Thank you Lord for Fulani buddies

It’s always a delight to visit friends across the border; to just be with them and catch up on the family and town news.  Sometimes we hear of joys, like a new baby or marriage, sometimes we hear sad news, like someone passing away or someone getting sick. It is so good to be able to tell bible stories when we visit, to talk about how much God loves us and to pray with these friends.

Often we come upon them in the midst of their everyday tasks, whether it be cooking over an open fire or pounding grain in a wooden mortar and pestle, oftentimes with a wee child on their back or hip.  Their everyday would be hard for us, but it is normal for them.  In the midst of what we see as onerous work and poverty, they are content because it is what they know.

Last week it was wonderful to see my good friend H’s youngest daughter, G, who I hadn’t seen for about 2 years.  When she came into her mom’s house, she jumped on me with a bearhug, calling out my name as I called out hers.  This is joy, in the midst of a culture that doesn’t show emotion outwardly if they can help it!


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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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