June 2003 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It’s Monday afternoon in Tricotte and it’s hot – about 95 degrees with very high humidity.  We’ve had a couple of good productive weeks here and are ready to return home on Wednesday.  Doug Jarvie installed a new satellite phone system and it’s working great.  His wife, Ruth, and Glenn’s wife, Anita, loved on the kids in the orphanage and in the village.  Glenn Bridges completed the well in Ravine, installed the hand pump and we have fresh, cool, clean water at our school there.  He has now started a well in Beaudois at our new high school site.  Construction will begin this summer on an eight classroom building.  We currently have 140 students in this secondary school and expect about 250 in the fall as we add another grade.

Yesterday evening church started in Tricotte at 5:30.  It was a special prayer and worship service led by some of the church leaders.  They started singing when the first people arrived and that was the signal to the village that it was time to come  —  the service is beginning!  By about 6:00 the church was filled.  After several sessions of prayer with singing intermingled, Madam Diogene shared some thoughts on prayer from the Word and then invited those who had unresolved personal conflicts to come forward.  About 15 people came forward to sit at the alter and the rest of the congregation began to pray with hands extended toward these people, young and old alike prayed together for their needs. Continue Reading →