Wagner Mission Report - January / February 2016

Working With Local Churches
There are so many struggling congregations in Tanzania! They need encouragement and to be “spurred on” to more work in God’s Kingdom. 

Chamoto
We drove to Chamoto, which is about 30 minutes away from the mission. We drove for quite a while into the bush of Africa looking for this congregation. We drove down the road, through muddy roads, trying to find the location for this church building. We reached the village but did not know where the location of the building was. We heard singing – which was quite encouraging! – but as we got close, we heard other shouting and other noises so we knew it wasn’t a church of Christ. We finally stopped and asked a lady – and she happened to be a member of the church! She showed us the church building and prepared the Lord’s Supper trays, but no Christians came to the building. We enjoyed the Lord’s Supper with this good Christian sister and departed back to Chimala.

Mapangala
If you remember last month’s newsletter, I told you of the new church at Mapangala whose building fell down in the rains. Howell and Mary Ferguson have been regularly working with this new church each Sunday and we decided to worship with them to see first-hand the growth of the church.  

After pulling into the community building where the church meets currently, I could tell that the ground was soft from the rains. Another car arrived carrying Christians from a church in Mbeya. They were there to give greetings to the church as well. However, their car buried up in the mud! After church, Howell pulled his Land Cruiser around to pull that other car out and he himself got stuck in the soft mud. We had to dig and find rock and wood to get both Howell’s Land Cruiser and the Mbeya Christian’s cars out of the mud! We did, however, have a very nice meeting with the congregation. They routinely have baptisms and the work is going well at Mapangala. Thanks be to God for new Christians in a new community!

Chimala B “Mission” Church
It is always a pleasure to preach at the Chimala “B” Church of Christ (a.k.a. “mission” church). The church is around 200 members each Sunday, has elders and deacons, and is doing quite well. It is good to see the church in Tanzania growing and maturing in the faith in the Lord! Since the church is doing so well, I do not worship with them often but I am usually out working with small struggling churches. This particular Sunday, however, was different. They asked me to speak at the church for both the AM and PM service. I taught Bible Class on the types of Psalms and preached on Psalm 1 (AM) and 51 (PM). The lessons were well received by all.

Summer Visitors To Chimala
During the summer months, we normally have quite a number of visitors come to Chimala. Some work at the hospital, some teach at the school, and others do a Vacation Bible School. This year is no different. We will have three college groups coming and one of those is one from Crowley’s Ridge College – including my two older daughters! They left in May 2014 and have not returned since so they are excited to come back to the mission and help in the Lord’s work here. While here, they will help with our annual youth seminar and conduct three more Vacation Bible Schools in various villages. They are in the fund raising process and they need a total of $3,000 for the trip. If you can help with their trip, please send me an email.

Chimala Bible Institute / Evangelism Update
The Chimala Bible Institute (CBI) continues to do well and we are thankful to God for His continued blessings. We have had four of our students baptized after coming to school and learning about the truth of God’s Word. They had doubts regarding their own conversion and wanted to make sure all was done correctly. We are thankful to God for their willing and open hearts to the Gospel. 

One of the students from Malawi had to return back his home country due to the death of his father. Death is an all too common occurrence here in Tanzania due to a lack of good medical care and also a lack of basic medical education to the general public. So many do not know the basic warning signs of danger and fail to get their loved ones to the hospital in time. At CBI, we are now going to be able to help the students with their medical care needs. They will be seen at our hospital and receive treatment AT NO COST TO THEM. Since the students cannot hold jobs while in school, they were in need of medical care while at school.

World Evangelism, a work of the Choate family and also Jerry and Paula Bates (regular visitors to Chimala), have sent over several cases of the Voice of Truth International. It has been a blessing to receive these booklets! We use them in multiples ways at Chimala. We hand them out to police officers when they stop me on the highway, give away when we visit government offices, and now, we use them to help our students learn the English language better. Some of our students are struggling with English so we will use these books to help them with reading and pronunciation. We are thankful for these needed and useful books.

