Friday, 29 June 2012

Return to West Africa

June 29, 2012
We are in the process of making final preparations for going back to West Africa. We have booked our flights to Burkina for July 14.
While we have been home we’ve had the opportunity to speak at dozens of prayer meetings and small groups in the UK and North America and we believe people have been encouraged and challenged as they have seen what the Lord is doing in West Africa. We met a lot of wonderful people along the way.  
On returning to Africa, in two weeks time, our immediate goals will be to get our vehicle back on the road, help a new missionary family to get their bearings in Burkina, and then travel to our village in Ivory Coast for a month to complete some checks on the book of Luke that we translated into the Loron language last year.
After that, at the end of August, we plan to begin a 3-month trip to various locations around West Africa. We hope to visit our missionary teams who are working in Senegal, Guinea and Liberia.
We would appreciate your prayers as we finish off our time here in the UK and as we return to where the Lord has called us to serve Him. It’s going to be difficult leaving family and friends again, but we know the Lord will give us the grace to cope when we need it most.
Thank you for your prayers and interest.
Continuing by His grace,
Paul and Marina

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Evangelism Update

Last week the NTM website in the US featured this update from the Loron work:

Missionaries Paul and Marina Briggs are on home assignment in Northern Ireland. But thanks to modern technology they can telephone Joel, one of the Loron church leaders in northeast Ivory Coast.

Joel was a teenager when the Briggs came to the Ivory Coast 25 years ago. He was one of the first Lorons to accept Christ when they gave the Gospel message.

Currently he is an elder in the church and is leading and guiding the believers as well as reaching out to help others understand the light of the Gospel.

When Paul called on a crystal clear cell phone connection, Joel was more than glad to give him an update on the status of the Loron church. He also told Paul about an evangelistic outreach to a small village nearby.

“Please be praying that Joel and the other Bible teachers will be able to clearly communicate the Gospel to these dear Loron folks who ‘sit in darkness,’” wrote Paul. Pray that the light of God’s grace will penetrate the hearts and minds of these tribal men and women who have never heard about the Lord Jesus or what He has done for them.”

Pray that as Joel and the others teach Firm Foundation Bible lessons that the message will resonate with the hearts of the Lorons in Gori and that they will trust Christ as their savior.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Africa Challenge

We showed this video to the students at the NTM missionary training centre in Missouri during their Field Fair this week. You might enjoy it. It's only 98 seconds long: