October 2008 Newsletter

Greetings to our friends and family around the world,

Emily & Elijah playing cards
Emily & Elijah playing cards

 

We praise God for His mercy and loving care.  Things are moving forward in Aba, Nigeria.  The Bible School is going well.  We are still struggling to recruit more students, but we rejoice for the faithful students we currently have.  We are working on a television advertisement and are also considering moving the school to a more conducive location once our rent expires.
This is the marketplace where we buy our fine West African cloth.  The sign says 'the epitome of peace.'
This is the marketplace where we buy our fine West African cloth. The sign says 'the epitome of peace.'

Last week, Eric attended a Clergy retreat in Gboko, Benue State (in the middle belt of Nigeria) and was able to network with many other pastors and missionaries.  He was encouraged by the lively spirit and good, solid, Biblical teachings.  It was a meeting with the top clergy representatives from most of the mainline denominations from Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon. 

Eric is making a database of the books in the school library.
Eric is making a database of the books in the school library.

Our family is enjoying the presence of our new house helper who comes 3 times per week.  Her English is poor and she has almost no experience in modern cleaning.  We had to teach her how to use a broom, a can opener, and how to light the stove burners.  She didn’t know what a mop is.  And we had to teach her how to clean windows, since she doesn’t have any at her house.  But she is a fast learner and is very gentle with the children.  She has greatly alleviated the daily burdens for Cindy, the children, and me.

Sometimes, when it is cloudy, the kids do their school work by lantern.
Sometimes, when it is cloudy, the kids do their school work by lantern.

The rainy season is coming to an end and tangerines are now in season.  Today, Caleb said ‘onyocha’ which is the word for ‘white man’ in Igbo.  He also says NEPA (the acronym for the power company) when the electricity comes on.  We are thanking God for our electricity coverage, which has steadily increased to about 65% now.  It is a drastic improvement from the 3% coverage we were getting in May and June.  Please keep praying that the trend continues.

 

 

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Prayer Requests

Pictures of YWAM Maiduguri Campus (Maiduguri’s population is mostly from the Kanuri tribe which is considered one of the least reached people groups of the world)

Pictures of the football (soccer) camp held in the city of Maiduguri

Pictures of Jillian’s birthday celebration

Family Newz (by Hannah)

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