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.
Through God's grace in answering prayer and your gifts, this past March phase one of that vision came true. I and two technicians, Craig Kindell and Sjaak Van Dam, from one of our church partners in Boca Raton, Florida, delivered the first six computers and Bible software to the students and faculty of ESTES. They spent the better part of two weeks training students. The main strategy of the visit was to teach ESTES' brightest students, who could then in turn, teach their fellow students (2 Tim. 2:2).