Please pray for our brethren in Africa where Jean Claude is a missionary to. Below are letters to him from them. Please pray for them.
Good evening. Thank you for your prayers. The recent events you have certainly heard of have been horrible. Our neighbourhood was totally cordoned off, from the Boganda high school and all around. Thank God, we had just left. Looting has taken place on a big scale, with much killing and raping. Out of 20 dead, we have lost 5 close parents and 10 members of our church.
A bullet got into my office. Thanks be to God, I was not there. The last rains have destroyed much of the office. I have left home 2 weeks ago with all my family. We only came back de day before last. Julien (59 years old and blind) stayed in his home. He was only threatened but was not harmed.
As the neighbourhood is now controlled by the police, the Fomac and the French forces, calm has come back, but fear stays on. Many have left to find refuge in other areas as everything has been looted.
Tonight, I went to see Julien. He has a severe flu and has not eaten for nearly a week. He has lost a lot of weight but is slowly recovering.
Our God is alive. He is sovereign over all things. He does as He pleases, and His grace is sufficient.
I went to the Post Office today, to retrieve the parcel with the newspaper (Les Échos de la Vérité)… … Last Saturday, my wife and I met with Julien for a time of prayer as usual. Firmin could not be with us because of another engagement. Thank you for your prayers. The Lord continues to teach us and to show us His glory at this difficult time. He will put a stop to the storm at the right time. He is in control of everything. I rejoice that, despite the atrocities, He shows His great love. It is said that 11 rebels have receive Christ and been baptized. I have had difficulties getting connected. This is the reason for writing at this time (2 am).
May the Lord strengthen you! We stand together for the preaching of the Good News from the King of the world… … My eldest daughter is troubled as the schools and the university have been closed until further notice because of the situation. I try to comfort her by saying that she needs to let the joy of the Lord rule in her heart. It is obvious that He allows this troubled time to teach us to rely on Him. He does not do anything without reasons. Nothing is impossible to him who believes. With God, patience is better that anxiety. You asked about the leader of the apostolic congregation. The situation is such that it is difficult to track everybody’s movements and to have news of others. Many have relocated in different parts of the city, and some have left town altogether, sometimes with the family. I cannot answer your query.
We bless the Almighty for the rich time in the Word of God which you have had in Brazzaville. May all the glory be to Him who has allowed such an occasion! The seeds have been sown; all will not die.
Pierre, the brother from the missionary institute you enquired about, is well. We met with him on a Sunday morning for worship. He told me that he is continually in contact with his family in Brazzaville.
We thank God that He has given you physical strength for all the preaching in Congo which will certainly bear fruit. The Word of God goes out and does not come back to Him without having accomplished that for which it was sent out.
Thank you for your prayers. The times belong to God. He knows when to say “stop”.
Welcome back home and may you find rest. We continue to pray that the Lord will open up the way for you to come back to Bangui once again if it is His will. Firmin was with me tonight. Julien has some pains in his right foot because of a botched injection. His health is a little bit better. I will go and see him tomorrow morning. Greetings in Christ, brother, Abel
After several days being sick, the prayers of many, including yours, have brought me strength, so that I can write.
The silence between us is not that I have forgotten you, but I want to give myself to serve the Lord in Spirit and in truth. Thank you for your advice to devote myself to what God has said in His Word. Day after day, the Lord speaks to me. The work which was done in the Kaïmba church is bearing fruit. People constantly ask questions. The elders have asked me to teach and preach the Word of God, and many come to talk individually. Pray for me, for one does not preach the truth without raising opposition.
As far as the sale of books is concerned, we try to establish individual contacts, despite the difficult times we live in. Salaries have not been paid and most activity is at a stand still. The rebels cannot see you go about carrying a bag without stopping you.
Il you have Christian documents, they destroy them. They even have looted the Protestant centre for youth, where bibles were sold. They have stolen the computers and destroyed bibles. If they find bibles in a bag, they demand a hefty fine. They have threatened me with their guns at home when I resisted them. They wanted to use my eldest son to carry the product of their looting.
Brother Firmin has also lost 5 members of his family a week ago, in particular his eldest brother. One of the rebels was being chased after stealing things. To defend himself, he threw a hand grenade which got into Firmin’s brother’s home as the family was at the table.
It is difficult to explain, brother. Everything is under the control of the sovereign Christ who has gained the victory at the cross and has sat down at the right hand of His Father. We continue to hope that all this soon end. I remind you of the commentary on Revelation and the one on Romans that you have promised me.
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