Tuwi family

We welcomed Inette Mary Tuwi on 6th May and we are very grateful for our care from NHS Highlands during the pregnancy and delivery.

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Plans change

We had planned to go to Vanuatu for church deputation. We have spent a lot of time and energy on the paperwork needed and we were hoping to be accepted for a repatriation flight in March.
But Vanuatu is now completely closed,even to repatriation flights, as they have had their first community transmission of covid.
We are doing more deputation in churches and hope to go to the WEC Scotland conference this month.
We still hope that it will be possible to get to Vanuatu soon but would value prayers in our decision making.
We still hope to return to Chad at some point.

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Happy New Year 2021!

Greetings from Scotland!

Unfortunately I had (non covid related) health problems in May that necessitated evacuation from Chad. Given the uncertainty with Covid, we evacuated as a family and arrived in Inverness, Scotland, where a church friend is kindly letting us use his house.

I was seen very quickly (after an initial 2 week quarantine,after our travels) and am very grateful for the NHS care. My health improved.

We have some exciting news. We look forward to welcoming a new Tuwi at some point this year. The baby is due in May, but I will be getting regular appointments and scans from February, to catch any problems early on. Emunah needed to be delivered 10 weeks early, but we are hoping and praying that this baby stays healthy inside for longer.

We would greatly value prayers for us as a family. This is definitely not where we envisioned finishing 2020, but we are definitely here until at least May!

We are very grateful to church folk, friends and family, for their support during this transition.

Our long term hope is still to return to Chad, but we have no idea when this will be possible.

An anchor in the storm

We’ve been through a lot in the last few weeks.  We are in the middle of being evacuated from Chad for medical (non Covid) reasons.

But God has been equipping me.  I am not saying that leads to calm, peaceful days, but more that it is something to cling to in the emotional rollercoaster that we are going through.  An anchor in the storm.

So over the last few weeks, in the process of different Bible readings, there have been 5 verses that have jumped out and seared their place in my thoughts.  I am no artist, but my way of processing these verses has been to copy them out and put them up on the wall of our house.  And now as we’ve left the house, I thought I would leave three of them on here.  As a digital reminder, when physical reminders aren’t possible.

We are clinging to God as our Refuge in the uncertainty.  With Covid 19, there are a lot of uncertainties in everyone’s lives.  I hope these verses can bring hope to you the way they have to me, in these uncertain times.

Life in Chad during Corona virus

Folk have been asking us what life is like here in Chad at the moment, during the Corona virus pandemic.

The government has put in place some restrictions to travel, schools are closed and large meetings are banned.  Here in our town, the food market and food shops are open but other shops are closed.  We are mostly avoiding going out, but every few days Aphia goes to the market to get fresh meat and fresh vegetables.  It is difficult to socially distance with a 2 year old when others are not socially distancing.

Like many around the world, we are becoming more inventive in our use of tinned foods and are baking a wider range of things than before.  We experiment with various recipes from around the world.  We don’t have a shortage of flour or yeast here.  Some recent experiments have been samosas (that look more like pasties), mandazis (a Kenyan fried doughnut) and Hot Cross Buns!  Some of the other experiments were not so photo worthy.

Both of us are no longer working as before, as both football training and English teaching are not happening at the moment.  We are still continuing Chadian Arabic studies, but at home by ourselves, instead of using a language helper.

Some expatriates have left Chad, but so far we’ve decided to stay.  We would value prayer for our ongoing decision making.  We’re trying to make the most of our time, now that we are not going out visiting folk.  Aphia is doing some studies online, we’re doing more painting and craft with Emunah and we’re both able to read and study more than before.  That makes us sound very productive!  I am finding it harder to concentrate and am learning that some days are more productive than others.  If you are struggling, do get in touch for a chat.  We are both online more than normal and free to chat.


Many of you are in lockdown/isolation in your houses, thanks to the Coronavirus.

You probably put quite a lot of thought into sourcing food and creating new (perhaps not repeatable) dishes from the contents of your cupboards.  And we are no different here in Chad.

