Maria and Ramon Sanchez with Mike Farho

Sanchez Abidjan Blog 2005

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Nov. 20, 2005

Bye bye Ramon & Maria

Nov. 18, 2005

Praise God we made it to Mike's house without getting lost. That is the first time we made it alone. We spent a lot of time in prayer for Mike's wife Sue and son Joshua.

Lunch was Vietnamese, with Fauzi and Nassif. Food was very good. They didn't want us to leave.

Then we went shopping for gifts, paid for our plane tickets and rested some for supper at 8 P.M.

We had a very good Lebanese supper with Radwan. It was all so good. We had kafta, meat sticks, chicken sticks, hummus dip, eggplant (aubergine) dip, garlic dip, fresh flat bread, tabouli, fresh vegetables, kibee, fatayer, cheese salad, coffe and cappuccino. The place had a beautiful view and was very classy. We felt again like a king and queen in Cote d'Ivoire.

We thank God for using Mike in this country. We really enjoy every single day. We will never forget this experience. It makes us sad to think this is our last full day with Mike. We want to stay here for a whole year.

Nov. 17, 2005

We prayed with Silla and Seraphim. We visited again the family from last night. Our lunch was with Hussein and his wife Ahlan at the Portofino restaurant. It was a very good lunch that she made for us, "riz farci." They are very fun people to be with. He is a real comedian. Ahlan is a very sweet person.

At 5 P.M. we had an excellent meeting with the president of the Southern Baptist Church of Cote d'Ivoire. We started preparing plans for a crusade here in April 2006. We will have evangelistic meetings, conferences for children, pastors and families. We also hope to spend a week praying with Lebanese believers.

We went out to visit a family that lost their father two weeks ago. We let them know we feel sorry with them. It was a joy to tell them about God's love and His presence with them in this storm of life. All accepted Christ into their hearts and promised Him to serve Him. They have been Mike's friends for a long time.

We continued on to visit Fauzi and Nassif. They know the Lord and love Him. Ramon sees Fauzi's calling by God to be a pastor some day. He invited us to his restaurant tomorrow for lunch. It was a blessing to share some and pray with him and his son. We got home again at midnight. Glory to God

Nov. 16, 2005

We prayed with the Africans in the guesthouse. Two people were healed of back pain and a pain in the side.

We went with Mike to visit a Lebanese Muslim. We shared our testimony and he opened his heart, asking God to write his name in the Book of Life.

We had lunch with a new believer from Morocco. He shared a powerful testimony. He learned about Jesus over the radio from Monte Carlo. Pray that he would grow in God's Word and find a good job.

This evening we visited a beautiful Muslim family. They really have the gift of hospitality. Everyone listened carefully to our testimonies, even with the TV showing a soccer game. All six dear friends asked Jesus to come to come into their hearts. We got home at about midnight. We give all the glory to our Lord Jesus.

Nov. 15, 2005

We wake up and pray with Mike. Then we went prayer driving through Abidjan. We visited a friend, with who we testify about Christ. On the way back, some police stop us two times. We had the opportunity to give them gospels of John. We see their hunger for the Word of God. One of the policemen, named Brice, asked us to pray for the peace of the country. Some of them asked for the gospel of John.

Nov. 14, 2005

Ramon and I wake up and pray with Pastor Silla. We went with him to visit the university hospital. God ministered to us. Silla received healing, after we prayed for his shoulder. He had pain for days. He had a doctor appointment for that day, but after we prayed the pain went away. So he cancelled his appointment. He was very happy, to glory of the Lord.

Nov. 13, 2005

We took the bus from Accra to Abidjan at 8 a.m. We were there since 4:30 a.m. Pastor Jimmy stayed with us all that time until the bus left. He bought the ticket for us. The trip took 12 hours.

There were a lot of holes in the road. But I was still able to sleep in the bus. It was a blessing, because I met a young lady named Kushy. She had a baby and we were able to help her.

We thank God that they never had to open our luggage. We arrived at Abidjan at 8 PM. Pastor Silla met us at the bus depot.

We give God all the glory.

Nov. 12, 2005

We missed our flight from Accra to Abidjan, because we didn't have any Ghana money and credit cards are not accepted. We had no phone card to make calls from Ghana, but a security guard let us use his phone to make calls. We called our son in Orlando, who sent us money later by Western Union.

