Volume 3, Number 9
September 2017
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Commit. Trust. Act.
"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act." -Psalm 37:5

Team Time, Joy, and Home

Meet our team! This past week we had "Team Time", an annual five-day retreat for the team to get away from the busy life at Bongolo to rest and recharge. We spent time in fellowship, worship, prayer, hearing from God's word, and discussing team strategy. We were blessed to have a team from Allegheny Center Alliance Church (Pittsburgh) travel all the way to Gabon and join us and graciously serve us. Some of the highlights of the week:
  • Getting to know team members on a deeper level
  • Hearing from God on how we can serve with joy
  • Learning more about our team mission and strategy for the next 5 years
  • Playing crazy games including a scavenger hunt in the local town (Jeff's team won!)
  • Sharing our life story with the rest of the team
  • Eating some good food, of course!

The theme for the week was "Serving Christ with Joy as a Team." Pastor Blaine taught from the book of Philippians where Paul wrote of his continued joy despite his trials and struggles. He was able to be joyful by avoiding "joy stealers" and keeping "the main thing, the main thing"--proclaiming Christ and magnifying Him in all circumstances. What a blessing for us (Jeff and Amy) to have this time of teaching and bonding with our team just one month after our arrival. We are truly joyful to be on this wonderful, caring and Spirit-led team.

A little tired of living out of suitcases in a hotel room, during the last day of the retreat, we both mentioned how it will be good to return home. Yes, we each said "home". Little by little, our apartment at Bongolo is turning into our home. We still have things to unpack and pictures to hang on the walls, but it is now our home, not just a place we are visiting. Praise God for his goodness and thank you all for your prayers during our transition to life here.

"But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ" - Philippians 3:7-8

Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we were able to purchase a low-mileage used SUV for our work here in Bongolo. We have already put it to good use. Thanks!

We had a recent power outage without backup. While we scrambled to find alternative light sources, God provided abundant natural light through the window! Everything turned out well. Praise Him!
Réanimation Music Festival featuring Over the Rhine
Proceeds Benefit Bongolo Hospital

DON'T MISS THIS! If you are in the South Dayton area, plan to attend this important event! Come out and enjoy the music while supporting Bongolo Hospital.

Sunday, September 17
Waynesville, Ohio

Click Here for More Information and Ticket Purchase
Prayer Requests
  • Praise for a wonderful Team Time. Pray our team would continue to serve Christ with joy as we navigate mission life in the jungle.
  • Continue to pray for our transition to life in Gabon and Bongolo. Praise God that we received our two-year visa without any problems.
  • Pray for Adam and Sarah as they continue in their first year of parenthood. Pray for Eloise as she continues to grow and develop. She is close to walking!
  • Pray for Aaron as he begins his junior year at Miami University. Pray for a good start to the new academic year, life off-campus, and his involvement in Young Life ministry.
  • Pray for the Bongolo Team as we make critical decisions regarding personnel and infrastructure.
  • Pray for a young female burn patient named Nathalie. We do dressing changes on her daily. She continues to heal and is a real fighter. Pray for her complete recovery.
  • Continue to pray for our home church, Centerville Community Church. We have a new lead pastor, Kedrick Hirschy. Pray for Kedrick and his family during the transition.
A friendly goat that greets us most mornings at the hospital.
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Jeff and Amy Lane
Serving at Bongolo Hospital with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
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If you would like to contribute financially to God's work at Bongolo you may give online here. Alternatively, checks can be sent to: The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Office of Donor Accounting, 8595 Explorer Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 with "Lane - acct# 1-47490-43-40-18896" in the memo line.

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