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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

February - March 2009      

Dear Praying Friends,

            As stated in our last letter, Amazing Grace Christian Radio is up and running! We began broadcasting a simple loop of music from the tower site at the end of January. We spent February setting up the studio with windows, doors, soundproofing, wiring, and painting—all while trying to learn new equipment and train the staff at the same time!

            There were so many problems that popped up in the installation of the equipment that, unfortunately, the technicians had to leave before finishing. They were able to come back in March to literally tie up loose ends. All in all, the kinks are getting worked out, and the studio looks beautiful.

            Please pray now as the Gospel goes out to 16,000,000 souls and for money to operate the radio station. We need immediately $1600 per month for rent, electricity, and salaries. We are thankful that God gave us a good tax return to cover last month’s expenses.  We trust that He will continue to provide for His work and our needs.

Please send your gift to:
(Check payable to FBMI)

Please note on the check:
Rwanda Christian Radio #56

FBMI
523 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320

            The church continues to have visitors and souls saved weekly.  Praise the Lord that the children’s church is recovering some of the children that had stopped coming, as well as getting some new children. Many of these children are starved for attention and love.  Please pray as we try to help meet the spiritual and other needs of the children.

            Our family is all healthy and doing well.  We have almost finished another school year. The children are growing like weeds and becoming more aware of the souls of others as every day passes.  They love to go out soul winning and give out tracts to people.

            Thank you so much for all the cards, prayers, and support.  In the last two months, we have seen 88 saved out soul winning, 19 saved in church, 10 decisions made, and 3 baptized. You are earning rewards in Heaven as you help this ministry.

In His service,

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

November 2008-January 2009

Dear Praying Friends,

            After three years of hard work and much prayer, Amazing Grace Christian Radio is now broadcasting from Kigali, Rwanda! We want to publicly thank Gene Sharp, Eric Damron, Paul Williams, Thom Williams, and especially George Zarris who organized and helped to raise funds for the radio. These five men came and spent two week here to install the equipment and to train our workers. It was a great blessing to have some American fellowship and the children really enjoyed having them here as well.

            We also want to thank the many people and churches that gave donations and love gifts for the radio. Your gifts are helping to reach 16,000,000 souls. We sat down with George Zarris to calculate exactly what areas it would broadcast to, then found population maps to get the number for each area. We found it will reach 9,000,000 in Rwanda, 4,500,000 in Burundi, 2,000,000 in Tanzania, 500,000 in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. This is actually a conservative number. No wonder Satan has been fighting so hard all this time.

            Please pray as we still have much work to do. Gregg has been spending 12-14 hours a day at the studio to get the programming organized and on the air. Also we need $2,250 for the frequency license for this year and $1,800 for another government fee. We still need $4,000 to buy additional deep cell batteries to continue broadcasting during power outages.

Please send your gift to:
(Check payable to FBMI)

Please note on the check:
Rwanda Christian Radio #56

FBMI
523 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320

              Thank you so much for all the cards and packages for our birthdays and Christmas.  In the last three months, we saw 268 saved out soul winning, 60 saved in church and 10 baptized. Without your prayers and support we could not reach the souls that are being reached in Rwanda.

 In His Service,

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

September – October 2008 

Dear Praying Friends,

             “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57) After three years of working and praying to start the radio station, I am so happy that the Lord has given us the victory. I have worked for months trying to raise money to buy the radio equipment and came up with so very little by myself; but with God’s amazing grace, He has provided all the money necessary in one month! Amen!

             Now all of the radio equipment has been ordered, and it is starting to come in. The technicians have also bought their plane tickets to come. So, on December 16, 2008, we will have the opening ceremony to launch Amazing Grace Christian Radio. We will reach 90% of Rwanda and at least 10 million people with the radio.

             But please, don’t stop praying! There is still much work to do, and Satan will try his hardest to stop this radio. Please pray for safety and protection as the team comes to set it up, and pray for all of the decisions that are necessary to operate this radio. Also, we still need $4,000 to get all of the batteries necessary to operate the battery backup system when the electricity goes out.

