2014 December 30
Dear friends and family,
Here is just a short note to remind you to be praying for our evangelistic meetings in Dabgue that started December 28 and are continuing until January 8. The program is organized mostly by the students and each night a different student preaches on a different topic. We chose the topics to be in their logical order and the students are helping each other to build on each other's presentations throughout the meetings so that the series is unified.
Last evening I went down in the Land Cruiser and stopped at a village between here and there to pick up a crippled lady. A very drunk man wanted to come, too. So the crippled lady loaded into the back and the drunk man sat in the passenger's seat next to me. He rolled down his window and insisted that I stop here, and there, and he would get out and call people with very slurred words to come and join us. Several of his friends and others (some also drunk) along the route hopped in. Another crippled lady got in. Then we collected some more people and some children. By the time we got to the site of the meetings, the vehicle was mostly full. What a scene that was! I arrived about 10 minutes before the meeting was to begin. The people were singing. As I rolled to a stop, a small crowd of cripples, drunk people, and children poured out of our vehicle and found their places on the benches.
Amazingly, everybody listened politely and quietly. The presentation was on God's love for us. After closing prayer, we had a drawing for a Bible. The number in the Bible was 22. The drunk man chose number 1, and he was sure that he deserved the Bible since he was number 1. He tried to start a fight about it, but several other people stood up and tried to calm him down. I suggested that he come again another night and try again.
Perhaps while drunk, this man will hear truth that he would not hear while not drunk. We can pray that when he is sober, that he will remember words of truth and that the truth will set him free. And we can pray that those he invited will continue coming.
Please pray for the people who are coming to the meetings every evening at 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Please also pray for our students. We are near the end of the training and the devil is already at work trying to distract students about trivial issues. Pray that they will remain faithful to God and that they will practice what they are learning.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. And Happy New Year!
In His service,
Jonathan and Melody and Gideon Dietrich