Hello family & friends,
We have safely arrived back in the capital and were surprised to have wifi for the night, so I thought I would give a little update!
We had a great time with the R*berts*ns- seeing their home, meeting their friends, and visiting the places they go the most. The Lord is truly using them and their ministry, and we are excited to report the Lord's work and how we as a church have been able to be a part of our good Father's work in their village upon our arrival!
We will be in the Capitol tonight through tomorrow night, as our plane leaves at 11:20pm Tuesday (5:20 pm @ home). Please pray for good rest tonight and on the first plane ride, and that we will be able to try to sleep in some normalcy in order to avoid awful jet lag when we return. Please be in prayer as each of the team members have many things that they must quickly return to once arriving- family responsibilities, work, Etc. Please pray for grace to handle each situation with patience, love, strength, and proper rest as we recoup from such a great adventure!
We are excited to hug and share our stories in just a few short days!
The Tchad Team
We have just completed our final day of the Chad (or in French Tchad) AIM Missionary Conference. Today was a day of fellowship, food, and fun at a local hotel pool. We are all now red in the face and tired out from swimming, but our hearts are full and we had a blessed time wrapping up our time with the missionaries.
We are packing up tonight and leaving early tomorrow morning for Bebalem around 6am (Thursday @ midnight at home). Please be in prayer as all 8 of us are in one vehicle with LOTS of luggage, as the R*berts*ns have been here for 2 weeks and we are taking back many supplies that they have gathered in the capital and that which we brought for them. It will take about 10-12 hours, but we are positive in heart and mind.
We will not be able to communicate from here on out until we reach France again on our way back, as the internet is much slower and less reliable at the R*berts*n’s home, but we are excited to see their place and their ministry. We will be getting there late Friday night, tour the hospital and the town on Saturday, go to church on Sunday, eat with the pastors/elders, go to the market, and then begin our journey back to the capitol Sunday night. The four Maranatha-ers will be taking a bus early Monday morning the rest of the way so that we can fly out Tuesday morning to begin coming home!
Things are going well, but please be in continued prayer for health, especially as we will be traveling a majority of our time left!
We love you all and are getting more and more excited to see you all upon our arrival. Blessings!
The Chad Team
Hello Maranatha Family,
Here is a quick update before we go play some games with some of our new missionary friends.
Today was the last day of Cody’s teachings as well as the Children’s program. Yet tomorrow is the last day of the conference, being it is a scheduled Pool Day where we will be able to spend some fun times alongside the missionary families while cooling off in this crazy heat.
We have been so blessed to get to know, pray with, and play with the missionaries of AIM here in Chad. No one has gotten sick, and sleep is coming a little easier as of last night. We are excited to be leaving on Friday to Bebalem with R*berts*ns, but that does bring many days/nights of travel for such a short visit- so please pray for patience and smoothness it will be smooshed vehicles and long days.
We love you all (please tell my family that I love them and that I miss them sooooo much- and make sure my nieces/nephews know Uncle Elmo loves them and is praying for them!)
The Chad Team
Hello from the other side of the world. It is currently Monday afternoon here in Chad and I am sitting in an air conditioned apartment that has us cooled of from the 110 degrees outside to 91 degrees inside :). Everything is going really well. We are staying at a missionary complex (one of many that are located in the capital), which is also where the conference is being held. The conference is going really well. Cody has just completed his first two sermons where he preached on the character of God and has ended each session in prayer. The missionaries have been responding well- overwhelmed in thankfulness that they are able to be personally poured into instead of being the ones pouring out.
The children’s “program” is going well. we have 8 children- a 10 mo. old, a 1 year old, 3 two year olds, a four year old, a five year old, a 9 year old, and a 14 year old. It isn’t so much a program as it is babysitting with some activities here and there. Please be in prayer that we can engage each of the children well and that they would feel loved.
Every night we are also able to spend some time one-on-one with some of the missionaries over dinner, which allows us to listen to their stories and pray with them.
Overall, our team is doing well. Each night one of our members have been awake for a couple hours or so due to jet lag, heat, etc. But overall, the Lord has preserved us from being sick. Cody’s cold is going away, Mike is taking in all his surroundings, Kayla is a phenomenal help, and Luke (me) is enjoying getting to know the people.
We are praying for all of you- you are loved and missed and we can’t wait to see you all once again. Blessings!
The Chad team!=
Hello Friends & Family,
We have safely arrived in Chad, Africa! We have just finished our first night of rest, for we arrived very late last night. The Lord really blessed our trip allowing us to enter/exit each country smoothly and all of our luggage arrived with gifts and supplies for the missionaries here. Please be in prayer as we all adjust to the heat and as our bodies are adjusting to the time. Also, Pastor Cody is experiencing a head cold, so please be in prayer for him.
We love you all!
The Chad Team!
They are safely in Paris. Enjoying a layover until tonight. They did get some naps in on the flight but I'm thinking the jet lag will set in this evening.
Well, they're off!
The team will arrive in Paris at 8:00AM Thursday (1:00AM for us) and after a layover for most of the day they'll be on another plane headed for N'Djamena, Chad.
We will update as often as we hear from them.
Thanks for praying!