Laban Ministries International

June 2022

Dear Partners,

 

Some weeks ago, we introduced you to Pastor Kilasi. Now we would like to introduce you to Pastor Ebobo, who is passionate about winning souls and heads up evangelism in Congo. He is also in charge of Radio Glory and ministers to the youth in nearby villages. We thought you might like to read his testimony. 

 

“My father and mother were married during the time of war before independence. Mulele was in charge. All the people ran to the forest, and so my father and mother ran to the forest as well. My mother birthed 3 children: a girl and 2 boys. I am the youngest. My father was a doctor. From an early age, I became a musician who played the drums. This was my occupation. I knew nothing of the things of God…nothing. As a musician, I sinned very gravely and did evil things. In the matter of sinning, I am unable to even talk about it. My life was a very shameful existence.  

I came to know Christ through the preaching and teaching of the late Pastor Kilundu in the region of Idiofa, when the evangelistic team from Laban Ministries came to hold a crusade there. I was born again that night. While in my area, the pastors spoke of Laban Bible Institute, and right away I wanted to go there to learn the Word of God.  

In time I entered class at the institute and graduated in 2011. When my mother came to see me at Nkara, where the school is located, she observed a young woman called Vero and the way she cared for an elderly lady by the name of Mama Dominique. She desired that we marry. After finishing my training, we married, and I began working with Laban Ministries. Today we have 5 children. My wife, Vero, graduated from the Women’s Literacy School in 2009. Her wisdom is such a great help in our family.” 

 

Both of these wonderful young men are in desperate need of a motorcycle to complete all their varied ministry tasks and outreach. Will you pray to that end? Thank you so much. Your partnership in this work is so very vital.

 

  • Jim and Nancy Smith

 

 

Benefit Dinner in Michigan

October 13th at 6:00 pm. 

It will be a ticketed event.  

More info to follow!

 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

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Laban Ministries International

May 2022

 

Hi Everyone!

We are showcasing two men in the next few weeks who are an integral part of Laban Ministries, Pastors Kilasi and Ebobo. Today, we present to you Pastor Kilasi. He was born the eldest of three children, a boy and two girls. His parents are Christians, and in his youth, they lived in a village of another faith. A Christian organization in Congo known as the League visited his town of Bulungu in 1993 and introduced him to Christ. He became a teacher by profession in the local school and evangelist out of his church in Bulungu.    

In 2000, he enrolled in Laban Bible Institute, graduating in 2003. Upon returning to his hometown, he decided to enter lab tech school and married his wife, Syntiche, who was also saved through the evangelistic outreach of the League. They now have 4 children.  

As he was about to graduate from lab tech school, he returned to Nkara for a Pastors’ Conference, and we approached him to ask if he was interested in working at the dispensary at Nkara. In 2010, he joined the Laban work staff. A year later, the nearby village of Ntshiangobo asked him to pastor their church. In addition to being lab tech and pastor, he also teaches at Laban Bible Institute and ministers the Word of God on Radio Glory.  

Pastor Kilasi is a vibrant and enthusiastic servant of God. He is gifted in the areas of teaching, encouraging, and seeing things through to completion. The many hats he wears require travel to the church he pastors several times a week, the Bible institute 5 days a week, and several trips to broadcast on Radio Glory. His present choice is walking. Will you help make his life a little easier by enabling us to purchase a motorcycle for him?  

Prices have gone up since we purchased motor bikes for Pastors Isaac, Ngunga, and Mboma. The cost for a motorcycle, helmet, license, insurance, and all papers is $2,000. Will you please pray with us for this wonderful tool?

Serving Christ together,

Jim and Nancy Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit Dinner in Michigan

October 13th at 6:00 pm. 

It will be a ticketed event.  

More info to follow!

 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

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Laban Ministries International

April 2022

 

Evangelism Update

The results are in! Your prayers for and your giving to the evangelism outreach at Ekubi, Tebetebe, and other nearby villages in Congo made an incredible impact on the Kingdom of God in March. Ekubi is so mammoth, they held the meetings on one side of the village one day and the other side the next day. On Sunday, March 20, 4,120 people attended and 3,005 made professions of faith. Pastor Mboma, Director of Operations in Congo, preached. On Monday, March 21, out of the crowd of thousands watching and listening again on the other side of Ekubi, 4,399 souls responded to the Gospel, with Pastor Kilasi preaching. Ten other villages joined the crowd, and we don’t have the total attendance. Tuesday, March 22, the team traveled to Tebetebe, where 3,800 people showed up, and 1,800 responded, with Pastor Isaac preaching. The last day, March 23, was spent in smaller villages evangelized on the way home to Nkara, where Pastor Ebobo preached.

