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Exciting trip today

Just realized that I wrote this update but never published it.  It is a month old but I think it is worth posting.

We just finished our 5th annual missions conference.  We had three different speakers: one american, one Ghanian and one Togolais.  God truly moved and spoke to hearts.  Bro. Steve Volonte was the american that preached and he said something that I will never forget.  He said, “The evidence of true faith doesn’t always come from our lips but many times it come from our pockets.”

I took them to the Ghana border this morning.  When we arrived at the Burkina border, I heard a binding from under my car.  I attempted to take them to the Ghana side but the four-wheel drive shaft broke.  I had asked my mechanic (member of our church) to go with us in case something like this happens.  I don’t have confidence in my car anymore.  I have beat it up in the ministry over the last 8 years.  It has been a good vehicle but its last days are approaching.  We would appreciate your prayers on this issue.  I don’t have the money for a new one as you have to pay cash for everything and I have always put what we receive back in the ministry.

By the grace of God the mechanic was able to remove this piece and we were on our way.  Rene, a bible college student, is from a town near where we were at.  He has asked a few times if we could go meet his family.  S I thought this would be a great time to see them.  They were shocked by our arrival as Rene didn’t call them since it was a last minute decision.  They greeted us and welcomed us.  After a few min. we started witnessing to his big brother.  He was religious but very lost.  It is so sad to see how religion blinds people from the truth.  At the end of our conversation, he did say that he was touched and would seriously reflect on it.  Rene really wanted us to witness to his father and other members of his family.  His father was greatly touched by the word of God.  He said that he has been to church but never heard that he needed to repent of his sins and believe on the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour.  By Gods grace Renes father got birthed into the family of God.  One of his other brothers got saved also.  I wish you could have seen the excitement on Renes face and heard the joy that came from his heart about the decision of his father and brother.  He has often asked us to pray for his family to come to Christ.

Traveling through town after town and village after village I saw the overwhelming need to get the Gospel to these people.  There are some churches but it is very evident that true biblical salvation isn’t being preached.  How many countless souls perish without ever really hearing the truth.

On the way home God provided some meat for Rene and Pastor Konate.  I hit a hawk and they jumped out of the car and picked it up.  That night Rene made some soup with the hawk and I had a hawk leg.  It was good.

Below is a picture of Rene with his father and sister.

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