Marina and I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers and notes over these past days. We’re still coming to terms with the death of our Loron friend, Hovare, but the Lord has been comforting our hearts and reminding us of the many ways that He had used Hovare as an encouragement and help for almost 30 years in the work among the Loron people.
Marina had to travel to Senegal last weekend to present at a literacy seminar, but I was able to make a short trip to our village in Ivory Coast week to visit Hovare’s family. Needless to say, they were sad, but knew that he was with the Saviour whom he loved and whom he had served with great enthusiasm for many years. Hovare had a real heart for encouraging the Loron believers to read God’s word. The small church in his village met every morning at sunrise to read a portion from the Bible before beginning their activities of the day.
On Friday I travelled with two Loron men to Senegal to join Marina in Dakar. Tomorrow morning we are planning to begin a major revision of the Loron literacy programme, which is now about 20 years old. We are looking forward to developing new materials to help illiterate Loron people to read and write in their own language. Literacy has numerous practical and social benefits, but probably the most important aspect of literacy is providing individuals with the ability to read God’s word for themselves, thus opening a channel for the Lord to speak directly to their hearts. Literate believers are the backbone of a maturing church and literacy is an essential component in any successful church planting endeavour.
Please be praying for us as we begin work on this important project. We plan to be in Senegal for the next 3 weeks.