News from Africa

news from benin 

Brother Abedi Ndjelekulu - request for prayer

An article in the Bible Missionary of January 2004 describes the plight of  Brother Abedi Ndjelekulu and his family, refugees from the Congo, then in  Ghana. Brother Abedi and his family have now been deported to a desolate refugee camp in Benin, about 40 miles from town. The camp has no means of providing for the refugees, and the Beninese people, unlike the Ghanaians, are generally unwelcoming towards the refugees, often frankly hostile. Abedi is afraid for his life, and for his family: his wife and their five children, four girls and a little boy. Please pray for them. Love in Jesus,


news from botswana 

I am no longer in Zimbabwe, but am now working in Botswana as a mechanic.  Since coming here I am not gaining much spiritually, as most of the time I am by myself, except when I have visits once a month from South African brethren.  I have not been receiving magazines and other scriptural materils, but when I went home for Christmas holiday I saw the Gospel News.  I then said to myself I must write and let you know of my whereabouts.  Thanks be to our Lord, you have maintained your love towards me which I cannot match.  However, I am standing firm;  I am trying my best.  This country is infested with evil;  the people don’t even think God exists.  I don’t know whether they do this because they are not suffering or whether they are just like that.  I am trying by all means to preach the truth to them, but they are ignorant, they just want to enjoy their lives.  The other problem is that one has to speak their language, which I am learning.  I do hope God will grant me my wish that some may be saved.  The country has 2 million people, 80% of whom are HIV positive.  If they would only fear God, surely the number wouldn’t be so very high.  I do pray that things will turn well one day – it will only be by the intervention of the Almighty Himself;  the people love only pleasure.  May you pray for me, as I am in the wilderness infested with both dangerous animals.
Bro. Everisto Ruzvidzo

I am writing asking for the proceedings of two public debates held in 1989 by, among others, Pastor John Liliekas and Mr. John Alfree on, ‘Are the Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit Possessed Today?’
Gastingwe Bamatshabile


news from cameroon 

Eternal life is a free gift.  How can one receive it?  The rich young ruler asked Jesus in Mark 10:17, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”  The answer was to leave all, take up his cross and follow him.  In essence, we must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to save us and therefore dedicate our entire life in service.  There is nothing we can do ourselves to earn eternal life.  Truly, we are saved by faith, not by works, yet James tells us (2:14-20) that faith without works is dead.  We are also told to walk in the light as he is in the light (1 John 1:7), and we read in John 8:31 to continue in his word.  Hebrews 3:14 states that we are to hold our confidence steadfast unto the end.  As long as we obey God’s voice and keep His words, our gift of eternal life remains secure.
Bro Atabong Vistor


 Photo:  Bro. Atabong

Some people think that it is God who has brought suffering into the world. Man brought suffering into the world through disobedience and not God as some people allege. When God created Adam and Eve our first parents, God put them in a fine garden comprising all eatable things. He told them not to eat the fruit in the middle of the garden, which was the tree of knowing good and bad. The serpent  deceived Eve saying that if they ate of the tree in the middle of the garden, they would be as clever as God. Eve was convinced and ate the fruit. When Adam came, Eve told him the story and Adam also ate the fruit. As both of them ate the fruit they knew that they were naked and God asked, Who told you that you are  naked?. Have you eaten of the forbidden fruit? Adam answered and said, The woman you gave me, gave me the fruit to eat. So God drove them out of the garden and passed suffering and death sentence on them. To Adam God said you will work in the sweat of thy face and then die. To Eve he said you suffer when giving birth and you may die. To the serpent he said you will be an enemy to man. God said man will bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel. We are suffering today because of the disobedience of our first parents Adam and Eve.
Bre. Nicolas and Regina Menjuah


news from ghana 

I’m thinking now of the point made in Bible Basics concerning the baptized believer who, after being baptized, found himself in the wilderness going towards the promised land - this is mainly in connection with the children of God after being taken across the Red Sea (an illustration of their baptism) by the Almighty, and as they took their journey to the promised land (in the wilderness), so do we who, by His grace, embrace the saving hands of the invisible God.  What shall we say then?  Are we safe ‘in Christ’ into whom we have been baptized, until he returns, or us reaching the promised land?  “Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant” ( Kings 8:56).  We have a task ahead of us and we must not relax from the trek.  God will not change His promises (Eze. 12:25;  Matt. 5:18).  Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do:  forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (3:13,14).  Forgetting the past is not all that easy, but God is faithful.
Bro. Wonder Wornyo


news from kenya 

I was informed this morning that Brother Alex left information in our house that Brother Benedict Miruka has fallen asleep.
Bro Walter

We are fine and fighting a good fight and spreading the gospel.  I was so pleased to receive a copy of Bible Basics  this book has helped me to ginger up my faith.  I found it to be so interesting and it guides me in day-to-day prayers.
Bro. Sadique B. Joumer

