Monday, April 29, 2013

One Bible student tells his story...

This past month has seen much progress with the arrival of the Patterson family to CBN. They have been working hard to prepare the compound for its occupants! As I wrote in an earlier blog, the married students have been able to return to their homes. I had the opportunity to talk with one of the students whose home was flooded and was forced to evacuate.  

He is from Cameroon and is in his second and final year of his studies at ESPriT. When the flood took place, he was in his home country and his wife and baby were staying with her family, so their home was unoccupied. When the floods started, his house was completely locked up because of their absence. 

Some of his neighbors were able to break his door however and save most of his furniture. They put his boxes of books up onto chairs to assure that they would stay dry. He had over 150 books plus many other study tools and documents. Unfortunately, even though his house itself is elevated, the waters rose so high that the water managed to submerge all of his books.

After spending time helping to clean and prepare his home, he is very thankful to be able to move back into it! He is slowly recollecting books and resources. A devasting blow to him and his family, but he is confidently walking forward in faith and continuing to trust the Lord for his family's future. He hopes to use his Biblical training to serve in Niger for a time and then return to his own people to spread the gospel there. 

Thank you for praying for him and the many other students who have been so drastically affected by the flood!


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