However one thing that you probably didn’t have to think too much about was water.  You have fresh, drinkable water coming out of the taps in your houses.  Here in Chad we don’t have running water in our house or in our yard.

84415718_251828469139497_7197375335573225472_nWe have to buy water from young men who push karts around selling it.  The price varies depending on the season of the year and the availability of water, but at the moment it is 1000CFA (£1.34) for a kart-full.

We store the water in large barrels.  90709019_534664494096479_2397254035125043200_n

When we need more water, we phone one of the men to bring more.  Or we stand in the street and wave one down, but often they are already on their way to someone’s house.

For running water, most Chadians use a sakhkhan, or plastic teapot shaped container (pictured below).


We however choose to use a DIY tap system that Aphia made (pictured below).  Many of our storage barrels (and the washing hands station) are outside at the moment, so we have to be careful not to burn our hands when the water barrels have been standing in the sun.  We hope to make shelters for the water barrels soon!


Hot season

Hot season in Chad arrived suddenly this year at the end of February.  Or perhaps it was a taster of hot season as it only stayed at 42*C for a week before dropping by 10*C and giving us respite again.  Until April!

Life at 42*C is very different from life at 32*C.  A lot of energy goes into staying healthy and filtering and drinking enough water.  Energy levels go down and sleeping is harder at night, so folk often sleep in the afternoons when it is too hot to comfortably do anything else.  Visiting folk becomes more difficult, or certainly more restricted to mornings and late afternoon.

(The photo is of a dusty late afternoon distant view of our town from a hill.)

We are very thankful for a solar system that allows us to run fans and a solar fridge, so moving (hot) air and cold water make things easier.

Hot season is also mango season, but there also seem to be a lot of carrots around at the moment.  I’ve tried a carrot cake with pineapple in it, but never with mango in it.  Sounds like an interesting experiment.  Though the mangoes rarely make it into cakes, as they are too good fresh!

Thinking about the upcoming hot season, I have been challenged to face it with joy, as well as realistic expectations of the speed that life will go at in the coming weeks!



Normality…for a third culture kid

Emunah has settled here in Chad.  She thinks that it is normal to see goats, donkeys and horses in the street and to take a bath in the middle of the living room floor in a wide bucket.

She loves reading books with us and watching youtube videos of elephants or cartoons with frogs or sheep in them.  She asks to draw and colour with her crayons.  Her vocabulary is extensive, though sometimes her chattering is not yet understandable.  She sings and dances and swings from anything she can reach.

I guess in some ways her life isn’t that different from a child anywhere in the world.  Except women in the market give her vegetables as presents if she’s in a sling on my back.  And many of the children that she hangs out with don’t have a language in common with her.  In fact many of the adults she meets don’t speak to her in English but in Chadian Arabic or in French.  She gets very excited if we say that we’re going out somewhere, gets her hat and her sandals and runs to the gate.  She loves riding in rickshaws and sings with joy, interspersed with cries of animal names and sounds as she spots them at the side (or in the middle) of the road.



Happy new year 2020!

Greetings from Chad! It has been quite challenging looking back at the last 10 years, but the theme of God’s faithfulness persists.

Here in Abeche, we’re settling in, dusting off our Chadian Arabic and catching up with old friends. I will start teaching English Level 1 on 7th January, God willing.

Aphia is doing a lot of work to make a rental property ready for us to move into. We hope to put up photos before the end of the month of the finished house!

I’m also resolving to post on here more frequently. And when we’ve got good internet reception, I’ll put up a photo or two!

God bless,
The Tuwis

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Catch Up

A lot has happened in the last few years since I left Chad in March 2017 to get married.

I then went to my husband’s country, Vanuatu, for home assignment.

I changed organistion to join the organisation that my husband works with.

Our daughter was born dead, in a hospital in New Zealand, 10 weeks early.

She miraculously survived, thanks to people all around the world praying for her, and thanks to God’s timing that she was born in just the right place at the right time.  She is now thriving.

We are now getting ready to return to Chad.

Only now as I typed about us packing the suitcases did I realise how much of the story is not on here.

In returning to Chad, we hope to keep more up to date on here about our travels and work.


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