I am glad to let you know that I am still receiving Gospel News through the above Box.  In my area I have a Sunday School and this is a good time for spreading the gospel to them.
Bro. Waliaula Alex

How I wish that our Master would return to give us that longed-for reward!  I hope you all are fine.  I am, alas, still unemployed.   Life is not smooth at all – today you are here, tomorrow you are there.  Just trying to make ends meet, but in vain.  I have a group of about 15 people having instruction through CBM Lessons.   I am taking these as a group and hope that soon I will have some companions.  I remember telling you that I was compiling a message in Kiswahili for recording.  I have finished Part 1, in 12 pages, and Part 2 is even longer than that.  If I could record these I think it would help in preaching to the people around.
Bro. David Aphaxard

As we are teaching oneness in Jesus Christ our Saviour, it is a very good and interesting opportunity to share our Bible knowledge together, as our Father made possible in March last year at Kiagware ecclesia.  May I urge all brothers and sisters to preach the word through such meetings.  Also, I would like to commend all the brothers and sisters who offered towards the Bible School.  Let us all  praise the Lord wherever we are.
Sis. Jane Akongo

Thank you for your letter.  I heard that you are having a journey of 10 days, so I pray that Yahweh may be with you wherever you walk so that you may continue with the work of Christ until he comes to establish God’s Kingdom.  Here some follow worldly practices, but our aim is to pray for them that they may keep to the old paths.  We can preach house-to-house, although most people are RCs.Bro. Patrick Wafula


Photo: Sisters at the Bible School at Kiagware in 2003.

With the help of Gospel News world wide, I have really benefited, for I read my Bible daily with the help of the Bible Companion.  In fact, the Holy Book, known as the Bible, is really the word of God which came by inspiration of God through His holy prophets and apostles (2 Peter1:20-21).  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Bro. Patrick Wekesa

We are new readers of the Bible truth, being assisted by Bro. Moses Masika Wanami.  We were baptized recently and now sharing the one true faith.  We have come to learn of Gospel News to all Nations and the contents have greatly interested us because most parts of the world have received the good news about the Kingdom of God.  We are now introducing ourselves to you so that we may learn more as we continue searching the scriptures.  We also need some books to give us more information about the Bible.
Bro. Eric Wamalwa

 Some brothers at Kanduyi, left to right: Bro. George Maina, Bro. Wycliffe Wekwa and, Bro. Eric Wamalwa

Here in Kenya peace is prevailing;  there is no political instability any more.  All ecclesias around Kenya are moving on well;  brothers and sisters are eagerly waiting the second coming of our Master, Jesus, to establish the Kingdom here on earth; we all put our trust in him.  Our ‘eye mirror’ (Middle east) has problems, and shedding of blood is now increasing;  there is no peace at all.  Only Jesus will bring peace to the Middle East, so the only hope I can give to strengthen Brothers and Sisters is that we should all hide ourselves in Jesus alone.  We are all happy if we know that the Kingdom shall be ours for ever.  The spread of the gospel in Kenya is highly done, and we appreciate the books you sent to us;  they also give challenges to the non-believers and give them the truth of the Bible.  I am praying that you will be able to print more copies of my Kikamba translation booklet; it will be of much benefit to those who read it.
Bro. Gideon Matheka Mukeku

I am actually through with the Kalenjin translation of the booklet, ‘What is the Gospel?’ but I have not managed to type it onto a computer disc.  Arrangements to establish an ecclesia at the town of Mandi Hills have gone well.  We all pray for God’s blessing on this.
Bro. Geoffrey Chirchir

My questions are to parents, relatives etc., Does a parent explain to his child why a father would beat another?  Does a parent explain to his child why people exchange abuses, either in parliament or in public?  What example are we setting to our children?  What kind of role model are we?  My conclusions are that as parents we have the responsibility of being the best role models to our children.  When, as parents, we may know very well that we are in a violent home, the best that can be done for the children and ourselves is to leave the violent situation, leave and seek help for both yourself and the children.  Regarding my life, I am sorry to inform you that my contract in Migori has finished and now I am back home.  Please remember me in your prayers with hope that God will raise up His hands upon me.
Bro.  Richard Aduma

The first time death appears in the Bible is as a punishment – not a reward to be enjoyed in heaven.  God punished Adam for disobedience by returning his body to the ground, the dust, from which he had been made (Gen. 3:19).  The Bible never talks about going to heaven when we die or about a reward in paradise.  God gives each of us one life (Heb. 9:27);  what we do with that life decides what happens when it comes to an end, just as it did with Adam.  Many people in the Bible obviously believed in the resurrection (a) Job – knew that he would stand on the earth again (Job 19:25-27).  (b)  Abraham – knew he would live again in the land of Israel (Gen. 13:17;  Heb. 11:13).  (c)  Martha had a clear conviction about resurrection (John 11:24).  (d)  Paul – couldn’t have been more explicit about the importance of resurrection (1 Cor. 15).   It always surprises me that since the Bible is so full of the resurrection (see 1 Cor. 15 and Heb. 11) people do not talk more about it.
Bro. Daniel Ogembo

