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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Why Give to Missions

One of life’s blessings is being able to provide for the needs of others. If you believe that everyone deserves to have the Bible in a language they can understand, why not give to support the work of Bible translation?

Maybe you don’t have much money, maybe you don’t work, or maybe you have a steady income. Either way, why should you give to missions? What can five, ten or a hundred dollars do? More than you think.

  • That five to ten dollars a month could make you a monthly partner in the work of a Wycliffe missionary.
  • The cost of the latest CD could pay for the printing of a Bible.
  • The cost of a movie ticket could help pay the expenses of a national translator attending a language workshop.
  • A larger gift can help a missionary keep doing what God has called them to do.
  • A small offering will do things beyond your imagination.