Good News from Chad – November 2016

Pray for the Massalit who will get those booklets, that they will be able to read them and that God will speak to them. Many have never seen their language in a written form.

We are settling back in very well. Judy is enjoying her role again in housing and overseeing the children’s resource center. Jim’s busy getting projects organized and started. It takes a lot of time to research all the costs of things and then form a good project estimate.  We have a volunteer coming in January and already have many things lined up for him. This week and last Jim has been filling in for the new Chadian general maintenance supervisor who is on vacation. Jim will also be heading out to the eastern border in December to help install solar panels, get a tile floor installed, a roof repaired, a new fridge installed and a second solar system installed. Then in January he will drive with a maintenance team to south-west Chad to do a maintenance survey for a national Bible translation association, then to south central Chad to install a cell phone antenna amplifier to help a translation team have better communication. Just a few things he has on his plate!

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We are excited about things happening in Chad through God’s word in written, spoken, and visual forms. We want you also to rejoice in what God is doing!  Like cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a distant land. Prov. 25:25

Many Adam and Abraham booklets, which were produced here in Chad, are in Switzerland in the hands of a Massalit man. Pray for the Massalit who will get those booklets, that they will be able to read them and that God will speak to them. Many have never seen their language in a written form. Also, pray for the Massalit here in Chad that were recently given French Bibles. The Massalit Bible has not been completed yet. May God build his kingdom among the Massalit! (Massalit are refugees from Sudan)

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Transformed by the Word! A Scripture Engagement workshop finished well on October 21st. 54 pastors and elders of a Chadian church denomination attended this workshop. This is the largest number of participants we’ve ever had! The Spirit of God guided us through the Bible studies. That day the Word of God touched their hearts! Many participants asked God for forgiveness for disobedience and decided to change. Some of these pastors have been at odds with each other since 2002. They met that night (from 10:00PM to 1:00AM) and were reconciled with God and with each other. PTL!! May God continue to help the participants, as they return home, to meditate on His Word, and to invite members of their family and churches to study the Bible with them and to experience the transformation and reconciliation they received!

In three language communities – the storytellers (nationals who are trained to tell Biblical stories) are working very well and we are seeing the impact of their work. In one village, the church is almost closed. The storytellers were invited to that village to narrate stories. The next Sunday the church reopened and the young men were encouraged to come back to the church to praise the Lord.  In another village, a film called “Walking with Jesus” was shown and 7 persons came to trust in Jesus. Pray for the 2 men and 5 young women that they will grow in their faith and be led by the Spirit.

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Scripture Apps. You should have heard the reaction of the congregation at the presentation of the Kimre NT audio app (and reading app) last Sunday morning! And you should have seen the smile on the face of one brother seeing the audio app on his device, and saying: “Now I will be able to learn to read Kimre!”

Now people are praying that they will be able to find a “Smart” phone JUST so that they can listen to and read the Kimre NT. Last Sunday morning was a special impact moment that the Lord provided for the Gabri-Kimre N’Djamena community. God is using one church member to distribute the apps. He was all smiles last Tuesday morning when he saw the reading app work on his phone after we had created it. And he was even more smiles on Friday when finally, the audio NT app worked on his tablet. Since then he keeps distributing the apps and people come to his home to get them. God’s word is going out! And I am grateful that I can see this happening. I am sure it will arrive in the village as well.

These are just some of the amazing things God is doing through His written and spoken words in Chad. Thanks again for praying for us and for Chad.