Yikes! Snakes!
If you remember last month’s newsletter, we killed a 9’ long python. Well, the snakes continue to “visit” us here at Chimala. In the last month, we have killed around four snakes around our house alone! 

I also recently killed a “puff adder” along one of the trails at Chimala. Some of the guys threw rocks at the snake to get it to move away from the bolder and then I shot the snake with the shotgun. One shot! 

Chimala Mission Matters: Happy Birthday, Justice!
Ezekiel Mwambogolo, one of my CBI teacher’s son recently celebrated his 8th birthday. His parents decided to celebrate with a party! Since their son Justice plays often with Jonah, we were invited. We only expected a small gathering with some Pepsi, but we were surprised! They invited all of the CBI students along with Howell and Mary Ferguson to a feast! We were happy to go and celebrate with the family and many friends. Justice’s parents gave him a Swahili Bible and songbook for his birthday – what a gift!

Isaiah Graduates from the Secondary School
We have been blessed to know and assist Isaiah, a student at our Secondary School. We are thankful that a couple in OK has helped Isaiah with his school fees lately. He is a good Christian man with a promising future. That future is brighter now that he has graduated from secondary school last year. He also received his scores this month – he passed his Form IV exam and is able to continue on in school to become a doctor. This is all because of good, concerned Christians in the US who are making this possible. Thank you so very much for helping this good Christian. 

Upcoming Changes with the Wagner Family
When we moved to Chimala, we committed ourselves to serve 3 years at Chimala. After 4+ years here, we have decided to return to the US later this year. One of our daughters will be getting married this year and another will be graduating college soon. We are thankful for the opportunity that God has given us at Chimala to live and serve here. We also look forward to the potential opportunities that God has in store for those who serve Him.  

Chad Wagner

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Posted on March 13, 2016 .

Wagner Mission Report - December 2015

Wagner Family Settling In
On October 14, 2015, we boarded a plane in Memphis, TN and headed toward Tanzania. In fact, this is the 2nd time during October that my wife and I flew to Tanzania. We left the first week of October to fly to Dar es Salaam to go and help Cheryl Bode. She is a fellow missionary at Chimala. She fell at her home in Chimala and fractured her L1 vertebrae. So, we flew to Dar es Salaam to help her. We took her to a special hospital in Kijabe, Kenya before returning back to the US. We then turned around a few days later and flew back to Tanzania, this time along with the family.  

After returning, we have been quite busy getting settled back into life in Tanzania. We quickly had to buy some food for the house, clean up/air out the house from being shut up for so long, and repair some issues regarding the house that occurred while we were away.  

The kids have already started in their studies for the new school year. Rena is spending a lot of time studying with the kids in their home-school material.  

Of course, being away for so long, many people wanted to come and greet us upon our return to Chimala. One of those was Situmai. If you remember, she was the girl who escaped forced labor and we were able to help her get into our school. 

Situmai continues to need help. She will start back to school in January and will need $600 for the entire year of school fees.

We will also need assistance with Amani's school fees. Amani is an orphan child that we have been helping with your support for the past two years, as both of his parents are dead. His sister is helping all she can but can barely provide for herself. Amani will be starting back to school in January and needs $800 for the year. If you can help any of these, please let me know. We thank you for helping Isaiah the last few years with student support. He has now graduated. He wants to attend medical school and is now awaiting his test results. Thank you for all of you who contributed towards his education.

Visiting the Church At Mengele
We were able to visit the small church near a corn field in western Chimala called the Mengele Church of Christ. We were able to help the congregation with windows and a door for the building to provide some security. It was good to see that the church has finished the windows and door.

CBI 2015 Graduation Ceremony
On November 6, 2015, the Chimala Bible Institute celebrated it's 2015 graduation ceremony with seven graduates. We are grateful for this hard work at the school and pray for their future success working and serving the Lord's church.

Starting in January 2016, we are going to have around 35+ students at the preacher school. We are busy doing some clean-up work around the school in preparation for the upcoming school year.  

