Thursday, September 25, 2014

Immediate Changes!

Dear Friends and Family, 

We wanted to inform everyone of a major change that we have made in how we are accepting donations for our mission in Chad.
We are happy to inform everyone that we are now with Adventist Health International (AHI) who is based out of Loma Linda, California.   This is the organization that supports our Adventist Hospital in Bere. AHI is the organization who provides us with our medical insurance and now has offered to take care of our donations.  Now we have the option for you to make any donations with your debit card or credit card through this organization and it can be a one time donation or set up for monthly.  We also want you to know that the donations you make will continue to be a 100 percent donation toward our mission.  They do not take anything out for their services.  We do ask that you be sure to specify the specific project under the Bere Adventist hospital for "the giving fund - Parkers".  This must be specified because this organization is helping many other missions.  They can also take checks made out to Adventist Health International that can be sent to them at the address below.  But again, you must be sure to specify on a piece of paper that it is for the Bere Adventist Hospital for "the giving fund - Parkers".   

This change only affects the way we will be receiving our funds and will not be changing our status of being independent.  We still will not be receiving a paycheck from anyone.  

This change is in immediate affect.  Harrison SDA church will no longer be accepting any checks on our behalf and if any checks have been sent to them after the date of September 7th then it will be mailed back to you so you can then resend it back through AHI.  

We are sorry for any inconvenience but I think that once we make this change it will be better for everyone.  Thank you so much for your constant dedication to our mission in Chad.  We are amazed how God continues to provide for us and for all the programs we have developed in Bere since we have been there.  We have decided to continue to serve there as long as we see that God is providing and He continues to keep these programs going.  Thank you for everything you all have done in the past and we look forward to what we can do together in the future.  

Sincerely, 
Jamie and Tammy Parker


To Donate with Debit Card and Credit Card 
One-time donation or monthly donations to AHI click on financial donations



Jamie phone: +235 93 46 46 35 
Tammy phone: +235 95 25 86 58 

Jamie & Tammy Parker 
Hopital Adventiste de Bere 
52 Boite Postale 
Kelo, TChad 
Afique 













Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Parker Update!

Dear Friends and Family, 
We want to thank everyone for all the prayers for our family and especially for Jamie and his health.  God has really been using all of you to encourage us and for that we are so grateful!  We feel so blessed to have so many good people in our lives that love us and have taken the time to help us through this challenging time in our lives.  We have tried to be the people to do the encouraging whether it be here or in Chad and it is hard to have it switched.  But God has repeatedly been there for us and we know that He is not going to leave us now in our time of need. We also want to thank those who have helped us out financially.  This has been a huge relieve! So thank you all so much! 
The update on Jamie is that he is not going to have to have surgery again.  He had an MRI again and it didn't show that anything had moved or that anything was pressing on that nerve going to his foot.  "Thank you Jesus!"  So the next thing that we are waiting for is approval from insurance to give him a cortisone shot which is scheduled for September 12.  He is also taking some pills that are suppose to help his nerves.  Walking is suppose to be the best medicine though and so he has been out everyday trying to walk about a mile.  Walking has become a little more difficult with his drop foot but he is a very determined man to get this pain to subside.  I am very proud of him but it has been really hard to watch him suffer everyday the way he is.  So please continue to keep him on your prayer list for healing. 
This next paragraph is a little more difficult to write.  I sat here crying for a couple of minutes before I could compose myself enough to write it.  Satan is still attacking us.  A week ago on Monday we found out that our 19 year old son Cory got married to a 25 year old with 4 children!  Many of you may know this already and saw it on Facebook, which is the way we found out! It has been a difficult week of emotions that we are trying to put into perspective, but it has just been difficult for us.  So please put our whole family on your prayer list. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Parker's Update!!