Please send your gift to:
(Check payable to FBMI)

Please note on the check:
Rwanda Christian Radio #56

FBMI
523 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320

             Angela had an interesting story last month while out soul winning with the ladies of the church. They met four men on the road by our house whom they witnessed to. They were very interested and had so many questions. They finally understood and received Christ. Afterwards they said, “Thank you so much for teaching your children about God.” It worked out that as they saw our children day by day going to church, handing out tracts, and obeying, they realized that we had something they needed.

              Thank you so much for all the cards for our birthdays and our anniversary.  In the last two months, we have seen 86 saved out soul winning and 7 saved in church. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of this ministry here in Rwanda.

In His Service,

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

July – August 2008  

Dear Praying Friends,

            “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6) It is so wonderful to see God’s Sprit move! In the past several months, I have spent a great deal of time trying to find sponsors and donations for the radio station. Quite frankly, all of my hard work amounted to almost nothing. So, after working hard to prove it is not by my might or power, God stepped in!

          “Out of the blue,” donations have been coming in for the radio. Also, someone has given us a challenge. If we can raise $30,000 in 30 days, a man will match that amount given. Truly, this is God’s work, and He will be glorified for what He has done and what He will do!

Please send your gift to:
(Check payable to FBMI)

Please note on the check:
CRI - Rwanda Christian Radio #131

FBMI
523 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320

          In July I had to take Virginia to the hospital. She had a swollen foot and was not able to walk on it at all. It was so pitiful to see her at the age of 3½ having to crawl every place in the house. The swelling was strange because she had no injury, bite, or sting that we knew of, so all I could tell the doctor was the same thing Virginia told me, “It hurts!”

          But once again, God’s ways are higher than our ways. Because of that little problem, I was able to talk to the doctor some at the hospital. He came later to my house to continue the discussion, and after about two hours of witnessing, he was very happily saved.

          Immediately following the “doctor’s appointment” at my house, Eric, a waiter I met at a local restaurant, came. He had a lot of questions. So, after another two hours, he was happily saved. So many people here think they are “saved” because they go to church and try hard to be a good person. It is so wonderful to see the joy that comes to their faces when they realize that Christ paid it all without us having to add to His work. They both told me that it was like a tremendous burden had been lifted from their shoulders. Amen!

          Last week I won Augustine to Christ. I was preaching on the street, and he was very interested. He told me it was a good message but not available for him because he was too big of a sinner. I showed him some places in the Bible—John 3:16 and Romans 10:13and that whosoever included him. He was so happy that God had not left him without hope!

          In the last two months, we have seen 165 saved out soul winning, 13 saved in church, and 8 baptized. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of this ministry here in Rwanda.

In His Service,

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

April - June 2008          

Dear Praying Friends,

            “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” (Psalm 127:4) We are so happy for another arrow flying in. Zachery David was born May 17, 2008, and weighed 5 pounds 13 ounces and was 18½ inches long. He is growing well now but had a problem with RSV and had to go back to the hospital for a week because of breathing problems.

          Please keep all of the other “little arrows” in prayer as we strive to raise them for God in a sinful world. It is a blessing to see them grow and begin to take interest in the souls of their friends and neighbors. Sadly, one neighbor actually told Caleb to stop talking about Jesus! However, it has pushed Caleb to pray more for him every night in devotions.

          Rwanda has had the same effect on me. As people reject us for preaching Jesus, for preaching against sin, and for not “helping” people with money handouts, it has caused me to pray more, to fast more, and to cry more to God for mercy for Rwanda. As the studio room for the radio sits empty and quiet day by day, tears fill my eyes as I realize that many will die before the radio station gets on the air. They will go to a Christless Hell for all eternity without hearing a clear presentation of the Gospel.

          Please pray for the Lord’s blessing as I get back to spending more time out preaching on the streets. The last three months have been so busy with unpacking and getting the new house set up, having a new baby, and also spending much time calling churches to raise funds for the radio. It is very time-consuming, but the radio work must be done. Because we have our visas through the radio station, if the radio is not started quickly, we could face losing our visas to stay in the country.

          About 90 churches so far have promised they would send some special offerings to help get Amazing Grace Christian Radio on the air. Amen! With the downturn in the economy, please pray that all those promises will come in quickly. Again, Satan is doing everything he can to fight us right now and stop this tool from being built. Thank you to all the churches that have already sent in support.

