We will start this trip working with the Baptist Seminary in Lagos, where over 300 pastors and church leaders will attend our workshop. We will then spend a day with the faculty and staff of the Baptist Seminary to explore how the Church can begin to shift from defining itself by its wall on Sundays to the people on Mondays. We will then move to Kaduna, where we will have a similar discussion and workshop with the pastors and church leaders from the ECWA (Evangelical Church Winning All) Church. Finally we will move into a Training of Trainers for the DML Nigeria team to train both pastors as well as business people. We are praying that this will allow this work to go on in our absence.
From Nigeria, we will move to Liberia. It will be my first time back to Liberia in six years. I'm sure many things will have changed. I will only be there for a few days to do a two-day workshop with pastors and church leaders through REAP (Restoration of Education Advancement Programs), so there won't be a lot of time for visiting. We squeezed this trip in following the two people from Liberia who joined the training in Ghana in October and are anxious to get this moving.
From Liberia, I will be heading to Cameroon, while my colleague, Dr. Walker, heads to Egypt. I will be starting my time in Cameroon in the city of Limbe, on the western coast of Cameroon, where we will be holding a two-day microbusiness training. From there, I will move to Yaounde, where we will hold another two-day microbusiness training, followed by a Training of Trainers to help support the work of DML Cameroon throughout the country.
Things seem to have settled down a bit in Cameroon in all but the Anglophone areas yet. The Anglophone separatists have declared they are not Cameroonian but Ambazonian and have declared a new currency with for that area. The President of Cameroon appointed a new Prime Minister yesterday and we will wait and see whether this will be a good thing or not. Please continue to pray for this region and its ongoing struggles.
During this trip I will miss my son's birthday (he lives in Washington DC so I wouldn't normally see him anyway) and also my husband's birthday. This will be the second year I miss his birthday and it may be a pattern. I've asked him to change the date but up until now he has not acted on it. :) Additionally, I leave while my 90-year-old mother-in-law (Bob's mom) is having a significant increase in dementia and medical issues; additionally, my 89-year-old father, who has been on a locked floor for eight years with frontal lobe dementia, is also experiencing further deterioration.
I will return on February 11 and hope to catch up with everyone at that time. Thank you for your prayers, ongoing support, and encouragement. Our continued prayer is that the Global Church continue to discover how to be relevant to the world on a day-to-day basis with all members recognizing that work can be their act of worship.