Norbert, peace to his memory

Norbert Tchounkeu, a smiling husband and father of 3 teenagers, passed away last week, after a sudden and very short sickness out of the blue.  He was the go-to guy for all things administrative for our missions and mostly for RFIS/Rainforest International School (jr./high school).  He took care of everything from ID cards to electric bills.  He knew people in so many offices and handled the red tape for too many things to count.  The staff at RFIS is reeling at the shockingly sudden loss of a friend and colleague, and floundering at how to cover what he did and even to understand and know what all that was!  This loss comes on the heels of the medical evacuation of teacher, Julia Baker, and counselor/chaplain Mark Cato.  Please pray for Norbert’s family, for the staff at RFIS – especially for Lois A., director, and Janet Z, our Covenant missions person who will be the front-line people for sorting out all the tasks at hand.  Please pray for healing for Julia and Mark.  Pray that this OVERLOAD right now at RFIS be manageable and that God’s presence be felt in an encouraging way.

We give thanks that there are SIL/Wycliffe mission colleagues and even our buddy, Moses, the taxi driver, who will help in many ways in the coming days of transition.

Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.  And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-7

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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