When we lived back in the states our family always took part in filling up shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It was great fun to fill shoes boxes with small treats knowing that these boxes would be taken all over the world and given to children by a local church in an effort to spread the Gospel and link a family with a local Bible believing church. And we always talked about what it would be like to be on the other end of the boxes and to be able to give them to the children. Well, this Saturday we will get to find out!
This coming Saturday the church here in Diouloulou will have the opportunity to distribute some of the boxes to the children who take part in the children's ministry here. We leave early Saturday morning to drive to Bignona to pick up the boxes and bring them back to Diouloulou, get set up, and then in the afternoon we will have a special time with the children and their parents. Before the boxes are given out the Gospel will be shared and we are praying that God would work in the lives of the children and the parents who are going to take part. Please be in prayer for the church here and especially for the parents and children, all of which come from Muslim or Animist families. And check back on our blog in a few days as we post some pictures of the fun!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
|Hosanna and Thea cracking open the cashews they had just roasted with their friends.|
|Thea and her good friend Harriet after roasting cashews.|
|Ezra and his best friend Yaya (aka "The Monkey Hunter") |
as they roast cashews that they had collected.
|Ezra and Yaya in the very top of a mango tree |
looking for ripe mangos.
|To add a little perspective, here is Ezra and Yaya in the top of the same tree.|
|Matt and Ibrahima (aka "The Mirror" because he mimics Matt's every move and expression) doing what they do best.|
|Ez and his pals.|
|Hosanna and Harriet roasting cashews.|
|Alpha, Ezra, and Yaya hanging out in the mango tree.|
Thursday, May 2, 2013
|Ez making "attaya" at Abdoulaye's|
|Me with my "main man" after a long |
day in Dakar
Our times of trusting God for Ezra are far from over. I am sure that there are many more bumps and bruises, both physically and emotionally, that we will endure as we move into the future. And when they come I pray that we, along with Ezra, will be able to say, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God." Happy birthday Ez! Thank you for blessing your father each day for the last twelve years.