Tervicine Delva was a participant in our mission’s trip to Côte d’Ivoire. She shared the following testimony on her Facebook page:

“Still on a high from my trip to Côte d’Ivoire. When our buses arrived at the first village where we served, the people said: ‘You actually came.’ One of the villagers said that in three generations, there had been no change in the village. His grandfather, father and him lived the same routines, same traditions, same mindsets.

I’ve been praying that new things, new thoughts, new traditions, new outcomes will begin in these areas as a result of our visit.

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

Do you know what three generations of change
looks like? It looks like ME! My grandparents grew up in similar conditions to what I saw in these villages. I showed my dad pictures and videos of the school children singing songs…he knew the words, he sang along with them. He was them!

I’m forever grateful for my parents who work so hard to provide opportunities that they never had. I AM LIVING MY WILDEST DREAMS. I am evidence of what change and hope looks like generations later!

A beautiful outcome of this trip has been that there, in fact, WAS change! Many people accepted Jesus in the village of Atakassikoro. They asked our national partners to start (and build) a church in the village, and we couldn’t be more excited! God is working!