Thursday was much the same as Wednesday. The team went to the village of Kwadarawa and had a great time of ministry. The difference is the heat. Niger is returning to it’s normal state during hot season. Still not as hot as it could be, but it’s getting there. Everyone is coping well. There are a few sniffles – it’s extremely dusty. Hard really to describe what the dust is like.
Back on the homefront. Which at the moment is the SIM mission guesthouse. Our food is being provided by some Niger ladies who started a catering business called Circle of Hope. It’s been a huge blessing to have our food not only prepared but delievered right to our table.
Then there’s cleanup. Girls day.
Then there was the lizard. Gecko to be exact. He was in the girls room. Poor guy. He was just doing his job, eating the other critters. But Taylor was not appreciating him at all. And she was doing that loudly. Josiah and Keagon to the rescue. Ok, Nichelle was trying to help too.
I told Jo to just grab him right as I realized that if he did that, the tail would remain in his hand while the rest of him runs away. That’s what happened here – the tail is wriggling on the floor.
But check out where we find Taylor… Josiah and Keagon have had victory and they are taking Mr. Geico outside.
March 14 was a big day for a reason other than the workshops. It was Scott’s birthday. We didn’t realize it til the end of the day. But the next day, the team presented him with a birthday drama, sort of. And a birthday bagel cake. Again, sort of. Here’s Scott with his ‘cake’. Matches are posing as candles.
As stated before, this is a great group of young people. They truly are spending themselves on behalf of the people of Niger. The schedule is pretty intense. Their diligence is producing fruit. During the afternoon session it was again Keagon’s turn to do the Bible study (your’s truly was also being stretched as I was the only one available to interpret at the time).
We then had the V.A. team members give testimonies of what this training has meant to them. What an encouraging time! The theme throughout all the testimonies went something like this:
“When I first saw them do the drama, I didn’t think it was something we’d be able to do. Then they started teaching us and we can do it!”
“I have really learned that this is a great way to share the Gospel. I’m going to go back to my village and show the people the crucifixion and resurrection.”
“I used to think it took money to evangelize. But I realize I can just walk somewhere and do this drama whether I have any money or not.”
There were so many amazing testimonies that were shared and the session finished with a bang!
That brings us to today. This morning found everyone quite weary, but they began strengthening themselves and each other in the Lord.
Today is the beginning of the youth conference. The youth will be coming in from villages all around this region. TTC and Vie Abondante teams will be presenting lots of dramas and the Word will be preached. The youth are on fire for the Lord right now and we believe that now is their time!
This morning the teams were putting final touches on the drama titled ‘GO’!
And GO-ing is exactly what they will be doing. Taking the Gospel to their generation and the next.