An email from Eunice in Tanzania:
Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:23 AM
To: Joseph Cofield; Susan Conner
Subject: TABERNACLE FOR SHADOW IN MADAGASCAR!!!!!
Dear Joseph Cofield and Susan Conner my friends in Jesus,
This is real great news for me and all of you, Since I left USA, I carried all the Tabernacle For Shadow books with passion, trust and faith to God that it will go through whatever it suppose to be in Africa. Last few months has been busy for me as was doing writing and compiling my Masters Degree Thesis. Together with that I wanted to make sure my best friend Joseph is happy for me helping the book to reach in Madagascar. It has been his every time alert to remind me about how important it was for him to see this book in Madagascar one day! TODAY I AM CELEBRATING THAT I HELPED HIS LONG TIME DREAM TO BE TRUE AND THE BOOK IS IN MADAGASCAR!!!!!!!
This is truly the answers of our prayer, Last time when I was doing my research results presentation I asked the help from any of the people who can connect me or take the book to Madagascar, One of My Professor accepted to help ( I shared the news that day). GUESS WHAT?? GOD IS WORKING!! GOD IS WORKING!! GOD IS WORKING! GOD IS WORKING!!! And now before the 3rd of August I just met a lady from Madagascar who is a Christian and she will take the book to her Church Pastor. I just say Serving God is what we want in this world.
So Last week I met Rahel Nirina, and today I gave her a book. She will be flying to Madagascar tomorrow, so the book will be there too. What a good news, Madagascar is her home country and she invited me to visit her home. Honored for invitation.
So I told her to have some beautiful picture with book while giving it to her Pastor and she said Yes off course!!!
Thank you and God bless you!!
PRAISE THE LORD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS THROUGH HIS FOLLOWERS! THANK YOU EUNICE AND JOSEPH!!!
Eunice Sumary gives a book to Pastor Justine Mungure who works in Meru Dioceses and as Researcher Assistant to students at (Makumira Tumaini University Arusha, Tanzania ). She said he was so happy to receive it and he said he will send some feed back. According to their website, Tumaini University (TUMA) is a Christ-Centered University focusing all its programs through the guidance of and obedience to the word of God by conducting and promoting higher education, learning, and research through scientific fact finding and enquires to all students without any form of discrimination.
Great job, Eunice! Thank you!
I have been praying for more books to go to Africa, I got news last month that a book "seed" was planted in Sudan! What a great blessing!
Also, a young woman named Eunice was here visiting from Tanzania, Africa and she has taken books back with her.
Also, in my posting last September I mentioned that a book was going to South Korea in March and I would put that on the map when I knew it had reached its destination. So, it's now added!
Another book is headed to Swaziland, Africa. I hope to have more information on that soon, but I will add that to the map today!
Many thanks to all those who have helped in this mission both locally and internationally. I greatly appreciate it!
I guess I better get busy and update some things! I see it has been a year since I posted the last news!
At the last post, the Tabernacle for a Shadow book "seeds" had been planted in 82 countries. Again, due to Joseph's efforts and determination, by the end of 2017, 4 more countries had been added! They are the US Virgin Islands, Israel, and finally, Paraguay and Uruguay, the last two countries in South America!
There is now a Tabernacle Book "Seed" planted in "The Americas" (also collectively called America) which comprise the totality of the continents of North and South America. Together, they make up most of the land in Earth's western hemisphere and comprise the New World. Amazing grace! I am thrilled to say the least!
God creates some interesting circumstances - opportunities for seeds to be planted. For example, last December, after Hurricane Irma, a young man named Michael came to my house as a FEMA representative to assess the damage to the siding on my house. I had the opportunity to tell him of the mission of the Tabernacle book and show him the map of its travels highlighted on my office wall. He then asked if he could buy a book!! He was here from Texas, so he would be taking the book back to Texas with him.
This year, although there are not any new countries added yet, Dr. Peter Ndiang’u, Adjunct Professor at FGCU, took a book back to his native country of Kenya** this past May. He gave it to Reverend John Mbari, Parish Minister of Gathaithi Parish in Kenya as a gift and congratulations on being appointed the moderator. Thank you Peter! It is a tremendous blessing to me to see how and where this book goes, blessing others along the way.
**(the first seed planted in Kenya was in 2009 by some missionaries, so it is not a new country added to the map)
Also another book was to be taken to Turkey*** this year, as well as another book would be sent by a local pastor as a gift to his parents who were missionaries and live in New Zealand.****
***(the first seed planted in Turkey was in 2010, so not a new country added to the map)
****(the first seed planted in New Zealand was in 2009, so not a new country added to the map)
I am just as happy to see more than one seed planted in other countries! It has not been dormant in this country either! God is still on the move!
Last Sunday, I learned that a young man from my church, a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army, will be going to South Korea in March, 2019. He already has in mind the man who he intends to give the book to there. I thank him and I thank God for his continued movement of the book around the world. I will post South Korea on the map next year when I have received word that the book went to its intended destination.
It has blessed many others this past year as well, so I want to thank my church family for their support and prayers for me this past year. THANK YOU ALL!
A car accident in February 2016, a fall in July 2017, and Hurricane Irma in September have prevented me from posting any news in the last year and a half. However, it's time to give thanks for the goodness of God throughout all the trials. Many have suffered in the wake of recent storms, in Texas and in Florida as well as Puerto Rico and the Islands. Mexico has suffered earthquakes and certainly there have been difficult times for many. I thank God for His sovereignty in all these trials. The Tabernacle for a Shadow is a testimony to God's sovereignty over His creation: over all the world.
