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 [Photo taken this morning (August 3, 2017) by Nate, ROCK’s founder, crossing from Kenya into Tanzania]
“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” (Mark 11:23) “…and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:2b)

At 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak. One suggested meaning of the word Kilimanjaro is “We failed to climb it.” When we think of the huge challenges and vast opportunities (via on-the-ground ministries and in-the-air media) to reach the 54 countries of Africa with the gospel, we need to see it as a mountain that can and must be climbed—by your prayers and part with us, and, above all, by the infinite power and love of our God flowing through us, how can we fail?

This month, two ROCK board members are visiting the Girls’ School project in Tanzania, East Africa. Thank you for your prayers for wisdom and guidance as they spend time with believers involved in this mountain of a project to see a Christian school established for disadvantaged girls on a remote island of Lake Victoria. We would ask you to pray too for an ongoing work in South Africa, where one of our board members is laboring in a ministry that uses music for gospel inroads. Pray that their ministry might be provided for abundantly.
 
In Senegal, West Africa, as of July 31st, the village medical clinic financed by ROCKids is without a nurse/health worker. The Senegalese believer who has opened it over the past few years is moving on to other things. Thank you for praying with us that the Lord might raise up a godly, visionary couple with medical background that could live in the village and invest themselves into these precious souls via the medical clinic and daily living among them. Above all, may His will be done! Just yesterday in this village, a dear, 87-year old Muslim man, whom we have known and loved since he was 60, passed into eternity. He heard the gospel over the years, but only God knows whether or not he believed it before he died. Please pray for a spiritual awakening in this village.
Teaching Art[Leah teaching Art in the Youth Development Center]
Meanwhile in Niger, Justin, a ROCHE* team member, writes: For some time, I have been meeting most every day with H. to study the Bible. We are working our way through the Gospel of John. We first started reading it together in French, but have recently switched to Zarma. H. says he can understand so much more hearing and reading it in his heart language. He has told me more than once that he believes what he has been reading; that he is in agreement with what Jesus says and does. God has truly given him a hunger for the Word! He recently invited a friend to come and study with us, who is also hungry for the Word of God. His friend says that he has been waiting for two years for someone to teach him the Bible. H. is excited and eager for his friend to understand more. God is at work! One of H.’s older sisters has been very ill, near death’s door. The church saw the need to pay for some of her medical expenses and did. H. was so thankful and could see the love coming from the church. His children, wife, nieces, and nephews have been coming to kid’s club every Saturday where they hear the gospel. April has been able to get to know some of the women and children in H.’s family as she visits his wife. God is at work in this family!
[April telling God's story and message]Telling the Story

April (Justin’s wife) writes about she and Carolyn helping in a local orphanage: As we build relationships here, we hope to teach the kids how to obey, how to love others, and, most importantly, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Pray with us as we seek ways to teach these things well. The children misbehave often, hitting each other and saying unkind words. Pray that they will see our love for them and begin to trust and respect us so that we can begin to mentor and disciple them. We have already seen improvement in behavior and the children have shown much interest in the KING of GLORY.

And Ruth writes: We are so thankful for the tool, KING of GLORY in Zarma! Five children were in our living room this morning watching it for over an hour. We pray God to use this to draw them out of darkness into His glorious Light!!

Keep praying for the Lord’s servants in these lands and for breakthroughs in minds and hearts. We close with an excerpt from Lauren, who moved to Niger a few months ago with the mountain before her to learn two languages, a new culture, and start a preschool.

Lauren writes: Adjusting to a different pace of life has been challenging for me. I was so used to a typical schedule of working 40-50 hours a week it has taken some time to slow down to a less stressful pace of life. I have enjoyed some of the freedoms to go visiting neighbors without a strict time frame. To be able to be fully present with whoever I am with and not checking my phone or looking at a watch to ensure I don't go over the allotted time. Granted, I still try to be prompt in all of my current commitments but I am enjoying the freedom of a less packed schedule! “Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God... Just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Cor. 10:31, 33)

Jacob & Madison sharing the Good News
[Jacob, Madison, and others in village outreach]

NOTE: To allow for enough stories from the two sides of ROCK International (ROCKids & ROCK Resources), this bi-monthly ROCK Report will alternatively focus on one side of the ministry. The focus of this August-September report is on what God is doing through ROCKids. Next time, we will focus on what we see Him doing through ROCK Resources. Thank you for your prayers and part in all this.

* ROCHE is the French equivalent of ROCK. While R.O.C.K. stands for Relief, Opportunity, and Care for Kids, R.O.C.H.E. stands for Relève, Opportunité, Compassion et Hospitalité pour les Enfants (Relief, Opportunity, Compassion, and Hospitality for Children).
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