Please send your gift to:
(Check payable to FBMI)

Please note on the check:
CRI - Rwanda Christian Radio #131

FBMI
523 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320

          In last two months, we have seen 118 saved out soul winning, 47 saved in church, and 2 baptized. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of this ministry here in Rwanda.

In His Service,

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

January - March 2008     

Dear Praying Friends,

           Hallelujah ! As you can see, the tower is up and standing strong. Thank you to all who donated towards building the tower. So now we have the tower, the house for the machines, permission from the government for 105.1 FM, a place for the studio, and staff to operate it. The only things we lack are the transmitter and equipment.

           Rwanda needs the Good News that will be preached on this radio. Please help make it possible for six million people to hear the Gospel. That is 75% of the population of Rwanda that will be reached. Now is the time to finish this project. We need approximately $60,000 for the equipment and setup costs. Some could give several thousand dollars, some $1000, some $500, or some what God lays on their hearts. This goal can be reached if we all work together.

Please send your gift to:
(Check payable to FBMI)

Please note on the check:
CRI - Rwanda Christian Radio #131

FBMI
523 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320

           Along with building the tower, we still have been working faithfully in the church. We had the privilege of having our 3rd Annual Valentine Banquet. The couples really enjoyed themselves and hopefully learned to love and spend more time with their spouses. We also had a baby dedication and began packing all our things to shift* houses at the end of February. (*A Rwandan saying that means to move)

            In the last three months, we have seen 66 saved out soul winning, 21 saved in church, and 9 baptized. Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of this ministry here in Rwanda.

In His Service,

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

December 2007 

Dear Praying Friends,

What a busy month! A whole lot of tiring work but what great blessing with it all. It took several weeks to weld, paint, remove the bad paint, and finally repaint; but the tower is now built and moved up the mountain.

It really is amazing how God has provided for everything so far. Please continue to pray for God to bless and for what He would have you to do to help. All we need now is the studio equipment, transmitters, and initial setup costs to finish. Amen!

In December, we saw 64 saved out soul winning, 8 saved in church and 1 baptized. Thank you for your prayers and support of this ministry here in Rwanda.

In His Service,

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

Hang In There !!!

September – November 2007 

Dear Praying Friends,

The last three months have been so very busy and the radio station is making great progress. The house is now finished on the mountain for the radio transmitter. Please pray as we begin next to build the tower and for support to come in to get the radio equipment. 

When the radio is finished, we will be able to broadcast the Gospel to about 6 million people. Certainly, Satan is not happy about this. In the space of two months, our generator was stolen, our truck blew its engine, my motorcycle broke down,  the rent on our house went up, and finally, my liver began giving me problems. I turned yellow from head to toe! It is really a strange thing to look in the mirror and see yellow eyes looking back. I was sick in bed for a couple of weeks recovering. Thankfully, now I am better and happy to be white again!

The Lord still has been so good to us. He continues to bless us and the church and continues to meet our needs. We are rejoicing that many new Christians are growing and becoming more faithful while others are getting more involved. We just started a new adult English choir that is going great with 17 adults in it.

In the last three months our church has seen 98 saved, 8 professions of faith, and 4 baptized. Please pray that the building program finishes quickly so my schedule can return to normal.

The children are doing great. They are growing up fast and also growing in the Lord. Hannah came to me one Sunday morning and said in such a sweet voice, “Daddy, I love church.” Caleb and Hannah are doing well in school and they can both read their Bibles now. Timothy is chomping at the bit to start K-5. Virginia is getting good at forming sentences and has very good coordination. Micah loves attention and is walking 3-4 steps at a time.

Thank you for your prayers, letters, cards, packages, and support for our ministry here in Rwanda. Also, a special thank you for those who have already given to help finance the radio station.

 In His Service,

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

July – August 2007      

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings from Rwanda. I wrote at the beginning of this year that we received approval for the radio station. All we needed was a frequency to start, which was supposed to take 2 weeks. Well, those 2 weeks stretched into 7 months – even with visiting the government offices every week! This is life in Africa. But now, I am very happy to say that we finally have approval for everything. Amen! Please pray seriously about helping this radio to start.

