orphanage visit

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

HI.  Its been  a  busy  past  several  weeks.  I've started  social  studies  teaching  and  ministry  at  Heritage  International  School,  and  have  hosted a  team  from  my  home  church  in  late  January.   It’s  been  a  breath  of  fresh  air  to  be  teaching  at  the  small  international  school  and  living  full  time  now  in  Kampala.  

I  have  been  staying  at  the  Kampala  Unit  leaders'  home  since  early  January  and  have  been  blessed  by  their  company  and  children.  As  a  bonus,  their  house  is  within  a  short  walking  distance  of  the  school  and  has  good  access  to  the  main  road  that  leads  into  the  heart of  Kampala.   At  Heritage  I  am  teaching  sixth  and  seventh  grade, and have  been  involved  in  the  chapels,  independent  teacher  training.    I  have  benefited  from  the  interaction  and  relationships  that  have  already  been  built  with  students  that  speak  my  own  native  tongue!  

   From  the  22nd  to  the  28th  of  January  my  home church in Lincoln,  Nebraska,  Lincoln  Berean,  sent a team  of  6 to  Africa  and  met  me  in  Kampala.  Berean  has  always  been  so  very  encouraging  and  supportive  of  the  work  the  Lord  has  allowed  me  to do  in  East  Africa.  Our  head  mission’s  pastor  Jeff and his wife and 4 other young adults.

They  are  the  first  group  from  my  home  that  have  come to  visit  since  my  parents  came  in  the  early  fall  of  2003!  

   Berean  is  desiring  to  plant  short  cycle  mission  teams  throughout  unreached  and  needy  areas  in  the  world.  So  the  church  decided  to  explore the  possibilities  available  in  Africa.  Their  visit  to  Kenya  and  Uganda  was  short  but  impacted  each  greatly.  Though  I  am  under  Africa  Inland  Mission  as  a  full  term  worker,  I  am  excited  and  prayerfully  mindful  of  the  extreme  potential  that  is  possible  in  this  new  African  venture  under  endeavor  from  my  church  body.  I  love  the  people  of  Berean  and  those  that  are  working  and  praying  about  how  God  can use  them  in Africa! 

   Overall  the  team’s  trip  was  a  success.  This  was  my  first  experience  in  planning  a  team’s  travel  and  schedule  so  I  was  very  pleased  that  the  Lord  answered  prayer  in  allowing  the  group  to  enjoy  their  African  experience.  The  six  members  did  visit  Heritage  School (  after  an  accidental  detour  while  getting  lost  and  finding  the  Heritage  Oil  Co.! )  They  lead  the  elementary  chapel  then  we  headed  for  some  African  food.  They  held  up  well  I  thought  eating  goat  intestines,  posha, matoke, and  several  other  uniquely  African  dishes.  

   The  rest  of  the  two  days  in  Uganda  were  a  blur  of  visiting  orphanages  and  concluded  with  Jeff  sharing  the  message  at  a  local  Ugandan  church service.  We  left  Kampala  and  flew  to  Nairobi  later  Sunday  evening  and  arrived  late  that  night  into  the  AIM  Mayfield  Guesthouse.  The  time  in Kenya  was  also  highlighted  be  several  interesting  experiences.  Perhaps  the  most  memorable  was  the  trip  to  a  Kenyan  game  park  where  we  visited  one  of  the  more  popular  Kenyan  safari  drives.  Though  we  didn’t  see  any  big  cats (which  were  on  the  wish  list)  we  did  see  plenty  of  baboons,  rhinos,  and  other  big  game  that  made  for  a  real ‘African  encounter.'   

   My friends the Mutangilis  did  join  us  for  a  late  evening  dinner  the  final  night  that  out  team  was  in  Kenya.  I  was  so  pleased  with  how  Stanley  and  Sylvia  were  able  to  meet  friends  from  my  home  church  of  Lincoln,  Berean.  Something  I  thought  may  never  happen.  So  I  am  very  thankful  to  the  Lord  for  the  way  everything worked out.   

There are so many  blessings  that  Africa  can  give  us  all.   

