May 2013

Friends and Family,

I am a couple weeks behind on sending out my monthly update.  With my team leaders heading back to the States and taking on the team leader role, things have been busy!  In the middle of all the crazy, we were able to make it back out to one of our target villages, Yeg.  Pray that the family that has welcomed us will be open to us sharing with them.  And ask that the Lord will provide others in this village that will be excited about hearing the Truth.

Marie, Karissa and I traveled up to Ouagadougou to see the Blacks off and to spend some time talking over plans for the rest of their terms, along with our vision of the direction we’d like to see this team take.  We had a great team meeting together and set dates for a storying conference we will be hosting in July for the women in our churches.  Please be praying for the storying conference.  We hope many of our women will be able to attend and commit to the three days.  Join us in asking that the Father would go before us and begin working in the hearts of those who will hear the stories these women will be sharing.  And finally, be praying that all the logistics of putting on a conference will come together.

My first week as team leader wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies.  In the midst of setting goals, making plans and writing a team budget, Marie had an accident in town.  While riding her bike home, she was hit by a car.  The sequence of events that followed the accident were nothing short of the hand of God actively working in this situation.  After a scary few hours in the hospital, we got her back to a friend’s house who is a doctor.  We were overwhelmed by the love and support of our mission family here in Bobo.  They allowed us to hang out with them, fixed us meals, prayed over us and provided just what our hearts needed.  We wouldn’t have made it through the week without them.  Join us in praising the Lord for his protection of Marie, the kindness of the man who hit her and his perseverance in tracking us down, and for our incredible support system in Bobo.  Our God is sovereign.  And he is so good. 

In the next couple of weeks, we plan to make a trip down south to visit with another missionary to observe her work with literacy and malnutrition in several villages.  It is our hope that this trip will give us an idea of how we might possibly use these methods in our own work.  Ask that the Lord would give us wisdom in taking those steps.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our team and our work among the Jula.  I am thankful for each of you.   

I would love to hear from you.  So, don’t hesitate to drop me a line and give me an update on life and how I can be praying!




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