chimala-fridayCHIMALA, Tanzania (BNc) — While much of America is rushing to catch the discounts and spend money, one missionary stands against the tide and makes an appeal for support.

Black Friday is so called because on the day after Thanksgiving, businesses often put their finances in the black in a single day.

Chad Wagner hopes to put his missions support in the black as well.

Chad is administrator of Chimala Mission in Tanzania. He and his family lack funds for their efforts.

“What if instead of spending all of that money on Black Friday, why don’t you think of sending a gift of support toward our family’s mission work in Chimala, Tanzania?” he wrote today.

After several years on the field, they still need of funds for personal support, work funds (phones, internet, electricity), and mobile clinic work funds (medical supplies, equipment).

Chad and Rena Wagner

Chad and Rena Wagner

Chad and Rena have five children; Anna, Laura, Micah, Chandra, and Jonah. Chad worked with the Gainesville congregation in Paragould, Ark., for over 8 years. He has made short-term mission trips to England, Estonia, Finland, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

Rena is a Registered Nurse and helps in the hospital, as well as with their families needs. She homeschools their five children.

Chad received his Masters of Divinity from Harding University. He also teaches in the Chimala Bible Institute, works with church planting as well as work with the congregations surrounding Chimala Mission.

According to the mission website, the purpose of Chimala Mission Hospital and Schools is to further train and educate the leaders of the church in Tanzania, and the surrounding nations, and to equip the young leaders of the church with the knowledge needed to stand firm upon the scriptures, against false doctrine, and able to take the gospel to a lost and dying world.