What an amazing adventure! I just returned from Africa… and have smacked into a huge reality that I never knew existed.
It is utterly impossible to describe life on the mission field.
So much happens every day, that words can’t communicate it. You have to live it. Here’s a preliminary shot at describing it… I’ll give more in the coming days. Thanks for your prayers and patience!
- I visited the nation of Gabon, the cities of Libreville, Lambarene, and Bongolo.
- Life is good, but life is HARD.
- The missionaries I met are my heroes.
- The outreach done in the name of Jesus is truly indescribable.
- The TV show Survivor just filmed in Gabon. They called it “the hardest place they’ve ever done Survivor.”
- I had two main objectives on this trip:
- Objective one: speak at an annual gathering/retreat of missionaries. Encourage them in the Word. I spoke, from the Book of Ruth, on Overcoming Grace Deficit Disorder. I taught 9 times in total, and the talks seemed to be well received.
- Objective two: visit our denomination’s jungle hospital called the Bongolo Hospital, and become familiar with their work. The hospital is led by David & Becki Thompson, and launched a ministry called PAACS, training surgeons who will stay in Africa, and will both heal bodies and share the gospel with patients.
- The travel is very hard… long lines, long waits, tiny airline seats. It took us 3 full days of travel to get home.
- God is doing amazing things.
- I’m depressed… call it Post African Blues… call it jet-lag. Pray for me.
- I’m super proud of my wife for holding down the fort and my precious kids for sharing Daddy with Africa…
- Thank you to everybody who prayed for me and Josh on this amazing trip. And thanks to the incredible team of missionaries in Gabon! You guys are amazing!
- More to come…