It Feels So Close
Updated: Apr 17, 2020
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of so many people, we only need $700/month more to meet the ministry budget that Wycliffe has set for us!
It's been such an exciting journey and we're only getting started!
School has continued online for me. This has been so eye-opening and so fun. In one of my classes, our project is to spend the semester learning the Kinyarwanda language! This is definitely the kind of stuff that I get excited about!
Please continue to pray as I finish up the semester. I'll have finals the first week of May, then a small break before a summer online course begins. In August, we'll move back to Dallas for my final semester of classes!
We're still working with Wycliffe to narrow down a final location for us in Africa. We plan to make that decision sometime while we're in France. We're so anxious to get onto the field. But God has continued to affirm that He is calling us to that area. The need is enormous.
Below is a map that shows the diversity of languages in a given country. If you were to select 2 people at random in that country, this map shows how likely it is that they will speak different heart languages. Do you see the incredible language diversity that exists at the heart of Africa? Côte d'Ivoire is one of the small, dark-colored countries in Western Africa. It has roughly the same land area as the state of New Mexico. There are over 75 unique languages in that little country alone! And that's just one country in a continent containing over 2,000 languages.
Countless times, we've interacted with retired Wycliffe members that spent their whole lives in Francophone Africa. When we tell them where we are going, they get so excited. They long to see more people continue the work that they gave their entire lives to.
Even when we were visiting Ethiopia, the staff there kept joking about how we should go there (not a French-speaking country). When we told them that we were actually assigned to Francophone Africa, the joking immediately stopped. "Oh, they need you there" was their only response.
These kinds of interactions have been an affirmation for us that God is calling us to work with these people to bring God's Word to their languages.
Would you consider being a part of this work? The need is great and we would love to partner with you in bringing the Bible to the people of Francophone Africa.
Thank you again for all your prayer and support for our family. We can't do this without you.