Tuesday, 1 February 2011
A team from Southgate Baptist Church came to install plumbing in the third building for two weeks here in January. It was great having friends from our home church here to help. As a bonus, we were able to eat almost every meal with them in our house. It was a great time of fellowship with lots of stories told of old times. What a great encouragement it was for us.
The cross that you see was made and put in place by Dan Faust and Jon Johnson in a village about 25 km from Koutiala. This church is only 2 and a half years old and started with zero believers. Now, there are at least 60 believers and up to 100 come on a Sunday morning from as far away as 20 km by foot or donkey cart. God is really at work in this village and church. I will share more about them in the near future.
The team got a lot more accomplished than I ever though they would. They completely plumbed the third building and finished up the second as well. They definitely did not let grass grow under their feet (not that grass grows here anyways!). We also had two guys from Ft. Wayne come as well to help with whatever they could. They rebuilt our pallet jack, installed new bearings and seals in our washing machines, built counter tops and shelves for sterilization, and so much more. They were able to complete the things that I did not have time to tackle. They all were real blessings.
Keep praying for us as this is a real busy time for us with teams coming and going. I make a lot of trips to Bamako and back. The roads here are not real great so pray for safety. Thanks again for all your prayers and support. We love you all.