Goree (former slave island), Senegal
Thank you for your prayers over the past few weeks. It’s been a rather hectic time with, on the one hand, some very exciting things happening, and on the other hand, some sad things.
We spent the most of August in Senegal working on a new literacy course for the Loron language. We brought two Loron men with us to Senegal to help in developing the new course, and they had an experience of a lifetime. Neither of them had ever seen the ocean, or any large body of water for that matter, nor had they ever been in an airplane or on a boat, so everything was very new for them. We were able to complete a full draft of a brand new literacy course, and we trust that when it is checked and printed that it will greatly help the Loron people to more quickly learn how to read and write in their own language so that they will be able to have personal access to the Word of God.
Donald and Jeremie, Loron men helping with new literacy programme
At the beginning of September we spent a week in Burkina Faso doing a literacy seminar with a small group of our missionaries working there. We had a very profitable time reflecting on the importance of literacy in evangelism and church development. We also looked at some practical steps for two new teams of missionaries who will soon begin culture and language learning ministry in village communities. Pray for these teams as they prepare to live and work among the Bolon and Vigue [vee-gay] people.
We then travelled to our village in Ivory Coast to visit the Loron believers. They were still recovering from the passing of Hovare, one of the first Loron Christians, but it was encouraging to see that the Lord has already been raising up new people to take on some of the responsibilities in the church that had been previously performed by Hovare. Tonight the believers are having a special all-night gathering to commemorate and thank the Lord for the life and ministry of our dear brother.
In recent months our parents have been struggling with a range of serious health issues. They have all been very supportive to us for decades as we have served the Lord in West Africa and we believe that we need to take some time to focus on our mums and dads and be involved in whatever way we can with their care. So, we returned to Northern Ireland this week to help share the load with our siblings.
We have brought literacy and translation work home with us, and one of our main goals over the next few months is to finalise the new reading and writing course for the Loron language, and to print a trial copy to bring with us when we make a trip to Ivory Coast in January. We will also be preparing to host a well-drilling team which is planning to come to our village in early March.
We really appreciate your prayers.