It is good and encouraging reading the brethren’s testimonies and articles.  As I read the informtion of our brothers and sisters, Z and K;  M and A of Iran, really I felt and saw that we in Kenya have continued to be loved by God.  Because of this, we need to do God’s work without fear, because we are given an opportunity and the free will to worship Him.  I do pray for our brethren in other countries where the truth is opposed.  I thank you for the cards which have taught me much about the Bible.
Bro. Edward Kunikina

I had been teaching at Maweni School, Mombasa, but last year I joined the Kenya Institute of Applied Sciences to further my education and I thank God for that.  From Mombasa to Eldoret, where the Institute is located, is a distance of about 900km;  this change contributed to my silence.  Gospel News has been a companion to me personally and to the pupils I was teaching, so continue sending it to me.
Bro. Abwad Bwademba


Bro. Abwad Bwademba, back row far right, with a class of pupils at the Maweni School, Mombasa.

We must not make the mistake of asking God for guidance if we are not prepared to act on it fully.  God is always willing to make His purpose known.  If then we cannot find an answer, it may be that we have some reservation in our heart.  God will not lead us to His will if we are merely considering it alongside other possible alternatives.  Unless we are prepared to trust fully His wisdom and love and  go where He leads us, then we should not seek His will.  Many people say they cannot get God’s guidance when in their hearts they wish He would show them an easier way.  God promises to lead us only if we are ready to be led (John 7:17). Bro. Francis Mwangi  Kinandu

 Photo: Baptism of Bro. Samson Onyango NYERI

We would like to have an ecclesia here in Nyeri so that we can preach the gospel news to others.
Bro. Alex K. Mwaniki

Bro. Samson Onyango was baptized in 2003 by Bro. Samuel Masowa.  Before we went to the occasion we read from the Bible Hebrews 3:12-14 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 from where we taught the gospel We have also had a talk by Bro. John Mbaga about the spirit of God, referring to Matt. 12:28 and Gen. 1:2-3 After that teaching our friends agreed that spirit is the power of God, not God himself.
Bro. John Otieno Kine

Christians grow by giving and that is why the apostle Paul said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).   What we give to advance God’s Kingdom is of eternal value.  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19-21).  As we give we remember:  “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Ps. 24:1), including the silver and gold (Haggai 2:8).  We ourselves belong to God because He created us and because He rescued us from our sins (1 Cor. 6:19-20).  Everything we own belongs to God.  How much does our crucified and risen Lord invite us to share with him for giving the gospel to others?  “Will a man rob God?  Yet you rob me.  But you ask, How do we rob you? In tithes and offerings”.  How much should we give in offerings?  Offerings are a matter of individual decision.  Each person “should give what he has decided in his heart to give” (2 Cor. 9:5-7).  We can’t outgive God.  “Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap” (Luke 6:38).
Bro. Erick Kiprofo Moses

We have been having our memorial services at Maine Primary School for the last two years, but because we were warned that we could not stay long, the room has now been locked.  At this time we have nowhere to worship God.  Tongaren ecclesia has seven brothers and nine sisters and a Sunday School of 13 children.  Our best regards go to Bro. Trevor who has supported us so much, but to solve the problem completely, we need to buy a space for Sunday worship.  Tongaren ecclesia was established in 1996 and and was growing rapidly with the help of God.  We notify the following baptisms:  Getquin Nandako Sikolia, Lowrin Nafuna Sikolia, Esther Olima Kasembeli.  May the Lord guide them to the coming Kingdom.
Bro. Isaac Kapa

Photo: Members of Tongaren ecclesia breaking bread at Bro. Isaac’s home.


news from malawi 

A lot of people understand nothing about the word of God and eternal life, but are running after their own interests and look to satisfy their human needs for today’s life.  Yet the Bible states in John 6:63-66, “The Spirit gives life;  the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.  Yet there are some of you who do not believe.  For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.  He went on to say, This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him”.  Alas, seven of our members have joined other denominations, despite our many efforts to meet and exhort and encourage them, showing all our love for them in such a way to have them come back.
Bro. Willy Kananga

I thank God Almighty for letting me know the truth.  May I take the opportunity to thank brothers and sisters who are keen on converting others, by the Lord’s grace, and to say that their task is appreciated and that their reward is with our God.  In addition, we want to follow in preaching the word of God to others around us, as we are aware that there are those who have not yet received the truth.  When Bro. David Nightingale visited our ecclesia he enlightened us regarding the prophet Elijah, that he didn’t go to heaven, but is in the grave waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I enclose a photo during a meeting at Mpinganjira.
Bro. Morris Asani