 Three weeks ago, work began to clear the property on top of the mountain and to dig out all of the tree roots. Today four truck-loads of stone were delivered and now workers will begin to make cement blocks for the walls. In three weeks, we will begin to put up the tower! Things are finally making good progress. Of course Satan is not happy about what is going on here and our generator was stolen last week. Please pray that we can get it back. It would have been very useful during the building of the tower.

 Also pray for the staff to run the radio. I have been training 3 people from the church for months to be able to run the station when it starts. I chose them for an “advanced computer class”. After 6 months of class, they were so surprised when I told them the real reason for the class. They are good soul-winners, faithful, hardworking, and I think they will do a fine job.

 Out soul winning this month, I met Pascal. He quit church completely in 1994 when he saw priests killing during the genocide. He said he could never forgive those who killed his family. I told him that he also was guilty because his sins put Jesus on the cross. He realized his own need of forgiveness and was happily saved. He also saw the difference between those who play church and the real Christians when I showed him that it was “church people” who killed Jesus.

In the last two months our church has seen 241 saved, 33 professions of faith, and 1 baptized. Thank you for your prayers, letters, cards, and support for our ministry here in Rwanda.

In His Service,

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

May – June 2007        

Dear Praying Friends,

Greetings from Rwanda! Things are going very well here. Click for larger pictureThe church continues to grow, and the Christians are maturing in the Lord. It is very exciting to see them making more and more decisions to live for God. Certainly the preaching of the Word of God changes lives!

Our children are also growing quickly–physically, mentally, and spiritually. Caleb and Hannah are doing great in school. They can now both read many small books fairly easily. Timothy is learning to recognize letters and numbers and is very anxious to start school. Virginia loves to play and sing. Micah is now 28 inches tall and weighs Click for larger picture15.6 pounds. He loves his walker and gets around very quickly.

The older children are also beginning to really have a heart for God. They love to hand tracts out to people and go soul winning with me Saturday mornings or any other time that I go. Timothy also made a decision in church–on his own–to walk forward to receive Christ. Amen! One of the men in the church showed him how to be saved.

In the past two months, we Click for larger picturehave seen 185 saved out soul winning, 13 saved in church, and 5 baptized. Please pray that we can find a good place to buy with the money that has come in for the church building. Not having a building is actually hurting the growth of the church. Thank you for your prayers and support.

In His Service,

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

April 2007      

Dear Praying Friends,

How exciting it is to be serving God in Rwanda and to see His hand move in mighty ways. I believe God has a great interest in seeing the truth preached to all people in Rwanda. The Lord blessed us this month by sending Pastor Johnson of Shasta Baptist Church in Redding, California with six men from his church to visit.

First, they were a great blessing to our church by visiting in homes and preaching. Also, each Sunday School class had a “Muzungo” visitor from America to teach, give their testimonies, and encourage each class. We also thank them deeply for buying and bringing four new guitars so we can have some music in the church.

Pastor's School 2007

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Second, with their help, we organized our first Pastor’s School. It was a LOT OF WORK but the blessings far exceeded the trouble. We had 181 Baptist Pastors from Rwanda attend a three-day conference and seven Pastors actually got saved! Pastor Johnson and two of his men did most of the preaching as we worked to keep things organized. To put it simply – it was a great success! Pastors now know us and we have been nicknamed “full Baptists”.

Each Pastor filled out a questionnaire before we started and the results are shocking:

Question

Yes

Is it OK to dance? 57 %
Is it OK for ladies to wear pants? 40 %
Is it OK for ladies to preach? 98 %
Is it OK to drink alcohol?   3 %
Do you speak in tongues? 81 %
Can you lose eternal life? 66 %
If you are saved then make a sin and die before asking pardon – do you go to heaven? No – 89 %

 Many were so happy about what was taught and I think many have changed their minds on some of these important topics. But please pray for them and us as we try to reach this needy country. Right now we are the only church in Rwanda that has a house-to-house program for soul winning. We also are about the only church that teaches Salvation by grace plus nothing and the eternal security of the believer.  Thank you for your prayers and support of this exciting ministry.

