Chia-Lin Yu

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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July 3, 2020

Be Patient with the Process

It took Joshua and the Israelites multiple battles and conquests over a period of time to secure the promised land. After the initial decisive military victory over the Canaanite kings, Joshua divided up the land among the twelves tribes and sent them off to take possession of their inheritance. The Book of Judges reveals to us the challenges God’s people faced in fully possessing the land God had given to them.

The Radio Sangu Ya Mbote (RSM) went back on the air on the Good Friday, 2019, just a little after the national wide Coronavirus confinement had stated in Congo. After the initial excitement was over, the Congo South Team continues to face complicated administrative issues from two directions: First, the continuous dispute over land ownership with the former Media Association whose poor management had caused the shutdown of the radio in the first place; and second, the future administrative and financial structure for a self-sustainable radio ministries in the absence of foreign financial aids.

Renovating and re-equipping the rundown property is much easier than changing people’s mentality and worldview. The progress of renovation and restructure is temporarily put on hold as we prepare to go to court to secure RSM’s future with the C&MA as the exclusive owner of its physical property and ministries. Though the burden of wrestling with various individuals and groups in order to keep the radio faithful to God’s purpose mainly falls on the shoulders of our team leadership couple, Jay and Beverly Bellamy, I wait, pray, and serve patiently and faithfully in the mundane at the radio.

I do not yet speak French and Munukutuba well enough to host a live radio show like Nicaise did. I do not know how to troubleshoot when our principal computer is down or an electrical wire needs to be rerouted like John did. But I can be the first one at the radio to launch the morning and afternoon programs, and I am willing to be the last one to leave in the evening after shutting down all the equipment. More and more often, I found myself to be the only person at the radio during the broadcasting hours, keeping an eye and an ear on the operation of the daily program.

In spite of few crises on the air, I thank God for the otherwise uninterrupted time alone at the radio. I have been using it to study French. It all works out fine for everyone on the team.

Learning French

During the confinement, all schools are closed. French course for small group is on longer available. Thank God for internet, I could continue to study on-line.

On Tuesday, June 30, I had my last on-line session on French intonation with Natalie, my language coach from Wheaton College. That concluded my course on French phonetics, pronunciation, and rhythm. We worked out a study plan to work on intonation pattern and certain French vowels that are particularly challenging for me. Two days later on July 2, I finished my last hour of 4-hours on-line French B2 course with my language teach, Mr. Hugues Eta. We worked on “Les pronoms relatifs composés.” Unfortunately, the one-on-one on-line course costs $30 per hour. It is just getting too expensive for me!

I was encouraged to know that learning a language can be a lifelong pursuit. Natalie told me that some of the linguists continue to meet with their language helpers even after they became professors at universities. Living in Pointe-Noire, I had the opportunities of being exposed to several languages. I’ve discovered that I really like French language and enjoy learning it. And this is something I can do for the rest of my life and enjoy it.

Learning to Drive in Pointe-Noire

Another challenge I am facing is to drive in Pointe-Noire. It takes more than just to know the traffic laws to drive safely and responsibly on roads full of potholes and unmarked by clear signs and traffic lights. No one here since to follow the written traffic laws. Each round point or crossroad seems to have its own traffic pattern to follow. “Just do what everybody is doing,” I was told.

To get where I want to be SAFELY and not being stopped by police who want to extort money from me are the main concerns when I pull out the driveway. Since I can go just anywhere by taxi with equivalent of $2 per ride, I have been avoid driving. But lately, Teresa Bill, a fellow missionary from the team, has been gently but firmly pushing me out of my comfort zone by giving me driving lessons on Sunday mornings when the roads are mostly free of traffic.

Teresa would sit by my side and tell me when to “hug” the round points and where and when to turn. To a direction-challenged person like me, the streets in Pointe-Noire are nightmares. I feel so lost and disoriented whenever sitting on the driver’s eat. I can well empathize with Schulz in one of his Peanuts classics: “Security is sitting in the back seat of the car…Suddenly it’s over and you’ll never get to sleep in the back seat again! Never,” said Charlie Brown to Peppermint Patty. “Hold my hand, Chuck!” Cried Peppermint Patty.

Well, Teresa doesn't hold my hand when I drive. She is much braver than that. She sits next to me on the passenger seat.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Thank the Lord for the daily ministries at the Radio Sangu Ya Mbote at Pointe-Noire. Thank the Lord our broadcast is able to reach as far as Youbi and Sintoukola (Vili villages) in Madingou-Kayes region with our 250-w transmitter. Please pray that (1) God will use the daily program to bless and equip the listeners. (2) God will protect RSM from all corruptions and injustice so it may stand firm and faithfully on God’s purpose and vision to proclaim God’s word and sound biblical teachings. (3) We will be able to get a 750-w transmitter and reach out more villages with the word of God.

Please join us in praying for Jay and Beverly Bellamy as they deal with complicated administrative issues for the radio station. Please pray earnestly, faithfully, and persistently for protection, insights, discernment, wisdom, component legal representation in court system, and complete victory over the schemes of the those who have been trying to seize the land and properties of the radio for selfish ambition and money.

Please continue to pray for my French language learning activities. Pray that I will have enough self discipline to diligently follow through the language learning plan with perseverance. Pray that God will help me find a suitable and affordable French language helper.

Please pray that I will overcome the fear of driving and learn to drive prudently in Pointe-Noire.

Please continue to pray for my mother’s salvation. She is 72. May she comes to know experientially the love and goodness of Jesus Christ. May she truly trust Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.

Please pray for David Bill’s mother who is diagnosed with later stage of lung cancer. She is 86. Please pray for John Combest’s mother who is suffering the Guillain-Barre syndrome. She is 70. Please pray for complete healing.

Thank you for your loving and faithful prayer and givings. Without your support, I won’t be able to serve in Congo.

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If you feel led to give financially to support me or my ministries in Pointe-Noire, Congo, please designate your gifts at http://secure.cmalliance.org/give/.
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Updated: July 06, 2020

Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Congo
Address
B P 2030
Brazzaville,
REP OF CONGO

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