Meet Andre

08 Aug
Me and Andre

Me and Andre

This is a photo from today after church of myself and one of the newest members of our Christian family.  He is a glorious testimony of how awesome our Lord and Savior is!!  Andre and his family opened up their house for us to use as our place to have our Sunday morning Bible studies in Cipreses.  We started having Bible studies there about 3 weeks ago.  When we started, Andre was very interested in what we had to share.  He looked very sickly and even one time needed to go get his inhaler to make it through the service.  About a week and a half ago he prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior!!  Last Sunday he looked physically like a different person.  His color was better and he just looked happier and healthier!!  He hung on every word that was said in the Bible study.  After the Bible study I shared a little with him from my counseling experience about how he should handle battling alcoholism.  I gave him a daily battle plan consisting of reading his Bible and spending time in prayer.  Especially in moments when he was facing decisions about drinking and spending time with his old friends.  He seemed so encouraged by all of the prayers and the time spent with new friends in Lord.  Well, today after Bible study I asked him how his week had gone.  He is so honest and open.  He said that each day is a struggle, but that he had not had a drop of alcohol in 1 week.  This is who I had asked you all to pray for in my last blog and we so appreciate all of your prayers.  Andre is a true testimony to God’s goodness and God’s strength.  He is taking it day by day.  I had encouraged him to memorize Scripture and Lizzie made him sticky notes with pictures on them to mark Scripture that he felt helped encourage him during times of hard decisions and desires to drink.  I asked him had he done that.  He quoted to me, “If God is for us, who can be against us.”  He did not even hesitate.  He also said that he has been reading Psalm 23 a lot.  He again did not hesitate.  I am so happy for Andre and for the work the Lord is doing in his life.  I am humbled by the fact that God continues to use our family to bring others to Himself and encourage and help new Christians.  I am also so encouraged by all of the teams that continue to work on Irazu.  Right now we are working with a team from Enon Baptist in Easley, SC.  They will be here until Thursday morning!  The work the teams have done this summer has just been amazing.  Each one has been a blessing not only to our family, but to the people who live on Irazu.  God has used each team and their gifts and talents for His glory and to draw those like Andre to him.  Thank you to all of you that have been praying and to all of you who have come to work.  We are all working together for God’s glory alone!


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5 responses to “Meet Andre

  1. Cheryl

    August 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Court – that is so awesome about Andre! And you look wonderful in that picture – very healthy looking – hope you are doing well, and Jacob and the kids too! We love you all and miss you – keep up that great work!

  2. Donna

    August 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Hey! This is great! We got to see you and Andre on the big screen at church tonight!! Tell him that I will be praying for him every day!

    • courtenayfolk

      August 8, 2010 at 10:50 pm

      I will 🙂

  3. Kathy Elrod

    August 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Hey Courtenay!

    To God be the Glory, for all that He has done on Irazu this summer! You and your family are such a blessing to all of the teams who come to Irazu! I continue to pray for you, Jacob, and the kids. I was looking at your pic on the fridge, and Sophia has grown so much taller since that picture was made. I hope you are having a wonderful day! We love you!

    • courtenayfolk

      August 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! You are such an encourager! 🙂


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