Starting in the new school year, I will be teaching Jeremiah and Lamentations. It is shaping up to be a great year as we train me to teach other also (2 Timothy 2:2).

Thank You
We are grateful to God for allowing us to live and serve at the Chimala Mission in Tanzania. We have lived here since 2012 and we could not be here without your prayers and financial support. I echo the words of Paul in Phlippians 1:8-11: "For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Our goals for this next year are to visit and encourage more congregations and reaching out to a much wider area. The Chimala Mission works with over 100 churches of Christ in SW Tanzania and we will do our level best to visit and encourage as many of those as we can.

Thank you for partnering with us in this work.

Chad Wagner

Posted on December 27, 2015 .

Wagner Mission Report - June 17, 2012

Wagner Update

June 17, 2012

Greetings in the Name of the Lord.  I pray that the LORD will bless you and keep you at all times. "Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you." Jude 2
After a very exhausting two days of flying from Dallas/Fort Worth to London to Dar es Salaam, we arrived at the airport.  We had already paid and received resident permits for Tanzania, but the head immigration officer at the airport refused to allow us entry without visitor permits.  Even though we had already paid the $850 for our resident permits, we were forced to pay an additional $700 for a useless visitor permit.  That was a VERY unexpected $700 we had to pay that was intended for other uses.
Bill and Cyndi Stinson met us at the airport and took us to the place we would stay the night.  Bill, Cyndi, Anna (my oldest daughter) and myself then went to the service at one of the churches of Christ in Dar.  It was Anna's first experience of an African worship service which she found very interesting.  
After meeting back up with the rest of the family, we stayed in Dar es Salaam for the day.  We ate at the Waterfront restaurant (which sits right on the Indian Ocean) and Bill took us to some other places that I would need to be aware of as administrator.  We went to a shopping center where we purchased a few items. We didn't sleep that much but awoke early the next day and was ready to go when Bill and Cyndi came to the room.  We quickly loaded the bus and was on our way before 5 AM.  We drove almost 13 hours from Dar es Salaam to the Chimala Mission.  Along the way, we saw zebra, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, baboons, etc. It was quite an experience for the kids.  
We arrived at the Chimala Mission later that night and was shown to our new home.  We will be staying in the Mays House which as 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.  We will be getting the house painted next week inside and out so we are still living out of our suit cases currently until we get everything more settled.
The next day, Bill and Cyndi took us on a tour of the Chimala Mission.  It is a big place!!  The amount of activity on the mission and the people are really hard to grasp at this point (and a bit overwhelming, too!).  
This week, there is a large group of 17 people on a medical mission trip.  Janice Bingham brought several nursing students from Harding University.  Also, three doctors accompanied the Harding group: Dr. Frank Black, Dr. Stephen Snell, and Dr. Kent Brantly.  They also brought the families as well which has been a treat.  We also met Cherly Bode who has been here for about six weeks and will leave on Monday.  She is a nurse looking to do medical mission work and she wants to come back here to Chimala to work later this year or early next year.  The total medical mission group has done a marvelous job at the hospital.  Rena was able to witness her first Africa C-section and natural birth (all with 2 hours of each other).  
I have preached at the Chimala Mission church on Wednesday evening and also today (Sunday) AM and PM service.  I have also been involved with a meeting with the evangelism committee which is developing a plan to evangelize all of south-western Tanzania and to develop the existing congregations.  As I am taking over for Bill Stinson as the mission administrator, I have a steep learning curve to learn as much as I can in the next three weeks from Bill before he leaves to go home. It is a big job!
The family is doing well and adjusting as well as can be expected.  I will have more information next Sunday on the work and the family.  Please continue to pray for our safety, health, and endurance as we begin our work with the Chimala Mission.
Chad and Rena

 

Posted on June 17, 2012 .

