Provision

Computers provided!

For awhile we had one computer, given to us in 2008 as a gift. It is the one we traveled countries and continents with. But it was giving up and hanging by a string. Last summer, we asked God for another computer. We had looked at a refurbished computer that would cost $225. We agreed that God would provide that money. Very shortly after, someone we had ministered to handed us an envelope with $250. After we paid out tithe on it, we had exactly the $225 we needed. Praise God, with got the computer!

It was our personal, ministry and homeschooling computer. Everyone had to be patient. We had to coordinate our schooling; Pitana’s study and ministry work and never mind any personal emails etc. But we were thankful and learned to schedule time for computer usage. Then, it was dropped once when one of our children was going to use to use it for school. But after some prayers, it worked well again! Hallelujah!

Then a few weeks ago, a little bit of water fell on the computer. It would not work well again. We were going to visit friends and one of them works with computers. The Lord said, ‘take the computer to him to look at’ so we obeyed. After looking at it, he told us that it could not be revived although he had good news, we had not lost any of our files! We told him that it had to work because it was the only one we had for personal, ministry and homeschooling usage. On top of that one of our sons had government tests to do online the next few days! Our friend was surprised to find out that we only had one laptop. He said, ‘you at least need 2 computers :one for ministry and the other for schooling.’ We told him that we agreed but that is what we had at the moment.

The computer did not work well again. We drove home from our visit, only to arrive and receive a phone call from our friends letting us know that they had ordered us 2 new laptops! God is so good. To Him be all the glory! The laptops arrived in 2 days and our son was able to use it for his tests. Hallelujah!

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Encouragement

God’s approach !

Hello friends,

In the book of genesis, we get an insight on how God deals or resolves a state of chaos and void and emptiness. Genesis 1:2,3 talks about how the earth of was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and God said let there be light. There is so much to unpack out this. First we see that the earth  was in state of chaos (now remember that we as people are earthy or of the earth, it will make sense soon) and then we see God come to bring a solution to that problem.  Here is the great thing that I see, before God spoke light into the situation, He had first to have his Spirit move upon the waters. This principle if you grab it today will make your growing in God much more easier than ever before. As people we find ourselves in a state of chaos, hopelessness where we feel that darkness is so deep in us, that there is no way out. Well, God always has a way out and the way out is the following: First, we must let  the Spirit of God move (give Him liberty to do as He wills in your life). Have you lately asked Him to move freely in your life ? Then we see second that God will speak light into your situation bringing clarity and exposing darkness. At this point now you know what to repent of and move on. Have you asked God to give you His Holy Spirit? He promised in Luke 11:13 that those who ask will not be denied. But in the book of James 4:2 it says that you have not because you ask not. If you have the Holy Spirit in you, have you given Him the Freedom to move? Here is the truth, God would not speak light until His Spirit had moved and it is still the same today. The Holy Spirit by divine appointment is the beginning stage of anything God will do in us. He is the one who convicts us of sin (before we are saved), of righteousness, who teaches us all things, etc May I encourage you today to give the Spirit of God first priority in your life and freedom to move as He will and with this the light of God will continue to shine in your dark situations. Father, we repent for grieving your Spirit and not allowing Him to move, will you give us your grace today to study Him, know Him and have fellowship with Him. In Jesus name we pray and believe. Amen.

The Lord bless you.

Pitana.

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Encouragement

My article in AR Magazine

For those of you who don’t get Above Rubies Magazine or who have not yet received your copy, here is a copy of my article in the latest issue:

