We got back safely to Northern Ireland a couple of weeks ago. Our time in Ivory Coast (Jan-March) was very encouraging and it was so good to see progress in a number of aspects of the ministry among the Loron people.
Donald, the main Loron Bible translator, continues to work on doing a thorough check on various epistles that the translation team worked on last year. He is a serious student of the Word and likes consistency and accuracy, and is a good checker. The translation revision team is currently working on checking content, comprehension and naturalness of John’s gospel with groups of young people, ladies and older folks.
We visited a number of the Loron churches. Most of them are doing well, but there have been some challenges and disappointments with individual believers who have fallen into sin. One man took another wife (which is quite acceptable within Loron culture) and as a result has left the church. A number of groups of believers asked for sets of the foundational Bible lessons, so we were very busy printing materials for them. We used almost 2,500 pages printing new lessons and more Bible portions.
Joel – Loron Christian worker
Joel is working in various ministries among the Loron people: evangelism in two new villages; literacy teaching and coordination; visitation, and teaching in different churches. He also works in his fields a couple of days a week to provide food for his family.
Marina was encouraged with a teenager, Seby, who finished the literacy course, and also with others who made good progress while we were there. One young boy, Ernest, lived up to his name by turning up every morning at 7am to get his literacy lesson from Marina. A brother and sister, Kevin and Adele, who completed the literacy course about a year or so ago are now teaching a group of about twenty children in their home village, so that was exciting to see. Marina also started a new class in a location about a 30 minute drive from our village. Six young adults there, who never had the opportunity to go to school, are learning how to read and write. Joel and Seraphin will continue teaching them while we are gone.
The FIA well drillers are still planning to come to our village at the beginning of May. People are really struggling for water, but it’s the animals that suffer the most. The goats usually annoy me with their constant bleating, and I would normally chase them when they come near my office, but I found myself putting water out for them to drink. It hasn’t rained since early October last year, and trees and bushes are not even sprouting leaves like they usually do because of the lack of rain. Please be praying that everything will work out for the well drillers to come. I plan to return to Ivory Coast for a couple of weeks to help with the well project.