Stodghill April 2018 Bahamas Update
Category : Bahamas
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
The Covenant Life Presbyterian Incorporation Papers are completed and in hand Friday April 13, 2018!!! Praise to God who is never ceasing in His Grace and Mercy! Lord, as the song says: please “guide us to Your good pleasure. Lord, bind us to You, and seal us with Your good pleasure!”
Since last update, we have seen Covenant Life Presbyterian Church grow both in numbers and interest. We are averaging about 25 on Sunday mornings and continue to have mid week prayer time along with two Bible studies per week. We have several neighbors that have visited Covenant Life Presbyterian Church (CLPC).
Life has been full since our last update.
Many of you know God opened an unexpected door for us to be the key note speakers March 15 for a marriage and dating seminar. Over 70 people attended and the reception and feedback was wonderfully encouraging.
Feb 25- March 4 We had the opportunity to attend a missions conference in North Alabama. While there we were given many opportunities to present the ministry in the Bahamas with the congregation, as well as throughout the community. It was a privilege to see, first hand, the priority this church has for impacting their community and world through mission work. This church also had a very talented young lady make a cake in honor of the work here in the Bahamas! While in Alabama, we were able to meet with two of our 5 teams that plan to come down this summer. A special thank you to our host family! It was wonderful to see you again, even through the busyness of the week!!
We were blessed to have two student teams come down on their spring break and work with us at the school and one team worked with a ministry partner of ours called the Adventure Learning Center. At the ALC we worked a Monday Funday event where some 2000 people came and we shared with in family fun and the presentation of the Gospel at this event, as well as with each class individually in CW Sawyer Primary school.
The Lord has opened our time at CW Sawyer Primary wide open two days per week, as well as mentoring with the 6th grade boys. We have been encouraged by new volunteers and the school’s asking us to volunteer our time to substitute teach for a four day stretch in March. When this class found out it was Karen’s birthday – the teacher had them sing Happy Birthday, Bahamian style to her.
John has been asked to volunteer his time to teach medical classes at the local hospital and now is allowed to volunteer whenever he wants on the local government ambulance. He has been asked to bring training to the island at a higher level than just basic EMT service. Pray for wisdom in how best to facilitate this desire. We continue to be asked regularly to help with Bahamas’ Red Cross and MTW’s disaster response ministry.
Let us share briefly a few stories of special moments of discipleship through relationship:
· “Mr. D” is an 80 something year old friend that was angry with God for taking his daughter after a 2 month battle with brain cancer. God allowed many times for conversation, and sharing, and prayer. We are so excited to let you know that “Mr. D” has recognized his need for a Savior, and he is thankful his daughter knew this same Savior. He has since professed faith in Jesus as his Savior.
· “Mr. B” is another 80 year old man. He is one we are still talking to, and praying for. He believes the Bible is a great story that has many inconsistencies. He agreed to read Lee Stroble’s, A Case for Christ. He said this book did nothing for him. He also has agreed to read CS Lewis, Mere Christianity. Please pray with us and his wife for his salvation, and need of a Savior.
· A child at CW Sawyer, I will call him “Dee”. He was telling Karen that he recently learned that Christ died so we can live forever with Him. Karen let him know that was correct yet there is more…. God is relational, and we have a problem that affects that relationship. I am sinful, and so are you. The cross fixed that problem. At this point “Dee” said he had never heard of sin. Do pray that our paths will cross again, and for the soil of “Dee’s” heart as God is tilling it.
· We recently went to our corner fruit stand by our home. “Mrs. M” is this sweet woman that works there. We wanted to buy some bananas from her. As we were paying for them, she looked at them and noticed they were Dole brand. She apologized as she remembered Chiquita Bananas are our preferred brand. This just shows that she remembered something specific about us. This is a reminder to us that we are to remember specific things about others, especially if we want our relationship to grow. This works with humans, as well as with God.
Abstinence education- We have a wonderful friend and supporter sending us a nationally recognized abstinence educator the week of May 14-18. Please pray God opens the door wide for this lady to not only talk to 6th grade children at CW Sawyer, but to have opportunities to have workshops for many counselors in the government education system.
Whit Monday – This is a Bahamas national holiday, May 21. Our church, Covenant Life Presbyterian Church is planning to host a fun day on the park in Yellow Elder. We plan to sign children up for the summer reading program, share the gospel, live music, games and feed people free of charge. This will be open to as many as 2,000 residents of Yellow Elder. As this is a very big endeavor for such a small group, we welcome your prayers for this event to bring Glory to God.
Our Son’s Wedding- May 28 we will be flying with our younger twin son to our oldest twin son’s wedding in Africa. We will be off island for one week. Please pray for this significant event in our family’s life and for traveling mercies.
We end this update with the song that we began with: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. We thank the Lord for His mighty blessings of answered prayers for you our supporters. It is because of you that we are here. Thank you for your sacrificial and committed giving to see the gospel go out into the entire world. As God blesses each of us, may we all be ambassadors to pass those on. Thank you God for those you have blessed and so blessed us with through prayers, and life experiences, and all types of support!!
Love in Christ,
John and Karen Stodghill
US home number (803)795-4722 (number to use to call us while we are in the Bahamas)
Stodghill -Bahamas – MTW account #17065
Donations address: Mission to the World
PO Box 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374
US mailing address: 702 Wren St., Sumter, SC 29150
Bahamas mailing address: PO Box N4534, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas