Big Ali and Little Ali

baby ali

This post was written while we were in Chad.

Today, we went out to re-stock our supplies as much as we could. The market wasn’t fully open, but it was open enough to allow us to get what we needed. I started off at the meat market, where my butcher friend was “on duty” this morning. We arrive as quickly as possible in order to get the best meat, and avoid the flies. Four thousand Francs ($8.00) bought four pounds of beef, and 2,000 francs paid for someone to grind it up.

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How NOT to translate the story of Moses and the Burning Bush

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I am helping to produce a children’s book of Bible stories here in Chad. Even though they translate in French, which I understand, I have difficulty finding time to translate the stories. So one day, I went to church, and asked some of the believers to help me. Most of the work they did is excellent. But some of it is interesting. I would like to share with you one such story.

It is so important to have interpreters who understand the languages we are working with! However, they should also be able to think as they translate. Even better, they should know the One for whom they are interpreting.

A young man, who grew up in church, translated the work below. Hence, his work helps us understand why we must tell these stories to Chadians in their own language; in doing so, they may truly learn of what God has done for them.

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A Wild, Exhausting Journey through the Sand

I will look up to the hills

On Saturday, as we traveled back from Iriba, we took a wrong turn, and found ourselves headed to Adré. Mind you, the road wasn’t so bad; however, it was disconcerting to drive 30 miles on a road that led 90 miles away from our destination. We arrived in Adré at 8 PM, and in Abéché at 11:45 PM. When we arrived in Adré, I decided to keep going; we didn’t know where to find a guest house, or if they would even have a place for us.

Without road signs to guide us on the road, we used the GPS that we’ve had for about a decade now, thanks to our friends at Lebanon Assembly of God! Because we knew where we were going, we stayed the course rather than bolt on a country road in panic.

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How to Keep a Chadian Water Cooler Cold

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In the desert land of Chad, there is nothing more refreshing than a cold drink of water. But where could you find it at home, in the market or a business where electricity is so scarce? If I were you, I would head straight for the nearest water pot.

The water pot has its origins in ancient Egyptian and Greek societies. But as people began to use electricity for refrigeration, it fell into disuse. Not so in Chad, where clay pot manufacturing is still one of the most successful artisan businesses.

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Don’t let terrorism keep you from traveling overseas

All it takes is a little awareness of your surroundings

Not all Muslims are terrorists (source: outernationalist.net)

How long have you been putting off your dream trip to your favorite international destination?  You always wanted to travel, but, with the threat of terrorism, you wonder if it’s safe to do so.

Every day you wait, you are missing out on some amazing experiences; the self-confidence that comes from accomplishing what seems to be the most “impossible” life goal of all.

The slothful man says, “There is a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets!” (Proverbs 22:13)

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

Don’t let the threat of terrorist attacks keep you from pursuing your dreams.  Now is the time for us to lay aside the paranoia, and travel again.  While everyone else is still waiting to see what will happen next, you and I can take advantage of great prices for travel and lodging overseas.

Like Megan, I feel baffled by the New Yorker who is afraid to travel to Paris because of terrorist attacks.  And yet, to avoid being mugged, robbed or attacked, New Yorkers take common sense measures to stay safe.

In the same way, by following a few steps when you travel, your risk of being caught up in a terrorist attack overseas can be so reduced that you are far more likely to be struck by lightning than to face an act of terrorism.

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