February 2009

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I sense that God is focusing Breakthrough Partners on the youth and young adults of Africa. More than 70% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is under the age of 30. They are showing an unprecedented openness to be the agents of change. After more than 38 years of interaction in Africa, I am experiencing young people who actually believe that change is possible with God and that they can be used in this change.

God is doing a new thing, let’s not miss it. Isaiah 43:19 says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Norm Edwards, the chairman of our board, just told me this story: “I heard of a professor in Burundi who asked his students if they thought that with God’s help they could change the course of Africa. He said no one raised a hand. Then at the end of the course, he asked again. This time, every student raised a hand. I believe progress is being made.” So do we!

Gary Edmonds

A New Blessing!

There is so much that is new. Today Tricia and I became grandparents for the 7th time. Born to Andrew and Jennifer in Panama today is Abigail Grace. The entire family rejoices in this little girl. As her little brother says, “Baby Abi is here!”

Gary Edmonds