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Dear friends,

As I wrote in my first report and update, thank you for your faithful partnership with me to enable me to do the ministry the Lord has set before me for Africa in general, and Kenya and Uganda in person!

Moreover, your prayers had a MAJOR impact on everyone, including me!

Here are some major highlights:

At the end of my live, FM radio message the first Sunday morning in Uganda, I did a salvation invitation, followed by prayer for those who were sick. 

Preaching on FM Radio at 6 am in Kamuli, Uganda

For the first time I can recall, I prayed specifically for those afflicted with malaria (many cannot afford medication for malaria, and their chances of dying as a result are very high).

Three days after the broadcast, a Muslim man called in and said he listened to my broadcast, knew Jesus had the power to heal, and asked Him to heal him.  He said Jesus did heal him, and that this man had no medication!

My host pastor – Joseph – asked him if he would also like to receive salvation from Jesus.  He said no, he wanted to first come to the pastor’s conference to see me teach.  But another day later, he called Joseph again, and said that he gave his life to Jesus!

Ironically in all this, I would end up getting malaria later that week – specifically at 1:30am Saturday morning.  That meant I could not do what I was so excited to do – dedicate the new Water Well at Bright Hope Orphanage – later that morning. 

I had worked on getting this done for an entire year.  However, I felt that it would be better for Pastor Joseph to do the dedication and the preaching.  So, I urged him to give the message, and gave him a few suggestions. 

It turns out that nine people got saved – including a Muslim woman who immediately took off her head I now belong to Jesus covering (signifying devotion to allah) – and boldly proclaimed, “I now belong to Jesus!”

Opening the Conference Two Days after Contracting Malaria

The high attendance of the pastor’s conference in week two of my ministry in Uganda was 300 – not the 500 we had expected.  But actually, this was quite a high turnout; the reason is that there was a violent, nationwide taxi strike, all week.

Accordingly, no pastors could travel long distances to get to the conference, so they had to stay home.  Many called Pastor Joseph to express their sadness about not being able to attend. 

Immediately Opening the Pastor’s Conference in Prayer and Reverence to God

It turns out that the figure Joseph had been giving me – 500 – was truly a real and accurate estimate.

Just today, I received an encouraging report from my time of ministry at the Kamuli Progressive College, which has about 2,000 students (when school lets out, it’s impossible to drive down any of the roads the students walk home on; as far as the eye can see, the roads are covered with students!).

One of the leading directors of the school called my visit and preaching “a landmark in the history of the school” (his report just showed up in my Inbox while I’m sitting here writing to you).

Emphasizing that the Conference Would Be Based Upon God’s Word, in 2 Timothy

It also says, “it brought a reawakening in the spiritual realm.”

Moreover, the Director of the school “decried the little time he had to spend with me; he wished for much more time” (we met privately before I preached, and we really hit it off, discussing culture, politics in the United States, Economics, the state of the Church in Uganda, etc.).

Lastly (for now), a personal note: this trip had more tests and trials than any of my previous 15 trips. 

I can say that most days (behind the scenes – in the early mornings or evenings, when I returned) were just awful; the power at the hotel I stayed at was constantly out; internet was constantly out; the food was horrible, or it took an hour to make, when no one was in the restaurant.

The water went out completely on two occasions.  My sleep was horrible, and my restless legs condition seemed out-of-control.  And then, I got this little thing called malaria.

Holding Up a Map of Uganda to Emphasize the Impact We Can Make in the Nation

Although I had prayed many times to be a godly example to Pastor Joseph and the other two pastors I spent a lot of individual time with, there were too many times that my complaints about the hotel showed poor examples to Joseph.

I realized more acutely that my private examples were just as important as my public teaching.  Better stated, I’m always aware of this, but this time, I just let those things get to me.

Most of the time, I kept a good attitude about the tests and trials, but there were enough times that yesterday during my prayer time I realized my failures.

I wrote to Joseph and apologized, and he graciously accepted my apology.  I write this because I don’t want to just share all the triumphs and victories without revealing some of my own struggles and failures.

I’m growing, of course.  I do wish I had those opportunities back, and I wish I had been more sober minded about potential challenges and ready to be more flexible, and humble about them. 

May the Lord help me each time they come my way to respond in a manner which glorifies Him!

May He bless you greatly,

Brad

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Dear friends,

Thank you for your faithful partnership with me to enable me to do the ministry the Lord has set before me for Africa in general, and Kenya and Uganda in person!

You may recall that I was supposed to do three different pastor’s conferences in Kenya the first week of my ministry trip, and that the second week of ministry was dedicated to Uganda?

