Monthly Archives: March 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, some men came to install our new air conditioner.  It is a split unit.  So, the part with the compressor is outside.  It is very quiet and makes the house much cooler. 

Joe and Gilbert went into Anyama to get a couple things that the men needed to do the installing.  Danny was offended that he got left behind.  So, we played with blocks.  We built a tower and used all of the blocks.  In the past few days, Danny has decided that he likes to build instead of just knocking the blocks down.

After the air-conditioner men left, Joe and Matt went into Abidjan to get money.  The first bank was out of money.  The other two banks in that area don’t take our type of bank card anymore.  They headed to another part of town to a different bank and ran into a big group of police breaking up a riot.  They did a u-turn and went to a different area.  As they were waiting in line there, the military came through telling everyone to clear the streets because someone was going to be coming through.  They were able to get money there before heading out.  After all of that, they got some lunch.  It was past lunch time by that time.  Thank you for your prayers for our safety.  When things like this happen, we are reminded that there are definitely people praying for us.

Gilbert and I went for a walk this evening with Margie, Sarah, and the girls.  Gilbert got to play for a few minutes before a big storm hit. 

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  We had to combine classes this morning because the bamboo poles that hold the tarp up for the middle-aged children’s class were destroyed.  Either some kids tore them up, or they rotted.  So, we had all of the children in the bamboo structure.  All of the adults and teens were in the church building.

We didn’t have as many children today.  There were 33 with both children’s classes combined.  School starts tomorrow after the Easter Break; I guess some children were enjoying their last day at home.

A lady in the church had a baby on Friday.  Her baby was overdue, but she didn’t have any complications.  She had the baby Friday morning, took public transportation back to her neighborhood that afternoon, and walked home with the baby boy.  All of the ladies went to see her after church this morning.  Joe took the boys and the Litson girls on home.  I went with Sarah and the other ladies to see the new baby.

When the Litson girls left to go home, Danny stood by the door saying, “Meganne!”  I guess he didn’t want her to leave.

Joe preached at the Anyama church this evening.  There were two ladies and two men that got baptized.  One of the ladies who got saved lives in our neighborhood.  Her husband is Muslim.  Their two-year-old son died recently.  The other lady and one of the men that got baptized were a husband and wife.  The lady has been coming for quite awhile, and her husband just recently got saved.  The other man got saved last year.

Tonight, I gave Danny a cookie to eat.  He sat down and bowed his head for a minute; then, he ate his cookie. 

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe and Matt went visiting this morning.  They visited all of the people that were out of town last week.  They also worked on a schedule for while the Litsons are gone.  Joe and Romeo will both be doing some of the preaching.

Gilbert wanted to go visiting with Daddy until I reminded him that I had invited the Litson girls to come over to play this morning.  He decided he would stay and play.  They all had a good time playing.  I got a few things done around the house and then worked on the container lists. 

After naps, I finished one list and got the other list about halfway finished before it was time to work on supper.  We had a big rain storm during supper; so, we turned the desk top computer off for the night. 

Danny tackled Gilbert tonight.  Up to this point, it has been the other way around.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Friday, March 28, 2008

Bonjour,

We got some things done around the house today.  I worked on the second set of lists for the container.  Joe played phone tag most of the day.

The boys were both grouchy this morning.  Everyone was definitely ready for nap time.

I heard Danny wake up.  When I went into his room to get him, he was lying in his crib “shooting” at Gilbert through the bars saying, “Bang, bang!”  Gilbert was still sleeping soundly.

After naps, Joe went to talk to Matt.  The boys stayed with him.  Sarah, Margie, and I went for a walk without any children.  Our walk went a little faster than normal!  : )

This evening, while Laura was working in the office, Gilbert, Danny, and I played baseball in the living room.  Gilbert kept telling me to keep my eye on the ball.  He was winding up like a pitcher, and when he would do that, Danny would laugh and laugh.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are five hours ahead of Central Daylight Savings Time.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, we went into Abidjan.  As we were driving, the sun was shining right on Gilbert.  He said, “Mom, the sun is blinking me.”

We went downtown first.  We made a couple stops there.  When we went to cross the bridge, the road to both bridges was blocked because the President was about to come through.  We saw his car go buy; there were twelve vehicles in the entourage.  Then, the roads opened back up.

We went to the bulk food store.  We bought some frozen things.  So, we ate lunch and headed home before our frozen things thawed out.  Both boys fell asleep right after we got back in the car.

I took a nap when we got home.  Joe played with the boys.  Then, the boys and I went for a walk.  Gilbert went to play with the girls when we got back.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting with Matt this morning.  They had some good visits. 

I worked on sorting the clothes in my closet.  The boys “helped.”  I was trying to keep them out of the kitchen because the cabinets were being emptied so that we could spray for bugs. 

