March 1st 2012
Thought I would show you my "Jungle Rider" bike. This week will be the first time I have ridden it in 10 years. Being a kick-start..we have had a few heated conversations but we usually get along ok. It has been in hiding since the war started at the end of 2002. This is the bike I rode throughout the Bangolo region where we built our first churches, and in reality, I wouldn't trade it for a brand new "Harley".
March 1st, some of the national pastors and I will kick-off the "Jungle Riders" evangelistic outreach program. First stop is our first church in the village of Guiri. This remote village will be our base in the Bangolo region. We will then move over to the Yacouba region where the small town of Mahapleu will serve as our outreach base. Thank the Lord for strength, health, and the great possibilities HE has given. Thanks to the many people who have given to help us reach the lost in such a dynamic and effective way. I will be showing the team how to set up and use the equipment and plan on returning to Abidjan March 7th. They will continue with the evangelistic outreach in the Yacouba region.
This time of year, Ivory Coast is very hot and dusty. It will not be an easy ride and, honestly speaking, Bangolo is not the safest area in the country. But, we feel confident the Lord would have us go. Your prayers are very important. Pray for God to extend His grace to those who hear the story of Jesus and that the Gospel would be clear. Pray for souls and pray for all the workers. It has been a long time since I have slept in villages with no electricity. However, I look forward to watching the kerosene lamps come on, smelling the smoke as it permeates the village at supper time, hearing the children laugh and play, and...mosquitoes...I forgot about those little pests! I despise those little rascals. Malaria is the number one killer in Ivory Coast.
As for the Honda....Me, the Honda 250, and the Lord have traveled a lot of miles through the "bush" of Africa. My God and I have history enough to sit and talk about it for an eternity. I'm kinda' anxious to see and meet "all" who will join us in the conversation. James
My God and I go in the field together;
We walk and talk as good friends should and do;
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter;
My God and I walk through the meadow's hue.
He tells me of the years that went before me
When heavenly plans were made for me to be;
When all was but a dream of dim reflection;
To come to life, earth's verdant glory see.
My God and I will go for aye together,
We'll walk and talk *and jest* as good friends do;
This earth will pass, and with it common trifles,
But God and I will go unendingly.