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   Grace International Baptist Church of Bruges has a new Pastor. January 5th, we passed the torch of leadership to Brennan Penner after a long transition period which began in the Fall of 2018. After fulfilling their internship, GIBC called Brennan as Co-Pastor by unanimous vote and ordained him in December 2019. 
   It has been exciting to watch God grow this church from 6 people to nearly 100.  They are poised for great things.
   We are now ready to return to Ivory Coast. The work in Africa has seen steady growth and almost everything is completely in African hands. However, there is still work to do.
We will begin our furlough in June of 2020 and are currently working on the calendar. If you would like for us to report, please contact me at:
   The second most important city in Ivory Coast, Bouaké was our home for more than 10 years before the war started in 2002.  Since people are returning to the city, we have been planting a new church near downtown. Some of our people are returning, but most of the members are new converts. It is time to move the ball forward and get a piece of land. We have a great opportunity for a piece of land just off of the main East/West road in town and we are planning to purchase it. Please pray about having a part in this great opportunity.
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