Monday, October 11, 2010
Hello everyone, we are doing well and starting to get ready for next year. There is so much going on and changing it is exciting and yet sometimes stressful. What encourages us the most is the great sense that God is moving and guiding us in where we are headed. Here are some things to pray about over the next month.
-Elections might actually happen soon. So that is both a praise and big prayer request. The first round is Oct. 31 and the second round run-off is Nov. 27. Both Christina Skelton and the Bledsoes are traveling around those dates. Pray for their safety. Pray that the elections go as smooth as possible and real peace returns to Ivory Coast. This election date is almost exactly 5 years following the original election date back in 2005.
-Praise for the discovery of a new Christian Church (actually three, but they use a satelite church structure) in Abidjan among french speaking Ivorians. For a long time we have desired to see a french-speaking Christian church in the capital, but lacked both financial and human resources. They plan on joining the Association of Christian Churches in Ivory Coast very soon. *It's a great story, but I don't have room here to explain how God worked things out.
-We will be starting a new CHE plant in the poorest area of Abengourou called Cocoterrain (also highly populated by Djoula-speaking muslims) within the next two months. We have a CHE TOT 1 & 2 scheduled for Oct. 18-22 for those who will be heading up the new work.
-The Association of Christian Churches is starting their planning for 2011 and are making major strides in being self-leading, being less and less dependent on the missionaries. Pray that God leads these national partners to accomplish some great things in the near future.
-Pray for Christina Skelton as she continues to get adjusted to the Ivorian culture and find her footing here in Abengourou. She has been doing very well so far.
-Pray for the completion of the Djoula Worship/Prayer Center. We are looking forward to starting various prayer services for muslim background believers and seekers.
-Pray for Andy and he tries to keep up with all of the above. :)
Thanks to all who pray for us and the ministry here in Ivory Coast. Our prayer is that God moves in your lives and communities as He is in ours!