Now that I am able, I want to express my joy that on July 4th, 2017 a book was given to a soldier to take to Afghanistan! It was the 8th anniversary of the publishing of the Tabernacle for a Shadow book! I prayed that the soldiers there would somehow be uplifted with this book. It was also the day I fell and broke two bones: one in my leg and another in my back. It has been challenging, to say the least, but I see God's grace and mercy throughout it all. So, I praise Him and thank Him for His love and care for me - and for all those whom He has used to provide for my needs.
Another wonderful thing that happened shortly after my release from the hospital was the news that Joseph, while he was in Orlando, had met a couple from Bangladesh. He asked them if they had any Christian friends in Bangladesh and when they said yes, he asked if they would take a Tabernacle book to them. They were enthusiastic about doing so. I asked Joseph if they were Christians. Muslim, he replied.
Praise the Lord!
Although not many books traveled in 2016, a few were purchased by others and given to friends and/or family. Also, my dear friend Hannah arranged for a book to be taken with missionaries to Malawi in 2016, making it the only country added in 2016. Thank you Hannah!
It is also a good time to reflect on where this book has gone: not only to individuals, but looking back, in 2011 we had planted seeds in at least 16 different religious denominations, 34 churches, 32 missions and 14 other outreaches in 42 countries. After that I lost track of the count of churches, missions and outreaches, but continued to keep count of the countries. Now, 6 years later, we have planted seeds in 82 countries. Thank you to all who have helped in this mission!
I received great news today from Reza Karg in Suriname.
He said the Lutheran church hosted a gathering that brought 10 or more nationalities together to discuss various topics such as domestic violence, caring for nature, and people living with HIV/AIDS. At that gathering Reza met representatives of the congregation of French Guiana and he had the opportunity to pass the Tabernacle "seed" on to a sister, Nkuka, who is originally from a country in Africa, but who is now living in French Guiana. Thank you Reza! Here's a photo of them:
What great news I heard in the last two days! On Saturday, August 22, I was standing on a street corner in my neighborhood talking with Joseph when a car pulled up to the stop sign and the woman rolled down her window and said: "A book is on its way to Venezuela!" What a joy to hear that news! There are only 3 more countries in South America that do not have at least one Tabernacle for a Shadow "seed". Praise the Lord for his faithfulness! Then today I just got an email from my friend Hannah who gave a book to a missionary going to Chad, Africa. Thank you Hannah and thanks to everyone who is spreading the good news around the world!
It has been an interesting week! First the meeting with Margo regarding the update of the Spanish version of the book. We spent about 5 hours together looking over the proof reading and discussing the various challenges that come with translating into another language. We want to be sure that we get the message across clearly. Margo did her part. Now it will be my turn to make the corrections needed on the computer pages. I thank God for all He has revealed this week. I am writing some new insights God has shown me, perhaps for future use regarding darkness and light.
Speaking of light, Wednesday evening was a time for some of our church (Grace Life of Naples Florida) family to get baptized in the Gulf of Mexico at Seagate. It was wonderful for us to be a part of this! Here are some photos:
Having met Saul and knowing his Christian background and his desire to read the book himself, AND to assure that he would not forget to give the book to his sister-in-law, I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to give a book to him as well. So, the country is put on the map as of today and the book count is upped 2 books to 51 for the year and 1660 to date and 76 countries!!! (Ha! In honor of 1776 as the year of signing the Declaration of Independence, we have 76 countries!) What a wonderful day you have made for me Joseph and Saul. It was such a joy to share this Holy Spirit "threesome" that Joseph and I agreed that no matter what fireworks display there would be this evening, it could not match the joy we had in knowing what had just occurred on this amazing 4th of July morning in sharing God. We will be looking forward to that photo Saul said he would send when the book gets to El Salvador!
Today is the 239th anniversary of the 13 colonies declaration of independence from Britain in 1776. It is also the 6th anniversary of the Tabernacle for a Shadow journey around the world! Praise the Lord for both!
As we often hear, freedom isn't free. Usually people are speaking of what men have done to preserve our precious freedom here in the United States. Certainly we should be grateful for and honor all who have helped to keep our country free. It is not just the known heroes but all the "unsung heroes" that have provided support in any way toward the cause of freedom. I came across a couple of interesting articles in the Washington Post today. Many have given their lives in service in order to bring freedom to our country. But not all were given the same freedom after the fight:
What I seek is to glorify the ONE who gave everything to give us the ultimate freedom from death. Freedom from fear, freedom from the unseen enemy in the spiritual realm, and freedom to have everlasting life. There is only one who deserves the highest praise and honor and glory, Jesus Christ, Son of God, for in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)
It is with great joy that I added two more new countries to the map today due to the news from Dellnot and Joseph that books have been received in Zimbabwe and Gambia as well as Sri Lanka (which was added to the map in December 2014). Some books were sent to Dellnot in Africa last year, but it takes a lot of time to get them planted in countries of Africa. The books were added to the number count on the website in 2014, but I do not add the countries to the country count or the map until I get word that they have actually been sent to the countries intended. That is why you may see the country count go up on the "seeds map" page but not the number of books for the year. Dellnot and Joseph, I thank the Lord for your service! I know you two laborers for the Lord are working together to have all of Africa covered with the seeds of the good news of Jesus Christ. God is glorified in all your work! I truly appreciate all you have done and continue to do to spread the gospel through the Tabernacle for a Shadow book! Thank you!
Note: Guyana was added to the map in December 2014, due to another book being sent there at that time. Thank you to everyone who has carried on this mission to get books to other countries!