The Animal Bridge - Dr. Denise & Roy Thagard

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Sunday - 9AM Bible Study, 10:15AM Worship Service | Wednesday - 6:30PM BIBLE STUDY

by: Winterville Baptist

11/09/2018

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Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of the year is a special time, as it reminds us to be grateful for all that God has given us. We are grateful for many things. We are grateful for Abby, whom we love more and more each day. She is always surprising us with her giggles, her interests, her words, and the things she does. She even wants to help with “Daddy dishes” and “clean up, clean up” time. She continues to be healthy and continues to adjust to life here in France very well.

We are also grateful for each other. Life would be hard to learn a new language and take care of Abby without each other. It’s great to share the cooking and cleaning chores with each other, to share little breaks during the day together and even share our language successes and mistakes. There’s even sometimes when we get to surprise each other with treats from the market or store. We continue to enjoy life together as a family.

Abby helping Daddy

We are also grateful to each of you, our family, friends, neighbors, and church families who have been so diligent to pray for us, financially support us, and encourage us along this journey. Your prayers and financial support have sustained us as a family so that we can learn the language to teach the Fulani in Africa about Christ and also about ways to improve their agricultural methods. Our journey is just getting started, yet many of you have prayed for us for our whole lives. We are very grateful that God is beginning a special work inside of us that he will use us to do great and mighty things in the lives of the Fulani people in central Africa.

The past few months we’ve been thankful to hear consistent news from many people on the mission field. We continue to hear the news that the Central African Republic is not a place that is ready to receive us. There has been civil unrest near the place that we were hoping to do ministry, so much unrest that many of the Fulani have escaped to other locations far from this area. With a seasoned team ready to retire in CAR and the unrest that continues, we sense God directing our ministry to another location. Conversations with many people on the field in Africa have all echoed this change of ministry. However, we continue to hear that there is still a great need for the Fulani to have missionaries sent to them and that they are responding to the message of God’s love to them in other locations. We hear and believe God continues to call us to serve the Fulani. During these conversations with several people, another consistent message has been that God calls us to serve a people group rather than a location. What drew us to the Fulani—large unreached people group, cattle herders and farmers, their need for improved agricultural practices—has not changed.

We continue to plan our ministry with the Fulani as missionaries in central Africa. It seems the Fulani people in CAR have traveled north into Chad and Niger to escape the civil unrest. We are excited that God seems to be moving us into this direction for future ministry so that we may still impact the lives of the very people we met on our vision trip into CAR in 2016. We believe we have found a temporary ministry location in Niger where we can spend time learning Fulani language and culture surrounded by other missionaries who can mentor us as we adjust to life with the Fulani. The French language we are learning will be critically important as we will use it in our day to day interactions in the market, and even use it to learn to communicate with the Fulani in their heart language. This location in Niger will give us a starting place to learn Fulani language and culture. After learning Fulfulde we would be able to find a more permanent ministry location with the Fulani when the time comes.

This change of direction for ministry has come over many months of careful prayer and communication with lots of people. Through all of this, God has continued to remain faithful to us through his provisions and the peace he has given us after these conversations. There are still many details to work out before we are able to go to Africa, but we continue to trust God to make a way.

Here are some specific ways you can pray for us:
  • Continue to pray for God to direct us with conversations for best ways to begin ministry with the Fulani.
  • Roy making a vision trip to central Africa to see firsthand how the Fulani are responding to Christ at the end of January/beginning of February.
  • Denise is excited about meeting with her language helper once a week. Pray for these conversations that Denise can grow in her French.
  • Roy has been attending a 2-hour French Bible study class each Saturday and is enjoying the interaction he can already do during this time. Pray for him to continue to feel encouraged as he expresses himself in French, and pray that he will also find a language helper to work one on one with.

Denise, Roy and Abby

Prayer Card 2018
If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of the year is a special time, as it reminds us to be grateful for all that God has given us. We are grateful for many things. We are grateful for Abby, whom we love more and more each day. She is always surprising us with her giggles, her interests, her words, and the things she does. She even wants to help with “Daddy dishes” and “clean up, clean up” time. She continues to be healthy and continues to adjust to life here in France very well.

We are also grateful for each other. Life would be hard to learn a new language and take care of Abby without each other. It’s great to share the cooking and cleaning chores with each other, to share little breaks during the day together and even share our language successes and mistakes. There’s even sometimes when we get to surprise each other with treats from the market or store. We continue to enjoy life together as a family.

Abby helping Daddy

We are also grateful to each of you, our family, friends, neighbors, and church families who have been so diligent to pray for us, financially support us, and encourage us along this journey. Your prayers and financial support have sustained us as a family so that we can learn the language to teach the Fulani in Africa about Christ and also about ways to improve their agricultural methods. Our journey is just getting started, yet many of you have prayed for us for our whole lives. We are very grateful that God is beginning a special work inside of us that he will use us to do great and mighty things in the lives of the Fulani people in central Africa.

The past few months we’ve been thankful to hear consistent news from many people on the mission field. We continue to hear the news that the Central African Republic is not a place that is ready to receive us. There has been civil unrest near the place that we were hoping to do ministry, so much unrest that many of the Fulani have escaped to other locations far from this area. With a seasoned team ready to retire in CAR and the unrest that continues, we sense God directing our ministry to another location. Conversations with many people on the field in Africa have all echoed this change of ministry. However, we continue to hear that there is still a great need for the Fulani to have missionaries sent to them and that they are responding to the message of God’s love to them in other locations. We hear and believe God continues to call us to serve the Fulani. During these conversations with several people, another consistent message has been that God calls us to serve a people group rather than a location. What drew us to the Fulani—large unreached people group, cattle herders and farmers, their need for improved agricultural practices—has not changed.

We continue to plan our ministry with the Fulani as missionaries in central Africa. It seems the Fulani people in CAR have traveled north into Chad and Niger to escape the civil unrest. We are excited that God seems to be moving us into this direction for future ministry so that we may still impact the lives of the very people we met on our vision trip into CAR in 2016. We believe we have found a temporary ministry location in Niger where we can spend time learning Fulani language and culture surrounded by other missionaries who can mentor us as we adjust to life with the Fulani. The French language we are learning will be critically important as we will use it in our day to day interactions in the market, and even use it to learn to communicate with the Fulani in their heart language. This location in Niger will give us a starting place to learn Fulani language and culture. After learning Fulfulde we would be able to find a more permanent ministry location with the Fulani when the time comes.

This change of direction for ministry has come over many months of careful prayer and communication with lots of people. Through all of this, God has continued to remain faithful to us through his provisions and the peace he has given us after these conversations. There are still many details to work out before we are able to go to Africa, but we continue to trust God to make a way.

Here are some specific ways you can pray for us:
  • Continue to pray for God to direct us with conversations for best ways to begin ministry with the Fulani.
  • Roy making a vision trip to central Africa to see firsthand how the Fulani are responding to Christ at the end of January/beginning of February.
  • Denise is excited about meeting with her language helper once a week. Pray for these conversations that Denise can grow in her French.
  • Roy has been attending a 2-hour French Bible study class each Saturday and is enjoying the interaction he can already do during this time. Pray for him to continue to feel encouraged as he expresses himself in French, and pray that he will also find a language helper to work one on one with.

Denise, Roy and Abby

Prayer Card 2018
If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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