Joel along with other members of our leadership team took a long road trip to visit some of our works that are farther out. They decided to do this by road as it would allow them all to go and allow for multiple stops. It was a three day drive through three different countries, but it all went really smoothly.
Since it is not often that so many of our leadership team are together, they decided to advantage of the time and use the HOURS in the car to discuss decisions needing to be made. They titled these meetings the Mobile Meetings.
The first stop was in Southern Senegal to meet with two local believers who are interested in being involved in ministry – but I already talked about that in my last post. So it is for this reason that we are starting with the second stop which brought them to a village work in Ivory Coast.
The couple in the middle were actually some of our teachers while we were in training. They had to leave their village because of war over 10 years ago. When they left they had baby believers who only had some scripture portions and the first phase of Bible teaching done in their language. Now, years later they are returning to continue the work. What is amazing is that even with the little resources and teaching these believer have had, they have demonstrated a hunger like few others. The fear when leaving with a church so young was that it would get torn apart, but the reality is that God has continued to work even in the absence of workers among them. They have taught through those same lessons over and over again and those who have remained are over 100 believers. They are so hungry for more resources in their language and couldn’t be more excited to have these workers back among them to help them grow in their faith.
After being there for 2 days, it was time to pack up and continue on to the next stop.
However, before we continue on to the next stop in our travels I encourage you to take a moment right now to pray for Vern and Denny as they adjust back to life in the village and try to pick up translation and teaching. Pray as well for this young church that they would continue to to grow in their faith and their desire to reach the others around them who are still trapped in darkness.