“Making Nursing a Tool for Church Planting”
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa
“For the redemption of their soul is precious.” – Psalm 49:8
Dear Friends of the Ministry,
Happy New Year to each of you from West Africa! Having celebrated Christmas earlier this week, our people are now busily preparing for the coming of the New Year, their most celebrated holiday. If you were to walk the streets here today, you’d see lots of chickens – caged on the side of the road with “for sale” signs, tied to motorcycles, and being carried home for a traditional holiday meal. We as missionaries thank the Lord for His goodness to us in 2012, and we look forward to a great year of serving Him in 2013.
In 2012, we furthered the extent of evangelism among our people through medical missions. We focused on two villages, Anan and Agban, where we held medical consultations while also sharing the Gospel through open air preaching and 1:1 evangelism. What a blessing it has been for us to share Christ’s love medically and then see hearts open to Him spiritually. In November, a team of medical professionals from the US came to minister with us at a public high school. By the second day of treatment, the school administration asked that we begin our consultations by preaching sessions. Of course, we were delighted to comply! We had come prepared to do 1:1 evangelism, but this request went beyond our expectations. Overall, in 2012, the Lord allowed us to reach 1,573 Ivoirians through medical evangelism with 79 sharing with us personally that they’d made a decision to trust Christ as their Savior.
In 2012, the Lord blessed greatly in the Bingerville church village ministry. In January, we decided to begin a Saturday village visitation program as a means of evangelism, discipleship, and follow-up from the evangelistic medical days. As we began, generally there were three of us who went: Mr. Jules Séry (the village ministry coordinator), Mr. Judichaël Kouassi, and myself. We began praying, “Lord, burden our church for the villagers.” Now, twelve months later, the Lord has so worked in the hearts of our people that my SUV is filled every time we go to the villages! Often, we even have to rotate our church folks to accommodate everyone who wants to go. Thank the Lord for answered prayer! On Mondays, Mrs. Kady Doumbia, a dear lady in our church, and I began making ladies’ visits. We go with a printed “promise” from Scripture for them and share a time of fellowship and prayer. These have been such enjoyable visits of getting to know our village families better! Miss Mireille Abonga, one of our Sunday School teachers, began a Bible club ministry during the fall, and we’ve found that the “little villagers” really soak up Bible teaching as neither of the two traditional village churches offer any kind of children’s ministry. Now, several villagers come regularly to the Bingerville church on Sundays, and we are praying that the Lord will allow us to one day see a village church planted.
As we begin 2013, I’m looking forward to sharing this ministry with many of you all personally. I’ll be back in the US for a 6-month furlough from April to September 2013. If you would like for me to report to your church during this time, feel free to reply to this email or call me at (Number withheld).
Please know of my heartfelt thanks for giving so faithfully and for lifting me up in prayer. It is such a joy to see Him working in the lives of the Ivoirian people! May the Lord abundantly bless you in the New Year!
For the joy of serving Him,
Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa