Light up ahead!

As I think about our friends, our home, our opportunities to show how much God loves us and how we can’t be there, I can’t help but grieve. This is a dark and sad place to be, to think of some of the atrocities in many parts of the country that have taken place since March 24th, to contemplate the fear and the confusion and the loss that so many are experiencing as I write this from the comfort of a safe place. I oftentimes find myself not wanting to hear anymore, not wanting to cry or worry or feel anything, because it is overwhelming if you take it all in and own it. I retreat to numbness, but find myself needing still to feel and so I climb out and share and yes, even laugh, with those around me. I am working my way through the sadness for my friends and for the country, and yes, working my way through the guilt of being safe from it all, and the guilt of missing things and work as well as people. I am finding strength and comfort in the powerful Word of God: He promises to be right there with me, to cover me with His wings, to lift me up out of the mire. He doesn’t promise that there will be no mire, no pain, no trouble, but He does promise to be there, and He is faithful! And then, as I think about who & what I am missing, I am given the gift of the encouragement of voices of friends on the telephone, saying, “we are okay”. Tomorrow, Roy and others may be able to cross the river and embrace our friends and encourage the work and just plain old be there. Light shining up ahead! Possibilities, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans for a hope and a future! So I’ll look forward to seeing my buddies and riding my bike and thanking the Lord for the joy of it all!

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My buddy Hawa, who I read the bible with, and her daughter

blog Kadei Fulani

New Fulani friends who were going to see the Jesus film but we had to leave

Brand new pretty purple bike, ridden for 1 day!

Brand new pretty purple bike, ridden for only 1 day!

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Even though the darkness may trouble us, He will show the way

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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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