Hi Everyone! 
We just wanted to update everyone on what has been going on with us.  Jamie had his surgery on the 29th of July and everything seemed to be okay.  He still had some problems with his sciatic nerve going down his left side down his leg.  We thought that it was just the swelling from the operation and that it would subside.  But three weeks later he is still having intense pain.  It has been such a hard three weeks for him from the pain and for the caregiver, me. I feel really bad for him after seeing him trying to work through all this pain.  But the bottom line is that it is just not going away. 
This Wednesday he started experiencing some loss of control  in that leg to control lifting his foot.   We have come to the conclusion that he has what they call "drop foot" for those of you who know what that is.  He has lost control of the ability to lift his left foot when he walks.  He went back to the doctor and he said that there was reason for concern and so Jamie had an MRI on Thursday, yesterday, to determine the problem.  He is going to the doctor today to read the MRI and figure out what needs to be done.  Another surgery may be what he needs.  
I am writing this because we are very discouraged.  It has been a very discouraging situation.  We never thought that it would be like this.  We are definitely needing prayer!  
We are also experiencing financial difficulty staying in the states this long.  Everything costs so much, just food and fuel and household expenses are catching up with us.  I have never wanted to write for help like this but it is getting to that point.  We need help.  I know that so many of you are helping with so many of the needs and programs that we have for the Chadian people but we are really having a hard time.   It is hard for me to ask for help but I don't know what else to do.  We are struggling financially.  Please, those that feel like they can help us please!  We will make sure that we are conservative with what we spend but we need help!  
Thank you all for everything you have done for us in the past.  Especially those that donate monthly to keep us going.  But right now we are looking for a sign that God wants us to go back. 
Tammy Parker


Jamie phone: +235 93 46 46 35 
Tammy phone: +235 95 25 86 58 

Jamie & Tammy Parker 
Hopital Adventiste de Bere 
52 Boite Postale 
Kelo, TChad 
Afique 

To Donate with Debit Card and Credit Card click on link below.

All donations can be sent to: 

Harrison SDA Church 
P.O. Box 969 
Harrison,  TN  37341 

Make Checks payable to: 
Harrison SDA Church 
Earmark:  "The Bere Project" 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Parkers Update!

Dear Friends and Family,
 
It has been a while since we have written to you.  We have been in the states now since April.  We are enjoying every minute!   We started our time here with a two week, much needed, vacation.  We love being here with our children again. And we have been able to go around to quite a few churches talking about our work in Chad.  We have met a lot of new people and some have been so wonderful to us that we know we will remain good friends for life.  We have also spent some time in doctor's offices checking on our health and some concerns have come up.  

Some of you know that this last year in Chad was really rough on us.  Being away from our children for the first time was not easy and I know it is the same for so many others.  But me being a hovering mother was really hard to do from Chad.  I had many conversations on the phone with my kids in tears and that was the worst to not be able to go and run to their rescue.  But on the other hand, it was probably good for them to grow and figure things out on their own too.  It was a blessing to be able to pick up our kids from school and bring them "home".   Cory was at Andrews but is now in Chattanooga and he will be taking a year off of school and work.  Brichelle was at GCA (Georgia Cumberland Academy) and plans on returning in the fall.  I am proud of both of them for getting through this year.  

We spent some time traveling around to different churches and sharing what has been going on in Chad.  This is always such a blessing for us because it continually reminds us of why we are there.  We have also met so many new people that have been so great to us and I just want to thank them for opening up their homes and their lives to us.  We want to keep this door open for anyone that would like us to come to your church.  It looks like we will be here through October, at least.  We would like to continue to do work for the people of Chad from here as much as we can.  So please consider this if you feel like this is something your church would be interested in.  You can reach us through email or my phone number is (423) 284-0242 and send me a text. 

So for the big reason we will be here through October.  Jamie has been having severe pain in his back since February.  He was cutting a mahogany tree in Bere when something happened and he started having pain ever since.  He can't sleep and so we have been working hard to try and work with insurance and doctors to get something done ever since we have been in the states.  So now he is going to have back surgery July 29.  The doctor wants him to stay all year but we all know that we can't stay away from Bere that long so we are going to have his 3 month check up and if everything looks good we will be going back.  Until then I want you all to know that all of the programs will continue.  We are in the process of sending money to Chad now for the baby formula program and many other things that we have a commitment to.  This is a huge concern for me and I will be sure that it is taken care of.  