Preaching on FM radio in Kamuli, Uganda June 30, 2019

Sadly, one of the leading pastors of the group of pastors Danny Gilbert and I have been teaching in Kenya since 2014 has revolted; he tried to usurp control of the group; he tried to deceive me into giving him a large amount of money (he failed), and then he tried to stir up strife between Danny, me and the other pastors.

By the grace of God, he failed on all three counts.

After I had agreed to do these three conferences, a week before I flew to Kenya this man asked me for $3,000 to pay for lunches for all the pastors!  I told him I did not have that kind of money, and he basically chided me for not having enough faith!

That ended all plans for me to minister to those pastors in Kenya.  So, I called my host pastor in Uganda, who quickly went to work to set up some significant preaching opportunities there.

For some time before this trip, I sensed the Lord ask me to trust Him for 73 first-time decisions for Jesus Christ.  Why the number 73?  I don’t know!

Preaching to 2,000 Students at Kamuli Progressive College, Uganda

That first week, I preached at Kamuli Progressive College, a sort of high school/Junior College of 2,000 students.

The director told me that I was the first white man to do so.  At the end of my message on true success God’s way, I gave a salvation invitation, and we estimate at least 50 students responded to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior!

Brad Preaching at Kamuli Progressive College

In addition, I was invited back to speak at a large high school, where I preached the same message.  Again, I did a salvation invitation, and we estimate at least 20 students made first-time decisions for Christ!

Brad Speaking to Students at a Kamuli High School

That brought the number of responses to a salvation invitation to 70.  On that first Sunday, I preached in a large church with lots of visitors to see the American preach.  At the end of the message, I gave a salvation invitation, and three people responded – that equals 73 responses!

But also that Sunday morning, I preached on FM radio (from 6-7am!).  Of course, at the end of the broadcast, I did a salvation invitation, but I also prayed for physical healings among the listeners – and for the first time I can recall – I prayed specifically that God would heal people of malaria (ironically, before the end of the week, I would get malaria, for my first time in 15 trips to Kenya or Uganda!).

Brad Preaching at Victory Christian Centre, Kamuli Uganda, June 2019
Brad Preaching at Victory Christian Centre, Kamuli, Uganda with Pastor James Interpreting

Three days after that broadcast, a Muslim man called in to say that he prayed with me for healing from malaria, and God did indeed heal him – without the use of medicine!

My host pastor, Joseph, asked him if he had prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and he said he first wanted to come and hear me teach at the pastor’s conference.

But then a day later, he called Joseph again and said that he had given his life to our Lord!

Stay tuned for my second update!

Again, thank you for your partnership; together, we rejoice in our eternal rewards for the ministry which took place!

Brad

Pastor Brad Abley, “Pastoral Teaching & Training:

Taking Bible School to those who can’t afford to go!”

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Dear friends & important ministry partners,

Ministry in Kenya and Uganda is expanding for me! I’m grateful to everyone one of YOU, for your partnership either in prayer or financially! Your partnership is what God has used to open more doors of urgent ministry!

Africa is now home to highest number of Christians in the world. Latin America held that title previously!

Explosive growth is something to be exceedingly excited about, but paramount is the urgent need for sound teaching, doctrine, and practice – all of which are severely lacking in Africa. This is what I’ve seen “loud and clear” in each of my 12 trips to Kenya and Uganda. Hence, my calling is to Pastoral Teaching & Training:  Taking Bible School to those who can’t afford to go!

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Two new groups of pastors in rural Kenya …

One of the leaders from the original Kenya Pastor’s group has invited me to branch out to reach two new groups of pastors in near rural Siaya, Kenya! I’ll be taking them verse-by-verse through 2 Timothy to focus on sound principles of pastoral ministry and leadership, while also focusing on principles of Bible study and accurate interpretation.

Ministering in two countries: Kenya & Uganda

We then make a four-hour drive over the border into Uganda! I’ll be doing an intensive one-week Pastor and Church Leader conference at Victory Christian Centre in Kamuli, Uganda. We are expecting more than 500 in attendance! “Pastoral Teaching & Training: Taking Bible School to those who can’t afford to go!” I will be taking them through   2nd Timothy.                                     

