The past two weeks have epitomized the “not so romantic” realities of missionary life. We have swirled in a whirlwind of activities to prepare for an eight-month stay in the States. Debbie kept busy getting the house prepped for our absence, printing CHE materials for teams, receiving house guests for seven days, and trying to keep the puppy out of mischief.
Verlin traveled to Abidjan late Thursday for days of running errands from early until late. He attended a meeting with the CHE university team, bought supplies and dog vaccinations, met with four other CHE partners, picked up equipment for a CHE microenterprise, and handled extended truck insurance. He also continued the process of completing a long-term rental contract with our landlord. We verified our visas for Ghana and sent someone to the border to check on the bus schedule and bus fares. That is the Reader’s Digest condensed version!
In Abidjan, Verlin delivered a package that a retired missionary had sent to an Ivorian believer. Of course, the Ivorian was delighted to hear from friends, but his meeting with Verlin may prove providential. Mr. G. has worked for decades with the disabled in Cote d’Ivoire. His passion is great. He, too, is disabled. The Lord opens many doors for him to minister, but he experiences much frustration in his efforts to see long-lasting development that uses local resources. As Verlin explained how the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) process could provide him a more successful framework to incite enduring change, this brother became encouraged. We expect to train him when we return next year if other Ivorian CHE trainers whom we have influenced do not. This encounter is another answer to prayer. We have asked the Lord to reveal or send gifted believers with hearts of service for Cote d’Ivoire’s disabled population since 2005.
One week from today, we begin a three-step process of returning to the U.S. Saturday: cross the border between Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, take a public bus to Kumasi, Ghana, and spend the night in a hotel; Sunday: a second bus ride to a mission guesthouse in Accra, the capital. Monday: meet Ghanaian and W. African CHE counterparts; Tuesday: fly to England; Wednesday: arrive in Nashville. Leaving from another country adds some drama, but it is worth it to save mission funds given by donating partners over $1,200. The packing and many hours of travel on public transport next weekend may prevent our sending an update. Do not be concerned if you do not hear from us.
Prayer and Praise
- Pray doors open, so the disadvantaged populations of Cote d’Ivoire develop work skills using CHE.
- Ask the Lord to align our circumstances so tasks flow smoothly to be accomplished before we leave next Saturday and that we suffer little ill. Pray for safe travel and that we seize the opportunities to share Jesus.
- Verlin’s respiratory infection and sprained toe have improved. Thank you for the prayers!
Your partners in the Gospel,
Verlin and Debbie Anderson
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