Day 5 – Wednesday
The Long Drive
This morning we left early and drove about seventy miles east to the village of Bekondjo where one of the new Spanish River church plants is located. The village is spread out along the main road with a lot of criss-crossing paths leading to many brick and thatched roof buildings that make up the village. We could see that there were many young families in the village as we were greeted by a great number of curious children who probably had not seen that many white people together before.
Thirty Patients Cared For
We walked past the new brick church building and set up the mobile clinic in a cluster of four large mango trees that provided enough shade from the hot sun for three nursing stations and a large waiting area. Jackie and Katrina were at two of the nursing stations with their interpreters and Michel the nurse from the Village Altonodji was seeing patients as well. Dan and Craig took patients temperature, Joe and Harry took blood pressure and Ken counted out pills in the pharmacy. We saw about thirty patients before we had to pack up the clinic before eating lunch.
Lunch consisted of a delicious meal of plantains, potatoes, chicken and fresh bread, one of the tastiest meals so far. The people of the village were very friendly and enjoyed having us there, especially the children, who loved having their pictures taken and then seeing themselves displayed on our digital cameras.
Two-Hundred Attend Worship
After lunch was the dedication of the new church building. There were over 200 people packed into the building with more watching through the windows. During the service there were a series of speakers including elders from Pastor Bako’s church in Moundou, representatives from a committee that Pastor Bako has set up to oversee church planting, leaders from the new Bekondjo church and even the local village chief. The speakers thanked Spanish River for their financial support in constructing the building and providing support for Pastor Benjamin to plant the church as well as for sending the mission team. Dan also spoke and thanked them for their hospitality and told how Spanish River was happy to play a part in sharing the bad news and good news of the gospel in Chad.
After the service we drove the two hour trip back to the Village Altonodji where we had a delicious dinner with the team and Lisa, one of the interpreters that worked with us. Although we had to eat again by flashlight, the power was back on for a few hours before we went to bed and we were able to recharge our various electronic devices.