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Prepared to Lay Down His Life for His Flock* (via Bondia Timor-Leste)

Gary Ware:

Mount Gambier Presbyterian Church will give thanks for Manuel’s life this Sunday and consider how we may offer practical help to his widow and children.

Originally posted on Bondia Timor Leste:

*The title of this post is the heading for an article published in the third edition of BondiaTL (published before the blog came into existence).
Manuel and Rob

Evangelist Manuel with Rob Duncanson. April 2009

The minute you met Evangelist Manuel Rodriquez, you were struck by the radiance of the smile which took up the whole face of one of the smallest men you have ever met (not even reaching 5 feet high).

The second he opened his mouth to speak, you would recognise that here is a man who is passionate for life and the gospel of the Lord Jesus.

My memory vividly recalls him asking a question one day in a teaching seminar. Ev. Manuel asked, “what should I do when one of my neighbours gives me a gift of a picture of Mary or one of the saints?” The reply came back that he could give them a copy of…

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Be Strong And Courageous – An Update On Jozua

Yesterday’s late evening update from Jozua’s mother contained the news that sedation is being reduced, but he has not yet regained consciousness; some bodily movements have been observed, which is good news primarily because it seems to indicate no paralysis; concerns for restoration of normal bodily functions and protection against infections continue; and that in their new relationships and contacts lots of people are finding out where the Zwijnenburgs are getting the strength for this season from.
They’re thankful for prayers and numerous tokens of support that are being received in Adelaide.
And they commend James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” as a text that is providing great encouragement to them.

This song is pretty much our staple at the moment.