Pastor Mboma sums it up this way:  “As the pictures sent to you show the joy among people, the salvation of several people was a real fact. The chief of Ekubi and the elders confirmed that real peace comes from the Lord. Ekubi and the area had become a kind of Sodom and Gomorrah, with killing by knives because of disputes of lands. Evangelism brought peace in the hearts of many people. The chief also testified that evangelism was an occasion where the village and people were taken from Satan’s hands to return to the Lord Jesus. At present, ‘Ekubi for Jesus’ is the new name of the village, taken after evangelism. The same testimony came from Tebetebe, the second village of evangelism. Here the chief, whose name is Musha, said he has accepted the Lord and has dedicated his life to the Lord Jesus, and he invited his village people to repent and become members of a church of the village. He gave as a law that each Sunday, everyone should attend a church. A lot of testimonies are being broadcast from Radio Glory these days. Thank you so much to you people from America who supported with funds the Laban evangelism."  

Truly amazing is the fact that today (April 5, 2022), two weeks after our time with Ekubi, two men came to my home and assured us there is now peace in the village! “God has truly worked in our village. The men who were murdering others have now vowed that murdering will never take place again!!!” - Pastor Ebobo

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial backing of this latest evangelism endeavor!  Jesus, be praised! 

  • Jim and Nancy Smith

Benefit Dinner in Michigan:

October 13th at 6:00 pm. 

It will be a ticketed event.  

More info to follow!

 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

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Laban Ministries International

March 2022

 

Hi everyone,

The big focus this month is the upcoming evangelistic outreach starting on March 20th and running through March 23rd. Pastor Ebobo, Director of Evangelism and Radio Glory, will head out with the evangelism team, which includes our 5 other professors/pastors, and the students from  Laban Bible Institute. They will be traveling to 4 villages in the bush of Congo. Included is a picture of those who will be attending, including some of our staff who will help with set up, gathering firewood, cooking for the team, and being there for overall support and filling in where necessary.  

Will you please join us in prayer starting now and pray specifically through March 23th? 

Pray that the Holy Spirit will go before them. Pray for prepared hearts. Pray for the defeat of Satan.  Pray for souls to be redeemed.  

 

Servants of our Living Lord Jesus Christ,

  • Jim and Nancy Smith

 

 

Benefit Dinner in Michigan:

October 13th at 6:00 pm. 

It will be a ticketed event.  

More info to follow!

 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

Support Laban Ministries while you shop on Amazon!

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Laban Ministries International

February 2022

Hi Everyone!

Our staff in Congo greet you in Jesus’ Name with great joy and gratitude! They are so thrilled to have the batteries and panels dispelling the darkness of the Congo night. Thank you for providing for all of them.

Our midwife, Marvina, who has been with us since the 80’s said, “Oh!  Thank you so much for lighting our homes. Now we can sleep in the comfort and rest of knowing that if a snake approaches, it will be readily visible, as the whole room will be bright."  

In other news, the Director of Evangelism, Pastor Ebobo, is eager to get rolling again to embark on another evangelism outreach. They are gearing up to travel to 4 villages in the month of February, as there is somewhat of a little dry season, a distance of 80 kilometers or 48 miles from the mission. The team will include our Bible students and pastors.  

Since stark poverty plagues each village, the gasoline to operate the generators, diesel to travel the miles, food, and wear and tear on the big MAN truck must be provided by Laban Ministries. The new music equipment, sound system, shovels to repair roads, tents, water, medicine to keep the team healthy and fight malaria, and contaminated water, plus overall needs will be carefully selected and packed in the vehicle. Much prayer will go into this endeavor ahead of time.  Souls are at stake. Satan will fight to keep his kingdom at bay.

Evangelism is a life line of Laban Bible Institute. There is protocol with each outreach. Our team first contacts the chiefs ahead of time, and then on the day of arrival meets with the chief of each village to confirm his permission and blessing. They will choose a central set up location for  the tents, sound equipment, fuel for running the generator, placement of all the students presently attending the Bible institute, seek volunteers to cook the food for the team, and meet together for prayer.

As the sound of the guitars fill the air and men’s voices are lifted in praise, people start to gather from not only the village they will be ministering in, but also nearby villages.  Live music is a strong drawing card to evangelism. After introductions are made, greetings to the crowd, and much singing, the text is taught, the gospel is preached, and the invitation to search one’s heart is given.  People are asked to respond to the good news by raising their hand. Then a little piece of white paper is handed out to those interested in finding out more. Next, each one expressing interest is dealt with in a crowd, and then one on one. They will have heard the gospel 3 times by the end of the evening. Each individual is prayed over and assured of what his decision means.  

The next day, the process starts all over again in the following village. This is a team effort.  Will you please pray for all the needs of this outreach and the defeat of Satan? 

 

Thank you so much for standing with us!

  • Jim and Nancy Smith

Servants of the Most High



 

*Prayerfully, we are returning to Michigan to hold our next benefit dinner at Crystal Gardens!

