Dear friends and family,
Greetings from Chad!
It was good to see many of you at the Desert Tree Ministry missions report we gave on January 4 in the Greeneville SDA church in Tennessee. We left America to return to Chad on January 6. Gideon must have picked up a 'bug' in America because he became very sick within a day or two. He had a high fever and was pretty sick for a week. (It was not malaria.)
Upon returning to our home after being gone for several months, there is always a lot of cleanup to do. Thankfully, the Mosier family and others cleaned up a big part before we arrived.
Jonathan's parents worked hard and packed a pallet which was shipped on February 5 and arrived in N'djamena on February 13.
This week Jonathan will be spending 5 days in the capital of N'djamena for year-end church meetings. Following that we hope to be able to pick up the pallet and some new batteries for our solar system and bring it all home to Bere. Unpacking the pallet is a big job! There is a new printer with ink and other supplies which should aid greatly in our work, especially in printing small tracts in many different languages. Also on the pallet are a couple computers for our translators to use. We want to increase the number of languages in which we can print. Thank you donors, for making these supplies possible so we can print literature to distribute in Chad.
The next month-long Laymen Training begins February 26. We expect about 25 students. Classes include The Word of God, Personal Evangelism, Music and Worship, and a class on the main doctrines of the Bible. My brother in law Pastor Keith and a couple of local pastors will assist in teaching some of the classes.
The past couple of months, there were repairs (transmission, axles) on the van we use in America and repairs (transmission, clutch, brakes, popped tire, cracked windshield) on the Land Cruiser in Africa. We appreciate anybody who wishes to help with these expenses. Vehicles are expensive, but our Land Cruiser is a crucial part of our ministry here.
The generators at the Adventist Hospital in Bere quit — all three generators! So they were without electricity and water for a number of days. I helped one Sunday by trying to troubleshoot the generators and loaning them one of our generators.
We have also been busy making plans for Jonathan to attend the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Indianapolis June 24 - July 4, 2020. If you are in the area, please stop by our Desert Tree Ministry booth to say, "Hi!"
We are able to communicate by email, text and send pictures by Zangi (a low-bandwidth app similar to WhatsApp), but since we have returned to Chad, phone service has been minimal.
Gideon has lost 4 teeth so far. He has begun piano lessons and Kindergarten recently. Liliana wants Grandma and Grandpa to "send us some internet so we can talk more." Eliora can roll over now and she laughs and giggles a lot.
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Thank you for your prayers. Please pray for:
February 18-22 Year-end meetings at the Mission Office in NDJ
February 26 — March 25 Laymen Training
In His service,
Jonathan, Melody, Gideon, Liliana, and Eliora Dietrich