Wagner Mission Report - March 2012

Time Is Filled With Swift Transition
As the above lyrics to one of our songs indicate, our lives are always changing. Our bodies are changing, our relationships are changing, everything in our life is always in flux. Our families lives are beginning the major transition process. We have begun packing up our house to prepare for the move. We have three categories for all of our stuff: Ship it, Store it, Trash it. We are going to ship the essential goods that we will need over there. Things like clothing, books, shoes, furniture, etc. will all be shipped on a container which will leave in mid-April.  It should arrive about mid-June -- just after we arrive. We are also looking for various donations of books and home-school material to ship over. As we begin this arduous process, I ask you to pray for us that we may be able to do all that needs to be done in the next month.

Bear Valley Staff meeting
Chad will be heading to Denver next week for the annual staff meeting. We will discuss many important topics for the extension school program. If you are not familiar with the extension school concept, give Chad a call and he'll be glad to discuss it with you!

Support Level
Through the LORD's blessings, we have most of our one-time funds raised. We are working on airfare now which will be about $1,200/person (about $8,000 total). We will not purchase our plane tickets until we raise the minimum monthly support needed for our missionary work there. While we have some monthly support raised, we are in need of $2,500/month to meet our personal and work funds.  Just about every Christian and congregation can afford an additional $25/month. We have several promises, but we need good Christians to step up to the plate. We are in need of your help to be able to fulfill the Great Commission in Chimala.

Chad Wagner

Posted on March 6, 2012 .

Wagner Mission Report - February 2012

"We're not interested."

   Fundraising for mission work is a rough and tumble activity.  My
   fundraising activities include making invited and univited visits to
   congregations, sending letters to congregations, and making phone calls
   to congregations.  I've left many phone messages at different
   congregations, talked with several secretaries, etc.  I reached one
   congregation in Missouri and the secretary answered the phone.  I
   introduced myself and told her about our mission effort.  I then asked
   to speak to a minister or if I could leave a message for the missions
   deacon/committee.  As soon as I finished saying that, she said, "We're
   not interested."  She then hung up the phone.
   If you've ever done missionary fundraising, you know that it's hard
   work.  When the secretary hung up the phone, I became upset.  Am I a
   telemarketer?  I am calling and asking for money, but I'm not trying to
   push vacuum cleaners.  I'm trying to raise needed funds so that we can
   do our part of fulfilling the Great Comission (Matthew 28:18-20).
   I would encourage you, if you ever answer the phone call at church from
   a missionary, listen to what they have to say.
   Wagner Family Update
   I have started my final class at Harding School of Theology and will
   graduate in May 2012 with an Master's of Divinity.  I have worked long
   and hard on this degree and I will be glad to put it behind me.  The
   kids have started back to school following the Christmas break and we
   are finally getting back in a routine.
   As you may know, we will be home-schooling our children while we are in
   Africa.  Since this is a new experence for us, we invite any feedback
   you might have as well as suggestions to curriculum, ideas, etc.  Just
   drop us an email at wagner.chada@gmail.com.

Speaking Schedule

   I have several speaking engagements upcoming to either preach the
   Gospel or to make a TZ presentation.  I’d love to come and talk with
   you and/or your congregation about the amazing work the Wagner family
   will soon be involved in.
     * February 12: Marmaduke, AR
     * March 4: Fifth and Pine, Rector, AR

   Support Level

   Through the LORD's blessings, we have most of our one-time funds
   raised.  We are working on airfare now which will be about
   $1,200/person (about $8,000 total).  We have had 2 generators donated
   to the mission work which is a great blessing.
   We will not purchase our plane tickets until we raise the minimum
   monthly support needed for our missionary work there.  While we have
   some monthly support raised, we are in need of $2,500/month to meet our
   personal and work funds.  Just about every Christian and congregation
   can afford an additional $25/month.  We are in need of your help to be
   able to fulfill the Great Commission in Chimala.

 

Posted on February 8, 2012 .

Wagner Mission Report - November 2011

Wagner Ministry Report

November 2011

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Tanzania Fundraising

 

Many things have changed in the Wagner family!  No, we do not have any more children, but our focus has changed quite a bit.  In July 2011, I resigned from the Gainesville church of Christ where I have served the last nine years as the minister to focus solely upon fundraising for Tanzania.  Lord willing, we plan to move to Tanzania in June 2011.  I will be taking over as the administrator of the Chimala Mission work, which was started back in the 1950’s by Andrew Connelly and others. 

