It’s crazy to think that it is already November! There has been much going on these past two weeks. After fervent prayer about a peaceful Presidential election, the Lord has answered all of our prayers! The same president was elected for another term, which has brought much hope in the people here that he will continue in some of the work that has already been started. During the time of elections, we stayed back at the guesthouse with our supervisors as well as a team that had come from Tennessee. Tiffany and I were invited to work with them in a city where there has been much hope and work for a church plant. Throughout the week, people from the different churches along with translators, our supervisors, the two girls who will be living here and working for two years, and many others all come together to do evangelism in this area. We would go house to house and share the story of Christ. Afterwards, we would talk, pray, and invite them to start coming to the church meetings being held there on Saturday mornings. Throughout the week we rejoiced as many people came to know Christ! Many have also started coming to these Saturday morning services where they look forward to hearing about the love of Christ. I feel so blessed to have been able to see the Lords hand at work through this. The other day I read a paper that our supervisor had sent to us about some of the work that was going to be done during our time here. One of the things listed was to pray for the creation of a church plant in this area, so it has been neat to see how the Lord has been working to build up believers in this specific area.
When we returned to our apartment after the election period, we started back into our routine of things. Saturday was spent visiting some of our ladies we try to encourage each week to come to church and continue in seeking the Lord. It was pouring rain. We were soaked, but it was lots of fun and well worth it for these women to hear about the love of our savior and to help encourage them in their walks. On Sundays, we help with Sunday school at the church and then in the afternoon we have a small ESL class. This past Sunday, we learned that one of the girls that we have been meeting with each week to help with English accepted Christ! We are so overjoyed! The students had a week of vacation this past week, so on Monday we went to visit our new sister in Christ. We spent time talking with her and her family. We encouraged her to take time to read her Bible and share her faith with her friends and family. We have also started a Bible study through the book of John with her and one of her friends, so we are thrilled to get to continue studying together next week. The other days this past week were spent sharing stories with some of our ladies who are unable to attend church and doing evangelism throughout different parts of our neighborhood.
Next week we will begin working in the maternal hospital each morning. This is a place that we have been trying to work with since we first arrived and the door has finally been opened. We don’t know what the Lord has in store for us in our time at the hospital, but we pray that the Lord would use us and that people would learn more about him. We have also begun our weekly women’s health program with the women at the church. In our first session we talked about how to care for your body. We all had way too much fun discussing different things and answering the questions that these women aren’t able to ask their doctors. This past week, the baby of our supervisor was very sick, so we weren’t able to have our meeting. He is better now, but please lift him up in your prayers. We will continue in our sessions this upcoming week, which I am super excited about because we will be discussing family planning.
Our time here is getting shorter and shorter each and everyday. My prayer each morning is that the Lord would use Tiffany and I according to his will. I don’t want to sit by idly and let a single opportunity go by. Please pray for Tiffany and I and for the remainder of our time here. Pray that we would lay everything down and completely surrender all things before the Lord. In the last post, I had talked about how we no longer have a translator. Although we still don’t have one, the Lord has been helping us to communicate without one. Pray for boldness as I have let my insecurities get in the way of speaking French at times. Pray for our time studying the book of John with our friends Audrey (the one who accepted Christ) and her friend Fleur. Pray also that we’d be able to begin a Bible study this week with some of the other girls that we help with English. We have tried these past two weeks to start a Bible study with them, but different circumstances have gotten in the way each time. Pray for the church plant and the people of that area (its called N’Dotre). Pray for our work at the hospital that will begin this Monday. We are anxious and excited to see what the Lord has in store. Thank you for all of your prayers! We greatly appreciate all of you!