Last week started with a BOOM. We knew our fence needed some repairs but when the mason went to start the work he tapped the first pillar and thirty feet of fence fell over.
Our mason, Chief David, was able to pull things together and within three days we had most of the fence back. Ongoing repairs to the foundation are needed but this is manageable.
This week started with the news of James older brother’s death. Monday evening Nyumah, his younger brother came with the news that Kolleh’s two son-in-laws had found his body after he had been missing for two days. He was about fifty nine years old.
We do appreciate your prayers at this time. James’ family are not believers. Some claim to be Christians but their understanding of death is quite different from ours as Christians.
We are sending our top student from the Small Engine Repair course, Eric, to Ghana. There he will be joining Bill McGladdery, the instructor who came here in 2012. They will teach a class of high school students in small engine repair for six weeks.
Eric has never traveled on a plane before and is very excited about the journey. When he returns to Liberia he has a vision to teach the same material here at New Gate.
Please pray for Eric and Bill in Ghana, teaching young men. Pray for God’s spirit to be at work in their lives and the lives of their students.
James and his prayer band meet twice a week at New Gate. We also have one pastor who comes every week and is being trained in agriculture. We are praying for a pastor to replace Moses for our church.
On Sunday we had an unusual service. The adults out numbered the children in our church for the first time since we returned. This was because many of the neighbourhood children that normally attend didn’t have clothes to wear to church. We are putting a plan together to remedy this problem.
Around our House:
Everyday we have seven to ten people eating a meal at our house. I am thankful I don’t have to do all the cooking but I have perfected moringa soup. It is for those days when I have little time and lots of hunger. It is freely available, very nutritious and everyone likes it with sardine or dried fish. Want the recipe? Other popular menu items are palm butter soup with boney, dry rice with red oil.
James got us a cassava fish recently and we sliced it really thin and floured it. When we fried it it tasted better than chicken strips.
Pray for James and I as we work together, that we would be discerning of truth, gracious to all and free to live the lives God has called us to. Pray that we would be diligent and good stewards of all God has blessed us with.
“I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory. Psalm 85: 8,9 (NLT)
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