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Days of the Harvest

Equippping Laborers in God's Vineyard

Ryan & Jody Fabor| Nigeria

“You ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will,
we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)

The coronavirus pandemic brings home the truth of this verse. Our times are in God’s hands. In her email with course assignments for the next semester, Dr. Rahila Jakawa, Ryan’s department chair, noted, “if the Lord will and we find clear directions in the midst of covid-19 challenges.”

Covid-19 restrictions have closed the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN) to students since mid-March. Continuing restrictions require that the next semester, which begins in mid-August, be entirely online. This will allow Ryan to teach his assigned courses even though we remain unable to travel to Nigeria. But it also presents challenges to other faculty and to students who often lack consistent internet access.


Ryan has been assigned to teach three courses in the Master of Theology program in the semester starting in August:

                Theology of Development
                Theology and Practice of Worship
                Biblical Leadership


Lecturers design their own course content from a one- or two-sentence course description. This gives them a lot of freedom … and work (!) in preparation for the semester.


· For peace and patience during times of uncertainty.
· For safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
· For the leadership of TCNN as they work to provide online courses for students.
· For students at TCNN for whom access to online education is a challenge.
· For lecturers as they prepare their courses for August

 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
(Matthew 9:37-38)

School’s out for the summer...

Our homeschool year wrapped up at the end of June, just it time for the partial re-opening of the Pella Aquatic Center—for which we are very grateful given the heat and humidity of Iowa summers!

A lot of other summer activities, including Vacation Bible School and Lakeview Camps, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They've arrived!

Sam, Resonate staff in Nigeria, delivered our books to Ryan’s office at the Mountain View compound.

The consulate is open, but...

After a three-month closure, the Nigerian consulate in New York, where our passports and visa applications have been since mid-February, reopened in mid-June. However, it is currently only providing emergency services and processing passport applications and renewals for Nigerian citizens.

The Nigerian government closed the country’s airports in mid-March. The airports reopened in mid-July for domestic flights, but no date has been announced for the resumption of international flights.

Yaya ake fad’i ... a Hausa? (How do you say ... in Hausa?)

While English is the official language of Nigeria and the language of instruction at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Hausa is the widely-spoken trade language in Northern Nigeria (and West Africa). Some knowledge of Hausa will be helpful for interactions with students, visits to the market, and ministry in local churches. We’ve discovered access to a free online Hausa course (Transparent Language) through the Pella Public Library!

The living room of our house on the Mountain View compound provided office space
for our neighbors, Wycliffe translators Ben Kuwitzky and Gareth Mort,
when the lockdown in Jos kept them on the compound.

Our US mailing address is:
215 E 12th St.
Pella, IA 50219


Our field mailing address is:

P.O. Box 261
Jos, Plateau State, 930001


Alexander Lyons - Summer 2020 Ministry Update

Hello! I hope you have had a great summer!


It has been a very busy last three months for me with two big moves and support raising. Here is a newsletter of what the Lord has been doing in those three months. Let me know if you have any questions or anything I can be praying for this month!


Thank you for your continued partnership with my ministry with Cru!



A Time for Everything!!

Hi Friends!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Family Vacation in the Black Hills!


In Ecclesiastes God speaks to us through one of the wisest men to ever walk on earth, Solomon, with the following words:  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:   a time to be born and a time to die,  a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal,  a time to tear down and a time to build…”  (Eccl. 3:1-3)

Paula and I have really identified with these verses this year as we’ve done a whole year “home assignment” in order to shift gears, listen to God, get Paula back to health, and consider new possibilities as we head into a new phase of life and ministry.  In a very real way, it has been a time of uprooting (leaving our home in Spain for a time, leaving our team and dear friends, leaving behind old habits, etc..), of tearing down, and then of trying to build back up.  


As many of you know, Paula’s health has been a major concern for us these last couple of years.  While we have been in the states, Paula’s health was probably even worse than what it was in Spain.  For the first 10 months, she was constantly sick and almost always on antibiotics.  Then it happened!  God moved a local doctor to do a surgery (right in the middle of Covid-19 when they weren’t allowing surgeries) that has caused Paula to be free of infections and without antibiotics.  Paula is beginning to feel somewhat like herself again and has been able to start living life again.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Now, we are far from out of the woods when it comes to her health.  Her rheumatoid arthritis doctor also made a major change with her main treatment and we are seeing signs that it is not working so well.  She is having bad pain in her feet and shoulders, pain that she hasn’t had in years.  It’s still too early to determine if this new treatment is effective or not, but next month we’ll be meeting again with her RA doctor to look at the results.  


All this to say, we have asked World Team (our mission agency) if they would allow us to stay stateside for up to another year so that we can try to get Paula as strong as we possibly can before heading back to Spain.  They are very supportive and have been so helpful to think through how we can contribute to the work in Spain and in other places from here.  So, it’s looking very favorably that we will stay in Iowa for the next year or until we see Paula in a good place in order to return to our ministry and life in Spain.  In our next letter and once we get final word from World Team, I will fill you in as to how we will work in Spain, while living in Orange City, IA!




MaKayla:  To the left is a picture of MaKayla’s graduation on July 18 at Northwestern College (MaKayla is second from the left with her roomies and good friends from NWC).  It’s hard to believe how fast 4 years could fly by.  She graduated with a double major of Elementary Education and Translation/Interpretation.  She just signed a contract to teach Kindergarten here in IA.  She really wanted to teach somewhere where she could serve in a community with underprivileged children and where she could use her Spanish.  Looks like God has given her the desires of her heart.    


Nathaniel:  He will be entering his senior year at Northwestern College where he strategically places himself where he can encourage and build up other young men.  He will again be a part of the campus ministry team, helping to plan the Short-Term Missions Projects in the Spring.  This summer he completed an internship for Physical Therapy while also working at a home, taking care of mentally handicapped men.


Hannah:  She completed her “gap” year with flying colors!  She did a service project in Madagascar, Africa, worked at Staples Corporation, and took online classes at a local community college.  This year she will be taking classes full-time at DMACC in Ankeny.  It’s been so cool to see her mature and change so much in one 




  1. For Paula to continue to gain strength and for wisdom for her doctors as they balance her treatments and side effects.

  2. For our residency card renewal process.  We have lived this past year outside of Spain and this puts us at risk to losing our status as permanent residents of Spain.  Pray that we would not lose this status as we seek to renew our cards this fall.

  3. For our teammates in Spain as they continue to find the best ways to share the gospel in communities greatly affected with COVID-19. 

  4. For our role in serving our team and Spanish leaders from the USA.


Thanks so much for your prayers and support!!  You’re in HIS Grip!!

Tim for all the Tj’s

For giving towards our ministry, please go to:  https://us.worldteam.org/give#giving-options  (support for Tjernagels #13718).  Thanks for giving!!


Email:  tim.tjernagel@worldteam.org

601  14th St. SE Unit 6                 

Orange City, IA 51041

US telephone: 978-494-7763

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