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Kathy is Coming Home for Furlough!

Nov 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Updates From Kathy (Our Local Church Missionary)


“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. . . ”                (Rev. 22: 1)

“It’s too dangerous to travel now. The river is too low. Some of our relatives were coming down the river and their canoe hit some rocks and fell apart.” This was the advice that we received from one of our friends as we prepared to travel again. So, we decided to wait. While we waited, we were able to hold two different Storying Training weeks, as well as cooperate with the people in town in a couple of Community Development projects. The river is the life of the people. It provides water for cooking, drinking, washing clothes and taking baths. It provides food in the form of fish, turtles and alligators. The river is used for personal latrine purposes and for recreational purposes—such as swimming. The river is the source of many legends that exist among the people. The river provides water for transportation—it is the only “road” that exists to travel to and from the villages. When the river is low, sandbars and rocks cause accidents and riverbanks dry out and cave in. When the river is high, flooding can occur and manioc crops that are not harvested in time are ruined. Life revolves around the river.

Jesus said, “. . .whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 14) How grateful we are that the river of the water of life is never too low. How grateful we are that Jesus is our Living Water. How grateful we are that through Him we can have eternal life. Please pray for our team as God leads us to take Jesus to those who have never heard.

Many of you know that my mother has been quite ill. She had to have colon surgery due to a problem with severe Diverticulitis. I am thankful that I was able to go home to be with her for a couple of weeks. She is now in a Rehabilitation Center trying to get strong enough to walk again. Please continue to pray for her, as well as my family, as she recuperates.


1. Thank the Lord for the Bible Storying Training Classes that were held August 30 – September 4, as well as the Classes that were held October 4 – 9. We had good participation in both training events and we were glad that people sought us out with questions about God and what His Word says about different subjects. We had good participation, as well, in the worship services on the town square at night. . . as friends sang and praised God with scripture. Thank God that our friends have started coming to us during the day asking if we are going to have the worship service at night. Then, they arrive early, wait for the service to begin and stay after the service is over because they don’t want to leave!

2. Thank the Lord also for the donation of clothing that we received from a friend. We were able to meet with the leaders of 20 different villages to decide how to distribute the clothing. God was very present in the meeting as we made sure that we were deciding everything justly and fairly. We were also able to give some of the clothing to friends who live in town or were visiting town due to illness. Please pray that this opportunity will help to open the door for our team to enter some villages in which the leaders have not wanted to work with us.

3. Thank the Lord for another meeting that we were able to hold with some of the leaders, concerning the construction of a house. When our friends come down the river, there is no place for them to stay while they are getting supplies or seeing the doctor. They usually stay for several weeks in their canoes or on a boat-dock that is falling apart. So, our team has decided to cooperate with some of our friends to build a type of half-way house, so they will have a decent place to stay. We will do our part and they are to do their part. Please pray for this project. Pray that God will use this house to bring many people to Him.

4. Please pray for the U people. Most of these semi-nomadic people live in isolation. There are two communities of U people that have become civilized in recent years.  Pray that God will use other peoples who have come to know Him to reach this group. Pray that He will give us the opportunity to begin work with these people.

5. Pray for the members of our church planting team. Pray that different conflicts between team members will be resolved so that God can continue to use us. Pray that God will give us wisdom, strength, health and safety as we work together in what He has called us to do.

6. Please pray for me as I will begin furlough in mid-November. Pray that I will be able to finish my reports and other work here in order to be gone for several months. Pray for the speaking engagements that I will have in the states—that God will use what is said for His Glory.

7. Pray also for a river trip that two pastors of our team are planning for November. They will continue the work of our team in my absence. Ask God to bless their health and their families. Pray that He will use them to continue taking His love to the villages.

Thank you for praying,



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