16703 Fort Street

Southgate, MI 

48195

 

October 13th at 6:00 pm. 

It will be a ticketed event.  

More info to follow!

 

 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

Support Laban Ministries while you shop on Amazon!

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Laban Ministries International

January 2022

Happy New Year!

News from Congo is that most likely the Omicron strain of COVID is active in Kinshasa. At any rate, COVID is on the rise there. So, we are still on hold as far as making plans to return soon. However, in our part of the bush, people remain free from COVID. Thank you for praying!

Your response to the panel and battery projects for our staff in Congo has been amazing! All panels are now in the hands of our people, and we are just about there with the batteries as well.  Just a little ways to go!!! Put yourself in their shoes for a moment and try to imagine what it is like to have light in your home for the first time! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring so deeply and giving so generously and even sacrificially! “For the Lord is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His Name’s sake in ministering to the needs of the saints, as you still do.”  Heb 6:10

The Bible institute students are on Christmas vacation and will return on January 16th as will the women enrolled in the Ladies Literacy School. This trimester the women will learn to use the hand-operated sewing machines and continue to learn cooking skills as well as study Scripture verse by verse, improve their writing, enjoy knitting, needlepoint, and crocheting plus read the Bible out loud, and memorize verses. It’s so exciting to think about the Word of God becoming hidden in their hearts, altering their thinking, protecting their minds, and gaining the ability to share it with their children, most for the first time in their lives. 

Below is an excerpt from one of the ladies by the name of Sophia:

“Hello. I am Sophia, the wife of Chief Sona from the village of Longo Kuma Kuma. I want to testify that I knew nothing in my life, such as how to read Kikongo or knit or make donut holes for our family. People saw me as if I were of little worth. My relatives did not acknowledge me but did acknowledge my male relatives. Now that I have been in classes in the Ladies Literacy School, I know how to knit sweaters. I know the history of the Bible, such as Esther, Ruth, and the Psalms, and I know how to lead people to Christ! My husband especially loves it when I make donut holes.  Thank you. God bless you.”  

Praise God for the differences you are making in the lives of our beloved brothers and sisters in Congo as well as those who are responding to the Gospel!

Gratefully yours,

Jim and Nancy Smith
 

*Prayerfully, we are returning to Michigan to hold our next benefit dinner at Crystal Gardens!

16703 Fort Street

Southgate, MI 

48195

 

October 13th at 6:00 pm. 

It will be a ticketed event.  

More info to follow!


 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

Support Laban Ministries while you shop on Amazon!

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2974598



 

Laban Ministries International

December 2021


 

Christmas 2021

What a wonderful year with which Laban has been blessed. Thank you for standing with us so strongly through COVID and beyond! Our staff of 41 men and women in Congo thank you as well. December begins our 44th year serving the Lord in Congo. Laban and Marcella went to Africa in October of 1938. That means the ministry has had a presence there going on 84 years.  

We’d love to celebrate God’s goodness over the next year by providing our staff at Nkara with light in their homes. This is made possible by a solar panel for each household as well as a strong, durable battery. We have funding for all of the staff solar panels plus 15 1/2 of the batteries. Our men’s dormitory as well as the dispensary could use a panel and battery as well, leaving a total of 22 1/2 more batteries.  

Will you consider designating a special Christmas gift to help us reach this goal?  The batteries are $325 each, and any size donation earmarked “battery” will be put toward the purchase of one of these treasured items. We have included pictures of the staff receiving their solar panels. 

Pastor Mboma, the staff in Congo, the Board of Directors of Laban Ministries, and Jim and Nancy thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredible faithfulness to this work, and we all wish you a very Merry Christmas!

 

  • Jim and Nancy Smith

 

 


 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

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Laban Ministries International

November 2021


This is Thanksgiving month, and we want to share with you some rich blessings Laban Ministries has experienced in recent months.

One of those blessings is a man by the name of John Burke Jr., who loved Laban wholeheartedly and gave sacrificially to this work for years. His character was  infused with kindness and a gentle spirit…always. Upon his passing earlier this year, he remembered Laban in his will. John, your kindness to us personally as well as to the work for decades will always be cherished and remembered through a plaque to grace a wall at the chapel on the mission, where our staff meets 5 mornings a week to hear God’s Word and pray.

Another incredible blessing is the provision of all 38 solar panels needed for our 36 staff households as well as for the dispensary and Bible institute dormitory.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

In addition to the panels, a strong battery is needed for each one. The strong African sun will charge the panels which in turn will keep the battery charged so that our staff can enjoy light and keep their cell phones running, in addition to other uses as well.  So far, funds for 14 batteries have been received. We need an additional 22 batteries for the staff and 2 more for the dispensary and dormitory, for a total of 24, to make a grand total of 38. What a wonderful gesture on your part to provide light and enjoyment in the homes of our wonderful national staff at Nkara.

