The following report was received from Dr. Francois Ngoumape in the Central African Republic this morning:
This is a very encouraging time for us this week after the [national] conference. I went to meet Gert [Puhl] and Wilfried [Dengler] in Bangui. Their flight was delayed several times, but finally they arrived Sunday afternoon, and we drove the whole night from Bangui to Bata.
Pastor John [Pappas] and Mark Sims arrived safely last Saturday by MAF plan from Moundou. They said more than 200 people came to welcome them. They started their class on Raising Children and Foundations on Disciple Life this morning. There are 13 pastors from Bozoum district who came to attend the seminar.
I took them to visit the head commander of the soldiers in Bozoum and the officer of the French soldiers. They were very kind and friendly to them. The head commander is a Christian from our Grace Brethren church, who got his training in Texas and Georgia.
His name is Ludovic. Please pray for him, as he said every Saturday before starting their day they have a time of prayer and Bible reading. I am looking forward to the possibility to share the gospel during this time with them one Saturday. So please pray for this opportunity. We realize that God allows things to happen so that His glory may be seen.
Pastor John gave us a very good sermon on perseverance this morning. Pray for their teaching time with us this week and their trip back to Bangui to teach there too.