Treatment for malaria, dysentery, a back spasm, and cholera. Check.
Clothes and toiletries for two weeks. Check.
Lessons and supplies for a Training of Trainers 1 (TOT1) in Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Check.
A case of bottled drinking water. Check.
Tools and supplies to pull out of a mud pit, bridgeless stream, or sand pile. Check.
Packing for travel in rural Africa is always an adventure. We prepare for a CHE training that will get under way on Monday in western Cote d’Ivoire, within just a few kilometers of the Liberian border. A development agency of the third largest evangelical denomination in the country asked for CHE network training as a follow up to the Million Village Challenge gathering that met in September (Fan to Flame, Sep 9). So from various directions, CHE trainers will converge in the small town to provide the week-long instruction to others desiring to become trainers and to use wholistic CHE approaches in ministry. We are thrilled to think how this outreach can bring hope and wholeness to a very needy region that regularly suffers from poverty and violence. After the training, we anticipate some more travel to two other regions in western Cote d’Ivoire where some long awaited CHE follow-up needs to happen.
We do not know if there will be Internet capacity at the training site and in the week to follow. Neither of us have traveled to that region, so you might not receive an update from us next week.
Prayer and Praise:
We praise the Lord for your ministry partnership that helps make this training possible! We wish you could see the enthusiasm and hope of Ivorians after a week of in-depth equipping. Continue to pray that the Lord will call additional monthly donors or annual contributors to fill the $700 to $800 average monthly budget shortfall. Share the www.che4a.org link or mailing address in the PDF edition header if you have friends or fellowships interested in joining with us. Ask for safe travels to and from the remote town where the CHE training will take place. It is the end of rain season here, and so the condition of the roads might be an issue. Pray for a week of great interaction and Spirit-led teaching that will equip the learners to share the Gospel through CHE. Ask for good health and clear understanding for everyone participating. Pray for the translation of the New Testament into the regional Koulango language that was undertaken by SIL. One of our FWB pastors from Bondoukou serves on the committee managing the process. Pray that the whole cycle goes smoothly and quickly.
Your partners in the Gospel,
Verlin and Debbie