Saturday, April 10, 2010

The 4-1-1: Communication

We live in the Third World, which means that we do not always have communications with the "outside" world! Most of the time our Internet and telephone hookups function, but it will not be as you are used to the Western World; these systems are very slow and irregular. Internet cafes are available throughout capital cities and, surprisingly enough, even in Timbuktu! They charge about $1 per hour.
Some teams have brought a satellite phone with them to do the E. T. thing to phone home. Most cellular phone systems from the US do not work here, no matter what you sign up for or pay extra for. Other teams have brought sets of walkie-talkies, which can be helpful with prayer walking and shopping.

Unless you speak French or Songha, dealing with language & communication issues will be a challenging part of your time in country. We will find translators for your ministry.
Teams have found it helpful, but not necessary, if someone in the group can speak French.  Within your local community you can find resources to help with this before you travel to the field.

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