We are thankful for our family, friends, and the way the Lord has blessed us through circumstances this past year. There is a myriad of reasons why it is a challenge to live this life but it seems to me that there is a wonderful balance.  As we look around us and take in what we see, in people, places, and things, we experience both joy and sorrow.  Our hearts sing when we welcome new friends and reunite with old ones.  We are saddened when the time for departure swings around.  We are excited when a friend is healed and our hearts ache when someone passes away.  God blesses us with the incredible beauty of creation, but then here comes a raging, destructive grass fire.  Ups and downs, smiles and tears, all part of making our way through life.  To learn to give thanks for the bad as well as the good is a lesson we are learning, a continual process as we so easily revert back to complaint and worry.  A good reminder from the Good Book; in Romans 5 “…challenges produce perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope”.  Hope.  Hope for earthly situations, hope for eternal life.

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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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