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. ...

April 2015

Village Altonodji: A Place Where Blessings (and Memories) Abound

By Bill VanderKlippe, Director

The month of March was approaching, and, as the Canadian winter was winding down, it seemed like a grand idea – travel to a warm place. We quickly discovered that there can be a substantial difference between one "warm" place and the next.

Our daughter Lisa had gone to Chad, Africa the fall of 2011 on a short term voluntary mission placement under the SALT ("Serving and Learning Together") program of the Mennonite Central Committee. We wanted to see her and share in her experiences, so in March of 2012 we made the trip to join her for a few days. Our arrival was in the evening, we were "warmly" welcomed with the dry 85+ ° (F) heat of Chad. The trip from the capital, N'djamena, to Moundou started early the next day, and lasted 6+ hours in a small bus, with ...

February 2015

Dreams Can Come True: Tikaou "Kaki" Ouang

By Nancie Hoffman, Mission:Chad Director

How often have you heard it said that "one person can't make a difference"? Yet, your donations to Mission:Chad are changing the lives of the orphans at Village Altonodji, one by one, by providing them with food, clothing, healthcare, shelter , and an education. When the Village Altonodji opened its gates in 2007, one of the original orphans living there was Tikaou Ouang-kaki ("Kaki"). At age 13, Kaki was described as "a shy and quiet girl" who loved studying English and singing. When asked if she had any special needs, Kaki replied, "I have need of advice!" ...

January 2015

ESTES: Investing in Future Pastors in this Digital Age

By Dr. Buz McNutt, Mission:Chad Director

At the heart of our work in Chad is the support of the evangelical churches. At the heart of the future of the evangelical church in Chad is the training of future pastors. In October of this year, ESTES celebrated 25 years of pastoral training, raising up the next generation of spiritual leaders for the nation as well as the women who support them. Yet, they have done so with a dearth of Biblical resources at their disposal. ...

December 2014

Up to the Challenge - Dr. Abel, New ESTES Principal

In October 2014 Mardochee Nadoumngar, former Principal of ESTES, took a position with Overseas Council International (OCI), and Abel Ngarsoulede was installed as his replacement at ESTES.

My name is Abel Ngarsoulede. I was born on September 14, 1960 at Logone Oriental into a Christian family. I am Chadian nationality. My father was a pastor who ministered throughout his life. Indeed, I had the privilege of being educated by my parents in the culture of the gospel to the Church. Thus I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior when I was young, in 1968. I was baptized in October 15th 1978. I have had ups and downs in my walk with God, ...

October 2014

Chad: A Place of Stability in Recent African News

By John Wickberg, President, Mission:Chad

With all the recent news about disease, terrorism and political unrest in Africa, we thought our donors might want to know how some of the major events in Africa are impacting Chad. Before going into details, though, we should remember "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…" Psalm 46 (ESV).

Ebola – Ebola is a virus that is spread by direct contact and has a high mortality rate, around 50% on average (there have been about 2,100 deaths out of 4,000 cases in the current outbreak). The primary centers of the current outbreak are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, with Liberia being the hardest hit. These countries are about 2,300 miles...

October 2014

New Church Planting Matching Gift Opportunity!

By Steve Brendle, Director, Mission:Chad

With all the insurgent activity occurring around Chad, expanding the Church in Chad has become an even greater imperative. None of us knows how much time we have to do the important work of the Great Commission in Chad; we need to take advantage of every opportunity to advance the Gospel while we have time.

One of our early partners working with Pastor Bako and the Chadian evangelical churches focused their mission work on spreading the Gospel through church planting in southern Chad. They started by funding the chapel in the center of Village Altonodji in 2006, and have since funded four pastors and churches in some very rural areas of southern Chad. Members of Mission:Chad have attended the dedication of...


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