Friday, February 8, 2008

Uneasy quiet hangs over Chad; ministry shares concern

Chad-Fighting between rebels and government forces in Chad's capital city of N'Djamena has killed at least 100 civilians. Government forces did manage to push rebels out of the capital, and the streets are quiet, for now.It was a failed attempt at a coup d'etat, and in an effort to reassure rattled citizens, Chad's President Idriss Deby says his government remains in control. The rebels accuse Deby of corruption and embezzling millions in oil revenue.Although the issues leading up to the attack haven't been resolved, government officials asked for medical personnel to return to help the wounded.Faith Comes By Hearing's Morgan Jackson shares their concerns. "We have a team in Chad who is recording a language in Chad. We got word that they're in fear of their life. They're hiding, the military is fighting with rebels, and they can't get out of the country. They're not citizens of the country. We're praying that they will be able to escape. We have two workers in Chad, national workers from Ghana."Faith Comes By Hearing records and distributes Audio Bibles in the languages of people and cultures on every continent. By offering audio recordings of Bible translations and making Audio Bibles available on CD and in mp3 formats, the Bible has become accessible to those who cannot read the written Word or who may in fact not even have a written language.The teams are excited to grow, but they are limited by lack of funds. Jackson explains that a minimal investment has the potential to reap eternal returns. "It costs about $157 to reach a village: to pay for the national worker; to provide a bicycle, a horse, or a canoe; $30-$50 a month in wages; and the 'Proclaimer,' which is the solar-paneled, hand-crank, battery-powered unit that is left behind in the village."
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