January 2022 Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Latvia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ukraine

We strongly recommend you download the "Bible Companion" app, from where you can access Carelinks messages, daily Bible readings, Bible Basics, commentary on every verse of the Bible and audio exhortations on every chapter of the Bible.
  For Android / Google Play at
 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carelinks.bc
 and on the App Store for Apple / iOS at
 https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bible-companion/id1475914490
You can break bread live online as follows:

Saturday mornings 09:00 a.m.UK time; on Zoom
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6697401754?pwd=K0VWNDlScGwzaThPM2tiU0didmNyUT09
 Meeting ID: 669 740 1754 Passcode: XPb9Sz

Sundays at 3:00 PM New Zealand time. That's 1 PM in Sydney Australia; 10 PM in New York, USA on Saturday evening [run by Br John Aldersley in New Zealand] on
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81015280780?pwd=LzAwNDRTTzhNcFpiRGlmaGx6YUpvZz09

Sundays at 10am North American Eastern Time [3 PM UK GMT time, 11 PM Sydney Australia time]. Run by Br Jim Barton in Canada.
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9123758179
  Meeting ID: 912 375 8179 . Also, Bible class on Wednesdays at 7 PM North American Eastern Time

May 2022 be the year of the Lord's return, we certainly need it and "creation groans". Brother Tim Anderson in VA, USA has put up a sign that says it all:
   
Whilst thinking of North America, we truly mourn the sudden falling asleep of our beloved brother Bill Farrar. He was totally committed to the Hope of Israel and the spreading of it. We have fond memories of his time with us in Latvia, UK and Ukraine. May his sleep be short, and his family comforted in the great Hope.

BURKINA FASO
After much messaging and correspondence from the French Bible Companion app, we watched EMMANUEL draw water from a well in a remote part of Bukrina Faso [one of the world's poorest countries] and baptize himself into the Lord Jesus. We continue to marvel at the scope of the Lord's appeal to men and women in every corner of the globe. And we are encouraged as we reflect on His words that the Gospel must go into all the world, and then shall the end come. The Gospel certainly is spreading into all the world as never before.
   

BULGARIA
We had a wonderful time in Bulgaria this week, in a remote village several hours drive from Sofia, to baptize a married couple, FERDUN and ESTERA. Estera is from a strong JW family in Poland and went to Bulgaria as a JW missionary, learning Bulgarian and Turkish in order to do so. Ferdun was one of the converts. But they came to see through the organization and started looking for Bible truth, and found us. After carefully studying Bible Basics they are really a case of "You shall find the truth, and the truth shall make you free".
 On leaving the organization, she was completely ostracized by her family. They got married and are working with a small group of 10 Turkish people who have converted to Christianity. We have provided them with hard copies of Bible Basics in Turkish, Bulgarian and Polish. Estera is just so joyful at having found the Truth of relationship with Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour, independent of any organization. And so relieved to now understand there is no personal Satan out there, which is such a big theme in JW theology. You can see her joy in the pictures.
              

LATVIA
We risked paying a guy online to take firewood to our sisters [temperatures already down to -20 some nights] and so far so good, even got some pictures of the sisters getting the packets:
       
You can also pray for Kaspar, a deaf man who is very carefully working through the NEV Bible and other literature in English and Latvian, and working towards baptism. Here's a photo he sent us of his study:
   
Truly people from all walks of life are being called to the Gospel.

NIGERIA
Brother Peter Ojike has made the following his new year message and challenge, and it's great encouragement that the Bible Companion app is producing fruit:
"Few months ago, a famous pentecostal pastor and theologian in Anambra and Delta state read the Bible using Bible Companion app and he got baptised by us. He handed over the church to his GO and has dropped all the bogus titles. I met him myself to hear his testimony. He told me he knew something was wrong in Christendom as a theologian since the 80's but he only set out to find out these three things:
  1. Who Jesus was
  2. Why he came the first time
  3. What he is coming back to accomplish.

He told me this led him to reject trinity and accept the true Gospel of the kingdom of God to come on earth. He was humble enough to get baptise and now learn from those with no theology degree like him. He boasted that he was a very popular pastor in the East and known by all pastors here. Another man once known as a "prophet" that we baptised last year gave special glory to God that this pastor has now chosen the true Christianity. This former 'prophet' went as far as asking me to post a video of himself denouncing his former ways as a 'prophet'. He had organised crusades in Cameroon, Lagos and Onitsha. But now taken an honest profession. He regrets everything he did as a supposed miracle worker and 'prophet' and in the video he asked everyone that knew him to please to reconsider... I still have the video with me.

Like the pastor who is now a brother in Christ, I advice you to attempt to read the Bible yourself this 2022. Read it prayerfully and consistently. Download any bible reading app from Playstore and start. I recommend the Bible Companion app
 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.carelinks.bc

God will lead you to the true Christianity and the peace that comes with it.
    Peter Ojike"

TANZANIA
We were very pleased to baptize YOHANA online in Tanzania this week, again from the Bible Companion app

UKRAINE
Again from the Bible Companion app [Russian version] we came into contact with ALLA who has been watching our Russian language videos and listening to the audio every day for over a year now. She called us a while ago and spoke like she knew us all well- from watching so many videos, although she'd not made contact before. There are surely many others like her out there. Alla was baptized after clearly stating her disagreement with the Trinity and total devotion to the Lord Jesus in spirit and truth. Her grandson helped set everything up with WhatsApp; her daughter was divorced and then died and she has the grandchildren.
       

PRAYER POINTS
   - For those recently baptized
   - For our Winter Welfare work and the difficulties of doing it remotely
   - For those ostracized by their families because of their faith
   - Thanksgiving that despite Covid, and in fact because of the situation, the Gospel is spreading so widely

With love from your brothers and sisters of Carelinks