Key of Medicine
Reflect – Resolve
Happy New Year! ‘Tis the season when we reflect on last year's accomplishments /
disappointments and resolve to do more and better in the coming new year. I too,
would like to reflect on a wonderful 2007 as a springboard for a great 2008.
2007 saw our outreaches to the bush in Nigeria expanding from the same 2-3
villages that we had been ministering in since 1996 to several new villages.
These villages are along the road to Yale and have known about us by our coming
and going there these past 12 years. Many of these villagers have also known of
our work first hand by coming to Yale to be a part of the clinics there. We were
heartily welcomed and greatly appreciated for stopping to consider them and
minister to their needs. From what I have been told in the past, there are 30-50
villages surrounding Yale with perhaps as many as 10,000 villagers in them all
in need of the Savior. Taking the gospel to each of them one village at a time
will take time but it will only take one villager on fire with the gospel to
turn the whole area upside down for God. Remember the Samaritan woman!
And the gospel IS BEING proclaimed in one village by as many as 200 believers as
we came to find out this year. In the village of Yauiri, they have been holding
church with the blessing of the village chief for 2 years now. Many of these
believers come from Konduga and Maiduguri during the growing season to work
their farms and then live in town the rest of the year. We have been invited to
join them in fellowship to help encourage and strengthen their faith in the
Lord. What an exciting opportunity we have been given to spread God's Word by
being a catalyst for others to carry the light of the Word to the darkness of
Four Year Project
And lastly, this year found us accomplishing the project that we began in 2004.
The purchase of the van for our transportation needs. Thanks to the faithful
support of you, our partners, we were able to buy a 1995 Toyota, 4-wheel drive,
long-bed van. It did not look too appealing the very first time that I saw it,
but after sanding, painting and custom seats it was completely transformed and
looked nothing like what I first saw. It proved its worth immediately as we used
it to go out to the bush with yours truly driving:) This saved us having to rent
a vehicle and pay a driver. Then too, it saved me time and money in getting
around the country and freedom to come and go at my convenience when in town.
Again, our sincere thanks to all of you who made this purchase possible. It will
be a blessing to us for a long, long time.
We are looking forward as a family to be back in Nigeria February 18 - March 10.
This will be the first time in 2 years that Sarah and the kids have joined me.
We will not only be conducting our clinics in the bush, but will also be sharing
in the annual P&M Conference in Jos with our friend Rev. Maiwa'azi Dandaura. In
addition, there are 2 other weekend meetings that God has opened up for me to
minister in. One in Maiduguri and the other Bauchi, before and after the
conference. We are also very excited about being in fellowship with the saints
at Yauiri our first weekend in-country as we continue to explore how God would
have us share the faith with the Kanuri of NE Nigeria. You are invited to join
us on this exciting trip. Just return the enclosed Prayer Request by January
15th so that we can send you the information needed to join us. Our budget for
this outreach is $13,000 of which we have been blessed to receive $4380 already.
Thanks to all of you who have so generously given for it is with your help that
this need will be met.
As you know, over the years we like to take a moment in January and update you
on our family. Robert and Lauren will celebrate their 14th birthday on the 10th
while little sister, Kristen will turn 12 on the 30th. Where does the time go?
We continue to home school the children. Robert and Lauren are in the 8th grade
and Kristen is in the 7th. They continue to take piano and are active in their
various youth groups at church as well as being seasoned missionaries. In
between these two momentous occasions, Sarah and I will celebrate 30 years of
forever together on the 21st. Thanks to all of you who faithfully remember us
with your cards and in your prayers.
Your Servants In Christ,
Larry - Sarah