March 2012 – Reuben’s Prayer LetterApril 14, 2012
Dear Christian Partners,
“In everything, we are more than conqueror through Christ…”
We are “more than conquerors” over Satan, the Devil through Christ! I love the old good song “O Victory in Jesus, My Savior for Ever”. God has done it all for us. Calvary answers it all. The Enemy is crushed! He only fights a losing battle. We need not to fear a dead living lion! Our God ever controls. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords. His existence is from everlasting to everlasting. He will never leave nor forsake His own. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The facts about our God go on and on and on …. What a great God for us!
We are “more than conquerors” over the world! How the whole world lies in wickedness! It is incomprehensible, that we live in a world that acts acutely against the Creator of itself. I mean the whole world system is set against the will of God. Governments of nations “decrees unrighteous decrees…write grievousness they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take the right from the poor …that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless” ( Isaiah 10:1-2 )! But praise be to God that the day comes, when God’s people shall say, “Behold God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation’’ (Isaiah 12:1-2).
We are “more than conquerors” over the flesh!. The Apostle agrees with the struggles of the laws of the flesh against the laws of the Spirit – how the sinful nature fights the new nature within the believers in Christ. With this, we ask the question: “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? We can then say with Paul, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:24-25).
I believe the Spirit of God pervades my mind with these truths, as in sharing with you my prayer letter of the month of March 2012. The followings also reflect on activities of my involvements:
1. Personal Involvements –
The reading through the Book of Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs blessed my heart. Worshipful prayers, meditations, and devotional reflections based upon the Scriptural portions refreshed my mind, nourished my soul, and strengthened me in spirit. The Word of God does a lot for my life – provides, protects, preserves, promotes, prospers – something I cannot just mention all. Besides the Book, books about the Book – written by Spirit filled men help me. The Word of God answers it all!
2. Family Involvements –
Reading, quoting, studying, singing the Word of God formed the activities routine of my family. By this we are helped to overcome too many pitfalls of the forces of the Enemy. The Word of God, as the pillar of truth is the only source of foundation upon which the family life is being built upon. I figure out, that as a pastor, husband and father, I can never be effective without applying the Word of God to myself and family. All of us, though with our own weaknesses and failures, yet are taught to fear and obey God’s Word as prescribed in our daily devotions to God. Even though, the going has been tough to playing my role involved with wife and seven children, yet it has been all of God to seeing us growing up together with the Word of God: Marie (wife) does personal reading, studying and teaches the Word with me; Dave, the eldest takes considerable time in the Word – doing theological studies and does music; Jonathan, very artistic ( with drawings, carvings, crafting, etc) does reading, studying, and relates with the Word; Deborah loves to organize her friends and kids to fellowship together with the Word; Keren is very keened with reading Bible stories and sharing; Kezia and Jemima listen, sing, and quote the Word; and Obed, though, one year of age, sits, listens, and observes the family devotional activities – at times sings some of the devotional songs, especially the kids’ music. We are, at least, a Godly family.
Dave is out of high school and now doing theology course (as mentioned), which prepares him for the work of the LORD. Jonathan is doing his grade 11, Deborah, for grade 8, Keren for grade 4, Kezia and Jemima for nursery class. Obed is in and out of class for now. How we cherish your supports for them!
3. Ministry Involvements:
Church Service –
Footprints Christian Fellowship is what my ministry is identified with. Though it is more a family group, yet it is “a ground and pillar of truth.” There I exercise my gift of preaching-teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Worships have included with times of reading the Word, singing Psalms (ones taught by Brother Scott), hymns, and spiritual (Gospel) songs, giving of thanks, testimonies, and reports, with the preaching and teaching – keeping fellowship with the Lord and each other. Messages on GIVING provided series, as based on 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, (reflecting on a Church with a very poor background, yet set great examples in their “Faith Promise Giving”, on the following points including, 1) ‘Giving Promised by Faith’, 9:2 – ( “a year ago”), as making vows to the LORD, associated with Abraham with Isaac, Hannah with Samuel, Jephthah with daughter, etc; 2) ‘Giving Prepared by Faith’, 9:2-5 ( not to be found “unprepared” vs. 4, “ beforehand”, “be ready” vs.5), as working (preparing) towards the goal of obtaining what is promised, as others did with testimonies; 3) ‘Giving Presented by Faith’, 9:6-15 (“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give;vs.7 (“Performed it”), as making the promise/vow and doing it out of “willingness”- Eccl. 5:4. Whiles I may not be able share all the blessings with the service, I must thank God for His faithfulness in my life with the gifts of His Church. “What a fellowship, What a Joy Divine”!
It’s been a great encouragement for me to get involved with the learning and teaching in the Theology Class introduced by the Brethren of Scotland, particularly with Scott and Jonathan Maciver. The material introduction with Prolegomena has got to start, at least, the theological studies with people that long for it including my own Son, Dave. It is hoped that this class will make great impacts on the lives of many as become part of my ministry activities. There is joy in sharing spiritual values. By the way, the sharing of booklets and tracts for outreach among the Gambia Muslim dominated Country is another one. Our God loves sinners, though hates sins!
Refugee Service –
One arm of my ministry has extended to the refugee community, including nationals of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal (Cassamance), Cameroon, amongst others. The issues of the refugees, involving myself, have kept my time to praying for and with the refugees over the matters of needs, both material and spiritual, that are lacking. To other extents, I have found myself with approaching individuals, organizations, and governments on behalf of the refugees which are yet to be resolved. All in all the only One who really cares for the needs of poor and needy remains to be God. My mission is to take the community of the refugees to having HOPE in Jesus Christ the Lord.
4. Partnership Involvements –
The visit of Scott Maciver of Scotland to the Gambia on 1st of March introduced partnership activities of the month. It led into meetings and visits with ordinary people, administrators, including Ann of Fajara Chambers, Mrs. Liz Forbes of the New Covenant School, Mr. Toure of Model International School, Mrs. Abigail of Living Faith School, Mr. Kromah of Glory Baptist School, Government registrar for partnership registration, Jacob and Mary Jaban for membership, as well as survey to lands for needs of erections of schools, and attendance at Church fellowship, all wrapped up the package of activities. It has been a great encouragement to me, as one member to receive the supports of other members of the Body of Christ, far and near, as so much as praying for me, and sharing your love with me. With great appreciations to you, I pray that, as the Apostle says, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4;19).
1) Enrichments with personal exercises –
2) Encouragements with family experiences –
3) Equipments with ministry engagements –
4) Effectiveness with partnership establishments –
Reuben N. Weedor
Banjul, The Gambia