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Everyone was yelling…

The taxi driver picked us up at 5:30 AM. We arrived at the station at 5:40 for our 6 AM departure. Our driver parked the car directly in front of the tour bus. There must have been a 50 or more people milling around that bus; some selling breakfast snacks, trinkets and water. Others, I have no idea, why there were there. But it seems everyone was yelling something. The bus driver was revving the engine and honking his musical horn. He was actually slowly creeping the bus forward. As we opened the taxi doors they started shouting “where to, where to!” The taxi driver opened the trunk to get our bags, several people shoved their hands into the trunk to get the bags and kept shouting, “where to where to”.  I said, “Mongo”, and the bags almost disappeared. I had to do some tugging to get my small hand carry I wanted on board and then the bags disappear to the side of the bus. The taxi driver pointed me in the direction of a small table with a man writing in a journal; it was the check in point. He grabbed our tickets, scribbled our seat numbers on them, shoved them back and said hurry, go! The bus was creeping forward honking his horn, vendors were clogging the bus door entry trying for that last sale. I was waving my tickets towards the driver, trying to let him know we are trying to get on board. The bus still creeping forward, horn honking. Judy was behind me, somewhere, I could just barely glimpse her through the throng. She was being propelled by the throng towards the bus door. Then boom, we were there, looking for our seats and trying to find a place for my hand carry.  5:45 AM and it was now moving, not creeping forward. It followed our taxi man as he backed out and we were on our way; 15 minutes early.

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Bus to Mongo,  reminded me of the inside of a casino.

Because of your prayers, it was a great trip. We are so thankful for YOU our team. You are impacting lives for Jesus, because of what you are doing. (Praying, giving and advocating for us) Please keep it up! The service Judy and I did allowed our fellow front line colleagues there in the Guera to keep focused on the “main thing”, working with their language teams, to get God’s Words into three different languages.  But remember, these are never just languages, these are people who need to know Jesus in the pure and simple way you and I know Him. We know Him, because of the Bible in our language and the Holy Spirit working in our lives. These remote people groups in the middle of Chad are getting an incredible gift of hearing God speak their language and starting to really understand it. Judy and I have the wonderful privilege of being on the front lines and seeing the results first hand. On Sunday we attended a church that was in three languages, French, Chadian Arabic (2014 dedication) and Kenga (2012 dedication). The singing, the worship, the prayers and the power of the Holy Spirit was energizing. We thank you and they thank you, for your part in making this happen.

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Judy after church in Bitkine

Back to the bus… It was a tour bus! These are brand new here in Chad and used for general long distant travel. Assigned seats, one person to a seat, very comfortable overall and very nice.  We were the only non Chadians on board and felt very comfortable. They have thick plush curtains inside covering the windows, very pretty, probably made it cooler inside, but very difficult to see the outdoor scenery or get a foggy idea of where one is. There was working air-conditioning and two drop down video screens playing Chadian or French African music videos. Mostly conservative, so as to not offend the Islamic culture. Then they played a video, “The Gods Must be Crazy 2”. It was in English, sub-titled in Arabic. If you haven’t seen it you need to. It’s roughly 25 – 30 years old, but the Chadians on the bus were laughing so hard it was enjoyable just watching them.

This trip to Mongo took us 6 hours. Twenty five years ago when I first drove a 4X4 on this same road it took about 18 hours. We did an over-night half way back then. It was slow and rough. Progress is being made in many areas.

Its been a month since the last rain, but its still humid with temperature highs 95 – 105F and lows in the mid to upper 80’s There is no air-conditioning at the Mongo center, just a small 12v fan in our bedroom. Judy has a spray bottle and we would spray ourselves in front of the fan to cool down.  We took bucket showers from well water. It was an adventure!

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End of rainy season, lots of small lakes

The work Judy and I do is not rocket science, its just basic service through maintenance and assistance. If you could imagine your current workload and having to add to that, doing all of the maintenance and repair of the the buildings and equipment you work with, in addition to your job. How much of your actual job might you get done? That is what our translators are up against. Without people like Judy and I, they  spend 1/2 of their time just surviving, trying to accomplish work they have no training or skill sets in. They really thank you for sending and keeping us here.

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Pumping water to the tower
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Ab Touyour peak near Bitkine
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African bush water hole

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Millet in field

 

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Trucks on a narrow Mongo road
Thanks for your partnership,
Jim & Judy McCabe 
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