Hope for C.A.R.

Roy, Timothy, and the CEFA team have now been to village co-operatives to the east, north, and south over the past 3 weeks.  They have been encouraged by the perseverance of many in spite of the past year and a half’s attacks with the resultant destruction and loss.  Their visit to the north yesterday brought home the realization of that terrible loss.  The road north is terribly overgrown, and some of the many bridges have been repaired, others will hopefully soon be repaired.  It took the team 3 hours to cover 20 miles to reach the one village that is starting to be repopulated on that road that used to be full of lively villages and people coming and going.

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Yes, this WAS a bridge

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Placing boards over holes so the truck can cross

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Motorcycles can get by where trucks can't, even with these huge sacks of peanuts

Motorcycles can get by where trucks can’t, even with these huge sacks of peanuts

Villages that once were thriving are now just ghost towns, full of empty houses, stores, and places of worship.  Some have been burned; most have just been abandoned, and are now overgrown with vines and weeds.  These are evidence just of material loss, but what of those who died, those who were injured, and those who were traumatized?  The state of these houses symbolizes the state of many of these friends’ hearts; empty, burned out, and overgrown with worries and hurts.

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Yes, there is a house under there!

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But, these courageous ones who have decided to go back to their homes and farms are a shining example of what it is going to take to rebuild this country. They are daring to reestablish their homes and farms, daring to hope for the future.   This is a first step, and we wait and pray that more steps can be taken, that there might be healing in hearts and reconciliation so that not only the local villagers can return, but also the Fulani across the border.

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Fulani kids across the border, waiting and hoping and praying

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Villagers from this northern road, having left their homes and farms in fear, also waiting and hoping and praying

These villagers who have moved back to their homes were excited to learn some new ag practices from the CEFA team, and all smiles as they took fruit trees to plant on the co-operative farm.
blog dilapoko6 blog dilapoko7 Hope springs eternal in the hearts of humankind.  Thank you, Lord!


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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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