Today, Isaac (my friend and co-worker with CrossWay International in Monrovia) and I drove along the coastline’s main road. We stopped at the ELWA compound where Samaritan’s Purse is operating a clinic for Ebola cases. This compound is also the main ministry facility for SIM. I did not go to the actual hospital section but around it where I visited the home of a SIM worker I met at Ponderosa Bible Church. It was a brief visit and I was able to assist my friend with a couple of items.
Following this, we drove deep into Monrovia to make a bank deposit for some funds that will be used to start another water well. Going inside requires hand washing and a laser thermometer temperature test. My temperature was written down on a small slip of paper and then stapled to my shirt collar.
After the bank, we stopped at the Red Light district market where we found 50, 2 1/2 gallon pails that will be used to distribute disinfectant kits that we will assemble tomorrow. Our hope is that we can use these kits to provide some Ebola safety measures in the community and most importantly to use the distribution of these kits as an open door to share the gospel!
As we continued on our journey back to the Training Center, we stopped to visit a blind man. Joseph was born blind and has a family with 5 children and one grandchild. He was introduced to me through Dean and email correspondence. Dean asked me to deliver a collapsible white cane for him to use. I presented it to him and he was overjoyed. He opened it, then demonstrated his ability to use it and his need for it. Joseph is a talented singer. I asked him to sing for me and he asked is wife, Janet, to sing harmony along with him. They sang a song in English and then one in their traditional tongue, “Dan.” It was beautiful! As they sang, the song filled their home as they both sang to the Lord. It was a very worshipful moment.
We said our goodbyes (although I learned that Joseph will be coming to the Make it Clear! training this weekend) and Isaac and I made our way back to the truck. It’s a bit of a walk back up to the truck, routing a trail through various yards and groups gathering outdoors. One boy saw me and ran screaming to his family. He told them he was afraid of the white man. I tried to be kind and say hello but it only scared him more.
I dozed off for a bit on the remainder of the ride back to the Training Center, and once I returned, I laid down and slept deeply for 4 hours.
Right now, Isaac and I are making plans. I brought the Jesus Film DVD with me and we are going to invite the community to come and watch the film on Sunday Night at the Training Center. We are deciding if we can afford to provide some snacks and drinks but we think it will be a good turn-out. I will invite people to trust in Jesus alone after the film. Please pray for this opportunity to be fruitful.