NEWS FROM OUR AFRICA/EUROPE AREA DIRECTOR BRYCE WHITING
I love to hear broken English. I am complimented when a brother in Christ with a different mother tongue cares enough about me to speak or write in English. It is not easy to understand, and sometimes the message doesn’t come clearly on the first attempt, but if they care enough about me to try to speak, I am determined that I will care enough about them to try to listen. Between the three of us (my brother, God and me) loving understanding will prevail.
I received a letter of thanks recently that gave to me some joyful chuckles. Yes, it was in broken English, but this is not the reason for the laughter. I laughed because the spirit of the letter brought great joy. Permit me to rewrite a few of the thoughts of this letter so you may understand its content.
“Hi Bryce! Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
We in Mozambique are very thankful for all that our brothers and sisters in America have blessed us with this year: a metal church roof that sheds water (replacing one of straw), bicycles for our pastors, printed Bibles and audio Bibles, a well – bringing water to a needy village, Christmas in October gifts for our pastors. We are so thankful! You told us how on Thanksgiving Day in America at your table you gave thanks for us. Our pastors have decided that EVERY YEAR on November 26 we also will give thanks for you. (Big chuckle here.)
“We are now planting gardens to feed orphans. God has blessed us to plant three new churches this year. We believe that next year we will take the gospel message to every province in Mozambique. Pray with us for this to happen.”
Loving understanding has prevailed. Thank You, Lord.