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Over the past few months, the youth group at La Grave CRC Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been collecting used men’s ties for a Bible College in South Africa. These ties are sold at the college library and the proceeds from the sales are used for library development. The young people were able to collect just over 1200 ties! Many thanks to all who contributed and to the youth group who took on this mission with great enthusiasm!

Water Bottles and Water Issues

Written by Nancy Whytock

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In August, 2015 Steve Nortier gave my husband, Jack, and I a gift – two Seychelles water filtration water bottles.  This was a very practical gift as we live in an area where clean and safe drinking water is not always available.

Over the past couple of months, water has become an even bigger issue in our area with many of the local residents experiencing gastro problems related to unclean water.

We want to say that we are so grateful for these amazing water bottles.  We fill them with water from the tap at night and leave them in the fridge and then use them throughout the following day.  We have not been sick at all.  In fact, we are so confident now with our water bottles that we have stopped wondering if and when we are going to have our turn to be sick from the local water supply.

If anyone reading this is planning to travel to any part of the world where obtaining a clean water supply is an issue, we highly recommend these bottles to you.  Also, if you know of someone intending to travel to such an area, perhaps you should consider buying them a bottle before they go!

Our sincere thanks to Steve for his generous and very practical gift!!!

Note: Jack & Nancy Whytock live in rural South Africa and also work annually beside Lake Victoria in Uganda

August 16, 2015

“Encourage One Another”

On Monday August 16th 2015 the MOGA Board and Friends met in Grand Rapids. This meeting was a time of great encouragement! That was the entire theme from beginning to end. Here are some of these encouragements:

  • Hearing others pray was an encouragement. To hear board members lead in prayer for the work of MOGA was a real blessing and God answers prayer. Encourage each other through prayer.
  • Remembering we serve together as a family of believers and taking time to celebrate with one another the milestones of life was an encouragement. We celebrated two board couples’ anniversaries– Ken and Karen their 40th anniversary, and John and Angie their 50th So the cake read “Happy 90th Anniversary”. I am sure that confused the cake decorator! Encourage one another by Christian friendship and fellowship.
  • Listening to and seeing a presentation about the work at Dumisani Bible School in South Africa brought encouragement. Praise the Lord that the study bibles are being used and that more are coming! MOGA exists to encourage believers around the world and we are touching lives with the Word through this ministry.
  • To hear updates about our founder’s (Pastor Peter Nortier) continuing radio and sermon audio ministry still carrying on after his death brought us each encouragement. We will be giving a story about that in the next newsletter of MOGA, so make sure that you watch for this.

To hear these stories is to be encouraged. So readers be encouraged: the work of MOGA is continuing to advance.

1 Corinthians 16:18 “They have been a wonderful encouragement to me

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The first shipment of Study Bibles arrive in South Africa

June 18, 2015

 The first lot of Study Bibles were delivered on June 18th, 2015 in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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A good Study Bible is an amazing resource when one has a limited access to good biblical resources. Study Bibles are excellent tools for rural pastors because they have a concordance, introductions to each book of the Bible, brief notes and summaries of each chapter, plus helpful maps and charts. The study bibles just delivered are The Reformation Study Bible produced by Ligonier Ministries in Florida. This is a fine study Bible of manageable size, containing a full mini-systematic theology, having good textual layout, and clearly speaking of God’s amazing work of Grace in salvation. It empathises the five solas of the Reformation: the Bible alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone, and God’s glory alone–the perfect single tool for a theological student and a pastor in a rural district to have.

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in the field. It is smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and makes nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13: 31-32)

May 30, 2015

The MOGA Board together with a few  friends met on May 30th 2015  in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was a most encouraging time of sharing and also of prayer for the work of MOGA. Here is a group photo taken of those who participated at this board meeting, update time, and prayer session.

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