 I  am  traveling  back  to  Nebraska,  taking a  short  break  from  Heritage  School (taking  advantage of a long 

Easter vacation  to  spend  time  in  Nebraska  and  South  Dakota,  with  my  family  and friends!  I  am  thankful  that  Heritage  works  so  often  with  fellow  missionaries  and  that  my  co-workers  can  easily  absorb  my  social  study  classes  for  the  days  in  my  absence.   I  thank  you  for  your  prayer  and  continued  prayers  over  the  future  as  you  have  been,  thank  you.  Matthew     

Friday, January 2, 2009

From Sudan to Uganda 12/08

  Hello.  Merry  Christmas  everyone.  It’s  been  a  whirlwind  the  last  two  weeks  since  I  moved  down  from  South  Sudan  into  Kampala,  Uganda.  A  majority  of  my  possessions  are  still  in  Torit, awaiting  a  return  with  my  team  leaders ( Phil  and  Linda )  later  this week!  So  its  back  to  living  from  a  suitcase  for  the  time  being  while  staying  at  the  AIM  guesthouse  called  Matoke  Inn.  


I  have  mixed  feelings  about  leaving  Sudan.  A  part  of  my  heart  will  always  hurt  from  the  departure  and  the  closing  of  a  door  that  the  Lord  allowed  me  to  walk  through.  It has been a hard  and  necessary  struggle  to  be  a  part  of  building  the  Sudan  for  His  purposes.  I  do  not,  however,  have  any  regrets  or  pains  about  relocating  into  Uganda.   Kampala  will  be  a  far  better  fit  for  my  abilities.  But  I  wrestle  spiritually with making this change.   So  Pray that I would trust the  Lord  more  fully,  believing  in  His  love and  true  sovereignty  and  plans  for  my  life.  

  The  time  in  the  Sudan  was   wrapped  up  very  well  and  with  many  thanksgivings.  Both  Kyle ( short  term  teacher )  and  I  were  able  to  say  goodbye  to  the  teachers  and  students;  even  the  community  may  soon  notice  our  absence as  we  both  were  often  in  the  market  and  surrounding  areas.  I  know  I  miss  them  now,  so  many  hurting  and  hard  working  people  that  I  interacted  with  daily.  Torit  is a  transparent community  that  saw  me  living  life  alongside  thousands  of  others.  Please  join  me  in  praying  for  those  lost  in  Torit.  As  time  unfolds  I  wonder if  peace  will  last, &  what  might  happen  to  those  that  may  again  be  forced to  move  and  have  their  family  lives  shattered  by  war.  Pray  for  them. 

   Since  traveling  south  from  Torit  the  transition  has  been  smooth.  The  most  difficult  change  has  been  leaving  people/friends,  that  come  and  go  out  of  our  lives.  Kyle  Kemp,  who  taught  school and  was  my  house  mate  for  six  months  returned  to  North  Dakota  in  early  December.  His  leaving  and also  Gene’s departure (another missionary)  two  months  earlier  certainly  leaves  a  gap  in  the  young  men  department.   It  also  effects  my  housing  situation,  so  I  am  in  the  hunt  for  some  more  permanent  housing  to  open  up.  Another  prayer  request.  


My  work  at  Heritage  International  School  will  start  in  early  January.  I  will  be  teaching social  studies  and  working  to  help  Heritage  gather  a  set  standard  of  curriculum  for  the  high  school  level.  Heritage  has  a  strong  elementary  and  middle  school  and is  trying  to  grow  their  high  school  level  to  match  their  lower  levels.  Its  exciting  to  think  of  working  again  with  middle  school  students.   I  also  want  to  continue  to  pursue  part  time  ministry  opportunities  with  the  M.  community  in  this  area  of  Kampala.  Pray  that  I  value  this  new  venture  and  serve  these  young  men  and  women  and  staff  at the school and also the community as  much  as  possible.  God’s  kingdom  planting  has  no  barriers.  

Christmas  was  spent  with  Missionaries  Amber,  Megan,  and  the  AIM  Central  Region  leaders  family  on  the  Ssese  Islands.  While  people  back  home  were  in bitter  cold,  I  was,  yes,  swinging  from  a  large  jungle  vine  amidst  a  forest  of  trees  and  swimming  on  the  shores of  Lake  Victoria.  The  conditions  were  certainly  rustic  but  the  company  and  activities  made  the  two  days  over  Christmas  on  the  island  a  wonderful  time.  

