Mission Field: Suriname
Years of Service: 66
Home Church: Anchor Baptist Church
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
Missions Agency: Independant Faith Missions
Greensboro, North Carolina
Our Missionary for 20 years
ANNUAL REPORT of Louise Champlin for 2019
The Lord has especially blest me at the beginning of this New Year 2020, with viewing what HE has accomplished in the 55 years since He led us to the field of Suriname. Looking back there is
much for which to praise and thank Him. We came in 1965 to a barren, unploughed field to be greeted with antagonism and suspicion. These were the descendants of the former slaves brought over from Africa when that trade was active. They had risen up at the time of our Civil War in the States and had freed themselves, returning to primitive jungle living in small, one room huts with thatch roofs and whatever they could scrounge for walls. Their demon spirit and ancestor worship had been revived, and they had no need of the white man or his beliefs.
WHY? was the question, would we outsiders want to come live with them? What were our motives? Did we want to subjugate them and make profit off of them?
Now 55 years later we are grateful for God’s good hand upon us in the progressing ministry that is on the Cottica River. We’re not making “glowing accounts” of great happenings and big numbers, but we do want to give glory to God for His fulfilled promises. He told us to do the “Look”-ing and the “Preach”- ing, and that there would be “Reap“-ing. How faithful He has been! The work on the Cottica River, where we first began, continues with our three preachers, Abana, Koempi, and Doloe leading out. I am so blest when they come to see me here in Moengo and report on what God is doing as they occupy for Him. On the Tapanahoni River our three preachers there, Setoe, Henni, and Robey are doing the same. God Who sees it all, provides financially. I‘m SO thankful my support has held well, and I can contribute what is needed to maintain them. Jonathan and Ethan supervise the administration.
It’s good to be involved in the Moengo ministry as well. I do so enjoy teaching the women. I have a class Sunday morning with the church women and also Wedesday night. Another bless- ing is to receive all, who like Paul of old, come to see me here at the house. I’m often told I must “stay,” but age ( over 91) is moving in and I wonder sometimes how long the Lord will permit me to continue investing here. Thankfully our times are in His hand, and we’re privileged to keep occupying till the anticipated day of His coming.
The account of Joshua facing the city of Jericho is challenging. Behind is the Jordan River but he’s faciing formidable walls. He ponders what to do when the armed “Captain of the host of the Lord” appears. Is He friend or foe? How wonderful to hear that He’s an Ally in full control, with the Battle Plan in hand. YES! there would be shouting indeed when those walls fell flat and they could proceed to destroy that obstacle to their advance. Our Captain is there for us as we face 2020 and we go forward by His authority and enabling. On Thee our Defender we rely.
May the cause of Christ be advanced as we go forward in His service this year on our various fields, as well as there at home base. Thanks for your ministry, and prayers for God’s enabling.
Gladly in His service, laying up for eternity,
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