Victor + Lauren, 2001
I last saw Dad when he came to Australia in 2001 or 2002 (?) for an ear operation.

My dad, Victor, has still been living in sin in Abidjan. Recently he has also become financially destitute. We’ve lent him money in the past, and he was asking again.

After prayerful consideration, we offered to a ticket home instead of money, and to our great surprise, he accepted. He doesn’t want to come to Australia. He wants to continue his lifestyle. However, we are picking him up from the airport on Monday morning. And I guess he’ll be staying with us for some time.

Please pray fervently for his repentance. Pray that God will soften his heart, as he seems to be hardened with sin. Please pray we can set good, clear boundaries to maintain a godly household. And please pray our children will not be influenced.

Pray that we can live out the gospel before Victor, and pray that God will put His words in our mouths. Pray that Lauren’s family will be reconciled in grace, mercy and love.

Thank you so much.

Lauren + David.

Stephen Ike, Lauren, + Victor, 1994
In happier times. This photo of me with Stephen Ike and Dad was taken in 1994 (?) at my baptism.