December 2012

Last Month’s Happenings…

November was a crazy month, and I spent the majority of it away from Bobo.  For the first two weeks, I was in North Africa for a conference on a specific language learning approach.  It was an incredible time of learning and fellowship with workers from all over the globe.  When I arrived, I was pretty discouraged with where I was in language and my time spent at this conference reminded me, once again, why we struggle through and push past the “wall of noise” we so often hit.  It is because the opportunity to share the gospel with someone who has never heard, in their heart language is worth the cost.  I eagerly await the day when “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Hab 2:14).  Pray with me that the Jula people will be filled with the knowledge of his glory.

So, now I’m back in Bobo and diving into language with a renewed excitement.  We have been blessed with an incredible language helper.  She is so patient with us as we build stories in Jula.  It is exciting to see how far we have progressed!

On Sunday nights, I am now teaching an ESL class.  I am most definitely not a teacher, so it is humbling.  I have ten students and they come from two of our area churches.  The goal is that they would eventually be able to serve our volunteer teams as translators.  They are a great group and show me a lot of grace.

The holiday season is in full swing.  I was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with both my Bobo and Ouaga families.  Though I missed my own family, it was a great couple of days with the folks here.  I have much to be thankful for and am looking forward to spending Christmas with some other friends that have become family.

Please be lifting up the following:

  • The ESL class – praise God that these 10 are willing to give up their time to learn another language to assist our volunteers; ask for extra measures of patience in their learning process
  • Christmas travel – I’ll be traveling to several countries over the Christmas holidays. Please be praying for safe travel, easy border crossings and a good time with friends.
  • New friendships – thank God for the friendships we’ve seen form over the last few months and be in prayer as we continue to go out and meet new folks. Saturday (Dec 8th), we will be going out in a target neighborhood to spend time getting to know people and praying for them.  Ask the Lord for open doors and hearts.
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