Archive for February, 2012

Another quick update

23 February 2012

Just wanted to give a quick update on things here in Kiari.

Mr. Smith’s visit went well and he seems to have had profitable conversations with a number of people and settled some difficulties.

No more students have left. 🙂 It is strange to have only seven students and only one grade.

Please continue to pray for teachers. We are still undecided as to whether to continue the school only a couple of days a week or close it completely until more teachers come. It’s a really hard decision to make but we just plain have to keep first things first.

Pray also for the church leaders. There have been encouraging signs but unfaithfulness and arrogance continue. Pray for God to do a work in their hearts and grow the church through this.

Thank you so much for upholding us before the Lord! What a blessing to think that all these things are in His hand and He has promised us the victory.

Elizabeth Owens


Quick update

9 February 2012

I just wanted to make a quick post to say a huge THANK YOU to those folks who replied to my “Birua” post assuring us of your prayers. I know many more were praying too. The Lord is answering, and He has used you all to encourage my heart!

The opposition certainly continues, but there has been some encouragement, at least with the school. The two girls I told about leaving for government school did go, but their brother was back the next day and said that he didn’t think it was God’s will for him to go so he was staying!!! Then that whole week was awful with a couple of other students’ parents asking for transfer cards and then the students breaking down in tears when I gave them to them because they didn’t know anything about it and didn’t want to go… Then prayer especially for one of them whose unsaved father seemed to be the one who wanted her to go… And he changed his mind!!!… and then changed it back again and said she had to go… but at last just took her sister (not a student with us) and told her she could stay if she really wanted to. The other student’s parents each came to me separately and told me they didn’t have “bel isi” (peace) about sending her off so I didn’t even need to worry about giving them the transfer card. What a huge blessing and encouragement to see these answers to prayer!

The church problems remain, however, swinging back and forth all the time. Please be in prayer as Mr. Smith comes in tomorrow for a few days to try to settle some of the “heavies”. We are praying particularly that the Lord would give a godly spirit of humility to all concerned.

Please also continue to pray for the Lord to send teachers!!!

We look forward to seeing what He will do.

Elizabeth Owens