On being careful

I don’t know how many of you remember the awful story of our dear friend, Kim Cone’s, fall from a ladder almost 2 years ago now?  He broke his neck and ended up having surgery and delaying return to Africa by some 6 months…  Well, a couple of months ago this huge tree in our kids’ backyard dropped a branch right on the picnic table – dropping right where the girls play after making a sweep past the rope swing on a neighboring branch and brushing a corner of the house.  Josh & Roy knew that a couple of other branches needed to be pruned before they fell, willynilly, but how to proceed?  Thankfully our son is a cautious man.  That doesn’t mean we don’t pray for safety for him, but he does take precautions beyond the average Joe.  He put on a safety harness, brought the chainsaw up and down on a rope so he wouldn’t be carrying it up the ladder, and also had Roy on the ground to “spot” him.  I am thankful to say the branches are down, with no injuries!!!  I am thankful that he learned from someone else’s mishap, to take care of himself.  Why don’t we do that more often?  Sometimes we don’t even learn from our own mistakes, let alone others’.  Why aren’t we taking safeguards for our hearts and minds, learning from past messes?  Lord, grant us wisdom and mercy!blog be safe

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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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