Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Praise God for His perfect provision.

In just 12 days we have exceeded the need for the Muramvya Church. We have received cash and commitments of $3160.00!

The additional funds will allow us to purchase a brick making press which will greatly improve the quality of the bricks. Once the church is completed at Muramvya we will send the press to our new church at Beterere, Burundi and and then on to Gihara, Rwanda where we are building a church and school.

"Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." Phil. 4: 14-20

May God bless everyone who gave to this urgent need according to His promise.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I have just received an urgent request from our church in Muramvya, Burundi!

You may recall that God led us to plant a church among the Batwa Pygmies at Muramvya last year. In May of this year, I met with the Governor of the Muramvya Province, the Honorable Oscar Ndayiziga, to request a gift of land for a church and school. To our great surprise the gift was granted immediately!

"View of our hillside and temporary church. The government is requiring a permanent structure."

We have several fantastically beautiful acres atop a mountain overlooking a wonderfully green valley with a river winding through it.

"The temporary church"

The government’s stipulation was only that we develop the land for the benefit of the community, primarily the Batwa Pygmies. This week, I received word that the timetable for development has been set at only six months. Here is an excerpt from the message.

“The pastor and the church sends greetings. There's a doc. attached. (From the government of Burundi giving several acres to HowFar Ministries.) The government says within 6 months we should have started to build the church i.e from the day they handed over the doc. When 6 months will get finished without something done on the land given they will take back their property.”

“Urgent budget that is needed: $2610.00 USD” Pastor Augustine Niyonsenga

We have until December 31, of this year, to complete the construction of a permanent church building. It will be constructed of hand-made mud bricks with a metal roof.

Will you please prayerfully consider helping to meet this one time need of $2610.00 so that we can keep this tremendous gift of land for the church at Muramvya?

"The view from the church"

"Sharing about the 'Living Water' at Muramvya"

To donate to the urgent need contact us at mark@howFar.org

Monday, July 6, 2009

East Africa Church Plant Map

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