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will be working very hard these coming months on a project which quite frankly overwhelms
us. We would ask you to share with us in the hard work that lies ahead by
praying persistently on our behalf. With so many things that can go wrong on a
project of this complexity, it will most certainly be a miracle - a miracle of
your prayers - if everything turns out well.
- December 1 -
8 - Final preparations - pray that critical equipment finally
shows up. Pray that we don’t forget a myriad of important details
to be taken care of regarding the work teams and shipping equipment over
8-9 - We travel to Chad
- always a very stressful time. Pray that we can check our luggage all
the way through to Chad, that we are not selected for special
inspection by homeland security, and that the customs officials in
Chad don’t hassle us.
10-15 TEAM - Chad annual field conference, which we will participate
in. Pray that all missionaries will be edified and refreshed. Pray that
between conference meetings Mark will find good lumber to purchase (hard to
come by because of the civil war in Congo) , and have time to arrange for
the purchase of other materials for the radio station.
16-17 Two days to do whatever purchasing of supplies we
couldn’t do during the conference. Pray that as we drive around town we
wont be hassled at police blockades and that our car won’t broken
18 - We drive to Chageen. Pray for safety and that the car
works properly, and that we are able to find the merchant in the
village of Ba’illi along the way who will purchase cement and reinforcing
rod for us. Pray that our house is in order when we get there.
19-20 - A team of 6 from
Barrie, Ontario will be visit Chageen to see the work. Pray that they
have a safe journey and that we are able to impart to them a vision
for the work in Chad.
21-January 16 - We’ll be mostly in Chageen, with the possibility of a trip
to the provincial capital of Moundou or Lai to purchase building supplies. Pray
that we would renew great relationships with the Kwong after a long
absence and enjoy a couple weeks of respite in our busy schedule.
17 - We drive up to N’Djamena (200 miles, takes all day) to pick up
the first work team. Pray for safety.
18-19 First work team flies out to Chad. - Diane’s parents, Don and
Pat Stocksdale and John Beals from Union City Indiana, and Fred High from
Sycamore Illinois. They will have in their luggage the transmitter for the
radio station, and other critical equipment. Pray that this equipment
arrives safely, and that we get it cleared through customs
20- February 14 - First work team builds major part of radio studio and
foundation for the 96 foot antenna tower. Pray for safety, for good
relationships with the Chadians, and that
work goes smoothly. On February 7,8, and 9 pray that we are
able to get one member of the team, Fred High, out
of Chageen on the Cessna 206 so he can catch his flight home.
14 or 15 - We drive to N’Djamena to put the rest of the work team
on their flight back to USA. Pray again for safe travels. Roads in
Chad are very dangerous. They fly out the night of January 16.
16-17 Keith and Shari Davis
and their son Jason of Springfield OH fly to Chad. Their luggage will
not be quite as critical as the first team’s luggage, but pray all the
same that it arrives, and that we get it through customs. Having raised
three boys, they are now looking at a second career in missions and this is
a way for them to get their feet wet. They have never traveled overseas
before. Pray that their trip goes well and that this whole time is positive
18-22 We will be purchasing whatever we found missing in Chageen.
Pray again that we can drive around the capital without being hassled by
the police and robbers. Pray that Keith and Shari have a good time
visiting with the Missionary Aviation Fellowship people. They are
interested in missionary aviation.
22-23 - Dave Casement, the engineer with the radio ministry Galcom (www.galcom.org)
who has been consulting with us for these past couple years flies to Chad. Pray
that his luggage and tool chest arrive safely and without hassle from
24 or 25 - Dave the Davis’s and
us drive down to Chageen. Pray for safety.
26-March 13 - Dave and Keith build the 96 foot tower and install the
equipment. Pray that nothing will be missing. Pray for safety at
dangerous heights. Mark and Jason will be finishing up the studio
(Mark doesn’t do heights) and Shari and Diane will keep everybody fed and
watered. Pray that everybody stays healthy. Pray that the crazy
radio actually works.
14 - Dave and the Davis’s fly on MAF to N’Djamena to catch their
flight back to the USA on March 15. Pray that the flight happens when it
is supposed to so they don’t miss their flight on Air France
31 (about) - Mark and Diane fly back to the USA to finish the
remaining six months of our home assignment (a.k.a. furlough) in Dekalb,
Illinois. Pray that we find housing.