Kevin and Bonnie Oberg

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OBERG PRAISE N PRAY - January 31, 2017 - Burkina/Mali/CACs

REPORT ON EVANGELISM & BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS!
Thank you for joining us in prayer for the recent evangelism campaign that the “S” team from Mali was involved in. During that same week, a short term team from the States was also visiting, focusing on veterinary outreach. God really opened the doors, and we are thrilled to share some updates from the “S” team:
Team member Becky M. writes, “Praise the Lord for safety for the Fremont Alliance veterinarian team. They inoculated over 9000 animals in 11 villages!  The local Alliance church partnered with the team to do open air evangelism campaigns in several of these villages.  In the week long campaign over 2100 people heard the Gospel, many for the first time!  Permission was given by one village chief and the village Iman [Islamic pastor] for our Alliance pastor, Sophonie to organize a weekly gathering to continue preaching God’s word in their village.”
Team leader Arjan adds, “The door in “B” is really open and they have great plans for that village this year. The imam of that village is the one facilitating it all (!). This is a miracle in itself already. Sophonie and elders set somebody apart with a desire to work full time for the Lord from our church (Samuel) to come alongside the pastor visiting “B” and to eventually take over the job focusing on planting a church. They are even already looking into possibilities for a house and a field for Samuel in the village.  PTL!”
The week following the evangelism, teammate Hedi V. had an incredible opportunity to follow up with a group of women in “B”. She wrote, “God did speak about this in my heart when we were there [during the evangelism campaign] and I was watching these women standing at a distance and coming closer and closer during movie time . . . . We heard that there is a significant group of women, wanting to meet and learn the crafts Neema [Sophonie’s wife] teaches at her place too.” Even though they were involved in many ministries already, they just had to return!
After making the visit, Hedi reported, “Thanks for praying for today’s visit to ‘B;. Pastor Sophonie introduced us again and Neema and I tried to show some of the women how to do embroidery. There were like 20 women interested, some young, some older. And then a huge crowd of kiddos.” They plan on returning, with ideas of adding kids club activities, health teachings for women, and oral Bible storying.  
Arjan adds, “Indeed God is good! So sweet how this relationship between ‘B’ and the church develops!!” Please continue to pray that God would open the doors so that many would follow Jesus!

ONE YEAR AGO . . . . January 15th marked the one year anniversary of the terrorist attack in Ouagadougou. Many of you prayed for us during that difficult time. We learned a lot those days about God’s faithfulness and trusting in Him.
Bonnie was asked to write an article on the attack through her perspective to be posted on the C&MA website. If you would like to read this, copy and paste the link below into your browser. May you be encouraged by God’s faithfulness as she shares about the experience and what God taught her through it.
http://www.cmalliance.org/news/2017/01/13/tested-by-terror/

OUTFIT FUND UPDATE: Thank you to all those who have given to our outfit fund! We are on the verge of doing some major shopping to fill the space that we get in the container for our return to Burkina. Believe it or not, it is actually cheaper to buy many things here and have them shipped, and some items we simply cannot even get while we are there. Please pray the needed funds would come in to help with this, and if you feel led to contribute, see the “Financial Info” below. Thanks!

SPRING TOUR SCHEDULE:
Feb 8/9—Southern Oregon network retreat
Feb 16-Mar 13—Kevin in Africa
March 24-26—Family to Women’s District Retreat
Mar 27-Apr 7—Ketchikan, AK (& POW Island)
April 16—Easter “He Is Risen!”
April 23—Arbor Heights, W. Seattle, WA
April 30—Lewiston, Idaho
May 7—May Valley, WA

FAMILY NEWS—We have spent a lot of time watching basketball these months! Abby and Emma have enjoyed playing for the first time, and Jacob has improved on his skills by playing in a more organized setting. What will we do when the season ends?!

SHARING A PRAISE—Jacob did have to take a month off from playing basketball this season due to some health issues. Mid-December, he passed out briefly for no apparent reason, but a feeling of unbalance and dizziness remained, accompanied with intermittent headaches. He went through a series of tests—blood work, EKG, MRI; each one came back with normal results, for which we were so thankful! He has one last test remaining, an echocardiogram on Wednesday which will rule out a heart issue. (God gave the doctor wisdom and he was able to pinpoint that his issues were due to a lack of oxygen getting to the brain.) Many were praying, and we saw God answer! Jacob slowly got better, started practicing a few weeks ago, and last week was able to start playing full games again! We are going ahead with the echocardiogram as he wants to play sports in Africa and we need to rule out any heart problem, but we trust the results will be fine. God has taught us (and Jacob) a lot about leaning on Him during this experience, and we just wanted to share our joy with you!

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

PRAISE N PRAY—THIS WEEK
1-PRAISING God for the opportunity for many to hear the gospel in “B” and in surrounding villages. PRAY that many would come to know Jesus as follow up takes place and relationships are built.
2-PRAISING God for Samuel’s desire to work full time in “B”. PRAY that God would provide a house and field so that he can move.
3-PRAISING God as we are hearing other reports of open doors during this evangelism season in Mali and Burkina. PRAY for a spiritual harvest, that God’s kingdom will grow!
4-PRAISING God for His healing hand on Jacob. PRAY for good results from the echocardiogram.
5-PRAISING God for a good start for Daniel’s 2nd semester at Simpson. PRAY for God’s leading as he makes decisions about his major and about some ministry and service opportunities he is looking into.
6-PRAY that each of our teams would have strength, unity, and joy as they serve together and that they would see fruit in their ministries.
7-PRAY for Kevin as he prepares for his month long trip to Africa.

Burkina Faso

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Updated: January 31, 2017

Children's Names
Daniel
Jacob
Abigail
Emma
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Burkina Faso
Address
B P 9049
Ouagadougou 06,
BURKINA FASO

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