Our return trip to Abeche

well water before Abeche

This post was written while we were in Chad.

Today was our trip to Abeche, from Mongo! This trip was the result of five months of planning and prayer. We were so glad to make it here at last!

Sharon is still recovering from her illness, and from a busy, big day of preparation yesterday. I started yesterday off by refilling our water supply from the well in the courtyard. This involved throwing a bucket with a roped tied to it down the well. It was difficult for me to get the bucket to tip into the water so it could fill up. I didn’t realize how heavy a bucket full of water is when you are pulling it back up! After many successful attempts, I obtained about 65 gallons of water, and it took me until 11 AM due to my lack of experience. So, that’s why our friends, the Avileses, are so careful with water!

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How to “Overnight” successfully in Cairo with EgyptAir

Don't do what I did

overnight in Cairo with Egyptair [photo: comandir.com]

When you fly through Cairo and your flight leaves the day after you arrive, EgyptAir generously puts you in a hotel.  Some forums suggest that those staying 24 hours or more may tour the pyramids, but I cannot confirm this.

Helping your luggage to arrive at its destination

overnight in Cairo with EgyptairWhen I checked in my suitcase at the beginning of my flight, the woman at the check-in counter suggested that I should check my bag in all the way to Cairo and pick it up there.  With what happened later, I believe that it would have been less risky for me to check it in all the way to my destination and have it ready to go on board the plane the next day.  I could have had a lock on my luggage, and I believe that the baggage team in the Cairo airport is honest enough to leave my bag alone until it got on the flight the next day.  You may trust them less, and if you do, be sure to keep your baggage claim ticket in a place where you can find it quickly.

The Egyptair Baggage Claim area lost-luggage-warehouseWhen you get off your airplane and into the hallway, follow the baggage claim signs.  As you do, you will pass a desk with the sign “Transit” on it.  If you have luggage to pick up, walk past this sign and take the escalator downstairs to claim your luggage.  But don’t follow the crowd out into the arrival area via the customs check; take the elevator and go back upstairs to the transit desk.

What to do if your baggage is missing in Cairo

If your luggage is missing, quickly bring your baggage claim ticket to the baggage claim office marked Star Alliance.  The sooner you can get there before the other customers, the quicker you will be served.  If you are behind a large crowd in the Cairo Airport, go to the middle of it and push forward.  If you stand on the side to push forward, you are more likely to be the last person assisted.

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A Visit from a Beautiful Hummingbird

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While in Abéché, I stayed focused on paying the rent and the friends who work with us. I also had to work on getting a newsletter ready for our praying supporters. I am also taking special time to pray during this month. The time in Abéché was a good chance to get some special quiet time with the Lord. I spent a good amount of time praying about some of the challenges we are facing.

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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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