family, friends and supporters;
is our home where be belong, and bringing the Kwong church to maturity
is our mission, but alas, this missive finds us elsewhere - without a
Kwong person in sight. We thought you might like to know why. Read on.
fellow servants in Chad,
operates a Missionary Support Facility in the capital N’Djamena which
provides missionaries from Team and a dozen other mission organizations
the infrastructure we all need to function in this country – a guest
house, airport services, financial services, purchasing, etc. Our
colleagues Ken and Beth Leverich have been faithfully operating this
facility for nearly 5 years. They came to Chad as second-career
missionaries after working “regular careers” in California, and they
fully intended to stay here in Chad until retirement. It was not to be.
In these past weeks, Ken was diagnosed with ALS – Lou Gehrig’s
disease. As you may know, it is a degenerative nervous system disorder
for which there is precious little the doctors can do. They are now back
in California. Pray for them. You can follow Ken’s blog at www.kandbleverich.com.
What that means for us
Operating the Missionary Support Facility has fallen to those
of us who remain in Chad. One of our colleagues, Janet Murray, has come
from her town of Kelo in the south of the country to run the financial
side of the MSF and provide a modicum of continuity. Several of us
“bush” missionaries are taking turns helping out with other
aspects of the facility. We have volunteered for the months of February
and April. (We will return to Chageen during March.) Diane is running
the guest house, and Mark is managing the maintenance and some of the
administrative facets of the facility. That is why we aren’t in
What this means for our furlough in the USA
year, when the temperatures were soaring over 110 degrees every day in
April (like they do every year in Chad) we swore that there was no way
on earth we were going to spend hot season here if we could help it.
So we made plans to leave the country on April 1. We even made plane
reservations. Alas, it really does seem best now for us to bite the
bullet and stay on through the miseries of April until May 2 to help out
here in N’Djamena, after which time we will return to the USA until
What this could mean for you
scheme cobbled together at the last minute whereby us bush missionaries
are pinch-hitting for the Leveriches is obviously not a long-term
solution. We really need an individual or couple who is
gifted in administration and hospitality to come help manage the
Missionary Support Facility over the long term. Unfortunately, knowing
French is the main requirement, and probably the main stumbling block to
most any of you who are reading this and who might otherwise give it
serious consideration. That being the case, we ask that you please do
the one thing you CAN do: pray. Pray that the Lord would call just the
right individual or couple to come fill this crucial ministry ASAP.
compound of the missionary support center as viewed from the street. It
is in the old colonial part of town, but up until about 5 years ago the
streets were still dirt.
and Beth – back in California, if the trees are any clue.
Murray provides a degree of continuity as the rest of us come and go.
Here she is helping our good friend Lago wade through the USA State
Department web site to get a visa.
supervises Bria who cleans the guest rooms and makes the beds.
Missionaries can stay here for $12 a night per person.
and septic tank issues are the most common headache Mark deals with.
Here Mark and John, one of our guards, contemplate yet another septic