Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Allen Steve Shawn 1995 Benin

Allen Steve Shawn 1995 Benin

Ratings: (0)|Views: 1 |Likes:
missionary newsletters
missionary newsletters

More info:

Categories:Types, Presentations
Published by: the missions network on Apr 03, 2014
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/03/2014

pdf

text

original

 
B.
Savalou,
]
West
CHRISTIAN
MISSIONARY
FELLOWSHIP
PrayerNewsletter
February1995
WHAT
WOULD
YOU
DO
IF
...?
Wewouldliketosharea
few
scenarios
withyou.Thisisyourchancetobeanarmchair
missionary.
Imagine
yourself
here,
away
from
wise
and
respectedmentors,friends,
colleagues,
and
professors.Yourdaily
decisions,
words,andactions
affect
all
areas
ofyour
life.
Inlightof
this,carefullyconsider
the
social,
cultural,
fiscal,
anthropological,and
theological
implicationsof
each
situation.
And,
remember,thisisreallife
not
atextbook
~so
things
arenot
always
whattheyappearto
be.
 1
-
THE
SITUATION
Every
dayintown,a
crowd
of
womenwaits
atthe
gas
stationtobuy
kerosene.
The
trucks
of
kerosene
come
less
frequentlythanbefore,therefore,inbetweentimeskerosene
{used
forlanterns,
stoves,
andrefrigerators)isin
great
demand.
Several
women
inthe
villagehave
turned
the
crisis
totheir
advantage
(and,thus,the
disadvantage
oftheir
neighbors
bybuying50-100
gallons
ofkeroseneata
time,depleting
the
supply
more
quickly.
Then,
when
the
kerosene
atthestationisgone,theyset-upmini-kerosenedispensingstationsneartheir
homes,selling
itforfour
times
thenormal
price.
Most
people
inthe
village
aresubsistence
farmers
andonly
have
themoneytobuy
one-week s
worthofkerosene
at
a
time
from
thestation.
Whenthenextweekcomesandthestationisout,theyare
forced
to
pay
the
inflated
prices
of
these
makeshift
dispensingstations.
THE
PROBLEM
Afriend,whois
also
the
wife
ofthe
preferred
sonofthe
chiefofthe
village,
comes
and
asks
youtobuyher
100
gallons
ofkerosene
atthe
station.
She
has
the
money
but
cannot
make
her
way
throughthemobatthe
station
tobuythe
newly-arrived
kerosene.
She
says
that
you
would
be
served
quickly
since
you
are
white.
You
know
that
she
intends
tosave
the
keroseneforaweek,
then
sellitatthe
inflatedprice.Whatdoyoudo?Sub sabara
region
of
northern
Benin
a
predominately
Muslim
region.
 2
-
THE
SITUATION:
Weddings
in
Benin
are
very
expensive
for
the
groom
because
he
must
pay
abride
price.
The
father
ofthebride
sets
the
price
according
tothe
lifestyle
the
girl
 
accustomed
toandthe
financial
standingofthe
groom.
Tintin,agood
friend
andpromisingChristian
leader,
is
engaged
tobe
married
tothedaughterofan
educated
Christianman.Thebridepriceforher
includes
fabric
(about70
yards ,
shoes,
jewelry,
perfume,
towels,
lotions,and
soaps
forthebride
herself,
plusmoneyandadditional
fabric
(20
yards
more)fortheparents,grandparents,aunts,and
uncles.
Tintinhasalreadypurchasedeverything,
includinga
nice
suitcase
topresentitin.Withthedatefor
presentation
ofthe
bride
priceset,
the
invitations
are
being
chosenforanEasterwedding.
THE
PROBLEM
Two
daysago,
the
father
ofthebride
decided
thatanAprilwedding
was
toosoon,
even
thoughboth
families
had
previouslyagreed
onthat
date.
He
cited
the
fact
thathe
has
toomany
financial
burdensatthemomentand
said
thatif 50(three-months salaryforTintin)wereaddedto
thebridepricebynext
week,
hecould
possibly
manage.
Tintinis
very
discouraged.
Aside
fromnotwantingtowait,hedoesnothaveanymoney.Heisevenindebt
because
heborrowedmoneytohaveabedandtablemade
forhisnew
home.
Also,
hehas
already
paidouta
full
year ssalary
for
the
bride
price
so
far.
Hisbride-to-behasa
job,
but
she
can t
help
out
because
sheis
obligated
to
give
her
father
her
full
paycheck
attheendofeachmonth.ItwouldtakeTintinat
least
10monthstocomeupwiththe
money
Whatdoyoudo?
 3
~
THE
SITUATION:
Anatole,anewChristianfromSavalou,isafarmerlike
many
other
residents
of
Savalou.
Duringplantingand
harvesting
times,
he
sends
his
wife
toherparents
village
to
4
French
languageschool
in
Burkina
Faso
that
we
recently
visited
asa
possibility
forfutureteammates
language
learning
site.
 
