December Prayer Blog

The historical Mosque in Djenne, Mali

"Sorry that Winter ended Mike." Andre, the manager of our guest house.

We won't have a white Christmas. It is only getting down to the 70s at night. But we will be home for Christmas. Where is home? Lord, YOU are our Home! Psalm 90:1

Pray for Philemon, leading the Muslim Background Believers in Daloa. Most have moved back to Mali. Some still remain. Pray for Philemon to have wisdom and enough income to survive the war in Cote d'Ivoire.

See our Christmas 2002 slide show

"When we are squeezed, It should be Jesus that comes out!" Dr. Douglas Barnett. God is blessing us with many opportunities to let Jesus come out. :-) Pray for Sue, who is sick with malaria. Pray that we would grow more intimate with Jesus, during these stressful days. Sometimes we think that it was much less stressful living in Abidjan with a war in the north, than living with a four year old out of a suitcase.

"Don't come now Mike." Our field director, letting me know that Abidjan is too fagile to visit this weekend. Pray for me, Mike, to have a safe flight to Dakar instead on Friday.

"Congratulations. God has chosen you to suffer for Him." Tom Brunner, pastor of Hope Church in Indianapolis. "Pain is often a part of God's plan. His plan is always good." This is the third painful Christmas in Côte d'Ivoire in as many years. We experienced our first coup d'etat on Dec. 24, 1999. Christmas 2000, we were recovering from a painful, violent election. This year we will celebrate Christmas in Dakar, Senegal as refugees, after an attempted coup d'etat and an expanding war in Côte d'Ivoire. Pray for our friends there to find God's joy, in the midst of great trouble. Pray God would break this cycle of year end violence.

See our Christmas 2002 slide show
...For behold, I give to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to ALL people. Luke 2:10b MKJV

Pray for us as we continue to Blend and Bless here in Dakar. We will be researching the options for Lebanese ministry and helping with the dorms. I, Mike, will also be returning to Bamako, Mali on Friday, to help Charleen Foster with the audit of the Mali Field finances. From there, I hope to make a short visit to Abidjan. Last week, two new rebel groups have entered the fray in the north west of Côte d'Ivoire.

November 2002 updates

Prayer blog archive
Côte d'Ivoire history time line

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes..." Romans 1:16