God is still at work at
West Africa Theological Seminary
People are so friendly and always glad to welcome 'this old man'. Eager to learn, patient with my slowness to understand 'plain english', always expressing gratitude to God, with a song in their hearts and a dance in their steps - these are ones I have come to love.
I went with four major projects on which to continue the work. (1) Improving Internet Access; (2) Entering books via bar-coding into the Evergreen Library Management software at WATS; (3) Uploading digital volumes into the WATS eLibrary; and (4) Cleaning up the WATS Database Management System of student records/grades etc.
As is ALWAYS the case - we didn't finish the work. As I told the folks there - If I am here two weeks, we don't finish; If I am here 3 weeks, we don't finish; If I was here a month, we wouldn't finish. Or if I was here permanently we wouldn't finish. But we did make great progress, and each area is probably in the best condition it has ever been in. So, to God be the Glory for that.
I was once again able to spend a bit of time with two of the families Marybeth and I have "adopted". Pastor Jide/Timothy and Antonia Moye and their five children, and Pastor Chude and Faith Menkiti and their son Daniel. What awesome ministries these two families are having. Sacrificing so much, but seeing their obedience rewarded through lives touched for eternity.
I was also blessed to be with my two good friends Joseph Karoma and Joseph Allen. These two passionate and dedicated followers of Jesus have been students at WATS in the Masters of Intercultural Studies - but were 'caught' in the Ebola crisis for 8 months while visiting their families back home - and returned to WATS this past January. They have been church planters and Disciple Makers both in Sierra Leone and Nigeria - primarily among Muslims.
An unexpected joy was to be a part of the WATS Missions Conference. This is a three day event with two services on Wednesday and Thursday and a concluding service on Friday. We sat under the anointed preaching of Rev Shodankeh Johnson of Sierra Leone - and his emphasis on Making Disciples who make Disciple Makers. We heard of story after story of God's movement in Africa - and of the literally thousands who are becoming followers of Jesus. (Not just believers but followers) And we heard from the WATS students of their summer missions trips to several areas of West Africa.
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