As with fundraising, most of my time is spent now making copies, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls to set up presentations, and, of course, much time in prayer!  My wife and I have no doubt that the Lord Wills for us to be in Chimala and will equip us for the journey ahead.  In the mean time, He is teaching us.  In James 1:2-4, we see that the trials of this life produce endurance of faith.  Sometimes, it may seem much easier to simply send out resumes for another preaching job, but we do not want to fall short of the task that has been given to us.  I know the Lord will find a way for me.

We have had some support to come in and also many promises of support.  If you would like to assist us in this great work, let us know.  We’ll be glad to come and speak with you about this opportunity.

Upcoming Speaking Schedule

 

I have several speaking engagements upcoming to either preach the Gospel or to make a TZ presentation.  I’d love to come and talk with you and/or your congregation about the amazing work the Wagner family will soon be involved in.

  • November 6 AM: Amagon church of Christ
  • November 13 PM: Gainesville church of Christ (Sword Searchers/Bible Bowl)
  • November 20 PM: Holden Avenue church of Christ (Newport, AR)     
  • November 27 AM/PM: Crossroads church of Christ (Bradford, AR)

 

Posted on November 4, 2011 .

Wagner Mission Report - August 2011

WAGNER MISSION REPORT

August 2011

            On August 3rd, I left Memphis, TN and traveled to Nigeria, West Africa.  I flew from Memphis, to Atlanta, and then to Lagos where I spent the night.  The next day, I flew from Lagos to Enugu and then drove on to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.  Abakaliki is the capital city of Ebonyi State and also the location of the Comprehensive School of Management and TechnologySchool of Biblical Studies

On Saturday, August 6, I participated in the 2nd graduating class of preachers from CSMT-SBS.  There were seven preachers who had studied for two years to complete their degree at CSMT.  They were awarded Bachelor degrees through Bear Valley Bible Institute, Denver, CO, as CSMT-SBS is an extension school of BVBID.   I spoke at the graduation to encourage the 200-300 people in attendance.  I also presented some gifts from Dorris Taylor (USA) for the top two students in this year’s graduating class.  Training men to preach the Gospel is a very important aspect of fulfilling the Great Commission.  It is good for Americans to go and do mission work.  It is a great work for native preachers are trained to take the Gospel to their own people.  The record shows that preacher training schools (like Bear Valley’s extension program) is a great and effective way to teach the lost all through the world.  I am truly humbled and excited to be a part of this Godly work.

 

Following the graduation service on Saturday, we traveled to the Afikpo church of Christ in Afikpo, Ebonyi State for worship on the Lord’s Day, August 7th.  The church is meeting in a school house.  The congregation that day was about 170 people in attendance and they have overrun the building in which they are in.  The located preacher at Afikpo taught a fantastic and engaging Bible class on ‘the spirit of the bed.’  I preached during the worship service and we had two respond for baptism.  After the baptisms, we visited the site of the church building that they are constructing on their own (picture to the right). 

On Monday, August 8th – 11th, I taught two master’s level classes to 5 students.  The first class was ‘New Testament Theology.’  The second class was the ‘Preacher and his Work.’  These two classes will finish up 3 of the masters students class requirements for graduation in December 2011.  The other two are about half-way through their program.

 

During the trip, I also made several trips to see various works.  I visited the Ihe church of Christ building that they are building with only a little assistance from American brethren (picture to the left).  I also visited the Gariki church of Christ building located in Enugu.  This congregation is a great congregation which is attempting to finish their building themselves with their own labor and contributions.  They need assistance, however, with the fence that goes around the property.  Thieves from the area are bringing people to the church building and robbing them and beating them there.  The police have told the church that they need to build a security fence around the property ($8,000).  If you can help with that, it would be greatly appreciated (picture to the right).  The walls that you see were completed by the members, but they do not have the necessary funds for the fence.

