In addition to their main ministry, CHE, and the daily witness they strive for in their own neighborhood and town, there are numerous responsibilities that the Andersons and all missionaries share working together on a field. These important duties take many hours in the year. All FWB missionaries have joint projects with the Ivorian African church including the Bible Institute, Bible training by extension, putting roofs on churches, committee and regional meetings, and evangelistic outreaches.
Missionaries work together on a Field Council that meets twice yearly and plans activities on the field. At differing times, Verlin and Debbie have served as secretary, and those responsibilities will increase greatly in days to come.
Verlin serves on the Ordination Committee and other committees, as needed. At times he researches and helps churches put together their financial requests for a church roof. He has spent many hours over the years counseling and gathering resources and information for the Doropo clinic NGO, as the only remaining R.N. on the field. Other times he gives input and helps at regional church association meetings. Occasionally these responsibilities leave Debbie in charge at home, as he travels.
Every missionary family must stay in touch with ministry partners in the States and the mission office, too. Verlin handles all mission and personal finances. Recent changes in financial requirements make it necessary to scan every receipt for mission expenses on the field. That alone can take 12 or 14 hours a month. Debbie and the children help scan receipts at times. A yearly mission budget has to be made and turned in. Debbie handles correspondence as much as possible, and medical insurance claim forms.
These activities at times do not seem very "spiritual," but they are a necessary part of missionary life and require the Andersons' attention at times.
The website address for the association of the Ivorian Free Will Baptist Church is at this link : http://www.aeeblci.net/
FWB covenant and treatise in Ivorian French : Alliance de l'église, treatise.pdf