Nathaniel, chosen by Jesus to be His disciple, said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (John 1:49). At this season we are humbled to realize the Baby born in Bethlehem is our King, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and our Savior. Throughout this year He has gently revealed Himself in more wonderful ways, and our longing is to be like Him, to reflect His light as we realize He has chosen us to be His disciples.
The year, soon to be behind us, has been full of victories and joys. Cyprian's time in Nigeria this year was marked by fruitfulness. As of October there are over 27 correctors in Kano, 12 in Benue, and some in Bassa local government of Kogi State. The Lord is raising capable and enthusiastic correctors and leaders. Progress is remarkable in the distribution of these courses which have proven to be a valid and useful tool in evangelism and discipleship. Cyprian, D.V., returns to Nigeria the end of January 1997 for the remainder of the year. Pray constantly for all of the ministry there: the work of encouragement and challenge in the assemblies, university fellowships, evangelistic outreaches, film ministry and the continuous counseling that takes place. Endless miles of travel will be undertaken in less than good traveling conditions. Pray that all will truly be blessed by God's wisdom.
Joy's health is great, and she continues nursing where times of sharing and prayer with the residents are numerous. Teaching Sunday School and occasionally ladies' fellowships are a joy for her. She will be involved in coordinating the Emmaus mail from Ghana for follow-up in Cyprian's absence. Jessie has rapidly recovered from the October accident that caused injury to her spine and is still wearing the brace. Pray for her as she continues studies at Loma Linda University. Stephen continues engineering studies at USC, and we see God's hand of protection and love continually. Access to the Internet is an additional blessing from the Lord through USC.
As we have seen God's hand throughout the year, we know we must thank each of you again for praying for us. Please continue--we are helpless without your prayers.
The heart of our God is seen in this expression of love: "Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all my commandments that it might be well with them and their children forever!" (Deuteronomy 5:29).
All Glory to the King,
The Kia Family
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