Today, Friday, is a very great day for Love Botswana Outreach Mission and the Village Church. Pastor Jerry Lackey is returning to Botswana today. He has finished chemotherapy and radiation treatments and by God’s wonderful grace, he is totally cancer free. So at 12:00 today we are going to the Maun airport to join his family, and many of his friends from the church, in welcoming him back to Maun. Jerry and Jana have been in Maun, Botswana for many years and he is known all over town. Everywhere we go, they have been asking about him. His return will be a testimony for this whole area.
Christi and I will be leaving Botswana on Tuesday, November 18th. We came here July 17th so we have been here for almost exactly four months. This is a very beautiful and unique area of the world and we feel privileged to have been able to serve here. We have been here through the end of winter, then the hottest and driest season, and now the beginning of the rainy season. We’ve experienced with the Batswanan people weddings, births, and deaths. It was a very unusual time for us, as we did not leave the village of Maun once for the entire four months. We are going to miss all the wonderful people at the Village Church. One of the members, Dr. Mulomba, said last night, “You came to a wedding and you are going home to a wedding.” He said that because, very soon after we arrived, he and his lovely wife Patience were married in a beautiful ceremony in the big Gospel Tent that serves as home to Village Church. The wedding to which he was referring, that we will be going home to in San Antonio, is the wedding of our Pastors’ Dave and Jodi Bell’s son, Matt, to our Mission Pastors’ Doug and Angie Pitman’s daughter, Heather. We had thought we would miss this important wedding at our home church, but the Lord has worked it out where we will be home for it!