Chief T’s girls

What joy it was to see my buddy, Hajja Hawa, for the first time after our attempt to take her belongings to her a couple of weeks ago.  It broke my heart and gave me pause when the first thing she said to me was that she was sorry for causing me trouble.  SHE was sorry.  Oh, Lord have mercy on us.  The persecuted one is apologizing.  May we all be so gracious and caring for others, taking the focus off ourselves.

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Our regional coordinators and good friends, John & Letha, along with Dave H., Covenant World Relief director and also friend, arrived from Yaounde to our town across the border in time to be in on our meeting with Hawa.  We had a good time of sharing, over very hot and very sugary tea.  It was sweet fellowship and it was very good to have our missionary colleagues understand first hand our Fulani friends’ plight.

This picture is a study in how troubles can unite people.  Hawa, on the left is the youngest wife of Chief T (passed away last year), and Nandi, on the right, is the oldest daughter of another of Chief T’s wives.  They are my age, almost 60 (YIKES!!!), and they usually would NOT be sitting together like this.   Bless their hearts, in years past they had been enemies in the race for Chief T’s attention, but trials have brought them together.   Pray for them, as they cope with all their losses and figure out how and where to live.

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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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