We all took a nap this afternoon.  It rained again this afternoon.  The sun came right back out after the rain today. 

We had a good evening at church.  Gilbert was a good boy and got to ride home with the Litsons.  He thinks it is great to get to ride with them.  Danny is starting to catch on that he is missing out on something.

Danny continues to say new words.  This morning, he came in and told me, “Good morning.”  This afternoon, he said, “Sank you,” after I gave him a snack.

Gilbert’s new line of questioning is “Why?”  It seems like that question is a never ending one!  : )

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are five hours ahead of Central Daylight Savings Time.

March Prayer Letter

We have had another exciting month here in Ivory Coast. God has been so good to us in allowing us to serve Him in your place. We believe that the work here in Ivory Coast is advancing, and we are so thankful for the signs of growth that we see among the new Christians.

We started off this month by preparing for Easter Sunday. We began to go soul winning and visit contacts to let them know we were going to have a special service. One lady that we visited was surprised that Easter was in March. She asked why the President of Ivory Coast moved the holiday from April to March. Mattt Litson and I had a good laugh about that. We were able to make some very good contacts, and we have had several visitors come to church as a result of these efforts.

One house we visited on door to door soul-winning was the house of a famous Ivorian comedian. His wife invited us in, and we were able to share the gospel with this family. The wife has visited the church a couple of times. We ask you to pray for this family that the Holy Spirit would convict them of their sins and lead them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The area that the church is in is predominantly Muslim. Soul-winning in this area is very difficult, but with your prayers and our Father’s help, we are seeing people saved and lives changed.

We were able to paint the church building and fix the holes in the floor. Matt Litson bought 40 plastic chairs. The work was mostly done by the young boys in the church. These boys, whose ages range from eight to fourteen years old, were so faithful to come every day during their spring break and volunteer their services at the church. It was so much fun to watch them want to learn how to do these different jobs. Matt Litson and I had our hands full trying to keep this troop of fifteen boys motivated and working together. When all of the work had been completed, these young boys were so proud of their accomplishments.

Please pray for us in the coming weeks as I will be making preparations to get a new work started in the town of Bonoua. We will be going to the main government offices to introduce ourselves and let the town officials know what our plans are. Doing this is considered polite in this part of Africa; if you skip this step, it could be costly in the future. Please pray that we are well received in these offices and that the Lord would use these visits to bring these men to a place where they could accept His Son as their Savior.

We plan to start out slowly by doing one day a week of soul-winning and then a Bible study. Please pray that we would be able to see many people get saved through this endeavor. It is our goal to start a church in this town during our next term, but we want to begin to plant the Gospel seed so that the Holy Spirit can do His work in these people’s lives.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, I finished up the container lists so that Joe could take them to Abidjan.  He also need to renew the registration papers for the car.  Matt needed to do that as well; so, he went with Joe. 

Joe found out the next steps that we need to take in preparation for the container.  We have to do another set of lists for the custom officials.  Joe also has to get some letters written and stamped by the director of customs. 

The boys have been busy once again today.  Danny wanted to eat everything in sight this morning.  Gilbert had the munchies too.

Joe got home just after we had eaten lunch.  The boys and I took a nap while Joe did some work in the office.

We had a nice rain storm this afternoon.  It cooled things off considerably.  Margie, Sarah, and I went for a walk a little later than normal.  Danny was determined to go with us today.  When he heard Gilbert say, “Walk,” he headed for the shoe basket.  He held on to one of Gilbert’s shoes until he saw that I had his shoes too.  He walked over to Joe and said, “Want to walk.”  Danny actually did quite a bit of walking today in the right direction.  I did have to pick him up a few times when he got side-tracked by a mud puddle.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Monday, March 24, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went up to the Anyama church this morning to talk to the national pastor for awhile.  I spent most of the day working on translating the container lists into French and converting from pounds to kilos.  Joe wants to take the paperwork to the port tomorrow so that we can get things started on this end.  The container is scheduled to arrive at the end of April.

Gilbert and Danny have had fun playing today.  Gilbert was giving Danny rides in the car this evening.  Danny laughed and laughed.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are five hours ahead of Central Daylight Savings Time.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 – Happy Easter!

Bonjour,

We had good services today.  There were 95 in attendance, and several of the regular attenders were out of town.  Many people go back to their mother’s village on Easter.  Joe had 13 in his class, and I had 15 in the 4 yrs. and under class. 

We had two shorter services this morning.  Then, everyone went home to get their food.  We had a potluck at the church.  There was plenty of food for everyone.  Then, there was a time of prayer requests.  After that, everyone went home for the day.

This evening, after it cooled off a little, Joe hid candy out in the yard.  We invited the Litson girls over for the hunt.  All of the kids had fun.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are five hours ahead of Central Daylight Savings Time.