I  do  want  to  sincerely  thank  all  of  you  for  lovingly  supporting  me  throughout  this  transition  and  unusual  move.    Never  did  I  think  that  when  I  left  one  year  and  three  months  ago  from  Nebraska  would  I  now  be  working  with  youth  at  an  up  and  coming  Kampala  international  school. So  I  am  deeply  appreciative  of  the  continuing  support  and  prayer  and  encouragement  so  many  have  lavished  upon  my  life.  It’s  undeserved  and  grace  filled  love  that  keeps  all  of  our  lives  faithfully  challenged.  Thank  you immensely  for  everything,  Matthew

Colossians  3:23  “ Whatever  you  do,  work  at it  with  all  your  heart,  as  for working  for  the  Lord  and  not  for  men.”  

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Leaving Torit

Though not a Christ-Like attitude, a selfish part of me wants to declare this last year a worldy failure….how wrong huh. And I admit it! I’ve missed the work, the teaching and the mentoring that never developed here in Torit. There is a time perhaps in all of our lives where we have twenty questions for the Lord and nineteen are completely unanswered and the twentieth still makes one shrug in lack of understanding. That’s been 2008 in Torit. Yet, it’s not my job to work the harvest into God’s hands…I’ve been called to plant and He will be entrusted with the fruitfull labor I cannot direct.

So the future schedule is a “closing” of the time here in the Sudan.
It seems the timing couldn’t be better for me to move into another
teaching situation at a school which needs leadership.

Also, two AIM women staff will be working in Torit soon and staying in the compound where I have been living. No other housing situation outside the
compound developed. Our unit leaders (Phil and Linda) have continued to faithfully build housing on the actual AIM compound so future missionaries will have housing within the gated area in Torit. Kyle, my short term partner, will also be leaving for the States (North Dakota) on the 17th of December. Missionary life is transition and this will be a second close friend that is saying goodbye. Thank you for your own prayers and faithfulness along this journey…for now blessings from a very, very hot and dusty Torit, Matthew

2 Weeks in Nairobi, Kenya

I've been busy this last month. The business of the Sudan means often hanging around the staff room, teaching occasionally, and walking in and out of shops and merchant markets. Since making the decision to transfer into Kampala I’ve been excited to have a refreshing view on my ministry potential. I'm looking forward to being in the classroom and involved again in the lives of students.

The last two weeks I spent in Nairobi, Kenya. I enjoyed the pleasantness of the weather and the warm welcome of friends and AIM Staff people.
I arrived in Nairobi on Sunday and by Monday AIM had begun the leadership training conference in a beautiful local guest hostel. The same Catholic Sisters’ House that I stayed at in April of this past year. This was a wonderful week which included a lot of interaction with many in AIM leadership people. I am more and more impressed with the strong emphasis that our mission group places on relationships.

AIM continues to build strong, Christ centered churches throughout Africa. This is our theme and mission’s main goal; to build God’s kingdom using our specific gifts in our places of service. The week had a guest speaker named Mike Maples, a business and leadership trainer from California. He emphasized the strength of Nehemiah’s ability under the Lord to guide Israel into building what was previously thought impossible.

The week also allowed me to meet with Kampala personnel and help map out a chart for my transition into Kampala. My prayer request is still for housing; Heritage International will be able to take me as a Social Studies teacher, but finding available housing in urban Africa is a difficult task. I Appreciate this being brought before the Lord on my behalf.

The 2nd week in Kenya included a “personal leave week". I had days to take and I spent the time in Nairobi with my friends the Mutangilis, other Kenyan friends, AIM friends, and of course a real quality gym!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Losing Friends