The security guard helped Ramon to go get the money in town. We didn't know we needed to have a visa to go out of the airport. But God made it possible for Ramon to go like that to get the cash.

Later on Pastor Mike called another international worker, pastor Jimmy. Mike explained the situation to Jimmy about the money. Jimmy picked us up at the airport. He helped us to get our visa for one night in Ghana. It was only $20 each, but we saw another American who paid $180 for a one week visa.

We thank God for these men of God who helped us.

Nov. 11, 2005

We arrived in Amsterdam to make our transfer to the flight to Ghana. At the same time that we were there, we met a pastor from Mexico. He was looking for confirmation about a decision to move to his family in Israel.

God used Ramon to help that man know he should go to his family. He cried there in the airport when we prayed for him.

We arrived in Ghana at about 10 P.M. We slept in the airport. We were to stay in the waiting room, but a supervisor of the airport moved us to the VIP lounge. He gave us food, water and good coffee with cream. We were treated like a king and queen of the Lord. We give the glory to King Jesus.

Nov. 10, 2005

We leave today for Abidjan! After we praying about a trip to Africa, God connected us with the Farho family. They work in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The Farhos mentor Lebanese leaders in West Africa.

We will pray for Cote d'Ivoire. God made provision for our tickets and everything to pack to bless this country. We give thanks to the Lord.

Nov. 9, 2005

We are on the platform at prayer meeting again tonight for prayer. There were about 800 at church for the Bible class about the Holy Spirit.

Nov. 8, 2005

We went to the Tuesday morning prayer meeting at church. Everyone in Church thought we left on Monday. More than 500 at church that night. They were surprised that we were still in Orlando. They prayed again for our trip and new dates.

Nov. 6, 2005

Our whole church prayed for us in four different services. They prayed for God's guidance, blessing and to use us to do God's will in Abidjan. They prayed that lost souls to come to Jesus. People in Orlando heard our prayer requests over our church's TV broadcast, AM radio station and Internet. Iris called to say she heard another radio station asked for prayer for our trip to Abidjan.

We get Pastor Mike on the phone in Dakar. He told us to wait and come when he is in Abidjan. We prayed that God would give us confirmation to change our departure from Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, to arrive just before Mike arrives. We asked God to confirm this by allowing us to change our tickets without a penalty.

We decided that if the ticket cannot be changed we will still go Nov. 7-17 and pray alone for Cote d'Ivoire, until Mike arrives on Nov. 14. We called to change our reservations to Nov. 10 21. Our travel agent at Safar International ( said, "OK, no problem."

Nov. 5, 2005

I told the Lord, "Today is my last day of work, before starting my prayer vacation in Africa. You have given so many confirmations already. I ask you for one more. Please give me one family to bring to Christ today." Three hours later a couple came to me. God opened the door to share Christ with them. They surrendered their lives to Jesus. To God be the glory.

We tried to call Mike, but the number wasn't working. So we sent him another email.

Nov. 4, 2005

Mike Farho answered our email. He gave us his phone numbers in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. He said he would not be there Nov. 14-21, 2005. We jumped for joy to have this confirmation from the Lord.

Nov. 3, 2005

We sent an email to Pastor Mike Farho in Cote d'Ivoire and three others in Benin, Togo and one other from Cote d'Ivoire who said he could not receive us, because he did not know us.

Oct. 15 Nov. 3, 2005

We started searching the Internet for other international workers. We sent them email, but none answered. We already had our reservation to Abidjan. Our vacation is for Nov. 7 17. We wondered if God was closing the door, since we still did not have an international worker family.

Oct. 7 Oct. 15, 2005

We were looking for an international worker family in Cote d'Ivoire. We asked the office of the Assemblies of God if we could contact one of our international workers there in Abidjan. Everyone from the Cote d'Ivoire was in the United States. We have no international workers in West Africa. So we prayed for another international worker family that was from another mission.

Oct. 7, 2005

Today, God told us what country we need to visit. Because of a spam email we received from someone in Abidjan trying to get money from Americans, we started studying Cote d'Ivoire. We saw the problems of the civil war. We read about the election that was to take place in October. Then God put it into our hearts that we must go to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

Sep. 23, 2005

God put it in our hearts that we needed to spend our vacation in Africa, to minister there. We started praying about a trip to Africa that God put in our hearts. We feel a burden in our hearts to pray for Africa. We asked God that if it is his will, that he connect us with an international worker family there in Africa. We did not know what country in Africa.

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