Ca va? How’s it going? It is the common French greeting here in Mali. My favorite is when I’m also asked how my family goes? Ma famille va tres bien.
I want to touch base again on language learning. Did you catch on my last blog that the couple is taking 4 hours of French 5 days a week? 20 hours of straight language class. The second family I’m with are doing the same thing. One is learning French and one is learning Bambara, the common native spoken language.
Those who are in language learning will take lessons and tests until they are proficient enough to speak it well. This can take 5 or 6 months! It is hard for adults to learn a new language. Add this language learning dynamic to adjusting to a new culture, making all new friends, being away from family and not being able to work your new role for the first half of the first year you were hired. How would you fare? Would you keep the faith? Persevere? Quit?
In 2 Thessalonians 1 it says, “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.”
That verse is my reminder to proudly share the lives and work of these friends I’m with here. I am thankful for these people who don’t give up and persevere to further God’s kingdom in whatever role God has called them. They know the hardships, like learning a new language, they are enduring in the beginning have a blessing coming.
And now I ask you to pray for our fellow believers living and working in Mali and around the world. Remember them daily. And ask yourself what are you enduring to further the gospel and bring glory to God?