you will get back, that will take care of itself at the right time. I couldn’t help but think of the life lessons this Liberian driving instruction included.

We drove past the 24th well repair on the list. It was dark and I knew the pictures wouldn’t turn out well. We headed back to Gbarnga. I could hardly believe it! In two days, we had visited 23 of the 25 wells on the project list. One we passed by because of the darkness and the other was a long distance away. However, we also visited Vahn, which was on the previous project list. I was overwhelmed by God’s goodness.

I stayed at Peter’s cousin’s house near Gbarnga that night. Peter had purchased a ground hog at one of the villages and dropped it off where his cousin worked. She had a wonderful meal ready for us when we arrived. I had never had ground hog before, I can’t say it tasted like chicken, but it was good. All the people in the house were new acquiences to me, yet I felt very much at home. Peter’s cousin graciously allowed me to sleep in her room.

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In the morning, I had hot chocolate to add to the instant coffee I had with me! What a wonderful treat! I had fried plantain and scrambled eggs to eat too. Delicious! I also met the most beautiful baby girl. I almost held her too long as her mother went off to work with out her, but an auntie was there to take her before I left. She had big brown eyes and a delightful smile. Peter said she has captured the hearts of many already.

Then we headed out to Kpoe. This is a village that was on our well proposal list. However, while waiting for the new pump, a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy went into early labor and delivered a stillborn child. She died shortly after. This mother was so sick because of drinking the contaminated water she drank. Her story inspired a group of people in MN to donate funds for this well. Now I was watching the Be Exact well team make the finishing touches on a brand new well.

Most of the Be Exact nine man team was there. We discussed what we would do next. I was so encouraged and impressed at the eagerness of these young men to do more work. Pastor Peter teased them about taking some time off since they has been working so hard. They were insistent that they wanted to work during December.

November 2013 Mission Outreach

This outreach involves 9 people coming and going at different times with different focuses. It seems complicated so we pray now for God’s wisdom and guidance to plan this according to His will.

AFMIN: Steven Todd will be leading pastoral training Nov. 11-15 in Monrovia.

Three Teams:

 Peggy and Michael leave Nov. 9

Starfish Team leave Nov. 14 and return 24

Mark leave Nov. 21

Sat

Nov 9

Flight leaves at 1 pm (Peggy and Michael)

Pray for smooth travel, especially for Miacael. It's his first flight.

Sun

Nov. 10

Arrive in Liberia at 3:20 pm

 

Mon.

Nov. 11

Michael will be building shelves and bunk beds with Samuel.

Peggy sort and organize 12 boxes of supplies that arrived in Oct.

AFMIN pastors conference will be going on & we will want to connect with pastors

Tues. Nov. 12

 

Wed. Nov. 13

 

Thurs. Nov. 14

Starfish team (Jason, David, Kira, Jed, Rachel and Kayla) leave for Liberia

TA pastors at AFMIN training. All pastors attending dinner at guest house.

Fri.  Nov. 15

Starfish team (Jason, Kira, Jed, Rachel and Kayla) arrive in  Liberia

Sat. Nov. 16

Visit Monrovia Starfish Kids

 

Sun. Nov. 17

Visit/preach at Monrovia area churches.

Leave for interior Sunday afternoon. Jason, David, and Jed go to Duita w/Pa Quinah. Everyone else to Kpeletayama.

Mon. Nov. 18

Jason, David, and Ned start Bible school week in Duita.

Starfish team: Visit interior Starfish Kids,  TA team: well inspection and assessment.

Tues. Nov. 19

 Jason, David, and Ned start Bible school week in Duita.

 Starfish team: Visit interior Starfish Kids,  TA team: well inspection and assessment

Wed. Nov. 20

 Starfish Team & TA TEAM heads back to Monrovia

Thurs. Nov. 21

 Mark leaves for Liberia.

 Visit remaining Monrovia Starfish

Fri.  Nov. 22

 Wrap up loose ends, finalize paperwork

Sat. Nov. 23

 Visit blind community in the morning and/or YWAM-Liberia

 Crusade at New Life beginning around 4 pm gather crowd, start around 5 pm show JESUS film, 6-7 pm evangelist speaks, Gospel presentation

Sun. Nov. 24

Preach at area churches

Starfish team leaves for US/ Could visit YWAM-Liberia

Mon. Nov. 25

Love and Leadership conference 8 am to 4 pm

Tues. Nov. 26

Love and Leadership conference 8 am to 4 pm

Wed. Nov. 27

visit interior for well dedication (one day interior trip)

Thurs. Nov. 28

Evangelism  to slum boys in Paynesville

Fri.  Nov. 29

Evangelism & discipleship to boys in Paynesville

Mark, Peggy and Michael leaves for US

Sat. Nov. 30

David leaves for US

Team Goals:

~Visit all the Starfish Kids.

~Visit new wells and repaired wells

~Build deeper relationships with TA pastors and staff

~Organize TA office and supplies

~Love and Leadership conference

~evangelism

Shell Lake Mission Conference: What a blessing!

I just returned from the Shell Lake Mission Conference at Shell Lake Full Gospel church. The 27th Annual conference was Sunday through Wed. I was hosted by a wonderful family and shared meals with other families from the church. This is the first year that I was an affiliate missionary with the conference. And I was excited to be there.

I told my friends that I was going to hang out with some "real" missionaries. And I had the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people. God has blessed this little north woods church! The music was powerful, the messages encouraging and challenging, but most of all the people were so warm and caring. I felt such a sense of belonging and purpose.

This conference raises tens of thousands of dollars. This year was no different. I was so humbled and overwhelmed to hear the announcement of $10,000 towards Great King Academy, along with many other donations. I don't know the exact total. As I drove home last night, I pondered why God chose Teamwork Africa to pour out such a blessing. I think He is intentionally doing something powerful in this small broken country.