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Summer Mission 

Things have been crazy busy the past couple of months, but also super encouraging and a ton of fun! In May we started receiving Summer Mission groups. Summer Missions are typically made up of college students from another country who come alongside us in ministry for a few weeks or sometimes a month. The hope is that they would take the things they learn over the summer to their own campus where they can continue to share their faith and make disciples. 

This year we received 3 Summer Mission groups: 2 groups from the U.S. and 1 group from France. This was the first year since 2019 that we’ve been able to receive Summer Mission students because of COVID. So it was both an exciting summer, but also exhausting since we had to readjust.

My favorite part of receiving visitors to join us in ministry is the energy boost they bring with them. It was clear that all of our staff and students, including myself, were much more eager to go to campus than usual. I noticed that it was even easier to get past the disappointments that we sometimes face on campus. 

But even in the midst of disappointment, God was on the move! During the 6 weeks that we had Summer Mission groups with us (and including the national staff and students who joined us on campus), we had 441 spiritual conversations, 360 Gospel presentations, 54 people expressed that they received Christ and we had 81 follow up lessons with students that expressed a desire to be involved with Cru. Join me in praying for the new students we met during Summer Mission. Pray that they would continue to grow in their faith and stay connected to community even though our Summer Mission groups have returned to their homes.

Above: Part of my campus group while we were in Daloa. The girls were some of the students that came on Summer Mission and next to me is Adonice, one of our new national interns.

Daloa

One of the highlights of our time with Summer Mission was our trip north to Daloa. This is when the national staff had the most opportunities to interact with the American students. Adonice, one of our national interns, is one of the people in particular that I was impressed by during this trip.

Adonice started his internship just a couple of months ago and didn’t have much experience with Cru before that. And yet, he didn’t hesitate to fulfill needs as he saw them, even if he wasn’t 100% sure what was going on at times. With our American friends, he boldly jumped into conversations with them even though he’s not fluent in English yet. On campus, he was quick to approach students and patiently helped train our American visitors. He thrived while Summer Mission was with us, but especially during our trip to Daloa and it was really cool to see.

His wife, Ruth, and 2 other guys are also new interns with us. Thank you, Jesus, for answering our prayers for more laborers!

Next 6 Months

I recently traveled back to the U.S. for my first Home Assignment since becoming International Staff in 2019. I will be on Home Assignment for 4 months, then I’ll have a 2 month sabbatical and return to Côte d’Ivoire the first week of January. One of the things I’d like to do while on Home Assignment is connect with each of you. I will be hosting small group lunches/dinners during the next few months where you will have the opportunity to hear more about the ministry in Côte d’Ivoire, try an Ivorian dish, and ask questions. I will be sending out a link soon where you'll be able to sign up for the date that is most convenient for you and your family, so be on the lookout for that in your inbox! 

Above: Coaching a few girls we met during our time in Daloa. Our annual evangelism conference is in Daloa this year, so we’re praying that they’re able to come!
Left: A couple of Summer Mission students and I with Lagouda, a student that my teammate Craig met 6 months ago who decided she was ready to grow in her faith and learn how to make disciples! I had the opportunity to do a few follow up lessons with her and she even started coming to our weekly meeting. 

Right: One of my friends, Tina (next to me), led one of the Summer Mission groups! It was so fun getting to spend a few weeks with her in Abidjan! Next to Tina is my teammate, Chrissy and one of our national staff friends, Micheline.

Praises

  • For the Summer Mission groups that we were able to host! 
  • For our 4 new interns and the Lord’s answer to prayer for more laborers!

 

Prayers

  • For the new students that we met while Summer Mission was with us. That they would continue to grow in their faith and have opportunities to make disciples on their campus. 
  • For the Summer Mission students who have returned home. That they would continue to use the things they learned this summer to reach their classmates, co-workers, family, etc...
  • For our new interns as they are being trained and learning what their role might look like if they join full-time staff. 
  • For me as I’m readjusting to being in the U.S. and for my time while I’m here. That I would be able to raise the support that I lost during COVID, connect with each of you and be rejuvenated. 
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