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It is a point we need to remind ourselves of frequently: the translation
work, literacy, and theologizing we spend so much of our time doing are merely a
means to an end, and not an end in themselves. (See our Philosophy
of Ministry.) The whole point is that all these other tasks converge
in the preaching of the Gospel and that the lives of Kwong people are changed.
during much of February and March we have been doing our best to make sure that
this happens. We traveled to 7 villages, camped, and preached publicly before
the chiefs and towns-people in the town square, and then exhorted the believers
back at the church. These trips are the theme of our
newsletter, so we won't belabor the point here. (Also check out some of our
During out travels, our accommodations were simple. We carried
cots to sleep on - usually outside - and ate our meals with our Chadian hosts.
Diane had to fend for herself for her beloved coffee, though (above right).
"Downtime" for Mark was time to prepare the next
sermon or lecture. Normally he preached both morning and evening each day.
Diane used our travels as an opportunity to improve here
language abilities. Here she records a folk tale in a dialect we were unfamiliar
She also spent a lot of time teaching the ladies some rudiments
Sick people were everywhere. The heat and dust had infected
virtually every child in every village with some hideous bronchial infection.
Here Mark sizes up yet another case.
Evenings with village people were a special part of our travels.
With no electricity, it usually meant sitting in the dark looking at the stars
and talking about life.