Our internet connection is good at the minute here in the village – weekends are sometimes a little better – so I just want to give a brief update on how things are going for us in West Africa.
I returned to Burkina Faso from Northern Ireland in early February and visited with our missionaries working in the west of the country for a few days before travelling on to Senegal to visit our folks there in their various ministry locations. In Senegal we also had special meetings with two missionary teams who will soon be moving into new ministry locations: one team will begin working with a large people group in Senegal and the other with a smaller people group in Burkina. It is so encouraging to see more new tribal works being opened in West Africa.
While I was travelling Marina stayed for a few extra weeks in Northern Ireland to help her mum and dad get settled into their new home. The two-storey building that they had been living in before had become impractical and they needed to move to a single-storey dwelling.
Marina and I met up in the Burkina capital, Ouagadougou, on March 5, and after taking a few days to sort out government paperwork and getting 2-months’ worth of food and office supplies we are now back in our village home in Ivory Coast living among the Loron people.
Marina continues to train more literacy teachers, and is also teaching a number of young people and adults to read and write. I am checking through the translation of Matthew’s gospel that the Loron translation team (Donald, Samuel and Jeremy) has been working on. We also plan to visit some of the Loron churches over the next several weeks.
The Loron believers have started a new outreach to another Loron village. Pray for wisdom and sensitivity as they bring the light of the gospel to another corner of darkness in northern Ivory Coast. There are now over twenty Loron villages with small groups of Christians.
Thanks for your prayers,
Paul and Marina