Venues and a Voucher
Some gifts shimmer with God’s glory. We regularly experience such grace touches. Debbie recently spent hours online and on the phone, to get a voucher for our return trip(s) to Africa. We annulled the second leg of our expected August travel with no fee since COVID-19 responses canceled a flight. For now, we leave our return date(s) open. We see two tripwires to schedule it. One, we understand that every supporting individual or group must have an occasion to hear from us in person. Effective partnerships require personal exchanges. Two, either the monthly ministry shortfall of $1,100 per month, or a surplus $20,000 cash balance (>$45,000 operating cash), needs are reached so we can reside in Cote d’Ivoire for 3½ or more years. Helping educators fan to flame movements that worship God in truth will likely fail otherwise. Since the university training is rescheduled for 2021, we expect this choice to shift only if the Lord communicates that another integral Bible school, agricultural effort, or other ministries that influence medical and educational professionals require our present input. Thankfully, airline flights in and out of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana have resumed. Restrictions and “jumping through hoops” apply, but venues open for ministry continue to expand.
Other gifts came from the grace-touched hearts of Christian brothers and sisters. During our 16 days of travel in east Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, our expenses only included two nights in a hotel. Individuals and churches gave extra donations, knowing these are difficult days in ministry. Another friend provided a violin (a dream to acquire a new skill) and pampering supplies to Debbie that girls enjoy. Many friends helped smooth the way with travel tips, information to reconnect with lost contacts, and delicious meals and conversations. Just as crucial, we heard over and over that people pray, or will now begin to pray, regularly for us and the work in Cote d’Ivoire. What more could we ask? Thank you, everyone!
Virtues and Visits
Prayer and Praise
- Thank the Lord with us for the voucher for our airline tickets.
- We also give thanks that our daughter Cara was accepted into the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. She intends to improve her nursing management skills and opportunities to serve the Lord. Keep praying for the best choice for our granddaughter’s schooling this fall, and other families in similar circumstances.
- Pray for continued safe travels and good health, as we regroup at home for a short time, complete financial reporting, and then continue visits to ministry partners.
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).