Photo: Mpinganjira ecclesia

I’m now here in Malawi with my family and not in Namibia.  I’ve made up my mind that I can’t return there and I appeal to you for any information about the brethren here.
Bro. Jafari Amisi

We are living in the last days and the book of life will soon be shut and I want to be in it, so please help me to understand more about the Bible by sending me letters and literature.  I find Gospel News supports me by letting me know what others are doing and how we can broadcast the gospel message.
Bro.  Davis Madolo



Photo: Bro. Davis Madolo

I sincerely thank you for the book, Elpis Israel, which I received.  I am expecting to be baptized in early May and only wish you could have come to witness this, for I have now made my decision to follow the required steps to be “born again” (John 3:2-5):  (1) hearing the words of God and believing them (2)  confession (3) repentance (4) to be born of water (baptism).  I have now come to know the difference between being born of water and that of the holy spirit.  A person will be born of the spirit when they are rewarded with  immortality after Jesus coming, as Jesus was now over 2000 years ago.  We had a Bible study at Bro. George’s home and I enclose a photo.
Bro. Austin F. Nyirenda

Photo: Left to right: myself, Bro. Mphatso (a son of Bro. George), Bro. Ngwanda (a long-time Christadelphian), Sis. Nkhoma, wife of Bro. George, and Bro. George himself.

news from nigeria 

It was the end of last year that armed robbers attacked me and took my belongings;  I’ve not yet fully recovered from that.  We are pleased to report that our Sister Franca Omeje who left us when her husband died three years ago is back with us, saying that she had been to other churches and was dissatisfied with their doctrine.  We pray that she will be with us until the coming of our Lord.
Bro. Goddy Nwosu

I apologise for the long delay in writing.  It will interest you to hear about our newly opened ecclesia at Ikwueke  Oboro which began in February.  People attending are 13, four of whom are baptized.  We desperately need help for spreading the gospel as we are in a new area.  As a family in Christ who feel the bonds of fellowship, and ask you for your prayers for our work.  We are here to do the will of our Creator.  We are warned not to despise the punishment of the Lord, neither be tired of His correction (Prov. 3:11).  The troubles and difficulties will only serve to cement God’s true children more firmly together.  Some, though few, will be chosen,  the upholders of that which is good have ever been in the minority in the congregation of the Lord.  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Bro. Friday Enyiogu


The idea of rest began with the Creator and Owner of the earth Himself.  Genesis 2:3 speaks of God resting “from all the work of creating that he had done”.  After the Israelites had suffered as slaves in the land of Egypt God came to their rescue through Moses, and his assignment was to lead God’s people to a land “flowing with milk and honey” (Ex. 3:8).  This land of Canaan, according to God, was a land that they never cultivated and cities that they did not build.  A land that “drinks rain from heaven”.  “It is a land the Lord your God cares for;  the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it, from the beginning of the year to its end” (Deut. 11:11-12;  Ps. 11:6).  From this, and other scripture, we understand the land of Canaan was a kind of resting place for the Israelites; in fact when they wanted to enter Canaan, Joshua reminded them that Canaan was a land of rest (Josh. 1:13).  It is, however, clear from scripture that the Israelites never really rested, despite the luxuries of Canaan.  In Canaan they fought wars;  they sinned and disobeyed;  they grew stubborn and stiff-necked.  This shows that the rest they had was a physical and temporary one.   What, then, is the true rest, if it was not Canaan?  How can we enter this rest?  What are the manifestations of a life that is in the rest of God?   Let us be assured that the true rest does exist.  Hebrews 4:9 says, “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;  for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.   Is this not interesting?  This is the covenant rest of God (Heb. 4:9-11);  it is not a cessation of work, but a release from unfruitful labour into the Divine bliss of God. We thank God for the various welcome schemes:  retirement schemes, housing policies, favourable conditions of service;  poverty alleviation programmes of Government and non-Governmental organisations etc., but I make bold to say that none of these will equal the foolproof Covenant rest of God. I want to use this medium to thank Bro. Chris Furnice for doing good work of God.and showing a very keen interest towards Urhonigbe ecclesial. hall. Presently Urhonigbe Ecclesial hall has been fully electrified under the auspices of our UK brothers most especially Bro. Chris Furnice. We are happy to announce the baptism of our sisters that took place on the 26 April 2004 at river Ethiope,Nigeria. Their names are Sis.Cilina Iyenagbe, Sis.Osadolor Regina, Sis.Ovbiebo Osayemwenre. We pray that God will continue to strengthen their minds, increase their faith and protect them throughout their lives. Amen.
Bro.Osaretin Jolly

news from south africa 

I just want to thank you for all the literature you have sent me;  it helped and is still helping me in understanding the Bible and also to grow stronger in faith.  For the past 16 months I have been ill, suffering from gout and it has affected my work so that I am now unemployed.  A man must go through many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).  I cannot walk long distances and for that reason I cannot attend Sunday meetings, not that I do not want to.  What are our struggles compared to those of Jesus, Peter and Paul?
Bro. Francis Chauke

We have a small group of youth who attend Sunday School (12 in number), all very keen to learn something.  We are also pleased to receive some books  (from Sisters at East London ecclesia) which help us to feed them with knowledge.  Sisters Selinah and Zelpha  thank these Sisters for their help in supplying them with Xhosa books.  I enclose a couple of pictures and think they will be happy to see their photograph in Gospel News  and hope they will encourage/attract others.  We pray to our Heavenly Father to increase us both in numbers and spiritually.
Bro.  Templeton Mdludu

Photo: Teachers, Sis Selinah Banzana and Zelpha Mdludlu.


