We have a lot to learn from our African friends. In fact, Dabou has been very instrumental in my understanding of why so many sub-Saharan Africans are making the dangerous trip from their country to
The story of Dabou:
Dabou is from a small fishing village in The Gambia. His father was a fisherman and all the boys in his family fished to support the family. Dabou is the second born son in his family and when his father died his oldest brother was obligated to provide for the entire family as is the culture in
The journey for Dabou began in 2004. He left The Gambia heading north-east through
Today finds Dabou living in southern
As we sit and talk with our friends, we are hearing their stories and discovering their needs. We are able to, in some instances either meet a critical need or help them to meet their needs themselves. One of the really neat conversations that have been developing is the conversation about what we do. It is exciting to tell these young men and families that we are here doing what we do because there are churches in the
One team that has recently worked with us was the Cole family from First Baptist Church of Abilene, TX. Below is part of a longer email they sent to their supporters describing their experience:
“[As we] reach out to those who are the most neglected and marginalized people on the planet, let me explain who these people are and how they got to
Their stories of unbelievably difficult journeys, struggles to navigate in and amalgamate into a completely foreign culture, and the sacrifices they make to make their family's lives better are inspiring. But it is something else that will strike deeply and profoundly. Joy prevails! Though they have been through horrific experiences, have very little, and have no real promise of a different future, they are the most joyful people we have ever seen. When you meet them the first thing you will notice is a smile that never seems to loose its beam. They embrace and invite you right into their living rooms where ten more will pour the same warmth all over you.”
Windows of Joy
Each summer refugee children come to
We are also planning a
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Thank you so much for praying for our ministry here. God is really answering your prayers and we are having lots of opportunities to reach out.
- Please continue to pray for God to lead us to those he wants us to minister to.
- Pray that He will grow His church here in southern
- Pray for our preparation and the team of volunteers who will be helping with the art camp and the VBS this August.
- Pray for us as we travel to team meetings this summer. Pray that we will have good meetings and that travel will go smoothly.
Thank you for praying for our family. Our kids seem to be doing great and adjusting well. The boys are growing and are as wild as three year old boys can be. Megan has had a great kindergarten year, her Spanish is good, she learned to read in English at home, and she will have a dance recital with a ballet dance in a tutu and a flamenco dance as well!
- Please begin to pray now for Megan’s new teacher next year. Her teacher this year was wonderful and that helped with her adjustment so much.
Thank you for keeping up with us, and for praying for us.
You can continue to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org .