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Vol. XIX No. 51
18 September 2022

SERVING THE LORD

In Rwanda

Dear Co-Laborers in the Lord,

Greetings from Africa in the great and precious Name of our Lord. Our ministry in East Africa presses on, and we remain indebted to your prayer and love. With thanksgiving, we share the things which God has done.

Bible College of East Africa (Rwanda) (BCEA-RW) recently held a dedication and thanksgiving service on 11 June for the completion of the Multi-Media Center and main Administration Block (pictured above).

Again, these were requirements given to us for accreditation by the Higher Education Council (HEC-Rwanda). We praise God for His provision, and we thank Him that we were able to celebrate this completion with some of those who gave sacrificially for these projects. Also present at the service were Rwandese local government officials, the Korean ambassador to Rwanda, and our church members. About a thousand people were in attendance to give glory to God and to praise Him for what He has done (photo below). We ask for your prayers, that in the near future, the College doors will open and that many, who are called for gospel ministry, will be trained through the College for the precious work of proclaiming the message of salvation.

The campus Church of BCEA-RW, which is Kigali Bible Presbyterian Church (KBPC), continues to grow in the grace of our Lord. Each Sunday, the sanctuary is full of villagers, and we marvel at the plentiful harvest unlike anything we have ever witnessed. Over two services (8:00am and 11:00am), a steady number of 900–1000 adults gather to worship and to hear the Word. In recent months, I have presented an explicit offer of the gospel after each sermon, and we praise God for the public acceptance of Jesus as Savior each week. This is solely the marvelous work of God, who initiates and completes His work of salvation. Sunday School is also held over two services due to limited seating capacity. At 11:00am, there is a separate service for teenagers (ages 12–17), and at 2:00pm, ages 6–11 gather for a sermon, songs of praise, and learning of memory verses. We estimate that nearly 2,000 children visit our compound each week (photo below). We pray and hope that the children will be filled with the Word, grow in faith, and become soldiers of Christ, used as precious instruments in this evil age. We ask you to join us in prayer for the campus churches of all three BCEA campuses (Nairobi, Arusha, and Kigali). May these ministries be used as channels of blessing and arks of salvation. May the souls who come forward in faith live as conquerors.

Your prayers are needed. We are grateful for your prayer and sacrificial support even as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine continues to affect all of our lives. We pray and trust that you will be more than conquerors in all things through the strength He gives. Thank you.

In the bond of Christ,

Kyung Soo (Mark) Kim and Hang Sook (Hannah) Rhee

[From the newsletter of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions (IBPFM), USA, July 2022.]

In Tanzania

Dear friends and co-workers,

Greetings from Tanzania in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Thank you for spending time with us, comforting us, encouraging us, praying for us, and supporting us during our last vacation visits to South Korea and Singapore. It has been almost a month since we arrived in Tanzania. Please continue to pray for Tanzania missions.

Thankfully, my wife and I both got our Tanzanian visas. I am grateful to be able to serve God here for two more years. Thank you for your concern and prayers.

Bible College of East Africa (BCEA) Tanzania started its new semester on August 9th. We have 22 students for this semester. Since three students could not arrive at the College on the opening day of the semester, they were asked to come next semester.

This semester, for the first time, we have a Korean missionary, Rev Ma, to teach a course on “Computer Basics” to the students. I hope the students who have never seen a computer and cannot even turn on a computer can learn something. ChaeWon teaches “The Parables of Jesus”, “Numbers”, “Romans”, and “Pianoforte” this semester. I teach “Post-Reformation History”, “First and Second Kings” and “Elementary Hebrew”. Please pray for the faculty and students.

Construction is still in progress on campus. We are renovating a classroom into a computer lab for computer studies. And we are building a Girls’ dormitory. The foundation work has already been completed, and the walls are being built. Please pray for financial support and safety.

The Bible project is still in progress. I think we will be able to distribute about 500 Swahili Bibles this semester as well. Please pray for continued financial support.

Chemchem Kindergarten is currently on vacation. School starts on September 5th. Please pray for our young children to grow in their faith in God.

My two daughters are now studying in Far Eastern Bible College, Singapore. Please pray for them to be diligent in their studies.

In Christ,

Rev Dr Park SK & Dr Ra CW
September 1, 2022

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