It’s OFFICIAL!!! Pst. Archie Norman & Pst. David Kennedy have earned their Jungle Riders “TRAILBLAZER” Patch
Riding in the “bush” of the Western Region of Ivory Coast is not for the faint at heart. Sweltering tropical humidity & temperatures, bugs, rain & slick mud or dry and dusty conditions make getting off the paved highways an adventure few men are willing to tackle. Even paved roads require skilled riders due to dangerous potholes and patches of sand or gravel. They rode the distance from MAN to MAHAPLEU, then on through the muddy trail to our mission headquarters. Due to 4 blowouts on the trailer getting the bikes to the west, time had taken its toll and night had fallen. We couldn’t chance going any further on the unfamiliar mountainous road with the bikes.
We loaded the F-350 with our video equipment and made our way through the washed out ruts to the chosen village near the borders where Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Liberia meet. It was slow going and the rough terrain would have been a real challenge for a novice dirt biker, even in daylight. We arrived in the village quite late. Curious people began to gather. We were told the Gospel had never been heard in this remote village. People crowded around both sides of the screen as usual to watch the story of Christ. With no electricity available we powered up the solar-powered projection system and rolled the film in their native Yacouba (DAN) language. It was near 2am before the meeting was over. The invitation was given and, one-by-one, interested people lined up to be shown THE WAY to Heaven. Ninety-eight souls gave their heart to Jesus on this night. A new church is in the making and a new pastor is on the way. What a thrill to be a part of “JUNGLE RIDERS”.
Bro. Dave & Bro. Archie, wear your TRAILBLAZER patch proudly, you earned it. Riding is fun but the most exciting part of the adventure is seeing the Light of the Gospel as it dispels the darkness. Lives were changed eternally. II Cor. 4:3-4 “3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” We MUST unveil the Gospel.