The final blessing we wish to share with you today is the return of evangelism.  We say return because for over a year, our team did not travel due to COVID restrictions. However, during the recent outreach, thousands showed up in 4 sub villages of the large mission of Due (Dooway), and hundreds made professions of faith. Please pray for these new ones who have placed their faith in Christ. This is where Radio Glory shines as a beacon of hope to them and a wonderful, consistent follow up  to the preaching of the Gospel.

Your faithfulness in prayer and giving is so linked to these blessings! Thank you for loving God and Congo!!!

 

  • Jim and Nancy Smith




 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

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Laban Ministries International

October 2021

 

Dear Ministry Partners,

October is here, and Christmas is two months away. Your response to the need for solar panels was just incredible. So incredible that all the money needed for the panels has been met!! We would have been thrilled to have enough money by Christmas, but here we are far ahead of time. Because the request for solar panels for 36 Congolese households seemed challenging enough, we didn’t mention the need of a battery for each panel, thinking that you may be overwhelmed by that additional request.

When the panel is exposed to the intense African sun, it is then attached to a battery by wires connected to the panel. The battery is therefore charged and can provide light for each home. With a charged battery, their cell phones can also be charged and other “electrical needs” provided. Because of intense humidity in Congo, a strong, dependable battery is a must. Pastor Ebobo researched the batteries available in the city of Kikwit, 60 miles from our mission. For a durable, long-lasting battery, the cost is $325.  

Words cannot describe their excitement, anticipation, and appreciation as they contemplate having light inside their homes for so many reasons. As mentioned in the August newsletter, darkness in the bush falls at about 6 pm and doesn’t leave until almost 12 hours later. With light each night, they no longer will eat in the dark, pray as a family in the dark, try to read the Bible by candlelight or watch their children attempt to study in the dark. Nor will our pastors who teach at Laban Bible Institute have to strain their eyes as they correct homework, study for their sessions for the next day’s classes, prepare their sermons, say good night to their children in very dim light, or visit through the shadows of an outside fire because the house is just too dark. This may take some time, but we are determined, by God’s grace and loving heart, to provide our families with this basic need. Will you pray with us for provision so that we can purchase the needed batteries?   

The evangelism team is now equipped with the new sound system, two 55 gallon drums of diesel fuel, one drum of gasoline to run the generator to operate the sound system, as well as having money in hand for food for the upcoming trip because of your generosity! God has provided the money for insurance for the big MAN truck too! 

Laban Bible Institute and the Women’s Literacy School open their doors to the new and returning students in a few weeks. Do you feel the thrill in our hearts for sharing all this great news with you? Because you care. Because you pray. Because you give. And you do all this because you love God and empathize with precious brothers and sisters far, far away who you will probably never meet. Our hearts are bursting with gratitude and spilling over with deep appreciation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

Gratefully,

Jim and Nancy Smith

 


 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

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Laban Ministries International

September 2021

 

Dear Ministry Partners,

Fall is upon us, and next month Laban Bible Institute will open its doors to a brand new class of students preparing for the ministry. In fact, enclosed in this newsletter for those who receive snail mail, is the brand new LBI brochure. You can readily note that the three year program is full of great courses and challenging hours of study. If any of you receiving our electronic prayer letter would like one, please let us know on our facebook page, Laban Ministries, email us at labanministries@gmail.com, or drop us a line at P.O. Box 1712, Columbia TN 38402.  

In the meantime, evangelism is about to take place in the villages of Dwe, Kasai prince, Mokala, and near Mubungi, where some brand new churches have just been started. They’ll be trying out the new sound equipment, guitar strings, and drums that you recently provided! Papers for the big MAN truck to travel off the mission station will cost about $800, which we are confident the Lord will provide.   

The Ladies Literacy School will also begin in October with second year students returning. Thanks to your continued interest in the sustainability fund, three new sewing machines were presented to the graduates of the villages of Nstiangobo, Mbila, and Nkara. This means that they will no longer have to walk all the way to the mission to sew clothing for their families, themselves, or to sell at the market.    

Thank you so much for continuing to send money for solar panels for our staff.  We are sending money this week to purchase the first three. We are so looking forward to providing a solar panel for each staff member. 

December begins our 44th year ministering in Congo. Next month Laban Ministries will enter its 84th year since Laban and Marcella arrived on African soil!! Great and amazing is the faithfulness of the Lord.

 

Gratefully,

Jim and Nancy Smith

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laban Ministries International

P.O. Box 1712

Columbia, TN 38402

Phone: (313) 516-4883

www.hopeforcongo.com

 

FB: @labanministries

Email: labancongo@aol.com

Support Laban Ministries while you shop on Amazon!

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2974598