Its been a good week in N’Djamena, Chad, where all the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average.
There seems to be so much happening all the time, I just don’t have time to write about it all.
I’ll high-light some of our, “HELP, we need prayers” emails:
Diesel generators are broke – They are still broke, parts are coming, hopefully the right parts that will really fix the problems. The big one runs OK, but its start switch is worn out. At first we were very nervous about trying to operate our center with just one generator. But, so far its OK. Then there is the small generator, as soon as the part arrives for it, I’ll get it up and running, afterwards I’ll be able to take down the big one for maintenance. YOU provided tons of help via YOUR contacts and support. Thanks so much!
Plumbing problem – We had to evacuate our two story eight unit family apartment building for the plumbing system overhaul just before Christmas. The system had failed. 100%, all new pipes are being installed. Everything is being routed thru the back wall of the building and we are abandoning all the under foundation and in wall piping. We hired locals to do the work. It will probably be the end of February before completion of the project and clean up afterward before people can move back into the building. Yes, it is that big of a project. Housing had to relocate all those who were coming here to stay in Jan and Feb. Thankfully one of the other guest houses had room for them.
Motorcycle training – In the beginning of December, I, Jim, went about eight hours south to the city of Moundou and taught a one week motorcycle safety/skills and maintenance training course. It went very well. You can read a detailed account by going here, (http://jim-judys-wycliffe.blogspot.com/)
Daily Life – for Judy and I its just plain old busy. We both work very long days, normally six days a week. Why do we do this to ourselves? I guess we think the work needs to get done and we are in the position to get it done. I have four full time employees who worked three different schedules. I needed to work those schedules as well to provide the supervision they needed. Starting Jan 2, 2014, I changed all their schedules to Monday – Friday 7:00 – 2:00. Yes, our employees get to work a 35 hour week. Judy and I take an hour for lunch and a nap, go back to work and finish the workday. some days that was at six or seven at night. But now, we will try and take Saturdays as well as Sundays off. It should be a lot better schedule for us. (Why didn’t we do this sooner???) Hindsight!
NEW INFO – we just bought our return tickets to the USA. Come March, we will have been here for two years, our original commitment. We had hoped to fly east and visit our son Josh in Thailand and continue east to Hawaii to visit my brother before returning to the USA. But our finances decided we needed to go West (about 1/3rd the cost) and see as many of you as possible before June. So, now March 5/6 we fly west to Wichita, Kansas and spend a week with my dad and mom. We will leave Wichita around the 14th to drive east to visit family, friends and supporters. (He is loaning us his pickem-up-truck. Thanks Dad!) We’ll finish March with Jody and family in Asheville, NC, then beginning in April we zigzag back west, visiting and speaking as we go, eventually returning to Tucson by the first week of June. Seems crazy after our work load here, but we think its the best time to do it, before the summer heat. We will take time to camp and get some R&R too. This is our first announcement of our plans to you. We will be planning for three months on the road, visiting you and speaking about Chad and what God is doing here. We’d be happy to speak in churches, Bible studies, fellowship groups, schools, motorcycle groups, car groups, where-ever God provides. You and God are our only source for finding speaking opportunities. So, if you’d like us to share our story with you in any venue let us know when and where. You know I am not a preacher; I pretty much speak like I write. To see how I write go to (http://jim-judys-wycliffe.blogspot.com/) Your invitations will determine our itinerary. We’ll keep you up to date as information comes in.
Mid June we start working on our medical issues from our home in Tucson. I need to get a knee replaced, my right shoulder is giving me a lot of problems and my toes are acting up. (These bodies…) Judy has some feet, knee, and shoulder issues that need looking at too.
We are not sure what is going to happen after that. We both enjoy this ministry /our jobs here in Chad, but it has been hard on us both physically and mentally. We’d really like to be more involved in the lives of our grandchildren and our parents who are up in years. So, if God calls us back overseas, we might be doing six months in Chad and six months in the USA. God will need to clarify that call and provide the funding. This could be the direction God is leading us so please join us in praying for clarification / conformation.
1. Travel and speaking plans come together for the three month road trip, March – May. We need speaking opportunities and places to stay.
2. Healing for our bodies. Miracles would be GREAT and with God possible, but He uses doctors too.
3. The specifics of God’s calling for the future gets clarified.
4. Pray for each of our kids, Josh, Jordan and Jody. That they continue to get closer to God and do what He puts in front of them to do.
You all are GREAT!
Jim and Judy McCabe
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