Visiting with “T” buddies

blog Jib1Roy & I, along with dear colleagues Jan & Kim Cone, were able to go see Chief T’s second wife and family on Thursday.  Oh what joy to see these friends after a year’s absence.  Lots of smiles and even some hugs!! from a people whose tribal code demands as little public show of emotion as possible.  There were greetings from family far away, news shared about deaths and sicknesses, marriages coming up, and always they ask how we are, how our operations went, how our kids and grandkids and parents are…  They care enough toremember details and to ask about them.  We are blessed to count them as true friends.  J was there to welcome us, the one guy amidst all the women and children, to catch us up to date with goings on, to give advice and offer help for an upcoming CEFA cattle project, and the best news was that they had planted, harvested, eaten, and will plant again, a special bean/cowpea that Roy brought over from Congo days, called “nyebbe Roy”.

blog Roy bean J showed us his bowl of these very bean seeds and Jan counselled him to pick the biggest ones to plant.

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He has a wonderful sense of humor; often in the past we have laughed with him, and this day was no exception.  He proceeded to put the bowl of beans on his head, as ONLY a woman should do in this society.  You can see the people around him getting a kick out of his antics.

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Please pray for J and his whole extended family, that God would speak to their hearts and touch them with His Spirit.

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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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