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February 20th, 2020
You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Psalm 73:24-26
What happened in January?
It seemed like a whilrwind of a month. We had the Discourse Analysis Workshop for two weeks from morning till evening followed by a security workshop. I was also trying to balance that with my online studies which meant very few hours of sleep, not to mention trying to get over jet lag and sickness. I was definitely burning the candle at both ends but i'm grateful for the new skills that were learnt in analyzing languages while also learning to be safe and manage stress in high risk environments. 
Femme De Promesses
Praise God for the young women that faithfully show up. We had a really special time listening to this woman of God (in red) talk on the theme- How does knowing our identity in Christ enable us to live fruitful and productive lives. There is so much that I envision for this group but it has been a struggle to invest more of myself into the group because of location. The group remains in Senegal while I am in Guinea.

Moving into the village.

On February 3rd we left Dakar, Senegal and finally arrived in our little village in Guinea on February 4th. Since then I have been staying with one of my co-workers. Praise God we were able to set up a meeting with some of the village chiefs and elders who welcomed me back. They all agreed that I could stay in the house once I was brave enough to stay out there on my own. This was an answer to prayer since the other option would be to build my own house which would take lots of time and money! Presently, some repairs are being done and I should be able to move in by February 23rd. 

New Name!
Upon my re-introduction into the village one of the men told me that I could no longer keep my former name which I really liked- Aminata. My new name is Jena which means 
second. So now I am slowly making my way around the villages letting them know where I would be staying, that I am now called Jena and that chief is now my Host dad. Names carry significance and it also can form bonds between people when you share the same name. One lady who was pounding rice started to dance and sing when she heard my new name because she also had the same name. Please be praying as we search for a language helper so that I can start learning the language.
Some additional information... 

There still remains the need for a Land Cruiser or Pick up and will cost approximately 40,000 USD. I presently have 17,000USD. This means that I still need to raise 23,000 USD

Moreover, I invite you to consider becoming a monthly supporter.
Join me in prayer as we trust God to raise up new supporters.

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