Photo:  Mdibaniso Nkoiyoyo, Mdibaniso Sgoebezana, Mdludlu Dowie, Mdludlu Amahle, Mapukata Oresimo, Mafikula Siyasanga, Mapukata Asive.

Please be notified that my brother in the flesh and in the truth, Geoffrey Kamuloni Mphambo, fell asleep in Christ. He passed through the waters of baptism in September 1998. We look forward to his resurrection. May the Lord soon come to redeem his beloved ones. In December last I went to Malawi and conducted Bible Seminars in Nkhota-kota, Salima and Senga-Bay assisted by Brother George Mayimba Nkhoma. One baptism is due next month.
Bro Mphambo

news from tanzania 

Our means of transport is so unsure that letters are delayed at the Post Office.  The ecclesia here at Lugufu has changed the postal address to P.O. Box 116 Uvinza , which is located near the Lugufu camps.  My family and I are sad to hear about the suffering and persecution of brethren and sisters in Iran, but rejoice to hear that some of them are now safely in America.  May our Heavenly Father  bless them.  We still face problems, such as shortage of food, clothing etc., so life is bad.  Members of Lugufu ecclesia meet regularly to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his ministry, which we spread to people around us.  I always hold discussion with people of different denominations to teach them the return of Jesus Christ to the earth and the Kingdom of God on earth, and that we refrain from taking part in discrimination, terrorism, political elections and other worldly practices, which are a negation of our Christian principles.  Please remember us in your prayers.
Bro. Lawi Pililo

The ecclesia at Kyela is now eight months old.
Bro. Gasper M. Mwasimba.


From left to right, standing:  Bre. Benson Mwalukama, Gasper Mwasimba, Samuel M. Mwaipaja (Bible student), Willy Mwaisaka, Stephen Mpangala (Bible student) and Sis. Magreth Mwasimba.  In the front Sis. Mariam Sanga with the Sunday School children.

Gospel News
is read with keen interest not just by me and my family, but has been circulating to all members of the ecclesia who have a minimum knowledge of English.  For those who are not able to read English, they enjoy looking at the attractive photographs.  We are about 20 members here.
Bro. Nestory Kanjelu

I hope you are all doing well with the Lords's activities.  Here in Musoma we are doing so well, and spreading the word according to the Lord's will.  I heard from  Sis. Otter.  Her dad is really sick and was admitted to hospital for three weeks;  I really pity her and am praying for her during her difficulties.  Preaching work is going on nicely;  I have four contacts right now and two are doing lessons through correspondence, so making six.  I still have thoughts of having a small ecclesial building in Musoma, I am never giving up.  I recently visited Mwanza and Usagara ecclesias and really enjoyed being with the brothers and sisters;  they were also very happy to meet me once again.  It will be wonderful when all brothers and sisters world-wide will be together  in the Kingdom.  I don't want to miss it.  A Post Office box has been opened and I hope it will be safe for communications  Brothers from Mwanza managed to purchase for me a mobile telephone out of their own pockets;  how wonderful this is!  They sat down themselves and decided to buy a phone for me, this is because we are doing a joint Bible study, Mwanza/Musoma;  if I do not understand something in the Bible I can send a message and they answer straight away.  The brothers from Mwanza are very mature in the truth;  I really like their positive response towards the Bible.  I am attaching two photographs of the Musoma Sunday School children.  I had 15 students, aged 2-15.  Some are very mature;  they attend their lessons as usual and the Sunday services.  Three students have already said they'll stay in the 'Christadelphians'.  I pray for them to understand the truth and be baptized and maybe their parents will come to understand the truth.
Sis. Monica Achieng


Photo: Musoma Sunday School children taken inside the house, drawing after their lessons

The words below renew my heart day by day: "But all these things that I once thought very worthwhile, now I've thrown them all away so that I can put my trust and hope in Christ alone.  Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ" (Phil. 3:7-8).  I was buried in baptism by Bro. D.A. Smith on August 6th, 1997 at Kigwa-Tabora.  Now I am dwelling at Katumba.
Bro. Anderson Rabilr


