Whether it’s the desire for a certain kind of mangos or the huge need to purchase copies of tribal language Bibles, the Lord delights in supplying everything. I am so thankful for all He has done in the past few weeks and days to show His faithfulness yet again.
First, thank you so much for praying about the logistics of our purchase of Ewe Bibles through Accra, Ghana. I didn’t know how it was going to come together, but the Lord certainly did!
In my last update, I mentioned that we had heard from the Ghana Bible Society that the Bibles would be arriving sometime in June. I didn’t know how we were going to get the funds from the US to Accra, or how we would transport the Bibles from Accra to here. Today, May 19, we have 90 of the Bibles right here in our bookstore, and there are another 1010 more in a missionary’s container at their residence in Ho, Ghana, about two hours from here. The boxes will be brought over here a few at a time as missionaries and short term guests make trips across the border.
How did it happen? I love how the Lord sees it all ahead of time, and as we pray and trust Him, He works things out.
My colleague and friend, Vicki Ivester, had been planning a trip to Togo to work with us, as she does about once a year. The dates were in question for awhile, but in March, the plans finalized for a May 16th arrival, and she bought her tickets. On May 5, just two weeks ago, I was quite surprised to receive an email from the Ghana Bible Society, stating that Ewe Bibles had arrived, and asking if we could please pick them up immediately or at the latest, by May 14. We were able to call and negotiate to pick them up on May 16, since that was when Vicki was coming to Togo via Accra. In the meantime, I had received an email from one of our ABWE Ghana missionaries, volunteering to go to the Bible Society in Accra to pick up the shipment. As soon as I saw these details coming together, I contacted Vicki to find out if she could bring along the money to pay for these Bibles, as we were counseled that this would net us the best exchange rate for US dollars–better than doing a wire transfer to a bank in Accra. So our Ghana missionary picked Vicki up at the airport on Thursday night, May 15, and on Friday morning, May 16, they went to the Bible Society and made the purchase. On Saturday morning, May 17, Sharon and I picked Vicki up at the Ghana border, along with the first 90 Ewe Bibles. Praise the Lord for putting all of this together! We are so thankful!
And now about the mangoes. They are in season now, and there’s a certain type that surely must be the fruit of Heaven (well, along with Georgia peaches and California clementines), because they are so sweet and juicy. For a short time each year we can enjoy them, and I wanted to make sure to get some for Vicki, as she loves mangoes and is in Togo for only one week this time. On the way here from the border, I forgot to stop to make the purchase, and was quite disappointed to have missed out. Oh well, we both said, there are other types of mangoes in season, and we’ll enjoy them. So yesterday on the way home from church, as we were turning into the driveway right here where we live, there sat a couple of teen boys, selling, of all things, those red, juicy mangoes we were wanting. The Lord knows our desires, and cares for every detail, large and small. He satisfies us with good things, whether it’s His Word, or fruit made by His hand. (See Psalm 103:1,5; Jeremiah 15:16).
Thank you, as always, for praying and for caring. We are thanking the Lord for His awesome goodness.
Grateful for you,
Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Who satisfies your mouth with good things;
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Your words were found, and I did eat them;
and Your word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. . . .”
Fruit & Vegetable Market in Togo. The bottles in the middle contain peanuts, cashews, or crunchy snacks.