All-night church services are common here in Africa, especially to bring in the new year.  I first participated in this experience a year ago, and though I went home to sleep after midnight, I found to my surprise that I loved the event, and I resolved to stay all night this year.  That resolution has now been accomplished!  Not only did I stay alert until the service concluded as January 1 dawned, but I also recited five chapters of Scripture in the local language (Psalms 111-113, John 1, and Romans 8), which inspired several in the congregation to begin memorizing from the Bible themselves.  Please pray that they will be faithful to their commitment and that God will work in their lives through His word.

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