I heard yesterday from both families referred to in our DONATIONS :
1. Tony with EMI introduced me to 2 new Burundi contacts – one at Oxford Centre for Hissionary Studies in England. We shall meet when i get back from Africa in May/June
2. My SIM friends who wrote about their new ministry -‘
Last xx was the day for us to move. The small lorry and our own car were filled to the brim with all our belongings. 3 guys in the truck and the two of us in our own car were on the road to the town beyond the river, into the Somali area of Kenya. The safari was uneventful and we reached safely. We hadn’t seen our house until we got there so we were curious what we would find. It was very, very dusty but plenty of room to fill. By now most everything has its place, there is a desk and on it the computer and work can now begin.
Despite the fact that we actually never lived in xxxx, it already feels quite familiar, maybe it is because I made my first visit in 1996, during that time it was quite common to have stones thrown at white people. It is not so anymore and we thank God for that. People are not unfriendly and yet one gets the feeling of being observed carefully. Why these people are here, this question will be answered more and more as we interact with key leaders in the town. The fact that there is one other white family in town helps us somewhat, so we are not the only white foreigners.
XXX isn’t exactly a big town, (roughly xxxx people) but it is busy. Our house is close to the river, a small road leads to the river and almost day and night watertrucks are being filled close by in order to get this essential commodity to the suffering people in the outlying areas. The drought has really hit hard, it is expensive to keep man and beast alive during this trying time. We thank God that rains have started to come and there is growing hope for grass and milk and an end to this prolonged and severe drought that has befallen many parts of East Africa.
There are many Mosques and we are surrounded by the call for prayer when it comes to the five daily prayer times in Islam. The population is being reminded that God is greater and people need to submit their lives to Allah. Good Friday and the joy of Easter with the fact that the King Jesus was raised from the dead is only known to very few people. And that is why we are here in this part of the world, to proclaim and live the Kingdom of Jesus.
We wish you happy Easter,’
THE NEXT 5 POOREST NATIONS
Yesterday i listed the first 5 – so now:
6. Niger – i spent 2 weeks there in 2001 looking after Wycliffe children during a Conference. They will soon have easyFrench from DRC but more work needs to be done.
7. Malawi – easyTumbuka from Lilongwe has 2 gospels at level A and much veryeasyTumbuka done by my friend Kamosa – who may soon meet us in Nairobi or Bp Isaac can visit her later; Others are Starting Chichewa
8. Mozambique – my friend Steven – who helped me with my luggage in Zambia in 2012 is very talented and doing several languages.
9. Guinea – no contacts yet for this West African nation of 12 million people. Their official language is French.
10. Eritrea – veryeasyTigrinya is on my site. One new friend from a refugee camp in South Sudan has started Luke at level A and sent me Chapter 2 in Feb.
The poorest nations are Afghanistan, Nepal and Tajikistan – more later
HAVE WONDERFUL TIME – Luke chapter 1 at level A in easySango from Narcisse of the Central African Republic arrived one hour age – Halleluyah!!