Our missionaries to Germany are Dr. Joel and Tatjana White. Joel and Tatjana have been serving the German speaking world for over 30 years. Starting with church planting in Graz, Austria, their call to ministry has since morphed into a teaching role for Joel at Giessen School of Theology where he provides theological education to students who go on to be pastors, leaders, and missionaries to Germany and beyond. Other activities beyond teaching for Joel and Tatjana include seminars on Biblical Ethics, ministry to refugees, and serving in mentoring/coaching roles for young church planters. They have three children, two who are in college in Germany and one who serves in a church leadership role in Worcester, Mass.
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27
Our church was originally introduced to the work of Mission Chad through our friends Dr. Scott and Debara Hafemann. Feeling the Lord’s calling to invest in work that would reach people groups in the world who had never had the chance to hear about Christ, we were moved to start investing in Mission:Chad.
Mission:Chad exists to help the African Church rescue orphans and widows, train leaders, and share the Gospel. It serves as the fund raising agency for FATES (the only Protestant degree granting college in Chad) and SCPEDT (a Chadian NGO involved in orphan care, pastor training and church planting). Their goal is to raise sufficient funds for the ministries of FATES and SCPEDT to effectively carry out the work that God has called them to.
The work of FATES is crucial because it is the only Protestant degree-granting Bible school and seminary in Chad. The college trains Chadians as pastors, missionary leaders and church leaders. Recently, FATES became involved with Christian Aid Mission on a initiative called “Finishing the Task.” The goal of the FTT initiative is to reach every unreached/unengaged people group in the world with the Gospel, where “unreached” has no indigenous church and “unengaged” have not even a missionary working among them. Chad is a nation containing 72 unreached/unengaged people groups with a total population of over 4.8 million. FATES will be involved in this initiative, raising up and training workers from the Chadian Church to reach these unreached/unengaged people groups.
In Chad there are an estimated 500,000 orphaned children out of a population of 10 million. Due to the AIDS epidemic, the number of orphans within the country continues to rise at an alarming rate. There are virtually no governmental programs within Chad to assist these orphans and widows. With the support of Mission:Chad, SCPEDT has been able to provide healthcare, education, food and clothing to many orphaned and destitute children and widows in Chad. Mission:Chad and SCEPDT are mindful that the needs of suffering children in Chad extend beyond the Christian community. Therefore, an important part of the outreach is to the majority Muslim population in Chad. In ministering to these destitute widows and orphans as well as to Christians, SCEPDT and Mission:Chad are making a powerful statement that Jesus Christ loves and cares for all people, regardless of faith.
Check out their website here!