Recently there was a serious problem in a village not far from Doba where the people had issues with the Chef de Canton. Each village has a local Chief, and then overseeing several of these is a Chef de Canton who has the ultimate authority. Most of these posts are inherited, so what can begin with a good Chief, can finish up with his son or grandson who is of a very different character. (I think of Israel and Judah's Kings where there was a righteous father followed by a no-good son!)
In this case, when the trouble started the Chef de Canton hurried in to complain to the Mayor of Doba which resulted in “dozens of vehicles filled with soldiers” being sent to quieten the discontent. All will realize that under such circumstances, soldiers can be very brutal and many of the local Christians were caught up in this attack. Some were bundled off to prison, some were very badly injured even needing serious surgery as a result. Eloi has spent some time going out to this village and back to Doba, securing and delivering letters asking for forgiveness and reconciliation, so that the matter can be put to rest. Also, as the believers are eventually well enough, they have been released into Eloi's care by the authorities. He has cared for them and eventually taken them home to their village.
It has been such a wonderful testimony to both believers and unbelievers and the Chef de Canton in particular has expressed his grateful appreciation, so we praise the Lord for this. Financial help from MMN has enabled him to do all this. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” (Matt.5:9) May I say here that it was Eloi's compassion which first made me think: “I can work with this man”. I do believe that compassion is one of the most Christ-like of charactistics.
All gifts which are now sent to Chad, it is Eloi who faithfully distributes them and forwards back the receipts and acknowledgements – once more using the training given to him by the Catholic Priest so long ago.
Perhaps Eloi's greatest attribute is his love and knowledge of the Scriptures and the gift the Lord has given him in teaching it. Please pray for Eloi, and also his family and helpers, as they support him in his service and ministry to the people he loves.