Friday, July 6, 2012

Nigeria update July 6, 2012

Hello everyone,
There is not much to write about this week. There was a team from Texas here for ten days. On Sunday I went down to a small village down the road to visit the small church there. That was very good and interesting. There was a pregnant woman who asked for prayer for herself that she would not have another miscarriage and a few minutes after she said that she went into labor, right before I was to get up to speak. At first I didn’t know what was going on, but I quickly guessed. The Second fear that came into my mind was.” I hope they don’t ask me to deliver the baby.” For some reason white people must have medical expertise in everything when they are in Nigeria, I was relieved when they asked me to do nothing, but preach and the lady was taken, by motorcycle to her house.

Every night, I try to get the boys to bed, by at least 9:30. It has been a great time to get to know the boys and spend time with them. That is one of the things I enjoy thoroughly.
On the evening of July 4th we had an Independence day celebration, with a parade in the living room and Crystal playing her trombone and everyone else had noise makers. It was a lot of fun. We had hotdogs and hamburgers and French fries and Oreo pudding and we watched a video. We had a great time. Even some of the neighbor kids came over to help us celebrate. : )

Early this morning, I got Malaria. Don’t worry. I am not going to die. I am perfectly fine. I have been resting and getting stronger and taking my medicine. It has been really good to get some rest and not feeling guilty about it. The biggest thing is drinking water and keeping hydrated, which is harder, during rainy season, because it is cooler so I don’t drink as much water.

Tomorrow, I will be going to Ika Lord willing to visit Tom, Ben and Spen, the missionaries there. I am looking forward to my visit there.

Please pray for:
1.       The church I visited this last week. The name of the village escapes my mind, but the Lord knows.
2.       Pray for the boys that I would get the opportunity to share the gospel with all of them and wisdom in counseling them and disciplining them.
3.       Pray for me as I get over Malaria
4.       Pray for safe travel and a good time in Ika and that I will learn more of the language while I am there.

Once again thank you all for your prayers I appreciate them very much.

Your brother in Christ,
T.J. Kerttula


  1. Praying for all the things you requested and asking the Lord's continued guidance for you as you work to do His will. Feel better soon!

  2. Praying for you Timothy! I am really in awe of all that you are doing for Christ. Keep up the gooooooood work! Way to go!