God Always Prepares and Provides For Us!
Charles Patton of Arlington Texas writes of God preparing him for mission in unexpected ways and shares the blessings of SOMA mission.
In April, I traveled to Kenya to be a part of a SOMA Mission to the clergy of the newly formed Diocese of Makueni under Bishop Joseph Kanuku. It was a significant time to be with the ninety clergy in attendance, as many had experienced great trauma and had recently buried church members as a result of the Garissa University massacre. Yet, they were attentive, joyous, and very encouraged by what we had to share with them. We felt God began to work powerfully during our time together to bring about deep healing.
Our team led discussions on several topics. I was a part of a team who spoke about evangelism in a changing world. As it happened, the week prior to going to Kenya I had attended TELET, an evangelism workshop. I was able to share that teaching and illustration at the conference, which was well received. God had prepared me for the mission in advance of my going!
I am changed forever by the experience and was blessed to be with our African brothers and sisters to worship the Lord. Thank you, Lord, for this great honor to be a part of this – I will never forget it!
Retired Bishop Ogori has been working with Bishop Kanuku since he fled his own diocese under threats to his life and family. His testimony is an example of God’s grace and healing through the Holy Spirit.
Sending and Receiving Missions
A word from SOMA USA, National Director, Dr. Glen Petta
The mission to the Diocese of Makueni was a blessing to both the team sent and to the clergy who received them. And we believe God has great plans for this new diocese!
With the summer months before us, SOMA is preparing to send and receive mission teams. In July, a SOMA team will be sent to the Diocese of Fianarantsoa and the Diocese of Toliara in Madagascar. SOMA is also sponsoring a clergy retreat as a Mission to the USA receiving Archbishop Ben Kwashi and Bishop Rennis Ponniah as retreat leaders.
Thank you for your partnership with SOMA in mission abroad and to our own country!
Taken from the SOMA USA newsletter, June 2015.