Home Sweet Home
After almost four months on the field, I am finally home. I can’t tell you how good it felt to see the Bobo sign on the highway and to see Ouaga in my rearview mirror! For the last two weeks, I have been busy fixing things around the house (or calling people that were more capable of fixing problems) and getting set up with a new language helper. Getting settled in here has been good and this place already feels like home.
Over the coming months, my primary task is to learn the language and culture of Bobo. I’ve been set up with an incredible lady who goes to my church. Her name is Josephine and she is the leader of the Bobo Baptist Women (their WMU). She is wonderful and shows so much patience with me as I (at times) butcher her language. My mornings are spent with her and her family, being immersed in Jula. It has been fun and I’m picking up a lot.
When I’m not studying, I am slowly getting to know my neighborhood and the people in it. I look forward to the day I will be able to have conversations that go further than the typical greetings. But for now, a smile and a hello are opening doors to future friendships.
For those of you who aren’t living in Muslim areas of the world, you may not be aware that this month (July 20th-August 18th) is Ramadan. It is their month of fasting and prayer. From sunrise to sunset, they are fasting from food and drink. And the mosques are overflowing at each of the prayer times throughout the day. My house is situated between two local mosques and nearly every morning I’m woken up by the 4:30am call to prayer. It is a constant reminder that I am surrounded by people who are striving to do enough good to stay on the good list and live their lives with no assurance or hope.
Please lift up the Muslims in my city, especially this month. Ask the Father to send dreams/visions to encourage the people to seek out the Truth of Scripture. In contrast to the message of good works/pride that is preached in Islam, pray these people will realize the truth that, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17). And ask God to help them understand that Jesus is more than a prophet: He is the righteous Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Here is a prayer guide for the remaining days: Ramadan Prayer Guide.
A few other requests:
- Language learning – it is a roller coaster of a process with pretty consistent ups and downs; pray for continued patience and growth
- Josephine’s husband, Stephen – last week he had a heart attack and is still in the hospital; pray for a quick recovery and complete healing, as well as peace for his family. Being in the hospital here is nothing like the US.
- Central Baptist – my church here; pray for good friendships and a great partnership with them to reach those who’ve never heard
As always, thank you for your partnership in the work here in West Africa. Your prayers, encouragement and love mean so much. Let me know how I can be lifting you up!