2017 November 28
Dear friends and family,
Greetings from Chad! The rainy season is finished, and we are entering the cooler season of the year. Temperatures have been dipping into the mid-60s at night, which to us is cold!
Recently I had the privilege of giving a Week of Prayer at the local church school. About 300-400 elementary children were there, most of them children of families in the community. I talked about the two paths in life--the path of eternal death and the path of eternal life. Each day we are making choices which determine the path we are on. Although there are many roads that lead to destruction, there is only one that is truth and life. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Several weeks later, as I drive through the village, sometimes children will start singing the song I taught them in French: "Deux chemins, je peux choisir..." ("Two roads, I can choose...").
There are many in Chad (as in America and elsewhere) who believe it doesn't matter what one believes as "all roads lead to heaven.” However, that is not what the Bible teaches, and I recently wrote a small book titled "Which Road Next?" that addresses this popular misconception. We will be publishing and distributing this book in Chad once it is translated into French. If you want to take a peak at an unedited English version, here's a link: Which Road Next
Real life in Chad is not always giving Bible studies, baptizing people, preaching, printing, and distributing literature. Sometimes we have chores to do, just like (well, not JUST like) you have to do.
One week recently the cracking water tank needed repairs. And the front tire on the Land Cruiser was flat. And the Land Cruiser's back brakes were finished and needed replacing. And the generator had problems (again). And the garden needed watering. And we canned 50+ quarts of guavas. And I attended church committee meetings. And I discovered a mouse nest (an elephant shrew couple) inside our color printer. So I had to take it apart and remove dozens of pieces of paper and plastic and piles of droppings. One fan was blocked with droppings, which was apparently the source of the error message.
Our family took one day off to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a very enjoyable day and provided us some much needed family time together. I (Jonathan) first went to Chad in May, 2009. I had told the Lord I would really like to have a wife and family, but I left it totally up to Him to provide. I didn't think the chance of me finding a wife in Chad were very high! But, God had a plan!!! About 5 months after I arrived in Chad, a doctor from Minnesota and his daughter, who is a nurse, arrived to volunteer for a few months at the hospital which is 2-3 miles from where I live by the airstrip. As Melody and I became acquainted, it became clear to both of us that God had arranged this. We spent some time with both families back in the States and were married in Greeneville, TN, on November 7, 2010. Now God has blessed us with two children.
As always, our greatest need is for consecrated human helpers. If you feel called by God to help, please email us. (firstname.lastname@example.org) We are praying the "Lord of the harvest to send out laborers." There is much grain to harvest here in Chad.
Your prayers and donations are what enables us to do the work God has called us to do here in Chad, Africa. Thank you. Feel free to share this newsletter with others who may be interested. At the end of this newsletter is a link where one can subscribe.
For those in America, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
In His service,
Jonathan, Melody, Gideon and Liliana Dietrich