In His Service,

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

January – March 2007

Dear Praying Friends,

Hallelujah! Glory to God! And Praise the Lord! We finally got our permanent visas using the papers for the radio station. They are good through March 2008 but then we should be able to renew the visas with no problem. Well, only one little problem, now I have to quickly build the radio station to show that I am doing what I said I would do. Please Pray!

We have been so busy working in the church with many different activities. This past Christmas we had our first real Christmas play that was quite interesting and everyone enjoyed. We also had our first New Years Eve’s service. We showed a Christian movie, sang, played some games, preached, and gave testimonies of what God has done that year. It went from seven till midnight and was a real blessing for the adventuresome souls who stayed all the way through.

In January, we had a baby dedication and I held and prayed for seven new babies in the church. By the grace of God, I stayed clean and dry! One Saturday, we also had a nice church picnic with food and fun. In February, we had a very enjoyable Valentine’s Banquet with fellowship, games, and food. It was a great opportunity for many couples in the church to get to know each other and learn proper dating.

Please continue to pray for support to come in for us. We are still at 80% of what we need to work here. Also, please pray for support for all of the projects we are doing here in Rwanda. Again, we are pioneering a work here in a very needy country. There is not one other church or missionary like us in the entire country!

We now have 2 new websites – TheSchoofs.com and Schoofs2Rwanda.com. The first is all about our family and the second is about our ministry here. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

In 2006, we saw 1,882 salvations, 197 public decisions, and 71 baptized. Please pray that this year we will see more. Since September 2003, we saw a total of 7,358 salvations, 898 public professions, and 237 baptized. Thank you all so much for your prayers, support, packages, letters, cards, emails, Christmas gifts and cards, and good wishes.

In His Service,

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

October - December 2006

Dear Praying Friends,

These last three months have gone by so quickly. We have been very busy with the church, Fall Program, radio station, websites, and with a new addition to the family. Let me start with the most precious: Micah Benjamin Schoof was born October 24 here in Rwanda. He weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 inches long. He is doing fine now, but he developed a collapsed lung the day after he was born. He spent 10 days in ICU, and the doctor had to rush in 7 times to save his life. Praise God for His goodness and thank you for your prayers.

We were very blessed to have the Stensaas family come visit us from Uganda. Brian Stensaas preached our Wednesday service. We had a good crowd of 80 in attendance, and there were 14 saved that night. Amen! They really were a great encouragement to us.

In October we had a five-week program focusing on bringing visitors many weeks in a row. The more times a visitor came, the more “points he was worth.” Several people brought visitors five weeks in a row, and many of those have “stuck.” Amen! The church was really encouraged to see the fruits of their labor and to see many saved and baptized.

We now have two new websites: TheSchoofs.com and Schoofs2Rwanda.com. The first is all about our family, and the second is about our ministry here. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Hallelujah! We received a letter from the Prime Minister that gives us permission to get a frequency for Amazing Grace Christian Radio. Now please pray for the funds to come in for this project. We need $5,000 immediately to pay for the license and frequency. Once the station is set up, we will broadcast to about six million people.

Also, please continue to pray that we raise $50,000 to buy property and build a building. Because we are in the city, it will take $25,000 just to buy property. In the last three months, we have seen 409 people saved and 17 baptized. Thank you all so much for your prayers, support, packages, letters, cards, e-mails, and good wishes.

In His service,

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

July - September 2006

Dear Praying Friends,

It is hard to believe that three months have slipped by so quickly. Time flies when you’re keeping so busy! In August, we had our first Vacation Bible School. We started with 80 children on Monday and finished the week with 260 children on Friday. We had about 20 adults from the church that helped each day. We saw over 100 children saved and had 9 baptized from that week. Praise the Lord! The week was really a lot of fun and it was nice to see so many people from the church giving their time to serve.

Speaking of school – Caleb and Hannah are making great progress in kindergarten as Angela teaches them. They are so happy to be in school and are now learning to read words. They can tell time; add small numbers; count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s; and count money – pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Whenever one of them has perfect papers for the whole week, they are able to go out shopping with us on Tuesday – they really work hard for that!