We need prayer for our future endeavor in Chad.  We are considering building an Orphanage.  We take care of so many children now and it only made sense to us.  We already have the land, which is in the perfect location just a 15 minute walk from the hospital and school.  We bought 8 acres already for $1,500 and we are looking into buying the land next to that which has so many fruit trees already.  The land is perfect because half of it is perfect for growing rice during the rainy season and the other half is on higher ground for housing.  We don't know if this is what God wants us to do but our hearts are into it 100 percent.  Please help us to see if this is something God wants us to do.  Pray for us! 

We now have a Facebook page for (Parkers4Bere) and we would appreciate you going there and checking it out and if you like it push the like it button and this will help us in many ways.  We will be putting up a lot more pictures and stories in the next week, so look for that.  This is new for us but we are so excited about it so that we can keep you more informed on big and little things that are going on weekly.  We also want you to know that our blog now has a donation button that is set up for credit cards and this still goes through Adventist giving dot.org which will still goes through our church and a tax write off.  One time donations are always welcome especially for the orphanage but for us to continue on a steady basis donations monthly are what we need.  

Thanks again for your continual support for what we are doing in Chad.  I can see that, since we have been in the states,  God really is coming soon.  Help us reach the part of the world that is in desperate need of knowing Him. 

Tammy Parker


Jamie phone: +235 93 46 46 35 
Tammy phone: +235 95 25 86 58 

Jamie & Tammy Parker 
Hopital Adventiste de Bere 
52 Boite Postale 
Kelo, TChad 
Afique 

To Donate with Debit Card and Credit Card click on link below.

All donations can be sent to: 

Harrison SDA Church 
P.O. Box 969 
Harrison,  TN  37341 

Make Checks payable to: 
Harrison SDA Church 
Earmark:  "The Bere Project" 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

On our way Back!


Hello Friends and Family, 

We have come to the end of another year and we are on our way back to the states.  This year has been a tough one for many reasons emotionally, spiritually and physically.  We are exhausted and ready to come back and see all our family and friends and spend a lot of time getting spiritually refilled.  

We will be officially be back the evening of April 19th.  We have some things scheduled back to back for the first two week but after that not much.  We will be doing the Broadview Academy alumni reunion April 26th in Illinois and then off to retrieve our son, Cory, from Andrews University.  Then a quick drive back to Tennessee to get to our daughter's gymnastics home show at GCA, can't miss that. 

We like to open the floor to any of you that would like us to come speak, about our mission in Africa, anywhere that you would like. We have a few more things scheduled while we are back but welcome the chance to continue doing what we can for the people in Chad while we are here. We plan on being in the states until the first of August so if anything comes up, let us know. 

We are excited to be back speaking English and spending time with those we love.  

Thank you all again for being the biggest part of our mission.  You have supported us through some really rough times and for that we are forever grateful.  

Love and blessings, 
Tammy and Jamie Parker 


Jamie phone: +235 93 46 46 35 
Tammy phone: +235 95 25 86 58 

Jamie & Tammy Parker 
Hopital Adventiste de Bere 
52 Boite Postale 
Kelo, TChad 
Afique 

All donations can be sent to: 

Harrison SDA Church 
P.O. Box 969 
Harrison,  TN  37341 

Make Checks payable to: 
Harrison SDA Church 
Earmark:  "The Bere Project" 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A missionary heart!

Sometimes I think that I have this place all figured out and then something else comes my way that surprises me.  If you are an ultra sensitive person then you should stop reading now.   I believe it is important that you understand how hard and overwhelming my work can be sometimes.  I have been getting out into the village and met a new family. 

