March 28, 2006
Beyond Your Best
Beyond Your Best: Develop Your Relationships, Fulfill Your Destiny is the title of the book we are studying this week at our Field Forum, in Dakar, Senegal. The guide and videos added a lot to our understanding of Christian teamwork. Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath teach us how to sincerely encourage fellow team members through building integrity and love on the foundation of vulnerability.
Dear Father, we thank you for the encouragement Mike and Sue and their fellow international workers in Senegal are receiving this week. Give them really great fellowship as they continue together through Saturday.
March 21, 2006
Greetings from Dakar
We are in Dakar for about two weeks. Our week long Senegal/Cote d'Ivoire Field Forum will begin on Sunday March 26. It is a time of spiritual refreshing and study that we enjoy once a year. We are here for an extra week to visit with our Lebanese and Wolof friends.
God willing, we plan to visit Lebanon in May. We would like to spend one month in intense Arabic language study. Ibrahim invited us to stay with his family. His daughter Safaa will be marrying our good friend Ali at that time. Heavenly Father, please work out all the details for this opportunity to become a reality.
March 14, 2006
Why our ministry is important or strategic:
David Mays (www.davidmays.org) gives international workers 14 questions for which they should have ready answers. Here are the first two:
1. Explain your ministry in one sentence for a lay person.
Our ministry is mentoring faithful, available and teachable Lebanese leaders in West Africa.
2. Tell why your ministry is important or strategic.
We are motivated by 2 Timothy 2:2, which is my efefe0. It clarifies why our ministry is important or strategic. "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." We are mentoring respected leaders, who are able to teach others what we teach them.
What would we like our ministry partners to do?
Pray for us:
Dear Heavenly Father, give Mike and Sue wisdom as they invest their time with F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Lebanese leaders in West Africa. Thank You Lord, for encouraging these leaders to boldly share the gospel of Christ with others in their strategic spheres of influence.
March 7, 2006
"We really miss you Mike, when you don't come and visit!"
Ali and Hyame's family is very dear to us. We try to visit them every day. Ali is working in Bouake. We miss him a lot. He asked me to keep an eye on his family in Abidjan. They have three girls and one son, Yassine. His 20th birthday is Friday. His photo is attached. Dear Heavenly Father, make Yassine's birthday very special for him. Give him the gifts of an open heart, eyes to see and ears to hear how unconditionally You love him.