Though the seasons change
Your love remains….
This song rings true for us here at TCOAC during recent months. A changing of the seasons both in the natural and the spiritual. The long-awaited rainy season finally arrived with a rush to plant seeds in the watered soil. A hungry nation desperate for physical food. And at TCOAC, a big transition time for the leadership team. The Torres family came back from their 5-month furlough in the USA refreshed and ready to press into the things God has ordained for them to do. What to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to? Not always an easy thing, but wanting to be sustainable in the long-term. We welcomed the amazing Anderson family (photo below) from Liebenzeller Mission to join the TCOAC team here in Bukeye. They have been in Burundi for 8 years and are already family to us so it is with joy that we see God work a miracle for them to be part of our growing team.
In the spiritual, we believe that Bukeye and Burundi is ripe for harvest. There have been prophetic words about Burundi being a fire and light of revival and flowing out to surrounding Nations. We want to be ready. Isai and Samuel (Anderson) are busy preparing discipleship training material to teach to local church leaders and TCOAC staff. We want to sow into our kids spiritually and be more intentional about sharing the gospel and praying for patients at the clinic. It seems the more we press into God and the preparing for harvest, the more challenges we face, but through it all God’s love remains and as we make time to be in His presence and be infused with His love we have faith, hope and energy to continue. Praise Him!
Lord you’ve been faithful to plant the seeds, And you will be faithful to always send your rain. Though the seasons change, Your love remains, Your love remains. (United Pursuit Music)
With all our love
Isai, Samantha and all TCOAC team
We are so delighted that Audrey Biziyaremye TCOAC’s Country Director got married to Butoyi Gerard on October 15th. Audrey and Butoyi are both leaders in Bon Berger Church in nearby Muramvya and have spent the last year getting to know each other more and preparing for marriage. Butoyi is a high school teacher and has moved to Bukeye so Audrey can remain close to work.
The dowry party was in September in Bujumbura and then the civil wedding and church ceremony with reception were in Muramvya. Lots of TCOAC staff and all our children went to the ceremony and Samantha was the maid of honour. We are so excited to see how God is going to use them together for His Kingdom. Please join with us to pray for them at the start of this exciting new season!
September was a busy month hosting various visitors. Dr Tom Byrd a member of TCOAC Board and our medical adviser came from Texas for 10 days to do an evaluation of Cornerstone Clinic. It was such a blessing to have him with us and to encourage Dr Viator the Medical Director and all the team. He gave some suggestions for improving patient flow and we have implemented these by employing 4 more staff members. Patient numbers continue to increase and we are excited about the impact the clinic is having on the local community.
We hosted Niles Sharif and team from Francis Kitchen in California. They blessed TCOAC with supplies for the clinic, hybrid seeds for community leaders and lots of formula milk for 4 new babies in the milk program. The team took the seeds to a small village ready for planting season and had the opportunity to share the gospel with the men, women and children.