A good day across the border

Well, we had 34 women at our meeting across the border Thursday morning. It was great! AND, they were there waiting for us, instead of us coming and waiting for them all to show up! We were blessed, to say the least. I told them the story of how God chose David to be the next king after Saul, and how he chose the youngest, least impressive son of Jesse. It’s a basic example of how God looks at our hearts and not our appearance. Boy, they resonated with that lesson. Then Jan taught about cholera and its symptoms and the care of a cholera victim and how you can prevent it. There have been a few cases of cholera reported recently in Cameroon, so the teaching was timely.
As I said, they were waiting for us when we got there, which was unusual and we are hoping it becomes the norm. They were all sitting around under the palm leaf lean-to, making brooms out of palm leaves. I didn’t have my camera with that day, sorry, but here are some photos to explain what I mean by palm brooms.

Palm trees

looking up at the palm - red flowers are hibiscus

So you take some palm fronds, and you start stripping away the green leaf part, leaving just the stick

Then you tie a bunch of the sticks together with a scrap of cloth or inner tube or you can even keep them together with a tomato paste can with both top and bottom removed

Then you’re ready to sweep!

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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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