live
so
that
she
can
be
closerto
his
fields
and
can
then
work
everyday.She
takes
their
baby
daughterwith
her.
Anatolehasanightjobintown,yethe
goes
tothe
fields
oftentohelpher.
THE
PROBLEM:
Duringthe
last
harvesttime,
his
workedin
Anatole s
fields
the
whole
season.
But,when
the
harvestwas
completed,she
never
returnedto
Savalou.
Anatolesent
letters
tothe
village,
and
even
paid
an
additional
^
bridepriceinordertogainthe
\ ||^
<
approval
ofher
parents.
He
hoped
thattheywouldusetheirauthority
over
her
to
force
herto
return
to
Savalou.Anatole sentire
family
had
two
meetings
withhis
wife sfamily,
and,atboth
meetings,
her
family
promised
thatshe
would
bein
Savalou
within
the
week
It
has
and
cZrkioith
beentwo
months
since
the
last
meeting;
she
still
has
notreturned.
literacy
-
Emmanuel.
Recently,
Anatole
said
thathehad
decided
togotothe
village
the
next
dayand
take
back
his
two-year-old
daughter.
His
reasoning:
by
doing
this,hiswife
would
returnto
Savalou,also,becauseshewouldnot
want
tobe
separated
from
her
child.
He
wants
advice.
Whatdoyoudo?These
have
beenonlythreeof
dozens
of
such
scenarios
that
have
actually
been
played
ou t~in
our
lives
thesepast
few
months.
Some
have
beenresolved
and
othersarestill
 in
process. We
continue
to
learn
much
about
ourselves,the
fascinatingpeople
here,
and
this
mysterious
business
calledmissions.
We d
love
to
hear
your
ideas.
What
would
you
do?
...
so,
feel
free
to
drop
us
a
line
about
any
or
all
of
the
aforementioned
casestudies.
ToriposedasSt.Lucia
aswecelebrateda
SwedishCbristtnas
tradition.
PRAYERREQUESTS:
The
five
CMFinterns
whoplan
to
spendeight
weeks
here
this
summer.
Us
as
we
prepareindividualized
programs
to
meet
the
needs
of
eachintern.
Steve
and
Shawn
Allen
Christian
Missionary
Fellowship
P.O.BOX
501020
INDIANAPOLIS,
IN
46250-6020
Address
Correction
Requested
DamonandJuliJonesastheyraisefundstojointhe
team
in
Benin
in
1996.
Smooth
renewal
ofourresidentcardsand
visas
inMay.The
Savalou
YouthCenterasitopensinMarch.ProductionofaFonsongbook.
3--PRAISES:
^
J.
The
completion,
production,anddistributionof
^
basic
discipleship/doctrinebookfornew
^
Christians
in
Fon.
i
If
Good
health.
 
