Ministry News from Dr. Mike Peper
Vicki and Abdul Conteh
Dr. Mike and Diane Peper
News from Sierra Leone....... April 2021
In March our churches reported that 59 adults made professions of faith in Christ in the services. When I went back to Sierra Leone for a short trip, I emphasized to the pastors the need to evangelize in their communities. We are in a rich harvest field and the door is open wide.
Today I was able to schedule my flight back to Freetown. I have planned to stay through Mother's Day and leave the day after which is May 10th. I am extremely excited about getting back to the ministry and to the people that we love. I am not sure if Diane will be returning with me at this time.
On April 20th, our son lost his hard-fought battle with cancer. We will certainly miss him but we know his is in a far better place. Our daughter said it all when she said, "He is having the best week of his life and we are having the worst week of our lives."
Many of you have been praying for him and we want to thank you so much. Because of Covid we were able to spend a lot of quality time with Him.
Mike & Diane Peper
P.S. We are happy to report that during the month of April, the Rawlings Youth Camp Ministry has seen 3,076 young people accept Christ as Savior.
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Prayer Requests for Sierra Leone......
As I shared with you last month, I made a short two-week trip to Sierra Leone. After returning to the States, Diane and I received our second Covid vaccine and I had cataracts removed from both eyes. We are very busy trying to get all things ready for my departure on April 11th. Because of my son's illness Diane will not be joining me until May.
We will be conducting our 8th Leadership Conference with the military beginning May 31st and ending on June 4th I would ask you to pray for the meeting and for our guest speakers that will be ministering to the Chaplains and others who will be attending. Between the Police, the Fire Force, the Correctional Officers, and the Military, we are preparing for 500 to be in attendance.
One of our speakers is planning to stay over an extra week to conduct a revival meeting for the purpose of starting a new church in the Waterloo area. Their church has already raised the money for property and the building. This will be a first for us and I can't express to you how excited we are about this newest ministry.
I would like to close with this very important request for us personally. At the present, the vehicle we are driving in Sierra Leone is in need of replacement. I would like to purchase a good used vehicle here in America and ship it to Sierra Leone in July. Our Goal is to raise $20,000.00 by that time. If all of our supporting churches could help us, I know this would become a reality.
Thank you for all you do.
Mike and Diane
The Work Continues in Sierra Leone...
With the return of flights to Sierra Leone, I was able to make a very important trip to meet with our staff, pastors, Bible Institute leadership and head teachers. Also, it allowed my son-in-law and I to repair the electric, the generator, and the water pipes coming into the houses.
Shaun Evans and his family arrived in Freetown and will be living in our house until Abdul and his family move out to the camp where the Rawlings Foundation is completing a home for them.
We are so pleased that God has sent the Evans family to partner with us in the work. Please pray for them as they adjust to an entirely new way of life and learn the culture of the Sierra Leone people.
Shaun is praying about assuming the responsibility of the Bible Institute and pastoring one of our churches that is without a pastor.
While at home, Abdul and I want to pack another container and then prepare to return to Sierra Leone. Abdule will then go back with his family and make the move to the camp and Shaun and his family will move into Abdul's home upstairs. In March I plan to fly back to Sierra Leone.
Last month our churches reported 61 people accepting Christ in their services. Thank you for your faithful financial support.
Won't you please continue to pray for our son, Jimmie as he battles cancer.
Bibles Being Shipped to Sierra Leone... January, 2021
Many of you have been praying for the Lord to make a way for us to be able to return soon to Sierra Leone. If all goes well this week, I will be leaving this coming Friday. Thank you for your prayers and concern.
My son-in-law, Abdul, and I were able to pack a container this last week in 50 degree weather.
We were able to eliminate two storage units which will be a great financial savings. By-far, the most valuable contents loaded were the 5,000 Bibles provided by some of our churches this past summer. So many of the believers in our churches are awaiting a copy of the Word of God.
PLease pray for Abdul and I as we arrive in Sierra Leone with new Covid-19 restrictions because of a rise in the cases of the virus.
Thank you for your faithfulness to the ministry and to Diane and myself during these challenging times.
As you may know, the Rawlings Foundation has invested in Youth camps in countries around the world and one of those countries is Sierra Leone. My Son-in-law and daughter are privileged to represent the Rawlings Foundation by overseeing the camp. The camp is located on 42 acres of beach-front property. The Foundation is in the process of developing the camp and have already completed a pavilion, kitchen, dug a well, and have a good start on landscaping the property.
Although the camp has not been completed, it has already hosted thousands of young people with thousands of young people being saved. Though Sierra Leone is a predominately Muslim country, the camp has already proven itself to be a bridge in reaching the Muslim young people of this country.
Two weeks ago an Islamic high school came to the camp with 543 students in attendance. Out of that number, 378 accepted Christ along with the Principal, the Vice Principal, and
6 of the teachers. We are so excited about the future of this ministry.