Day 9 – Sunday – N’djamena
Sleeping in, Scrambled Eggs, and Coca-Cola
This morning we slept a little later. Although we were disappointed that weren’t able to leave last night we were able to rest up some from the long drive from Moundou and spend some more time with Pastor Bako.
Jackie, Joe, Craig and Harry walked around the corner from the compound to the local grocery store and bought eggs, butter, baguettes and mango juice and Jackie fixed us scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Later Pastor Bako came and took us the Lebanese restaurant for lunch and we had various meat dishes and pizza and Coca-Cola. At lunch Jackie told Pastor Bako about the church-wide study that Spanish River is doing on the Gospel in Life. Pastor Bako shared that his vision for the Village Altonodji is that it be a place where “the Gospel is lived out”. He spoke of some of the same things that we have been studying about: building relationships in the community in order to better share the Gospel message. They are doing this by providing fresh bread for the community (sold on the busy road outside the village), sewing clothing that is sold in the community, providing education for the children, providing healthcare at the clinic, and of course by providing care for the orphans living there.
Expansion of the Clinic- A Birthing Center
His next proposed project is to expand the clinic by building a birthing center where pregnant mothers can come to give birth. He explained that the infant mortality rate is still high in Chad and that there are many incidents of the mother or child having problems during child birth and having no place to go for care.
He said that the Village Altonodji is becoming well-known in the Moundou area along with the two new church plants. There was at least one reporter at each of the events this week: the pastor’s conference, the two church dedications and the dining hall / science building dedication. Dan was interviewed by a reporter from a radio station at the pastor’s conference and Pastor Bako heard mention of the school building dedication on the radio on Saturday.
Finally Coming Home!
After lunch we visited the marketplace in downtown N’djamena which was pretty busy for a Sunday. We relaxed the rest of the day and then went to the airport to catch our overnight flight to Paris. We’re finally on our way home!