ALEX & RACHEL'S BLOG

Hey everyone! It has been a busy and hectic month and we are just now finding some good time to write about what we have been up to and the robbery that took place a few weeks ago.

The robbery has really shaped much of our last few weeks so we will start with that: It took place one evening at around 9pm. Rachel and Makayah were sleeping in our bedroom, Sharon (Rachel’s mom) was in the kitchen doing dishes, and I was in our front yard taking care of some admin on a phone call to the government. They came in through the backyard with a gun, knives, and other weapons and began ransacking our house looking for money.

I (Alex), heard Rachel’s mom screaming and started to enter the house to see what was happening. When I got closer I saw about 3-4 men entering the house. I approached a little closer and one of the men pointed a gun at me from about 3 meters away. At that point I quickly backed out and went to get help. I found out later that another guy started chasing me but was not able to get me. He thought I went into a neighbours house and so he went to that house and began banging down the door trying to break it down to get me to come out. When the door opened and he saw that I wasn’t there he left. Meanwhile the robbers continued to look for money and interrogated Rachel and her mom. They shoved objects in one of their mouths to keep them from yelling and even held a gun to one of their heads. When they thought that they got some money (they took our safe) they began to leave.

Our friend that got hurt by the robbers.

At this same time, a few of us arrived but it was difficult for us to do anything because we had no weapons. Around this time is when one of our neighbours, who had come to help, got hit in the eye, either with a crowbar or a stone. Once everyone was safe, the girls stayed in the house and I went out with many other people to start looking for the robbers. I also ended up taking two men to the hospital (men injured by the robbers) because of the injuries they sustained. (Those men are both doing better by the way. They can both see again and but one is still having minor complications).

Our neighbours kept looking and looking and, about 1-1.5 hours after the break-in, one of the robbers was found hiding in the woods. Then another one was caught and then finally a third one was caught. The others escaped that night but their friends that were caught ended up telling the police where they were. Our stuff that they stole was found and returned. It appears that one or two of them was never caught.

I have skipped a lot of details but the main thing is that we are all safe and so we really thank God for that. We thank God especially that I was not in the house because, from what we have heard from our friends, if there is a robbery, usually they will injure or kill the man so that they cannot chase after them or fight back. So if I had been in the house this likely would have turned out a lot differently.

Without a doubt this has been the hardest time we have had ever since coming out on the field. We are in a season of contemplating what we should do and what changes we should make. We have been considered different options, including going home permanently, going home for a few weeks, or moving to a different part of the country.

As of right now we believe that we are supposed to stay here and continue to work here. We are currently looking for a new home and are going to start using this old home as a ministry centre.

Over the past couple months we have continued with many of our usual ministries. We are currently working in about 15 villages. Many of the villages we are working in are starting to meet on Sundays as a church and many are also trying to build a building in which they can start meeting.

Our biblical training has also continued and often we have about 25-45 people who come from villages and from in town to learn. Over the last few weeks we have been able to focus on reteaching some of the foundational things that we taught in the beginning.

We have also been taking some time to go visit and encourage some of the older churches. Often it is so easy to get caught up with preaching the gospel to new villages that we neglect to check up on older churches and see how they are doing. We have been reminded of how important is though and are really making an effort to do so. 

 

WAYS YOU CAN PRAY FOR US

1. For guidance during this season so that we would know how to proceed

2. To be able to find a good house where we can live, at least for the moment.

3. To know God’s peace that passes all understanding.

4. For guidance as to which new villages our team should go to next.

5. For healing from the trauma – especially for Rachel and her mom.

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