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|
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
Roy, Denise, and Abby
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