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Thursday, May 17, 2018

May Newsletter



Monthly update - May 2018
The Lord continues to expand His reach in Malawi Africa.
Pray
Pray for the group of 10 that will be ministering in Malawi from May 21-June 2. Pray for souls for our labor and pray for our faith to be strengthened.

Crops                                                
The armyworms have done their work on the corn crop. The harvest is 30% to 40% of what is needed. Because of this the price will be high and many families will be affected by starvation as the year goes on.  We now have $700.00 for purchasing corn. $2,000.00 would be much better.
There is good news. The bean seeds that we provided to replace corn because of the armyworms has been a great success. Enough beans have been harvested to supply 35 families for a year. Praise the Lord!!

New church plant                
In mid-March pastor Joseph and three men went to Mozambique to minister in three different areas and possibly start some new works. In one of the areas they had success and the people are desirous for him to come back and start a work.
While traveling to Mozambique they were stopped at the border due to paper work. They had to wait until the “boss” came later in the day. While they waited, pastor Joseph began preaching near the border. They were very interested and wanted him to come back. On the return from Mozambique they stopped and preached again. They now wanted to have their own church there. Early in April pastor Joseph took a group of teens from the Christian school with Jesus film equipment and traveled 4-5 hours to the village of Nayuchi at the border to start the church. A pole/grass building had been erected and 65 joined the new church. The Lord continues to work!

Bread of Life Bible Institute                                        
The Bible institute will start with 26 students and three teachers for the two-year Bible curriculum. Many of the men when they graduate will go on to pastor churches in the Sharp Valley area or other areas of need. Carpentry, sewing and growing are also taught at the institute.


Library/Science Lab 
The building is complete except for the roof. A group is going to Malawi in May and will install the trusses and roof sheets. They will also do Bible teaching, soul winning and Jesus Film presentations. The total cost for the library/science lab building is $4,500. We have $2,000 at present.  Would you prayerfully consider a gift to help with this $2,500 special need?  

We are planning to take 500+ of the 1000 books for the library with the group of ten that will be ministering in Malawi in May. So far, we have collected over 500 books.
The school has an enrollment of 156 students with 6 teachers.
                                  
4000 fruit trees: Planting for the future
Good News-4000 fruit trees are planted and doing well.  There were 68 workers clearing land, digging holes, adding manure, and planting trees. During the process, one-by one 34 of the workers came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. The orchard is already bearing fruit. It is too much to comprehend the working of the Lord!
To water the trees a well had to be dug. It is halfway complete at 39 feet. One man “walks“ down the sides of the well with a bucket on a rope and a short shovel. He fills the bucket and it is pulled up and emptied. Again, and again and again until water is reached. To use the well a pump lowered into the well and operated with a generator.
The trees are Mango, Avocado, Banana, orange, and Pawpaw.



 Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding….

Your co-worker in Jesus Christ,
Harry Schenimann
Website: footstepstojoy.org      For correspondence email: footstepstojoy@gmail.com
Live your mission!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Monthly update - March 2018

         The Lord continues to expand His reach in Malawi Africa.


 Crops-the good/ bad news:  the Malawi corn crop has turned green due to the rains they have been having. It looks like the harvest (if rains continue) will be 30-40% of a good year. The beans, however, are doing very well. There should be enough beans to supply 35 families with food for a year. PRAISE GOD!                                                       PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE CROPS IN MALAWI AND THE OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE WEATHER AND THE ARMYWORMS.
beans are promising 
armyworms and drought have done their work on the corn

New church plant: In the first week in February Pastor Joseph traveled by bicycle to a remote village in the district of Salima to meet with the village chief to get permission to start a church. The chief agreed and the first week in March Pastor Joseph and some workers went back and a new church was begun. Praise the Lord for His goodness!
Mozambique: Pastor Joseph and two workers are ministering this week in three districts in Mozambique. They are looking to plant churches in the area. One of the men is a graduate of the Bible institute and would be living and pastoring there.
Library/Science Lab: The building is complete except for the roof. A group is going to Malawi in May and will install the trusses and roof sheets. They will also do Bible teaching, soul winning and Jesus Film presentations. The total cost for the library/science lab building is $4,500. We have $2,000 at present.  Would you prayerfully consider a gift to help with this $2,500 special need?                                                                                                 
   We are planning to take 400+ of the 1000 books for the library with the group in May. So far, we have collected about 250 books. 

