Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Alliance African Seminary FATEAC

C&MA West African Seminary known as the FATEAC
Seminary classrooms in background, chapel on right.

This theological seminary provides vital leaders for many denominations in West and Central Africa. Professors are from Africa, Europe and the USA. Even after the evacuations of all our Alliance North American workers from Abidjan, the seminary kept right on training students.

-Mike

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Important needs at the orphanage

Modeste village C&MA Church


If enough funds are donated to the support of the team members, we will purchase the following items for the girls' orphanage:
  • Paint for the library, dispensary and an office
  • Notebooks with 100, 200 and 300 pages
  • Blue, Red, Green ink pens
  • Hand held blackboards
  • Geometry rulers
  • Math and Reading Textbooks
  • Notebook Protectors
  • Copier paper
  • Hand Soap
  • Bleach
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Chocolate Powder
  • Rice
  • Sardines
  • Spaghetti
  • Tylenol
  • Medication for malaria
  • Athletic equipment
-Mike

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Modeste church back door

Modeste village C&MA Church
View from northwest of the Modeste village C&MA Church.

This is one of the "portable chapels" built by C&MA pastor Ralph Herber, nearly 20 years ago. The idea is for the church to put up cement block walls when they later have enough resources. The congregation recently spent all their savings to replace the tin roof. The doors and some of the walls and benches are starting to rot and need to be replaced or repaired.

We would like to replace the walls with brick. But we need permission from the government authorities. This is an area that could eventually become a new housing complex, so we might only be able to repair the facility.

-Mike

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Looking for housing in Grand Bassam

We're looking for housing for the team in Grand Bassam. We will work at the girl's orphanage and the nearby Modeste village C&MA Church. It is a Bamabara language church.

The three top choices we've found for housing are Koral Beach Hotel, the Marvin Hotel Villas and the Assoyam Hotel. It is hard to find a place we can afford in Grand Bassam. It is a popular place, where people in Abidjan go to get away from the city.

Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom as we make the final arrangements in the next few days.

Please make a generous tax-deductible gift toward the team's support. Contact us for more information.

-Mike

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Front of the C&MA Modeste village church

Orphanage sign
Pastor John Traore and one of the elders measure the church. We are considering replacing the wood walls with cement block.


-Mike

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Orphanage sign

Orphanage sign
Our first visit to the orphanage in October 2006, with my niece Sara.


-Mike

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Visited Orphanage

Made plans with the Grand Bassam Girls' Orphanage for our ministry there.

Classrooms
Girls on their way to class.


Dormitory
Dormitory where the girls sleep. Notice the mosquito nets on every bed. Malaria kills 8 kids every hour in Cote d'Ivoire


Daniel and John
Daniel and John in front of the dormitory on right and dining hall on the left.


-Mike

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