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Celebrating the Nativity in Abidjan
Tue, 25 Dec 2007
It was a blessing to celebrate our Christmas Eve tradition with some of our friends last night. Today was filled with cooking, eating and a gift exchange with fellow international workers here in our neighborhood. Another of our friends came this evening to give a gift to Joshua and share our Christmas leftovers. Then I cut a chocolate cake into about 20 pieces and shared them as Jesus' birthday cake with all the men guarding the houses on our street.
Heavenly Father, use our simple acts of love and friendship to open hearts to Your extreme acts of love and generosity in Jesus Christ's nativity, death and resurrection.
Ministry to the police and Tabaski
Tue, 18 Dec 2007
Some of our ministry highlights this week were with police. You might wonder why the police constantly pull us over. Our police here are standing on the side of our busy streets. They pull cars over to check the insurance and inspection papers. Usually they see our mission signs and wave us on. This week Sue and I separately were pulled over and had the officers ask us for Bibles. We both saw very happy faces as we handed them New Testaments. They promised to attend church on Sunday.
Tomorrow is The Big Feast, (Eid al-Adha), "The Feast of Sacrifice" (Kurban Bayram), also known as Tabaski in West Africa. Animals are slaughtered to commemorate Abraham's sacrificing of a ram instead of his son as recorded in the Qur'an and the Bible. Muslims who are able to make a pilgrimage to Mecca do so just before this date, on the Hajj.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Mike and Sue were able to bless these policemen with New Testaments. Help these men to read your word and trust in Christ for salvation. Open the hearts of the 1 billion or more Muslims around the world who will remember Abraham's sacrifice. Open their minds to understand that Jesus is the Lamb that God provided to be the sacrifice for our sins.
This year, Christmas is even more beautiful in Abidjan than ever before. Sue says she's never seen such a beautiful Nativity Scene even in the USA. It is located at the Prima shopping center. It is constructed with full size characters. There are several other Nativity scenes at other stores.
Praise you Heavenly Father that even Muslim owned stores are proudly displaying the Nativity scene. Use these displays in Abidjan to open hearts to trust in Christ alone for salvation.
Joshua is feeling much better
Tue, 4 Dec 2007
Your prayers really made a difference! Wednesday was still a little rough for Joshua. Thursday, he was feeling much better. He even rode his bike over to his friend Caleb's house, 3 blocks away. Unfortunately, that was a bit too much too soon. Friday, Joshua was limping around the house, barely able to walk, his legs were so sore. We're not sure what sore legs have to do with Malaria. Since Sunday, I, Mike, have been under the weather with a runny nose. Last night we drove Diana, one of our Lebanese friends, to the emergency room. She's now in intensive care.
Heavenly Father, we're amazed at Your healing power. We ask You to reach out to Diana and heal her heart. Take away this weakness that has plagued her for several years. Help her to see Your loving provision.
"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