I was also able to purchase 600 Bibles through the generosity of brethren in Bradford, AR.  Although they are a smaller congregation, they contributed $2,000 to purchase Bibles are we were able to do that!  Those Bibles will be used and distributed to several preachers in Ebonyi and Enugu states and beyond!

There is a need for a good American congregation and/or individual to get involved in this work.  Lord Willing, my family and I will be moving to Tanzania in 2012 to work at the Chimala Mission.  If you are interested in a presentation, would like to discuss the work in Nigeria, or would like to get involved in this great work, please let me know!  I’m sure that the Lord will raise someone up for this work – and it may be you!

 

Posted on August 29, 2011 .

Wagner Mission Report - July 2011

July 25, 2011


Greetings in the Name of the Lord!  I pray that you and the Lord’s people are well and working in the Lord’s vineyard.

                My family and I are going to move to Chimala, Tanzania, East Africa in July 2012.  I will be taking over as administrator of theChimala Mission  which includes a school of preaching (administered through the Bear Valley Bible Institute: /chimala/), a 120-bed hospital, a primary and secondary school, church planting, Safari for Souls evangelistic campaigns and church leadership development. 


                My wife is going to home-school the children as well as volunteer at the hospital, as she is a Registered Nurse.  The hospital delivers 2000+ babies each year and also sees malaria and HIV patients.  My children are also excited about helping the youth in local villages come to know about Jesus.  We are committing ourselves to at least three years at Chimala.

                As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking for my family.  In order to prepare for the move, I have resigned my pulpit position at the Gainesville church of Christ, where I have preached for the last nine years, so that I may focus my efforts on fundraising and relocation tasks.  While my wife is working full-time as a RN, we need churches and/or individuals to partner with us so that I may be able to fundraise and prepare for the move.  We are looking for mission partners to help us from now until June 2012.  We need $2,000/month to meet all of our budget needs and fund-raising travel expenses.  You may send any funds to our sponsoring congregation at:

NEW YORK AVENUE CHURCH OF CHRIST

ATTN:  CHIMALA MISSION/WAGNER

5371 NEW YORK AVENUE

ARLINGTON, TX 76018

 
Thank you for your time, prayers, and support.

Nigeria

               I will be leaving August 2nd for Nigeria, West Africa to visit ourschool there in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.  We will have our 2nd graduation service for our undergraduate program.  We will graduate 7 men with Bachelor's degrees.  Also, our first group of Master's degree students will graduate at the same time which will make quite an exciting service and time for all concerned.  I know that these men have worked hard to finish the task that was before them and they have endured to the end.  It is not their task to go out into the villages and towns to entrust the word to faithful men who will teach others also.  During my trip, I will also teach two Master's level classes:  "New Testament Theology" and the "Preacher and his Work."  

                I am also looking forward to seeing again a faithful brother in Christ, Herbert Chukwu.  He has been a tireless worker for the Kingdom in the Enugu area for many years.  He has been working with his local congregation to help them build their building.  Also, they are building some rooms along the side of the property which will be used for community outreach.  I'm looking forward to seeing this first-hand and working again with this brother.    I will return on August 13th.

Gainesville

                We are starting our Vacation Bible School this week at the Gainesville church of Christ.  "Believe it or Not. . . It's in the Bible" is our theme for this year.  As always, we are working hard to see that we have a great VBS this year.  This is our last VBS this year and this Sunday will be our last Sunday here at Gainesville.  I've been preaching at Gainesville for 9 years and it's been a good ministry.  The folks at Gainesville have been good to me and my family and it will be hard to leave them.

Contact Information

If you’d like for me to come and give a presentation to your congregation, eldership, or missions committee, please let me know.  Please contact me with any questions.

Chad Wagner

145 Greene Road 155

Paragould, AR  72450

HOME:  870 586 0872  CELL:  870 240 4156

Wagner.chada@gmail.com

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Posted on July 26, 2011 .