Gebhard newsletter April 2014

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Gebhard newsletter April 2014

  1. 1. HALA  TANDO Lele  children  wash  pots  and  pans  in  the  stream  behind  our  village  house. Pray  for  our  transition. Gebhards  flying  to  West  Africa  April  23. If  God  is  for  us,  who  can  be  against  us?    A  few  weeks  ago,  we  purchased   tickets  for  our  return  to  West  Africa.    Not  pleased,  Satan  has  been  attempting  to   throw  all  kinds  of  discouragement  at  us.    But  despite  the  enemy’s  feeble  efforts,   we  stand  strong,  knowing  that  God  will  protect  us  as  we  depart  on  April  23. As  we  were  purchasing  tickets,  someone  was   falsifying  Tina’s  signature  at  a  bank  north  of  Dallas,   draining  our  account.    Then  we  learned  that  there   was  an  Ebola  outbreak  in  the  area  where  we  work.     In  addition  to  those  things,  a  few  days  ago  we  got  this   email  note  from  the  leaders  of  the  church  in  the   village  where  we  work  (translated  from  French): “Bonjour  famille  Gebhard! Let  us  render  glory  to  God  for  what  he  never  ceased  to  do  for  his  children.     As  you  know,  the  church  has  installed  the  solar  panel  for  the  tele-center,  but...the   solar  panel  is  weak.    Thus  the  cellphone  charging  continues  in  the  front  room  of   your  house    for  the  moment,  until  a  solution  is  found.     But  today,  Saturday,  the  29th  of  March...God  spared  us  from  an  accident.     There  was  a  short  circuit  (a  phone  caught  fire)  in  the  front  room  of  the  Gebhard   home.    The  house  could  have  burned  with  all  of  its  belongings. Mr.  Camara  was  tired  after  having  entered  several  chapters  of  Pastor  J’s   translation  work.    He  was  resting  on  a  matt  in  Mr.  Marc’s  office  when  he  was  a   little  asphyxiated  by  smoke  from  a  fire  at  the  door  of  the  office.    Awakened  and   troubled,  he  called  for  help.    With  sand  we  were  able  to  put  out  the  fire  that  had   already  burned  the  electrical  plugs  and  was  burning  up  the  tarp  over  the  window   with  flames  beginning  to  touch  the  ceiling…” News  about  the  Gebhard  family’s  work  with  the  Lele  people  in  West  Africa April 2014 Pray Protection  for  our  all     who  work  to  bring  God’s   transforming  word  to   the  world. God’s  healing    and   protection  for  the   people  in  W.  Africa   dealing  with  sickness   from  the  Ebola  virus. Travel  protection,   smooth  transitions,   wisdom. “What,  then,  shall  we  say  in  response  to  this?    If  God  is  for  us,  who  can  be  against  us?”    Romans  8:31 Marc  sends  an  email  update  from   an  overgrown  path  up  on  the   mountain  in  our  Lele  village.
  2. 2. Transformed  Lives  Through  God’s  Word   In  Every  Language Contact Financial   Contributions*: PBT-  Gebhard P.O.  Box  10184 Terre  Haute,  IN    47801 *Donations  to  our  ministry   with  PBT  should  be  made   out  to  “Pioneer  Bible   Translators”. Overseas  Address: Marc  and  Tina  Gebhard 001  B.P.  438 Mission  Protestante-TPB Conakry REPUBLIC  OF  GUINEA West  Africa E-mail:   marc.gebhard@pbti.org tina.gebhard@pbti.org Thank  you  for  partnering   with  us  to  reach  the  Lele   and  other  Bible-less   peoples  around  the  world.     We  value  your  faithfulness   to  our  ministry  with   Pioneer  Bible  Translators. Marc  and  Tina Getting  through  traffic  jams  in  the  crowded  capital  city  takes  a  bit  of  patience. Thankfully,  the  fire  didn't  get  any  further  before  our  neighbors  put  out  the   flames.    At  the  end  of  the  letter,  the  church  leaders  thank  God  for  saving  our   friend  Mr.  Camara  and  protecting  our  home.    Please  join  us  and  our  Lele   brothers  and  sisters  in  thanking  God  for  his  protection. In  the  last  few  days,  we  were  reimbursed  for  the  fraud  that  occurred  on  our   bank  account.    Also,  our  visas  just  came  in  the  mail.    As  for  the  situation  with  the   ebola  outbreak,  our  branch  director  has  some  hopeful  words  for  us  too:   OFFICIAL  MESSAGE  from  the  West  Africa  Branch  of  PBT—April  4,  2014 Thank  you  for  your  prayers  for  PBT  personnel  in  Guinea.  In  the  midst  of  the   ebola  outbreak,  we  continue  to  be  healthy.  This  is  an  avoidable  disease.  The   people  who  are  most  at  risk  are  the  family  members  and  medical  personnel   caring  for  those  sick  with  Ebola.  They  are  the  ones  that  come  into  contact  with   the  body  fluids  of  the  ill.  All  suspected  cases  are  being  quarantined  and   protective  gear  is  being  used  in  the  hospitals  and  clinics  in  the  country,  as  well   as  in  the  houses  of  those  who  develop  symptoms  of  the  disease.  Necessary   precautions  are  relatively  simple  and  very  effective.  We  are  taking  all  those   necessary  precautions,  and  are  continuing  our  work.  We  are  pleased  to  tell  you   that  we  are  beginning  to  hear  not  just  about  deaths,  but  about  people  who  have   survived!   Please  continue  to  join  us  in  prayer  for  the  people  who  have  contracted   Ebola.  Please  pray  for  the  families  of  those  who  have  succumbed  to  the   disease.  Pray  for  public  health  education  efforts  taking  place  around  the   country,  and  that  the  spread  of  ebola  would  stop.  Thank  you  for  your   intercession.  Praise  God  for  His  grace!   The  situation  does  seem  to  be   coming  under  control,  but  the  nations   affected  are  not  out  of  the  woods  just   yet.    Please  continue  to  pray  for  them.   Based  on  our  communication  with   the  West  Africa  branch  and  the  latest   information  from  government  health   authorities,  we  still  plan  to  fly  out  of   Dallas  on  April  23  to  arrive  in  West   Africa  on  Friday,  April  25.    Thank  you   for  your  prayers  for  our  health,  safety   and  courage  in  making  this  trip.

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