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A MOTHER DESPERATE FOR GOD
I hear comments such as “You have good children.”
            “I thank God,” I respond. It is the honest truth. You see, I have a husband who loves me and looks to me to be his helper. Me? I have nothing in my upbringing that qualifies me to be a good and godly wife (I grew up in a broken Muslim home and every relative I knew, had a broken home too). So, I cleave to the Rock that is higher than I.
            Then there are four, soon to be five, lovely children who call me “Mama.” They expect me to nurture and train them. But who am I that I should undertake such a task? I, myself, have never known the love of a mother. From infancy, my older brother, younger twin brothers and I, were brought up by a single father.  Raised in a small African country, Rwanda in East Africa, this was not common. Single mothers yes, but I had never met single fathers. With the help of servants, we carried on and my father did his best to care for us.
But now, here I am, called to be a Mother… How do you become what you have never seen modeled? I thank God for the living Word! God has not left any aspect of our lives, including mothering, out of His Word. He has given us instructions for all areas of life (2 Timothy 3:16). So we can confidently say, “when my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Psalm 27: 10.  So where does  a mother such as I look and where do I turn for help? Time and time again, I turn to the One who created the mother of all living!!
            It is written, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). This is absolutely true. Without God, I cannot grow the little one in my womb. Once the baby is born, I cannot make it nurse or sleep. How could you explain to me that I could take a child who has only been in diapers and somehow get it in his brain that he can use the potty, without the help of God? Or a child who has never spoken before, that I could teach them to talk or walk, etc. There are many day to day routines in our mothering, that we can easily overlook the hand of God at work in our homes.
            At the end of the day, when I see our children fed, bathed, clothed, and tucked in bed, I thank my God because I know I could not have done it without Him. Some may laugh saying, “You couldn’t even  make a meal?” No, I could not, not without Him giving me strength and guiding me how. Having been brought up with servants, house keeping, cooking etc was not an area I was trained in. And to my shock, in this country in which I got married in, Canada, servants are hard to come by to say the very least… You can imagine what life has been like for me as a homemaker. Haah!! There is much for me to learn.
            So, I look at my little ones and I am filled with awe. I have not forgotten where I have come from and who I am without Jesus. It is only Him who has made them the wonderful children they are. Oh how I have cleaved to His Word, “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Isaiah 54:13). This has been my constant prayer: from infancy to toddler, and every new season we step into. Every new change in our lives; in homeschooling; and in every travel to a new city or new country (we travel a lot as missionaries). I trust Him to teach them and prepare them for what’s ahead. Does that mean, I don’t teach my children and do my part in raising them? No, It simply means that I know I am limited to what I can do. But I thank God that with Him, nothing is impossible.
              So how do you do it? How do you raise all these children? How do you travel with them? These are among some of the questions I get. The honest truth is that I am just a woman desperate for God because I know, “Except the Lord build a house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1).
May God help us mothers to cry out to Him constantly for it is “Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit,’ saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). What a Wonderful God we serve! What a Redeemer! What a faithful God! To Him be all the glory.
NADIA MUTANA

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Ministry Updates

Georgia – Road trip 2014

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From Mississippi, we drove to Goodwater, Alabama. There we were refreshed; met new brothers and sisters; enjoyed being in the middle of no where and shared our testimonies.

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From Alabama, we drove to Rome, Georgia; to the home of of our nanny, Sarah. What a joyous occasion it was for Sarah to see her mother and for us to meet her. Lots of tears of joy!! We enjoyed good southern cooking and got to know Sarah better. A homecoming party had been arranged, so Sarah’s friends and family came over to welcome her back and to meet us. What a precious time it was!

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In one of our family devotions while we were there, we studied on the scripture that says that “you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2. So for prayer, everyone gave a prayer request and we prayed accordingly. Sarah’s mom’s prayer was that her children, her family, be saved. So we asked our youngest daughter, Elizah, to pray for that and we agreed with her. Literary, a couple of hours later, Sarah’s sister called the mother and ended up surrendering her life to Jesus right on the phone! Hallelujah! God is so good! He does answer prayers even those you have prayed for a long time just as Sarah’s mom had. So keep on praying and pray again.

We felt at home and enjoyed our stay. We then prepared to leave Sarah at her home for nearly 3 weeks, for Christmas while we continued on. We truly enjoyed our time with Sarah’s mother as we talked in the late hours.

There is more to God. Our prayer for us and for you all is that we will go deeper in the knowledge of our God. Let’s not be satisfied. Let’s press on to the “high calling.” Philippians 3:14.

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Ministry Updates

You can rise again!

This morning, in our family devotions we studied on the scripture, “I am doing a great work so that I can not come down.” Nehemiah 6:3. Our goal is to stay focused; to keep to the great work of following the Lord and not come down to the enemy’s schemes. But sometimes we fall. We were talking with our children how although we pray and work and desire not to fall, sometimes, we as Christians fall. “For a  righteous man falleth seven times and riseth up again.” Proverb 24:16. The question this morning was, “what do we do when we fall?” What do you do when you fall; when you come down to the traps of the enemy; to depression, anger, self pity, discouragement, disobedience, evil speaking etc.? We all find ourselves ‘down’ sometimes. Are we to stay there? Scripture tells us that we are to rise again. Another question was asked again, ‘how do I get up once I have fallen?” How do I get my joy back? How do I get over depression? How about bitterness? Wounds?

Pitana shared what David did. When David and his men found their wives and children taken, “they wept until they had no more power to weep.” 1 Samuel 30:4. So we learned that first, you become real. No pretense or hypocrisy! It’s okay to weep. It’s okay to say, “I am hurt”; even the strong man of war, David, did. Secondary, we cry out to God. With all our emotions, we let our cries ascend to Him. God will hear and answer our cry if we are real with Him.

