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This post is from Kim Hodgson, GMI missionary in Mbeya, Tanzania. She wrote this update a couple weeks ago and it first appeared on the GMINEWS blog but I also wanted to share it with you on this website. As you will see, it was written before the U.S. election, but the challenge and encouragement is just as relevant post-election. She shares a touching story about the opportunity her husband, Cory, had to lead a dying boy to Christ because Cory was open to the Lord’s leading and had eyes to see an opportunity he was being given. What opportunities could the Lord have for you this week to reach the lost and hurting for Him? He gives them to us daily. The question is, how will we respond?

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Greetings from Mbeya, Tanzania!

Sometimes it is quite difficult to be so far away and feel so disconnected from life in the States. However, as the election continues to draw closer, I am glad not to be around all the campaigning. Every election I can recall, I have known people on each side and have seen how strongly people feel about “their” candidate. Usually, it is more about how bad the “other” candidate is. Social media has only increased the frenzied opinion sharing. Yes, who the next president of the U.S. is, is an important thing. It does affect our lives. However, we need to keep it in perspective. God is ultimately in control. He doesn’t want us to get so wrapped up in things of this earth that we forget the big picture. It doesn’t matter what political side you are on. If you are a Christian, you are called to represent Christ to others. There are bigger things at stake than who occupies the White House. The world around us is hurting and in need of Jesus, the Savior. Things will eventually simmer down politically, but the need for souls to come to Jesus will not diminish. In the midst of all the tensions, is your witness staying strong? Or are you alienating those whom you should be reaching out to? Please think about the big picture and what our ultimate goal as Christ followers is. Here is a recap on some events that took place over the last six weeks. Hopefully, it will encourage, motivate, or challenge you to reevaluate your perspective.

While getting some shopping done in town, Cory bumped into a woman we know who runs a secular home for at-risk children. Knowing Cory is a missionary and because he had taken the time to minister at the children’s home before, she told him about a teenage boy from their home named Baraka who was in the hospital waiting to die. Several years back, Baraka was sick. He probably had strep throat. A very treatable condition if you have access to antibiotics. Left untreated it can lead to rheumatic fever which can cause heart failure. This is what most likely happened in Baraka’s case. Why else would an otherwise healthy sixteen year old be in the hospital with congestive heart failure? Cory went to the hospital to pray with Baraka. Over the course of a week, he returned daily to pray for and with him. Cory also brought [our children] Naomi and Elijah to encourage Baraka. The opportunity arose for Cory to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with this young man, and because Cory made himself available and was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, Baraka chose to put his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A few weeks back Baraka was taken to Dar Salaam to have surgery to relieve the pressure around his heart. This procedure could prolong and increase the quality of his life. The surgery was postponed several times. It was officially scheduled for next week. We have been praying that he would make it to and through the surgery as his condition continued to worsen because of the delay. Baraka is no longer battling with congestive heart failure. He is whole and healthy in the presence of Jesus. His physical body died yesterday. We mourn his passing, but rejoice in the knowledge that he put his faith in Christ. His funeral is today. Please pray that through this tragic loss of life, many others will have the opportunity to hear the gospel, possibly for the first time. Please pray for those who loved Baraka.

Thank you for your prayers and support,

Kim for the Hodgsons

Visit the Hodgsons’ Website http://www.hodgsonhabari.com/ to learn more about their ministries,

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