Saturday, August 27, 2011

Greetings from Brazzaville on a sunny Saturday afternoon by Matthew

Hello family and friends!

Thank you so much for your prayers and love.  We are doing well, by God's grace.  We arrived safely in Braazaville (the capital city) on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m.   Here in the capital city we are staying at the SIL Gues House, which is very clean and comfortable.  Last night the church hosted a Night of Music for us, which was amazing!  The Congolese love to sing and dance, and we were singing and dancing along with them!!!  It was a joy filled sanctuary!  Today (Saturday) we have been shopping and are taking a break to send some messages now before meeting with another congregation for training and encouragement later this afternoon.  Stephanie was not feeling well yesterday, but is back to good health today, so praise God!!! 

We have been treated with such kindness and love during our days here.  God has given us many opporutunities to encourage and love His people here.  It has been a blessing to share life with them and provide verbal encouragement as well as ministry tools to strengthen them in their ministries.  Our team has been joyful and patient and have demonstrated the compassion of Christ to all we meet.  I am so thankful for Scott, Lori and Stephanie and their willigness to love God's people and experience life in Africa.  As they share their testimonies, put their arms in puppets to teach the Gospel message, put those same arms (minus the puppets) around brothers and sisters in Christ here, and take photos for Missionary Fred Reinhardt's furlough presentations, they are doing it all for Jesus!  We especially have been thankful for the kindness of President Mavoungou as he has been our primary host.  Stay tuned for more blog entries and and prayers to all!!!
Together in the Great Commission

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