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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
April 16, 2013 10:46 pm
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Zande Bible School StudentCentral Africa Republic (CAR) is the small nation in the geographic center of Africa, which recently been in international news related to a brutal coup!  God had given AIM-CR the vision for working with the Zande believers there to reach the unreached Mbororo people.  This past week, Phil was privileged to travel to a quiet corner of CAR with the prospective team leaders!  Here is the TL’s  description of the amazing time there.

Colorful Mbororo WomanLooking out the window at the vast expanse of the Ituri Rain Forrest, we began to get more of a clue just how far away from civilization we were headed. Zemio was our destination—a village of about 7,000 Zande people (not counting the Congolese refugees and the relatively new-to-Zemio, unreached Mbororo people). We taxied down the grass airstrip carved out of the bush 30 years ago and pulled up to a crowd of smiling Zande people. Their music and warm greetings immediately made us feel welcomed. It was humbling to be treated like royalty by these poor people who have been terrorized by the LRA and threatened by the new rebel government and who live in a place where there is no electricity for probably a 300 mile radius and no running water.  Yet here they were welcoming us like kings.

Zemio Leaders Embrace VisionFor the next two days we met with the Zande church leaders to go over our vision and strategy for the proposed team.  We had asked you to pray for a spirit of unity and “buy-in” from the Zande church side. God answered those prayers! Our African brothers had excellent questions, insight and wisdom, which helped give clarity to our thoughts. We felt so warmly embraced. So we believe the foundation has been laid, and now we look forward to getting the team started (February, 2014), Lord willing.   (Written by Steve Entwistle the new team leader)

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