August 29, 2008
Our relationships in Africa are created to end at some point. Last night I said goodbye to two individuals who God used to expand my idea of friendship.
One, a Kenyan man named Julius Giamulu who I had known for nearly a year, and had unexpectedly met upon arrival in Torit. The second was a young lady named Florence who was suffering and fighting the AIDS virus at a Kampala clinic alone.
Julius was a great assistance to me in beginning several Bible fellowships that were begun among our Kenyan migrant laborers. Julius needed to leave Torit for better employment, to have another avenue to provide for his family in Western Kenya. Though my heart will miss him, his friendship was a trustworthy and strong presence in my life. He was an answer to prayer and perhaps, the one individual of whom had been my closest companion the past ten months in this city.
My time in Africa has been spanned over three years, and I’ve experienced several close relationships with African friends come to a physical ending. The struggle is how often in Africa, the setting, the timing, the location, of goodbyes, is never of our/my choosing. Never. Each relationship hits a point where the other must leave for the next road ahead prepared by our Lord. Julius will be in His hands until we meet again…and I’ve learned that this meeting may be not in this lifetime.
After driving two members of our Bible group home, Grace and Julius, and saying final farewells to Julius, I returned to our compound to learn of the passing of a small, and very sick young lady named Florence. She was a twelve year old girl who looked to be three, weighed perhaps thirty pounds, and lived on a bed in Uganda. When Gene Tan and I would visit her you could see already her facial features protruding from her face, which was extremely attractive despite her illness. During the few times I visited we would find a way to get her uncurled from bed and lead her outside to be up and moving. She had no family and was found abandoned and so the AIDS clinic Mild May became her only home. No visitors other than hospital staff. Her face would light up as she went outside got in a little toy car and took the wheel. She needed major assistance from the klutz (me) behind her but we sped away, and raced along into the parking lot. Florence passed away at a hospital in Kampala, Uganda after her body finally quit working. I’m very thankful for the small opportunity to have interacted and gotten to know her, and trust that she is with the Lord. I continue to say thank you for the consistent and faithful prayers and letters that so many of you have been giving.
John 14: 1-4 “ Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father’s house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the place to where I am going.”

Thanks, Matthew K. Lovelace

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Prayer letter/email August 2008

Matthew K. Lovelace
August 10th, 2008-08-08

Malachi 3: 16-17 “ Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and
the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence
concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name. They will be mine,
says the Lord Almighty, in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will
spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you
will see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between the those who serve God and those who do not.”

“ I the Lord do not change.” This morning my heart chooses to believe this. My mind and emotions would rebel otherwise. I trust that a sovereign almighty Lord is unchanging in his character and nature. That our Savior does distinguish the unrighteous and imposters from the righteous and committed. That despite the hurt and pain, even to His own children and followers, we are still His “ treasured possessions.” He will make this earth right someday.

This truth covers me with hope when the reality of experiences in Africa demonstrates otherwise. Life here in Africa, and specifically the Sudan, is harsh and raw. Over the last several weeks I’ve experienced first hand how devastating the effects of AIDS, disease, cruelty and people are. So often I receive prayer letters, glance at the opening scripture passage quickly then really focus on the meat of the missionaries stories and work. So I feel a little funny writing out scripture on my own here… but these verses from Malachi were exactly what I needed to read this morning.

Forgive me for having been away from internet contact lately, bad connections lately in Torit and then a good portion of my short trip to Arua, Uganda followed by Kampala were spent recovering from repeated bouts with malaria, parasites, and lots of other fun, friendly and endearing protozoa. When in doubt apparently go to a local, though notable, Kampala medical clinic and take lots and lots of blue pills! They did wonders for me. On a serious note though I cannot say strongly enough that there have been several illness bouts and some physical issues that have cleared up over time; Very thankful for His healing power.

News from the school: The Sudan examinations have begun, so Kyle and I are “busy” supervising hundreds of young men and women taking their end term tests. This may last several weeks…then a short break followed by a return to classes in late August. It’s been a difficult road for me at the school, I am floored by the opportunity to be in a secular school system in the Sudan ( all the Lord’s action ) and to have another AIM missionary join me, Kyle Kemp, and see him interact and grow at the school is truly the Lord’s handiwork. Quite often I feel the weight of being a pioneering missionary in allowing the Lord to use me as a ‘ foundation.’ Teaching at the Torit Secondary School though in regards to my actual teaching and input at the school has been minimal at best. A large portion of my time in Torit has been far more centered on building relationships this past year…wow, yeah, almost a year. Any measurable, tangible vocation has been set aside for this purpose I pray and trust. It’s been a remarkable nearly one year so far.

