Celebrating the feast of the lamb

We celebrated Abraham’s faithfulness and God’s gift of a ram for sacrifice last Friday with Musxlim friends.  Jan Cone, Lori Shinar, and I went to various homes right here in “downtown” Gamboula:

We had some good conversations and some absolutely delicious lamb on rice – seasoned with kimbangi, a sort of a black pepper tasting seed skin.  Promptly at the 1:30 pm prayer time, there was a special gathering (sorry I wasn’t quick enough with the camera – you see the men disbursing after having joined in prayer) to pray for a young man in this clan who finished reading the Qu’ran.  The women were together also, but apart from the men.  A close friend of mine had tears in her eyes for the prayer –  I’m guessing she was thinking about the young man’s mom, who had passed away in the last year, and who missed this huge milestone in her son’s life.

Roy’s celebration was very different; he and Kim Cone, Josh Shinar, Bernard Bekosso, and Pastor Boniface traveled about 45 miles in 5 hours to a village north of us.  They went in the Cones’/Free Church’s jeep, which is the only vehicle we’re willing to use on that crummy road.  Roy stood in the back the whole way.  The road is bad mainly because of the broken up bridges – here they are widening the inner strip to cross over on one of the “okay” bridges:


Along the way, they stopped and visited at villages and were treated to meat and tea and rice and even sheep intestines, which Josh actually found tasty!  They celebrated the feast and handed out scripture in Arabic script Fulfulde, and spent the night, and then headed back home over those bad roads.

Please pray for our relationships with these friends, for the scripture in their hands, for God’s love to shine!!!!

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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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3 Responses to Celebrating the feast of the lamb

  1. Bertrand Ngama says:

    Nice photo with the muslim dress.

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  2. Karen Andrews says:

    Great photos and post—blessings on you all.

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  3. Mindy Cunningham says:

    Thanks for the photos. It really helps to get a better idea of what is happening with you guys. Always in our prayers.

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