Praise God, we made it back to W. Africa!
Gebhards head to home in the village.
Walking with God is the best place to walk. And what a voyage
it has been.
Our original flight to West Africa (April 23-24) was suspended,
but we were able to reschedule with another airline and flew out of
DFW April 28. Special thanks to Larry and Matt for their help
getting us and our baggage to the airport in Texas.
It’s good to be back in Africa. The morning after we arrived, we
were able to get in on the tail end of our PBT West Africa branch
meeting and spiritual retreat.
This week, we’re securing paperwork and preparing our vehicle
for traveling upcountry. We’ve already been talking on the phone
with some of our village friends. They’re waiting there with much
I talked to Pastor J just yesterday. His wife has a new baby and
his family is doing well. Our friend Mr. Camara also emailed me
today to update me on things that will need to be fixed at our
house. Our front door’s lock needs to be repaired. Some things
will need to be repainted after the fire last month. Our water pump
needs some maintenance. Otherwise, things are pretty well in
order for our return.
News about the Gebhard family’s work with the Lele people in West Africa May 2014
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Friend Larry gives our family the
final send off at Dallas, TX. Our
plane lands in W. Africa April 29.
HEADING UPCOUNTRY—Gebhards travel to the forest region where the Lele live.
Safe travel back to our
village home in Lele
territory in the forest.
God’s continued healing
from the Ebola virus
that affected so many
here the last few
months. Praise God
that the problem seems
to be diminishing now.
Cleaning up and
making house repairs.
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and other Bible-less
peoples around the world.
We value your faithfulness
to our ministry with
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Marc and Tina
Lele believers praising God in a church service in one of the southern villages.
We’re so looking forward to getting back out to our village
house and our Lele friends.
Pray for us as we travel upcountry. We’ll likely be making two
trips to haul up recently shipped goods and work on fixing up the
house to make it functional again.
Pray also for our Lele friends. We’re heading in that difficult
part of the year where last year’s rice crop is running out and
people have to work like crazy in their fields to get this year’s crop
planted. As the rains begin, the danger of malaria increases as
well with the increasing mosquito population.
Pray for extra protection for the
people here in this part of West
Africa—that God would grant them
much protection from malaria and
other diseases. Pray also that God
would allow people to remain well-
nourished despite their rice supply
running low again.
This year we have some important
goals we are trying to work toward.
We’d like to finish exegetically
checking the book of Luke. We’d also
like to publish a provisional printing of
several hundred copies of Jonah.
In addition to those goals, we want
to train Pastor J and Mr. Camara to use Paratext, the software we
are using in translating the Bible. If we are able to do that, there is
great potential for our project to move forward at a faster pace.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Pray that the Lele
people would be transformed by God’s word coming alive in their
Lele literacy technician Mr.
Camara and his son Marc.