Greetings from a very hot and humid Gambia!
Despite having our moments of struggling with this transition phase, and frustration at the quality and pace of work at the huts, our overall feeling as we look back is that there is SO much to give thanks for from these last few months (get ready for excessive exclamation marks!!):
Though there is still a bit to do on the huts, the plan is for us to move in on Wednesday 6th. Phoebe has been counting down as if for Christmas (this morning she declared ‘Two more sleeps until Tubakuta! Yay!’) and we all feel very excited that the end of suitcase living is in sight!
We would LOVE your prayers as we transition to village life. We don’t really know what to expect but please pray:
‘He really loves to pray’. This was a comment that Pastor Steven made about one of the students as we were discussing the impact of the course becoming residential. This particular student wakes up every day around 4am to pray for two hours. TWO HOURS! 4am!
Previously, at the part time course, students wouldn’t have much knowledge of each other’s devotional habits or behaviour outside of their time together in class. However, now they are living together, their habits are plain for each other to see.
Steven (who stays at Tubakuta frequently) has been witnessing the impact of this student’s habits on the other students and a number of them are now waking at 5am to pray. It reminds us of the words of Proverbs 27:17 - ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another’.
Please pray that this would continue to happen in a whole host of ways. We’re delighted to hear these encouragements already. And please pray that as we become part of the community that we would be sharpened by the students and other faculty, and in particular that we would grow in our love of prayer and our desire to spend hours in it!
We are very grateful for all the financial support that we receive as a family to be able to live and serve here. We have no need for any additional support as so many of you have been really generous. However, the ministry we are serving, Servants of the Word, will continue to need external support for many years to come to cover its operating costs. If you would like to consider supporting the college directly, more information is available here.
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