This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it
This is the ‘First’ post since…
– Sep 2009 when my second batch of Swahili bookmarks were printed
– I relocated back to Singapore (above picture is taken from a free tourist attraction ‘Singapore Chinese Garden’, just opposite my apartment)
– I became a mother; which was why I took this long to start blogging
– I decided to pour my talent and time and resources to serve God in 1) raising my baby to be a child of God and 2) working on a home business that can further God’s kingdom.
So many changes naturally bring about their challenges and most of all, faith is tested and best of all, we keep on coming back to the truth that God is faithful. Each baby step that I take (and certainly taking care of a baby requires patience and wisdom to enjoy each baby step of spiritual growth) proves again and again that God will provide. For this is the day that the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).
The first batch of 7000 Swahili bible verse bookmarks that I printed for my friend on Tanzania mission trip had run out! You can see where all the first batch of 7000 had been distributed to in this post and also under the category of Church Ministry. Basically, my friend could not take all 7000 with her to Tanzania and the remainder had been distributed to churches/missionaries who found my blog and requested for their mission trips.
As this bookmark ministry has been such a blessing to me, i have designed 7 more bookmarks and printed them to continue this ministry. Unfortunately, the commercial printer print job was not up to standard this time round, and i rejected 2 of the 7 designs I let them print. So, now I only printed 5000 (1000 of each design) below.
Swahili bookmarks - sheep and (clueless)clay designs
Swahili bookmarks with heart design
So far, I had already sent 1200 bookmarks to Rebecca in Tanzania, 700 bookmarks to Anne whose church is going to Tanzania in October and 900 bookmarks to Nancy whose church is going to Kenya in October.
Which means as of Feb 2010
Jan 2010 Sep 09, I have 650 950 1950 bookmarks left! (5000-200 rejected for not good quality-50 distributed to members of my Shanghai bible study group, 1200 to Rebecca, 700 to Anne in US, 900 to Nancy in US, 1000 to Keith in US, 300 to Kimberley in Australia). Pray for me that these bookmarks will richly bless the recipients in Africa!
Around end Jun 09, I sent 510 Swahili bookmarks to Sandy for her San Diego church’s mission trip to Burundi. Below are the pictures which she has kindly sent me where trainings were conducted for pastors and women. Thanks Sandy!
Swahili bookmarks distributed at training for women in Burundi
Swahili bookmarks distributed at pastor training in Burundi
Wow! So many of CluelessClay Swahili bookmarks being waved in the air!
The bookmarks were sent to Rebecca who is on a year long mission in Tanzania, Morogoro.
Below are pictures of the bookmarks being distributed to children at an orphanage where Rebecca volunteer as a teacher there weekly. Some of the photos show the children holding up crafts which Rebecca taught them to make!
Happy children holding up their craft and the Swahili bookmarks!
Children with the Swahili bookmarks
Rebecca with the children holding the Swahili bookmarks!
Many thanks to Rebecca for sharing so many photos with me and also a wonderful testimony of how touched a lady was when receiving the bookmark cos the verse really spoke to her. Thanks Rebecca!
The friend whom I set up library for in Tanzania has just sent me many photos of her work over the past year! I decided to do a special feature on her work!
These are pictures showing her preaching in various churches!
Rebecca in Pentecostal Church in Kihonda with Pastor Philemon seated on her right
Rebecca preaching on stage with Philemon translating
Rebecca Preaching in Evangelical Assembly of God
Rebecca preaching in Free Pentecostal Church
These are pictures of her praying for people and it’s like what’s happening in Acts!
Crippled man could dance for the Lord after Rebecca prayed for him! She preached walking by faith on that day.
At the TAG Agape Christian Center, Rebecca anointed a elder to serve in bible teaching
Rebecca prayed for a woman called to serve the Lord
Rebecca visiting a grandmother whom son is hospitalized
As I mentioned in my Nov 08 blog post, my friend is in Tanzania for year long mission trip. And I have sent 2 batch of books to her for setting up of a library there. Below are pictures of my friend in mission field and also of the newly built library!
Empty shelves in the newly prepared library room
Viola! Filled with the books I sent
A close up look at the books
By the way, I will be just focusing on building the library for my friend and before there is a successful model that can be easily imported to other locations, I won’t be sponsoring anybody else a library (mainly as it is not economical to send books with the postage often more than half the price of the items).
And of course, my friend in action in Tanzania mission field!
My friend with her local friends
I look forward to seeing how this little library will blossom!