What do you remember about lost loved ones?

When I went to H’s last week to teach the bible story about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, her place was basically deserted.  Usually, by the time I get there, mid morning, her yard is a beehive of movement.  Kids and her daughters-in-law and grandkids and people wanting rides to the hospital…people people people.  I found out that an 8-month-old grandbaby in the head wife’s family died, unexpectedly, so everyone was there at that home, just a few minutes’ walk from H’s.  I don’t know what God is trying to teach me right now – seems like every which way I turn, death is there.  My dear friend HJ’s death and now this baby’s, two other deaths in the families of CEFA farm peeps, the senseless murder of the Spanish nun, the horrific massacre up in northern CAR, even a book I just read, and a movie we just watched, philosophizing about the end of life.  It just hits home that beyond our security in the Savior, when I think about dying, I want to be remembered.  In a good way.  I think about the grieving and how we miss people, and that is actually coming up for us, big time, when we leave CAR at the end of August.  So the idea is to focus on keeping on with the memory building, keeping on with being present right now, keeping on with loving people as best we can and keeping on with praying for the lost to be found!

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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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