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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
August 30, 2012 7:12 pm
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As we move amidst the Chadians, we are excited by missionary minded nationals who are willing to go cross culturally, we are impressed with the desire to assist their brothers and sisters flooded out in a distant location, and we are filled with joy in the fellowship possible because of JESUS despite the lack of common language!

Details from Sunday’s visit with Musa and his family: We went up to Lake Chad area where there is a Chadian missionary with a passion for the nomadic people there.  He even travelled with this cattle-keeping group for a season in order to win some, and he has been enabled to speak into their lives significantly. Since this is the rainy season, the nomads have taken their cattle further from the lake and we did not see much of them, but we really enjoyed this man, and hearing his vision from now til 2030 (don’t know of any other African with a 20 year plan?!), and visiting the local “sultan” in his carpeted receiving room. This Chadian missionary had worked with this nomadic group in another location in his younger years and realizes lots of mistakes in his methods…now we desire to encourage but not interfere with our influence!

Details from Monday’s visit to the people displaced by the floods:

We travelled with the church leaders (who arranged the flight) and another mission leader on a MAF flight to the southern part of Chad. The rains this year have been particularly heavy and the river has overflowed there and displaced thousands. The land is so very flat, thus overflowing rivers quickly spill for many miles and give little warning. We heard many stories of people walking out to safety in chest-deep water holding their children over their heads! Fortunately no lives were lost, but the mud brick homes with mud roofs are gone, the grain storage is gone, their possessions washed away! The people have been amazingly organized and are now housed in school compounds which have water sources and latrines; the church is encouraging others not affected to share their meagre properties and grain, and asking what else they can do. The people are poor, walking usually, with only a few motorcycles available to transport their guests one by one!

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