I met a woman named Ellen.  She is a missionary and she doesn't even know it.  She has taken in several children that are not hers and then she has four of her own.  One of her sisters died of aids so she took in her two children.  Then, her brothers wife died and the sister to her was abusive to two other children so she took the two little ones so the abuse could stop.   This woman's life is not easy.  Being a single parent is hard enough with your own children yet alone adding other children to the family.  I decided to visit her and listen to her story and see what I could do to help. 
As I walked toward her house I passed Ellen's oldest son.  He was working digging up sand, mixing in hay and water to make bricks.  This young 17 year old boy was doing this holding crutches.  He was born with a deformity that makes it impossible for him to walk normally.  I really respect the fact that this does not keep him down.   Then a bench was brought over from a neighbor's house for me to sit on.  I look over, under a tree, and there lays a woman that is pregnant and in pain because her husband beat her up.  She ran to this lady to help take care of her until she had the power to go against her husband again.  Then here come all the little children in their tattered clothes.  One by one shake my hand, he smallest not even afraid.  
I begin our visit asking her general questions about her life and telling her a little about my own.  She tells me about why she got the other children.   I found out about the kind of abuse these little kids had to withstand.  Their aunt would tie up the second youngest.  Tie him up around his hands and his feet.  Then keep him in the hut.  When he would cry she would go in with pliers and pinch his skin around his stomach until the skin would come off, they showed me his scares.   One of the neighbors witnessed this and informed Ellen on what was going on.  Everyone around wants Ellen to take this lady to the police but she said that she is going to leave it in God's hands to punish her.  I think that she is a little afraid of the police and the fact that the police are so corrupt that even if she were to try she would have to pay them money that she just doesn't have. 
I ended our visit by giving her one of the bags that a  woman in the Maranatha group left for us to fill with things that a person here may need and money to start a business.  I also gave her a big bag full of many food items.  I gave her an invitation to bring the smallest boy to the hospital because his neck is swollen under his ear, quite a bit.  The next day she did come to the hospital and we pay for all the hospital needs.   I  gathered a big bag of clothes and a tooth brush for all the eight boys she has at her house.  
I would like it if you would please join with me in prayer for this woman.  I know I will be praying that she will continue to be a living example to others around her on how to have a missionary heart. 

Thank you and God bless, 
Tammy Parker


Jamie phone: +235 93 46 46 35 
Tammy phone: +235 95 25 86 58 

Jamie & Tammy Parker 
Hopital Adventiste de Bere 
52 Boite Postale 
Kelo, TChad 
Afique 

All donations can be sent to: 

Harrison SDA Church 
P.O. Box 969 
Harrison,  TN  37341 

Make Checks payable to: 
Harrison SDA Church 
Earmark:  "The Bere Project" 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What should we do ?



This sweet little girl's mother died and her eight year old sister takes care of her because their father is a drunk.  One of the boys that I take care of, Papa, brought this family to my attention.  I was very happy about that because this is the first time that one of my "Bere' Boys" wanted to do something for someone else and the first sight of being mission minded and thinking of others.    This place trains you from the time you are young that you have to think of yourself and your own needs because no one else will.  Get the getting while the getting is good or you might not ever get anything.  Papa told me that every time he passes these girls on his way to the market, it touches his heart  and makes him want to cry because he just knows that they are hungry and suffering.   This is coming from a boy who knows what suffering looks like. 

This time I thought it would be fun to throw the situation out at all of you and see what kind of suggestions you come up with.  I have a giving fund and ready to help.  I just thought you could help me this time come up with some ideas.   What do you think we should do for this family? 

I look forward to your responses. 

Here is one of my Bere Boys, Papa. 

Love and blessings, 
Tammy Parker 


Jamie phone: +235 93 46 46 35 
Tammy phone: +235 95 25 86 58 

Jamie & Tammy Parker 
Hopital Adventiste de Bere 
52 Boite Postale 
Kelo, TChad 
Afique 

All donations can be sent to: 

Harrison SDA Church 
P.O. Box 969 
Harrison,  TN  37341 

Make Checks payable to: 
Harrison SDA Church 
Earmark:  "The Bere Project"