Pillars of Hope Report

Updated April 3, 2002

A ministry of the Alliance to reach Muslims in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa.
Ministry Team on Site Steve and Amy Nehlsen; Toby and Kiersten Hull
Ministry Team on 3-month Home Assignment in Holland Carina Saarloos

Dear Pillars of Hope Prayer Team:

We just returned from an Easter weekend in Bouake. It was wonderful to see everyone again and to see how things are going without international worker direction. Pastor Jean and Marthe are doing a fantastic job as Pastor. The new believers from the evangelism campaign in January are continuing to move forward in their faith. All of this is evidence of the power of our risen Lord. He is the Lord of the church. Those who truly know Him will not be disappointed. Your prayers are giving the support needed for these believers. That's why we see these newsletters as being an important part of the whole picture. Thanks for continuing to join us in this effort.

Praise Bulletin: A wonderful Easter week-end with the believers in Bouake. Friday, Amy taught the womens class, followed by a time of prayer for all who could make it. Saturday night there was a film showing. Sunday we celebrated our risen Lord together, followed by a meal.

Praise Bulletin: Amy and Steve spent nearly three hours with Pastor Jean and his wife, Marthe on Friday. It was a joy to hear them tell what God is doing as they evangelize, disciple, teach, go to the prison, etc. God is using them and they are seeing what God can do through them! What a joy it was to share in their joy.

Praise Bulletin: Mr. Kone, a new believer, has been very sick. God laid it on the heart of a Christian friend of Steve's to take a prayer team to pray for him. Through that prayer, God is working his healing in Mr. Kone's body. Mr. Kone is so amazed, after trying so many treatments. His uncle has asked him to come to visit him in another city. Pray that he will be strong in his faith.

Praise Bulletin: A recent evangelism outing among an unreached Muslim people group resulted in nearly 40 new professions of faith, many of them being from a Muslim background. The village chief in one of the villages we visited, was very open, encouraging the villagers to become Christians.

Praise Bulletin: New doors are opening in the city of Abidjan where Steve and Amy and Toby and Kiersten are residing. Please pray for the neighborhoods of Yopougon (Yo-poo-gone), Abobo, and Attecoube (A-tay-kou-bay). There are some strong developments taking place now.

Praise Bulletin: Toby and Kiersten successfully finished a 10-week study block. They continue to move ahead in the French language and will be working more directly in some ministry activities in the next few months.

Prayer Bulletin: Continue to pray for courage, creativity, and protection for Pastor Jean and Marthe, as they continue the work there in Bouake at the House of Mercy. Pray that God will show us His plan for their replacement after they finish their internship in September. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!

Prayer Bulletin: Pray for Mr. Kone, that God will bring complete healing and that he will remain strong under the pressure to offer sacrifices.

Prayer Bulletin: Pray for Carina in Holland for a 3-month home assignment. Pray for rest, renewal, renewed vision, and healing.

Prayer Bulletin: Pray for one of the believers in Bouake, Gahoussou (Ga-who-sue), who just lost his Muslim father. This is a hard time for him. Another believer, Diomande (Dee-o-monday), just lost his mother and father and is struggling in his faith.

We are dreaming big about what God would want us to do. Doors are opening before us. We don't want to start things that can't be continued after our departure. But we want to throw out a "big net" in order to bring in the greatest amount of harvest for the kingdom. We want the Ivorian church to join us in that venture. Thanks for joining with us in seeing this happen.

With gratitude,

Steve, for the whole POH team.
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