Chad

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Once I arrived in Chad I had a twelve hour bus ride to my final destination. It was an experience I will never forget!

After a motorcycle ride through the bush to get to the church, I was able to speak twice on Sunday. In the morning I spoke on Psalm 34. Many stayed for counseling after the service, and “Pastor Tim” was excited to be able to put into practice what he had learned during Staff Training Week. That was very encouraging! In the afternoon I spoke on the “Four Rules for Communication” to a ladies group. They listened well and laughed at my humor. My honorarium for the day was two chickens. They sent the chickens to camp the following week and prepared them especially for me.

I count it a great joy to have worked with Brother Timothy. He is a humble learner and leader. Often he would stop me when I was talking and he was interpreting and say, “Please wait; I need to get pen and paper to write all this down.” He was the only one I could communicate with and through. There were two others who knew a little English but I was rarely around them. I felt for Timothy who, as the director, had to do his own talking as well as all the talking for me. His burden for camp was a rebuke. He has almost single handedly paid for Camp Joy. Any second income money goes right to the camp. Three churches went together to buy the property, but Timothy has paid for all the buildings and done most of the work himself. He pays for the privilege to direct Camp Joy. He is a busy, burdened man.

By the end of registration we had just under 200 people. The camper ages ranged from 7 to about 30.

Games were a challenge at times, but not bad. The greatest challenge was having to work through an interpreter to curb their energy! Once the counselors realized how important they were in the game explanation process, things went much better.

All the food was cooked over an open fire. Although the timing of meals was not as good as the quality (twice the meals were an hour and a half late), the kids did not care as they enjoyed the extra time to do native dances to the rhythm of their plates and spoons. They were a fun loving group!

The campers contained their energy for the services and listened well through many distractions. One Muslim boy made a profession on Tuesday night. Later he was willing to give a testimony about his conversion and how excited he was to go home and tell his younger brother. Timothy leaned over to me and said that boy will be cut off from his family and maybe even killed. Pray for Hamin as he is dealing with his Muslim family right now. Many others made decisions throughout the week as well as about 15 who stood during the last service to give their lives to-full time service.

What little I had sacrificed was well worth the privilege of getting to know these godly people and serve them in a small way. Thanks for your part by supporting me in prayer!

Report by Dan Brooks


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