January 2013 Update
Doug & Cheryl Boisvert (1982)
Dear praying friends,
Cheryl & I just got back from a wonderful annual conference in Ohio this year. It is just in time to pack and get ready to head out for our 5 week trip throughout East Africa. As before we will be in 3 countries, Uganda, Western Kenya & Tanzania teaching in 4 venues with no real "day off" except for traveling. Doug feels (and wishes he did not feel) the travel with all those ups & downs; ins & outs, while Cheryl feels the lack of a "day off" to regroup and re-energize. But once there with God's people we are both overjoyed and delighted to be a small part of God's great work on earth. Thank you for assisting us in representing you to our African brethren!
Please join us in prayer for
1) the many African men and women traveling mostly on foot to get to the training sites.
2) Our itinerary as we have two Americans joining us at different times to view TRI-M Africa in action.
3) Consultations on assisting each training site evaluate where they are going and how best to get there.
4) Our family as we are with limited texting/ SMS communication and not always getting even emails on this trip.
5) Energy for Boisverts - from being around these great African men and women of faith!
6) Safe travel on air and land.
Striving to Serve Christ,
Doug Boisvert, D. Min.
Tri-M Eastern and Central African Director
sent out by Springville Baptist Church, PA
"To this end I also labor, striving according to His working..." (Colossians 1:29)
January 12 Update
PRAISE GOD for our co-laborers at Tri-M and our African partners! Cheryl and I were blessed by our Tri-M World- wide Annual Meeting the ﬁ rst week of January 2013. It was a great way to welcome in the new year! We haven’t summarized all the statistics yet, but it was incredible to hear what the other seven Tri-M couples have been involved in during the past year. God is certainly at work throughout our world, and we with Tri-M are delighted to be a small part of it! If any of you, as prayer warriors and supporters, desire to receive our detailed annual report, just let us know. We will mail it to you sometime in March when we’ve returned from our travels. A quick summary of 2012 would be that Doug and Cheryl taught 26 courses to over 400 students representing 14 diﬀerent people groups from six countries—even after four scheduled modules had been cancelled by African organizers mainly because of South Sudan’s instability. Speaking of which, things are improving there, and two venues have been rescheduled in South Sudan.
We also saw two new training programs oﬃcially launched: Christ Army Mobile School of Ministry (CAMSOM) in Kenya, and South Sudan Evangelical School of Theology (SSEST) in South Sudan.
Praise the Lord for all He has done to make this possible, especially through your faithful prayer and ﬁnancial assistance.
HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING
By the time you receive this newsletter, we will already be teaching our biannual, ﬁ ve-week, three- country, East African training modules in January and February. Pastor Thomas Odari and I (Doug) were able to ﬁnish the ﬁrst level of training at CAMSOM in western Kenya. We plan to organize a graduation for this ﬁrst group in September. It is always encouraging to see these men achieve at a level that can be recognized! It is the best way to promote the training program locally and stir up interest. Please join us in prayer as we plan for this important aspect of training Kenyans in the villages of West Kenya.
Our 2013 schedule is getting full already, but we believe we have been able to keep our supporters up to date during this ﬁrst year after teaming with Grace Global Ministries. If you have any questions for us, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us. One thing we have not been able to report on is the ongoing Evangelical Baptist Missions legal settlement. It has been delayed, and we know very little of what is happening right now. Cheryl and I apologize for not being able to report any ﬁnal action that will close that unfortunate part of our ministry.
CALLING ALL LAPTOPS!
Recently, many of our African translators have experienced their old laptop computers suddenly “dying.” These faithful co-laborers use laptops for multiple ministries, and Tri-M is very dependent on them to be able to translate our courses into the various tribal languages. Making our courses and notes available to be taught and carried to other teaching sites is crucial to what we do. If any of you have laptops with Windows 7 and good battery lives and feel led by the Holy Spirit to donate them to our ministry (Grace Global Ministries will receipt you for tax purposes), please contact us. Each one will be a blessing! (Note: Unfortunately we are not able to repair damaged computers or upgrade their operating systems. Thank you!)
JOIN US IN PRAYER FOR: • the many African men and women traveling (mostly on foot!) to our training sites; that they come with hearts open to the Lord • auxiliary teachers as we have two Americans joining us at diﬀerent times to view Tri-M Africa in action; for God’s hand in all the arrangements • consultations assisting each training site to evaluate each school’s direction and process • our family as we have limited communication during the trip • that we can be encouragers to our African coworkers and students who are great men and women of faith; that God would renew our strength day by day to effectively teach • safe travel on land and in the air
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