We have many beautiful days at Bondoukou. However, Saturday, May 1st. won First Prize! "Wow, I wondered, how could anyone not believe in our Creator God on a day like today?" After an all-night rain, everything was so clean and green, the sky was light blue with huge white clouds, and the birds were singing to the top of their voices. How we thank the Lord for the rains which are coming on a regular basis now. At last, the crops can be planted.
The months of April, May, and June are the months for weddings in our churches. There have been so many lately, that I've lost count. And, several more are scheduled in the near future. Because of wedding preparations and other important events, we will delay the CHE (Community Health Evangelism) training for the Gouméré women until their workloads lighten up a bit. Things are done differently here. Instead of the couple and their families, the local church does most of the hard work for the all-day wedding celebration, including refreshments or a meal for everyone. We are thankful for the young couples who choose to remain pure until marriage. They are now blessed to bring forth the third generation of believers in our churches. God is and has been faithful.
Please continue to pray for my witness to Muslim neighbors. One, named Charles, was recently hospitalized with a stomach ulcer. Even in front of his friends, he permitted me to pray for him in Jesus' name. This was a courageous step for him. May he soon come to the Savior. I would also appreciate your prayers for Madame Dongo, wife of Deacon Dongo from the Bondoukou First Free Will Baptist Church. She has recurring breast cancer which has probably spread to other organs. She is in a lot of pain and not much can be done for her. This precious Christian family is in great need of God's touch and mercy.
In closing, I have some Special News. The good Lord willing, I will be in West Virginia for one month of vacation, beginning May 28th., at personal expense. The Mission kindly gave me permission to come and spend some time with my elderly mother. In April, she was hospitalized twice with pneumonia. An abnormality was found on her left lung, but she is too old and fragile for a lung biopsy. She will see the lung specialist again in three months for x-ray follow-up. Thank you for praying for God's perfect will and timing in this situation.
What a privilege it is to be an ambassador for Christ in Côte d'Ivoire. Your prayers and gifts have made this possible since 1976. THANK YOU!
Until He Comes,
Alice F. Smith