June 2016

May 2016

Hearing From Yet More FATES Scholarship Recipients

Last installment in a series of six letters written by FATES Bible College students benefiting from the scholarship funds donated by Mission:Chad donors up through December 2015. They express by their own words what this has meant to them personally. . .

May 2016

Orphan Graduate's Testimony at  10-Year Celebration (cont'd.)

 I am Serge Tendo Mbaitoudji. I arrived very young at orphanage in 2008 in 6th grade and I got my Bachelor in Science in 2015. My stay at the orphanage was happy and I have not missed anything. I say thank you a thousand times to God and dad Bako for this grace that I received. I am currently in a preparation course to continue later my medicine studies. I hope that God will sustain the work, the support of each other. Be the example of our American partners are working hard to bring every time it is important, their construction to the building. May God bless them.

April 2016

A Nation & the Orphans Give Thanks

By John and Vivi Wickberg

What do you imagine when you hear news about Chad? An African country situated south of the Sahara Desert? Hot weather, sand, needy people, unrest and danger? Yes, all of these, but God in His mercy provides for His people in a wonderful way! .....

Resident orphans were given opportunity to give thanks for Village Altonodji during the celebration participants and visitors.

April 2016

A New Partner in Ministry for Christian Education in Chad

By Dr. Buz McNutt

One of the great challenges in Mission:Chad's ministry to FATES (the theological seminary in Chad) is how to find and deliver quality theological materials in the French language. Many of you may remember why Mission:Chad's support of this ministry was so important in the first place: there were very few French speaking NGOs available to support FATES' mission of training the next generation of Christian leaders in Chad. Mission:Chad stepped into this vacuum to do what we could to help, but we first somehow had to bridge the gulf that language created between our English-speaking mission and the French ministry of FATES.

March 2016

Hearing From More FATES Scholarship Recipients

Continuing in a series of letters written by FATES Bible College students benefiting from the scholarship funds donated by Mission:Chad donors up through December 2015. They express by their own words what this has meant to them personally. . .

March 2016

Orphan Graduate's Testimony at  10-Year Celebration (cont'd.)

I'm Ayang Grandi, I'm studying 2nd year Administration at the University of N'Djamena
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Village Altonodji, I would like to express my gratitude to the Director Founder Reverend Pastor Bako. For me he is the father of all fathers I have known in this world. I am an orphan, I thought the idleness and the street could have been my home. Thanks to the orphanage "Village Altonodji" and its partners today I cry loudly that my future is certain. I will become and be the man I dreamt to become. I wish success to the juniors and cadets who are still in this center. I have hope and will tell you its meaning. I am very grateful to our American partners. May God grant them long life for all they have done and what they do for our fulfillment.

February 2016

Village Altonodji 10-Year Celebration Overwhelming Success!

Among the many local leaders and dignitaries giving speeches at Village Altonodji, the vice president of the organizing committee, Nadé Elie, "thanked the Lord for allowing this much anticipated event to become a reality... 10 years in existence is simply a grace of God and it is the beginning of a life to maturity of a living human being in general and in particular". He then invited the audience to come out "massively and participate in the festivities commemorating the 10th anniversary". . .

February 2016

Orphan Graduate's Testimony at  10-Year Celebration

I am a fatherless girl. Because of the absence of my father, I believed that everything could become obscure to me and no future would hold for me: may be I'll become a good cook or get into an early marriage or get into street gangs ... The orphanage "Village Altonodji" rescued me and recovered me in 2004 when I was still in 6th grade. I still remember that sentence dad Bako told me when I arrived there: "Be welcome my daughter, your father that you lost is alive. Because God is rich in mercy did not forsake you ... you will succeed. " What words of comfort? My stay at Altonodji, was blessed and I am very grateful to all the men and women who have made their modest contribution to the survival of the Village Altonodji, especially American partners for whom I still have beautiful memories. In 2009, I went to my mother, continued the school and I passed the baccalaureate in 2010. Today, after the graduate school, I am a lawyer and soon I might be there to take in my hand the destiny of my nation: it is thanks to you.

Mbaiamdéné Kodji-On-Be Bénédicte

February 2016

Hearing From FATES Scholarship Recipients

In December Mission:Chad sent FATES BIble School  $3,400 for student scholarships. They used the funds to support six students. These are the testimonies of two of those same students. More testimonies are forthcoming. . .

December 2015

Thanksgiving After Christmas at Village Altonodji

By Pastor Bako

Dear Partners,

Let us begin our greeting by this passage of Romans 8:28: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

This letter was written to illustrate the importance of winning one little desperate child to Christ in a country like Chad. We began with 17 orphans and yet, we reach over a hundred today, hosted in a center near Moundou called "Village Altonodji" that means the Village of God's love for orphans. There are peoples all over the . . .

