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August 7th, 2020
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Psalm 46 :1-2
Dear friends,
I trust that this newsletter finds you well. Greetings all the way from West Africa and particularly from my isolated village.
These past few months have been quite a journey as we are living through a global pandemic along with other worldwide situations. But God has been so gracious and merciful as we have waited and continue to wait patiently on him to hear and answer our prayers.
For several months now we have been waiting for an opportunity to leave the village to cross the borders into Senegal but they have been closed since April. Two weeks ago it was announced that the proposed opening date which should have been July 15th is now extended for another 30 days and may go on for much longer. This posed a few complications for our team. The volunteers of my co-workers were supposed to return to their home country since May but have been unable to find any flights. My co-workers who were also in need of a break for several months now have been enduring by faith. Our food supplies have become more and more local and limited. Our other co-workers that left at the beginning of April before everything shut down, left behind a generous amount of food supplies which we have been using.
 

Travels

Two Sundays ago, we made the decision to leave the village and drive down to the other side of Guinea where I previously lived. I had written a Newsletter before we left but things were so busy that I was not able to send it out in time to ask you all for your prayers for that journey. Praise God we made it down safely. The roads were really muddy and rocky and we even passed a few trucks that were stuck. We somehow arrived 3 hours earlier than scheduled which is a miracle from God. Instead of 12 hours we made it in 9. My co-workers' volunteers were able to get into the city and be tested for Covid. They were also able to get unto a flight to return to Germany. This was a huge answer to prayer since many other missionaries on the field have had their flights repeatedly cancelled and have been waiting for months without any success.
We left Sunday afternoon and returned to the village Saturday afternoon. Praise God that we were able to get a lot of supplies to take back to the village to last us a few months. On our way back one of the tires blew out completely but we had a spare tire. All the tires are pretty worn out and need to be changed. Pray that the new tires can arrive soon. Also, my coworkers' kids can no longer attend a boarding school for this new school year and so Lina (their mom) now has to home school them. Pray that the books will arrive soon to Senegal and that they would be able to be transported into Guinea.
I had a really good time being back in my old stomping ground. I miss my friends a lot and I also miss speaking their language. I travelled everyday to a different area to visit people and most of my travels were between 2 to 4 hours each day but I needed to go greet everyone. Since it’s rainy season I did get soaked in the rain but it was worth it. Please be praying for my friend Aisatou who is not doing well. She had appendix surgery done when I first moved down there in 2018 but now she has gastric problems. My old language helper said that he thinks that if someone is struggling with sickness then maybe they are meddling in witchcraft. I honestly don’t believe that that is my friend’s case. Her cousin Aliah is also the brother of little Oumou that died around Christmas last year of suspected malaria. It was a bit sad and strange to be in their village and not see her. My friend’s father also died around the same time as Oumou and her sister-in-law's twin also died. There has been a lot of death. Please pray for their salvation.
 

What Else?
Things in the village have been going well for me. I have been able to make good progress with language and also with a few relationships.
Rainy season has started and so the rhythm of life has changed. Pray that none of us get malaria. It has been so interesting to see how people plow their fields including in my yard where they used a donkey. Please be sure to check out my Facebook missions page- Leah's Latest, for short updates, pictures and videos.
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On July 29th, I turned 30. When I first started on this missionary journey I was 20 and when I came to West Africa, I was only 24 years old. I was so young and unaware of the challenges ahead of me. But by God’s grace and mercy, I continue to overcome and conquer. I am looking forward to this new decade and a continued fruitful walk with the Lord on this journey of shining my light in the darkness. Thank you for choosing to partner with me in taking the gospel to the lost. Though the road may seem hard and long with many trials, we know that God is going to complete the work which he started within us (Philippians 1:6) and that his word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11)
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