Thirty years ago today we moved into a Loron village in northern Ivory Coast to become part of the missionary team working among this unreached people group. We want to thank you for your prayers and support for the work among the Loron people over the past 30 years. Praise the Lord for everything that He has done among the Loron people.
Over the next couple of months a number of important events will be taking place in the work and we would appreciate your prayers.
Bible translation: In September I am planning to return to Burkina Faso to participate in a 2-week translation workshop on the book of Revelation. Two Loron Bible translators will also be travelling from Ivory Coast for the course.
Please be praying that we will have a profitable time as we take part in the workshop and translate more of God’s Word for the Loron believers. (Sept 11-22)
Bible teaching and literacy: Marina will join me in Burkina towards the end of September and after we get visas to enter Ivory Coast we will then travel to our village to resume Bible teaching and literacy in various Loron centres of population.
Bible training: In early October a team of three or four NTM (Ethnos360)* missionaries will be coming from Senegal to Ivory Coast to give some special training to a group of about twelve Loron church leaders. This training will include material being taught to prospective West African missionary candidates.
We would love to see the Lord raise up some of the Loron believers to become involved in cross-cultural ministry in West Africa.
Evangelism: The Loron believers have been praying for years for an opening to bring the good news of the gospel of Christ to a certain nearby village, but the leaders there have been resistant to the teaching of God’s Word, and have hindered any attempt by the Loron church to engage in evangelism.
Recently, however, there has been a change in the attitudes of the village leaders and a few believers were able to visit the village to begin Bible teaching. Please pray that the door will remain open so that many Loron people in the village will come to a clear understanding of their need of a Saviour, and will put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Printing: During our time at home we have been able to print several hundred Scripture booklets (Matthew, Luke and portions of Exodus), and also a number of sets of Bible lessons for the Loron Bible teachers. We have enjoyed using our new office and printing equipment.
Family: We are thankful for the time that we have been able to spend with our family in Northern Ireland and we would ask you to continue to pray for our parents. They have had various ailments and setbacks over recent months, but thankfully nothing too serious.
This trip back to West Africa will last around ten weeks. We are trusting the Lord that we will be a help and a blessing to the Loron believers during our time with them. We count it a privilege to still be involved in sharing the greatest message on earth among needy people.