Photo: Bro Anderson Rabilr

I am requesting Gospel News  and five English Bible Basics and five in Swahili and other tools for helping to teach the gospel and to increase our faith.  I was baptized on July 16th, 2000 and from that day everything changed.  I am just sorry for Tanzanians who think that at death we go to heaven (Dan. 12:2, John 5:28-29).  I thank God for showing me the truth from reading the Bible.
Bro. Andrew Mlengo

Our ecclesia is now growing in faith, which has been helped after we received the Kiswahili Bible Basics.  Due to this, our Bible talks and Bible discussions are going on well each Sunday and Tuesday.
Bro. Joctor J.M. Rufano


Photo: Usagara Ecclesial members and children

I am a Congolese refugee boy, born on March 2, 1980, and here in Tanzania, Kigoma Western region.  My father fell asleep in 1995 and I remained with my mother and two young brothers.  After this incident, our mother remarried and left us alone.  At that period we lived in an old refugee camp called Kigwa in Tabora, Centre region of Tanzania where Bro. Lawi Pililo began to teach me about the Christadelphian faith, and I was baptized in 1998 by Bre. David Smith and Tony Jarvis of UK.   Now we are living in the Lugufu refugee camp as orphans where we have not a close relative, only our brothers in Christ who encourage us in several ways.  My thanks to Bro. Bernard Ikola, my big counsellor.  Brother, I always get discouraged when my young brothers tell me about a repatriation programme, and emphasise, Where shall we go? as we are now strangers in the Congo (DRC).  This becomes a great dilemma to us and we feel without hope in this temporary life for the future.
Bro. Shadrack Ngambi


news from togo 

I use this occasion to express my gratitude for the long period of time that you have religiously sent me the Magazine. In fact the Magazine has been able to uplift me realising that there are other brothers and sisters in a worse situation than mine. In fact I remember them in my prayers. I only pray that God's kingdom will appear soon to give us the comfort we have toiled for. I have been reading the Magazine via the internet. In this  regard I would let you know that I haven't lost my interest in the magazine at all, rather my copies should be sent to other brothers who need them. I want to assure my brothers and sisters that we in Lome, Togo are with you all.
Elijah Okorie

news from uganda 

There is certainly something wrong with the world we live in.  Every day we hear grim news of crime and violence; there are wars and the threat of war.  Terrible diseases spread rapidly.  Many die of hunger while others have more than enough.  Many kings and rulers are not concerned for the happiness of those they rule over.   We are so used to hearing about such things we take them for granted.  But if we stop to think about it, we are bound to ask, Why?  Surely when God first made the world - and made it such a perfect place for man to live in - He intended something better than the world of trouble and uncertainty we live in today. 

In the beginning, when God made the first man, Adam, He taught him His ways.  He also gave Adam a simple law, and just as a father expects obedience from his children, so God expected obedience from Adam (read Gen. 2:16-17).  Adam disobeyed God, and his disobedience led eventually to death, as God had said it would.  Every man and woman since that time has found it easy to sin.  We read in Romans, "As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (v. 12).  Because Adam was a sinner he died.  Notice that God did not promise Adam and Eve that they would go to heaven when they died, that would have been a reward  not a punishment.  We also sin and die, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way" (Isa. 53:6), and the prophet Jeremiah says, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (17:9).  We  read these things in the Bible and know them to be so true, just as the apostle Paul did, when he said, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing" (Rom..7:18).  We all have to agree with Paul.
Bro. Colin Bwire Moses

With me, this way, preaching is fine, but there are some problems due to lack of materials, like Bibles and some books which would add to my reading, apart from the Bible.  I feel very happy and strong in faith because of the letters I receive, although you are very far off and there is no way to meet each other personally - only by writing.  Remember us when you are praying because of the many problems, like famines and wars in Northern Uganda, which means it is more difficult to preach there.  I have been told  that Gospel News will no longer be sent to me and I want to know more from you.
Bro. Kidamba Godfrey

Comment:  This is not so;  Gospel News is not ceasing publication, as someone seems to be telling many of you. MH

We are OK here, getting on well with God's work and, God willing, we hope to get some additional baptisms soon.  We are lacking Bible Basics, we are left with just no copies and you know what that means; many of our contacts here are running to me, but to no avail!  Endeavour to send me at least 20 copies.
Bro. Godwin Mugasi



Standing on the Equator in Uganda:  Bre. Rawlings, Godwin Mugasi, Stephen Waako and Sis. Mary Najjingo. 

news from zambia 

I am very happy to let you know that, with the help of our Brothers, I have opened another Post Box, as my other one was closed; it is now Box 10437, Chingola, so you can send Gospel News there.  Can you please send me an old Bible and a Bible Basics and I would like some tapes on the Truth.
Bro. Cliff Masuwa

