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
Protection for our all
who work to bring God’s
transforming word to
God’s healing and
protection for the
people in W. Africa
dealing with sickness
from the Ebola virus.
“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.
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P.O. Box 10184
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Marc and Tina Gebhard
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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
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.