by Bonnie Oberg, an Alliance international worker serving in West Africa, currently on home assignment in the United States with her husband, Kevin, and their children
Fall is the season I most look forward to when I’m in the United States. I only experience it every four years.
I relish watching the leaves turning vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red; feeling the crisp cool air; and waking up to fog that has silently settled into the valley overnight. It is all so peaceful.
Fall also is a time of remembering to be thankful—we are so blessed! This is the centerpiece (pictured) on my dining table this season, a reminder to “say grace” and thank God for all He has done for me.
As my eyes catch this centerpiece throughout the day, I also am reminded of the grace He has given to me that I can choose to extend to others. May your fall be grace filled!
Harvest Season Prayers
As we enjoy autumn and the harvest season in the United States, it also is harvest time in West Africa. We have heard from colleagues in Mali and Burkina Faso that in some areas, crops are failing due to lack of rainfall.
In a country where more than 80 percent of the people survive by subsistence farming, this is horrible news.
Imagine if your entire livelihood depended on whether or not you could grow enough for your family to eat for the coming year? Many of our friends face this challenge each October—they are either happy with a good harvest or concerned because it didn’t turn out as well as they had hoped.
Please pray for God’s grace to fall upon these countries where so many depend on a good harvest. Please pray that people will turn to Him, whether in thanksgiving for a good harvest or in need if their crops did not yield enough for the year ahead.
And always remember to pray for the spiritual harvest—that our God will reap bountifully.
Bonnie’s article “A Season of Harvest” describes an explosive move of God taking place in the previously unreached Kenedougou region that borders Burkina Faso and Mali.