Our thanks go to brothers and sisters world-wide who spread the gospel in areas where it has never been heard.  God is richly blessing us in doing His work in these last days.  I pray to God to bless all Christadelphians in bearing good fruit and standing firm in the faith, because the days we are living in are bad.  Let us all run faster in the race, looking for the goal ahead.  Let us look for things that can give us life, basing our hopes on heavenly things.  God's reward to those who keep His commands is eternal salvation.
Bro. Ignatius Chilekwa

Before I learned the truth, through my Uncle, Bro. Herbert Tigerepasi and my Aunt, Sis. Luna,  I was a believer of other doctrines and, actually, I was lost, because I did not know what I was believing.  I thank God for what He did for me.
Bro. Ephraim Mambwe Mwanje

Thank you for the calendar.  I have shifted from Nakonde and am now staying with my Uncle.  I came here because I wanted to start a Course at Hone  College, but I have failed, due to the cost of the fees.  Please help me fight my problems by praying for me so that God will make a way through.  I am just looking forward to His Kingdom, so that when it is established we all who are in need will lack nothing.  May the Lord come soon.
Sis. Esther Muntete

In our country the rains were too much, affecting some crops.  In this world all the time we face hardship.  Sunday service is going on very well. Also, the Sunday School is going very, very well;  we have youth groups who like the songs and Bible talks.  We are sad to report the death of two Brothers , Bro. Lakaba Kaiza Bauduin and Bro. Mumba of Kitwe ecclesia.  My brother, our Father is one, so please don't stop helping us in anything.  The world is full of hunger, illness, hatred etc., but don't stop serving our Father.  We pray for God's bessings on all our work in His service.
Bro. Charles M. Daka

James 1:2-6 encourages us to count our trials as 'joy'.  This attitude will, of itself, help us to see beyond our present situations and experiences, knowing that they are for our good and that we might learn that our dependence is on God alone. We must help each other on the road, and pray for each other, but at the end of the day, we each have to bear our own burdens.  We must not be like 'doubting Thomas' who said, "unless I see the print of the nails in his hands I will not believe".  I am enclosing a photo of the Copperbelt Fraternal at Chingola a while ago.
Bro James Mwanza



Photo: Brethren, Sisters and children, taken at a Copperbelt fraternal.

I am very sorry for not replying to your letter which I received on Jan. 11.  Many thanks and especially for the cards too.  I am once again thanking the Lord God for the job you are doing towards us, your brothers in Christ.  May the Lord God be with you all the time.  I hope and trust in the Lord that one day you will be here in Zambia.  I am requesting from you a Bible Companion, as the one I have is worn out.
Bro. Harris Ndonga Mulongesha

I am in turn hoping you're in good health and up with your everyday doings, as I am myself at this end of the line. The Magazine truly provides a unifying forum for all Christadelphian news and an outlet for Christadelphian writing and thought.
Bro  Oversease


From Sis Eleanor and Bro John Mannell, Canada

To my dear friends who also know and love Martin Tembo.  Thought you might like the name we have chosen for Aaron's middle name. Martin is such a special brother whom I am in some touch with these days but not like when I was flying regularly(ish) to Lusaka. Anyway he took good care of me while on trips down there and one time even Alice was with me and we broke bread together in his home. If any of you know whether Martin has an email address I would love to know it because then we could send him the site address to show him the news/pictures. Otherwise I shall try to do a letter snail mail to him soon.

Much love and God be with you all as we wait for our Lord together,

Comment: When Sister Eleanor worked as an Air Hostess she used to be able to see many of you all over the world and also took many books which saved on postage.  She now has three sons and should Jesus tarry, we pray they will grow to continue the good work Eleanor and John do in the Truth. 


news from zimbabwe 

I am very happy to be a Christian in the Christadelphian family.  There are many things I learn from the Bible.  Equipped with all the holy words of God, I have developed a strong zeal for seeking the Kingdom of God each and every day.  From these scriptures there are some important things which each of us should mark as we journey towards the Kingdom of God.  Firstly, we can read alone, using the Bible Companion, or as a couple, as a family or in the ecclesia.   Secondly, prayer.  We pray for our own salvation and that of others.  It is a means of communication between ourselves and God.  Thirdly, the Memorial meal.  Our Lord Jesus commanded us to meet and share the bread and wine (representing his flesh and his blood) as a sign of his sacrifice.  Without reading the Bible, praying and breaking bread we gradually cease to recognize these marks on our journey which leads to eternal life.  Last, but not least, our hymns, which we should practice to sing alone or with others.  With the hope of eternity in the Kingdom of God, we should safeguard our baptism, a sign of burying the ungodly self, and stick to the new principles within our new family.
Bro. Obert Wiki