Sometimes, we all go through hard times. Just because we are missionaries does not exempt us. The battles can be very hot but God remains faithful. Perhaps, you are engaged in some kind of warfare. Let’s encourage you not to give up. Keep crying out to God; fast; find a brother or sister to share the burden with. JUST DON’T GIVE UP. HOLD ON TO JESUS AND HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH.

We are thankful for those of you who continually pray for us. You may never know how much your prayers mean to us.

Pitana and Nadia

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Encouragement

And the evening and the morning!

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“And the evening and the morning were the first day”(Genesis 1:5). It looks like God does things upside down from the way we do it. We learn here quickly that He created all things between evening and the morning (6pm to 6am). Isn’t it interesting that it doesn’t say” and the morning and the evening was the first day”. I want to continue my encouragement about having an all night meeting with God.  We read of Jesus that before He came walking on the water, he had been praying most of the night(Matthew 14:23-25). In another passage it says that He rose up way before dawn and went away to pray(Mark 1:35). We see God delivering the children of Israel out of Egypt at Midnight (Exodus 12:29-31). Paul and Silas seemed to learn this lesson. In prison, the bible says that they prayed and sang praises to God at Midnight and the result was that not only them but also all the prisoners were delivered. Also in the same night, the jailer and his household got saved and baptized (Acts 16:25-33). That is icing on the cake isn’t it. We see also Herod intending to kill Peter, the leader of the church, but the bible says that the church prayed for Peter without ceasing and during the night while he slept the angel of the Lord came and delivered him(Acts 12:1-18). Would it be possible that maybe you are facing a situation that looks hopeless, may i encourage you to go against the grain, to do what not many are willing to do. It looks like in scripture there are too many examples to list where many decided to do something a little different, and the results are very encouraging. Personally, i would like to say that as in the natural there is little or no traffic at night, in the same way, it seems to me also that much gets accomplished spiritually in the night hours. Father give us the grace to sacrifice our sleep if needed to see a breakthrough for ourselves, marriages, children and the world. In Jesus name i pray and believe. Amen.

The Lord bless you.

Pitana

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Salvation

Born Again Birthday!!

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Hello Friends,

Please help me celebrate the day my wife Nadia surrendered her life to Jesus. It is now 13 years ago on March 11th that her life was changed. I pray that you will be encouraged as your read her testimony on the site under Nadia’s testimony. May I also suggest that if you count Nadia a blessing in your life, you take a minute to let her know today? I am one of many her love for Jesus has touched. Click here to read her testimony.

The Lord bless you.

Pitana

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Encouragement

All night!

Hello friends,

In scripture, we are exhorted to encourage one another daily seeing the day is approaching. I hope to give you my share of encouragement today. It comes from Luke 6:12 which says: “And it came to pass in those days that He (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God“.  As you continue to read verse 13 and on, it is amazing to see the things that Jesus accomplished after He prayed all night. In the morning the bible says that He chose the 12 apostles (who went on to change the world with the gospel), then after we read that when He came down to the multitude in verse 19 that there was virtue that went out of Him and healed them all. It looks like when we give to God our ALL withholding nothing He will give us something that impacts ALL. And then to top it up, He gave the sermon to his disciples that  we call the beatitudes  which is believed to be one of the most widely quoted piece of scripture. May I encourage you today to give more time to God, how about set aside a Friday Night from 11pm to 5am and get out the best of your worship music, your bible, a notebook where you write down all the prayers you would like to talk to God about( yourself, your spouse(if married), children by name, your friends, brothers and sisters, your fears and anxieties) The night is a good time because there is little or no distractions and you have enough time to listen to what God has for you or your family if you have one. Now you say, wait a minute i will fall asleep. You are authorized to drink coffee, have a snack, take a break and stretch. I am looking forward to hear the testimonies that come out of your own all night time with God.

The Lord bless you.

Pitana

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Ministry Updates

At a point of rest.

Dear brothers and sisters,

God has been very good to us. We have traveled many, many miles and He has kept, guided and provided for us.

We are currently in Ontario, Canada. From Mississippi which we wrote about last, we traveled to 13 more cities before we reached here, in Ontario.

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We are taking time to rest and to just be a family. Please keep us in your prayers.

We plan to later on update you on all that the Lord did as He saved and encouraged His church wherever He led us. We are not a ‘special group’, we are just those who say, ‘here i am Lord, send me.’

If you will finally surrender and obey whatever instructions the Master is giving you, you too will be amazed at what He does.

To the Only Wise God, be glory and honor both now and forevermore.

His friends,

Pitana & Nadia

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