Some other developments:

The local Bible studies which were taking place with the nearby Kenyan laborers has come to a stop. The Lopii company that hired the men have closed their operations in Torit. That short time with these great guys have made me far more aware even now of the need to train and equip as ‘ we do not know the day nor hour.”

Forming a Scripture Union at the secondary school is taking time. A local Sudanese ministry official is helping push this process. Unfortunately, in the Sudan even a local Christian school program is subjected to the pull of local politics. At times I wonder if a functioning Scripture Union will develop here in Torit during my lifetime. I’ve also found that being here, and pushing for this program, may be the extent of my work in the S.U..
From this point on our local Africa Inland Church and Ministry officials need to collaborate to produce an organization such as Scripture Union. To that extent my hands are tied really…

During my last trip into Kampala I did some follow up research and work with local pastors and schools in regards to a possible Mslim ministry potential. I also had a few meetings with AIM’s Central Region administrators about looking into moving at some point to Kampala, Uganda to help spearhead a ministry through the secular educational system. My interest in this avenue ( and possible change in location ) is strong. Would this be a radical change? Yes, in that I will be moving from the Sudan. No, however, in that Kampala has become a second home and any move would involve teaching and working more closely with establishing and building relationships geared toward reaching Mslims. Also, AIM has streamlined its administrative borders, so Uganda is in the same AIM administrative district as is the South Sudan. We are all working together as an AIM team though we live in different locations. Above all, is the Lord deeply involved in this decision, or future move?

Will you lift this possible change and move in ministry up in prayer? I feel confident in allowing the Lord to move me in this way, but always desire you, my supporters to be a part of this change and also to approve.

Comments about Torit by Missionary friend Gene in August 2008

We landed on a grassy airstrip in Nimule, right at the border Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. I am still amazed on the simplicity of these airstrips and the ruggedness of the planes that land on these sites. Your welcoming party usually sits atop pickups or Toyota Landcruisers while rudimentary huts serve as their control towers. On this flight, the only passengers on this Mosquito (the plane) were me and Bishop Johnson. Quite a nice fellow. One thing about traveling is that you get to meet really interesting people. He is the bishop of the District of Torit (DOT), but had to stop by Nimule for a formal function. I admire Catholic priests, maybe because my great uncle was one and I admired what he had done. And maybe also I think it would be neat to wear a collar…I admire men in uniform, haha. Anyways, I digress again.

So we dropped off Bishop Johnson and we picked up Darlene (who is a nurse/mid-wife) who hails from Ohio to spend a couple of weeks with her daughter (who works in an orphanage). So off we went and in another 30 minutes (about NE of Nimule), we were again on the ground in Torit, Sudan. Once we had stopped rolling, I see Kyle Kemp (a short-termer from MN) holding out a white piece of paper with my name written on it approaching the plane. Haha, that cracked me up! He thought that I might get lost and confused in the ‘crowds.’ Haha, nonetheless, I felt very welcomed indeed! It was good to see Kyle. He spent a month with me in Kampala before coming up to Sudan with Matthew Lovelace. Kyle is such a good guy. Although he is a bit younger he is down-to-earth, not pretentious and funny. I am not very good with explaining, but you will have to take my word for it. So now, with me up here, all three of us are reunited, once again. It is good to be in the company of other men (no offense to the other girls) – if you can call us that. I still feel like I am a boy. Anyways, Matthew was down in Kampala with me the other week for a break so it is good that we get in touch several times throughout the year.

The air smelled of manure: not the best first impression, but, oh well, we will have to live with that. I later find out from Matthew and Kyle that the locals tended to use the other side of the airstrip as the town public restroom – wonderful! Thus the odor that I smelled was not from livestock but from humans: not the most pleasant thought. Actually, as I walked around town the smell of human feces was an all too common feature that really never left you. Plus, you really had to be careful on where you step…especially when you are trudging through taller grass. Fortunately, I have yet to step on any.

The AIM (Africa Inland Mission) field house is interestingly right beside the airstrip, which makes it a really cool place to be. Just imagine planes and helicopters landing in your backyard ever so often?! So, currently the AIM unit leaders are on home assignment and it is only Matthew and Kyle that are manning this ‘outpost.’


