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March 2021

Dear Friends,

Can you believe it is the end of March already? "Old Time is still a-flying." We hope the weather has been fine enough for you all to enjoy the freshness of spring! Around here the weather is cooling slightly as we approach our rainy season. It will be a glorious relief from the often stifling heat and dust of our winter dry season!

We manage to stay busy and life manages to stay eventful! Eden and Zion are completely recovered from their illnesses back in January. Eden's recovery in particular always seems miraculous to me. To look at her now, you would never be able to guess she had been so sick. She seems more active, healthy, and thriving than she did even before the whole ordeal. We praise the Lord for His great mercy.

We have more than one reason to thank God for His mercy, however. Back in February, Seth had an accident on his motorcycle when he was in San-Pedro taking care of his dad's church. He was in his own lane when an oncoming taxi swerved into his lane to try to pass a truck. Seth drove up onto the sidewalk to avoid the taxi, but the taxi driver had the same thing in mind and they ended up colliding head-on. Seth flew off his motorcycle and rolled off the taxi's hood. He ended up with a pretty good gash on his knee from the impact, but that was the only injury he sustained! The taxi driver and his passengers were unhurt. 

At the beginning of this month, I (Paige) suffered from a TIA, also known as a mini stroke. It was very frightening, but I haven't had any repeats so far. We drove to San-Pedro the next day to get some tests done at the hospital, but my CT scan and all my labs came back as healthy/normal. The best the doctors could tell me was that it must've been caused by stress/fatigue. We are thanking God that it wasn't worse, and trying to make sure I rest and manage stress more effectively. 

We were able to get our kids club in the village better organized and it is going so well. More often than not, we'll have around 40-50 kids come. It is so much fun pulling up to their village in our car. We park on a hill just before the beach, and there's a clear view of the village from there.  Every week the kids see us coming and come running to meet us as fast as they can! Our girls are quickly whisked away by little friends, a few other kids will offer to take our things down to "our spot," and I usually have a girl on either side of me clinging to my hands. We love these kids so very much, and we pray that someone will get saved soon! They pay close attention to the lesson, and several of them do very well memorizing verses and songs and remembering details from previous lessons. It's encouraging to see, and we are praying and hoping that it indicates that something is happening in their hearts.
 

Left: Paige surrounded by our village kids
Right: Seth and Issuf, one of the men who got saved this month

 
We are so excited to share that five young men have accepted Christ as their Savior over the course of the past month! Simeon, whom Seth led to the Lord last year, has brought a couple of friends over to meet Seth and to participate in his discipleship study, and they ended up getting saved. A few of these young men now attend church nearby pretty faithfully, and regularly come to Seth's Thursday discipleship study. It is exciting to watch them actively being changed by Christ. How exciting that there is always room on the Vine for more branches. 
 
This month I was able to finally start private French lessons with a tutor! my tutor's name is Fatou, and she teaches French grammar in a local school. The plan is to have nine hours of lessons every week. We are hoping that we can also use this as an opportunity to impact her life! She is Muslim. Pray for her if you think of it!
I was also given the opportunity to be on a podcast run by some college friends of mine. Their podcast is called Take the Coffee, and they discuss modern-day ministry, as well as conduct great interviews. Check it out wherever you listen to podcasts!

 
My mom is coming to visit us for a month and flies here in only a few more days. We are all so excited to have her here and are busily preparing for her arrival. She will be our first visitor since getting to the field, and we are eager to show her around. Please pray for her safety as she flies out here alone!

As always, we thank you for your prayers and support of our family!

In His service,
Seth, Paige, Eden, and Zion Cuthbertson
Our new family photo. Taken January 2021
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Seth and Paige Cuthbertson: Independent Baptist Missionaries · 1348 Farmstead Lane · Bolingbrook, Illinois 60490 · USA

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