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Greetings from Rwanda  

Please allow us to introduce ourselves and our ministry. Angela and I are members of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. We are both graduates of Hyles-Anderson College. The Lord has called us to be missionaries to the people of Rwanda, East Africa. We go soul-winning, start churches, and train nationals to carry on the work. Please allow us to be your representatives to this needy people.

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Amazing Grace Christian Radio
After 3 years of hard work and lots of paper pushing, we are now broadcasting!

A great thanks to all those who helped us. After detailed calculations, we have found that we are able to broadcast to 5 countries and over 20 million people.

Please pray for us as we continue to work hard to send out the Gospel Message.

Raising Additional Support
The Lord has blessed us and taken care of our needs here for the last four years. However, we also need to do our part to raise the necessary support for us to work here. Right now, we are praying for 15-20 new churches to take us on for support to meet our needs. We pray that you would consider supporting this exciting ministry.

January - February 2010

Dear Praying Friends,

            It was very exciting to have Christmas in January for the children at the church. We had some packages filled with toys arrive late from the States that we bagged up and gave to the Junior Church and nursery children. Each bag contained a stuffed animal, a matchbox car, and some candy.  The children were so excited and thankful.

            We have had many visitors from the radio the past few months. Among them was Frances, a Ugandan lady, who came to visit our church. She had been going to other churches but said she was getting nothing from them. She found and began listening to our radio station, which helped her to grow spiritually. Now she is happy she also found our church!

            “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) On June 1st, we will be arriving in the Chicago for a yearlong furlough! We have been in Rwanda this term for 4½ years. We are so excited about seeing family and friends, along with our supporting churches and those that have prayed for us here. God miraculously made it possible for us to come home. The kids are ecstatic about coming back to the States, but they still need to finish the school year first.

            The radio has become self-operational but not self-supporting, unfortunately. The people in the church are doing a marvelous job running it and preaching the truth with people saved regularly. We are getting about 2,550 calls per month to the radio! Continue to pray for them when we are home and also for the Rwandan presidential elections coming in August. That always is a nervous time, and it is good that we will be in the States as tensions grow.

            On furlough, we plan to visit all of our supporting churches and some new ones. If you have a specific date you would like us to come, please send me an e-mail, and we will try to work it in. Also, please note the new address for FBMI.

            Thank you for your prayers, support, and cards; but please do not send any more boxes to Rwanda, as we will be in the States until 2011! We have had 30 saved in the last 2 months.

In His service,

Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof

                                                                        November - December 2009

Dear Praying friends,

            As always, it is a joy to serve the Lord here in Rwanda. We had a great time for Christmas with the church doing a play “Rich Man, Poor Man”. It was about a proud rich man that sees the joy the Christian poor man has. The rich man finally realized that he himself was actually the poor man because he missed the joy found only in Christ. It went well and the church really enjoyed it.

            We had an exciting fall program with a high day of 110. We focused on people bringing adult visitors – which went well, seeing some of them stuck and have continued coming faithfully. It was a joy to see Caleb win one Sunday as he pushed hard for our neighbors to come.

            But please pray for the church to grow. It is difficult to see people come but then leave quickly because they don’t get money, rice, or the “rock concert” so many love here. Pray that people would be guided by the Truth rather than the flesh!

            The radio is continuing to be more popular. People are now complaining that when they try to call for shows the phone line is always busy. We really need to get internet into the studio so people can send SMS messages.  Pray also that we can sell advertising to help pay for the high costs of running the radio.

            The children’s time is doing great! Mothers now love us because their children are home before dark – sitting in front of the radio waiting for Kid’s Time to start. A man in our church records a new children’s story to play everyday in Kinyarwanda.

            Finally, I was able to get my computer up and running again. Many moons ago, we were hit with a power surge that fried our computer.  I had to get a new mother board from the states - which took many, many months to get here. After rebuilding the computer, at least I was able to plug in the old hard drive and recover all my files. Yes, I have learned my backup lesson and I now have an external 160Gb hard drive! :)

            Thank you for your prayers, support, and cards. They encourage us so much!  We had 75 saved, 21 Professions of Faith, and 2 baptized in the last 2 months.

In His service,

Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof

                                                                                    September - October 2009

Dear Praying friends,

            These last two months have been very busy.  Proverbs 12: 25 says “Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop: but a good work maketh it glad.”  The burden is quite heavy at times but it is a joy to see the good work God is doing through the ministry here.    

            The church, radio, and home skoolin’ keep us hopping.  In October, we found a man to help with the church responsibilities part time. This is a great help and a big load lifted.  I still go soul winning and preach on Sunday and Wednesday but the day to day things he can handle.

