August Newsletter 2023
We welcomed our teammate, Alison back to The Gambia, although her return came with an unexpected challenge—an uncooperative car battery. Batteries and African heat are not friends, and they last half of the life expectancy compared to milder climates.
The rainy season hasn't disappointed, bringing intense downpours that the water flows in from the street. See our Facebook page for a video. We are so grateful for the dry wells; the stress of water coming into our home is no longer a concern.
Speaking of concern, our eldest daughter recently experienced stomach issues with all the symptoms of malaria but no fever. We mentioned it to our local friends, who insisted she drink fresh baobab juice to heal her stomach, so Michele purchased the ingredients, and they prepared it locally. On day 5 of struggling to keep food or water down, we went to the local "hospital," which is more of a glorified immediate care facility. However, they were able to discover the bacteria causing the problem. After an IV to help with dehydration, they gave her an IV dose of antibiotics. However, they had some trouble getting the IV set up. Michele said, "Why don’t we pray?" She prayed aloud as the woman worked and immediately succeeded. We also reached out to many of our prayer warrior friends during this time, and within a week, Alyssa was back to herself.
Throughout the month, Danielle and Luke participated in a daytime summer camp, providing a chance to connect with local families and forge relationships beyond the church. We invited some of them over to our place, and they asked some great questions about God. Meanwhile, Patrick started his new classes: Methods of Bible Study and, as requested, a repeat of the systematic theology class. He also had the opportunity to fill the pulpit one Sunday.
Praise and Prayer Requests
~Pray for Patrick as he teaches a methods of Bible study course in addition to his next systematic theology class
~Pray for us to recognize leaders at Omega Church.
~Pray for Joan who will be traveling and presenting over the next 2 months in churches in NY and PA.
~Pray for Michele as she helps tutor children in the community.
In Christ, The Reeds,
Patrick, Michele, Alyssa, Danielle, and Luke