Arrival in Kadiolo
This is a picture taken yesterday. Do you like the hamster Ben is holding? It is one of 2 newborn puppies! The kids have been enjoying them.
So we've arrived. This morning is Saturday, we've been here since Tuesday night.
We've had a steady steam of people coming to greet us, Christians, and non-christians alike. It is heartwarming to see so many who we have had a good relationship with. This time coming to Kadiolo was not like moving to a weird place in Africa, it is like coming home to friends.
Some news was sad. Drissa, the man on the left in the above picture, a good friend, a m-lim interested in the Gospel, died in January from Typhoid fever. Should I have been more in a hurry to share the Gospel with him? We had so many conversations over the three years we were here before. And I know I shared my faith with him. But should I have done more? Maybe... Anyway it is sad to see anyone die without Christ.
This morning, Bamba came to visit. (This guy is not to be confused with our neighbor Bamba) This man was a talented painter who did work for everyone in town, and had a good reputation. about 3 years ago, he had a demonic encounter, and has never been the same. You could call it demon possession. It is not just a mental illness.
He really needs Christ. Only Christ can cast out a demon, and take its place so no other can enter. But if Bamba is happy (though misled) with the presence of whatever is in him then what? Christ is waiting for Bamba to ask him in. But Bamba prefers (ignorantly or intentionally) to live with this thing. This is sad to watch, too.
I gave Bamba a few coins so he could eat. His family has rejected him because of the demon. He wanders around town aimlessly now. Satan promises big things, but really only wants to destroy.
I'm listening to an old Bob Dylan cd. The song is "You're gonna have to serve somebody. It may be the devil, it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody." Joshua 24:15 says "Choose you this day, who you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Pray for us, as we seek to share the gospel and encourage the believers here.
These are just a couple of the issues we face daily.
Thanks for stopping by,
Tom & Lisa