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Didn’t need an alarm clock today

I got a call this morning at 5:45, and yes I was still in the bed. My parents used to say that sleeping in isn’t good. I do normally wake up between 6:00 and 6:30 though. My parents said that we will sleep the day away. I always looked at it as if they went to bed at 10:00 and got up at 6:00 and I went to bed at midnight and woke up at 8:00 there wasn’t much difference but I could never win the battle.

The call was from Francis. A national missionary in Mali. He just arrived at the bus station. He has been in Mali a little over 6 years. Mali is 92% Muslim. It isn’t an easy work. I visited him earlier this year. He had about 80 faithful people. He is doing a tremendous job. I am throughly excited about what God is going to do tonight in the conference. I feel that if God blesses American churches when they support missionaries then why won’t God bless African churches when they support missionaries. Right now Francis is resting because of traveling all day yesterday and last night.

The national pastor that will preach is a great man. He has a church that runs over 200. Last year they gave over $2,000 to missions. Wow, that is absolutely amazing. When most of our independent Baptist Churches here don’t support one missionary, here is a church that supports many and God is blessing them. That is why I asked him to come. He told me that when they made a great effort to support missionaries God blessed their church in amazing ways. He said that God has taken care of their needs in miraculous ways. I have preached some missions conferences in the states and I feel that I could have done the conference but I didn’t want to come in with American stories and American blessings. I want them to see an African church and a pastor that has a vision and burden for the world. I so desire to see God do this here. Please say a special prayer for us. God is going to do a great work.

One Response to “Didn’t need an alarm clock today”

  1. David Lundy Says:

    Thank goodness for the telephone. We have a rooster here in Georgia and that wake up call works great unless it is a cloudy morming.

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