Kadiolo life- New gas pump!
We now actually have a gas pump in Kadiolo! As you can see it is not very automatic. The boy here has to hand pump all of the gas into the car, but at least it counts the litres for him.Gas is 525 cfa a litre. That is about $1.20 a litre, wich would make about $4.80 a gallon. Cheap, huh?
And when you are all gassed up and ready to go, you get to drive on great roads like this. Our roads really deteriorate during rainy season. They are graded for dry season, and hold up for awhile until it rains again.They are getting quite bad now, sometimes the water covers the road in lower places.
We're in Bamako this weekend. Lisa came up for Women's retreat. She enjoys the chance to get to know other women from other missions. It is a good chance for her to ask questions, and pool responses from many different people. Because all the women were coming up to Bamako for this missions conference, we took the opportunity to have a meeting. This group, minus one couple in America right now on furlough, and another couple trying to raise their support to join us, is World Venture in Mali. It is a joy to have good friends to share and partner with. We all go back home early next week after womens conference is over...
Here is a pic we took before leaving home. Ben & our dogs,Lulu, and Ocho. Ocho has taken to killing fire crickets. If you've ever heard a fire cricket about 2 am disturbing your sleep, you'd know what a gift this dog has been giving us!(A fire cricket is a bit like the sound a cicada would make if it was on steriods.)
I also wanted to report on that Pastor's training seminar we had written about. It went very well, in spite of the pastors being stuck on the Cote D'Ivoire side of the border for the night, and sleeping in a bus. Their response as they came back home was: “That was like a breath of fresh air,” said the excited pastors as they returned from a workshop in nearby Ivory Coast. These pastors, from isolated villages around Kadiolo, had been able to attend a workshop geared to
helping pastors prepare sermons and preach to Senufo people. We all could see the joy on their faces. They had just spent five days together fellowshipping and sharing with one another, and studying the Word together.They needed the encouragement. They work in villages that are hard ground for the gospel to take root, with small congregations. They make $50 a month. That is a bit small even for Mali salarys. They have to complete their funds by growing corn, beans, and other edibles.Pray for them, they are the future of the church in Southern Mali among the Senufo peoples...A BIG BIG thank you to those who helped give so they could attend the seminar!
Thanks for stopping by:Tom & Lisa Seward