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    February 2007

 

Primitive Clinics
Winter weather has finally come to us here in Georgia with lows in the 20's and highs only in the 40's. Perhaps you, too, are bundled up inside trying to stay warm from the cold and windy outdoors. Wouldn't it be nice to be someplace warm with the sun shining brightly and the sand hot between your toes? Well, that's exactly where I will be Feb. 20th - Mar. 12th as I travel to Nigeria for our Annual Winter Outreach. According to the Internet, the highs in Maiduguri, the base of our operations, are over 100 degrees! HOT! And it is not even the hot season yet!! Still, I am looking forward with great anticipation to being back with my dear friends and co-workers as we continue to preach the gospel in deeds to the Kanuri of Yale and the surrounding villages by treating them with 21st century medicine as opposed to witchcraft and traditional healers. As the pictures of my November trip show, our patients live a primitive life or perhaps existence would be a better term. When we treat them with medicines that are more than just salt and sugar potions as they are used to from their traditional healers, their ailments improve and it witnesses to them that we are true to our word of desiring to help them and improve their lives. This in turn witnesses to them the love of Christ. For when they know that we are Christians, they tell us that neither their government nor their religion helps them as we do. "As ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt 25:40)

 

 

Medicine Thanks
Thanks to Wings of Faith, Rev. David & Diane Smoot, Missions Directors, for their contribution towards our budget for medicines. Thanks also to James & Melanie Cox for their donation of OTC meds of Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl. We see a lot of children with fevers, skin infections, dehydration and eye infections. The adults have generalized body aches and pains along with many stomach and respiratory problems. If you have access to medicine perhaps through your family doctor's office, it would be a great blessing to us as we take the Gospel through medicine to the Kanuri of Nigeria.

Sadly Looking Forward
As much as I am looking forward to this trip, Sarah and the kids are disappointed because they will not be making the journey as we had hoped. The funding did not come in and Sarah and I both felt that we would not be good stewards of the resources that God has entrusted us with to go into debt for this trip. So, we are budgeting and making plans for November of this year to travel and minister as a family in the field where God has called us to labor. We know all the catchy phrases about how where God "guides / provides; leads / needs", but truly we are enabled to go by you our partners who believe in this ministry and have faithfully supported us as we follow our vision from the Lord.
 

February Budget
Medicines $   400
Soap/Shoes   300
Expenses     5000
 

Your Servants In Christ,
                     Larry - Sarah

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