Sitting on a mat

Here in Bebalem, some of the most important, refreshing, energising and fun moments are had by sitting with friends on mats under trees.
The photo is of me and my adopted Granny, Rebekah, enjoying some time together. I spend a lot of time with Granny Rebekah, who suffers with arthritis in her knees, so can’t move far and is always at home, happy to have visitors. When I’m finding work hard, or the culture or community challenging, she chats to me, feeds me, encourages me and prays for me. She chatters away in Ngambai, the local language, so it keeps me on my toes, as she understands no French!

I have had no outgoing e-mail for weeks, as the reception has not been strong enough, so please be patient with me if you have sent me an e-mail and I have not answered.
Sometimes ‘snail mail’ is faster here than waiting for the reception to be strong enough to send or receive an e-mail.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gordon Carter
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 19:52:08

    Having served at Bebalem 1961 to 1965 I know well the many struggles you face. Have heard rumblings of many problems there over the years and was given to understand the hospital was shut down. The only person we know there now is Paul Weber who I delivered there. Loved the Ngambai people. Loved Marseille ( a sentiment not shared by my wife however!), where I studied Tropical Medicine at University of Aix-en Provence. Ngambai has totally gone to the point I cannot understand the letters I have written.French remains functional however!
    Delighted you have taken up the challenge,
    God bless
    Dr. Gordon Carter
    8108-3790 Brock St N.
    Whitby, Ontario
    L1R oH2


  2. Nadjibe
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 19:45:47

    I was born in Benoye, some 15kms away from Bebalem. I used to go to Bebalem all the time when i was a kid and also part of family comes from there. Both my parents died at Bebalem hospital (mom in 1990 and dad in 1999). It was really painful. I am happy that you’re out there helping my folks.
    I have been out of Chad for 10 years, and i now live in Vancouver, Canada.

    @Dr. Gordon Carter. Bebalem has had long history with Canada going back to the the 1930s when the first Canadian missionaries arrived there. Among those missionaries, the most known were Mr. and Mrs. Viary–they were from Ontario too– who are still well remembered to this day among the Ngambai people.
    Blessing to all…:)


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