For the past 10 years, we’ve driven a 1996 Toyota Corolla station wagon. It’s not pretty, it’s not fancy, but it does get us from point A to point B most of the time (okay…some of the time). As an older car that has put on a lot of hard miles in Africa, it spends a fair amount of time at the mechanic.
For several years we’ve been taking it to a Chinese mechanic not too far from our home. The language barrier always makes it an interesting experience. The mechanic doesn’t speak English or French – only Chinese and some broken Bambara. But somehow, he’s always able to understand the problem and fixes it quickly for not a lot of money.
We are currently hosting a YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) from Chico, California. One of the team members is Chinese and another is a Brazilian who’s fluent in Chinese. When John took the car into the mechanic today he took these team members along so he could communicate in a spoken language with the mechanic for the first time. It turned out to be an amazing experience. We talked for about an hour and the mechanic seemed so grateful to have someone who could talk with him in his own language! John had never seen him talk so much!
Mr. Ping is the mechanic of choice for most of the mission community in Bamako. John was able to tell him that the missionaries all go to him because we trust him and are happy with his work and we want to honor him. He was very touched. He even said he wanted to attend our church! We didn’t invite him, he invited himself! One of our team members gave him a Chinese New Testament and we were able to pray with him and bless his business.
Please be praying with us for Mr. Ping. He seems open to the Gospel. We hope to continue ministering to him – a bit more difficult after our Chinese friends leave next week. Please also be praying for other connections with Chinese believers in Mali.