Last August at the Biennial Convention of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, Nathanael and Carrie were commissioned as missionaries to an unreached people in Chad (Last names removed for online versions of this article due to privacy concerns). Together with their children, they traveled to France for language study. By God’s grace they have now finished their language study in France and have moved to Chad.
Thank you for your prayer support for Nathanael and Carrie as they have taken this major step in preparation for ministry among the unreached people group in Chad (the name of the people group has been removed, as well).
They will spend the next several months at our Lutheran Welcome Center in Ndjamena, the capital city of Chad. They will begin the process of learning about the culture and people of Chad and specifically the people group they wil be living with. Because they have arrived during the rainy season, they will not be able to locate to a village until late in the fall of this year.
We are in the prayerful process of planning and making decisions about the next move. At this point, we believe that it is wise to consider and maybe take advantage of the fact that there is a home of a Korean couple in one of the villages that is available while they are on home assignment for the coming year. Because this is available, it would allow Nathanael and Carrie to begin learning Barma, the language of the people group, without the details of an ultimate choice of a village in which to live and minister from. This would also give them the advantage of some language ability as we do a survey and make a decision about a place for them to put down their roots among the people group.
“May God give us wisdom” is the prayer we ask you to pray.
Rev. Matthew Rogness serves the CLB as Director of International Mission.