School campus with library/science building construction.

  Kelly, Marilyn & Harry sorting library books

                                                                                                         
250 fruit trees:  Along with the bean seeds in early January we also provided for the purchase of 100 fruit trees. The nursery owner gave Pastor Joseph 150 more trees so there are now 250 fruit trees growing near the Bible Institute and some near the school. They are doing very well. The trees are Mango, Avocado, Banana, orange, Pawpaw, and Guava.

Future home of 4000 fruit trees
                                  
Avocado Tree-1 0f 250!    
                                   

Planting for the future - 4000 fruit trees:  When Pastor Joseph purchased the 100 fruit trees, the owner offered to give him 4000 trees. He is a large grower and the large orders are over for the year. So, we have purchased 9 acres of land and the men are busy digging 4000 holes for the new orchard. When the trees mature in a few years the proceeds will be used to provide for the ministry in Malawi. It is too much to comprehend the working of the Lord!  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding….

Your co-worker in Jesus Christ,
Harry Schenimann
Website: footstepstojoy.org
For correspondence email: footstepstojoy@gmail.com
Live your mission!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Monthly update - February 2018


The Lord has been expanding His reach in Malawi Africa. We are looking for that to multiply in 2018.
Crops-the bad news 
                                                                                                                                                                    In December (early in the growing season) the Armyworms invaded the corn crop throughout most of Malawi and other African countries. It looked like at least 50% of the crop would be destroyed. We offered to buy chemicals to save some of the crop. Pastor Joseph asked rather that we provide money for seed to plant beans that the Armyworms don’t bother and don’t require as much water. We provided $2,750.00 for seeds that would feed 35 families for a year. They planted in January and they are doing well. PRAISE GOD!                                                                                    
  PRAY FOR THE CROPS IN MALAWI AND THE OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT ARE AFFECTED!
                                             
 Corn crops near Pastor Josephs area

Bible Institute
                                                                                                                                                                   Early May the Bread of Life Bible Institute will resume with approximately 30 students that are desirous to do the Lords will and carry out His desires in their lives. Many will become pastors of new and existing works.
the good news -new church  
      In the first week in February I was able to talk with Pastor Joseph as he was traveling by bicycle to a remote village in the district of Salima. He was traveling to meet with the village chief to get permission to start a church there. The only way to get there is by bike, on foot, or animal as there are no roads for vehicles. With permission he will go back in two weeks with some workers, Jesus film equipment and food supplies. They will travel by bike and on foot arriving Friday evening. Saturday will be soul-winning and visitation, showing the Jesus film Saturday evening with a message and gospel presentation. Sunday will be the first service and the beginning of a new work. After a few weeks the church will locate property and build a pole church with a straw roof. PRAISE THE LORD! This will be the first new church in 2018. 
 Thirteen new churches were established in 2017.
                              Rebuilding                                                                                                                                                                            Late last year one of the village churches had blown down from high winds and heavy rains (two walls and roof). The area Bread of Life churches have come together as one and are working together to rebuild the church. The foundation is complete and the brick walls are going up.  Footsteps to Joy will provide the funds for the roof.

Looking ahead-May 
                                                                                                                                                                   The Christian secondary school, which began last September cannot be registered with the Malawi government until the Library and science lab are completed. Pastor Joseph is planning to do all the construction except the roof. Then, in May, a group from Tennessee which will include my son-in-law and three grandsons are planning to install the roof materials to complete the building. They will also be involved in the Jesus film ministry and village evangelism. The total cost for the library/science lab is $4,500. We have $2,000 at present.  Would you prayerfully consider a gift to help with this $2,500 special need?

August-September  
                                                                                                                                                                   Myself and two granddaughters will be spending those two months working at the Hope Village Christian School. One will be teaching English to the teachers that are teaching in English. The other will be organizing and setting up the new library. She will also train librarians to manage the library after she is gone. They will both be involved with the Jesus Film ministry, village evangelism, and Bible Studies with the youth. I will be teaching at the Bible Institute.
Galatians 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 
Your co-worker in Jesus Christ,
Harry Schenimann

145 Autumn View Ct
Fletcher, NC 28732
828 777 3835
Website: footstepstojoy.org

Live your mission!