May/June '06

It’s here!!! The container for which we asked donations last May, over which we requested prayer while packing in December, and of which we expected an entrance around March 1st finally arrived at our home on the 11th of June. Miraculously, our shipment was cleared through customs in less than two weeks, and seemingly everything we packed has been accounted for. Needless to say, we have been very busily and thankfully unloading, moving, and situating all of our household goods and many needed items for the new church. Speaking of the church, we have averaged over eighty people every Sunday morning, and our other services have not gone below forty in attendance. Sabrina has been teaching the children’s Sunday school class since the grand opening, and we already have a children’s church preacher from within the membership. Our Bible Institute started new classes in the middle of June, after our previous two courses saw over twenty-five registered students.

Psalms 133:1 & 3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
…as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing…

I wanted to wax spiritual as I announce another important and especially biblical arrival to Nigeria—Mountain Dew! Yes, the highly-caffeinated and disturbingly green Pepsi product that helped me make it through college has made its way to West Africa. Though we don’t have the “dew that descended upon the mountain” in Abuja yet, it has been sighted in Lagos and is being heavily advertised throughout the country. American things are rare and much appreciated here, and enjoying a favorite (whether it be soda or Hershey’s chocolate syrup that we packed on our container) is like a mini-vacation for us missionaries.

At the end of June, we received our last visit from Sabrina’s father, as he is completing his contract with Exxon-Mobil in Nigeria. Bro. Brian was able to stay three days and was very excited to see the progress in both our home and the church building. His departure from Nigeria was filled with mixed emotions: of course he will enjoy arriving in the U.S. again to be with his wife and daughter (Ashley), but what he has witnessed and accomplished in West Africa has been very eye-opening and, at the same time, fulfilling. My father-in-law’s next assignment is in Russia for six months; at the end of this year he may be through with world traveling for a few years!

Sabrina has been working very hard to keep me well-fed and also arrange our home with some touches of America. God has given me a wonderful wife who is also a great mother and teacher of our children. Victoria (six months) is an exceptionally quiet and content baby, but she enjoys competing with noise and during the church services tries to out-preach Daddy! Joseph (2 ½ years) can sing many of our church songs, confidently counts to twelve, and is learning with enthusiasm his ABC’s. “My boy” prays every night, and while he does, Mom and Dad are reminded of and grateful for all of you who are supporting our ministry and remembering us in prayer.

[Victoria on Sabrina's lap trying to eat an apple from Joseph's hand]

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