My Evangelistic Outreach Ministry in Uganda!   FM Radio / Sunday Church / Prisoners / High School Assembly / Orphans / Widows

 


 Short-wave radio to Africa:                                                  

My weekly short-wave radio broadcast to Africa continues on Sunday nights via “Voice of Hope Africa” radio.  It reaches all 52 nations of Africa! (& into Europe) My current radio broadcast series is: “The Book of Acts.” https://pastorbradabley.weebly.com/audio-teachings.html 

 


Dear friends, may I prayerfully ask for your financial partnership for this trip& for my continued monthly Ministry to Africa? Weekly radio recordings, video recordings for class instruction & writing class curriculum. Would you prayerfully consider giving generously to my ministry – even allowing the Lord to stretch you in your giving?

Would you partner with me financially to help me to accomplish these goals and more? How greatly blessed I would be if you would consider sending me to do this Mission!

I hold Ordination Credentials with “Vanguard Ministries.

Vanguard accepts: Monthly/ Quarterly/ Annual / One-Time Donations.

 

Your donations Tax-Deductible. Vanguard is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Ministry. Vanguard Ministries was founded by Brad’s fellow Regent Univ. graduate & friend, Dr. Bobby Hill.

Via ONLINE Vanguard Ministries website:

https://vanguardministries.churchcenter.com/giving/to/africa-missions-abley-brad

This link is designated to:  “Africa Missions-Brad Abley


 

Via CHECK   Please email for this info: brad.abley@gmail.com


Please let me know how I can pray for you!

 


Thank you so much, for giving to and for praying for my Pastoral Teaching & Training ministry in Africa!   The pastors are forever grateful for their education

Two Day Summary of the March 2019 Kenya Mission

As a reminder, allow me to repeat the entire purpose of my African ministry: to take seminary to those who cannot afford to go, and to teach the people in the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit.

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Thus, I go where the need is greatest; the Mission is to root and ground the Church in rural Kenya in sound doctrine, something that takes years to accomplish, and great patience.

In the first two days of our week-long intensive, Danny Gilbert and I did a lot of teaching on Old Testament and New Testament Survey.

I focused first on Judges, and did an in-depth character study of Gideon. I related it in about 20 ways to current pastoral ministry and leadership, as we examined Gideon’s strengths and weaknesses.

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This was an eye-opening session for the pastors and students, especially as we saw the connection between Gideon, and so much of pastoral leadership in the New Testament!

I’ve found that the knowledge of the pastors and students in the Old Testament is quite low, and they’ve been ignorant of most of it. Now, however, they’re much more confident in its importance!

Moreover, they’re so excited to go back home and become eager, serious students of the joy of the Old Testament!

When I return to the U.S., I’ll continue to teach them on video on the Old Testament.

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At the same time, some of our most special times have also been when the men and women bring up many various, serious issues in church life and ask us about how to deal with those issues.

It’s at that point that we always answer their questions by showing them what to do from God’s Word.

One, serious example is the following: one of the leaders said that five years ago, if a young woman in the church had been found to commit sexual sin and become pregnant, he would have kicked her out of the church.

But recently, this same pastor did discover a young woman in his church who is not married, had sex with a man and is now pregnant. This pastor said he has been very gentle with her; he has helped her and encouraged her!

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I say this because for the last five years, we’ve been constantly encouraging the pastors to become redemptive, focusing on redemptive actions, learning to move in grace and forgiveness, demonstrating the father heart of God. This has been an enormous victory.

Yesterday, I finished going through an overview of the book of Ruth, demonstrating the deep pain Naomi repeatedly experienced through the famine, she experienced, the death of her husband and two sons and the turnaround God gave her through her relationship with her daughter-in-law, Ruth.

It was quite eye-opening to the pastors and students!

Today, I introduced 1 Samuel, with extensive comparison and contrast between Saul and David, and how a study of these two men has so much that can be applied in pastoral ministry.

Brad at Elim

That led us into a deep study of Ps. 32, which then also led to an extensive teaching on biblical praise and worship, with the worship leaders and pastors were greatly blessed and challenged by.

As we did yesterday, we delved deeply into the importance of evangelism – being witnesses to all people, learning how to share our faith, and how to preach evangelistically.

Brad

BECAUSE MY MIND NEEDS RENEWING EVERY DAY AND BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO LIE TO ME ABOUT WHO I AM IN CHRIST:

“Today I choose, Lord, to be strong in You and in the strength of Your might. I put on the full armor of God, that I may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

“For my fight is not against people, but it’s against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness; against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

“Therefore, I take up the full armor of God that I may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

“I stand firm therefore, having girded my loins with truth. I gird my loins with the truth that I’m your son (daughter); that I’m a man (woman) of God, an ambassador for Christ, a minister of reconciliation.

