There are watchmen and then there are watchmen!

We have an amazing night watchman out at the CEFA farm, who, in my opinion, is worth his weight in gold.  He’s a cheerful, energetic, and caring man.  He’s responsible for the locked gate and all the buildings in our immediate surrounds each night.  Thankful is what we are, for this guy!

blog MaturinBut what about other places on the CEFA farm property, like the cattle?  Sadly, the cattle have become a side casualty to the exodus of our Fulani friends.  Our little herd of 11 has now dwindled to 5.  This photo has 6, and I’m not sure which one of these was lost to sickness recently.  We have substitute cattle caretakers, but through no fault of their own, they don’t have the experience and knowledge of the Fulani.

blog Somongue herd

Then there are the crazy turkeys, whose eggs are big and very attractive to cobras.  We have lost many turkeys to snakebite (we think), so now we have this lovely couple:

blog Geese snake patrolto watch over the turkeys, well and the chickens, too.  We have been told that cobras do NOT like geese, so we’ll see if that proves true for our snakes and poultry!

I, for one, am thankful that I don’t have to put my trust in geese, but that I have help from above –

He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord watches over you.

Psalm 121


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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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