Despite the malaria, it was one of the highlights of my life.
In the summer of 1985, I went on a summer mission project to Nigeria. We taught in churches, worked in fields, and enjoyed amazing Nigerian hospitality (my favorite, though, was giving rides to kids on my shoulders). We served among the Tangale people in Bauchi state, in the NW region of the country, near where Boko Haram holds power today.
While my wife Shannon has made three trips to Africa in the past fifteen years, I’ve stayed home with the boys. I’ve loved hearing her stories and supporting her efforts, but I’ve missed seeing first hand what God is doing and serving alongside her. But now that we are empty-nesters, I will be able to join her this April on her next trip to Monrovia, Liberia. Shannon will be traveling for 3 weeks (she is also visiting Guinea Bissau); I’ll be gone for two (April 5-19).
We have been invited to serve alongside staff from LIFES (Liberian International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). There are currently 1400 students involved in LIFES and only two full time staff. Liberia is the fifth poorest country of the world and is still recovering from a fourteen year civil war (1989-2003) and the recent Ebola epidemic (2013-2016).
Moses, one of the staff, has asked us to be flexible, but we know for sure that we’ll be the main speakers for the LIFES Easter student conference: “Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known,” focusing on the book of Philippians and John 1-4. We will have other opportunities to speak in churches, and work with students and local pastors doing training in Bible study skills. Most pastors in Liberia do not have access to seminary training, so I’m hoping my presence will be a blessing to them.
In order to allow their limited financial resources to remain in the country, I am hoping to raise $2500 to cover my expenses. If you’d like to contribute, you can go directly to the website: https://donate.intervarsity.org/support/shannon_lamb. Funds need to go through Shannon’s IV account because my account is still in process. If you would like to receive email prayer requests please send me your address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you’re the praying sort, we’d appreciate prayers…
for health (I have reflux which is easier to control at home,
for safe travel,
for God to move powerfully, and
for great partnerships with Liberian staff and pastors.