After over a year of prayer and planning, the Lord made it possible to reach one of the local tribes with the gospel. They are a nomadic, hunting tribe, and have been responsible for many of the atrocities carried out in the areas we visit. They listened respectfully to the gospel, accepted Bibles and literature, and were happy to discuss plans for us to educate their children. Please pray that ongoing discussions with the authorities will lead to the school starting soon, and that the light of the gospel will bring lasting change to the tribe.
It was good to see our brothers and sisters in Luanza again, this time in more peaceful circumstances. Around 10,000 people fled from the surrounding villages, but they are now starting to return. We have had four meetings each day and are thankful for help given. There are many diverse problems and needs among the believers, but the Word of God is so relevant to all that they are going through. We had daily Bible studies with Kikunda and Kombe who are doing well, but prayer would be appreciated as they continue to rebuild their marriage.
In January, the village of Kabulembe was held by rebels, but peace has returned and we were able to gather with the believers there on Sunday. They are building a new hall, but the work has been set back after building materials were stolen.