Wednesday, October 25, 2018 8:00pm-2:00pm CST
To say it is a blessing to be a child of God could easily be the biggest understatement of all time. We realize that regardless of the circumstances in our lives; Heaven awaits. I start this way because this was a discouraging day versus the earlier ones. The one prospect that we were supposed to have this morning did not show and we ended up studying with no one. I did have a good conversation with one of the brothers and hopefully it made an impact. The work in Ebolowa is a sad one. We began this congregation about 13 years ago and early on, there was much promise. They grew fairly quickly to 50 but then a huge problem took place. They had two preachers and one of them became a ‘serial fornicator’. Virtually all of the Christians were new converts and when they saw the behavior of one of their leaders; the majority left. For so many years they have struggled. The brother told me today that the ‘religious atmosphere’ of the town is that people go to a hall on Sunday and the rest of the time belongs to them. Unfortunately, this mentality has entered the church. I truly do not know what the future holds but I would ask you to lift this small church up in prayer.
Let me go back to the beginning of the day: slept really well and got up at 7:00. I did some work on the computer and we left for the hall at about 9:45. It is literally less than 5 minutes away by machine. As mentioned above; we were not able to study with anyone but I pray my exchange with the brother will be passed on to the members. We came back so I spent a long time with Jean Claude which is always profitable. We both believe that despite problems, the church has a bright future in this country. I know that we have our fair share of problems in the States so we should not be surprised that every member is not on fire for the Lord. I was able to get a lot of stuff done on the computer. We had an early supper at 3:30 and it was delicious. Left for the hall at 4:50 for a 5:00pm service with the brethren. It started promptly at 6:15!!! I used several texts but the overall message was to encourage them to sound faith and service. I may preach this a number of times in the next week to various congregations. Jean Claude seems to think it is needed. We got back at about 7:30 and I took a nice shower and have been working since. Lord willing, I will Skype with Charlie Brown and Grandma in 2 hours or so. We leave in the morning for Mbalmayo which is only 2-3 hours away. This is a new congregation and we will work with them on Saturday and Sunday.
Regarding the pictures below: the signboard is in Bulu (the native dialect) French and English. On the right are Etienne and his wife Giselle with one of the children, Gaius, in the middle. Please continue to pray for Jean Claude’s back as it is still not totally well. We appreciate your continued prayers.