Rita Langeland from Hidden With Christ Ministries Asks For Prayer
Hello dear friends and prayer warriors!
Just wanted to update you on the latest news and prayer needs of Hidden With Christ Ministries.
First of all I asked for prayer for Warren and Christian Oberst – our returning missionaries to Treasures of Africa Children’s Home. They had been trying to sell Warren’s mother’s home but it had fallen out of escrow. The latest news is that they are almost back in escrow again with a different buyer. They have agreed verbally to the terms and are currently waiting to sign escrow papers. Please pray for that to go through. And also that the date for closing of escrow will be early enough for them to leave by mid October so they have a full two weeks with Jodie in Tanzania to get acclimated to the day to day schedule of running the orphanage. Thanks for your continued prayers for them as they wind up their work and living situations and clean out the family home of over 40 years! That is a very big (and emotional) job.
ALSO – Please pray for missionary support funds to come in for the Obersts so all their expenses including airline tickets and other expenses will be covered.
Secondly – I am returning to Tanzania on Sept 17 for a six week stay WHICH HAS MULTIPLE GOALS. ( I am very blessed that my husband Dave will accompany me for the first 2 weeks of the trip!) 1) – This is to work with Jodie who is serving as Interim Director (she is there alone right now) and to prepare for the transition of leadership at TOA. 2) We are also moving into and setting up the new Mission House (which is a big job as well!) 3) – I will be preparing a farewell and appreciation celebration for Jodie prior to her departure on October 31. This is for the children and staff to have a chance to express their love and appreciation for her service at TOA and to help all of them say goodbye. 4) Then as soon as Warren and Christina arrive we can begin the transition process with Jodie. That is why it is vital to pray they can arrive in Tanzania as soon as possible. 5) we plan to gather video footage to create a couple of new videos for TOA – one that focuses on the building project that can be used for fundraising – and one about the kids. 6) We have a big meeting SCHEDULED FOR SEPT 26 between the U.S. team of architects/engineers from the Building Africa organization who are flying to Tanzania and the Tanzanian architect, engineer and contractor who have all been collaborating via email and skype on the TOA Children’s Village for the past two years. We are very close to finalizing all the architectural plans by faith – believing God will complete the good work which He has begun!
THE BIGGEST THING ON MY HEART-is obtaining the TITLE DEED for the orphanage land. (aside from money to build the project – this is the critical issue for moving forward on the project) After the amount of work we have done to satisfy every request for paperwork that the Tanzanian government could possibly ask for and to have the Land Commissioner in Kilimanjaro Region continue to STONEWALL the signing of our deed (which has sat in her office for more than year)…we know beyond a shadow of a doubt this is a spiritual rather than a natural battle.
Paul the apostle clearly stated that: …our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
There is a demonic spiritual power or principality that operates in Tanzania – and it does NOT want any incursion into its territory. That is why this struggle to take possession of this land is so intense. This makes it all the more vital that we get this victory – but it must be done IN THE SPIRIT. I am asking you to pray and fast (if possible) – as I feel that this is the only answer. Daniel fasted 21 days before receiving an answer and the angel who brought it – told him that he had been battling the “Prince of Persia” which was a reference to a demonic principality that was trying to stop Daniel from receiving the answer to his prayer. Yet the angel clearly told him that he had been sent in answer to his prayer from the first day but was held up for 21 days fighting the demonic spirit.
Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty- one days…
I believe we will get the breakthrough for the TITLE DEED by prayer and fasting. I will be fasting for THIS ISSUE for the next 4 days prior to leaving for Tanzania – and I will be blessed if anyone can join me for a day or more.
I can’t thank you enough for the prayer support – as it is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!!
In summary – please find the following –
SEPT. 2013 PRAYER POINTS:
1) GRACE, STRENGTH AND WISDOM FOR NEW TOA MISSIONARIES WARREN AND CHRISTINA AS THEY PREPARE TO LEAVE FOR TANZANIA AND AS THEY ARRIVE THERE AND TRANSITION INTO LEADERSHIP OF THE ORPHANAGE
2) ABUNDANT FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR OUR NEW MISSIONARIES
3) GRACE AND STRENGTH FOR OUR MISSIONARY NURSE JODIE AS SHE PREPARES TO LEAVE THE MISSION FIELD. THIS IS A HUGE TRANSITION TO RETURN TO LIFE IN THE USA AND SHE WANTS GOD’S NEXT STEP IN HER LIFE TO BE REVEALED.
4) CONTINUED PRAYER FOR MISSIONARY LYDIA SCHAEFFER AS SHE IS ON SABBATICAL.
5) RELEASE OF OUR TITLE DEED FOR THE TOA PROPERTY IN TANZANIA
6) PROTECTION AND BLESSING OVER THE CHILDREN AND STAFF AT TREASURES OF AFRICA CHILDREN’S HOME
6) PROTECTION, PROVISION, GRACE AND WISDOM FOR MY 1 1/2 MONTH TRIP TO TANZANIA – (Sept. 17 – October 31) THAT ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED WILL BE COMPLETED AND I WILL HAVE GOD’S WISDOM IN EVERY DECISION AND IN FACILITATING THE TRANSITION OF LEADERSHIP AT THE ORPHANAGE.
7) PRAYER FOR OPERATION LAZARUS – VISIT OF OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR VIKA TO THE U.S. AND FOR ANDY AND JAIMEE LANGELAND’S RETURN TO UKRAINE IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER AND THEIR WORK WITH TEENAGE ORPHANS.
8) INCREASED IMPACT OF OUR DAILY BROADCAST OF MY EVERYDAY BIBLE
9) AS ALWAYS – PRAYER FOR FINANCIAL PROVISION FOR ALL AREAS OF THE MINISTRY IS SO IMPORTANT – WE REMAIN DAILY DEPENDENT UPON THE LORD. HE IS OUR FAITHFUL GOD!
MAY God bless you RICHLY for joining with us in believing GOD for His will to be done in the work of HWCM around the world!