Hoping to build bridges

blog bridgeThis is one of many bad bridges in our region, and Roy and many others working together are trying to figure out how to make them solid and long-living.  Roy & Kim & Gamboula’s mayor took a trip recently to the nearest sawmill,

Crossing the river on a ferry, the same one we used on March 24th, a day we will not soon forget.

Crossing the river on a ferry, the same one we used on March 24th, a day we will not soon forget.

Tanker truck, local African style!

Tanker truck, local African style!

where they negotiated with the owner (who also has an interest in being able to use these roads to get his products out) to all contribute to the work.  Roy has a contact in the states, a friend named Tom, who has helped us with the planning and will come to Gamboula during this coming dry season when all is ready to install his special bridge supports.

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Kim, the mayor, the sawmill owner, and our sub-governor

The sawmill owner has come through with his donation of planks, the support frames are here, the local work teams in each community are gearing up, but we can’t do it  just yet – it is best to do the work in dry season, which should be in full swing by mid December.  That means that January is probably the time this all will happen!


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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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