One of the frustrations of living in Africa is something is always breaking in the house and things are in constant need of repair. John is often frequenting hardware stores for parts and supplies. Of course here, a hardware store is much different from the Home Depots and Lowes we know in the U.S. Here, hardware stores are usually small 5x10 foot shacks stuffed with supplies. A hardware store can also be someone riding around on a bicycle with a box of tools and supplies tied to the back of their bike.
In the spirit of “turning lemons into lemonade”, John has taken the opportunity to begin a new ministry as he visits the hardware vendors in our neighborhood. He’s now giving out gospel tracts in each store and beginning conversations about Christianity with the shopkeepers. Lately, he’s been bringing Pierre, our house guardian with him. Pierre is an enthusiastic Christian and a wonderful evangelist. Because he’s fluent in Bambara and French, Pierre is able to help John deliver the Good News and get involved in deeper conversations.