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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Taking off the mask

Here is a section from a book I just finished reading. Its a good read. “Waking the Dead”, by John Eldredge.

The deeper reason we fear our own glory is that once we let others see it, they will have seen the truest us, and that is nakedness indeed. We can repent of our sin. We can work on our “issues.” But there is nothing to be “done” about our glory. It’s so naked. It’s just there-the truest us. It is an awkward thing to shimmer when everyone else around you is not, to walk in your glory with an unveiled face when everyone else is veiling his. For a woman to be truly feminine and beautiful is to invite suspicion, jealousy, misunderstanding. A friend confided in me, “When you walk into a room, every woman looks at you to see-are you prettier than they are? Are you a threat?”

And that is why living from your glory is the only loving thing to do. You cannot love another person from a false self. You cannot love another while you are still hiding. You cannot love another unless you offer her your heart. It takes courage to live from your heart. My friend Jenny said just the other day, “I desperately want to be who I am. I don’t want the glory that I marvel at in others anymore. I want to be that glory which God set in me.”

Finally, our deepest fear of all . . . we will need to live from it. To admit we do have a new heart and a glory from God, to begin to let it be unveiled and embrace it as true-that means the next thing God will do is ask us to live from it. Come out of the boat. Take the throne. Be what he meant us to be. And that feels risky . . . really risky. But it is also exciting. It is coming fully alive. My friend Morgan declared, “It’s a risk worth taking.”

(Waking the Dead , pgs 87-88, John Eldredge)
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This part is from me, Jim.
Its been a busy week here in Tucson, where all the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average. Judy and I spent last weekend in Escondido, CA. We attended a friends 35th wedding anniversary party. Their kids thru it for them. It was great! The kids did a great job! It was a lot of fun catching up with old friends and making some new ones.
Life friends are great people to have in our lives. They are the ones we will most likely take off our mask for. Its so relaxing to have someone in your life who actually knows you, knows who you are with out your mask and loves you all the same. Its how we are suppose to live our lives. Its how God made us to live. Its our enemy who has pushed us into this full time wearing of our masks, as if that is suppose to be life normal.
I hope you have someone in your life who you can be “100% you”, in front of. Gods a starting place. He actually already knows you and loves you just the way you are. He sees thru the mask you wear. Let the rest of the world come to know the real you. You’ll be surprised at how many of them love you too!
Thanks for reading, Jim Mc