January 2013

Happy New Year, friends!

I hope your Christmas and New Year spent with family and friends was wonderful.  Thank you for praying for my Christmas travel.  All went well, my bags made it to all my destinations, flights were semi-timely (I do live in Africa!), got to see some awesome sites and I had a lot of much needed time catching up with some amazing friends.  I have been so blessed by those the Father has placed in my life this last year.

This past year has been full of ups and downs, challenges and encouragements, and lots of new adventures and friends.  While there have been some rough patches, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Moving to a new country, learning a new language and building relationships among a new people is exhausting and can really wear you out…but the Father has shown himself faithful every step of the way.  It has been an amazing 9 months in West Africa!  And I’m looking forward to what is in store for this coming year.

As I continue with language learning and teaching my ESL classes, I will also begin to focus on work in a nearby village.  I am excited at the opportunity to get out among the folks the Father has called me to share with.  In the last few months, I have made two visits.  Please ask the Father to continue opening doors and providing new friendships in the village.

Please continue lifting up language learning.  I’m a lifetime language student!  As ability increases, ask that I would have more opportunities to share.

I also wanted to thank those of you who gave to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  All of it goes to support those of us on the field.  We couldn’t be here without your prayers and financial support.  So, thank you so very much.

Jula Team Request:

Our neighborhood chief is from a village that has been very resistant to the Gospel.  Long-term volunteers and national church planters have spent years trying to find a foothold for ministry there.  We hope to have found that foothold.  He has invited us to come see his village and to later take friends there.  In this dark place, proud of its Islamic heritage and unwilling to change, pray that the light of the Holy Spirit will break down walls erected long ago.  Pray that this influential man will continue to hold open the door to ministry there.  Pray also that we will find a person of peace, willing to give the Gospel a hearing and help us bring truth to the lost corners of this world.

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