            The Children’s Jr. Church is improving with some Christians offering their time to teach. This is a great relief and a real blessing to the children.  Most churches here have absolutely nothing for children - in the culture here, children are just for status and not given much attention by adults. This is a sad situation. Recently, 16 children were saved after some powerful salvation lessons.

            In September we had Baby Dedication.  Six babies were dedicated along with their parents. This is such a special day for our church.  This as well is a new idea that people would dedicate themselves, to rear their children in the admonition of the Lord.

            The radio has had many testimonies.  One Lady called and told how her husband had left her with a child to raise alone. But he listened to preaching on the radio about husbands loving their wives, and he decided to returned and take care of his wife and family. She said over and over, “Thank you for this radio!”

            Also, nearly every day after preaching messages, people call in saying they want to be saved.  However, because of money, they usually only talk for about 10 seconds before their time runs out. If we had more support, I would be able to get a toll free line set up with soul-winners to help them.

            One Saturday Afternoon, three of the radio staff took a break and went to a bus park and passed out over 1,000 tracts in just one hour.  Many people were too busy to stop and talk but did accept the tract.

            Thank you for your prayers, support, and cards. They encourage us so much!  We had 39 saved and 20 Professions of Faith in the last 2 months.

In His service,

Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof

July - August 2009

Dear Praying friends,

            It is exciting serving God in Rwanda but challenging at times. I was blessed to get my motorcycle out of the garage in July. They were “working” on it for 5 months. But by August, everything that they had fixed needed repaired again! So, please pray for me as I have to take time to fix it myself – hopefully better this time.

            We had an exciting teen activity in July with 18 teens attending, out soul-winning they saw 8 saved and then came to our house for pizza afterwards. Their parents love our church because they see the difference a red hot church makes. One teen, Peace, is actually ridiculed at school for living righteous but he continues to witness and love God.

            The Christians are becoming stronger and we were able to organize 3 Saturday soul winning groups around the city. The Christians are really excited about it and already the number of souls saved and visitors have increased. The Christians are experiencing such joy as they bring their converts to church. However, we need about $200 to fix the holes in our Baptistery before we can baptize again.

            Also, please pray for our support to go up. Prices here are skyrocketing - Milk is now $7.00 per gallon, a five pound bag of regular flour is $3.15, and gas is $6.00 per gallon.

            In August, an assistant pastor from Bro Mickey’s church in Kenya came to visit. He preached and told of a church they are starting in the Congo. Our church happily voted to help support that work.

            The radio is becoming more popular; we are getting calls from places we never dreamed they would be able to receive the signal. The radio covers Rwanda almost completely and reaches deep into the four surrounding countries. We need again to raise the conservative coverage estimate to a minimum of 17 million people!

            Thank you for your prayers, support, and the birthday cards for Angela and Caleb.  We had 72 saved, 15 professions of faith, and 4 baptisms before it began leaking.

 In His Service,

Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof

April – June 2009

Dear Praying Friends,

            Thank you for your prayers for us here. The past several months have been extremely difficult with the starting of the radio station.  In June we had to move to a smaller house and out of the city a bit to reduce our expenses as much as possible. All of this has us behind in our correspondence.

            The Bible tells us in Philippians 4: 19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God is always faithful and knows our needs even before we ask. This is such a great promise that we as Christians can claim. 

            The church has had 47 visitors in the past 3 months. The adults are growing in faith as time goes by. The sermons have helped them, but many are having a difficult time trusting God to supply their needs. They are having a difficult time as prices continue to rise but their paychecks do not.

            Our Junior Church has been well attended, and the children are learning many new songs, Bible verses, and stories that really happened in the Bible. We just lost the teacher for this class, so please pray that we can get another one trained quickly. The children are the future of Rwanda. It is very important that they get a good foundation in biblical principals.

            We have finished another school year, and the children have done well. Once we are settled, we will start again.  Caleb, Hannah, and Timothy are in school; and Virginia will begin to learn beginner things this coming year. Micah and Zachery are great play buddies and usually get along pretty well.

            Please pray that more people will be willing to give their time, energy, and talent to help the church to grow. We are planning to start some new times and places to meet for soul winning that will be closer to their homes. Please pray that this will help them to obey God’s command to tell others.

            Thank you for your prayers, support, and the birthday cards for Timothy, Virginia, and Zachery. They look forward to receiving cards; the cards make their birthdays very special. We have had 113 saved in the past 3 months.

In His Service,

Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof

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