This has been quite a month of quests in ministry and in the lives of people we love. Today is graduation day at Union University. Today, Corbin, our youngest child, will walk the stage as an upcoming summer graduate. After one final class in June and July, he will complete the quest for a degree in engineering! We are very proud of his perseverance through hard times that led him to this place, especially as he worked most of the time, as well. Our niece, Lydia, marries today in quest of living an exemplary marriage. Chelsea, our granddaughter, graduates from Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Next is the quest to mainstream her into a regular kindergarten class in the fall. Happy days!
Verlin pursued important contacts made at the International Wholistic Missions Conference (IWMC). One contact has potential in the quest to get a university degree based upon CHE principles operational at the university in Abidjan in combination with a distance learning program. Other coordination related to the Million Village Challenge (MVC) that the Ivorian CHE network will host in November this year. Several new people have committed to come to the conference which purposes to bring Abundant Life to the unengaged, unreached people groups in our country. On Friday, we learned that the Disciple Making Movement (DMM) – trained layman who teaches neighborhood children outdoors in Bondoukou had 60 young ones in attendance on Saturday! He is now on a quest to find another adult to train and help him. He also said that the neighborhood adult Discovery Studies are growing.
As we train Ivorians to lead Bible studies in their homes in the spiritual component of Community Health Evangelism (CHE), we have been thrilled in our short time in the States to learn of American churches on a quest to get members actively involved similarly in studying and applying God’s Word. A worldwide problem that churches must address is the lack of believers who know they personally hear from the Lord through Scripture study, prayer, and mutual accountability. You, as ministry partners, play a critical role in helping provide solutions and training to resolve this crisis in Cote d’Ivoire. We are so grateful!
PRAYER & PRAISE :
Pray for Corbin as he finishes his degree this summer and seeks work.Ask for a willing and capable assistant for the children’s Bible class.Pray for an Ivorian pastor who is on a quest to help his wife recover from serious health issues that she has suffered since having a miscarriage several years ago. Ask for wisdom to help them find the source of the problem, and a solution.
Your partners in the Gospel,
VERLIN and DEBBIE