In July, we had a special baby dedication day. We had 23 happy babies that I prayed for! Happy, that is, until the white missionary tried to hold each one of them! We did stress very strongly that this dedication did not make them Christians but was really a dedication of the parents to raise the babies for the Lord. We had many, many visitors for this special service. It was a very good day, but we were all very happy when they finally went back to the nursery.

Please continue to pray for Amazing Grace Christian Radio. The paperwork for the station is actually making progress. It was just approved by the High Counsel of the Press and now it only has to be signed by the Prime Minister. Within weeks we should have permission to start. Once we have this approved then we will be able to get our visas with no problem.

Also, please continue to pray that we raise $50,000 to buy property and build a building. We have had some begin to come in but it is still not enough to buy property. In the last three months, we saw 420 people saved and 15 baptized. Thank you all so much for your prayers, support, packages, letters, cards, emails, and good wishes.

In His Service,

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

May – June 2006

Dear Praying Friends,

We are so pleased at how people in the church are continuing to grow in the Lord. In the last few months we have focused heavily on training nationals to work in the church. Every week there are at least 25 babies in the nursery. Angela has had to recruit many new workers to meet the growing need and the ladies working are learning much more about working with children.

The junior church has also seen growth in the number of children and in workers. The Rwandans are so pleased with the program for their children. They memorize a Bible verse, learn new songs, get preaching on their level, receive a color sheet, and learn to sit very quiet to win the quiet seat prize. After church, adults are so surprised to see their children in line, quiet and so well behaved. We have also developed a new program to formally meet with visitors after the service so we can have more opportunity to witness to them.

The music program is also being improved. First, we had a music student from a good music school in the country come and teach on music. He did a great job on reinforcing what we were already teaching and taught to avoid these new modern forms of worship. We have also gone through their Kinyarwanda songbook and began to add great hymns of the faith.

Mother’s Day was a great success. We gave out a surprise gift of one kilo of rice for every mother. This is not a holiday in Rwanda and most had never heard of it; but we plan to celebrate it every year. Hopefully, it will catch on. The Spring Program went great. We pushed for Sunday School attendance and had a pizza party for the class that increased the most. We had a high day of 210 with 30 visitors 20 saved and 5 baptized.

In the last two months, we saw 353 people saved out soul-winning, 10 baptized, and we are averaging 135 in attendance. Please continue to pray for the church, us, and our new baby coming in November. Amen! Also, please continue to pray that we raise $50,000 to buy property and build a building. Thank you all so much for your prayers, support, packages, letters, cards, emails, and good wishes.

In His Service,

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

February – April 2006 

Dear Praying Friends,

The longer I am in the ministry the more I realize how good God is! He continues to take care of His Church and us. It is such a blessing to see people grow in the Lord and learn to trust Him. Many Christians have given testimonies of how they have put God to the test and began to tithe. All of them have said how wonderful it is to watch God’s hand take care of them. God is also continuing to save and change lives.

 Last month, God miraculously moved in the life of a young lady named Valentine. She was taken to a mental hospital for being crazy and uncontrollable. I went to visit her and began to read the Bible, preach, and sing songs about the blood. Amazingly, she sat and listened so peacefully. But when I asked her to receive Christ she rejected and immediately went wild again. I decided to pray for her and she immediately dropped to her hands and knees and was quiet. Again, I gave opportunity to receive Christ and again she rejected and went crazy again. After that, I had to leave but I continued to pray for her. But praise the Lord the story does not end there.

 Three weeks later, an old lady in our Church decided she would go and see her. Valentine was so bad she could barely move. The old lady simply prayed for her then asked her to call to Jesus for mercy and help. At first she could not, but then with just a whisper of her breath she began to call “Jesus, save me.” She finally trusted Christ. The next Sunday she was sitting in our Church happy and peaceful.  I am happy that God used an old lady to reach this one so He gets all the glory. Amen!

Please continue to pray for our visas and us. Also, please pray that we raise $50,000 to build a building. Prices are going up very fast here in the city. We are thankful to Pastor Breedlove and to Central Fellowship Baptist Church for helping greatly with the building fund. Thank you all so much for your prayers, support, packages, letters, cards, emails, and good wishes. The past three months we saw 360 saved and 14 baptized.

 In His Service,

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

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