Mondays across the border

A young mom weeding in her co-op’s veggie garden
This is the women’s group across the border, yesterday, Feb. 8th, hearing a bible story about Joseph and a lesson about being careful about medicines, such as tetracycline, that they can easily buy in the market without a prescription or any instruction about how to use them. There are many children with damage to their teeth that may have come from misuse of certain antibiotics, such as Tetracycline. There is also the issue of the general misuse of many other medications, leading to a weakening of various antibiotics through disease resistance, not to mention the waste of hard found cash and whatever side effects the medication might cause when used wrongly, etc..
There is a tendency here to think taking one random pill can cure a disease or make a difference. Two weeks ago in the town across the border, I was sitting at the counter in front of our version of a fast food place, waiting for my omelet with avocado on the side for lunch. I had placed my daily anti-malarial pill on the counter, wanting to wait and take it with my meal. I turned to talk to someone, and when I turned back, the pill was gone! I asked the cook if he had seen my pill, perhaps I had misplaced it? He said he had just given the guy next to me a cup of water to take some medicine. The guy was gone, my pill was gone, but the cup of water was there. Crazy, eh? He didn’t know what the medicine was – could’ve been estrogen for all he knew, but he just swallowed it, counting on it doing some wonderful magic in his body, I suppose.
We sure would apprectiate prayer for these friends, that they would be taking what they hear to heart, whether it be for their bodies’ health or the health of their souls.

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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