Well, it’s just five days to go.  At this point, I am just ready to get on the plane.  I am tired of the details.

My daughter Emily sent me a sobering statistic today:  1/2 of the people that die every year in the Congo are kidsless than 10 years old.  In the US, 1/2 of the people that die every year are 75+ years old.

Good news came early today.  I received the Swahili translation of our Bible study methods course.  The business course translation should arrive soon.  I am excited to see what God will do.

I think we will be trying out a new product on this trip — waterless shampoo.  Yes, there is a shampoo that does not require water.  You put it on and towel it off.  Given the water situation in Bukavu, I think we will be using it often.  I am already feeling sorry for the people who will be sitting next to us on the plane going home.

Now for a few logistics:

  • If you want to adopt a Bible, drop me an email at [email protected].
  • If you want to follow the trip on Twitter, sign up at www.twitter.com/congoblessings
  • If you want to receive email updates (and not adopt a Bible), email me at the address above.

Here’s how you can pray:

Prayers for the Bible Recipients:

  • That the Bible would penetrate their hearts and minds and that they would choose to obey.
  • That the Word would inspire servant leadership.
  • That God would provide for their physical needs.
  • That God’s Word would teach husbands to love their wives the way Christ loves the Church.
  • That God would use His Word to build their faith.
  • That God would use His Word to build unity and purity in the church in Bukavu and beyond.
  • That God would bring peace, acceptance and forgiveness to a long suffering people.

Prayers for Business Seminar Students:

  • That God would bring the people that He wants to start and build profitable, Christ-centered businesses that would lift the economy.
  • That God would give the students insight into the business that He designed them to build.

Prayers for Brainstorming Session:

  • That the pastors would realize that Jesus Christ, not money, is the solution to the city’s problems.
  • That the Holy Spirit would give them specific direction as to how to bring change to Bukavu.

Prayers for the Trip:

  • That our presence and love would be encouraging.
  • That God would provide us with divine appointments with people with which He wants us to begin enduring relationships.
  • That God would show us with whom and how we should build relationships.
  • That God would give us keen insight into His creation – the resources, environment, culture, and people – and show us a creative approach to help the people develop economically and spiritually and not make them the target of violence.
  • That we would be strong in the Lord, with the full armor of God, able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
  • That God would keep us free from unnecessary health and safety issues.

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  (John 14:13)