Hangin' Out in Karongue

Hangin' Out in Karongue

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tomorrow we move!

Dear Partners in the Gospel,
Our family has just finished our fourth week in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. During our time here we have had new experiences, met fellow missionaries, made new friends, and seen God's grace demonstrated anew to us each day. These were surely four blessed weeks!
Tomorrow morning we will pack our truck with our belongings and head to the port to put it on the ferry bound for Ziguinchor in southern Senegal. The ferry departs tomorrow evening and we will travel over night in the Atlantic along the Senegalese coast and then take the Casamance River inland to Ziguinchor. From there we will drive in to Diouloulou and begin our new life in the village that we have loved and been praying for for over six years.
As we depart we have several things that we would ask you to pray for:
* Safe travels over Friday and Saturday
* That we would begin to get settled in and organized as we set up the apartment in Diouloulou
* For a great reunion with our friends and the believers in Diouloulou
* That from the moment we step foot in the village God would give us a heart to love and serve the people there
Thank you for being a part of our team and for giving, praying, and encouraging us as we serve the peoples of southern Senegal. We look forward to communicating with you soon and telling you of the great things that God accomplished as we serve in Diouloulou!
In Christ,
The Boyd Family
Romans 15:20

Monday, February 18, 2013

Headin' South in Two Weeks!

When I last posted two short months ago we were still in Quebec, Canada. My how much can happen in two months!

Our family has been in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, for nearly three weeks now and things could not be going any better. We have met some great missionary colleagues who serve here in Senegal and God has already begun making them like family to us. We have gotten to serve with a Talibe boy ministry for a day as well as help at a Talibe boy clinic where 175 boys were treated. (We were in charge of showers and worm medicine.) We have also been working on our identity cards, which is the formal document that allows us to live long term in Senegal. And God in His grace has also allowed us to connect with two friends from Diouloulou who are in Dakar. All that and much, much more!

A week-and-a-half ago we started driving here in the city and that's when the adventure really kicked in! Since that time we have driven to every corner of Dakar, usually by mistake. When we drive it is not a matter of if we will get lost, but how bad we will get lost!

We deeply praise God for how well the children are adapting. They have been able to find joy, adventure, and fun in even the most mundane things (like getting lost driving!). We have all sensed the closeness of the Lord and are greatly strengthened by His grace as you pray for us.

Today we drove to the port and bought our tickets for the ferry that travels between Dakar and Ziguinchor in the south. On March the first, our family, our belongings, and our truck will board the ferry for the overnight trip south. From Ziguinchor we will drive to Diouloulou and began to get settled into life in the village.

Thank you all for your prayers, support, love, and encouragement. We will keep you updated on all that the Lord is doing as we pray, trust, and labor so that all Senegal might hear the Good  News of  Jesus!