Welcome to Africa Aviation Ministry found in southern Chad, Africa, in the town of Bere.
Challenges abound in this country, one of the poorest and least-developed on the face of the planet. For most of the country, there is no source of electricity other than generators and solar power. Water comes from hand-dug wells, and people live in mud-brick huts with thatch roofs. For most of the population, fruit and vegetables are not available much of the year, and the staple foods of sorghum, millet, and rice are scarce at times. Temperatures can soar to above 120 degrees F during the hottest several months of the year.
In May of 2009 I moved here to join the work that Gary and Wendy Roberts had already started with Adventist Medical Aviation Chad. Then in December of 2010, Melody joined me following our wedding on November 7. Our primary focus until now has been construction, but most of the major construction projects are nearing completion. The nutrition center construction is practically finished for now. The hanger, now roofed and sided, has provided shelter from wind, rain, and sun for airplane maintenance and other activities during the rainy season.
Spending less time on construction means spending more time with direct ministry activities. We have had the opportunity to do more flying recently including transporting doctors, patients, and relief supplies for flood victims. We are focusing more on the spiritual needs around us. Challenges have slowed progress on the Bible school project, but we are currently preparing classes and plan to begin early next year.
For more information on each project, please click on the "Projects" link on the left.
Will you please join us in daily prayer for the team and the project here?
Jonathan and Melody Dietrich