December 2015

Thanksgiving After Christmas at Village Altonodji (cont'd)

By John Wickberg

On January 7th, 2016, Chadian members of SCPEDT and others from the community will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official start of construction for Village Altonodji (VA). Our original plan was to join them personally in the celebration, but recent travel warnings as a result of the terrorist attacks in Paris altered these plans. These events serve to remind us that we never know when our opportunities to advance . . .

December 2015

Mission:Chad Board Strategizes to Reach More Orphans

Once a year, the Mission:Chad board of directors come together from different parts of North America and Canada to strategize on how to maximize the gifts of our donors for the advancement of the Gospel in Chad. Since 2004, Mission:Chad has supported a developing Christian infrastructure in Chad which we believe is well-positioned to reach many more souls for the Lord. FATES theology school in N'Djamena is an important part of the overall strategy of advancing the Gospel through its training of dedicated men and women of God to become pastors and teachers throughout Chad. Some of these graduates become teachers at the local "vernacular" Bible schools (also supported by Mission:Chad), where they teach the Bible to local leaders primarily in tribal languages (of which there are some 127 in Chad). Some of these graduates become pastors in new church plants throughout Chad. As Mission:Chad considers new ways to expand the reach of the Gospel in Chad, we will be exploring with our ministry partners the possibility of the new church plants taking on local orphan support as part of their ministry responsibilities. Please pray for the Lord's direction, guidance and wisdom in discussing this next possible step with our Chadian ministry partners.

October 2015

Starting A New School Year at Village Altonodji

The orphans have returned to Village Altonodji after having spent the summer rainy season with extended relatives or volunteer church families who have hosted them. Though it may seem unusual to us that they would be sent away for this time, it does help them stay in contact with their community so that they are ready to participate fully in it when it is time to leave the center. ...

October  2015

FATES: Trainig the Next Generation

FATES (formerly ESTES, the name was changed to reflect new Masters program) has continued to be the primary source of college level training for pastors, missionaries and other church leaders in Chad since it was started about 25 years ago. We thought we would give an overview

of FATES as a way of introducing it to the new readers of this website.

Students must be sponsored by a church in order to attend FATES. Churches normally sponsor men who have already been serving in the church and have proven themselves ready to take on more responsibility once they have some additional training. This means that the men are usually married and have a few children and are not usually young people right out of school. Since the students are bringing family with them, FATES is providing nursery and ...

August 2015

One Girl Making A Difference!

Editor's Note:  This article was written by 12-year old Evelyn Dykstra, a Mission:Chad donor.  Evelyn contacted Mission:Chad asking for prayer support from Pastor Bako and the orphan ministry in Chad for the success of a bike-a-thon that Evelyn was organizing for the orphans and widows of Chad.  Evelyn so encouraged us all that we asked her to report on the bike-a-thon for this article. Her story below is a testament to God's faithfulness and grace in answering prayer. ....

Kids Peddling for kids!

By Evelyn Dykstra, Mission:Chad Junior Fundraiser

August 2015

ESTES Becomes FATES - An Open Letter From Dr. Abel

By Dr. Abel Ngarsoulede

Greetings from N'Djaména!
Thank you so much for the support that Mission:Chad donors have shown to our school.

We would like to let you know that the General Assembly of the Alliance of Evangelical Churches and Missions in Chad (EEMET) held meetings this spring and ESTES was given the new name of Shalom Faculty of Evangelical Theology (FATES). The reason is that this year we started a Masters program with several options for study. ....

August 2015

Our Work Continues to Grow at FATES


By Dr. Buz McNutt, Director

As many of you remember, we had one of our most productive trips to the Bible school and seminary at FATES in N'Djemena last spring.  For the first time in the history of the school, students were trained to use computers.  We took six laptop computers, equipped with the top of the line Bible software and spent almost two weeks with about thirty students.  It was truly a historical event in the lives of the students, the school, and for the church of Chad. ....

April 2015

Unprecedented Achievements – ESTES Adapts Hi-Tech Learning

By Dr. Buz McNutt, Director

As most of you know, we have been thrilled to support the ministry of the Evangelical School of Theology Shalom in N'Djemena, Chad for many years now. Eight years ago, God planted a vision to bring the school and the students into the 21st century. That is, a vision to see the students' ability to engage in research at the world-class level through the use of technology. ESTES has had a modest (hard copy) library and from time to time Mission Chad has been used to make additions to its holdings. However, in 2007 we believe God

began to direct us to pray and seek a way to bring computers and Bible research software to Chad. Our hope was to bring the finest in biblical research to these students who would graduate and plant churches throughout the country. This would truly be an historic advancement for the churches of Chad. ...


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