March Prayer Blog

Family Photo taken January 2003

Thanks for praying! We are moving back to Abidjan on Sunday afternoon.
We are so excited to get back to our ministry. There is no lack of work here in Mali, but there are very few Lebanese. Pray for us as we pack and fly home. Pray for continued progress to peace in Cote d'Ivoire. Pray for 5 year old Josh, who is now recovering from malaria.

John will be arriving in Abidjan on April 4, for his Easter break from boarding school in Dakar, Senegal. He is thinking a lot about college. He is a junior now. Pray for a good time together as a family.

"My brain is numb after a little over an hour." Mike, studying Arabic.

My goal is to study Arabic three hours a day. Sue is also taking advantage of our days away from Cote d'Ivoire to study French. She is attending a French school on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Pray that our minds would stay clear and our memories sharp. Pray also for our Field Leadership Team, as they decide whether we can return to Abidjan in April. That continues to be the desire of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be exiled, and pray to the LORD for it. For in its peace you shall have peace.
Jer. 29.7

Praise God with us for the peace and calm we are able to enjoy here in Bamako, Mali. Pray for Mali to continue to be a stable country in a tumultuous region of the world. Last week the Rebels from Bouake were here for meetings with politicians. This week, the president of Libya is here. Pray for Steve Ike and myself as we audit the Cote d'Ivoire finances this week.

Be Joyful in Hope. Romans 12:12

What do you joyfully hope for? This week was an exciting time of ministry for me in Abidjan. God blessed with many opportunities to share my faith in Jesus. Pray that those who heard the good news would trust in Jesus. Faith in Him is the focus of our hope for eternal life. Pray for Sue who had a rough week in Bamako. A migraine started the day I left and lasted three days. She is feeling better today, but exhausted from the pain. Pray for Joshua as he is back in French school again. Pray for John, as he continues to grieve the loss of his school in Bouake (ICA). Pray for us as we joyfully hope for peace in Cote d'Ivoire.

In the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips.

We are grateful that you are our chocolate chips! Praise God with us that we now have a phone where we are in Mali. Praise God Josh had a good first day at school today. Pray for me as I go to Abidjan for at least one week, March 5-12th. Pray for safety for Sue and Josh as they stay behind in Bamako. Please continue to pray for peace in Ivory Coast. Things have been calm in Abidjan since our evacuation on Feb. 2nd. Fighting is still taking place in the northwest.

February 2003 updates

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