Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Christmas in Gorom-Gorom

Back Row: Naomi, Rebecca, Pierre, Betha, Keith, Olivia, Seydou, Sara, Chantal.
Middle Row: Lasala, Aseta, Lynne, Monique
Front Row: Denise, Halima, Samuel, Debora, Aisha, Felix, Timothee
This is our family on Christmas Day 2010. There are currently 20 of us for whom our yard - the Gorom-Gorom Ministry Centre - is home. We had a great Christmas, with about 40 of our Muslim friends and neighbours coming for dinner on Christmas Eve, for which Pierre killed a couple of goats.

It was a great opportunity to share with them the good news about why Jesus came into the world, and afterwards several stayed to watch the film of the life of Jesus in Fulfulde. Christmas Day itself was very relaxing, spending time with the family in the yard. We also had several friends come round to visit and chat. It was a distinctly warmer Christmas than back in the UK!

On Boxing Day, we had church, and afterwards went to visit our friend "Yusufi" out in his village:
In the afternoon, Lynne organised a Children's Day (below) of fun, games, stories, and sharing the good news of Jesus. We had about 30 at the start of the day, and ended up with about 80.
 

 
 
 A good time was had by all. I hope your Christmas was as much fun. It was so good to be away from the commercialism and materialism of the season back in the UK, and for it to be a time of celebration of Christ's birth, and of announcing that good news to others:
"I bring you good news of great joy that is for all people:
today a Saviour has been born - Christ, the Lord!"

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Camel Racing in Gorom-Gorom

 Festicham is the Gorom-Gorom's "Camel Festival" which takes place every year in January. One of the highlights is the camel racing...

And they're off...


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Dental Equipment Arrived in Gorom-Gorom


Here is Lynne with the dental equipment, which cleared customs in Ouaga last week, and which I managed to bring to Gorom-Gorom on Saturday.

Thank God with us for its safe arrival finally, and please pray for official authorisation to come through without problem, so that we can start doing clinics in local villages later this year. Thank you.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Temporary New Blog


My old Movable Type blog has kicked me out, so I will be blogging here for a few weeks until I can get a new blog properly set up. Thanks for your patience!

This is a picture of Lynne and me, taken at Christmas 2010 in our back garden in Gorom-Gorom.

Keith Smith

(P.S. you can still visit the old blog here:
http://www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk/keith/index.html )