Dear Family and Friends,
I guess I'm what some would call a "news buff". Daily, I listen to U.S.A. and world news, as well as Côte d'Ivoire and African news. Though most of what I hear isn't encouraging, the desire to know what's happening remains. And, in view of many world events, I find comfort in these words of a favorite song, "Glorious", by Paul Baloche.
"Glorious, my eyes have seen the glory of the Lord . . . He stands above the rulers of the earth . . .Lord, You are glorious . . . no one else above Him, none can match His worth, the hope of His returning fills the universe".
I'm pleased with the results of Côte d'Ivoire's October 31st. presidential elections. As a whole, the elections were fair and peaceful. Twelve of the fourteen candidates were eliminated. On November 21st., the Ivorians will vote again and choose their president from the two remaining candidates. Please continue to pray.
My short trip to Abidjan went well and I was able to renew my Ivorian identification documents. While there, Pastor Jérôme Kambou, his daughters Monique and Doris, and I drove to Tiassalé, not too far from Abidjan. We went there to attend the church service with Dibé Kambou and his wife and children. Dibé, a registered nurse employed by the government, was transferred to Tiassalé over a year ago. He is a good nurse and a committed Christian who has the gift of sharing the Gospel everywhere he goes. He has won several people to the Lord. And, for him, the normal thing to do was to start a new Free Will Baptist Church! With God's help, he has done this. Pastor Jérôme was privileged to preach to a crowd of 20 adults and 12 children, who were crowded into Dibé's livingroom. By the way, I failed to mention that Dibé is Pastor Jérôme's "petit frère" (younger brother). The Bible Institute has now placed a young pastor-in-training to help in this work for one year. Please pray for this young mission church. They've started saving money for the construction of a church building. Praise the Lord! Please ask the Lord to impress other Free Will Baptist professionals and give them the desire to win souls and plant churches in the regions to which their work takes them.
The CHE training sessions with the Gouméré church ladies continue and are such a blessing to both teachers and students. I recently taught them about typhoid fever, which is a serious problem in this country. Hopefully, with the things they've learned, they and their families will take the proper steps to avoid this life-threatening disease.
The good Lord willing, on November 14th. and 28th., I will be teaching for an hour before the regular Sunday morning church services. The pastor at Gouméré has asked me to teach lessons on proper nutrition. I look forward to showing them, from God's Word, that the Lord is interested in the health of His children. And, we all know that eating properly contributes to our being healthy. Please pray for these teaching sessions.
Well, as usual I have too much to tell! So, to avoid this being too long, I'll share just one more thing. Progress, though somewhat slow, is being made as I sort through my accumulated "treasures". And, I must confess something to you. In my last newsletter, I wrote that I was "almost a packrat". To be honest, I now admit to being a full-fledged packrat! Why? I had saved letters written to my family in West Virginia back in June and July 1973! I was in Côte d'Ivoire serving as a summer missionary.
Can you believe it?! The letters are very interesting . . . filled with the enthusiasm of a young lady who has now become a "mature" lady . . . hopefully I can share these letters with you someday.
Thank you. Do not forget how much your missionary loves and appreciates you.
I thank the Lord for you, your prayers, and your generous support Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day celebration! Our Wonderful Lord is so worthy of great praise and thanksgiving all the time! Amen!
Your missionary "packrat",
Alice F. Smith