We of Chishumba ecclesia are very happy to welcome Bro. Norman Kamutikaoma back into fellowship;  our Brother Norman has been out of fellowship for 14 months for reasons beyond his control, being falsely accused.  Praise and thanks be to God the matter is rectified.  Bro. Norman has played a major part  within our ecclesia among brethren and sisters.  The students, both English and Shona speaking, will gain much for us having our Brother with us.  Though Bro. Norman was out of fellowship, he never ceased preaching about his beliefs and hope of the very soon coming Kingdom.  Our Bro. Grey Masoka is still very sick and is at home.  He is not taking any medicine now, and is being looked after by his son-in-law's parents, who are JWs;  they are looking after him very well;  may God bless them.
Bro. Ngoni Chikwata

Thanks a million for Gospel News.   This is a catchment area for anything produced in the Shona language.
Bro. E. Kagogodza

I am a person who likes to spread the word of God to many people, but there are 'pros' and 'cons' which hinder my work.  I have been cultivating in the field with my wife, Sis. Miriam, but the hand is one as she can't work hard due to the operation on her stomach and I am using my hands because I do not have assets, like a plough and oxen.  Now I am doing gardening where I generate income for supporting my family.
Bro. Fungai Phiri

People called 'Christians' should live disciplined lives and each Christian should be careful not to be caught up by the covetous spirit of our society, which leads to the worshipping of materialism.  John is warning of this (1 John:15-16), because it is incompatible with the love for the Father and because the world and all in it are transient (v. 17).  As Christians, we should be aware that the spirit of antichrist is already at work (vs. 18,19) and be prepared for battle.  Only those who are deeply rooted in Christ can withstand the antichrist.  Our key words must be
"Love not the world".  I hope God will help us through this hopeless world.
Bro. Dzingai

There are so many problems here in Zimbabwe.  For myself, the wife of my employer left the country last year.  She left me with nothing, but every month I get my salary, which is enough to buy food for the month.  I say to people like me that they must not worry;  Jesus said we must not worry about what we are going to eat or wear.  We must look to God, who is able to give us more than we need (2 Cor. 9:8).  The joy of looking forward is peaceful, but life style is clouded by worry.  Jesus wants me to lay all my worry on him (Matt11:30).  I thank you for all your prayers.
Sis. Alice Mlambo


Some time back I received  from a Sister some books - "Elphis Israel", "Great News for the World" and a Bible Student's Map book, which I appreciate very much. The Brothers here are well and fit, sowing the seed of the Truth.  Response from people from various walks of life (both believers and unbelievers) is very encouraging.  Most people are keen to know the Bible teaching and several are on the Bible course.  God willing, some will be added to our numbers, in due course.  I am enclosing some pictures.
Bro. Joshua Pakali

Photo: After the baptism of Bro. Witness Majecha (left to right): Bre. Richard, Joshua, Witness, Revi and Innocent.

Maybe you do not know that I have a problem with my eyes.  I always meet up with the brothers here in Kariba and thank God we have increased in number;  we are now seven Brothers and several students who, God willing, may be baptised soon.  I can hardly read or write, and often get help from the brothers when it is my duty to preach or to read a certain chapter when we meet to remember the death and resurrection of our Master, Jesus.   Hopefully, in the Kingdom to come my sight will be restored, by the mercy of our Lord Jesus.
Bro. Innocent Manyembere

Jesus said that no man knows the day or the hour, except the Father, so we should be prepared to meet him at any time.  A pregnant woman gets busy preparing for her child, so we are spiritually pregnant, but we must not be proud, since some may bring forth nothing when Christ returns.  We recall that even Moses did not reach Canaan from Egypt.   We must not see splinters in our friend's eye when we have a plank in our own eye.  Let us testify the word of the Lord according to the Scriptures, especially those who claim to be prophets today.
Bro. Clever Thomas

The apostle Paul said, Who can deliver me from this body of death? (Rom7:24).  Although all men are sinners and unable to help themselves, God has given to us a Saviour and Deliverer.  Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity (Titus 2:14),  he is the Saviour of the world, if they will have him.  The Old Testament points forward to Jesus and God's promise to send him.  The New Testament tells us of his coming, his life, death and resurrection.  "God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).  Jesus Christ saves men from the consequences of sin.
Bro. Emmanuel S. Mgugeufe

There is no room for quarrelling in Christ's family.  Christ died in agony to give us peace with God.  We must not spoil that heavenly peace by earthly bickering.  If we let God's word work in our lives, we will produce fruit.  Let us pray to the living, Almighty God, our Father, for the setting up of His Kingdom with the return of Jesus Christ and to understand the scriptures.
Bro. Jonathan Muparabasa


Photo: Bro. Jonathan

Many thanks for Gospel News that we have been receiving regularly.  Every time I receive it I feel so much less lonely in times of problems and also in happiness.  Give my deep appreciation and thanks to all brothers and sisters for their zeal and effort in working the things which please God.  I am praying that God will soon send His Son so that we may all share the joy which the world cannot give to us, especially during times of distress and evil.  I am happy that my son is enjoying the Bible stories I tell him about Jesus Christ, Adam and Eve etc., so can you please send him Sunday School Bible stories.
Sis. P. Tongovona

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