roductive
m tin s
 ndpl nning
s ssions
with
arry
and
Linda
Brock
(CMP
Africa
An
eventful
and
fun-filled
Christmas
season.
Growing,learning,
and
serving
in
Benin.
La
flami
il e
3Lf£7K
LaFamilleAllenSteve,Shawn,
Tori,
Clark
Note:
Ifyou
would
like
to
use
a
missions
minutesprogram
based
on
Benin
for
your
VBS,
please
contact
ShawnAllenbyMay1.
MmNn
I^
Oo
Oo
Clark
at
school
 jfi
 -M.
NonproRi
O^nization
U.S.Pottage
PeimiiNo.2975
Indianapolis,Indiana
Mission
Se rvices
Editorial
Dept
P0
Box
£4E7
Knoxville
TN
37301 £4£7
 
B P
85
Savalou,
Benin
West
Africa
CHRISTIAN
MISSIONARY
FELLOWSHIP
PrayerNewsletter
 ATrueStory)
In1986,ayoungmanbegantoattendchurch.He
wasa
newChristian
and
thechurch
he
attended
met
in
the
homes
of
churchmembers
becauseit,too,was
new.Overtime,thedaughter
of
oneoftheeldersbegantotakenotice
of
thisyoungmanand,throughamediator,shedeclaredtotheyoungmanher
interestinhim.The
young
man
declined
to
pursue
therelationship
because
hehadnotyethadtimeto
observe
thegirlanddecideifshecouldbea
compatiblemate.
Threemonths
passed,
andtheyoungman
saw
that
thegirldidindeedhavethecharacteristicshewanted
inawife,sohe
decided
todeclarehis
intentions
to
marryher.Right
before
he
began
togatherthe
necessarygifts
forher
family,
heheardthatshehadalreadyacceptedtomarryanotheryoungman.Thus,hewaitedandbeganto
search
outanapprenticeship
so
thathecould
learn
to
be
a
solderer
After
one
month,thegirlapproachedhimandtoldhimshehad
broken
off
with
the
otherman
becausehis
character
was
notwhatshewantedinahusband.Theyoungmanthentalkedopenlytoherofhisintentionstomarryherbut,althoughshe
verbally
accepted,theengagementwasnotbrought
before
theparents
becausewithinthemonthshelefttoworkforafamily
teachingata
Bible
schoolinNiger.Thetwowroteregularlyforthree
years.
Then,allofa
sudden,herletterscame
less
frequently;theyoung
manheardthatshe
was
againengaged
toanother.Hecoulddonothingbut
pray.
Meanwhile,
the
girl s
family
became
involved
and
demanded
that
she
quit
herjobandreturn
home.
They
could
not
bear
the
thoughtoftheir
daughter
marryingsomeone
from
anothercountryand
living
sofar
away.
The
girl
broke
her
engagement,
quitherjob,andreturned
home
in
1991
Afterherreturn,theyoungman
saw
the
girl
oftenatchurchbutmadenoattempttoapproach
her.
After
several
months,thegirlbegantoask
close
friends
and
familymembers
oftheyoungmanto
intercede
onher
behalf,apologize,
andaskthe
young
manforanother
chance
intheir
relationship.
Upon
hearing
this,
the
youngman
asked
thepastorand
elders
toprayforhis
decision
Sometime
passed,
andhefeltsurethathewantedtomarryher.So,once
again,
heapproachedherto
declare
hisintentions.Inher
response,
shenotonly
said
 3 ^^ but
asked
forcomplete
forgiveness.
Shetoldtheyoungmanthat
even
though
several
othershadrecentlydeclaredtheirintentionstomarryher,she
had
refused
them
She
had
decided
not
tobecome
engaged
or
marry
untiltheyoungmanhad
proven,
by
marryingsomeoneelse,thathewouldn thaveher.
Oncetheyoungmandeclaredhis
love
tothegirlandwasaccepted,hethenapproachedthepastorwho
gave
him
advice
onhowtoproceed.Thenextstepwasto
notifythe
girl s
parents.
Todo
this,
the
young
man
putmoneyinanenvelope,boughtfourcoldCokes,
andwenttothe
girl s
home.After
talking
tothe
youngmanalone,thefather
called
thegirlinand
asked
herthreequestions:
 Doyou
love
this
man?

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->