Burundi tragedy update

Recently I posted about the terrible fire in Bujumbura’s central market. The backbone of the food supply chain to this hungry nation. New information has said that as much as 70% of Burundi’s food went through this market… so when it was burnt to the ground, the businesses, the peoples lives, the countries infrastructure collapsed.

This is the market today:
Market-Fire2

And this is how people are trying to survive by selling their goods:

marketmadness3At Yapton on Sunday, one of the businessmen suggested we develop some kind of partnership between businesses.  UK business helping Burundi business to get going again.  I like that idea.  Drop me a line at steve.jenkins@openlife.org.uk  if you have any thoughts that could develop this idea or if you would like to be a part of this developing initiative.

Many thanks

Steve

To my friends in Bujumbura

An open letter to my Brother & Sisters who are in the midst of stunned devastation in Bujumbura.

The cry of the city feels like Jerusalem’s cry when it was destroyed.  At that time no one believed the city of God could be taken… but it was, and the people were exiled.   Read the book of Lamentations and you get a sense of pain, confusion and disbelief. But in the middle of this unbelievable struggle we find these verses:

Lamentations 3:31-33
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.

It is not the Lords will for these things to happen… It is satan, the thief, who seeks to steel, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) I encourage the church of Burundi, as a people not to blame God, but to see the real enemy in this battle.  Be open to Gods love which casts out all fear…. this is a good and trustworthy passage for this season in Bujumbura:

1 John 4:17-19
17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us.

Grace, peace and hope in Jesus name

Steve

Lunch break

There is so much going on… I love it.   A quick post in my lunch break to update you:

Gaston Farm  ( http://www.gastonfarm.com ) gearing up for the wonderful lambing season – an opportunity to see and experience life in all it’s fullness – and raise funds for great missional causes.

Yapton ( http://www.yaptonfreechurch.net ) is challenging and exciting us as we work out the messy stuff of lives and see them being beautifully honed into the likeness of Christ.

Work  ( http://www.globalherbs.co.uk & http://www.care4chicken.co.uk )  the bit that pays the bills and is going really well, with exciting things coming up.

Family ( including  http://supportingsophia.wordpress.com )   Soph is very busy at NGM – a big conference this coming weekend where she is singing & serving,  CJ loving being a nanny and using all her naturally caring character to nurture a little boy while his mum & dad look after other peoples teeth.  Larisa is being the most amazing host (we had loads of people, including The familie Devos around our table in the last week. She continues to minister in care and prayer to many we know in the community.  As for me, I write a few words, speak a bit and point people to Jesus… business as usual then :)

All good… here then.

I do however, ask you to pray with me for my friends in Burundi, this massive fire in Bujumbura is having far reaching consequences and is crippling and already desperately needy nation.
The central market was the main food link for the capital city and it’s surrounding area.  Thousands of families lost their entire businesses.  The normal food chain destroyed. the national economy, already one of the very poorest in the world, devastated.

Contact me if you wish to help.  I have trustworthy partners in the city that will help us make a difference.

Burundi fire

Blessing…

It is important to give the Glory to God when things happen that are clearly His doing!  So here goes…

Last year, you may remember me posting on here about the finances we needed to get Sophia through her first year at New Generation Music (NGM)  we reckoned on about  £9,000 to cover all living costs, fees, mission trip etc.   We have been amazed at how the Lord provided time after time…  and incredibly blessed this week when we received a call to say that all outstanding  fees for the last year at NGM had been paid in full….  we want to thank our Heavenly Father for His provision and bless those that responded to His prompting.  Hallelujah!!

We continue to trust Him for Sophia’s  2nd year…   and invite you to pray with us. We are very aware that when people are out of sight, they quickly become out of mind.  So we are producing some ‘prayer cards’ to give to everyone who is interested & we are developing Sophia’s own web/blog at http://sophiajenkins.wordpress.com