“I thank You that You love me; that Your hand rests upon me for good; that You never leave me or forsake me, even in trials that You use for my growth in Christ. I gird my loins with the truth that “I’ve been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ who lives within me.

“And the life that I now live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Lord Jesus, I was buried with you in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.

“Therefore I consider myself to be dead to sin (name the sins you struggle with), but alive to God through Christ Jesus.” I thank You for Your grace, for Your mercy and for Your favor which rests upon me. You are for me and not against me; You plan for my success and not my defeat.

“And I agree with You that because You are holy, I am to be holy today. Please fill me with Your Spirit and help me to walk in Your holiness, at all times today, in Jesus’ name.”

BECAUSE THE BATTLE IS ALSO FOR MY EMOTIONS:

“I put on the breastplate of righteousness now Lord and thank You Lord Jesus that You are my breastplate and You are my righteousness; You have declared me to be righteous in Your sight and worthy before You.

“Help me to walk now in Your truth and righteousness at all times. Please protect my emotions today. I come against and take authority over… (name whatever the enemy attacks you with or whatever tempts you or that you struggle with: e.g. strife, heaviness, oppression, pride, a critical spirit, discouragement, discontentment, lust, fantasy, etc. Do it boldly, recognizing your authority as a believer).

For example: “I take authority now over every spirit of strife that would come against me; I bind fear of _______…I bind the lies that I’m not ___________; I bind accusations against me from the accuser of the brethren…I take authority over discontentment and choose to walk in Your contentment.”
BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO STEAL OUR PEACE AND JOY:

“Father, I shod my feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…Thank You that You are my peace and my joy; fill me now with Your Spirit and help me to abide in Your peace, in Your joy, in Your love and in the power of the Holy Spirit at all times — no matter what the difficulties or circumstances!”

BECAUSE THE DEVIL TRIES TO BRING DOUBT:

“Father, in addition to all that I take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the fiery-tipped arrows of the evil one — for You are my shield and You are my faith.

“Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me; You’re my glory and the lifter of my head. Help me today to be full of faith and full of the Holy Spirit; help me to walk by faith and not by sight or emotions — in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

“Help me to trust You, to rest joyfully in You; to be settled, surrendered and submitted to You; to be persevering and confident in You and discerning at all times.”

BECAUSE THE BATTLE IS FOR THE MIND:

“Father, I put on the helmet of salvation and I ask You to protect my mind and my thoughts; help me to think like You, to act like You and to respond like You at all times, in the name of Jesus. Let my mind be off limits and impenetrable by the devil.”

BECAUSE OF MY NEED TO BE BOLD IN THIS BATTLE AND TO SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST MY ENEMIES:

“Father, I take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and I ask You to help me to speak Your word with all boldness, authority and power, quickly against the devil, in the name of Jesus.

Now, clothe yourself with Christ (from Col. 3):

“I clothe myself with humility; with love and compassion; with kindness and gentleness; with patience and self-control; with holiness and purity and with forgiveness. Please help me to walk this way before You and man at all times today, in the name of Jesus, amen!

Note: this prayer has worked for me since 1986 and I’ve been praying this way nearly every day since. It works! I offer this as an example, but the Holy Spirit I’m sure will customize it for you.

The prayer is based upon my teaching on the full armor of God and the prayer is based upon careful study of Eph. 6:10-18, in its context of prayer. May the Lord help you to be a mighty warrior!

Dear friends,

I’m writing the following to keep you updated on the progress of my eighth Missons trip to Siaya, Kenya, to teach and train the pastors there, and to educate the students in the Bible Institute that Danny Gilbert founded, and that I’m helping to lead, as the Professor of Biblical Studies.

For you who have been praying for me, THANK YOU!  And for you who have partnered with me financially, THANK YOU!  I could experience no success — humanly-speaking — apart from you!

Here is the update from the first two days:

Sunday, March 11: Here’s an important story the Lord used the next day for the pastors, which stirred them deeply for evangelism.

Our drive to church took about 20 minutes, much of it along simple, extremely rugged dirt roads with many, many people walking about.  On this drive, I probably greeted about 100 people (because we had to  drive so slowly, due to the road conditions).

However, my greetings were in Luo and in Swahili; I’ve learned a great deal of the Luo language, so I would say, “God bless you” in Luo (“Nyasaye ogwethi!”).

In Swahili, I would say, “Mungu akubariki!” and, “God loves you” in Luo (“Nyasaye oheri!”).

There are at least three reasons I said these things: First, I’m here to bring the name of Jesus to as many people as I can.

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Secondly, I sensed — correctly, as I found out later from the pastors – that virtually no one does these things in the Kenyan culture!

How shocking and exciting it is for the Luo people to even see a white man, and then to hear him speak their language with the correct pronunciation has been causing lots of discussion!

I would say that this was a significant highlight of my day.

My message in the packed church service I preached in was very well-received.

Monday, March 12:  Perhaps the most important teaching Danny Gilbert and I’ve ever done occurred immediately in our very first training session for the pastors, Monday morning: The Holy Spirit marvelously led us to switch what we had planned to teach on, and instead, to focus on evangelism.

At first, the pastors demonstrated very little interest in reaching the unsaved, as I asked them many questions about them sharing the gospel with others.

So, I stopped, and said, “we need to pray; something is very wrong here, and we need the Holy Spirit to come quickly and change hearts.”

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When I finished praying, I was silent for about a minute, and I could sense hearts changing, and the spiritual atmosphere changing.

Once I began teaching, I immediately noticed a significant change among the pastors, who were humbled and greatly stirred to ask God our Father and Jesus our Lord to give us His heart for the lost.  I called it, “break my heart for what breaks Yours” (i.e. the unsaved).

I taught them from Luke 19:1-10 about the story of Zaccheus, and how Jesus reached out to him in a friendship love.  In addition, I gave numerous personal examples of how to share the gospel with the unsaved, all of which connected deeply with the pastors, and which inspired them.

But I found out that what seemed to convict them the most was how many people I blessed, on the way to church, and how I spoke about my deep burden at seeing so many people who were obviously not going to church, but merely going about their business.

I think each of the pastors thought, “here this foreigner is coming to my nation, speaking to the people about God, and I’m doing nothing; this needs to change!”

We ended up praying much for the unsaved, and we could see immediately how quickly the work of the Holy Spirit penetrated their hearts.  They were deeply moved.

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On a different note, Danny began to teach on the Great Commandment, and when he got to the part about loving ourselves, he asked me to teach on that part, which I did, and I showed the pastors how to grow in a healthy, biblical way of loving themselves.

I showed them how to pray through God’s Word in a devotional manner in the first-person to grow in our ability to love ourselves, and I taught them what the outcomes would be.

I also led them in praying about these things corporately; when we finished, there was great rejoicing among us!

Lastly, the soccer ball we bought for the orphans at Ebenezer Children’s Home a year ago popped, so I bought a new ball for them, seen in the picture below.

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Friends, your prayers are being answered greatly, and your finances are truly being multiplied, as the pastors are rooted and grounded more deeply in their faith, and as they’re being challenged to share their faith, leading in evangelism for their congregations by example!

We would be wise to not let the passing of such an historic, prominent man and leader as Billy Graham slip by us without heeding so many of the stellar examples of integrity in life and leadership he set.

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Among many reasons for his decades-long success as the most influential religious leader of the 20th and 21st centuries, was Billy Graham’s early decision to hold himself to a high and rigorous standard of accountability.

First, that meant submitting himself to a team of three other men — Grady Wilson, Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea — with whom Graham stayed in close, strong friendship and relationship all of his life.

Second, meeting in a hotel room in Modesto, CA in 1948, the team agreed to what was later called the “Modesto Manifesto,” an agreement that none of the men would make the mistake other ministers had made so often — meeting with alone with women — and then falling into an adulterous relationship.

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The other three parts of the “manifesto” included having an outside concern do the physical count of people attending the crusades, to remove the temptation to exaggerate attendance.

In addition, they decided to have an independent firm conduct regular financial audits of the ministry — with full, public disclosure — and they refused to bring public criticism of churches or other ministries with whom they may have privately disagreed with.

These matters proved to be the kind of principled foundation that would protect Dr. Graham from scandal, and enable the kind of success witnessed throughout the world for an entire generation.

The signal temptations of sex, money and fame will always dog every minister, but Billy Graham demonstrated an ability to overcome those temptations with humble and wise boundaries.

One last thought about the “Modesto Manifesto” of 1948 (this was a verbal agreement among the men; nothing was ever written down), and that is the idea of a covenantal relationship — a friendship rooted in the idea that believers in Jesus Christ ought to maintain the same devotion to each other that God has with us.

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I find it a very real, but sad thing indeed that few ministers choose to walk in the kind of security, humility and devotion with other fellow ministers that should be far more evident in ministers of the gospel.

To be sure, every relationship “takes two” to be successful, but Dr. Graham and his team demonstrated that it is possible.  I hope his example stirs many ministers to follow what has been written above, and that such an extraordinary man’s legacy is heeded seriously.