It is funny how people who speak English as their second language tend to use the more formal words. I know how that feels because I tended to that as well, even now. This is the last week of the second term and Matthew and Kyle are usually out in the school invigilating (you will have to look that one up if you want to know what that means) for most of the day.


I, on the other hand, walked over to the local hospital to just take a quick glance. I ended up hanging out with a bunch of instructors for the nursing school. The two in particular I was talking with were initially stationed in Juba (the capital of Southern Sudan), but was recently transferred over to Torit. Government employees, especially in health-related and educational fields usually do not have a say on where they are stationed. At times they can be posted in a region quite far from their family. This seems to be the norm here in Africa. Anyways, they asked me where I was from and I had to tell them that I was born in the Philippines but I am currently living in the United States. Often times, Africans do not believe that I am American – understandably so, because I am not white (that is ok though).

Anyways, we got to talking to what I was going here in Sudan and overall, Africa – and all the details that comes with that. Basically, the usual. They asked what was my impression on the HIV/AIDS situation – and I told them: honestly speaking, the spread and prevalence of HIV/AIDS here in Africa, if not, in the world are preventable and controllable. It is through the behavior and in some part culture that the HIV/AIDS pandemic has such a devastatingly deadly impact here in Africa. And…in unison, they nodded approvingly – I found that interesting, but not surprising. I know most Africans – well at least the people I have met – know what the problem is. Haha – but the conundrum is with the knowledge of the problem itself. Are people willing to change their behavior or more challengingly (is that a word) their culture/customs to combat this situation. I think with behavior – it will be easier to change with education and the knowledge that comes with it. However, with culture and customs that is so ingrained into the people itself it would be a more challenging endeavor. But I catch myself, as I think and write about this I realized that often times our behavior stems from our customs and culture, true? Duh! Still, there is hope – I see some changes and what can be done successfully in places like Kampala, Uganda. People are more aware and are slowly realizing the consequences of their behavior and the ‘imperfections (?)’ of their culture and customs. Here in Sudan, on the other hand, has a long way to go. Apparently, they do not have much of a problem with HIV/AIDS as compared with other countries. In fact, they say that they fear that the influx of people due to a lull in the fighting will bring potential infected people into the region. However, they really cannot prove that since they do not have any type of surveillance or education program regarding HIV/AIDS in the region yet. Oh well. The same goes when I went up to the Horn of Africa.

Anyways, I am realizing that there is no ‘perfect’ culture. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses – and more importantly there are definitely some absolute right and wrong in each. Would you ever think that female genital mutilation (or maybe you might want to term it as ‘circumcision’) as being ‘alright’ in certain cultural contexts? Hmm…I do not think so, but you are welcome to disagree.

With that said, I often ask myself where God is in all of this – and how, we as believers manifest His will in addressing these problems. In part, I sincerely know that when faced with these issues first hand, we are His hands and feet in doing something practical about it. We do something physical and worthwhile, right? We are ultimately humanitarians (and there is nothing wrong with that word) and a lot of us have heard this call at home and abroad. Jesus did the same a while back – so I figure we should do likewise. Yet for us who believe, there is more to life than what we see – and all of us, believer or not, crave something deeper like the woman near the well. Jesus also answered that. Body and soul – our God wants to heal and bring us back to Him. Unfortunately, I – we know that it is not all perfect in the real world and death and injustices still happen even when we try to stop it.

So we are back to the reality of the HIV/AIDS pandemic – besides other things – that is affecting Africa. There are a ton of things going wrong in this ‘dark continent’ – yet for some reason, there is still so much hope. I am reminded of the hardships Joseph went through when he was initially sold into slavery by his own brothers, wrongly accused by potiphar and forgotten by the baker – before at last he became the second most powerful man in Egypt. It is amazing how he clung to the reality of his God, remained faithful and waited patiently for God’s timing. In the end, when he confronted his brothers fearing retribution he said with sincerity, “ you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (Genesis 50:20).” I find it funny at times, that even with all these bogus and fake pastors in Africa, the reality of God is still so fiercely pursued among Africans. Maybe the presence of so many problems here in Africa is there for some reason – whether it is by God’s will or man’s doing, or both – hopefully, will produce the good God intended. And at the same time, we will there cooperating with Him to facilitate it.