Shoe Distribution in Kolinvaai

When the first Pinecrest Team came out from Cordele, GA and worked with the children of Kolinvaai, the student body leader pleaded for two things: footballs and new shoes. The second Pinecrest group brought them footballs and this week I delivered over 600 shoes to the school.

While Pinecrest provided the funds for the shoes, they were purchased locally by the Kolinvaai church treasurer and the distribution was done by members of Kolinvai Baptist Church. I was pleased to see the American church’s donation not only support the local economy but allow the members of the local church to be the face of the aid in their community.

We’re so appreciative of our brothers & sisters in Cordele for their love and support. May God richly bless you in all that you do for His glory!

Women’s StoryTogether Project

Last year, a colleague in Burkina Faso started launched a Lottie Moon Project (it’s like Kickstarter for IMB) with the goal of raising $30,710 to train women to train women to share God’s stories. Wait what? Train to train to…?

Well, you teach someone Bible stories but how much better is it to teach them to teach others? The coolest thing is that the group consists of 32 women from eight different languages. They’ve already had two five day workshops and have several more planned.

The women not only learn how to tell the stories but they craft indigenous songs based on the stories they learn (see the video below). These worship songs are just another tool that helps them to remember and to teach the Bible stories to others.

Finally, they are learning how to craft additional stories on their own. This means that after this project’s two year limit is up, they can continue crafting and training other women from their ethnic groups.

I had a chance to attend the workshop one day last month and it was really impressive to see how dedicated these women were to learning the craft of storying. If you’d like to contribute financially to this project just follow this link to its project on IMB.org. If you can’t contribute that way, you can definitely pray for the workshop leaders and for the women participating in the training. Between workshops, they go back home and put into practice what they’ve learned – sharing the truth of Scripture with their family and friends in the heart language!

Thailand Visit

We’ve just arrived in Thailand to attend a conference for the next two weeks. It’s our first time in East Asia and we’re looking forward to cooler temperatures, new scenery, delicious food, childcare (!), and time to relax a bit.

Trey’s New Passport

With our upcoming trip to Thailand we had to rush and renew Trey’s passport. It was a bit of a challenge since I was in South Africa and we only had two weeks to get it done.

Heidi took the photo below in Ghana, emailed it to me in South Africa, I edited and formatted it, sent it back, she printed it and then we went to the embassy together and turned it in.

Accra Trucker Medical Clinic

Several of my friends & colleagues are involved with a ministry working with the truckers of West Africa. You may not realize it, but there are thousands of truck drivers that transport goods daily from the ports on the coast (Abidjan, Accra/Tema, Lomé, Cotonou, etc…) north to the landlocked countries like Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali.

One aspect of their work is to provide free medical care to the drivers by holding clinics at truck stops at the borders or ports. I’ve attended two such clinics – one on the Burkina/Togo border and one in Tema (the port city just east of Accra, Ghana). Since so many of the truckers come from francophone countries, my French has been helpful in organizing the the clinics, translating for doctors, and sharing the Good News with the drivers.

Here are some images of the free clinic they held in Tema earlier this month. Please pray for the trucker team of West Africa as they witness to this transient community and show Christ’s love through clinics like this one.

Pinecrest Team #2

Wow. Last November we had a fantastic visit from our friends family at Pinecrest Baptist Church in Cordele, GA. At that time, senior Pastor Rev. David Grantham came out with three others to minister alongside of us in Nalerigu and some surrounding villages.

Not two months later and they sent a second team! This time is was Rev. Kenny Peters and three others. Heidi was especially excited to have Dr. Vince Culpepper, a partner in the surgical firm where she worked in Cordele, come with the team.

Vince and Heidi worked on cases at the hospital and Kenny, Bob and Melissa joined William in evangelism, Bible study and children’s ministry. At one point they had nearly 500 children attend an event. It was crazy!

We’re so thankful to Pinecrest for their support of not just Lottie Moon and Cooperative Program, but how they have gone above and beyond to invest their lives & love in us personally. We can’t wait for the next group that comes out to join us!